Discovering The Mysteries Of Medicinal Herbs

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Traditionally, plants have been used to help remedy various ailments for thousands of years. Whether they were brewed into teas or mashed into pastes and topically applied, herbal remedies were the only means of healing. A large percentage of the world’s population continues to use these herbal remedies of old, while many others have embraced the practices of Western medicine. We aren’t discounting advancements in medicine, because they do have their place, but it is important not to lose sight of the healing properties of herbs.

 

Mystery #1: Which Herbs Are Medicinal?

The short answer is: about all of them. Each herb has one or more medicinal properties; some of them just have more than others, and with varying potencies at that. It is also a false notion that herbs only come in green bundles or glass shaker bottles at grocery stores. The entirety of one plant can have healing properties; thus, we extend the term “herbs” to the leaves, roots, bark, flowers, and seeds of each plant. Some herbs with powerful medicinal properties include:

  • Ginger: Great for upset stomachs and soothing sore throats. It can also reduce motion sickness and works to decrease inflammation.
  • Mint: Found almost everywhere, mint can help to freshen your breath, soothe indigestion, reduce headaches, and it even has cancer-fighting properties.
  • Turmeric: Known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antibacterial properties, turmeric is widely used in the field of herbal remedies. The active ingredient, curcumin, may even inhibit cognitive decline.

 

Mystery #2: How Are Herbs Used?

Aside from purchasing or growing the plant itself, medicinal plants can come in the form of teas, powders, tinctures, extracts, oils, salves, balms, or supplements. Herbs should be incorporated into your daily diet to help keep the body healthy. For example, if you can see that people in the office are starting to get sick, start taking a small amount of oil of oregano every day. If your joints are becoming sore, start adding turmeric to your diet. Do you have difficulty going to sleep? Drinking a cup of chamomile an hour or two before bed is better than resorting to sleep medication.

 

Mystery #3: Where Can I Get These Amazing Herbs?

The best, and possibly most satisfactory, way to get herbs is to grow your own in your windowsill or backyard. If you opt to grow them in the windowsill, they will be less prone to being harmed by weeds or pests. Mint, basil, rosemary, lemongrass, and citronella, for example, are quite easy to grow and all of them have powerful healing properties. While some countries have specialty herb stores (and certain cities in America may have them too), most countries do not. Let us not forget that the Internet is a magical place and one can easily order various herbs through reputable websites.

 

Food For Thought:

  • Drink herbal tea all the time. Whether you drink it cold, hot, or at room temperature, each herbal tea can benefit the body, so long as you don’t add artificial sweeteners or cane sugar. Don’t wait until you have a cold to drink them!
  • Look up recipes that contain herbs. You’ll find that they are easy to make, easy to incorporate into your diet, and even easier to eat!
  • Herbs are not scary. They have been around for thousands of years and are a lot cheaper than visiting a doctor. Don’t be afraid to try them.

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    Q: Hello Dherbs.com, I really appreciate your site and making these herbs available to all. I have recently had an abnormal pap smear due to HPV and take lysine because of cold sores around mouth area (had problem since a little girl w/these). I am 27 on medication for bipolar schizoaffective disorder, which causes fatigue, dementia, and more. I'm looking for an alternate way to cope and heal the body. I've tried the master cleanse, I fast, and have changed to a healthier diet. I also take B- complex vitamins and drink herbal teas. I would like to try some of your products that would help to heal my conditions. I do not know if I should ask my doctor to take me off the meds before trying herbs, but this is a struggle for me, because my insight and judgment has decreased since I have been on pharmaceuticals. Someday I just want to cry, but I understand the joy and suffering that is a part of life. Are there any recommendations that to help heal my diseases.

    A:

    First of all we would highly suggest you schedule a consultation so we can decipher or decode the emotional root of your problems because the problems lies here. Okay, now for the meds. Drugs can't heal you, Beloved! No part of your body is made up from drugs. God didn't use drugs to make you. The drugs are enhancing your problems if not outright causing them. Give Nature a try! We would suggest you perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. Clearly there are some emotional imbalances that have resulted in physical disease. Depression speaks from the soul. Are you listening? You can heal, beloved! You CAN heal!

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    Q: My aunt keeps returning to the emergency room because she can't breath. Each time I try to get her started on herbs (she's a diabetic, now on dialysis because a medication ruined her kidney - she wouldn't listen to me about herbs over the years) she somehow ends up in the hospital because she can't breath. I don't believe that it's the herbs (the four you recommend for diabetics). What can I do to help her clear up this problem so she won't end up at the hospital again? I'm afraid that she is going to blame it on the herbs, and she won't want to try anything anymore after today.

