At some point, most people have heard about GMOs or seen the “Non-GMO” label but what exactly are GMOs and how do they effect you and your health? This description is taken from the Institute for Responsible Technology website:
Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years. Ayurvedic medicine has been around at least 10,000 years. Chinese medicine has been around for at least 5,000, and people have used plants for their medicinal properties for our entire existence with record dating back to over 60,000 years ago. While modern medicine has it’s place, more and more people are looking for an alternative approach to healthcare and regaining interest in the oldest medicine known to man; herbal medicine.
There are many reasons for wanting to learn about herbs and natural medicine but with over 60,000 years of herbal medicine, the information can be overwhelming. Here are some tips and a few “must have” herbs to keep on hand for your family medicine chest.
1. Choose only high quality herbs
Anyone who’s ever decided to buy herbs has probably gone to the “herb” section of places like Walgreens, Ralphs, or Target thinking that all herbs are created equally when in fact that cannot be further from the truth. Even places like Whole Foods that sell higher quality organic herbs are still not up to the standard they should be. Why? Because herbs have a very limited shelf life ranging from 6 months to 2 years depending on the type of herb. When stores buy herbs that are in capsules or pre-packaged they are buying in mass quantities and leaving them in their warehouses sometimes longer than that! By the time you take the bottled herbs they may be years old, in an already watered down form, and leave with you bupkis. Sometimes you will feel the effects but in general, think of your herbs as food, because they are. If you wouldn’t buy or drink milk past it’s prime, don’t buy or take herbs that have been sitting on a shelf for longer than anyone knows.