What is Herbalism?

In a time of drugs and chemicals, herbalism is a path to safe treatment which respects the oneness of life. It reveals and uses the gifts of nature for holistic healing, based on the relationship between plant and human, plant and planet, human and planet. Holistic medicine can only be truly holistic if the perspectives it embraces acknowledge the social and cultural context in which the illness and the desired healing take place. The patterns of thought, behaviour, work and culture that are the sources of the disease and better known as lifestyle, must be taken into account. Herbal medicine can help retune the body in a positive environment where healing is being promoted as a whole for lasting effect.

Dr A Vogel said, “To live according to the principles of nature is much more than a technique. It requires respect and sympathy for Creation.” I like the idea that my garden is a living pharmacy and I have often found that combined with good food, plants are amazingly powerful remedies and yet very soft in their effects.