“A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.” –Henry David Thoreau.
“All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the challenge of science is to find it.” ~ Paracelsus (Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim) (1493-1541)
“What can kill , can cure.”
“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
“Garlic is as good as ten mothers.”
~Traditional European Saying
“Eat leeks in oile and ramsines in May,
And all the year after physicians may play.” (Ramsines were old-fashioned broad-leafed leeks.)
“The leaves and floures of Borrage put into wine make men and women glad and merry, driving away all sadnesse, dulnesse, and melancholy, as Dioscorides and Pliny affirme. Syrrup made of the floures of Borrage comforteth the heart, purgeth melancholy, and quieteth the phrenticke or lunaticke person.”
~John Gerard, The Herball, or General Historie of Plantes. 1597
“The revival interest in herbal medicine is a worldwide phenomenon.”
~Mark Blumenthal, Executive Director of the American Botanical Council
“Oh, the powers of nature! She knows what we need, and the doctors know nothing.” ~Benvenuto Cellini
“Botany and medicine came down the ages hand in hand until the seventeenth century; then both arts became scientific, their ways parted, and no new herbals were compiled. The botanical books ignored the medicinal properties of plants and the medical books contained no plant lore.” ~Hilda Leyel
“Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard’s Almanac
“Time is an herb that cures all Diseases.”
~Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, Poor Richard’s Almanac
“What is Paradise? But a Garden, an Orchard of Trees and Herbs, full of pleasure, and nothing there but delights.” ~William Lawson, 1618.
“With the growing recognition of the value of herbs, it is surely time to examine the professional therapeutic use of these herbs. There are profound changes happening in the American culture and herbal medicine, ‘green medicine,’ is playing an ever-increasing role in people’s experience of this transformation.”
~David Hoffman, past President of the American Herbalist Guild
“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven.
I can scarcely expect bread.” ~Thomas Jefferson
“He would live for aye, must eat sage in May.”
“Gardening with herbs, which is becoming increasingly popular, is indulged in by those who like subtlety in their plants in preference to brilliance.”~Helen Morgenthau Fox