Before I start rambling about what I discovered to be true many years ago, I just want to say that not all plants are the same, and nothing on here should be taken as a medical claim. Check my citations for more information from authoritative and academic journals. Consult with your professional health care provider first. You can't assume that any herb on the planet can be consumed in mass quantities without any consequences. HOWEVER; From my experience, most medicinal plants that don't have any psychoactive properties are generally safe in large doses. I think the reason people think that certain supplements don't work, is because they cowardly dabble with them. What I mean by this is the grocery store markets are selling you tea bags. What you need is a lb in a big boiler. I make entire pitchers full of herbal teas.
There have been some companies in the past that were caught selling fake supplements like Echinacea, that actually didn't contain what they claimed to. These were big vitamin companies that sold to major retailers around the country. I'm not talking about online shops, but the big dawgs you see in every city around the states. ( You know who I'm talking about ) Part of my job is to push REAL products that I myself use and believe in. So if you want something that is quality, and what the seller claims it to be, then go through me. Quality matters when you're dealing with plants. Think of it like Cannabis. There's a big difference between 7% THC and 30%. It's like DeCaf vs the best Columbian Coffee of your LIFE! Mixed in with some raw whole organic incredients like coconut and milk, and raw cacao, with some dark brown sugar.. .. mmm.. You wanna get woke? I just think the amount used per tea bag would only be decent if the plant material in the tea bag were fresh. When dried, the potency per weight is DRAMATICALLY reduced... Thus, botanical products vary in potency and quality DRAMATICALLY!
My points are two things. One, these jit companies have contributed to the false notion that herbal supplements don't work by providing people with fake product. The second point is that brewing one tea bag is kind of a lame way to go about medicating in my opinion. In holistic practices by cultures around the world, quantity was the secret to the medicine being effective in terms of teas. Decoctions, and infusions were a popular and potent way to quickly combat unwanted symptoms and illness. You gotta realize that herbs are not synthesized, so the concentration of the constituents is not always as potent per weight as that of a pill. Consider the quality of your herbal products. I link to the best of the best on here, talkin USDA top shelf. Look at your herb. Look at the color, take note of the smell, the taste, and ask yourself, is it potent? You can tell high quality herbal products from low grade, old, cheap, dried, stale, product. Don't be fooled by low prices. Read the vendors information on each product listing and get to know what you can about the product before making a decision.
I think holistic medicine should be taken to a whole new level. When I get sick, I mix one ounce of Echinacea, with one ounce of Goldenseal, Yucca root, and Pau'darco bark in a big boiler. I add a drop of oil and cook it down and then pour it in a pitcher, refill the boiler, and re-cook it until the water stops changing color. I'll fill up an entire pitcher and drink the whole thing every single day for about three days and I'm over the cold or flu just like that. There's really an entire science behind medication I believe. It's been said to drink plenty of fluids when you're sick. I like the idea of drinking Echinacea tea all day while sick, until symptoms ease. Eating hot meals like chilli or soup, homemade, a little spice added for heat and sweaty kick, then sleep. Wakeup, dink more. The entire day would be a cycle of consuming the tea and eating and getting sun, then resting, and repeating. Flush your system out, nourish it, spoil it, sit in a hot car, and enjoy the process of medication baby. Return to normalcy. Find health, find wellness..
If I were to drink one cup of standard herbal tea, just using one tea bag, once a day, the results would be far less impressive. I just think that the main reason people don't know about how real, important, and vital this stuff really is, or how to really use it. I have this dream of a REAL and perfect health care system. In my health care system, we use plants but we do it right by avoiding all this tiny "tea bag dosage" stuff... If you're dealing with dried plant material, it needs to be potent, somewhat fresh, well stored, and good quality to count. We need to take more after traditional cultures like the Shamans from the Amazon, and our Native American friends. Quality counts! It's everything! It's the difference between fresh Colimbian, or DeCaf! If you're buying herbal for health reasons, shop around, find great quality products. Don't settle for inferior products please, discover that there is good stuff out there. It's the kinda stuff you feel glad you bought it, so long as you ration yourself and behave responsibly with your currency, but yeah.
Aside from teas we have tinctures, spagyrics, infusions, and others. There's so many cool mixtures you can make. You can separate plant oils from fresh material, and do all sorts of cool things. Herbs with similar properties can be strategically combined to utilize the full spectrum of benefits that they offer, and enhance each others properties. There was even an ancient method for turning ashes into pure crystalized plant salts. This was called calcination, and it can even be used today with Ayahuasca related plants, in regions of the world where such activities are legal. People even today make really awesome homemade botanical soaps. So know that there's always a new way to use plants and their extracts. From soap, to shampoo, to cleaning spray.. Using herbal soap makes sense too because it can absorb through the skin. I personally buy Frankincense and Myrrh soap from someone who makes it by hand.(diy). She's incredible. Check out the shibby USDA organic botanical products for sale below to support me and hook yourself up, "Botanical G"...
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