If we can knowingly harm our body,we can very well learn to heal it too..at least that’s what our forefathers did. And they didn’t have to look too far. There is a reason why a nettle leaf plant will always grow near spinach.the former stings and the latter heals. The cures have always been in nature, one is just recognizing them once again. Herbalism-the are of making your own herbal medicines,salves,tinctures,teas,powders,pastes,poultices-is making a comeback the world over.
When it comes to health,the world has realised that an integrative approach towards healing and preventing diseases is the way forward. While we need medicines and pills in certain clinical cases , that are a majority of cases that can be managed by starting a modern apothecary at home.just like farmers stock their pantries and root cellars,herbalists stock their herbal medicine cabinets with the bounty of plants they love.native tribes across the world,till date ,use traditional methods of healing whenever the body falls out of its natural state of balance. Modern-day herbalism is an attempt to go back to and revive the lost science,probably after realising the futility and side effects of exposing oneself to modern healing methods.
Like most hobbies, herbalism has become a coping tool in the face of growing illness. There are herb walks organised around the world and plant-identification books are going off the shelves at bookstores.people are signing up for weekend hobby class on learning to grow herbs. The concept of herbalism can be taken to spas,ayurvedic and wellness centers,health cafes and restaurants. That is a space where herbalism is welcome as it fits into the whole concept of natural healing very well. Additionally,it turns out that growing herbs or owning your own herbal garden is a great stress-busting activity. Considerthe joy of plucking fresh mint or lemon balm leaves and brewing it into a tea…..it can be a great way to cope with stress.
A lot of chronic diseases today start from inflammation which occurs due to toxic and inflammatory foods. The origin of type II diabetes mellitus,organ failures,cancers,neurological disorders and gut issues can all be attributed to inflammation. Herbs are natures potent way to counter inflammation and restore health. Many herbs such as celery, mint,cilantro and curry leaves have the property of chelating toxic heavy metals from the body.