Let's stop and consider our own perceptions around the use of herbs. I hesitated about even posting on this subject and when I asked my mom if I could find cheese cloth at Wal-Mart, I didn't want to tell her it was to make a poultice (a warm, wet cloth used to hold herbs so they can absorb into the skin). Heck, I don't even want to use the words "tincture" or "poultice", they're such strange words! As I referenced in my first post on this topic, I don't even like the phrase "herbal remedy" because some people might think it sounds a little backwoods-ish.
My aunt has described me as granola for years and I think my friends and family are simply getting used to my strange ways. But why does using herbs have to be strange?
Consider the most used herb in America: coffee. Not too much is strange about that, is there?
What about garlic? My very normal parents have used garlic for years. In garlic's case, I'm guessing our culture/media has made garlic socially acceptable. Echinacea, St. John's Wart, and a few others are somewhat acceptable as well. But what about Wormwood, Sage, or Red Root? Not so much.
No one in America likes to stand out too much (okay, not most people, anyway). We don't want to be thought of as weird or eccentric. Using herbs might mean we have to don Birkenstocks, smoke weed and deliver our babies alone at home (or maybe even birth at home in Birks while smoking weed!).
Well, times are a changin' my friends! There are more "normal" looking people out there drinking raw milk, eating organic whole food, and avoiding antibiotics. These are regular moms and dads, businessmen and women, and professionals.
I challenge you to examine your reasons for raising your eye brows at herbs. Is it because our grand FDA hasn't approved them? Have you looked at the good the FDA does (note the dripping sarcasm here). Is it because science has told us there's a better solution? If you look closely, science is trying to stay a step ahead of antibiotic resistant organisms-and eventually science may have to concede. Drug resistant bacteria adapt faster than we can keep up. After reading this book (hang in there until tomorrow and I'll list my resources!), I'm wondering if the war on terror is not against bin Laden but against drug resistant bacteria!
My caveat for today-I don't own Birks nor have I ever smoked weed.