Become Your Own Herbal Healer


There have been many significant changes in the types of treatment and health advice available.  Not too long ago, alternative practitioners such as homeopaths, massage therapists, chiropractors, herbalists and acupuncturists were regarded as back street quacks.  But today alternative treatments and practitioners are respectably established.

The emphasis in health care (somewhat with conventional but mostly with alternative) has moved toward the prevention of illness and the exploration of self help through noninvasive, more gentle methods.

The range of alternative herbal treatments is quite extensive.  You have everything from acupuncture or acupressure to aromatherapy, homeopathy, meditation and alternative herbal treatment plus many others.  I would like to focus on alternative herbal treatment for this article.

The value of plants in the treating illness has been documented for around 5,000 years.  Today alternative herbal treatment comes from a variety of sources and much has been passed down through folk lore and tradition.  Herbal medicine is used to provide the body with the ideal environment for health and self healing.  The body has an amazing ability to heal itself if given the chance. Herbs are generally given fresh or dried, taken as infusions (prepared as a tea), decoctions (herbs are simmered in water) ointments (herbs made into a cream) or compresses (prepared herbs place in a compress and applied externally).  Fresh herbs can also be added into the diet.  You may not even think about it when you add some basil or oregano to your pasta sauce, but basil has properties that can relieve indigestion or nausea.  It also has bacteria and fungus fighting properties, only to name a few.  Oregano can be used as an expectorant and a powerful antiseptic.  The oil of oregano can be rubbed on insect bites and toothaches.  You will be amazed after doing some research on herbs and the benefits and uses to treat just about any ailment.  An example of herbal remedies for common problems such as anxiety is valerian.  It will help reduce tension and feeling anxious.  Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of the root.  Let it infuse for 15 minutes.  For a fever, Catmint infusion reduces the body temperature.  Ginger root absorbs stomach acid and helps prevent motion sickness.

These are only a few of countless remedies known for just about any illness.  It is really worth the time to do some research on alternative healing methods, alternative herbal treatments being one of the most effective and gentle.

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