Questions & Answers – Natural Wellness
I’m frequently asked questions about natural wellness, natural home remedies and aromatherapy (essential oils). The most common question I get asked is, “Do they work?” Yes they do work; so well in fact that the pharmaceutical industry copies the chemical structure of plants to make single-target medicines.
I addressed this topic on my Advocacy for Natural Wellness page and posted the content below for those that haven’t visited the page:
Natural Wellness is the use of plants and herbs found exclusively in nature to promote a state of physical and psychological well-being.
Can plants and herbs actually improve my well-being?
Dis-ease is the state of being not at ease. Plants and herbs in their natural state are extremely effective at combating dis-ease. For example, the active ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid. The word "salicylic" is derived from the Latin word "salix", which means "willow". For millennia, people used willow tree and other plants rich in salicylate to effectively remedy pain. In fact, it wasn't until 1897 that aspirin, which uses synthesized salicylic acid, was invented.
Synthesizing the beneficial properties of plants and herbs is just that - synthetic. Cheap to produce, chemical imitations of the properties that plants and herbs naturally produce.
Prior to chemical imitations, we healed ourselves naturally and effectively through the consumption, inhalation, and application of plants and herbs. There was never any doubt as to the effectiveness of white willow tree bark (natural salicyclic acid). If it wasn't effective, the chemical and pharmaceutical company, Bayer, wouldn't have gone to such great lengths to synthesize, patent, and mass produce it. By 1899, just two years after its invention, aspirin was the top selling remedy in the world.
But when you think about it, instead of using the cheap, chemical imitation - wouldn't you rather use the pure, unadulterated version produced by nature?
What can I do to add plants and herbs to my wellness routine?
Start by looking for natural alternatives to over the counter (OTC) products. This can be as simple as doing some research at the library or strolling down the health aisle at the local food co-op. If you're feeling a bit more ambitious, pick up a couple books on how to start a medicinal herb garden and make your own remedies, visit an herbalist, find a local business that offers natural wellness products, or seek out the services of a natural wellness healthcare provider. There is a lot of natural wellness information and options out there. Here's a little to get you started: Botanicals 101.
The more you know, the better equipped you'll be to improve and maintain your natural wellness