There is a growing awareness that though modern pharmaceuticals can be life-saving, they seldom promote wholeness. Armed with this knowledge, many consumers have sought out the gifts that herbs, in conjunction with a lifestyle of real foods, time for spirit and enough sleep, offer them for illness prevention and recovery.
Like other herbal traditions, Western herbalism relies on an understanding of the constituents found in herbs and how their energies affect the individuals using them. In addition, Western herbalism focuses on herbs that grow regionally, which are just as nuanced, strong and often less expensive than their non-bioregional counterparts. Western herbs can effectively treat many conditions, including digestive complaints, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome and many skin conditions.
When used to season foods and treat the aches and pains of everyday life, kitchen herbs and spices are effective and safe for most people. For navigating complex health issues or chronic conditions, a trained herbalist is a valuable guide to help individuals choose and use the herbs that will help them restore energy and health.
Healing with herbs helps us reconnect to the living world and can move us away from depending on drugs and toward lives of vitality and wholeness.
Source: Joan Cowden is a traditional Western herbalist and teacher. She sees clients at the Radiant Living Center in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit RadiantLivingOK.com.