Making Botanical Medicine

What Is Botanical Medicine?

Botanical Medicine – also known as Herbalism, or just Herbal Medicine – is the study and practice of safe & sustainable use of herbs for whole-person health, including gathering & use of safe/available plants, basic medicine making & basic nutrition. In the process, we learn more about our environment and the natural world.

Botanical approaches to health & wellness have been employed since time immemorial in all cultures since the beginnings of mankind. We have evolved intimately with the plants around us, and the integration of medicinal plants into your diet and lifestyle can promote health & wellness. Plants contain nutrients, such as iron and silica from nettles, Vitamin C from rose hips, and anthocyanins (the purple compounds) in elderberries. They also contain bioactive compounds. Nearly 20% of pharmaceuticals are derived and synthesized from plants.

Botanical medicines are chemically complex and molecular multitaskers. As a result, they are well suited for dealing with complex, chronic issues.

Botanical Medicine Can Be Used to Support:

  • Digestive function
  • Immune health (long term and seasonal)
  • Hormonal health for men & women
  • Female reproductive health
  • Mental & emotional health (depression, anxiety, brain fog)
  • Healthy stress responses and “burnout”
About Author

Renée A. Davis MA RH is a designer and educator in botanical and mycological medicine. Her training began at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York City and concluded in biomedical sciences at the University of Washington. She currently directs research and development for a nutraceutical mushroom company in the Pacific Northwest.

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