Herbs have been used as medicine since time immemorial. We may have only recently harnessed the power of growing them ourselves, but the plant's role in the history of medicine is a long and storied one.
As an herbalist it is my job to learn from this past and share it with you. How do herbs work, and why should I use them? This is one of the most common questions I am asked. The how is a bit tricky, but the why is easy. Herbs are available in many forms now. You can go to your local health food store and purchase a supplement, and with luck, you might even get to talk to someone who can tell you a bit more about that particular herb, or help you find other things that will be effective for a particular lifestyle or medical issue. You can also add herbs to your diet to gain the benefits. Thanks to the recent surge in organic gardening you might even be able to find the herbs you want without pesticides or chemicals added.
Most importantly though, herbs are safe when used with the advice of an herbalist or Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. They don't come riddled with side effects and worries. And in some cases they can be a tasty alternative to a nasty pharmaceutical compound.
So whether used as a complement to conventional medicine, or alone, herbs are a great way to maximize your health and to help overcome health issues.
As an herbalist, I look forward to helping you explore the world of herbs, educate you about them along the way, and help you find a greener way to better health.