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Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy.

Finding healing powers in plants is an ancient idea. People in all continents have long used hundreds, if not thousands, of indigenous plants for treatment of various ailments dating back to prehistory. The use of herbs to treat disease is almost universal among non-industrialized societies. A number of traditions came to dominate the practice of herbal medicine at the end of the twentieth century:

* The herbal medicine system, based on Greek and Roman sources
* The Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine systems from various South Asian Countries
* Chinese herbal medicine (Chinese herbology) 中药 (zhōngyào)
* Unani-Tibb medicine
* Shamanic Herbalism

The exact composition of a herbal product is influenced by the method of extraction. A tisane will be rich in polar components because water is a polar solvent. Oil on the other hand is a non-polar solvent and it will absorb non-polar compounds. Alcohol lies somewhere in between. There are many forms in which herbs can be administered, these include:

* Tinctures - Alcoholic extracts of herbs such as echinacea extract. Usually obtained by combining 100% pure ethanol (or a mixture of 100% ethanol with water) with the herb. A completed tincture has a ethanol percentage of at least 40-60% (sometimes up to 90%).
* Herbal wine and elixirs - These are alcoholic extract of herbs; usually with an ethanol percentage of 12-38% Herbal wine is a maceration of herbs in wine, while an elixir is a maceration of herbs in spirits (e.g., vodka, grappa, etc.)
* Tisanes - Hot water extracts of herb, such as chamomile.
* Decoctions - Long-term boiled extract of usually roots or bark.
* Macerates - Cold infusion of plants with high mucilage-content as sage, thyme, etc. Plants are chopped and added to cold water. They are then left to stand for 7 to 12 hours (depending on herb used). For most macerates 10 hours is used.
* Vinegars - Prepared at the same way as tinctures, except using a solution of acetic acid as the solvent.
* Topicals:
o Essential oils - Application of essential oil extracts, usually diluted in a carrier oil (many essential oils can burn the skin or are simply too high dose used straight – diluting in olive oil or another food grade oil can allow these to be used safely as a topical).[68]
o Salves, oils, balms, creams and lotions - Most topical applications are oil extractions of herbs. Taking a food grade oil and soaking herbs in it for anywhere from weeks to months allows certain phytochemicals to be extracted into the oil. This oil can then be made into salves, creams, lotions, or simply used as an oil for topical application. Any massage oils, antibacterial salves and wound healing compounds are made this way.
o Poultices and compresses - One can also make a poultice or compress using whole herb (or the appropriate part of the plant) usually crushed or dried and re-hydrated with a small amount of water and then applied directly in a bandage, cloth or just as is.
* Whole herb consumption - This can occur in either dried form (herbal powder), or fresh juice, (fresh leaves and other plant parts). Just as Hippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine", it has become clear that eating vegetables also easily fits within this category of getting health through consumables (besides medicinal herbs). All of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are phytochemicals that we are accessing through our diet. There are clearly some whole herbs consumed that are more powerful than others. Shiitake mushrooms boost the immune system and are also tasty so they are enjoyed in soups or other food preparations for the cold and flu season. Alfalfa is also considered a health food. Garlic lowers cholesterol, improves blood flow, fights bacteria, viruses and yeast.
* Syrups - Extracts of herbs made with syrup or honey. Sixty five parts of sugar are mixed with 35 parts of water and herb. The whole is then boiled and macerated for three weeks.
* Extracts - Include liquid extracts, dry extracts and nebulisates. Liquid extracts are liquids with a lower ethanol percentage than tinctures. They can (and are usually) made by vacuum distilling tinctures. Dry extracts are extracts of plant material which are evaporated into a dry mass. They can then be further refined to a capsule or tablet. A nebulisate is a dry extract created by freeze-drying.
* Inhalation as in aromatherapy can be used as a mood changing treatment[ to fight a sinus infection or cough, or to cleanse the skin on a deeper level (steam rather than direct inhalation here)

Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. 1334 copy in Arabic, describes medicinal features of cumin and dill.This scripture was made in silk fabric for pages and embroidery for images!

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Comment by Cosmic Blue Bird on December 18, 2016 at 7:55pm

Lately for some reason I have caught deep interest in blue lotus or sacred egyptian water lily. Eager to test using it, in different approaches. Will report a post on its effects.

It is claimed by many to aid in spiritual use such as focus, mild sedation, clarity, calming, and stimulation. Claimed to be useful for meditation and mild altered states of consciousness. Has several medicinal healing benefits, too.

Comment by Cosmic Blue Bird on December 18, 2016 at 7:50pm

Cannabis or marijuana contains very potent compounds. It can be useful, both medicinal and spiritual use, but can also lead to addiction. It's a double edged sword that must be taken cautiously and sparingly. There are alternatives to cannabis, that are not as strong, but strong enough in their own subtle way for different uses.

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Comment by Simurgh on October 3, 2014 at 12:57pm

Hi all,

I recently was told by a Wiccan that artemisia was an efficient plant (in the form of strong infusion)  to trigger altered states of consciousness, has someone already tried it...?


Comment by Onwake Time'Spliter on June 29, 2013 at 12:37pm
How do you all feel about "marijuana"
Comment by DJ johnson on February 2, 2012 at 6:39am

If you get on to there are many user that will trade seeds or plants for other plants.

Comment by DJ johnson on February 2, 2012 at 6:30am

Mugwort is a member of the Artemisia family. I grows very well in Pa.Climate. I have it in my herb garden . It grows over six foot tall. It is use for lucid dreaming. Mugwort oil contains thujone, which is toxic in large amounts or under prolonged intake. I put it in a large pot and cover with water and slow simmer for tea. It is very bitter in taste.

Comment by Rene Kent on February 2, 2012 at 1:22am

Has anyone used Mistletoe or homeopathic Mistletoe. I was reading that it is a catalyst to help any herb work better. The druids used it for this purpose. Just wondering about it and if anyone had experience with it.


Comment by Rene Kent on February 2, 2012 at 1:19am

Was not familiar with Mugwort but I have a book here right beside me, so I looked. :) Survives winter and blooms afresh in spring. Perennial grows frequent by waste grounds and water and foot paths. So I am wondering if it may need frequent watering? Flowers in June and July when ready for use. See is ripe at the end of summer. Herb of Venus. aromatic, safe and useful for female disorders. Flowers and buds can be put in a tea pot and pour boiling water over them. When cool, it says it's good with a little sugar and milk. Also, another book I have says it enhances dreams, you can use it dried and make a dream pillow if made in deep purple velvet material the size of the palm of your hand it assists you into the realm of the mystical and divining the future in your dreams. Herb of protection. Another book says light well drained soil, sow seed in sun in the spring, spread 18 inches, height 6ft. Uses are herbal medicine and culinary but it warns Artemisia is potentially toxic, all are except A. dracunculus and A. dracunculoides, Russian tarragon and should only be used as medicine. I see it's from the daisy family. Does not say where to get seeds.

Comment by elodie chiara jones on February 1, 2012 at 11:33pm

, is it [mugwort] easy to grow ? I live in texas , its dry and hot for most of the year . And where can i get good seeds ?


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