reply to post by virraszto
I neither have time nor place to grow my own. I live in different parts of the world during the year. But I guess that can work for many people.
I strayed away from that stuff anyway. I never felt like it worked. It seemed like waisted money on the stuff for the results I got which was zero.
Problem is not the herbs but the product being sold as herbs.
If you were able to access the plants as they were before being processed, you'd probably find there is real benefit to them. But mass production has
rendered the product a weak, adulterated, bunch of crap.
Some of the herbs you can buy in capsules or tablets, are made from the plant but from the wrong part of the plant. Sometimes it's the essential oils
that are required, but the dried mass produced product is depleted of them.
If you buy coffee beans, and you don't keep them air tight and stored in a cool place, you end up with crappy coffee. The flavour of fresh beans is
always noticed in a good cup. Same for herbs. You lose the 'spirit' of the plant when it's made in bulk.
It's no wonder people think of herbs as a bunch of hippy hooey. But a true ethnobotanist doesn't work with mass produced stuff to be sold to yuppies
who ride vespas to the office.
Basically, if you want herbs, you have to source them from a proper botanist. And then you see just how hard it is to get certain plants across
borders. Where I live, I had AQIS inform a botanical store on the other side of the country, tell them the blue lotus I had ordered was not
When I complained they said there should be no issue. Yet the letters received said differently. Risk a fine or source locally, from a less than
reputable source.. I dunno.
It's pathetic how we treat the plants on this planet with legal restrictions. We are all of the planet, we should be able to use the things that
evolved with us... big pharma won't have that.
Indeed, some herbs are now illegal due to having no theraputic use. You can buy them as supplements, but then you're dealing with the exact issue you
describe in the OP. Adulterations and contaminations because there are no regulations to control the quality.
This planet has an amazing pharmacopoeia all over it. Stupid damn humans have ruined the synergy..