I went to Alpine Cosmetics in Torrance, California during the weekend. I needed to restock on some herbs & herbal products and they have German imports there that I can’t find anywhere else.
I was very frustrated not to find what I wanted and the shop’s owner is equally if not more frustrated than me because, as time goes by, she gets more restriction on what she’s allowed to import & sell or not. And regulations seem to vary from one state to another: New York can get products that are not allowed in California for some reason, and yet it’s the same country.
It’s a good thing that I’m knowledgeable about herbs and know how to blend them as well as how to substitute one plant for another (with similar properties). Since the “Erkaeltungs Tee” and the “Bronchial Tee” (both from Salus Haus) are not available anymore, I kept the ingredients’ list on their respective boxes and will blend my own. These herbal teas work and that’s probably the reason why one can’t get their hands on them anymore.
To people who believe that herbs don’t work, I like to tell that if it was the case both animals and humans would have been wiped out long ago from the face of the Earth and we wouldn’t be having this conversation in the first place. Plants have been used for thousands of years to prevent and cure disease. People who held herbal knowledge were both revered and feared. Healing remedies & recipes were being passed down from one generation to the next.
I recently acquired a French medical book for families to use at home. It was written in 1936 (so before World War II) by three eminent doctors. The reason why I got this book in the first place, besides the fact that it’s a rare item, is because most of the remedies offered in this book are based first and foremost on common healing herbs. Most of these herbs were and still are fairly easy to find. Very few would require advanced herbal knowledge (because some could be toxic, dangerous and/or with side effects).
Doctors in the book even addressed parasites and viruses such as cholera, with a healing protocol. Considering that we live in a time of increasing antibiotic resistance and the return of disease we thought belonged to the past – such as tuberculosis and smallpox – (which are now also showing resistance to treatments), the World Health Organization is looking for new promising antibiotics to be developed, as well as ancient, forgotten antibiotics. I like to remind people that, before WWII and the emergence of penicillin, the antibiotic and antiseptic of choice was lavender. I always have lavender tincture and lavender infused oil at home (lavender has so many uses), and other concoctions as well.