In order to live a well balanced life – the holistic ideal- it is important to think about death so that we may live more fully.
In less developed countries hallucinogens are the favored medicines. This is because sickness and death are viewed as being a consequence of interference from the spirit world, rather than being induced physically or organically.
It is far less costly and more satisfying to make your own remedies with homegrown herbs picked right from your garden. You can combine herbs to fit your own needs and tastes and make just the amounts you need. Furthermore, one can guarantee the purity of the herbs since you would know they had not been treated with any toxic chemicals.
Grinding or powdering them seems more efficient, but it tends to release the herbs oils and to make them weaker medicines in the long run.
Many herbalists will tell you the only sure way to know that your herbs are clean and free of poisons is to grow them yourself.
Wherever possible these principals were being duplicated in the chemistry lab, then marked as “purer” medicines.
There are many people who regard herbal healing as superstitious based, antiquated or hocus-pocus.