Herbs have been used for thousand of years as food and medicine. Consulting with an educated Herbalist will help you attain optimal health by educating you on what herbs may work best for you as an individual.
Herbal remedies are plant-based and can come from different combinations of plant parts, leaves, flowers or roots. Each part has its own medicinal value as they have their own type of chemical constituents from different extraction methods. A product made from an herbal plant is called an herbal supplement.
There are many types of herbal preparations such as water based, alcohol-based, and oil-based. Other preparations that are common include powders taken internally loose or encapsulated, juices, creams, steam inhalation, bath and skin washes, mouthwashes, and suppositories. The water-based options can include infusions, syrups, poultices, lotions, compresses, and decoctions. The alcohol bass preparations are called tinctures. There are also non-alcoholic alternatives that use glycerin or vinegars. Oil-based preparations like infused oils and ointments are used externally.
Herbalists use plants that are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. An herbalist will take a holistic approach to illness getting to the roots of the disease rather than treating just the symptoms. When using herbal supplements, it is best to work with a professional. A trained or licensed herbalist or naturopathic Doctor would be the best choices. Always do your research on the herbs taking. Check for quality, purity and sources.