The Benefits of Herbs

Herbs and Herbal Tea Infusions for Cold and Flu April 30 2017, 0 Comments

The Cold and Flu season is almost upon us and now is the time to start thinking more seriously about how we are going to make it through the season without being afflicted by some nasty pandemic seeking out new hosts to take over. Later in this blog we've created a list of some of the beneficial herbs and teas for dealing with prevention and symptoms.

Currently, it seems the most common approaches to dealing with colds and flues is to take the vaccination route, which seems to be shrouded in controversy of late with suggestions that vaccinations cause more problems than they solve, while others simply take the view stating " I don't get sick and don't believe in getting an injection that puts the germs into my body that I am trying to avoid in the first place", so they run the gauntlet with no protection at all, hoping they will make it through the season unscathed. A somewhat risky approach, which if unsuccessful generally ends up in a doctors surgery seeking a prescription for antibiotics, which he doctor will usually decline to provide since flues are generally viral, not bacterial.

Then there is the growing group of people who turn to alternative, more natural ways of dealing with the problem. These more natural ways tend to be through a healthy diet by consuming foods that have beneficial vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system, or through daily juicing regimes, or through natural herbs and tinctures from local herbalists or health food shops. Whichever option is chosen each method has its place in the community and each group of people has their own firm beliefs on how to best approach cold and flu prevention or the symptoms once they take hold.

If you are looking at the herbal route, then there are quite a number of beneficial herbs and herbal teas, which are easily accessible either online or locally sourced. It's a good idea to have these herbs on hand in your cupboard for prevention or for when symptoms strike. Taking the herbal option can sometimes be a little confusing as well; we understand that. Which herbs work best? Where do I find the information on each herb and what are their benefits? Seems a little difficult, right? Well, yes it does at first. So, let's see if we can make things a little simpler, or at least a little less daunting.

We've created a bit of a list, which is not the be all and end all, but will hopefully give you a place to start as you begin to explore the herbal world. Each herb shown below is clickable so you can read more about each one and its full benefits. OK, here we go!

Catnip - for upper respiratory problems, headaches and fever

Calendula - for sore throats

Celandine - for coughs

Chamomile - nausea, calming upset stomachs, anti-inflammatory

Coltsfoot - expectorant and cough suppressant

Comfrey - bronchitis and irritable coughs

Echinacea - immune booster, anti-infective, anti-bacterial and anti-viral

Fenugreek - soothes sore throats

Ginger Root - calms upset stomachs, reduces fever and pain

Immune Booster Herbal Tea - a mixture of herbs for prevention purposes

Kids Calming Tea - child friendly, calming and nurturing, soothes upset tummy's and aids sleep

Lavender - antispasmodic, pacifying, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory

Lemongrass -headaches, joint and muscle pain 

Licorice Root - colds and flues, coughs, sore throats, headaches, congestion, clears mucus

Marshmallow Leaf - expectorant, soothing, calming, coughs, mild sedative, gentle for children

Mullein Leaf - soothing inflamed mucus membranes, irritating coughs, suitable for children, sore throats, gentle sedative

Sage - antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, laryngitis, tonsilitis, makes for a good gargle mouth wash

Spearmint - boosts respiratory health, strengthens the immune system

 

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Spearmint is an Aromatic, Pleasant Tasting, Health Enhancing Herbal Remedy December 22 2016, 0 Comments

Spearmint ( Mentha spicata ) is a wonderfully versatile herb plant originating from Europe. It’s common name originates from the structure of the leaves, bearing a resemblance to a spear; that sounds appropriate don’t you think?

Spearmint is integrated into various products for its pleasurable flavour as well as fragrance. Several of the most essential health benefits of spearmint and also spearmint tea feature its power to improve digestive function, enhance respiratory wellness, optimize hormonal levels, alleviate stress, improve circulation, maximize heart overall health and also safeguard the integrity and strength of the bodies overall immune system.

