Herbalists, as with any other profession, need to make a living from their craft. What factors contribute to the price of a good or service? Why should one have comparable pricing with others in the field? How do we make goods affordable to those who need them, while simultaneously supporting ourselves?
With the growing interest in herbalism and making one's own plant preparations, people often dive in without really considering the ethical, environmental, and health impacts herb sourcing has. What kind of environment did your herbs grow in? What was in their soil, their water, or what was sprayed on them? Who harvested them, processed them? Were they fairly compensated for their efforts? These are the questions we should ask ourselves.
I believe in common sense. In using your best judgement. In real education, in real empowerment, and making educated decisions. Western medicine saves lives, there’s no arguing the fact. There is no shame in seeking professional medical attention when needed, that’s what medicine and doctors are there for. I’m all about natural medicine - I make it - but I also have the grace to accept when I don’t have something on hand or don’t know what I’m dealing with, and am thankful I have doctors to turn to when needed
There are different categories of Herbs that interact with the immune system, most commonly known as Immunostimulants, Immunomodulators, and Adaptogens. Other groups - which are not necessarily exclusive, Herbs can have actions that can put them in multiple categories - include Antimicrobial and Antiviral.