A natural pharmacy, with its jars of powders, teas, and roots, can be difficult to navigate. If you’re interested in herbal remedies, chat up a trusted proprietor, who can be an excellent source of information, Auth says. Generally, these supplements are not as powerful as prescriptions, but it’s always a good idea to run things by your doctor.
Try to buy organic, and never buy Chinese-origin products, which have ongoing toxicity issues. And think differently about what “taking” herbal remedies means. In some cases, it may mean ingesting a capsule. But it could also be sipping tea, sprinkling ground herbs in soup or a smoothie, or even adding a few drops of a plant-oil extract to boiling water and inhaling the steam. These should be treated as add-ons to elevate an already healthy diet.