Since time began, herbs were both food and medicine, for both
animals and humans. Herbs and their derivatives are a basis for
our modern medicines, though most of us have no idea to this truth.
In the culinary area, herbs are used anywhere from
teas and beverages, to spicing and adding flavor to foods. The list
is to long to mention here, though some herbs are known to freshen
breath while chewing, to giving us vital vitamins our body needs.
As a little introduction to history Egyptians were
highly skilled with herbs. An ancient text written in 1500 B.C.
of The Papyus Eben already contained over 700 herbs and remedies.
Some of the herbs listed in that time were, aloe, caraway seeds,
poppy and garlic.
The Chinese have used herbs for about 5000 years.
There were 13 herbal prescriptions listed in a Chinese medical book
in 2700 B.C. They are noted for the use of Ginseng and believe it
Greeks, Hypocrites used diet and herbs for treatments
on himself. He was noted as the father of medical literature. He
was the first to practice medicine. He firmly believed in the strength
in nature to “cure” disease.
Romans, the ancient practice of Egypt was passed
to Greece, then to Rome. The Mandrake herb was used then as an anesthetic.
By this time, the use of herbs as remedies were common place.
Today in modern times, most consider herbs to be
a food rather than medicine. However, they are complete and cleanse
and purify our bodies, unlike chemical drugs. Though herbs do not
cure, they do give our bodies nutrients, help realign our bodily
defenses, helping it to heal itself, while putting our bodies in
tune with nature.
As with Aromatherapy the oils from herbs can be
used for massage, room fresheners, skin creams, baths, inhalants,
relive stress and insomnia, medicinal purposes, air purification,
potpourri revitalizer, and saunas. I myself use a simmering pot
full of water and add a few drops of the oil, as it simmers it fills
the air with its fragrance.
Shamanism, Witches, and Native American Indians,
have used these herbs and their oils for anything from prayer to
healing to smudging.
Smudging: Smudging helps to center ourselves. Using a smudge pot-a
shell or bowl, one goes about the room clockwise, by using a fan
or feather. They then fan over the smudge pot, while keeping it
lit, fanning the smoke through the room. This may be done for crystals,
medicine tools, to purify and cleanse ones self and to make contact
Smudging has been known to be a powerful tool. Fighting
depression, anger, resentment, clears the air after an argument,
and used in rituals or ceremonies.
provided here is for information purposes only, you should consult
a medical doctor if you have any health queries or problems.
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