Herbs have been used to enhance health and wellness since ancient times. These days we are seeing a return to the wholistic approach to health. There is wisdom in appreciating that we are body-soul-spirit beings. One aspect of our being cannot be affected without the other aspects being affected.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers isolate certain chemicals from plants that are believed to be the most active ingredients, and these are processed and concentrated. The chemicals or vitamins are isolated and synthesised, and when the same concentrated drugs are given to people, side effects are common.
With herbal teas and products, the whole plant is used. The enzymes and nutrients work synergistically and meet the need or deficiency occurring in the body. In this way, the herbs adjust to whatever lack or need is occurring in the body, with a restorative and nurturing effect, and with far fewer side effects or risks than with concentrated pharmaceuticals.
Herbs encourage the body's natural healing process by promoting the elimination of toxins and revitalising the systems and organs of the body. They are gentle enough to use alongside orthodox medicines and can often help to gradually reduce reliance on other medicines. For example, anti-rheumatic herbs may decrease the need for anti-inflammatory drugs used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis. (However, in the event of any ill health, please do not self-medicate but always consult your chosen health care practitioner.)
The effect of herbs is more gentle, gradual and cumulative, so while you won't experience a "magic" instant cure, you will see gradual steady improvement over the weeks as the herbs, rich in nutrients and therapeutic properties, build up what is lacking, heal what is damaged and balance out what is imbalanced.
Herbal teas are made usually with the flowers or leaves of the plant, which have been dried and sometimes cut or crumbled.