The Healing Power of HERBS!

Turns out, herbs can prevent or treat many illnesses/symptoms including inflammation, headaches, depression, and high blood pressure.  Certain herbs can also help you combat stress says Frank Lipman, MD, founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City.  A group of herbs called adaptogens have especially been proven effective and include ginseng, ashwagandha, and rhodiola.  Acording to Lipman, they "support your adrenal glands and help regulate your body's use of oxygen. If you're burned out, adaptogens can restore some energy and balance to your body."

Interestingly, herbs are mentioned in the bible a number of times and were used as medicine and as food.  Some of these include:
  • Coriander - helps with stomach ailments such as indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea
  • Hyssop - acts as a decongestant and helps reduce cold & flu symptoms, assists in halting the growth of herpes simplex virus
  • Mint (peppermint) - antispasmodics which help soothe the muscles of the digestive tract and the uterus, help aleviate nausea, menstrual cramps, motion and morning sickness, colds & flu, headache and heartburn
  • Garlic - boosts the immune system, potent antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, anticoagulant, anti-tumor agent, helps lower blood pressure, helps prevent fatigue and stress

Below are a list of some of the Herbs backed by science:

Saint-John's-wort seems to be about as effective for mild to moderate depression as some traditional antidepressants. Turmeric combats inflammation. Garlic can help lower blood pressure, though only short-term. Milk thistle may promote liver health and lower blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Horse-chestnut seed can help battle bulging varicose veins. Melatonin might help the wide awake get some shut-eye. Butterbur and feverfew may be effective at preventing migraines.

Some things to keep in mind when considering the use of herbs: 1) don't combine herbal remedies with prescription medicines without first asking your M.D. (Saint-John's-wort, for instance, may make birth-control pills less effective), 2) not all brands are legit—some herb tablets contain harmful, off-label ingredients.

Why not use The Brand you Know you Can Trust!   Some of Shaklee's high quality Herbal supplements include:  Mood Lift (St. John's wort), Mental Acuity Plus (hawthorne, ginko biloba, gotu kola, etc.), Memory Optimizer (Bacopa monnieri, Vinpocetine, Polygala Tenuifolia), Stress Relief Complex (naturally decreases Cortisol levels with Ashwagandha Root Extract), Alfalfa, Garlic, Gentle Sleep Complex (Passion Flower Extract, German Chamomile, Valerian), Pain Relief Complex (Boswellia, safflower extract) , Joint Health Complex (Boswellia serrata), Defend & Resist (Echinaceapupurea, Larth Tree extract, Elderberry, Sambucus, Stevia leaf), Nutriferon (Pumpkinseed, Safflower, Asian plantain seed, Japanese homeysuckle flower extract),  CorEnergy (Cordyceps mushroom, Ginseng Root, Green Tea),  Liver DTX (Detox) Complex (Schizandra, Dandelion, Reishi Mushroom, Tumeric, Artichoke leaf), Stomach Soothing Complex (Peppermint, Ginger, Anise, Fennel), Herb-Lax (Senna leaf, Licorice Root, Buckthorn Bark, Alfalfa, Fennel seed, Anise seed, Rhubarb root, Blue malva flower, Culver's root), Menopause Balance (Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Red Clover, Licorice extract). 

Reference:  "Healing Foods from the Bible." by Bernard Ward and MSN Health  http://tinyurl.com/89ngfef

1 comment:

  1. Great post Laura. I especially like Shaklee's Alfalfa and Menopause Balance.