Herbal products are very important to your health because they can be used in so many ways. Taken as supplements they are valuable for their nutritional content. Herbs can also be infused into cosmetics and natural skin care products such as facial masks, soaps, shampoos, and serums. Herbs can also be used in diffusers and inhaled. You're only limited by your imagination in the ways you can incorporate herbal products into your daily routine.
Herbs have nutritional value as well as medicinal value. Most people today are malnourished–severely lacking in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients the body needs to maintain itself at optimum levels.
Two simple herbs you can start using right away are alfalfa and parsley; alfalfa for instance, is an extremely nutritional herb packed with tons of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. This herb also helps your body use other plant based foods and supplements, so taking alfalfa is like having a multi-vitamin and concentrated vegetable all in one.
The herb parsley is a vitamin rich herb that can help make drastic differences in the overall health of your body. Did you know parsley has more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and is very high in iron, magnesium, and many other vitamins and essential minerals?
You could also try kelp which can help with overall health levels in your body. This herb is also packed rich with nutrients and essential minerals, including natural iodine. The iodine in kelp helps stimulate and regulate your thyroid, which has a great affect on your skin and hair.
Besides taking supplements you can drink herbal tea. Drinking tea forces you to slow down and relax which helps relieve stress. A great herb for women is lemon balm, especially for women experiencing the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Lemon balm is also good for anyone experiencing pre menstrual syndrome or stress due to frayed nerves. It’s available in teas, oils, tinctures, and soaps.
Essiac Remedy--Essiac Tea is natures alternative remedy for treating many of today's health concerns. Essiac Tea is best known for cleansing our digestive systems from the build-up of harmful toxins. If toxins are not removed from our bodies they will work their way into our blood systems and vital organs. Once toxins are removed essiac goes to work to build a healthy immune system.
You can also incorporate herbs into your bathing routine. An herbal foot bath is a great way to slow down and relax while getting the benefit of the herb's medicinal properties.
Try an herbal foot bath...
Herbal Products Are Just What the Doctor Ordered
The use of herbs to cure or alleviate diseases and infections is a universal practice among traditional societies. A lot of the established over-the-counter drugs available to doctors have a long history of use as herbal remedies, such as opium, aspirin and quinine.
Hundreds of herbal formulations and supplements are available. They are advertised to treat just about any symptom. Some of the most popular herbal supplements sold today include echinacea, ephedra, which is also called ma huang, chondroitin sulfate, garlic, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, glucosamine, kava, melatonin, phytoestrogens such as black cohosh, dong quai and soy, saw palmetto and St. John's wort.
The Use Of Herbal Supplements Has Been On The Rise
Utilizing herbal products as medications is a major facet in all traditional medicine systems, and a common ingredient in homeopathic, Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese and Native American medicine. According to the World Health Organization, 74% of 119 modern plant-derived medicines are used in methods that are similar to their traditional uses. Major drug firms are currently conducting extensive research on plants and herbs collected from the rainforests and other places for possible new pharmaceuticals.
The use, and search for, drugs and dietary supplements that are derived from plants has increased in recent years. Pharmacologists, botanists, and chemists are searching and analyzing many plants and phytochemicals that could be developed into herbal products for the treatment of many types of diseases.
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