Herbology, Herbalism, Herbs and Spices, Medicinal Remedies, and Herbal Medicine

by Jason Duke - Owner/Artisan

Fresh Content: April 30, 2022 00:22

The healing legacy of plants and their uses has long been a part of human civilization, from ancient rituals, through people's traditions, into culinary delights, and with healing remedies.

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Herbology is Everything About Herbs 

Herbology encompasses the nature of healing herbs and their roles in entertainment, culture, spirituality, rituals and other supplemental types of medicinal remedies used in medicine. Herbology includes several different methodologies in the understanding of herbs.

Personal Herbology

The basis of herbology is the personal experience a person has in relationship with herbs, such as seeing the shapes and colors, smelling the aromatics, and tasting the flavors.

Cultural Herbology

Observing the traditional way a culture wisely incorporates the use of herbs into daily life, including native locations where the herbs grow, gathers empirical herbology knowledge.

Energetic Herbology

Energies and other subtle qualities of the finer existence of herbs is spiritually practiced as part of herbology, including astrological attributions and other religious beliefs and rituals uses.

Scientific Herbology

Herbology is applied in modern times by utilizing the classical applications of herbalism with the study of herbal medicine and the medicinal properties of constituents found in how herbs work to support, maintain and promote health, wellness, and well-being.

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Type of Herbology Around the World

Understanding Herbs is Herbology 

The three main types of herbology and associated methodologies:

  • Ayurvedic Herbalism
  • Tridosha - Pitta, Vata, Kapha
  • Energy (virya)
  • Flavors (rasa)
  • Post-digestive Effect (vipaka)
  • Special Potency (prabhava)

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Herbalism Studies Herbs As Healing Medicine 

Herbalism is the practical healing uses of edible and non-poisonous herbs and other foods that are used for their medicinal and tonic properties in supporting 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 Named After 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.

While a small amount of herbs and spices derive flavor in cooking, a larger amount of an herb is used in herbalism and herbal medicine for healing, where the herb is either medicinal, tonic, and/or adaptogenic.

A large amount of herbs and their various part 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
  • minerals
Culinary Spices Are Easy To Learn Medicine 

Herbs Make the Diet Better

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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Medicinal Remedies

Medicinal Means Healing Medicine 

Medicinal means 'medicine that heals' and refers to the non-nutrient healing properties of foods, spices, herbs, and dietary supplements.

Medicinal remedies are specifically used for the physical, emotional, and mental properties associated with the various systems, organs, glands, and tissues of the body; remedies are used medicinally when they are taken for their unique constituents and not only for any essential nutrients they may contain.

Common Medicinal Remedies

Herbs are Common Healing Medicinal Remedies 

Examples of common medicinal herbs used in herbalism:

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Aloe
  • Calendula
  • Burdock
  • Lemon Balm
  • Elderberry
  • Dandelion
  • Lavender
  • St. John's Wort
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Hawthorn
  • Hops
  • Skullcap
  • Oregon Grape
  • Cascara Sagrada

Medicinal Remedies Do Not Include Intoxicants and Drugs

Contrarily, herbalism does not promote the use any kind of intoxicants, which includes drugs, since they are not medicinal remedies that support, maintain, or promote health, wellness, or well-being.

For example: someone may wrongly confuse the intoxication of using hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves, much like the mental impairment of marijuana or psilocybin or any related drugs, which may be used recreationally, as falsely promoting health and well-being.

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The Science of Herbal Medicine

Scientist's Study Plant Constituents 

Herbal medicine is the theoretical part of herbology which uses scientific examination of medicinal remedies and botanical dietary supplements to determine how herbs work to support, maintain, and promote health, wellness, and well-being.

Herbs Work Through Biochemistry 

Herbal medicine may use the empirical hands-on traditional and cultural uses of herbs within herbalism for guidance in biochemical research to find the unique constituents and discover the properties that are responsible for the promotion of health benefits in specific systems, organs, glands, tissues, and cells.

The main properties of medicinal herbal remedies are biochemically researched to identify how their various unique constituents work, not only by their essential nutrients, like vitamins and minerals.

Tea is a commonly used medicinal remedy that is examined and studied for the biochemical polyphenol catechin constituents, called EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), which has medicinal properties that include antioxidant, vascular heart health, liver health, and fat metabolism boosting benefits.

    Chamomile flowers contain azulene essential oils that calm the nerves, soothe minor irritation in the digestive track, maintain vascular tissue, and support digestion.

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