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Herbalism

“Traditional herbal medicines are naturally occurring, plant-derived substances with minimal or no industrial processing that have been used to treat illness within local or regional healing practices.” (World Health Organization)

Herbalism

For thousands of years herbs have been used to optimize health and to support recovery from illness and disease. According to the World Health Organization, 80% of the world population uses plants for health and medicine.  For the past 2 years, I have immersed myself in herbal studies, and it’s been fascinating. In anticipation of opening the clinic, I have been busy harvesting high quality herbs in a respectful and sustainable fashion and creating dry herb blends, extracts, and oils from the plants. These products contain the pure plants, allowing the natural balance of the plant to remain intact.  I am delighted to be able to offer you a green alternative or compliment to your current healthcare practices, and to encourage the healing connection with the natural world.

Herbalism Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take herbs along with my current medication?

There can be drug/herb interactions. Pharmacists, medical clinicians, and herbalists can help you determine which herbs are safe to use with your current medications.

Are there side effects from the herbs?

Many herbs are safe to use for everyone in almost all cases,  whereas some herbs are strong and have to be used with caution. In general, pharmaceuticals have more side effect because of the strong concentration of the medicine. Plants, in their natural state, tend to have fewer side effects.

How long does it take for the herbs to work?
  • For acute problems, such as upper respiratory illness, urinary tract infection, nausea, headache, cramps, the herbs can be effective quickly, and used for a short time.
  • For chronic problems, such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, chronic constipation, the herbs can take several months to reach full effect.
How do I know the herbs are effective?
  • Listen to your own body
  • Instead of looking at lab values and numbers, monitor how you feel.
What’s special about Thyme?

Thyme – the tiny leaves of this plant are used in teas and extracts to treat sore throat, cough, bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, stomach ache, flu, chest pain, high blood pressure, tooth ache, and even childhood bed wetting. The same qualities that protect this plant from disease can be used to treat antibiotic resistant bacteria that infect us! Thyme is an amazing plant, and it’s just one of the many medicinal plants growing around you, that, in combination with Time, supports healing.

“Our bodies are not distinct from the bodies of plants and animals, with which we are involved in the cycles of feeding and the intricate companionships of ecological systems and of the spirit. They are not distinct from the earth, the sun and moon, and the other heavenly bodies.”
(Wendell Berry, the Unsettling of America)