American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “The earth laughs in flowers.” And if you stop to consider all the ways plant life has helped humanity, you’ll know that the earth heals through flowers, too. For homeopathy, flowers and herbs have long been the source of active ingredients providing indispensable relief for a wide range of ailments.
The healing power of plants is critical to homeopathy, a form of natural medicine that sources from the earth. It may be surprising to know that plants form the basis of many homeopathic remedies you know and love. Arnica montana, one of the most popular medicines, is made from a type of daisy that grows in the mountains of France and Europe. Other well-known homeopathic plant ingredients include Calendula (garden marigold), Chamomilla (German chamomile), and Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort).
To highlight the vital role of plants in homeopathy, Boiron has partnered with the Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, to cultivate a medicinal garden since 2015. Here, you’ll find an educational showcase of medicinal herbs and flowers used in the making of homeopathic medicines.
You can see the plants in person by visiting the Boiron Medicinal Garden at Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pa. or take a look at the pictures below. Don’t forget, you can grow your very own medicinal garden at home, too!