 

The active compounds of Spearmint generate menthol and flavournoids which make it invaluable and renowned for essential natural oils.

Spearmint possesses numerous similar functions with that of Peppermint for instance for the digestive system, as a wind-dispeller ( flatulence ) not to mention gastric issues.
Beyond the capabilities as stated, Spearmint includes a good number of further uses for instance to add flavour to sweets, cocktail drinks, beverages, toothpastes as well as personal hygiene products, essential herbal oils and various other beauty-related products including cleanser , shampoos and conditioners and also body scrubs. Spearmint is additionally beneficial for gallbladder problems and signs and symptoms of IBS, for toothaches, as a painkiller and even for its anti-spasmodic characteristics.

 

 

 

 

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Botanical Term : Mentha spicata

Status : Organic

Actions : Spearmint assists digestive function, enhances respiratory wellness, assists to alleviate stress, boosts circulation, enhances heart overall health and also immune system, a localised pain killer and anti-spasmodic.


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BURDOCK - DETOXIFIES & PURIFIES March 14 2015, 0 Comments

Burdock Root contains a number of medicinal properties that have been used traditionally for hundreds of years.

Burdock is used by herbalists worldwide as a blood purifier, to treat a variety of skin diseases such as abscesses, acne, carbuncles, psoriasis and eczema. Burdock can be either taken alone or combined with other remedies, such as Yellow Dock.

The beneficial effects of this herb includes increasing circulation to the skin, helping to detoxify the epidermal tissues. It is a popular detoxifying agent that produces a diuretic effect on the body which aids the filtering of impurities from the bloodstream. By promoting perspiration, Burdock Root eliminates toxins through the skin. Its detoxifying properties aids blood circulation and produces a variety of positive side effects. It contains inulin, a carbohydrate that strengthens the liver. The high concentration of inulin and mucilage aids in the soothing effects on the gastrointestinal tract.

Actions: Stimulant, expectorant, tonic, stomachic, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, mild laxative, diuretic and diaphoretic .

Status: Organic

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The Benefits of Horsetail February 20 2015, 0 Comments

Horsetail encourages the healing of tissue and has been used as a wound herb to stop bleeding since ancient times. Horsetail is used for “fluid retention” edema, kidney and bladder stones, urinary tract infections, incontinence, and general disturbances of the kidney and bladder. Horsetail is an ancient herb and is the sole survivor of a line of plants going back three hundred million years.

Botanical name: Equisetum hyemale

Status: Certified organic

Actions: Horsetail is a known antibiotic, astringent, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory. It stops bleeding and heals tissues. It has a restorative effect to damaged pulmonary (lung) tissue.

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THE BENEFITS OF RASPBERRY LEAF January 25 2015, 0 Comments

Raspberry Leaf is a gentle digestive tonic, astringent and soothing for upset stomachs, mouth ulcers and inflamed gums.

However it is best known for its benefits for expectant mothers. It tones and strengthens the muscles of the uterus, helping to reach peak condition for birth, hence its reputation for bringing about a quick and easy labour. It helps the contractions to be more efficient, and it will also help the uterus to return to its normal size after childbirth.

Raspberry Leaf is traditionally drank as a tea for its many health benefits.

Raspberry leaf contains a lot of medicinal compounds, such as tannins, flavournoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. The leaves of the raspberry plant have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Raspberry Leaves provide a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.

Botanical Name : Rubus idaeus

Action: Raspberry is an astringent and a stimulant. It helps prepare the womb for childbirth. It is also a known digestive remedy.

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The Benefits of Lemon Balm January 21 2015, 0 Comments

Lemon Balm is one of the many digestive herbs and is a strong anti-spasmodic and wind-dispeller (flatulence).

Lemon Balm acts on the nervous system, calming and cheering it.
It can be taken regularly to cope better with stress.
It is particularly good for indigestion where anxiety and tension play a part.
It can assist with irritable bowel syndrome and similar problems, and for gastric and stomach ulcers.
It can help bring down blood pressure, as it stimulates the circulation at the same time as calming tension.

