MEDICINAL GARDENING - Discover the secret life of plants!
Throughout our ornamental gardens, several varieties of beautiful, poetic plants offering healing or wellness proprieties can be discovered. The expansion is underway as we introduce additional plants and share their fascinating stories through relaxed educational, recreational forums.
Since prehistoric times, herbal or medicinal plants have been used in medicine or veterinary practice for therapeutic or prophylactic purposes. Literary sources confirm to the use of medicinal plants in ancient Assyria, India, Egypt, and China (circa 3000 B.C.), Greece, Iran and in Rome in the early years of the Common Era; also in Arab countries, Middle Asia, Georgia, Armenia, and Europe during the Middle Ages.
Herbs may be used directly as teas or in other extracted forms for their natural chemical constituents. They may be used as agents in the synthesis of drugs or the organic molecules found in plants may be used as models for synthetic drugs. Modern approaches to determining the medicinal properties of plants involve collaborative efforts that can include ethnobotanists, anthropologists, pharmaceutical chemists, and physicians.
Harvested medicinal plants are usually distilled to extract essential oils and juices or dried to use in formulations while certain medicinal plants are freshly harvested and can be used. The composition and quantity of active substances found in different organs of medicinal plants vary and change in the course of the year as a result of the aging of the plant and habitat conditions. Those parts of the plants in which the largest quantity of these substances accumulates are collected first.
We are pleased to introduce the growing role of nature as a healing and wellness environment. Our education forums provide gardens guests with intimate interactions with nature that compliment teachable moments and knowledge building.
Disclaimer* Medicinal Gardening Workshops are offered for educational and recreational purposes only
Introducing Joe Andrade
Dr.Ac.Sc, D.Ac, M.D.A.M., R.N.C.P., C.C.H.P., D.TCM, R.O.G.P.
NEW Medicinal Garden Practitioner
Joe's motto is "Live Well, Naturally" and he strives to help others do just that. When he was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, he was given acupuncture, and it started his passion for Natural Health. He has since helped people with not only Acupuncture, but Traditional Chinese Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Nutrition, Oligotherapy and Gemmotherapy, and other various natural medicines.
Joe received his Doctorate in Acupuncture Sciences (Dr.Ac.Sc.) from the International University of Complimentary Medicines in Europe, as well as his Diploma in Acupuncture (D.Ac) from The College of International Health Sciences. He has treated patients with whole body acupuncture for pain and inflammation, auricular acupuncture which concentrates on addiction, cravings, and detoxification, and cosmetic acupuncture which offers natural youthful skin without surgical or chemical intervention.
He also has his Doctorate in Alternative Medicines (M.D.A.M) from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, including courses in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, and natural healing. Currently he is employed as a Student Faculty Advisor with the International College of Natural Health (www.internationalhealthcollege.com), where he obtained his Diplomas in Nutrition (R.N.C.P) and Botanical Medicine (C.C.H.P) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (D.TCM). He loves to share his enthusiasm and desire to learn about all areas of Natural Health.
Joe is also a Registered Oligotherapy & Gemmotherapy Practitioner (R.O.G.P). Not a commonly known therapy, Oligotherapy is the use of ionic and trace minerals for health, and Gemmotherapy focuses on the cause of disease. It offers remedies from extremely potent herbal products composed of the embryonic tissues for trees, shrubs, seeds, and sap. He continues to work with several other health professionals, both with his own business with his wife, and in other clinics and retail to help people overcome pain, addiction, health issues, as well as offering support and assistance to those wanting to improve their health, lose weight, eat better, and Live Well, Naturally.
He and his wife have worked hard to develop a line of natural skin care products, mineral makeup, herbal tonics and syrups, salves and creams, and other products to help embrace natures medicines.
Joe and Tobie-Lynn were married at Whistling Gardens in 2014, where their marriage in mother nature's garden and passion for herbs and natural healing inspired our new programming while the new medicinal gardens are planned and planted.
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