Understanding terms or words commonly used in herbal literature provides a basic foundation for people new to herbs and reinforces the basics for those with some experience with herbal medicine. The following terminology categories offer a comprehensive understanding of herbal medicine's role in healthcare.
Medicinal Plants Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.
The Elder has long been revered for its flowers, berries, unusual hollow stems and trunks for crafting, as a dye plant in some traditional basketry, and even the roots and bark have been of use medicinally in some traditions. The berries make an excellent jam or syrup,
Here is a synopsis of about 90 medicinal plants and their uses, click the link to see all posts relating to using or growing medicinal herbs. Not all plants listed here are medicinal herbs. I included some plants that are small trees or shrubs as they are none the less plants that are widely used for medicinal purposes.
Herbs have played a major part in medicine for thousands of years. Every culture and every medicinal system, from Ayurveda to Traditional Chinese Medicine, have used herbs for therapeutic purposes. There are thousands of herbs with thousands of different uses, many of which are used in conventional medicine as well as for natural remedies.
The Medicinal Plants Disclaimer: This page presents a description and history of the medicinal uses of these plants. The intention is not to provide specific medical advice. You should consult your personal physician before taking any form of medication.
So you want to grow herbs for cooking and for medicinal use, but you've got a small space to grow them in. Maybe you're in an apartment and you only have a back deck or a kitchen window. No problem! Just grow 5 basic herbs, and you'll be set!
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