I keep getting emails asking me this question. It has been 15 years or more since the entry of herbal medicine
in a big way into the cosmetics and main stream healing market, and many of us are now feeling absolutely let
down and disillusioned about it all. On one hand, there was great improvement felt as soon as a natural
treatment was started and then a sort of plateau and that was it. On the other hand it never worked at all.
Those of us who have great faith in mother nature and know we are right in believing that herbs and flowers
and natural treatments can truly heal, wonder why they are not doing so. Some of us give up after a while and
begin to think we are doomed to living with our every day illnesses because even nature cannot heal us now.
The fact however is that most of the natural treatments we have been exposed to in the last few decades have
not been prepared the natural way. Let me explain;
The modern approach to treatment - as practiced by medical practitioners worldwide, is to treat a symptom by
introducing a chemical that actually manipulates physical processes in the body to give relief from that
People began to use herbs in the same way. But herbs are not factory produced chemicals - they are living
entities with energy fields - and energy properties - the knowledge of which is buried in the mists of time.
Back in the old days, herbalists acknowledged not just the chemical composition and physical effects of herbs
and flowers, but also their energetic influences and affects. This knowledge helped them combine herbs and
flowers that would truly be effective without negating or clashing with each other, supporting each other even.
This made the art of Herbalism something worth dying for, worth going into hiding to preserve and worthy of
the title of 'Healing'.
In our day the average herbal or natural medicine is a collection of herbs, each of which achieves a different
purpose or deals with a different symptom or disorder. They tend to clash, negate each others' effects and cause
more trouble than healing. To expect these bundles of 'natural chemicals' to work is like expecting a car full of
very energetic little boys to drive themselves to school just because they're natural and energetic.
So how do you choose a Herbal or Holistic Remedy?
You keep it very simple. The rule of thumb is to list all the problems you want solved with -
for example - your skin. The more symptoms you want treated, the lesser number of natural ingredients you
will need. This is because the more problems you have with a particular area of the body, the deeper you need to go to heal. You need to find the ingredient that touches you deeper than the surface, and these are usually those herbs or flower energies that have the most general effects on the area. Let's take an example scenario;
Skin problems I want treated: Open Pores
Need skin tightening
Need to remove scars
Need to have uniform pigment tone
Need to keep moisturized
Now, what I do is find a herb that does all of these instead of finding a different herb for each. If I found one
different herb for each, I would make a combination of Tomato juice to close open pores, Clove/Tea
Tree/Rosemary to manage pimples, Pomegranate juice for skin tightening, papaya/wheatgrass for scar
removal, aloe/comfrey to manage the skin tone, and something else for moisturization. These are each
powerhouses of energy in their own right and you would have a full fledged war happening on your skin
every time you put the combination on.
What you do is find one or two herbs that do all of these. In this case those would be Aloe Vera, Wheatgrass , Almond
and Olive. Now I know this because of experience, but if you want to experiment, a good rule of thumb would be to look at the structure of a plant or tree. If it spreads out over a wde area, OR is very simple (like wheat grass), or has a structure which is like its spreading its hands out in all directions, it most likely touches energy fields deep and has wide effects. The smaller and 'tighter' plants and trees tend to have strong spot action effects.
Now you choose one of them because of your familiarity with it. This can be actual physical familiarity - it grew
wild in the area you were born in, or the land from which your ancestors came, or you have good emotional
memories associated with it. This makes you able to actually work with it for your healing. Otherwise you will
have to make friends first before you can be healed, and that can take some time.
Once you have chosen your one or two basic ingredients you get their fresh extract or essence and combine it
with a simple base - like calamine lotion, olive oil or glycerine (30-40% usually) and stick to using it every day
faithfully. Don't expect immediate results - wait a few weeks before you start another product.
Now if you have just one major problem you want fixed, you can have more than one or two ingredients - all
of which are known to have the same effect in particular. For example, Rosemary, Clove, Eucalyptus, Neem are all
infection and skin inflammation fighters. In combination they can do a great job of preventing skin flare-ups
and healing infections. Too strong perhaps for use other than when there is an actual infection!
Unfortunately there is no information resource list of which herbs work with which other ones yet, but if you stick to
traditional combinations and recipes you will most likely do just fine.
Ofcourse, if you have your medicine prepared by a herbalist or alchemist who has experience and knows how
to combine herbs and flowers for a pointed final effect, that's just great.
To sum it all up; Keep your treatments simple and focus on feeling good every time you use a treatment rather
than remembering that you have this problem and that problem.
A friend of mine solved a problem of 9 years using Baby Shampoo over her medicated shampoos. I think its
because every time she used those she felt disgusted about her recurrent scalp infections and low about how
she needed to use all these products just to keep presentable. The baby shampoo made her simply feel clean
and good and this eventually brought her stress levels low enough for her body to self heal. Remember that stress causes more than 90% of all every day problems and unless you start feeling good a lot more, herbs cannot help much.
Another friend stopped using anti-wrinkle creams and made her own 'feel good' cream with flower essences
and essential oils. She just enjoys the sheer joy of using it and she's happy with its effect as well.
If we use and buy things that make us feel good, clean and happy, we are sure to be healed and blessed by them.