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How Herbalists use Medicinal Herbs

The variety of uses of herbs within the system of herbal medicine is many and varied. Herbalists may use Herbs in dried form, or as extracts and may be employ them either internally or externally, depending on the condition being treated.

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How Herbal Medicines are Used by Herbalists

Medicinal plants can be used by herbalists in many different ways. Depending on the condition, a herbalist may choose to use herbs in the form of a poultice or cream or they may prescribe a combination of herbs to be consumed as a tea or a herbal mixture.

Overview of Methods

External Applications:

  • Herbal Poultices, Compresses, Douches
  • Herbal Creams/ointments
  • Herbal Hand-, foot- or sits baths

Internal Applications:

  • Herbal Teas
  • Herbal mixtures
  • Herbs as foods

External Application of Herbal Treatments

Herbs can be used externally in many different forms. Poultices, creams, compresses and douches are just some of the ways herbs can be employed to treat particular problems. For example, creams containing arnica can be used to treat strains, sprains and bruising resulting from physical injuries. While a poultice may be used to draw out cysts or boils.

Internal Application of Herbal Treatments

Herbs may be consumed internally in tea form, made from dried herbs, or as a herbal mixture, which is usually a mixture of several herbal tinctures formulated by a qualified herbalist to treat a specific health complaint.

Herbs such as garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, etc., may also be used as part of a meal or salad.

Herbal medicine is an extremely flexible form of treatment, able to address both internal and external health issues. It is a safe and effective means to treat almost any disease or health complaint.


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