As an herbalist mama, I’ve always been fascinated with the beautiful plants that God created to aid our body in healing. Herbal medicine has been an amazing help for me both during and after my toxic mold exposure.
My Italian and Latin American grandma was responsible alongside my dad for awakening my passion for healthy food and herbal medicine. I treasure each memory of us working together in her little adobe kitchen, creating beautiful dishes, and drinking herbal tea each night.
As I child while we lived overseas we grew several amazing foods. I remember picking up herbs and fruits while walking barefoot in the garden. At a young age, I created dozens of healthy dishes, made hundreds of herbal infusions, and learned about using plants as medicine. These lessons and life experiences pushed me as an adult to study more about plants and their healing properties.
After all, while growing up and living abroad, we used herbal medicine daily. We never experienced any issues; if anything, herbal medicine helped clear up symptoms pretty quickly and seldom caused side effects when used properly,
As I got older, I began researching why herbal medicine and naturopathic medicine weren’t being used alongside allopathic medicine in the US. What I found out was shocking, to say the least. This history is not something you will learn about in school textbooks.
When you do some research, you’ll see that the sinister plot to discredit and destroy plant medicine dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.
It was around that time that herbal medicine and naturopathy were eliminated and labeled as unscientific quackery. But it wasn’t because these healing modalities weren’t safe. There were more enormous interests at stake.
Below are a few resources I’ve compiled over the years that will help you unravel a bit of the hidden history of herbal and naturopathic medicine.
“In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or science.
We are not to raise up from among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.” John D Rockefeller
Write-up and video from Dr. Mercola. The above video is a must-watch.
“In the early 1900’s there were a variety of doctors and healing modalities in America. Some of the medical specialties included chiropractic, naturopathy, homeopathy, holistic medicine and herbal medicine. To eliminate the competition Rockefeller he hired a contractor named Abraham Flexner to submit a report to Congress in 1910. This report “concluded” that there were too many doctors and medical schools in America, and that all the natural healing modalities which had existed for hundreds of years were unscientific quackery. The report called for the standardization of medical education, whereby only the AMA (another monopoly) would be allowed to grant medical school licensure in the U.S.
Certainly, Flexner’s report did have some valid points, but unfortunately the motives for the report were entirely driven my Rockefeller’s desire for complete control of the medical system. Based on the report, congress acted upon the Flexner’s recommendations and changed laws related to medical practice. Incredibly, allopathic medicine became the standard modality, even though at the time its main treatment methods where blood-letting, surgery (quite barbaric at the time) and the injection of toxic heavy metals (lead and mercury) to supposedly “displace disease”!
With these legal changes in place, Rockefeller teamed up with Andrew Carnegie and started funding medical schools all over America on the strict condition that they only taught allopathic medicine. Through the power of their huge “grants”, this powerful team systematically dismantled the previous curricula of these medical schools, removing any mention of the healing power of herbs or natural treatments. Teachings on diet and other natural (non-drug) treatments were also completely removed from medical programs.” Source
Click here to read some history about early American Herbalism.