Healing Matter: Nature's Medicine Cabinet

Nature’s medicine cabinet | Part 2 of a three-part series

Plants. They have a wealth of secrets we’ve only really begun to uncover now. The problem is we’ve become accustomed to looking at plants and only thinking of them as things lining the produce aisle. Items that are humble bystanders on our plate of starches, dairy, and meats. Many of us are even loathe to consume them in any real, meaningful manner and if only reluctantly. So, we’re not here to fix that general sad state of affairs and promote a healthier diet or lifestyle that embraces plant foods and all that jazz. There’s many websites and blogs devoted to doing just that.

We’re looking at plants in a different light altogether. In our previous blog post, we laid out the general state of affairs when it comes to over-medicating ourselves and treating symptoms like they were brushfires to put out.

Well, guess what? If all you’re seeking is respite from pain, a boost to your energy levels, a chill pill to calm you down, a way of overcoming the ravages of time (to a degree, of course!), then there’s stuff in the big world out there that’s been present and known for far longer than entities like Pfizer, Merck, and Eli Lilly have been around.

Let’s pause for a moment. I’m not suggesting that there is no place for conventional medicine in our lives at all. There are many hardcore ailments, syndromes, diseases and medical problems that do require pretty hardcore solutions, be it a pharmaceutical missile or carpet bomb of chemicals that eliminates the pathogen, targets the unhealthy tissue, or repairs the malfunctioning organ/system. It can be suggested that modern medicine has devised numerous targeted cures for the sort of modern maladies that have come about from the sort of lives we lead. Modern cures for modern problems. So, there is definitely a place for such critical interventions that are usually needed at a point when it’s too late for anything else. On the flip side, it’s not that there are zero preventive or curative alternatives to what modern medicine can do. It’s just that it would require a more holistic approach that includes a combination of many factors such as attitude, lifestyle, diet, social connections, and fulfilling engagement with the world. And who’s got time and patience for that, right? Well, we can come back to that at a later time.

For now, back to plants and a saner way of dealing with the daily woes and pains of our lives! Since time immemorial, the healing properties of plants has been well-known, even if currently out of public consciousness. The indigenous peoples around the world have long treasured them as their own medicine cabinet and the earliest civilizations employed them for a host of maladies from infections to psoriasis. Again, we’re going beyond the cook-and-consume approach here. Beyond the fruits and vegetables we’re used to, plants and their constituent parts, from flowers, leaves and roots to bark, stems and seeds, have offered up natural remedies that cover the gamut of any medical encyclopedia of ailments.

They are especially a boon, and a natural one, for the sort of habitual ills that get in the way of our well-being. We have evolved alongside them and so have been designed to benefit from them in ways that medicine is only beginning to discover. They too, like pharmaceuticals, have a powerful arsenal of chemicals that make their way to our starved and deficient cells to elicit a curative response. The main difference is they’re not merely providing relief from the symptoms that plague us, but also bringing our systems to homeostasis – a balance – so that we may emerge more resilient and more in control of our own health.

We believe, in line with the connected mind-body paradigm, that actually elicit healing signals that we can begin to hear within ourselves.

What are healing signals?

Stay tuned to our next post! Access Part 1 and Part 3 here.

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