Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine known to man, and our knowledge of their healing power has increased over thousands of years, interest in herbalism is on the increase due to people looking for an alternative to todays modern medicines. The aims of pharmaceutical industries are to find one "active" ingredient in a plant and make a more "stronger" medicine, Herbalists say that a plant is made up of many ingredients that combine to produce a safer and more effective medicine. Herbalists believe that use of modern medicines, apart from serious diseases, suppress the body 's healing power, and that proper use of herbs can strengthen the body and mind.
Herbs are normally chosen because of their healing powers with the body, some work with specific parts of the body, while others help to heal the whole body, for home use or minor ailments and non threatening diseases herbal remedies are an ideal medicine. Many herbs can be safely mixed with each other to provide a more effective remedy and most Herbalists sell these ready mixed for your specific needs.
Herbal remedies have long been used and can be administered in many ways, the most common being Tea, others include Decoctions, Tinctures, Compresses for joints and swellings, they can even be added to a bath, and of course used in food.