Healing Power of Herbs

Food for Thought:
Seeing as May is national herb week, I thought it pertinent to briefly reflect on the importance of herbs in our day-to-day lives as well as many other cultures throughout the world.

Herbs have been part of our lives since man first began to hunt and gather. Herbs have been used for medicinal purposes, cooking, and ceremonies for centuries. Our history books tell us how healers used herbs from Indian medicine men to the modern herbalist who studies holistic medicine. A few examples of healing herbs are:
Black pepper – common uses include stimulating the circulation and for muscular aches and pains
Catnip tea – brewed from the leaves and flowers, may be taken for coughs and colds or as a bedtime calmative.
Cayenne pepper – sprinkled in food, broth or tea can promote sweating to help break a fever. Cayenne is also believed to be a catalyst, carrying all other herbs and supplements quickly to the place in the body where they are needed and increasing their effectiveness.
Stinging Nettle – used for hundreds of years to treat rheumatism, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia, urinary tract infections, for kidney stones, hay fever, etc…

Today we are seeing a resurgence of the use of herbs in treating medical conditions. Often this is because of the lower cost of herbal protocols as compared to allopathic medicine, but also because of minimal side effects and stress on the body. The holistic approach to medicine would suggest that mother nature provides us with all that we need for nutrition and health while conventional medicine has created a paradigm quite the contrary, whereby we treat symptoms rather than focusing on the root cause.

The importance of herbs can range from simply being used for cooking and fragrance, to being the staple of medicinal treatments. In what ever regard you decide, know that herbs can be very beneficial as they have been used since the beginning of time to help the body heal itself.