Last week someone asked me this question. I had a biology-based answer for her right away. My main training is in science and the health professions, after all.
It was such a good question though, and it seems like I've been thinking of a new reasons why I choose natural, herbal, ingredients every day since then.
Today, in this second of three posts on the topic, my reasons for using natural ingredients are all interconnected. I can't talk about one of these topics without discussing the rest. So buckle up, friends. First, here is your periodic reminder that if you have an issue going on with your body, consult your physician. I'm a nurse, not a doctor. Listen to your doctor.
Moving on. It's not a surprise to hear that natural ingredients are easier to work with in the kitchen. It's easier to make a homemade stew than it is to make a Pop Tart or an Oreo, right? Real food is also better for you to eat than food full of artificial (made in a lab) additives (chemicals) and preservatives (more chemicals).
It's my view that, most of the time, its better to keep the products you put on your body (and the foods you put in your body) as natural as possible. As I discussed in my previous post, I believe that natural botanical ingredients are often safer for the human body to assimilate than those that contain petroleum products, for example.
I've also talked before about my desire to learn how to care for myself, just in case medical care wasn't available to me. I'm the kind of person who's had the book How to Stay Alive in the Woods for years... I like to know how to do things to take care of myself (and those around me) in emergencies. For example, here's a look at my bookshelf:
I like making herbal medicines because they are made with whole plants, which quite often are found on beautiful hikes I take in nature...below are some pics of me and my friends on a hike in the Sedona area. This is where I find most of the juniper berries I use for my herbal tonics.
...and I love that there is always more for me to learn about the natural world.