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In case you are wondering, yes, you can in fact ingest willow bark. However, I wouldn’t advise eating it straight off of a weeping willow tree. There are powder forms that a holistic doctor can suggest for you that are a lot safer. In any case, herbs are a great solution to many ailments and daily regimens.
Herbs are a great way to add flavor to our meals, aid as healing agents for the body and even work as aromatherapy. Herbs can be dry and crushed, fresh, or extracted as an essential oil. Herbs also come in tea form.
Herbs are defined as any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume. It’s a versatile plant that can be used in many facets of your everyday life. Not only are herbs nature’s way of and protecting out bodies, but research suggests that they are cheaper.
A Little Knowledge First
They have been around since the dawn of man. From the ancient Romans, to Egyptians, to the Americas, herbs have been used to create a sense of well being and as beauty regimens, cleaning products and as an aid diseases such as diabetes to cancer. Essentially used by every culture on earth, herbs are gaining more popularity as people seek more natural remedies especially here in the United States.
The Claims of Herbal Healing are validated through modern medical science as well. Doctors are coming into the knowledge that nature has its own hidden powers.
The World Health Oganization has concluded that at least 80% of the earth’s population uses herbs as an alternative to modern medicine. This supports the idea of herbs being one of the best sources of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and also supports the claims that herbs area reliable source of global health.
Alternative medicine, also preferred to as traditional medicine varies from country to country or region. It aids in the prevention of diseases, diagnoses symptoms, and treats many ailments. Modern medicine doesn’t act completely alone, as it owes some of its support to holistic treatment. The downside however, is that modern science has been trained to act skeptical of anything that isn’t science related.
When searching for a natural, herbal remedy, there are certain aspects to watch out for to ensure that you get the best quality possible. Think about your lifestyle when shopping around.
#1) Is it Safe?
Manufacturers don’t have to put a warning or suggest that a product is 100%
safe. This is why it is important to check with your physician before beginning an herbal regimen.
#2) Should I Use an Herbal Supplement?
Anyone can technically use an herb to treat anything. However, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have heart problems, or are on any medication prescribed by a doctor, this can effect or be a dangerous combination.
#3) Use Herbs Safely
Always follow the dosage amount prescribed on the label and keep track of what you take. Taking too many supplements can have detrimental effects that can can lead to hospitalization or even death.
Remember, always check with your doctor before starting an herbal program, especially if it’s used to treat a disease or sickness. However, with herbs that are applied topically(on the skin), it’s a good idea to do a patch test in case of allergies or rashes that could occur.
Herbs are a great alternative to almost every otherwise harmful chemical in your home. They’re also fun to try out and give you a sense of oneness with the environment.
Tell us! Do you apply herbs to everyday uses? If so, what do you use them for and how has it improved your well being? Let us know!
I never knew this and this is actually one of my favorite trees. I was thinking about getting some to plant on our property line and to see that you can use them for more than something pretty to look at is great news to me.
I have tried some herbal remedies here and there. Usually, though, traditional medication does the job better and faster.
I had no idea that willow bark was edible in any form.
That is like me. I knew some stuff was edible but a tree never really crossed by mind. I am not sure why now since it seems obvious, people have been using leaves and berries from plants for years, why not a tree too?
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I have used herbal and natural remedies for various things with good success. Plant based solutions are always better for our health than chemicals, we just need to change the way we think about medicine…