Casey’s Corner—Botany and Health

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The Synergistic Relationship between Botany and Health—by Casey M.

William Gibson famously said “The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed”. Today’s America is overloaded with information on health, yet we often remain confused. Prior to the 1860’s natural remedies were the norm. The first synthetic aspirin was created by Bayer in 1899.

Today, essentially every drug is synthetic—why? Because synthetics are much more profitable than the naturally-derived alternatives. Synthetics are easy to scale, which leads to super abundance. And that leads to overuse…. which leads to superbugs like CA-MRSA, Ebola, Sars, and so on.

Back when apothecary was big, plants were the center of attention. To make them last longer, plants were placed in alcohol to create tinctures. Unfortunately, tinctures were expensive. Why? Because they’re a concentrated extract of the natural plant.

Watermelon tinctures (for example) contain a high dose of Citrulline —which helps to reduce soreness after a workout. A few drops of extract is equivalent to consuming an entire watermelon! This is great news for plants that don’t taste good—just a few drops in water makes them easy to consume.

The next time you reach for a vitamin or supplement, remember that most contain synthetic ingredients, and due to reduced absorption rates of these ingredients, you may need to take 10x amounts to produce effective results! Non-synthetic vitamins and supplements are available—but they’re expensive! Why? Because they contain naturally derived ingredients—and thus we return full circle to where we first started. Tinctures. They’re worth a closer look. Images courtesy of Google.

(This article was originally published on 010918 in Issue 6 of the EBG Newsletter.)