Herbs for health and healing
In my search for maintaining good health naturally, I found information on herbs that are good for not only maintaining good health but also for healing.
There are so many herbs for health and healing and in this post, we will be looking at some of these herbs.
Some of them are common and some not so common but the good thing is there are supplements if we cannot get herbs themselves.
White Willow Bark
Most willows are found in temperate and arctic zones but willows can be found in all continents except Antarctica and Australia.
White willow bark has some useful benefits. It is said to have the ability to reduce fevers and eliminate pain, lower inflammation, treat migraines Csoothe stomach, heal skin rashes.
The white willow bark has been used as medicine for over 1000 years The benefits of the white willow bark are numerous.
It can be consumed as a tea by steeping pieces of chopped bark in hot water or be taken in a capsule
White willow bark is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and because of this it helps in relieving inflammation in the respiratory tracts, irritable syndrome, arthritis pain, and reduces fever.
Many women who have abnormally heavy periods and or severe menstrual symptoms can get help by taking a small glass of willow bark tea. Not only will it help in stopping the period pain and cramping but it helps in mood swings. It helps you to relax and balance the hormones in a woman’s body.
White willow also helps the skin as the high content of antioxidant compounds found in it increases the blood flow to the skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
White willow help in treating migraines by lowering the blood pressure in the capillaries and blood vessels in the head relieving those painful and debilitating symptoms.
So while white willow is good for health and healing there could be some side effects especially if you are allergic to aspirin or have blood or kidney disorders. There is no need to take white willow on a regular basis.
It is advisable to consult your physician before adding white willow to your health care regime
Green Tea Extract
Green tea is made from Camellia leaves that have not undergone the withering and oxidation process. Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture have spread to many other countries are Asia.
Green tea extra was used in Chinese and Indian medicine for different uses. The tea leaves are first processed by soaking in an alcohol solution and are further concentrated on various levels. The byproducts of the process are also packaged and used
Extracts can be had in liquid, powder tablet, or capsule. Decaffeinated versions are also available.
Green Tea Extract is said to be able to cure many diseases. Because it is rich in antioxidants called catechins which are shown to increase antioxidant capacity and protect against oxidative stress and may promote heart health, lower blood pressure, and enhances weight loss,
Celery is a plant native to Europe but it is now grown all over the world. Celery is high in minerals, including sodium and chlorine but is a poor source of vitamins
Celery is used to treat arthritis, nervousness, the juice has been shown to effectively lower blood pressure
Evening Primrose is said to contain the pain-relieving compound phenylalanine and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It has many preventive and therapeutic qualities and many herbalists are recommending evening primrose for preventing disease like aging problems acne, heart disease, symptoms of
weight control obesity and PMS.
Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of fatty acid called GLA and it is this fatty acid that is largely responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the oil help improve nerve function aiding in problems ranging from PMS to headaches.
Ease the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis
Supplements containing evening primrose oil have been shown to lessen joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
Prevent Diabetes-associated nerve damage
The GLA in evening primrose can help prevent, and in some cases reverse neuropathy seen in some cases with diabetes
Evening primrose also helps in treating acne by reducing the risk of clog pores reducing the risk of inflammation itching and flaking associated with acne
Evening Primrose is associated with the treatment of Alzheimer’s related memory deficiencies By boosting the transmission of the nerve impulses
Cat’s claw has been used by the indigenous tribes of Peru to treat asthma, inflammations of the urinary tract, arthritis, rheumatism, and bone pain
Cat’s claw has been used in Peru and Europe since early 1990 for diseases that target the immune system such as cancer and AIDS
- The uses for cat’s claw are many but the main ones are as an immune stimulant and adjunctive therapy for cancer ( it reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and protect cells)
- Bowel cleanser and anti-inflammatory for Crohn’s colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other bowel problems.
- An anti-inflammatory for arthritis, and muscle pains, strains, and injury.
- As a general daily tonic to tone, balance, and strength all body functions
- For stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis and as an ulcer preventative stomach and bowel protector.
It is very important to get our exercise, this will make our bones strong and also help with our ability to be able to move more freely.
Exercise will allow us to have fewer falls because our balance will be improved.
Of course, fresh herbs cannot always be had, but there are some excellent supplements that can be added either as teas or capsules.
And always be sure to consult your physician before starting on any adding of these herbs to your diet.
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