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    Flush her out with plenty of water. Have her drink herbal tea of Mullein Leaf, Boneset, and/or Fenugreek. You know, it sounds like the medication has really attacked her lungs. Also sounds like her eliminative channels are very, very weak! She should eat only raw fruits and vegetables and consume herbal tea to remove the obstruction that is preventing her from breathing. You know, Beloved, if she is afraid of herbs and not drugs she has the wrong mindset. Fear is negative and shuts down healing. Sometimes, there's only so much you can do to help a person. Some people have made up minds that they can't or won't heal and so there's really nothing you can do to help them.

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    Q: I don't know if mushrooms are herbs or not. But, I want to take the medicinal mushroom supplements and need to find out if they have estrogen activity. Can you help me with this or know where I can find that information?

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    Mushrooms do not have any estrogen activity!

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    Q: I am very much aware of herbs ayurvedic and regular from a child. What makes your product lets say for the lymph and blood work better than another brand. Lets say it has the same key ingredients that is specifically for lymph and blood. Why would you need 25 herbs in a blend opposed to just the main 3 for the specific organ or purpose. I am so tired of trying everything, and want to be on a trusted regimen. I already prepared oppose to me buying each herb single and mixing it myself. My goal as a healer is to be well rounded in all the blending of herbs for specific uses. The best place to start the healing process is within yourself and I have been curious about Dherbs.

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    I mean, why only use the top 3 herbs available when so many other good herbs (i.e. alterative herbs, which are good for the blood) exist and are available? Why shortchange the people? Why not be unique? Why not give people the best BLOOD herbs from Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American Medicine, Traditional African Medicine, Traditional European Medicine, etc.? If you take the best herbs from around the world and use in your formulations and compounds, it makes a statement that your products are indeed truly for humanity. Who else is doing this? Who else even thinks like this? Our formulas contain many exotic herbs that are very expensive (for other herbalists and manufacturers) and we pride ourselves on going the extra mile to get and provide the BEST for the people (customer), especially if those exotic herbs are available and not curtailed by government regulations (which many are). And in addition to above, providing these unique herbal formulations and compounds for a very economical and reasonable cost. To be the BEST formula, the formula would have to contain the BEST organ-gland specific herbs from around the world. Now THIS, is what makes Dherbs.com unique, at least in my opinion. However, the products speak for themselves. We are the BEST and provide the BEST!

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    Q: Lately I have found myself taking cleansing herbs like Alfalfa, at night, is that Ok, or should I take the Alfalfa in the day. The reason why I take cleansing herbs in the night before I sleep, is because I thought that I would not be eating food, and I would be sleeping, so those 2 activities, I presume are cleansing. Can I take the FIBRIOD BUSTER at night, because they are cleansing herbs. I take the iron phosphate in the day.

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    You're doing just fine, Beloved, with your regimen!

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    Q: That's good to know. I would much rather take herbs for the rest of my life, than medication for the rest of my life. What herbs can I take for my high blood pressure? Also, will the herb for high blood pressure affect the herb bunny rabbit? Thanks for your time. I am trying to place my order as soon as possible.

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    Don't see herbs like drugs! Herbs will not affect one another like drugs will. Take CARDIO-VASCULAR FORMULA and CIRCUL-AID FORMULA for High Blood Pressure.

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    Q: If I stop the man made drugs and start with the herbs how long will it take for the herbs to "kickin" and keep my blood pressure down like the man mades do?

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    Unfortunately there is really no way of knowing how long it would take. A lot of things come into play. How long have you been on meds, what type of diet do you follow, do you exercise? The herbs are going to work faster and better if you follow a raw or vegan lifestyle. The Full Body Cleanse is the best way to starrt a healthier lifestyle. By simply changing your diet to a raw/vegan diet you will start to notice a change in your blood pressure.

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    Q: I have stopped my male pattern baldness with herbs, but I cannot grow anything back. I've tried everything. Now I am using jojoba oil mixed with grape seed oil with thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, and lavender essential oil, will this help in growth, any suggestions?

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    Yes! But take something internally as well, i.e.HAIR-SKIN-NAILS, VITAMIN C, and MSM SULFUR.

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    Q: I am very interested in Dherbs herbal formulas - they appear to be high quality, good formulas. I have a question for you. I eat a vegan diet, about 50% raw foods (sometimes more), get regular exercise, and love to spend time in nature. I am a generally healthy person who rarely gets sick. I have healed myself from asthma and allergies and other ailments by living a healthy lifestyle and using herbs and energy work. However, I do still suffer from cramping during my period (probably endometriosis) and from cervical dysphasia due to HPV. I would love to get these cleared up, too! What do you recommend in terms of your herbal formulas? For example, should I do the whole body detox first, then start in with the ailment specific recommendations, or start everything all at once? Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciate.

