Natural Herbal Remedy

by Karen Brooks on February 5, 2010

For thousands of years, many ancient cultures used herbs for various purposes. These ancient cultures used herbs to heal their sick, treat their wounded, aid their spiritual quests, and celebrate their traditions. Each culture had its own unique ways of using herbs. In the United States, Native Americans relied on their folklore and oral tradition to learn the ways in which herbs were used in their culture, and to pass these traditions down to their children.

When Western or modern medicine became popular, many of these herbal treatments had to take a back seat. However, recent years have seen a comeback for natural herbal remedies. This comeback became even stronger when Western doctors and scientific researchers began acknowledging that herbs do work well for many conditions. It is cheaper than most pharmaceuticals and it also has fewer side effects.

Because of this affirmation from conventional medical doctors, more patients have become interested in herbs and natural herbal remedies. It has become so in demand, that some hospitals, like the famed Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles now has an integrative program that administers herbal remedies, and studies various herbs for their use for the various everyday ailments, as well as for more serious illnesses.

However, the beauty of natural herbal remedies is that you don’t necessarily need a doctor in order to benefit from the remedies. Many of the remedies can be done at home, often coming in the form of teas. Teas can be very soothing, and many times natural herbal remedies involve breathing in the scent of the herb, while allowing the herb itself to work within the body, and this can be done with a cup of tea. Doctors recommend that when making an herbal tea remedy, to use one to two teaspoons of the herb per cup of boiling water, and make sure it is steeped in the water for 10 minutes.

When turning to a natural herbal remedy, be sure you are aware of the herbs you are using, and what side effects to expect. If you are pregnant or nursing, some herbs may not be advisable to use. If you are on a certain type of treatment of diet, other herbs may not be recommended either. Read up on your herbs or consult an herbalist. Some herbalists are medical doctors as well, so you can be assured you will receive a very rounded, well informed view on the topic.


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