Summer fruits are abundant, especially amidst the dog days of August and into early September. Blackberries and peaches are coming on as are plums, early apples, and pears. All these delicious fruits have medicinal properties a practical herbalist can use through out the year. We discussed how you can use your summer harvest to make medicine even the most skeptical, picky patient won’t question.
Fruits discussed included:
- Asian Pears
Herbs and Spices discussed included:
- Lemon Balm
Preservation methods included:
- Simple Syrups
In June 2014, Dr. Mehmet Oz went before a senate hearing committee to answer questions about some of his recent claims regarding herbalism, according to a CNN article pubished on June 19, 2014. The specific claims discussed in the hearing were regarding the use of green coffee bean extract as a weight-loss aid. We discussed the responsibilities doctors like Dr. Oz have for having research that backs their claims, the responsibilities herbalists bear for citing scientific research to back their claims or recommendations, and the gray area between clinical herbalism, herbalism, and doctors of medicine.
Herbalists use a variety of terms to describe the properties of herbs. We discussed flavinoids, how to recognize them in fruits, and why they’re important to good health.