HOW TO USE HERBS AND HERB TEAS THERAPEUTICALLY

Herbs have been used as healing agents since the beginning of time by every race upon the earth. Primitive people in every corner of this planet possessed remarkable knowledge of the medicinal value of certain roots, barks, seeds and plants that grew in their environment. This knowledge was handed down from one generation to the next.
Later, when the primitive medicine man was replaced by modern medical doctors, almost 90 percent of the medical pharmacopoeia that doctors used was made up of botanical medicines: herbs, roots, etc. The oldest medical literature, such as Papyrus Ebers (2nd century B.C.), Atherva Veda, and all the records of Persian, Roman, Hebrew, Chinese and Egyptian medicine, show that herbal medicine was in highest regard and used extensively to cure practically every ill known to man. As late as in the 1800′s, fully 80 percent of medicines available to doctors were plant derivatives.
Although with the advance of chemical science doctors of today have all but forgotten the healing treasures of nature, in many parts of the world herbs are still used as remedial agents. In Mexico, botanical medicine was highly advanced during Mayan, Incan and Aztec cultures and has survived until present times. It is not an exaggeration to say that more herbs than chemical drugs are used in Mexico today for healing purposes, judging by the amount of herbs sold in numerous herbal shops and stands on every market in every town, village and city. In India, China, Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific Islands, herbs are still widely used – the art of botanical medicine having been carefully preserved by skillful herbalists.
Even modern 20th century medical science, after being contemptuous of herbal medicine for decades, is now turning “back to nature” and is engaged in world-wide research of old-time herbal remedies. Some of our largest pharmaceutical companies are testing thousands of herbs and plants in hopes of isolating the supposedly active medicinal ingredient and put it in tablet form. Some of today’s most commonly used tranquilizers are made from a plant called snakeroot (Rauwolfia). A commonly used heart medicine, digitalis, is made from the leaves of the plant called foxglove. In Mexico, testosterone tablets (male sex hormone) are now manufactured by a leading drug company from sarsaparilla root. Chemists from all major drug companies are studying old books on herbs in hopes to find effective and harmless medicines to replace some of the harmful and ineffective chemicals in modern drugstores. Even the National Cancer Institute is now seriously investigating natural plant cures for cancer. Several universities, notably the University of Arizona, California College of Medical Evangelists, Utah University, and others, backed by government and private grants, are engaged in search of medicinal plants that can cure a mushrooming list of diseases that chemical drugs are powerless against: cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, heart disease, etc.
Medical science is now confirming what the Bible has been telling from the beginning and what “primitive” people around the world knew all along, that man’s best medicine is right close to him and all around him – in the plant kingdom. There is not a single disease in man that does not have a corresponding remedy or cure in some herb, root, bark or other botanical medicine. As it is said, “for every disease there is a cure,” and this cure was given to man by a wise and loving Creator right in his close environment – in the plant kingdom. It behooves us to learn about and use these God-given herbal remedies to cure our ills.
Most of the mentioned herbs are available in all better health food stores. They are also sold by mail by numerous herb houses. Look in the yellow pages of your telephone directory for one nearest you. They also usually advertise in health magazines.
Some of the herbs listed may grow in your own environment: dandelion, birch leaves, chamomile, common nettle, alfalfa, peppermint, comfrey, rose hips, raspberry leaves, chaparral, eucalyptus leaves, juniper berries, parsley – to name a few. These herbs can be picked and dried for future use. They should be picked early in the summer, preferably when the plant is in full bloom. Herbs should then be dried outside in the shade, in a well ventilated area. When thoroughly dry, keep them in tightly closed glass jars, or in heavy brown paper bags. The same applies to barks and roots, although they require a much longer time for drying.
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HOW TO USE HERBS AND HERB TEAS THERAPEUTICALLY
Herbs have been used as healing agents since the beginning of time by every race upon the earth. Primitive people in every corner of this planet possessed remarkable knowledge of the medicinal value of certain roots, barks, seeds and plants that grew in their environment. This knowledge was handed down from one generation to the next.Later, when the primitive medicine man was replaced by modern medical doctors, almost 90 percent of the medical pharmacopoeia that doctors used was made up of botanical medicines: herbs, roots, etc. The oldest medical literature, such as Papyrus Ebers (2nd century B.C.), Atherva Veda, and all the records of Persian, Roman, Hebrew, Chinese and Egyptian medicine, show that herbal medicine was in highest regard and used extensively to cure practically every ill known to man. As late as in the 1800′s, fully 80 percent of medicines available to doctors were plant derivatives.Although with the advance of chemical science doctors of today have all but forgotten the healing treasures of nature, in many parts of the world herbs are still used as remedial agents. In Mexico, botanical medicine was highly advanced during Mayan, Incan and Aztec cultures and has survived until present times. It is not an exaggeration to say that more herbs than chemical drugs are used in Mexico today for healing purposes, judging by the amount of herbs sold in numerous herbal shops and stands on every market in every town, village and city. In India, China, Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific Islands, herbs are still widely used – the art of botanical medicine having been carefully preserved by skillful herbalists.Even modern 20th century medical science, after being contemptuous of herbal medicine for decades, is now turning “back to nature” and is engaged in world-wide research of old-time herbal remedies. Some of our largest pharmaceutical companies are testing thousands of herbs and plants in hopes of isolating the supposedly active medicinal ingredient and put it in tablet form. Some of today’s most commonly used tranquilizers are made from a plant called snakeroot (Rauwolfia). A commonly used heart medicine, digitalis, is made from the leaves of the plant called foxglove. In Mexico, testosterone tablets (male sex hormone) are now manufactured by a leading drug company from sarsaparilla root. Chemists from all major drug companies are studying old books on herbs in hopes to find effective and harmless medicines to replace some of the harmful and ineffective chemicals in modern drugstores. Even the National Cancer Institute is now seriously investigating natural plant cures for cancer. Several universities, notably the University of Arizona, California College of Medical Evangelists, Utah University, and others, backed by government and private grants, are engaged in search of medicinal plants that can cure a mushrooming list of diseases that chemical drugs are powerless against: cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, heart disease, etc.Medical science is now confirming what the Bible has been telling from the beginning and what “primitive” people around the world knew all along, that man’s best medicine is right close to him and all around him – in the plant kingdom. There is not a single disease in man that does not have a corresponding remedy or cure in some herb, root, bark or other botanical medicine. As it is said, “for every disease there is a cure,” and this cure was given to man by a wise and loving Creator right in his close environment – in the plant kingdom. It behooves us to learn about and use these God-given herbal remedies to cure our ills.Most of the mentioned herbs are available in all better health food stores. They are also sold by mail by numerous herb houses. Look in the yellow pages of your telephone directory for one nearest you. They also usually advertise in health magazines.Some of the herbs listed may grow in your own environment: dandelion, birch leaves, chamomile, common nettle, alfalfa, peppermint, comfrey, rose hips, raspberry leaves, chaparral, eucalyptus leaves, juniper berries, parsley – to name a few. These herbs can be picked and dried for future use. They should be picked early in the summer, preferably when the plant is in full bloom. Herbs should then be dried outside in the shade, in a well ventilated area. When thoroughly dry, keep them in tightly closed glass jars, or in heavy brown paper bags. The same applies to barks and roots, although they require a much longer time for drying.
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