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Answering Frequently Asked (and Frequently Dumb) Questions About Herbs

Posted Aug 26 2011 11:38am

Recently, I read an e-book on mastering Article Marketing from cover to cover. Why? Because I can’t just trust that if I write good content, people will come. I actually need to spend time and energy syndicating articles I’ve written and generating backlinks with them so I can get my site to rank higher for my keywords. I’m sitting here thinking, how can I write useful articles that people will want to reprint and other people will want to read? Well, according to this e-book, one way is to answer frequently asked questions about a subject that I know a lot about – so I went to Wordtracker’s free tool for finding out what questions people type into search engines , and I was appalled at a) the types of questions people were asking and b) how many of them I really could not answer. But in the interest of humor and article marketing, here I go:

1. Which household herbs will get me high? (624 searches)

There are a zillion questions you can ask about herbs, and THIS IS THE ONE people most often ask? It’s so unimaginative and so boring. I’m so disappointed. Here’s my response: If you’re actually typing this question into a search engine, you’ve got way bigger problems (such as having your head stuck very far up your ass). I suggest you try searching instead for, “How can I get a life?”

2. Why use herbs and spices in cooking? (130 searches)

So your cooking tastes better. Imagine rosemary focaccia without the rosemary. Or apple pie without cinnamon. Or deviled eggs without paprika. Everything would taste boring and bland. Okay, there, I’ve exhausted about everything I know on this subject.

3. Herbs that can help you quit smoking? (82 searches)

Ah, my faith in humanity is redeemed. People want to quit smoking or help others quit smoking! Yay! Except, this isn’t really a short answer. I think a lot of the answer depends on WHY you’re smoking in the first place. Assuming that it is to relieve stress or feel more relaxed, then I would suggest looking into the more nervine or antispasmodic herbs. As I mentioned in my second Herbs 101 post about herbs and the organ systems they love , nervines/antispasmodics tone and strengthen the nervous system and reduce voluntary and involuntary spasms throughout the body. So I might suggest talking with a holistic health practitioner about Lobelia, Ginkgo, St. John’s Wort, or Valerian.

4. How to Dry Herbs (65 searches)

Well, shoot. I don’t rightly know. Turn them upside down, attach them to coat hangers, and leave them in the closet for a couple weeks?

5. What types of herbs grow in Louisiana? (51 searches)

I have no idea. I don’t live in Louisiana, but I sure do miss their gumbo! However, some people DO know the answer to this question, and have written about it here .

6. How to loose weight with herbs naturally (50 searches)

I don’t know how to “loose” weight with herbs. An herbalist might be able to help people “lose” weight with herbs, though. And the truth is, you can’t lose weight with just herbs alone. You’ve gotta eat right, exercise, and be in the right frame of mind to maintain good physical health, too. I’m sorry, but there it is, the truth: herbs would only be part of the overall weight loss plan. They can help stimulate the digestion or optimize waste elimination so that we’re not carrying around excess waste or fluids. These include the cathartic and diuretic herb groups – to read which herbs are in these groups, check out my first post on organ systems and their affined herbs . They might also be able to stimulate metabolism and provide you more energy to exercise (such as the caffeine in Green Tea, for example). They may even be able to suppress appetite (such as the herb Hoodia), but honestly, we don’t study that as herbalists and I don’t know much about it. Here’s a link to a WebMD article that calls Hoodia “hoopla,” and attaches a large dose of skepticism to it (I’m inclined to be in that camp, honestly). My suggestion is to find a holistic health counselor or physician and come up with a comprehensive plan that include the right nutrition, exercise, sunlight, stress management, and sleep activities, and THEN add a botanical or two to help support the overall process.

Okay, time for a break. I’ll continue on next time…

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