Botanical Medicine or Western Herbalism is the use of plants and plant parts such as roots, bark and seeds to prevent and treat illness.
Plants have been used daily by people as spices, teas, infusions, oils, tinctures, honeys and herbal vinegar’s to maintain and enliven our bodies.
Learning to integrate botanicals into our lives is the tricky part. For families it can be good to have yummy tasting botanicals such as honey’s and syrups around. Also, starting children early with teas can be a wonderful way to get more nutrients and healing helpers in them. For the busy modern life, tinctures may be the best way to go until you can slow down enough to have a nice hot cup of tea or make an overnight infusion.
Larrea tridenta (photo above) is one of my favorite desert plants. I love using the salve to help the body fight off fungus such as athlete’s foot, haoli rot and ringworm. And, Casey uses the salve as a general sunscreen!
If you are interested in learning more about botanical medicine or would like to receive an herbal consultation over the phone, via Skype and in-person in Hawaii.