For some reason, we have such a hard time moving one logical knowledge set across a very narrow space into another.
Take, for instance, coffee. Or tea. They're stimulants; they wake you up. If you depend on them for too long, then suddenly cut the supply, you get a headache (often, anyway). In the right amount, they help the body eliminate waste. Too much? The opposite effect occurs. Coffee can relieve constipation, black tea can relieve diarrhea.
These widely accepted characteristics of these herbs (tea is an herb; coffee, while a fruit, is also an herb, if we apply the logic we use for rosehips, for elderberries, hawthorn berries, etc), should make it easy for us to apply the same logical deductions to the value of other herbs.
But this old knowledge, this (yes) *conservative* knowledge is so distrusted by a vast majority of us (not so much in other countries--I mean, look at Germany--they're always on the forefront of herbal (re)discoveries).
It's the same with organics, true, but that's another blog post. I mean, don't even get me started on biodynamic agriculture. Witchy in all the best ways.
Anyway, I got nowhere to go with this. I just thought I'd bring it up, show it around, see what's what.
Now. Off to enjoy my caffeine-laden herb of choice...