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Medicinal plants, also called medicinal herbs, have been discovered and used in traditional medicine practices since prehistoric times. The earliest historical records of herbs are found from the Sumerian civilization, where hundreds of medicinal plants including opium and myrrh are listed on clay tablets. The Ebers Papyrus from ancient Egypt, c. 1550 BC, describes over 850 plant medicines aka Medicinal Herbs inc. aloe, cannabis, castor bean, juniper garlic, pepper and mandrake
In around 60 AD, the Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides, working for the Roman army, documented over 1000 recipes for medicinals using over 600 medicinal herbs in De materia medica.
The book remained the authoritative reference on herbalism and Medicinal Herbs for over 1500 years, into the seventeenth century
In modern medicine, around a quarter of the drugs prescribed to patients are derived from medicinal plants, and they are rigorously tested. In other systems of medicine, medicinal plants and herbs may constitute the majority of what are often informal attempted treatments, not tested scientifically. The World Health Organization estimates, without reliable data, that some 80 percent of the world's population depends mainly on traditional medicine (including but not limited to plants and herbs) perhaps some two billion people are largely reliant on medicinal herbs.
At Highwinds Herbs we do a lot of wildcrafting of Medicinal Herbs
We wildcraft over 100 acres at the Farm
Here are just a few
St John's Wort, Red Clover, Yarrow,
Elecampane, May Apple, Blackberry, Raspberry, Hawthorn Berries, Wild Roses, Rose Hips, Goldenrod, Bittersweet Nightshade,
Dandelion Leaf, Dandelion Root,
Birch Bark, Wild Cherry Bark, Wild Lettuce, Catnip, Rowan Berries, Ginseng,
We are an organic farm We do not use any chemicals on our Medicinal Herbs or any other herb we grow
We weed by hand and we harvest by hand.
And when everything is picked and prepared we process here at the farm
We take pride in our herbs and have been organically farming for over 30 years We are a family farm and everyone piches in