Herbology has been around for centuries.
Dating back more than 5,000 years, it has spanned the globe, from Native American tribes to practitioners of Australian Aboriginal bush medicine to ancient Mesopotamia.
From apothecaries to ancient healers and pharmacists like the famous Nicholas Culpeper, known for his study of herbology. However, today it’s still a popular practice, from simple teas to spa products. So what is herbology and what are the benefits?
What is herbology?
Herbology is the study and use of natural herbs, plants, and botanical knowledge to treat health and well being problems. It’s a natural way to help heal, prevent and treat illness, and improve health using ingredients from the world around us.
From fresh plants, to extracts, spices and herbs, many of us use it every day, often without realizing it. For example, those who are fans of herbal teas might use chamomile to soothe or ginger for an upset stomach. The famous Nicholas Culpeper of the 1600s healed London’s poor for free using herbs from the countryside and also published the first herbal self-help book (The Complete Herbal) in 1653.
What are the benefits of herbology?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks herbal medicine as the most popular type of traditional medicine in western Europe, citing that up to 80% of people worldwide use herbs, spices, and herbal remedies in their health care. I would be amiss if I didn’t say it always goes without saying that if you have particular health conditions you should always check with your doctor before introducing new products and medicines, even of the herbal variety, into your regime.
For many, herbology is part of general health and wellbeing. In terms of its general benefits, they can be restorative, support the body and allow for a natural first port of call for minor ailments without immediately reaching for conventional drugs in a world where we are all more mindful about over use. That said, they are not an alternative, and you should always consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
In terms of specific benefits, it really depends on which plants and botanicals you are using. For example, cinnamon is said to help reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar and alleviate nausea. Basil is an anti-inflammatory. Garlic can help with blood pressure. Cayenne is said to boost circulation, and mint alleviates nausea and calms the nerves.
Ways to use herbology
Herbology can be used in a variety of ways, from tablets to teas, powders, lotions, oils, ointments, syrups, poultices (often used in massage), infusions, aromatherapy, tinctures, juices and in their whole form as fresh or dried plants.
As mentioned, you probably already use them in the form of herbal teas, or maybe even your skincare routine. Perhaps you use a herbal steam inhalation when you have a cold. Or add particular herbs and spices to foods for their healing properties. However, herbology products in spas are also a beautiful way to introduce herbology into your well being. In my dispensary, there is a complete section on herb supplements. I encourage to look and ask for a recommendation or book your FREE consultation today.