Sacred Society of Herbalists
Sacred Society of Herbalists

Herbalism, or botanical medicine is the study and practice of using plants to maintain proper health in humans and other animals by using botanicals for healing, detoxification and the elimination of waste in the body.
Nutritional Herbalism is the proper feeding of the human, and animal body to maintain proper health.
Archaeological digs have shown that herbal use dates back 60,000 years! And that the ancient Sumerians inscribed herbal uses on clay tablets 5,000 years ago!
The acquired knowledge of plant foods and plant medicines coincided with each other. Many herbs first used as seasonings were used to protect us from food-borne pathogens.
Much of the world uses traditional medicines, because most pharmaceuticals are too expensive for most peoples of the world, whereas herbs can be gathered for little or no cost.
Herbalism is woven within human history, and throughout the world herbalism continues to be a major component of alternative and traditional medicines.
Herbalism often includes animals, minerals, and other natural products, an addition to plant materials. Some of the products used by herbalist, or phytotherapists are botanicals, herbal medicines, herbal supplements, herbal remedies, and natural health products.
Modern medicine classifies herbalism as an alternative form of medicine, and many pharmaceutical drugs were originally derived from plant sources, however very few clinical trials exist regarding herbal uses and their effectiveness.
A herbalist is dedicated to the medicinal use of plants. They are skilled in the cultivation, harvest and collection of medicinal plants. A herbalist is trained in therapeutic practices and the dispensing of herbal medicines.
The healing properties of plants haven't changed since the beginning of human history. Physicians and wise people (wizards and witches) of the past were expected to know and understand herbs, their properties, and uses, and they spent years exploring and gathering herbs in the care of their patients.
In the passing of ancient herbal knowledge, we are the benefactors of herbal wisdom, passed down through the ages.
Evidence of herbalism dates to 25,000 BC, as depicted in a cave drawing in Lascaux France, and herbalism is even mentioned in the New Testament.
The Papyrus Ebers from 1550 BC covers over 700 herbs used in medicinal treatments. Herbal remedies have been found in clay jars inside Egyptian tombs.
The Greeks and Romans began medicinal studies, which eventually led to Hippocrates and Western medicine.
The De Materia Medica, written by Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides in the 1st century, was the leading authority on herbal medicines through the 17th century.
The writings of the Romans and the Greeks were preserved by the monks who painstakingly copied manuscripts by hand, while folk medicine continued with wise men and wise women prescribing herbal remedies and enchantments.
The Canon of Medicine of 1025 is considered by most to be the first pharmacopoeia with over 800 plants and minerals. And during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries many illustrated herbals were written in English, two of the best-known herbals, "General History of Plants" 1597 by Gerard and "The English Physician Enlarged" 1653 by Nicholas Culpeper.
The United States pharmacopoeia list Close to 7,000 medical compounds, which come fr
Most herbal medicines are taken in the form of teas and plant extracts and consumed in liquids.
Tisanes, or herbal teas are made in a few ways, an infusion in hot water by steeping, and decoctions are boiled for longer periods for harder substances such as roots and bark. And cold infusions are used for plants with high mucilage content, these plants are chopped, added to cold water, and left to stand for up to 10 hours.
Alcohol extracts are called tinctures, they are usually stronger the herbal teas. Tinctures are usually obtained by soaking herb in a mixture of 100% ethanol and water.
A tincture should have an ethanol percentage between 25% and 90%, depending on the herbal mixture.
Herbal wines and elixirs should have a percentage between 12 and 38% ethanol. Liquid extracts have a lower ethanol percentage than tinctures.
Herbs used topically are often diluted in oils to facilitate their application and allow the medications to be applied safely. Balms, creams, lotions, oils, and salves are typically the ways herbs are employed topically.

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This publication is not intended to be a tool for diagnostic or prescriptual health care. This is an educational reference and not a substitute for qualified health care practitioners. The author(s) assumes no responsibilities for the use of any herb or procedure in this publication.