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Botanical Medicine

What is Botanical Medicine?

Botanical (herbal) medicines are valuable in many acute and chronic illnesses. The practice of herbal medicine dates as far back as circa 3000 B.C. and we continue to learn more about plants every day.  Dr. Stone Attends the Southwest 

Conference on Botanical Medicine to strengthen her skills and stay updated with the latest research.   have been used for all kinds of diseases and conditions, both acute and chronic. 

Types of Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicine can be delivered in several different forms such as: 

  • Tinctures

  • Teas

  • Extracts

  • Salves

  • Glycerites

  • Capsules

  • Suppositories

  • Essential oils

The Importance of Sourcing Quality Herbs

Not all herbal remedies are created equally.  It is important for your health and the health of the environment that your herbs are cultivated and harvested in a way that is sustainable and safe.  Here are some things I look for in my herbal suppliers: 

  • Certified Organic.  Organic farming methods are much healthier for the environment as they incorporate crop rotation, composting, and mindful harvesting.  Non-organic crops are grown with synthetic fertilizers and chemicals which deplete the nutrients in soil. You can read more about nutrient depletion of our soils HERE.  Not all botanical material is available as certified organic. In those cases I opt for wild-harvested. 

  • Certified Fair Trade.  It is important to me that my herbs and the people that grow them are treated in a fair and sustainable manner.  Companies that are certified fair trade are required to demonstrate a commitment to maintaining human rights and fair working conditions at each stage in the supply chain.

  • Small Local Business.  While not always possible, I prefer to support small & local business when possible. This drives money into our local economy and creates a stronger future for all of us. 

  • Sustainable Packaging. Glass instead of plastic. Compostable GreenWrap instead of plastic wrap.  Recycled paper instead of peanuts.  

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