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Its particularly hard to understand herbal healing from a distance. There are books and there are blogs. There are lots of resources. To be honest, though, there are just as many resources that seem to counter the claims of the herbal healing community.
The only true test, in terms of natural and wild plant healing is to use the plants and see for yourself. We can look at historical accounts as probably the best examples of the efficacy of these plants but until you see how they work on you, you might be a hard sell.
We are going to look at one plant in particular in this article. Its called Boneset and has been a North American species used by the native Americans for God knows how long.
There is much speculation about how the name Boneset came to be but there is no doubt it was being used by the pioneers and appeared in books in the early 19th Century. It had been used by the Natives for much longer than that.
Right around 1800 a nasty flu swept through the east coast of the nation and it was characterized by extreme bone pain. At the time boneset did such a good job of relieving the pain and fever attributed to the flu that it was give the moniker.
Tincture and Decoction
The most popular use of boneset appears in the tincture or decoction form. These two methods allow for the essentials of the plant to leach out into liquid. This was how the flu and other colds were treated in the 1800s and even before, using boneset.
Of course identifying the plant is a crucial part of the process. You cannot go to the store and find fresh boneset. Still, what an incredible world we live in where natural cures can be harvested right out side. Look for boneset in marshes and fields in the eastern part of the nation.