Shameem Akthar, yogacharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, takes you through five questions that explain how and why certain herbs have become effective household remedies.
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In several cultures common herbs are listed as having spiritual, religious or superstitious significance.
The science of herbs can be simply explained through the phyto-nutrients that plants have created as part of their evolutionary safeguards, to protect against a hostile world, while ensuring propagation and assuring them of nurture.
Alternative therapies and ancient magic studied and exploited this hidden science.