Herbal Remedies For Parrots
by Carolyn Swicegood
Herbal medicine was early man’s first line of defense against the many ills and accidents that plagued him. Ancient humans learned from the observation of animals, including birds, how to use leaves, earth, mud and water to make soothing applications. Although the methods were crude, several of today’s medicines are based upon sources as simple as those of ancient man.
Presently, the use of herbs as self-prescribed medication is growing rapidly in the United States. It is an industry with more than $1.5 billion in annual sales. Medicinal herbs are the same natural plant drugs that have been used since antiquity. They remain the only form of medicine for a large majority of the world’s population that lacks access to hospitals and pharmacies.
Some of the popular herbal remedies for people are:
- Backache: Valerian root
- Headache: Feverfew
- Muscle Aches: Capsaicum cream
- Indigestion: Peppermint or Chamomile tea
- Nausea: Ginger (tea, capsules, candy)
- Depression: St. John’s Wort
- Anxiety & Stress: Valerian root
- Colds and Flu: Echinacea
- Coughs: Slippery elm
- Menopause Problems: Black cohosh extracts
- Sleep Problem: St. John’s Wort or Valerian root