You can trust an herb to do what century old tradition says it will do. It might not bring immediate results, but if the right herb is taken in correct doses over a long enough period of time, good results will be forthcoming.
Herbs are living substances that protect and heal our spirits, minds, and bodies. Some herbs work best when combined with other herbs. Some herbs work best alone. Trial and error throughout the ages have given proven results.
Unlike many medicines, herbs do not have to be taken with food and work best when used only as needed. Dosage should be reduced and discontinued as condition improves. Adding more of a good thing to speed healing may aggravate symptoms. It takes time to rebuild health.
Beware of anyone, or any company, that claims to improve herbal properties by breaking apart the chemical components of natural herbal material. When I hear about synthesizing this compound or that compound and taking out certain active ingredient from the herb to make it into a pill, I flinch. Do the big drug companies really think their chemists know more than God? The whole herb is always best in the long run (and can be purchased in capsule form for convenience).
It’s best to use the plant parts in their entirety rather than trying to isolate the active ingredients. Each element of a plants part has specific roles within the body. The combination of elements in an herb works to prevent harmful side effects. This is known as synergy (the strength of the sum of the parts is greater than the strength of individual parts). Synergy is a governing principle in herbal medicine.
Most herbal suppliers are down to earth, honest people. You can usually trust them to sell products from reputable dealers. If buying dried herbs in capsule or tea bag form, always read the ingredients list. The name of the herb should be listed at the very top. After opening the bottle (or package) twist open a capsule or tear open a tea bag. Does it look like it should?
For example, Chamomile should have little yellow particles (from the petals of the flower). Dandelion root should be powdered and taste very bitter on the tongue. Mullein should be grayish green in color. Tea bags should have a nice aroma. There is no use to waste money purchasing cellulose (sawdust). Many discount stores sell inferior products so look for growers, local health food stores, and wellness centers that guarantee quality. High quality herbs make all the difference.
* Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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