Herbalism is the practical uses of externally applying herbs and ingesting edible and non-toxic, non-intoxicating, and non-poisonous herbs and foods that are used for their medicinal properties in supporting health and promoting the body's own healing capacity.
Herbalism is a method of herbology that combines classical hands-on study of medicinal remedies with the modern scientific research of herbal medicine.
Herbalism is the Use of Herbs
Herbs, in herbalism, refers to any edible life from the kingdoms of biology, such as plants, fungi, animals, protista, and monera, and any of their parts that are used medicinally and/or nutritionally, including minerals. Minerals are turned into a bioactive form with the kingdoms of biology by how they grow and interact with stone and soil.
A large amount of herbs and their various parts are available to use and study. Parts of herbs include: flowers, twigs, stems, leaves, bark, roots, seeds, berries, fruits, algae, kelp, mushrooms, insects, animals, fermented foods, and minerals.
Medicinal herbs are used as dietary supplements which are best added as part of a complete meal within a balanced diet to make them work. Sometimes a remedy may be taken between meals to increase absorption, or before bed to promote rest and recovery.
Turmeric root can easily be added to any meal because it contains the antioxidant curcumin to promote liver function, support heart health, and relieve discomfort in the joints and muscles.
Herbs are Food
Medicinal herbs may be included in a recipe to increase the overall absorption of nutrition within a meal.
Chicken soup is a good nourishing meal that is also a medicinal remedy because it contains many culinary herbs and spices that heal the body, such as garlic, black pepper, oregano, and/or thyme, among any others used.
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