It has been estimated that 75%-85% of the world today uses herbs for healing the body. After all, we have all heard that food is the best medicine. Herbs are just like food in that they are bio-available to the body. For example, a nervine is an herb that has soothing properties and this used to calm us down. Examples are listed in my article called “Natural Anxiety Remedies”.
My experience with Herbal Medicine is not new. I have taught herbology at Western Connecticut State University, conducted workshops, presentations for organizations, and am the founder and creator of See The Dawn Natural Skin Care which was given Championship Status by Safe Cosmetics, and listed on Dr. Oz website for alternatives in natural skin care. I have also taken part in civic groups, a presenter at Yale University, and have been published on Botanical.com and other respected herb-related websites.
Chinese herbalism: Focus is placed on the concept of (Yin) and yang and of Qi energy. (Yin herbs are often used for cooling and yang herbs used for stimulation and are often used in combination.
Western Herbalism: Focus is placed on the body systems or organs of the body. I.e. inflammatory.
Ayurvedic: In Sanskrit means the Science of Life”. Like Chinese medicine it’s focused is placed on 3 types of energy. Referred to as doshas: Vata: Pitta, and Kapha.
I encourage you to begin to explore the ways in which herbs can assist you in either nurturing specific organs and systems of the body, or healing them.
Remember herbs are powerful medicine. Take the time to conduct your own research or seek a professional herbalist. If you would like to speak with me about your questions or concerns with Herbal Medicine, I welcome you to contact me.
Adaptogens assist the body with stress and also offers support to:
Assist with the immune system
An aide with healthy weight
Increased mental focus and physical endurance
Can also assist with an individual’s mood
The majority of adaptogenic herbs are gentle and are often referred to as tonics for specific organs or systems of the body.
A list of some adaptogenic herbs:
1. Asian Ginseng
also referred to as Panax Ginseng, Provides mental clarity, supports physical endurance, and has antioxidant properties that are helpful for the heart and your immune system.
2. Holy Basil
Related to the mint family, it contains antioxidant properties and can support normal lipid profiles and assist the heart. Great for stress as well.
3. Milk Thistle
The active compound in milk thistle contains a chemical called silymarin, supports liver health.
Known as Indian Ginseng, studies from India shows that it provides energy, and reduces stress.
5. Rhodiola Rosea
Studies also show it helps encourage normal cortisol levels as well as energy levels.
6. Ginseng Eleuthero
Also known as Siberian Ginseng is a natural energy booster.
7. Rosemary: Supports heart liver and aids digestions.
8. Aloe Vera: Support adrenal health along with aiding the immune system.
9. Gotu Kola: Appears to stimulate blood flow, and reduce swelling.
10. Astragalus: Reduces stress, assist with aging, provides nutrition for the kidneys.
11. Bacopa: Assist with brain health, memory, focus.
How Adaptations Work:
In essence, the compounds in adaptogens assist by managing the stress response. They affect the hormones in your adrenal system and adrenal fatigue. assist them to bring them back into a more balanced state They keep the body’s stress response at a balanced level. So they are helpful to use constantly.
Any of these herbs can be used in cooking, teas, capsule, extracts, or tinctures.
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