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The Study of Herbalism

on December 1, 2014



The study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants, now especially as a form of alternative medicine.



Put simply, herbalism utilizes plants and their parts for healing, promoting wellness and to help maintain good health. Every part of the plant can be used in herbal remedies: root, stems, leaves, flowers, berries, bark and seeds. Herbalism is the oldest known medical practice, dating all the way back to the very beginning of recorded history – that’s thousands of years!!!!    An herbalist is a practitioner of herbalism. Someone who calls themselves a herbalist could practice in a variety of fields such as; practitioners, herb grower, wildcrafter, medicine maker or a teacher.  Whichever road a herbalist takes, they all believe that plants have to power to heal and maintain a healthy life,  have a great love of nature and the environment.  Typically herbalists take a holistic approach to medicine, meaning that they focus on comprehensive health care that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and economic needs of the patient.

Many herbs and herbal products interact with medicines, dietary supplements (such as vitamins and minerals), and even with certain foods, so it is important that any herbal products you do use is under the guidance of a trained professional.  Some plants also have toxic components – check out a small list here – making a trained herbalist’s knowledge invaluable.

In addition to herbs and supplements, herbalists also incorporate other natural methods to promote wellness that includes detoxification practices, healthy eating, exercise, sunshine and fresh air, hydration, massage and other lifestyle changes (think less stress).



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