what is botanical medicine

Botanical medicine, in simplistic terms, is the use of plants as medicines. Plants hold a power healing capacity, and before conventional medicine was invented, botanical remedies were the basis of health care. In fact, some pharmaceutical drugs are synthetic components that were found in plants, such as the active constituent in Aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid, being a prodrug of salicylic acid found in willow bark. All parts of plants can be used, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots or seeds. Administering botanical medicine can also take many forms; including teas, tinctures, capsules, ointments, creams or essential oils.

Echinacea (cone flower) - useful as an immunostimulant to induce a non-specific immune response.
Echinacea (cone flower) – useful as an immunostimulant to induce a non-specific immune response and promote overall health.
Calendula (marigold) - a diverse plant in botanical medicine, commonly used in creams for burns, dermatitis and wound healing, calendula is a potentent vulnerary, antimicrobial and antiinflammatory.
Calendula (marigold) – a diverse plant in botanical medicine, commonly used in creams for burns, dermatitis and wound healing, calendula acts as a vulnerary, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
Passiflora (passion flower) - used as a sedative or nervine, passiflora is great for insomnia or anxiety.
Passiflora (passion flower) – used as a sedative or nervine, passiflora is great for insomnia or anxiety.

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