Over two thousand years ago, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” This is still good advice. After all, one of the primary ways one maintains good health is through nutrition and many ailments are nothing more than deficiencies of the vital nutrients found in food.
In some ways, herbal medicine is nothing more than an extension of nutritional medicine as there is no clear line where food ends and medicine begins. After all, many herbs used in herbal medicine are also used in cooking. And, many plants modern people think of as medicinal, such as dandelion chickweed, and burdock, were consumed as food in times past.
In fact, wouldn’t it be great if the first thing doctors prescribed when we are sick is food, including herbs found in the grocery store that are used in cooking? These completely non-toxic remedies could solve many common health problems without the need for expensive drugs and medical procedures.
Since this is unlikely to happen anytime soon, we’re going to take a closer look at how we can use everyday foods for healing. We’ll discuss the healing power of things like asparagus, apples, barley, blueberries, cabbage, figs, grapes, kale, lemons, mushrooms, oats, olive oil, pineapple, potatoes, radishes, tea, vanilla, watermelon, zucchini.