Interest In Natural Remedies Grows At Herb Day

If you ask any herbalist, one man's plant, is another man's natural remedy.

"It's somewhat relegated to a tree-hugging, shrub cuddling, dirt worshipping kind of science, but in actuality, it's a very wonderful science," herbalist Darrell Martin said.

Martin says integrating herbs and health is centuries old, but a bandwagon-following of herb users is growing daily.

"When people go to the grocery store and start picking up herbs and saying 'Oh this is good for my liver, this is good for my pancreas', I think you could do damage with herbs if you overload it and don't have any guidance," herbalist Betty O'Brian said.

That's why O'Brian hosted National Herb Day, to share with people safe ways to use nature's goodness.

"You can use some of the things that grow around here, like privet hedges. They grow wild in Mississippi, but just happen to be great medicine for a sore throat," O'Brian said.

"Black walnut is a common tree that grows in people's yards. With that fruit, you can smash it, soak it in alcohol and take a little bit of that and it kills parasites in the body," Martin said.

Those are just a few examples of the home remedies that could put people on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

"They don't have to go it alone, they don't have to read 'Women's Day' and always try the latest in the magazines. Right here on the coast we have people that can guide and direct them, and help them, naturally," O'Brian said.

If you'd like to learn more about herbs, you can call Infinity Health at 392-5559.