Why You Should Choose Natural Curatives Over Artificial
The renewed interest in natural herbal curatives over the past two decades has proven nothing less than phenomenal.
With growing dissatisfaction and distrust for Western medicine, as well as the rising cost of both prescription drugs and over-the-counter supplements, many American households are now opting to look outside mainstream treatment. More and more people are taking responsibility for treating their family’s illnesses and exploring the virtues of natural herbal remedies.
As recent studies have proven, herbal remedies and other natural curatives are not the feeble substitutes for synthetic medicines the drug and pharmaceutical industries want us to believe.
In fact, when used in the correct form and dosage, herbs are just as effective as drugs, and at a fraction of the cost--and with far fewer side-effects.
And when you consider that the pharmaceutical industry was actually founded on the likes of willow bark (the active ingredient in aspirin), foxglove (the active component in digitalis), and opium poppy (the key ingredient in codeine), we should all stop and ask ourselves why we have come to be so heavily reliant on processed medicines when for thousands of years our ancestors cured themselves with natural remedies literally collected from the woods.
While one shouldn’t expect to randomly take any herb in any form to cure any illness, (as with any medicament there is a scientific cause/effect to this process that must be learned), we often need reminded that until the past few decades, it was common practice to keep various herbs on hand for a number of common ailments.
Just as there are guidebooks for choosing synthetic drugs (PDRs), there are a number of reputable and reliable, long-standing herbals on the shelves as well. But before delving into natural cures, be aware that just as with synthetically-produced drugs, not all cures work on all people in the same way, and herbal allergic reaction can occur. (If you’re allergic to echinacea, for instance, don’t choose strawberry tincture as a curative!)
For those who would like to resume the practice self-treating through natural curatives, or those just wanting to expand their herbal pantry, here is a brief selection of herbs that have been universally known to be beneficial in treating a number of common conditions; (note that some herbs have more than one positive function and are often used in combination or tandem)::
> Chamomile has a wide range of uses including curing indigestion, inducing sleep, and soothing stomach ulcers.
> Garlic is a powerful and quite effective antiseptic for treating cuts and wounds. Garlic incorporated into the diet is also known to improve the immune system.
> Ginger has been successfully used for centuries to treat colds, soothe sore throats, and relieve stomach cramps. It is brewed by several Native American groups as drank as a calming tea.
> Gingko, the use of which can be traced to prehistoric times, has been scientifically shown to improve memory. Even the medical community is now touting its effectiveness.
> Parsley has been used cross-culturally by pregnant women in various societies for centuries for soothing tender nipples and alleviating morning sickness.
> Rosemary and Sage have been used in combination for centuries to control dandruff and improve the scalp.
> Valerian, another natural curative which has now become popular with the medical community but can be quite expensive when bought over the pharmacy counter, is proven to elevate mood, induce sleep (often curing insomnia), and raise energy levels.
While this list of natural curatives deals with relatively mild disorders, much more serious problems can also be treated with herbs once you become familiar with herbs and how they affect your body.
Note: If you’re new to herbology and herbalism, it’s best to purchase a few herbals (used ones will save you money) and cross-reference natural curative suggestions.
And remember, if one herb does not work for you, simply try another. Those who practice herbal cures firmly believe that nature provides a cure for every ailment humankind can attract--you just need to find it. With experience, you’ll gain the knowledge to know what works for you--and the members of your family.
(Always keep in mind that pregnant women should always take very small or diluted doses of herbal concoctions in order to be certain they won’t ill-effect your unborn. Just because an herb has no ill-effect on a mother does not guarantee that the baby will respond the same.)
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