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Natural Healing with Medicinal Herbs

What is Herbalism?

Use of plants and their extracts for healing and disease prevention is called herbalism. There are two branches of herbalism that differ considerably: traditional herbalism and modern, scientific (rational) phytotherapy. First is based on thousands of years of experiences of our ancestors; later however, is guided by strict scientific rules and is based on proofs about plant substances effects and their safety for medicinal use.

For natural healing we mainly use fresh or dried parts of plants. Packs of drugs or recipes are usually labelled in Latin: we often use bark (cortex), leaves (folia), fruits (fructus), roots (radix), herbs (herba) and seed (semen).


Gathering Natural Herbs

When gathering herbs from the wild some general rules should be followed:

  • Do not pick up endangered plants protected by law;
  • Gathering herbs in natural parks and on private properties is prohibited;
  • Do not uproot the herbs, take only the parts that you need, for ex. blossoms or leaves; and leave plenty for the plant to survive;
  • Be absolutely sure you know what you are gathering. Be absolutely certain you know what the plant is before you attempt to use it;
  • Do not take all of a particular species you may find in an area. Leave some to grow and seed and flourish for the next time;
  • Healing properties depend also on time of harvesting. Morning is the best for harvesting herbs, especially if it was not raining the day before;
  • Do not harvest plants growing next to main roads, because they can contain harmful substances.

Harvested herbs should be put to dry immediately ‒ hang them in a shady, airy place. Make sure your herbs have dried thoroughly before storing them for further use. There are different ways to store the dried portions. Roots are usually ground into powder for use, or left in small chunks for uses in decoctions, tinctures, and syrups. Leaves are stored in their entirety, or crumbled for use in teas. The same applies for blossoms. Store your herbs in air-tight containers. The best containers to use are coloured glass.


Herb Treatment

Usually, you do not need doctor’s recipe for herb concoctions. You can buy them in specialized shops or pharmacies. Comparing to synthetic medicines herb medicines normally do not have immediate effects, they work on long term and very rarely have side effects. We can use them as tablets, pills, capsules, drops or syrup; and salves, ointments, balms, tinctures or oils for external use.  


  • Herbalists need time for anamnesis and formulating a diagnosis. Besides health problems herbalists are also interested in patients’ lifestyle and their eating habits. After a conversation herbalists give a thorough checkup;
  • According to information and findings based on the conversation and the checkup herbalists write a recipe for tea or tincture or recommend one of the standard concoctions (that can be bought in pharmacies or specialized shops);
  • Time of healing depends on the disease, and if chronic or acute. Acute diseases should be cured in two-three weeks;
  • Healing process of chronic diseases takes longer, the results come after few weeks or months.

Healthy life-style and healthy eating contribute considerably to healing.


Herbal Teas


Herbal tea making depends on properties of the drug. Some standard procedures are:

  • An infusion extracts essential oils, mucus and bitters from the herbs. It is used for blossoms and leaves. Hot or boiled water is poured over tea mix and steeped for 5-10 minutes. Strain if needed and the tea is ready. For plants that contain essential oils we do not use boiled water;
  • A decoction is a herbal tea that is lightly simmered for 30 minutes to few hours (depends on instruction). Typically, decoctions are done with woody plant parts like roots, barks, seeds and berries, where the medicinal compounds require longer extraction as they are contained by tough fiberous cell walls. We strain or filter it and usually drink it cold;
  • For some herbal preparations maceration is used in order to extract delicate or highly volatile herbal essences "cold" and thus preserve their medicinal compounds.


Herbal blends are made also in pharmacies or specialized industries following standard procedures. There are different kinds:

  • Main drugs (for specific indication);,
  • Supplementary drugs (support main drugs effects or relieve their side effects);
  • Supportive drugs (used for better taste, smell or looks of the tea).


Tinctures and Other Liquid Extracts

Tinctures are an alcoholic extract of dried herbal drugs or solution of such. Alcohol tincture are mostly final products made for external use. For ex. arnica tincture (pure or in salve) is used for treating bruises. Other liquid extracts are mostly final products that are taken orally. In order to prepare liquid extracts we need 1 part of herbal drug and 1 part of water or alcohol. For ex. thyme liquid extract is widely used for relieving bronchitis problems. It is taken in drops or as a syrup.


Salves and Baths

Salves are rubbed-in locally or are added to steam baths. Salves are made of tinctures or extracts or macerates. Steam baths are made for inhaling hot vapour with dissolved essential oils. We put a little of salve, a herb (for ex. camomile blossoms) or a mix of herbs in hot water. We bend over the hot water. We cover our head and the pot with a towel and we start to inhale ‒ we can also use an inhaler.

For respiratory infections we pour hot water over ½ tea spoon of fennel and inhale twice a day. Herbal baths are recommended for treating sleeping problems, nervousness, rheumatic problems, colds and skin diseases. We put a plant extract (pure or in form of bath oil or bath salt) in the bath full of water. We can also mix 5-10 drops of essential oil (aromatherapy) with ¼ litre of full-fat milk (prevents rapid evaporation of essential oils) and pour it in the bath. In phytotherapy, there are a lot of other products made for external use: for baths or partial baths ‒ for hand or legs only; compresses and bandages.

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