Herbology & Herbal Health Services



Herbology comes with a written history more than 5000 years old. In fact, the first European herbal text was written by the Greek physician Pedanias Dioscorides in the first century A.D. Today, 75% of the world's population still relies primarily upon ancient healing practices, most of which are herbal in nature.

"[One] of the enduring strengths of herbalism is that is has solid foundations in traditional healing, but is at the same time a part of modern science and medicine. . . . [herbalism] laid the foundation of modern medicine, botany, pharmacy, perfumery, and chemistry." Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine by David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG

In fact, the word drug derives from an old Dutch word, droog, which means, "to dry" since pharmacists and physicians would dry plants for their medicinal use.


What is an Herb?


Herbs contain nutritional and medicinal qualities. Herbs contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients. In herbology, an herb refers to a whole plant or part of a plant used to make herbal remedies or aromatic oils used for herbal health care products such as soaps, salves and lotions. An herb can refer to a leaf, flower, stem, seed, root, fruit, bark or the herb as a whole.

The practice of herbology focuses on using herbs both as nourishment and aides for assisting the body's own self-healing abilities.

It is important to note that herbs contain a wide variety of naturally occurring chemicals with biological activity.


What is an Herbalist?


Herbalists are people who dedicate their lives to studying and working with herbs and herbal remedies. According to The Collins Dictionary of the English Language, "an herbalist is a person who grows, sells, collects, or specializes in the use of herbs, especially medicinal herbs." One of the main jobs of an herbalist is to educate on the use of herbs, instructing on methods of self-care oftentimes through the use of specially formulated herbal remedies.


What is the Difference Between Herbal Remedies and Pharmaceuticals?


According to the World Health Organization, of the 119 herb-derived pharmaceuticals, approximately 74% are used in allopathic medicine similarly to their traditional use by native cultures. N.R. Farnsworth et al. "Medicinal Plants in Therapy." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 63:6 (1985). 965-981.

Herbs are complex and contain whole families of active compounds. Herbs are in harmony with the chemistry of the body and produce vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients, which are highly absorbable. Herbs are also less concentrated than drugs. Commonly, plants may have one half of 1% of an active compound whereas pharmaceutical drugs are 100% pure.

Since herbs are much less concentrated the body doesn't receive as much of the active ingredient at one time leading to less side effects and oftentimes longer periods of time before results are noted. With that said, there are still some herbs that are fast acting, can interfere with medication and which are extremely potent and caution should always be used along with the guidance and education of a trained herbalist.


The world of herbology is fascinating and I look forward to helping you understand the many aspects that comprise herbalism and herbal health-care!

"He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man..." Psalm 104:14

Contact:

I am not yet offering in-depth herbal consultations but will post back here once my in-depth herbal health services are available. In the meantime, I am offering guidance with a select number of herbal remedies and can offer some educational instruction on herbal tinctures, 100% pure essential oils, herbal supplements and nourishing herbal teas.

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*If taking herbals, you must advise your physician of the herbal remedies and supplements you take in order for them to properly care for you. Likewise, if taking pharmaceuticals you must advise your herbalist or holistic health practitioner so that any potential side effects or interactions can be avoided.