The phrase “plant allies” is used often in the herbalism world to describe the idea that we get comfort, health and happiness from plants and in particular, those plants that uniquely resonate with us. For this section, I’m using the phrase plant allies mostly to describe those plants that really aid us in fighting back against various disease and ailments. By way of lifestyle changes and including many of these plants into our diet, they may aid in healing.
The idea of plant allies is actually a very ancient idealism shared among many if not all indigenous cultures to some extent. Naturally, plants help us in so many various ways from giving life breathing oxygen to the bulk of our sustenance and nutrition to providing medicine in curing ailments. Many life saving pharma medications are derived from isolating plant compounds and replicating them in an industrial setting. Plant allies can be all sorts of plants from our yard or garden plants to our house plants. Jack Schultz, a well known professor of plant studies who has studied plants for four decades claims that indeed plants “are just very slow animals.” Science is now proving that plants can experience all five senses in their own unique way and most importantly have the ability to learn and react to stimulus. This is most clearly witnessed when we fast forward a time-lapse video of a plant and watch it react and move like any other living animal. Plants are very much alive and not simply passive, unaware background foliage as once thought.
Many people find themselves in an entirely new world of existence when they realize how genuinely connected we are to not just other animals but the trees and plant life around us. In the spirit of this interdependent cohabitation, being an ally goes both ways, meaning that we should also be an ally of plants, and take care of them by way of promoting conservation efforts in regards to natural and native growing plants as well as responsible farming cultivation practices. I’ve created a list of common ailments and within each article is an introduction to that condition or disease, possible causes and plant allies that may help support us based on evidence based studies.
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● No statements here are aimed to diagnose or treat any illness. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a homeopath. I’m not suggesting use of any specific herb or food to cure any specific diagnosis or illness. I’m simply an herbalist, who has organized and shared information about herbs, food, scientific studies and culinary recipes that are otherwise publicly available. Many herbs and foods in general interact negatively with medication and independent research and discussions with our doctors are critical. Remember that often, and out of necessity, scientific studies go where the financial support exists. Perspective and context is important. Many studies may be biased based on financial interest, were conducted on animals and not on humans as of yet or have a small sample size. Most medicinal herbs and some foods are not recommended during pregnancy or nursing due to lack of sufficient studies.
● As a general reminder, where we get our herbs or food is incredibly important. It’s best to grow our own but when we can’t, it’s important to make sure we’re purchasing from sustainable and cultivated sources. Many plants are suffering from over harvesting or increased disease caused by mass production.
● Everything here is my original written words and not to be copied or reproduced without my permission. Thank you for respecting my time, years of research and work that went into herbalism and the capability of being able to share it with you.
Anxiety and Stress
Colds and Flu
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Perimenopause and Menopause
Sprains and Strains
Urinary Tract Infection