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How to use Herbal Medicine - Lesson 4

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Follow me on Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/the.mental.health.herbalist/ Subscribe here http://bit.ly/1M2vCOs You have already taken the fist step in understanding herbal medicine by completing this four part course. By now, you understand what is herbal medicine, its history and the its basic principles. Now lets see what steps you can next to advance your knowledge of herbal medicine. Start by buying a good book on herbal medicine that will introduce you to the basics step by step. I recommend Medicinal Herbs a Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar. Her book will help you learn about 33 of the most popular herbs. It will also guide you in growing many of those herbs and how to use them in teas, tinctures, oils and other healing formulas. The internet is another great source of information on herbal medicine. Herbal medicine on Youtube Youtube has many videos on herbal medicine and I recommend the following Youtube channels; Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiB2VwnJoPDDq26pB7y4H8g The School of Evolutionary Herbalism https://www.youtube.com/user/OrganicUnityHerbs Mountain rose herbs https://www.youtube.com/user/mountainroseherbs/featured Herb TV https://www.youtube.com/user/HerbTV The Mental Health Herbalist https://www.youtube.com/user/empoweringmedicine There are loads of great websites and here are a few links to some of the ones I recommend you start with; www.herbs.org www.americanherbalist.com www.wildweeds.com www.drtomobrien.ie Visiting a herbalist Visiting an herbalist is another great way of discovering what herbal medicine has to offer. In Ireland there are many herbalists practicing and most of them will have a website with details of their location, treatments and prices. Health shops Health shops are another way to experience and learn about herbal medicines. The majority of staff working in health shops are not qualified herbalists but they do have a wealth of knowledge and can guide you to the best product to meet your needs. Some health supplements are synthetic and so are not bioavailable, meaning that we are not able to abort them. Always choose products that are bioavailable and organic. Try to get your vitamins and minerals from fresh food sources. Farmers markets Farmers markets are another great place where you will probably find someone selling herb plants like lemon balm, thyme, rosemary and sage. These markets are also great places to buy organic fruit and vegetables and to meet other like minded people. Here are some links to some good farmers markets; https://www.thegreendoor.ie/the-whole-crop https://www.dublinfood.coop/ http://irishvillagemarkets.ie/ Foraging You should also look out for foraging courses in your area. To forage means to look for herbs in the wild. Foraging is a great way to experience and learn about herbal medicine. Not all plants are medicinal and some are even poisonous so its really important that you get professional guidance in learning how to forage for medical plants. Foraging courses often include workshops on how to dry, store and make tinctures and other useful herbal formulas. Here are some reliable foraging websites in Ireland; http://forageireland.com/ http://www.wicklowwildfoods.com/ https://theherbalhub.com/guided-foraging-walks-2/ Study to become an herbalist You may want to go further and study to become an herbalist. In Ireland I would recommend the Irish School of Herbal Medicine, in Portlaoise. This is where I studied and the course is now on line. You will however have to complete 600 hours of clinical practice at their school clinic, but this is the most fun part of the course. www.greenmedicine.ie Remember when using herbal medicines, you need to give them time to work. Unlike conventional medicine herbs don’t promise instant solutions to health issues. They take time to work. About me The Mental Health Herbalist is a holistic channel on YouTube, dedicated to teaching you about herbs and herbal medicine. Like Hippocrates, I believe food is medicine and can heal and prevent all sorts of illnesses. Caution Remember always consult with a doctor if you have an illness and consult with an herbalist if you want to go on a course of herbs. These videos are for information purposes only. If you taking medications consult with a medical doctor. If you want to take a course of herbs I recommend you talk to a herbalist. If you want more information contact me by email. Music credit Inner Light by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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Text Comments (40)
Gus Vickers (5 months ago)
Eat a fucking plant to cure your cancer. Great idea!
olivia Psalms91 (6 months ago)
do you have any suggestions for carotid artery disease?
Are you on medication
Andrea S (6 months ago)
Hi Tom, I love your videos. You are Great. Do you use DMSO for tinctures?
Andrea S (6 months ago)
thank you. No. What is DMSO
mickey morgan (10 months ago)
Good words! Thank you.
Charity (11 months ago)
Thank you Tom all your videos have had a wonderful impact on my life. I have a rare condition pachyonychia is the name it causes blisters calluses an blood vessels/nerve endings to form on mainly my feet (sometimes hands) from any forms of pressure or friction. I am trying kratom now to see if it can help my pain, if you have any good suggestions I would love to hear. Thank you
Island Lass (1 year ago)
Wonderful advice 😊😊😊may you know what causes the inside cheeks to fill with infection inside the face and turn white..also sore throat and coughing? What may one do about these symptoms and heal? Thank you for replying. feeling very uneasy.
