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Medicine – a Safe Alternative.
David W Bates www.therapiesguide.co.uk
recent years we have seen an increase in
peoples interest and use of natural
herbal remedies, we can see this in the
growth in popularity of Aromatherapy as
an Alternative Therapy, the increasing number
of Herbalists and shops providing Herbal
Remedies, and many people are now paying
more attention to what they eat and the
effect various foods can have on their bodies
health and wellbeing.
This rise in popularity is partly attributable
to our suspicion that manufactured drugs may have
side effects which are causing unknown damage to
our bodies but traditional herbal remedies we feel
comfortable with, after all they have been used
for hundreds of years.
An example of this begins with the common cold,
which most of us seem to suffer from each year.
Tired of going to the Doctor to receive the advice
“tough it out” or “take some paracetomal”
many people turn to tried and tested remedies that
they feel they have always known. When we had colds
as children our mother often suggested we could
relieve the effects by inhaling the vapour from
a bowl of hot water containing a few drops of eucalyptus
oil, peppermint oil and lavender. Sitting with a
towel draped over our heads in this mini steam-room
we are using a remedy that has been known in our
families for years and we will pass on as part of
our rich oral tradition.
can be relieved (whilst waiting for your Dentist
appointment) by rubbing a mixture of clove oil
and sweet almond oil into the gum surrounding
the painful tooth.
plants we can grow in our gardens have healing
properties that have been known for years and
as a result they often have other names that indicate
their use, a good example is comfrey also known
as knitbone, boneset, consolida, consormol, consound,
are just a few examples of the vast amount of
information about herbal medicines available,
whether it is something you and your family have
always known, but need confirming, or in the knowledge
of trained experts like herbalists and aromatherapists
and even in books or on the internet. So if you
think that using herbal medicines is something
you would like to explore - get researching.
is also worth bearing in mind that many Pharmaceutical
companies spend vast amounts of money researching
these “old remedies” and the healing
power of herbs and plants in an attempt to mass-produce
their properties in the laboratory.
W Bates - www.therapiesguide.co.uk