At least 80% of the world’s population rely on herbal medicine as part of their primary health care and more than 50% of pharmaceuticals are derived from the chemicals in plants.
Herbalists treat a variety of physical conditions, illnesses and allergies through the holistic use of plants in conjunction with medical knowledge.
Echinacea is a large purple flowering plant in the daisy family with a large central cone. The whole plant is used.
Echinacea can help stimulate the immune system response and has antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties.
It can be used for all infections including viral, bacterial and parasitic. It is also a supportive therapy for colds and infections of the respiratory and urinary tract.
Calendula is a common garden plant, it’s flowers are used in herbal medicine.
It can help with lymphatic drainage and can be used topically as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal.
It can be used topically for wounds, skin infections, varicose veins, mouth ulcers and can be used for psoriasis and eczema.
Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub, bearing narrow leaves and small bluish flowers.
It is a circulatory stimulant and linked to increased mental concentration. It has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It is also been reported to help ease gut symptoms due to it’s spasmolytic and carminative properties.
It is used in many hair care preparations and may help with alopecia.
Peppermint is a fast spreading perennial with spikes of small lilac flowers and has a distinctive smell of menthol.
It is recognised in orthodox medicine as a valuable antispasmodic for use in irritable bowl syndrome (IBS).
It is used for the common cold, irritable bowel, indigestion and flatulent dyspepsia.