Rogue Matter (1 year ago)
Tom, cheers from Natchitoches, Lousiana! (Pronounced Na-ka-tish, believe it or not) I’m a student at the NSU Scholars’ College and I’m preparing to write my thesis for graduation, the working topic being the current Antidepressant and Anti-anxiety medication crisis in the US and possible alternative treatments, including herbal medicine. Just wanted to let you know that your channel, along with inspiration from some close friends, gave me the idea to research the topic. Keep up the great work! -Trey
lonnie smith (1 year ago)
what do you recommend for splenn support?
Lonnie here is a good article https://draxe.com/enlarged-spleen/
Joseph Saleh (1 year ago)
Modern medicine taken daily can this be good for you over long periods organs in the body must be damaged ?
Joseph Saleh (1 year ago)
The Mental Health Herbalist thank you for your replying
I think modern medicine taken regularly will lead the body to adjust and become dependent in most cases.
Anna Griffith (1 year ago)
Absolutely love this! So many valuable resources <3 Question for you - what are your favorite herbs?
Thanks Anna, glad you liked it, take care
michelle81477 (1 year ago)
Thank you for sharing!!! We need more of this knowledge in the world today..❤️
Thanks Michelle, appreciate your support.
Jeff Strange (1 year ago)
I have to play devil's advocate here.....putting oneself distantly with the medical establishment is not a good path to take for quality health. Asking your doctor, "can I take this because I'm suffering with that," only opens the door for pharmacological suggestions and prescriptions, and you don't want to mix prescriptions with your herbal suggestions either. Two, everything is called medical history, which means as you age, all of the ailments you acquired has a value in the over-all medical aspects of your aging health concerns. Should herbals work for the performance of correcting your ailment (s), where's the historical data kept for future recommendations ? For cross evaluations ? Can you see you're walking on thin ice ? Heaven forbid, you should come down with a tragic disease where nobody in the medical establishment knows you or has records of you ? It'll wind up as 100% experimentation to correct whatever it is you're suffering with ! Don't do that to your life, find a young doctor you can grow with, he or she see's an alarming situation or a recall of prescription medications, they'll call you up on the phone and warn you, they'll keep track of you. Practice foraging, and all the creativity that goes along with it, you'll be protecting yourself in an emergency, just don't kick the Medical Establishment down the road, there are those who really care.
Amanda Preston (1 year ago)
Jeff Strange I would also add that folks should really be honest about the herbs they are taking and challenge the medical establishment to prove the breadth of their expertise in human health. I personally have even taken books about medicinal plants to my doctor appointments for them to review entries during our time together.
not sure i fully i understand the points your making, but I agree we need medicine and herbs, but we should have both in balance. AT the moment we don't because of the power of the pharmaceutical industry.
Nicole Marie Castillo (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing 😊
Thanks Nicole!
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Rob Trammell (1 year ago)
Thoroughly enjoyed. Always enlightening. Continue the great content Tom. Thanks again
Hey thanks Rob, great to have you as a viewer
tom you are so awesome for sharing all this. Yarrow willard is one of my favs btw
I just keep going and hope for the best. Its important to keep up the motivation and do it for the love, not the numbers. Hope life is good with you
ange m (1 year ago)
Thank you very much...
Thanks Angelaa
LARK'S GARDENS (1 year ago)
Thank you, Tom, for the great information and the links. When making an herbal bedtime tea, passion flower, hops, lemon balm, chamomile and licorice, what is your opinion on long steeping 1/2 hr - several hours? How many minutes before bedtime do you recommend drinking it? If you wake up during the night is it useful to have another cup to get you back to sleep?
Oh I love valerian for good sleep
Yes I think the longer you can soak the herbs the better, at least 15 min and 30 min even better and yes an hour before bed would be best. If your waking in the night it might be more about your kidneys or bladder. However I do take herbs in tincture form if I wake in the night. Also if you wake it worries or stress in your mind, try to fix those issues during the day, as thats the kind of stuff that really will keep waking us at night.
Christian Thomsen (1 year ago)
I have good experience with valerian root for sleeping, 2 cups 1/2 to 1 hour before sleep.
ger conway (1 year ago)
Do you have your own practice tom ??
Yes in Rialto, Dublin www.drtomobrien.ie
sufian (1 year ago)
Cool thanks

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