Herbal wisdom: Amazing herbs for your health
The best herbs for your health
St John’s Wort: One of the best herbs, used extensively for the treatment of different mental disorders, St John’s Wort has earned the reputation of acting as a good replacement for Prozac. Now that’s definitely something!
Echinacea: Used as an immune boosting herb by well-known herbal medicine practitioners, Echinacea is thought to work by stimulating the body’s production of interferons (type of proteins produced in the body), which increase the body’s natural resistance against diseases and infections. People suffering from auto immune diseases should consider making Echinacea as a part of their food intake.
Gingko biloba: Gingko biloba has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, mostly to treat depression, memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders. It is also thought to improve circulatory function and cure nervous system problems.
Chamomile: Chamomile is yet another amazing herb, known for its wide application in treating a wide variety of ailments. Used extensively in aromatherapy products, chamomile extracts can be quite helpful in reducing stress, depression, insomnia, narcolepsy and other mental and sleep disorders.
Its cooling effects are also thought to reduce inflammation naturally, making them one of the best natural remedies for stomach ulcers and other digestive ailments.
Cinnamon: Many studies suggest that cinnamon may be helpful in reducing blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. It also reduces cholesterol levels.
Fennel: Native to the Mediterranean area, fennel has been used extensively to treat digestive issues like gas, bloating, flatulence etc. even today; it is being used to treat heartburn by many followers of herbal medicine.
Dandelion: Native American and Eastern medicine use dandelion greens for the treatment of liver, kidney and spleen problems.
Ginger: This spicy root is one of the best herbal treatments for a huge number of health conditions ranging from motion sickness to inflammation of joints. Ginger extracts have been used for treating digestive problems like gas, bloating, spasms, pain, cold and cough, pregnancy related morning sickness, chemotherapy side-effects, nausea, vomiting, muscle soreness, joint pain and arthritis. Just adding a few drops of ginger juice to your morning tea can make a commendable difference.
Anise: Used frequently in Indian households in food preparations, star anise is thought to aid digestive relief. Also, it is presumed to possess estrogen-like properties, which help stimulate the production of milk (for lactating mothers), boost libido and treat menstrual problems.
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