As far as we know, humans have always used herbal medicine, just like other animals who use their instincts to find plants that will improve their health. Some plants as so safe and effective that they are used commonly in this age of modern medicine. Chamomile is a perfect example, one of the first medicines found so far, with a whooping 50,000 years of use!
Chamomile is an example of a safe herb to use for most people. Like other medicinal plants which are already in your kitchen or supermarket, Chamomile is food-grade, and less likely to cause negative side effects. Many common non-medical ailments can be at least partially alleviated by common herbs and spices. Using herbs and spices that are easily accessible and non-toxic is recommended, unless a qualified doctor or herbalist has been consulted.
When choosing herbs and spices to use as medicine, find out as much as you can about them. Learn about their different actions, how they might interact with medication, what time of day to use them and how often. It is also good to use plants which you can grow yourself or that are easily available. It is best to avoid plants which are endangered, such as white sage or palo santo, and instead find a plentiful substitute. If you are pregnant, on medications or receiving treatment from a doctor, do not use medicinal plants without consulting a doctor or qualified professional first.
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