I believe we can find natural means to deal with many of our health problems. So many current health issues have arisen because of our ignorance of nature’s ways and our place in the natural order. We have tried to dissect and isolate everything in nature, thinking we could find the one thing that helped or harmed. But nature does not work that way and we are the worse for that lack of understanding.
The best general herbal remedy for me is echinacea. I tincture echinacea purpurea root and keep it on hand at all times. When I feel a bit under the weather or when a family member brings home a “bug”, I start the echinacea tincture and it works to keep the “bugs” at bay every time. I feel that if we educate ourselves, take responsibility for our own health and act proactively, we can avoid too much involvement with allopathic medicine.
Well said. One hundred and fifty years ago everyone knew how to heal with plants. Today only a small percentage of the population of this planet is using the knowledge and preserving the old ways for future generations. Hopefully more people will join in. The best we can do is educate all who are interested and encourage others to do likewise.
Echinacea purpurea is great for small children. It is more commonly used than the echinacea angustifolia because it is easier to grow. The leaves of the purpurea are more broad and produce a higher yield than the narrow leaves of the angustifolia variety. However, the healing properties in the angustifolia are more concentrated and so are better suited for teens and adults.
Another piece of interesting information about tinctures: the regulatory “powers that be” have specified the amount of time required to pull the healing properties from the plant is 2 weeks. The large corporate manufacturers of tinctures observe that specification when in fact, it actually takes 6 to 12 weeks (depending on the herb and the part of the plant used).
Shorter time to produce the tinctures yields more competitive prices and higher market shares… thus creating entry barriers for higher quality tinctures.
The answer to this problem is for everyone to be empowered to make their own tinctures. All it takes is a bottle of vodka, fresh parts of plants(hopefully organic)[roots, bark, fruit, leaves, seeds, stems, flowers], 6 to 12 weeks, and old books (most of which are out of print) that describe in detail how to prepare each plant before soaking it in the vodka.
I’ve personally had the most experience with: elderberries, blackberries, blueberries, ginger, wild mountain mint, tomato, and bell pepper.