Synergy, love between herbs
Like people, so the herbs are developing “sympathies” and matches between them, where the successful combination, more than doubles the beneficial effects for our body.
For example, when chamomile meets lavender in a pouch for a therapeutic bath, the sedative properties, the anti-inflammatory action and the soothing scent of the two herbs will bring more immediate, powerful effect and duration than each one separately. Cooperation and coexistance, is pleasant for them!
There are many possible combinations among the medicinal herbs offered for a variety of beneficial and therapeutic effects. But success for an effective therapeutic herbal formulation lies in the so-called synergy.
Each herb has different healing properties, some stand out more than the others, while many herbs have similar or opposite qualities. All depend on their chemistry, and therefore the chemistry created between the combinations!
Matching herbs, is divided into three categories:
- They can collaborate flawlessly into a dynamic synergy between them for a desired effect, where in a simplification that is understandable, synergy means 1 + 1 = 4 over-doubling the desired properties.
- The neutral synergy where 1 + 1 = 1. In two herbs that do not match each other, the stronger will overgrow the properties of most mild herb.
- And finally the competitive synergy, where 1 + 1 = 0. In this case, the herbs and their chemical composition, react in a way that they neutralize one another.
For this reason the study of the properties of each herb, and the therapeutic properties that we want to use, should be studied in a table format. It is not easy and there aren’t any ready recipes and proportions for all herbs! Of course there are ways to help you successfully combine herbs, and will quote in following articles!