The Art of Herbalism

Lobelia - Lobelia spp.

Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis

Dogwood - Cornus spp.

Maypop, Purple Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata

Rieshi Mushroom - Ganoderma spp.

Rue Anenome - Thalictrum thalictroides

Spotted Beebalm or Horsemint - Monarda punctata

Skullcap - Scutellaria

Wild Bergamot - Monarda fistulosa

Yarrow - Achillea spp.

A Bit of History - Using Plants for Medicine

Modern manufactured prescription medicines, also called pharmaceuticals, are a relatively new thing. They were here when many of us were born, so we just assumed that they were normal and had always existed, but that's just not true. In the collective big picture of chronological time, plants have been used for medicine since the beginning of time. In many parts of the world, they still are, and pharmaceuticals are rarely used in those countries, if at all. Some say that manufactured medicines are making us live longer, but looking back at my family tree going back hundreds of years, many of my ancestors were living into their 80's, 90's - even beyond 100 years old and without having to take aspirin or high blood pressure medications, etc. Back in those days there was no health insurance. People in the country were likely to barter a couple of dozen eggs or a ham for a doctor to visit their house. So, what does that tell us about today? Possibly the foods, drinks and preservatives that we eat and our life styles just aren't as conductive to longevity as the food, water and lifestyles of centuries past. Doesn't that at least favor a second look into using plants for medicine? I believe it does.

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