The Science of Herbal Remedies

What can be said about herbs?

What absolutely astounding things they are!

One thing to remember is that just like essential oils, not all herbs are created equal.

There are culinary herbs (these are edible and may also be medicinal), there are cosmetic herbs (these can be medicinal, but might not be edible), and there are medicinal herbs (some of these are not for ingestion but for topical use only), although there could be other categories these are the ones we are sticking with for now.

Culinary Herbs

Most of us will know some of these straight off the top. These are the delectable, delicious, delights that add flavor to our food and turn bland and boring into a culinary masterpiece.

They are aromatic and bring more to our meal than just flavor. They also have some incredible properties that enhance our wellbeing just by adding them to our diet. Let's break down some of our favorite culinary herbs by area of the body they have an affinity for (where they work most).

Sage has been used to improve memory and overall brain functioning

Holy Basil (Tulsi) helps to boost the immune system and fight off infection. It also works as an adaptogen bring balance and harmony to the body

Don't let seasonal allergies get in your way!

Rosemary can help prevent allergies and nasal congestion

Who doesn't love their junk food/comfort food from time to time?

But if you need help with your diet and just can't seem to kick the hungry feeling...

Cayenne pepper has your back. Its powerful component Capsaicin helps to reduce appetite, decrease pain, and it has the possibility to be a cancer-fighting friend in the cupboard.

For those who are looking for a way to improve your heart health....

Have no fear, Garlic is here....

It works by reducing blood pressure, improving triglycerides HDL and LDL levels, and also has been shown to help fight off the common cold.

If your day contains these, then these next two would probably be worth looking into.

Fenugreek works to improve overall blood sugar control

While Cinnamon has a powerful anti-diabetic effect lowering blood glucose levels.

If you suffer from nausea for any reason, you know how awful it can be.

Peppermint has the ability to reduce nausea, along with relieving pain associated with IBS

But, if that doesn't do the job, reach for Ginger. It packs the punch you sometimes need to kick that queasy feeling along with being a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

If you suffer from joint pain or arthritis there are days when you may feel like this.

While not a cure-all by any means, Turmeric, due to containing Curcumin, is an anti-inflammatory superpower worth giving a try.

The key to proper usage is to either do your research or find someone that has.

Chemical constituents are just as important with herbs as with essential oils, but they are delivered in a different way at a larger dose than a drop or two.

Herbal Preparations

There are many ways to use herbs.

  • Tea

  • Infusion

  • Decoction

  • Poultice or Compress

  • Tincture

  • Herbal Oil

  • Extract (not the same as essential oils)

  • In your food

  • Aromatically (This option is available for those who either container plant or have access to a garden)

  • As Tablets or Capsules

Now a quick look at how herbs work within our bodies. The following is a list of the different herbal actions that herbs are capable of and help us with when used appropriately.

Herbal Actions

Adaptogenic Emmenagogue

Alternative Emollient

Anaphrodisiac Expectorant

Anesthetics Febrifuge

Analgesics Galactogogue

Anthelmintic Haemostatic

Antibacterial Hepatic

Antibiotic Hypnotic

Anti-emetic Hypotensive

Antihypertensive Insecticide

Antiinflammatory Irritant

Antimutagenic Laxative

Antioxidant Mucilaginous

Antiperiodic Mutagen

Antiscorbutic Mydriatic

Antiseptic Narcotic

Antispasmodic Nephratic

Antiviral Nervine

Aperient Nutritive

Aphrodisiac Parasiticide

Aromatic Pectoral

Astringent Purgative

Bacteriostatic Refugerant

Bitters Relaxant

Cardiac Resolvent

Carminative Rubefacient

Cathartic Sedative

Cholagogue Stimulant

Contaceptive Stomachic

Demulcent Sty-pic

Deobstruent Taeniacide

Detergent Tonic

Diaphoretic Vesicant

Diuretic Vulnerary


As you can see there are quite a few. We can't go into all of them right now, but if you are interested in learning more, send me an email to with the subject line "learn more about herbal actions" and I will let you know when we will be starting the next class.

One last word before we go...

HomeGrown Wellness

With love and joy, we grow some of our own herbs in our own garden for the purpose of enhancing wellness. We shower our herbs with love and compassion. They are treated tenderly and spoken to on a daily basis. We understand that to provide a product that will enhance the body and enrich the soul we have to provide that for our plants too. Nothing could be more peaceful than spending some time in the future of past medicine. We celebrate every harvest and thank the earth and the herbs and flowers for their gifts, and we hope you receive as much healing from them as we do growing them.

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