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    We would recommend that you first start out with the Full Body Cleanse, followed by the Anti-Viral Kit, followed by the Female Cleanse. These should help you to clear up those unwanted reproductive ailments and provide essential nutrients for female health.

    After this series of cleansing, we also recommend the the following supplements in order to to stay on the path towards whole body wellness.

    Menstrual Cycle Formula
    Female Hormonal Formula
    Female Health Tea
    Anti-Viral Formula

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    Q: I would like to know what herbs you advise I should take for: healthy skin/even skin tone, hair growth and weight loss. I am pregnant at the moment but I would like to use herbs in approx 10 weeks. I am from England, I'm A 25 year old black woman who is beginning to take my health seriously! what foods do you advise I take out of my diet?

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    Please read our "PRE-NATAL HEALTH" article for the answers you desire! This is a common inquiry for us so we created an article on the subject matter.

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    Q: I would like to know if there are herbs that can help or cure ADD? My sons are exhibiting signs of the disease and are being tested and I was wondering if there are natural remedies for it. They have a hard time focusing and are frequently irritated.

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    Please read our "ATTENTION-DEFICIT DISORDER" article in our article section. These children really don't need anything, just mental stimulation in a boring classroom. But if you insist something natural over chemical (drug), i.e. recommend NERVES TEA (1 cup before school).

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    Q: While I know by experience that herbs can have a healing effect, You say that clearly, "Sarcoidosis affects the glands", the inner and outer skin, and the lymphatic system. Sarcoidosis is a degenerative disease, and is therefore due to improper diet. You don't mention at any stage that it is an auto immune disease. To say that diet alone can cause one's immune system to attack the body, and major organs (which you don't mention anywhere) seems very simplistic. I may be wrong, but I hope you are not just raising hopes for all the sufferers out there. My sister has sarcoidosis.

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    Beloved, why would I want to in futile and falsely raise innocent people's hopes and create bad karma for myself? I'm not one of the unscrupulous Christian ministers who do such, Beloved. I'm a wise natural healer. I have no incentive in raising false hopes. Life is not joke nor is suffering! Sarcoidoisis is a PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE disease which means it is diet related. A disease is preventable because eating wrong foods can be prevented. A disease is reversible because poor diet is reversible. Research the medical term "degenerative disease" and you'll understand where I'm coming from. I'm not one to embrace auto-immune disease because when the body turns on itself that's not natural. The person did something to make their body attack itself. People invite disease, Ma'am via WRONG DIET, WRONG THOUGHTS, WRONG ACTIONS, etc. If she was born with sarcoidosis, she picked up in life, a life that she led pursuant to her own free will. I say again: YOU CAN heal from any disease! If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can't, you can't! It IS that simple! Jesus (not that you may be a Christian, I'm just quoting) stated: If thou canst belive, all things are possible to him that believeth!

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    Q: When reading the ingredients on herbal products, when there are () shown and another name in a different form, what does this mean? Does this mean there no pure herbs Or is it just another name for the herbs?

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    It denotes the botanical or technical name of the herb.

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    Q: Sir, as an African male who believes using the herbs directly. How can supplements suffice instead of the direct use of the plant source, such as milk thistle (silybum marianum), known as silymarin? Just like the ("so called)" vitamin supplements. Is there a subtitute for the real herb, fruit, and vegetable?

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    Herbs are are plants, just pulverized and powdered. We don't call our herbs supplements. Herbs are food and you can't supplement food, Beloved! There is no substitute for a real food, Beloved! Only the real thing!

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    Q: Are there any herbs or remedies for Skin moles? My family has them on there face, neck, arm, and legs. Can you pull them off? Some people say if you do that, you will bleed for hours. Is this true?

