Herbalism, the practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants, has a history that spans thousands of years. It predates recorded history and forms the origin of much of modern medicine. Herbalism has also influenced many cultures, as countries such as South Africa, India and China have established their own unique herbal traditions. Interest in this form of medicine has transcended its origins, as about 80% of people in the world use herbalism, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
With herbalism, leaves, seeds, bark, flowers, and other plant parts are carefully selected to treat specific conditions. Since these plant parts are potent, they should be used as directed by a skilled practitioner. That’s where an herbalist comes in.