We have used herbs occasionally for years. After spending $2,000 in doctors appointments and tests one year for MrLivingOurWay's sinus problems, he began using several herbs to keep the infections at bay. I've always said, that the doctor can prescribe something and it usually won't work but if I look up the problem on the Internet, the natural treatment almost always works.
My bout with bronchitis last year, brought to light one of the areas I've never trusted to herbs: bad infections. A sinus infection is one thing but with the bronchitis, I really felt like I was going to die! I got an antibiotic and it did help. However, I was telling a friend that I felt the only reason I would need to go to a doctor was if I had a bad infection and disagreed. I've since done research and found several herbs for more serious infections. According to Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech, a tincture of thyme would have been the best option for bronchitis but I wouldn't have been able to use it at the time due being pregnant.
One problem with using herbal medicine is predicting which ones we would need to have on hand. How do you decide which herbs to keep on hand? Which ones do you use the most?
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