Saturday, September 22, 2012

Herbs Past & Present # 6-North American Traditions

The first European settlers arriving in North America brought with them the familiar healing plants from home.; heartease and plantain. They also absorbed some Native American healing traditions, discovering new herbs, such as boneset ( comfrey ) purple coneflower ( echinacea ) goldenseal, and pleurisy root. Many of the American tribes also used a practice of sauna like sweat houses,( this was the time of the Medicine Man or Shaman ) a time of ritual herbalism- and the idea of heat as a healing technique was adopted by Samuel Thomson ( founded the Physiomedicalism movement ) More about him tomorrow.

This melding of traditions bore fruit in the  Physiomedicalism and Eclectic schools, which were later imported to Europe and had a lasting influence on European herbal practices.

Next...Merging of Practices.

Bea Rigsby-Kunz

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