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Practicing Herbal Safety

Updated: Jan 29

While studying herbalism one of the best quotes that still resonates with me today is in reference to quality and safety with using herbal supplements and teas.


"A good quality herb, picked by a confident herbalist, sourced from a reputable manufacturer is key to the safe practice of herbal medicine"


This is the quote Carolina Holistic Farm was founded upon. The need for a locally grown herb farm that uses the best/safest farming practices for the best quality herbs available.


"Growing Natural Herbs for Natural Lives"

-Carolina Holistic Farm



Some people have had adverse reactions from using herbs.


"Some adverse reactions are from manufacturers being known to bulk out popular herbs with less expensive herbs of the same genus."


All plants have a 2 part Latin name to differentiate each plant. The genus and the species.


An example is Hypericum perforatum aka St. John's Wort has been found bulked out with other Hypericum species.


  1. Reduces therapeutic potential

  2. Increase risk of sensitivity

  3. Inceased danger ⚠️ for adverse reactions


People that use herbal supplements/herbal remedies, we ALWAYS advise consulting a doctor about using herbs due to prescription medication and herb interactions.

(Aka Contraindications)


" This page is ONLY an informative source for herbal knowledge. Please consult a physician or other certified health professional regarding health problems."


Drug-Herb Interaction:

  1. Potential to interact with prescription medication

  2. Could change the way the body deals with prescription medications

  3. Prescription medications could leave the body faster or make the drugs stay longer.

  4. Reduce the prescription medications therapeutic activity


#1 Prescription medication interaction is with St. John's Wort herb.


St. John's Wort could alter the way a drug is designed to behave in the body.


Other drugs that could potentially interact with herbal supplements.

  1. General anesthesia

  2. Birth control medications

  3. Benzodiazepines

  4. Immunosuppressant

  5. Warfarin

  6. PPIs

  7. Opioids

  8. And a whole list of additional prescription medications.


Allergic Reactions can also adversely affect you while using herbs. You may experience

  1. contact dermatitis: adverse reaction to touching a particular herb.

  2. Photosensitivity: adverse reaction to exposure to the sun.


Safety of using herbs is not always discussed when people talk about using herbal supplements. This is a topic that needs to be addressed so people can be safe using alternative herbal remedies.



** This page is ONLY an informative source for herbal knowledge. Please consult a physician or other certified health professional regarding health problems. *

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