Herbs for health and healing
In my search for maintaining good health naturally, I found information on herbs that are good for maintaining good health and healing.
There are so many herbs for health and healing; in this post, we will be looking at some of these herbs.
Some are common, and some are not so common, but the good thing is there are supplements if we cannot get herbs.
White Willow Bark
Most willows are found in temperate and arctic zones, but you find willows in all continents except Antarctica and Australia.
White willow bark has some valuable benefits. It is said to have the ability to reduce fevers and eliminate pain, lower inflammation, treat migraines, can soothe stomachs, and 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 taken in a capsule.
White willow bark is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, it helps in relieving inflammation in the respiratory tracts, irritable syndrome, arthritis pain, and reduces fever.
Women with abnormally heavy periods and severe menstrual symptoms can get help by taking a small glass of willow bark tea. Not only will it help stop period pain and cramping, but it also helps mood swings. It allows 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 increases the blood flow to the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.
White willow help treat 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 regularly.
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 tablets, or capsules. 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 worldwide. Celery is high in minerals, including sodium and chlorine but is a poor source of vitamins.
Celery is used to treat arthritis and nervousness; the juice has been shown to lower blood pressure effectively.
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 diseases like aging problems, acne, heart disease, and symptoms of
weight control obesity and PMS.
Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of fatty acid called GLA, which is mainly responsible for the remarkable healing properties of the oil and helps 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 in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Prevent Diabetes-associated nerve damage
The GLA in evening primrose can help prevent and, in some cases, reverse neuropathy seen in some patients with diabetes.
Evening primrose also helps in treating acne by reducing the risk of clogging pores, reducing the risk of inflammation, itching, and flaking associated with acne.
Evening Primrose is associated with treating Alzheimer’s related memory deficiencies By boosting the transmission of the nerve impulses.
The indigenous tribes of Peru have used Cat’s Claw 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 protects 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 crucial to get our exercise, and 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 some excellent supplements can be added as teas or capsules.
And always be sure to consult your physician before starting any adding of these herbs to your diet.
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