Self healing with Plants and Herbs

The healing arts go back in time well before there were trained doctors or medicine men.  In the beginning people gathered information on self healing from their environment and watching the plants and animals around them.  The earliest form of self healing came from the use of plants and herbs as ‘medicines’ to treat everything from a toothache to cuts, bruises, burns and fevers.  With the advent of modern day pharmaceuticals this has become a lost art as people find it quicker and easier to pop a pill, but research is showing that quicker is not always better and people are turning back to the self healing arts of Naturopathy and using plants to help fix the illnesses in our bodies.   

The truth is that many of our modern day medicines are actually derived from plant based materials.  Or at least many of them start that way until the manufacturers can find a way to recreate the plant based compounds in a laboratory and mass produce them. The problem we are finding though is that when you isolate just one or two compounds from a plant, it does not always work as well because like everything in nature, plants were created with many different working parts that all come together to heal us.  It is like going on a diet and only removing sugar.  Sure you will lose some weight, but if you are still consuming excessive carbohydrates and processed foods then your body will still not reach its optimal weight.  Just like with everything in life you have to look at the entire picture – if you take one or two pieces out of the puzzle then the picture will not be complete.   

So with this understanding in mind people are going back to using plants and herbs instead of man made chemicals to cure their common, everyday illnesses.  Plants like echinacea are turned into teas and tinctures to cure the common cold.  Arnica is made into a paste to help relieve sore muscles and get bruising to heal.  Tea tree oil is used as an antiseptic for cuts and scrapes.  St. John’s wort and chamomile are being used to treat depression and melancholy.  There is Ginseng for energy and Ginkgo Biloba for memory and increased brain function.  The list of natural plant remedies can go on and on but there is one common trend which is that people are turning back to using plants for their own self healing.  The same plants our ancestors used thousands of years ago are making a comeback and again being used in our everyday lives.  We are beginning to realize that the extra two minutes it takes to prepare an herbal tea is worth the long term benefit of not introducing harmful chemicals into our bodies.  This is not only good for the planet, to encourage a reliance on natural sources and not chemically manufactured ones, but it is also good for our own spiritual self healing to take back our personal power and once again take responsibility for our own natural health and well being.

This article was contributed by the team at mindvalley.



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