Herbs are beneficial for children and parents who believe in natural remedies to heal their ailments and prevent disease. There are many who practice holistic medicine and therapies as a non-invasive alternative to conventional medicine. These practices are defined by the terms such as homeopathy, reiki, herbalism, aromatherapy, shamanism, chiropractic, faith healing and naturopathy. These healing philosophies do not always have scientific explanations for their effectiveness or the support of the medical community. The extraordinary result, despite the lack of scientific data, still manifests itself within individuals who believe in the remedies.
The ability to be a healer is in every individual. A shift in human belief that healing can only be practiced by trained professionals with their patented medicines is obtained through the knowledge and use of herbs. Herbalists believe in the integral relationship between plants and humans. People become the gardeners, seed collectors and admirers of the plant and the plants reciprocate the appreciation by providing food, medicine, oxygen and life. It is a beautiful, abundant cycle that flows naturally once the relationship is given respectful attention.
A connection and kinship with plants is easily integrated into everyday life. Herbs love to grow everywhere. Roadsides, parks or overgrown lots become treasure chests for many herbal practitioners. Many native plants have medicinal properties; it just takes a little insight to be able to recognize the value of the common weed. Gardeners realize that certain herbs will help keep their vegetables and flowers free from pests, funguses and drought. Cooks appreciate a sunny windowsill to grow culinary herbs for flavoring their favorite foods. A person in need of a cure can take a trip to their local herbal dispensary and receive a healing tea, poultice or salve. They can cure their ailments with the confidence that what they put into their bodies is natural and safe from harmful side effects. Parents and children delight in growing herbs as a way to learn how to respect the earth, spend valuable quality time together and to use the herbs in recipes for family remedies.
Herbalists, who are actively engaged in cultivating and wildcrafting herbs, develop a strong spiritual relationship with each plant. This awareness is what brought the first healers into practice and why that information can never be lost. All of these people have found ways to use their herbs in balance with their needs.
As more people begin understanding their relationship with plants, they will also begin to trust the medicinal value of herbs. This trust initiates the confidence in people’s ability to heal their own bodies as well as their loved ones. Society often believes that any disease or discomfort should be treated with the use of invasive practices. Over-use of antibiotics, experimental drugs, diagnostic testing and surgeries often create more harm than good. Unfortunately the devastating side effects from these practices have not yet been publicized. The disabilities, chronic side effects and fatalities that conventional medicine has caused are concealed by the medical and pharmaceutical community. Medicines can not heal, they only push the organs to work harder. The healers of natural medicines believe that adopting preventative practices, by making changes in lifestyle, will eradicate most of our health problems. A body that is riddled with excess weight, malnutrition, lack of exercise and stress will always be in a state of disease. Eventually, by bringing the body back into a state of harmony, the mind will become aware when things are out of balance. This simple idea will initiate a change in how society perceives health, disease and medicine.