How can I learn to use medicinal herbs?

I am very interested in medicinal herbs. I don’t intend to become a doctor, or a pharmacist. Can I learn their basic uses as an amateur? If yes, how? Are there any classes I need to take?
Thank you in advance!

4 thoughts on “How can I learn to use medicinal herbs?

  1. There’re plenty of books available on the net, no need to be ripped off for some pointless course or classes.

    Just be aware that herbs are not ‘medicine’, these days they are a flavouring additive to cooking. Any herbs that showed a useful property were chemically engineered into pills a long time ago. These pills are far more effective, safer and convenient than any herbs they may have had a connection with.

    If you really want to understand them then you need to be a medical or pharmaceutical researcher, though there’s nothing to stop you taking a historical interest in their past usage.

  2. There are many medicinal herbs we can use which are very valuable, and do not have all of the side effects some of the manufactured drugs might. One of the original antidepressants is St. John’s Wort. Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid, derived from willow bark. I use echinacea which I grow myself, making a tincture for internal consumption and as a topical antiseptic. However, if you plan to use herbs in addition to a pharmaceutical you are currently using, or instead of, please talk to your doctor first.

    Dave is right that many courses you would pay for could be a rip off, but there are many books available on line or for purchase at a bookstore or health food store. I do not agree that they are only for seasoning, as I have raised my children, both ADD, without the benefit of prescription drugs. We used nutrition and herbs, as well as consistent schedules and physical exercise. They are both successful in life.

  3. Herbs are much, much less effective than drugs. Many are much more dangerous.

    To use aspirin as an example, willow bark contains salicylic acid, which happens to be a strong irritant which damages the stomach. Aspirin, the drug, is modified into acetosalicylic acid, which keeps the analgesic properties but is much safer.

    There’s a reason society stopped using medicinal herbs.

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