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    YOU CAN HEAL FROM MOLES! CONSIDER THE Following: the following is a healing account of a mole by my good and dear friend Paris Chatman. This is my story and how I healed my face of my mole. I developed a small growth in 1997 on the left side of my face. Over the years it slowly increased in size and until recently it reached 0.25 inches. I had been on and off a healthy diet for over ten years. I could not ever commit to 100% good health, which I felt deep down, was the root cause of why my pathologies either remained or kept returning. Once this mole reached 0.25 inches I knew that it was time to really make a committed choice regarding my eating habits. I was convinced that it was my eating habits and thinking life style that contributed to the growth of this mole. It was only getting bigger which really concerned me. I took one final measurement and made the intent to eat an organic vegan diet, which would be mostly raw (not exclusively). I then purchased several bottles of BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA and the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA. I knew that my skin pathologies were a result of toxic blood and the toxic blood was a result of a toxic diet. So just having made the intent alone caused a change in my body chemistry. I do not have the medical explanations for what happened. All I can say is the day after I measured my mole and made the committed intent to live a healthy mental & physical lifestyle, the mole began to crack at one of the edges. This was just the next day. Then I realized that my body & mind are incredibly powerful...more than I ever realized. I thought that if I took the herbs that I purchased then I would help my body on the inside cleanses the blood and the end result would be a beautiful healed complexion. I took 5 capsules of the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA and 3 capsules of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA daily. Then I broke open 5 capsules of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA and put the herbs in a small dish and mixed it with distilled water (about three tablespoons). I then put this mixture in the base of my facial steamer. I bought this facial steamer from savon's for only $20.00 many years ago and this was the best use I got out of it ever! I put a towel over my head and allowed the steamer to infuse the herb mixture into my skin/mole directly. Once I was done, I lightly patted my face dry and applied a paste I concocted with OZ OIL and the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA. To make the paste, I broke open another 5 capsules of the HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA and put the powder in a small dish and added 1/2 teaspoon of the OZ OIL...just enough to create a paste. I applied the paste directly on the mole. I felt a sensation in the mole area, which went away after a few minutes. The next morning I washed my face using a chemical free, fragrance free, soap and once I patted my face dry, I noticed the mole had begun to crack more around the edges and the edges that cracked the day before had turned black and hardened. I gently touched the hard black area and it came off as if it were a scab that healed and underneath was healed skin. I kept doing my routine and I am not kidding in three weeks the mole had broken off bit by bit and was gone and my skin was healed completely. I look in the mirror each day and am amazed that a mole that frustrated me for nearly ten years was gone in just three weeks once I made the intention and commitment. This process was repeated as follows: Herbs (BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA & HAIR SKIN NAILS FORMULA) were taken daily each morning with distilled water Facial steaming with the herbs: twice a week (I chose a Sat and Sun because I worked during the week and had little time) The herb paste was put on the mole every night. Each morning or whenever the mole looked ready, I touched any hardened black areas so they could fall off. I ate a 98% raw vegan diet, drank distilled water. I have a very light brown circle on the area were the mole used to be. This is fading each time my skin does its normally shedding process. This is what happened to me. I have been and still is 100% committed to a healthy vegan (mostly raw) diet and healthy thinking lifestyle. I listen to my body now. I can only speak for me. I am sincerely blessed and am happy for the opportunity to share my story.

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    Q: I have been taking the herbs for 3 weeks now and I noticed that when I was getting a pedicure I had some bruises on my toes. I think I may have stubbed my toe (which I have done many times before without bruising). I just wanted to know if herbs increase your body's probability of getting bruises?

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    Herbs do not increase probability for bruises!

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    Q: I am a 29 year old woman currently living with one functioning kidney. Both kidneys were found to be "swollen" many months ago due to polyps that had formed inside my uterus. These issues were treated and now I'm interested in treating adult acne that has been forming on my cheeks for many years. My nephrologists told me not to take any herbs especially in capsule form because it may affect my kidneys. What is your opinion about taking herbs for people with one functioning kidney (or which article should I refer to)? Is there another alternative to treating acne without taking herbs. I am now greatly increasing my water intake and drinking one cup of unsweetened cranberry juice every day.

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    If drugs don't hurt one kidney, how in the world could a plant hurt it? Herbs are 1 million times safer than drugs. The choice is yours however to make on taking herbs. We deem them safe. You may be interested in performing the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE as well as the HEALING SKIN OIL for external application of the acne. Please read our article on a href="http://www.dherbs.com/articles/acne-210.html">"ACNE". Check the articles section on our site!

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    Q: I was doing some research and ran across an article saying the right herbs could help with a spinal cord injury. These are the herbs that were given to me: Horsetail, parsley, Mugwort, Sage, comfrey and Yarrow. Please let me know you can help. Thanks

    A:

    These herbs will help!

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    Q: What herbs should I take for herpes (currently taking valtrex) and HPV? I also what to Detox and maintain taking herbs for energy, and weight lost. I do exercise regularly.

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    I RECOMMEND YOU PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX, THEN THE ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN, FOLLOWED BY THE WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN. START HERE! AFTER THESE CLEANSES, CHANGE YOUR DIET PERMANENTLY. DIET IS KEY!

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    Q: I love your site, it is a wonderful resource, I just ordered some herbs too. I want to learn more about this, do you have classes or apprenticeships in healing herbs?

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    Unfortunately at this time, we do not offer any courses.