Herbs are plants that are useful to us – as preservatives, to flavour our food, in fragrance and skin care, to create or enhance a mood, and as medicine.
‘Medicinal Herbs’ are any plant, or part of a plant (leaves, flowers, stems, roots, seeds, fruit, or bark) that can be used to make a medicinal product.
Medicinal herbs can be used many ways: dried, powdered, eaten whole, made into a tea, used in capsules or tablets, placed on the body as a poultice, or soaked in a liquid (usually water or alcohol) to make a tincture.
They are then used to:
- Alleviate disease or symptoms
- Detoxify the system
- Maintain a state of balance
- Prevent disease from recurring
- Support the immune system
More and more modern scientific evidence shows Herbal Medicine to be a very effective form of treatment for most ailments that affect humankind (and many other species of animals too). One interesting example of that evidence is the fact that more than 75% of all patented prescription medicines originally came from herbs.