Hey everybody, this is Mary here from Sophoz Wellness; and today for video challenge 2, I have my husband here with
me. Say hey hon. Hi it’s Gene. How are you? So as some of you know Mary is an
herbalist, and some times people don’t really have a clear understanding
as to what that is and what herbalism is. So just a few questions to help clarify
that today and and give you a better understanding. So first question Mary.
What is herbalism exactly? I’m gonna start out by asking you guys a question. Has your mom ever made homemade chicken soup for you when
you’ve ever had the cold or flu or maybe she put on some warming ointment on
your sprained ankle? Maybe she puts you in the bath when you have a fever or
maybe you’ve even had a croopy baby and you knew to take them into the steamy
bathroom? Well those are just examples of remnants
of herbalism. So herbalism isn’t just about herbs. It’s about using things in your
lifestyle and things in your environment to help you achieve health. All cultures
have a native medical system and its really all about herbalism. Many of you
are getting familiar with herbalism. You seeit in the news and blog feeds and podcasts all the time, or people talk about Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, maybe
Native American, European, Middle Eastern. Those are examples of ancient
traditional medical systems that are known in the world and steeped in herbalism. So with that as background about what herbalism is what exactly does an
herbalist do? Well the first thing that I do is I look at people’s food. Food is highly targeted. It needs to be chosen specific to the person’s ancestry, but I also use
targeted supplements and of course herbs. From all those different medical systems that I talked about earlier I
may even use things like essential oils, flower essences, therapeutic baths,
exercise, meditation. Just virtually anything that works for the person.
Basically I use whatever the person needs. So herbalists focus on the person and
what they need, and we don’t necessarily focus on the condition or the symptoms
that they’re reporting. Of course we need to help those symptoms, but we do it by
focusing on the person. So can herbs fix every illness? Herbs … nope sorry to say
herbs can’t fix everything, but they do shine in certain kinds of situations.
They work very well for acute illnesses and injuries that are right at the
beginning stages. Anything that’s been lingering for a while I would need to
refer that out to some other kind of practitioner. Herbs work great for those
so-called mystery illnesses … things where people just don’t know. They’re not quite sure what’s wrong with them and where herbs shine the most is in chronic illness. That’s
where herbs really really shine. Ok. So if I’m not actively “sick” today. What benefit is or are herbs to to me and
to you? Um yeah, I get asked this question all the
time. People are reading a maybe newspaper article or a blog post. They see something in the news. And they say, “hey you know there’s a lot of talk out there about Zika virus or lyme or all these new virulent diseases being talked about in the news. Could herbs help in these kinds of
situations?” And my answer is yes. The potential is very much for them to shine. You know there’s also a lot of talk about drug-resistant germs. Herbs shine
really well there as well, and I just want to remind people that herbs were the first lines of helping people out there. They were
the original medicine really. Ok … so thanks everyone! Hope that helped clarify
a little bit about what herbs are and herbalism is and what an herbalist does.
And so thanks for watching! Take care! Bye now! Bye!