Herbs For Health: A New Series
Most everyone has heard of herbs in one context or another. Most of us use herbs when we cook. It may be Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Cayenne or even Garlic. Yeah, I am a big fan of Garlic.
What you may not be aware of, unless you use them yourself, is that herbs can also be medicinal. Herbs have proven their worth to me many times over the years so I am an advocate.
Most of you are aware that I am a breast cancer survivor. Traditional medicine saved my life. It is a wonderful thing. Does this mean that my advocacy of herbal medicine stands in contradiction of this? No. It means that I use both natural and traditional medicine together to be the healthiest I can be. The two are not contradictory but rather they are complimentary to each other when used together properly.
Per Wikipedia: …the use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal in non-industrialized nations. “…according to the World Health Organisation, approximately 25% of modern drugs used in the United States have been derived from plants.”
I realize that Wikipedia is not necessarily considered to be a credible and reliable source. Do the research yourself. Believe me I did mine when I first started my journey in to the world of herbal medicine thirty years ago.
Right about now you are probably asking why we are even discussing this subject. I am in process of writing a book on herbs as medicine. In the tradition of my ‘Letters From Grandma: Before You Were Born‘ book, this one will also be handed down to future generations as a family resource and heirloom.
Since the birth of my grandson I have given considerable thought to those things, the knowledge, I want to pass on to him. The first book was a collection of letters with heartfelt values that are timeless. This next book will contain information that will help him stay healthy and strong throughout his life. His parents are already giving him a great start by minimizing the use of chemicals in their home. His mother makes natural toothpaste, baby wipes and even deodorant. It warms my heart to know they are employing this way of living.
This blog utilizes categories on the Home Page. You will now see one called ‘Herbs For Health’. You will receive ‘sneak peaks’ on a regular basis, providing you a window into what this book will look like once it’s finished. Perhaps you will become an advocate of herbs and want a copy of my book for yourself and / or family and friends.
Do you use herbs when cooking? Do you use them for maintaining your health? Why or why not?