Sunday, March 11, 2018

Well met, Friend.

Hello,

Welcome to A Woodsman's Remedies.

What is it?

Well, it's a blog about remedies for various ailments and illnesses, a repository of herbalistic solutions. It's also easy to use, and while gathering your own fresh herbs and ingredients is a preferred method, many don't have the time or the location, or the skill to do it. As an alternative there will be options in our ingredients for you to procure them without doing weed walks, as enjoyable as they are, it just isn't practical for everyone.

Herbalism (also herbal medicine or phytotherapy) is the study of botany and use of plants intended for medicinal purposes or for supplementing a diet. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Modern medicine recognizes herbalism as a form of alternative medicine and pseudoscience, as the practice of herbalism is not strictly based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. Modern medicine makes use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-based pharmaceutical drugs. Although phytotherapy may apply modern standards of effectiveness testing to herbs and medicines derived from natural sources, few high-quality clinical trials and standards for purity or dosage exist. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.

Why?

It's sorely needed. While there is something to be said about what modern western medicine gets right, there is just as much to be said about what it, and it's patron big pharma, get wrong. Further, herbalism doesn't replace the need for modern pharmaceuticals, but in some cases may present a viable alternative. While modern medicine often treats and tries to suppress symptoms, modern herbalism seeks to gently urge the body along a natural path to remedy the ailment. Often those symptoms are the body's system to purge the ailment. Herbs and other remedies can often assist in this process. We believe suppressing symptoms is often the same as suppressing the body's ability to heal itself.

How?

After many years of ongoing study, research and collaboration with herbalist I found that I wanted to share as much as I could. As a woodsman I spend a considerable amount of time in the wilds, particularly here where I live in the boreal forests as they dip down into Northeastern Minnesota. I retired not long after my wife passed away and I have a lot of time on my hands. So I spend it in the wilderness, I spend it collecting ingredients and researching. A blog was the easiest most straightforward way to share.

Additionally, while this is a straight line blog, notice the seasons near the header. At any time you wish, you can explore some of the remedies and recipes I've found helpful during those seasons. It's also a means to show weedwalks during the specific seasons, as some components are not found year round.

So, thank you for joining me on this life long endeavor, and it is, for the journey of learning never ends. I hope you find the information helpful, but understand I am not dispensing medical recommendations or advice. I am sharing my opinions based on my experience and what I've learned from others. You should always seek the advice of your doctor before trying alternative remedies and medical courses of action.

Please be have patience as the site is built out. I couldn't do it all at once and some of it will need to wait till the corresponding season to be finished.

Thank you,

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