The Wild Medicinal Plants in the European Union and the United Kingdom are an increasingly important component of both national and international legislation relating to the environment, health and welfare of humans. There has also been a great deal of research in the last few decades that has brought awareness to the importance of this part of the plant kingdom. This article is a brief overview of the plants that have been used for medicinal purposes throughout history.
In the early tradition of the Serbs, wild medicinal plants represented a spiritual symbol of cultural, economic and health anthropological significance. In addition to raking or rakijas prepečenica, the main role in Serbian ethnomedicine historically has been played by komoviica, an herbal product or tea usually mixed with medicinal herb (juniper, wormwood, black walnut, etc.)
Wild herbs are not only used for medicinal purposes, but also as food plants, as a source of dye, in some cultures they are used as a folk medicine, in others as a sacred plant, and in some countries wild medicinal plants have been used to repel rodents such as foxes and rats. Wild medicinal herbs are not limited to Europe; they are used extensively in Asia for the same reasons.
The use of wild plants for medicinal purposes began during the period of Roman rule, when physicians of the time noted that certain plants had properties that were beneficial to humans and animals. It was this time of historical importance that the Romans made the first official record of the herbs that were used. These are known as the “Rome Herbalica.” The list included a wide variety of herbs including Rosemary, basil, ginger, thyme, mint, ginkgo biloba, burdock, and ginseng.
In Europe, the herbs listed in the Rome Herbalica continued to grow and increase in popularity and they were used by the monks of monasteries as medicines. These were used for a variety of purposes ranging from alleviating pain to healing wounds.
Use Of Herbs In Western Medicine
The use of herbs in western medicine is most evident in the preparation of tea. Tea dates back to the times of the ancient Chinese, who made a paste from the leaves of the Eurycoma longifolia plant. This tea is known as tea tree oil. The name came from the fact that in the olden days tea trees were the only source of plant oil.
In India, as well as China, tea was the source of healing in the past. The Ayurveda system of medical practice uses several plants for healing and they include: dandelion, alfalfa, ashwaganda, and celandine.
The uses of wild plants have spread to the West, where tea has taken on a life of its own as an important beverage, with some of the world’s finest teas being prepared in exotic parts of Europe. In fact in Germany the tea is one of the best selling beverages in the world.
There are a variety of medicinal plants used for medicinal purposes in the United States. These are:
As you can see there are many uses of wild plants in Chinese herbal medicine. The best part about all this is that you don’t have to be Chinese or European to enjoy the benefits of these amazing natural healing plants. You too can enjoy the benefits of these amazing herbs without having to travel to exotic parts of the world.
There are many other uses for the use of these plants as well, and there are still many more. It is amazing how we can obtain all the benefits of these amazing healing plants without ever leaving our homes!