Here at the Catskills Bed and Breakfast in Stamford New York we have wonderful herbal gardens, nearby state parks for hiking and tran walking and nature conservation centers. Even our cooking at the Harrison Center Spa is rich in herbs and spices. We are a community based business and are members of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
Ancient Egyptian and Chinese texts thousands of years old record the use of herbs for treating and curing ailments of the body, mind and spirit. The texts tell of the various mental and spiritual imbalances each ailment is related to, and addresses the plants needed to correct the imbalance. Many of the plants employed today in herbal medicine were used and described by Dioscorides, a first century Greek physician and botanist. His reference work, “De Materia Medica,” was, for l500 years, the standard work on botany and the therapeutic use of plants.
Herbs are known to possess powerful psychological and mood altering properties.. Certain herbs and herbal substances thus reducing depression may influence nutritionally based glandular imbalances in the pancreas, thyroid, and thymus gland.
Many herbalists work with mild mood restoratives known as nervines. These herbs do not work rapidly like drugs, but rather in a slow, rejuvenating manner. Some nervine herbs such as skullcap, licorice, vervain, marjoram, balm and lavender are best used by those troubled with a depression linked with insomnia, or physical pain. Other herbs such as ginseng, basil and sage are more appropriate with those who suffer with the type of depression that leaves them in bed with mental and physical fatigue. Some herbal anti-depressives such as yerba mate, damiana, and kava kava have a mild, stimulating quality that give the suffering individual a greater sense of aliveness and vitality. St. John’s Wort contains a chemical named hypericin, which similar to other anti-depressant drugs is a MAO inhibitor.