An Herbalist studies the use and medicinal properties of plants. The use of plants as medicines predates written human history, and currently the use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized societies, and is often more affordable than purchasing expensive modern pharmaceuticals.
My fascination with herbs started when we had a very small income and I purchased an Herbal Encyclopedia to help us through cold season. Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs and Spices to be exact. I soon followed it with his book on nuts and berries. I believe very strongly that God put the plants here for a purpose and that they are more effective healers than the synthetic combinations we try to concoct for ourselves. They do take longer because they are aiding our body in healing rather than masking the problem.
Herbs can be very helpful in dealing with things from anxiety to pain to zits. Plants have the ability to synthesize a wide variety of chemical compounds that are used to perform important biological functions.
Herbs are very pretty (usually some are a pain in the tush and really look like the weeds they have been labeled) and make use of some of the crazier spaces we find hard to fill in our yards.
My personal theory is that many of the “noxious” weeds that are truly medicinal would be less invasive if they were harvested and used. Pruned, dehydrated, tinctured, made into creams and salves, put to use helps us avoid the need to spray chemicals to keep them out of our lawns.
In the following pages I will share what I have learned about herbs and spices and most of the time I still have the sources handy to let you know where to verify this. As always when adding this kind of thing to your life be sure to check with your doctor, naturopath, or certified herbalist. They know more about you personally than I ever could.