Dandelion: use the flower, leaves, & roots.
The part used depends on the season.
Burdock Root: love your liver up with this powerful, healing herb.
"One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation." Dr. Royal Lee
Herbs are Food!
Herbs, whether taken in tea form, tinctures, or eaten whole, are food. So often we get the message from main stream media and medicine: Do NOT use herbs as they are potentially dangerous. This is as crazy as saying that eating carrots are potentially dangerous.
Carrots are high in carotenoids, pre-cursors to Vitamin A, that have healing affinities for the skin and eyes (and many other healing affinities but that is another blog post). People eat carrots knowing the nutrients in carrots are good for skin, normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.
Herbs are just a plant (leaf, root, stems, bark, berries, seeds), like a carrot, that have nutritional and healing properties with affinities for certain tissues:
- Hawthorne berry for the heart
- Saw palmetto for the prostate
- Red Raspberry leaf for the uterus
- Rhubarb root for the colon
- Milk thistle for the liver
- Nettle as a general nutritive herb
- Dandelion and burdock root for liver cleansing
The list does go on & on & on. These are just a very few example of herbs and the tissue / organ they have affinities for healing because the herb adds good, whole food nutrition to your body cells. This is the same thing a carrot (or broccoli, beets, kale, sweet potatoes,squash, celeriac, etc.) does: feeds your body cells.
With that said, I recommend you read up on the herb you want to take. Learn about the herb and its healing affinities before you make the decision to take it. Contact your local herbalist for help in choosing the right herb, or blend of herbs, to add to your whole food dietary plan for health and healing.
Herbs are whole foods. Use them wisely for whole body healing.
Stinging nettle, one of my favorite herbs... wait, it IS my favorite.
Nettles are a power house of nutrition and healing energy for the whole body.
I wrote this article 2 months ago. Yes, I am way ahead in article writing, all the time, as I have so much to share about my passion with real food, health, and healing! I just received this video on Wednesday, October 16th. It seemed fitting to add it in here!
One of my favorite natural healers, mentors, speaking about the benefits of herbs and healing: http://herbdocblog.com/article/Video/medicinal-herbsdont-get-bullied/
There are 6 new, mini videos about herbs and healing on his blog post.