Tea made from Lemon balm leaves helps to soothe menstrual cramps and helps relieve PMS.
Lemon balm contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the bladder, stomach, and uterus, thereby relieving cramps, gas, and nausea.

Lemon Balm helps with stress, anxiety, insomnia. herpes, thyroid, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer's and dementia

Botanical Name: Melissa Officinalis

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The Benefits of Siberian Ginseng January 11 2015, 0 Comments

Siberian Ginseng will help increase your vitality, improve your physical and mental performance and enable you to cope better with challenges, including fighting off infections, increasing stamina and endurance.

Although a relatively new addition to Western natural medicine, it has quickly gained a reputation similar to that of the better known and more expensive Korean Ginseng. Unlike many herbs with a medicinal use, it is more useful for maintaining good health rather than treating ill-health. It stimulates resistance to stress and so it is now widely used as a tonic in times of stress and pressure. Regular use is said to restore vigour, improve the memory and increase longevity. It has been used during convalescence and in the treatment of menopausal problems, geriatric debility, physical and mental stress.

Ginseng is classified to the group of adaptogens, which raise resistance to various negative factors: physical, chemical, biological and psychological. Preparations are used to stimulate physical and mental ability, raise the organism resistance at various kinds of sicknesses, poisoning, irradiation. It stimulates the central nerve system, sex glands activities, decrease sugar and cholesterol level in blood, improve appetite, sharpen sight and hearing.

Botanical Name: Eleutherococcus Senticosus

Actions: Adaptogenic, immune booster, tonic, aphrodisiac

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The Benefits of Gingko Biloba January 08 2015, 0 Comments

Gingko is one of the most ancient living plants and backdates around 150 million years ago and has managed to survive through all sorts of disasters and events. Some plants in China are said to be over 2500 years old.

Ginkgo is a gentle but powerful circulatory stimulant, especially when it comes to conditions of the head. It's invaluable for older people, particularly those who have suffered from strokes or are at risk of strokes. It helps to improve memory and sharpen concentration for all ages but has attracted attention for its ability to stimulate memory and reduce confusion in the elderly, and perhaps helps delay or mitigate the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. It also helps improve social behaviour for those with Dementia or Alzheimer's.

Ginkgo tea can be taken continuously without problems and works well together with ginseng. The leaves of the plant can be taken as a tea.

The plant has a number of therapeutic properties and contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, these are antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals.

Some of the other benefits of Ginkgo include the treatment of tinnitus, dizziness, labyrinthitis (inflammation of the inner ear) and Meniere's disease (excess fluid in the inner ear). It is also worth trying for persistent headaches and migraines

Botanical Name: Ginkgo Biloba


The Benefits of Calendula (Marigold) December 26 2014, 0 Comments

Calendula has a special place of importance in a herbal first-aid kit.

It is anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and being an astringent herb helps to seal and protect wounds. Used in an infusion or made into a cream it helps with any skin inflammation, bruises, cuts, scalds and insect bites. When making a cream use only the petals to get a beautiful deep orange colour.

Calendula also performs a valuable role in managing of chronic or slow healing skin conditions such as varicose veins, ulcers, eczema and acne.

Calendula is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throats and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer and stomach and duodenal ulcers. It also ease indigestion.

Calendula is the first herb of choice whenever there is a problem with candida (thrush), whether oral or vaginal. It discourages and eventually drives out infection, as well as toning and cleansing the tissues so that candida can no longer easily gain a foothold. If the condition  is chronic you may need to keep taking Calendula for some months, and likely for some time after symptoms disappear to ensure the infection is completely eradicated. Use with Thymus, Commiphora molmol (myrrh) or Melaleuca (ti-tree) to enhance its effects.

Calendula has a high content of flavournoids, chemicals that act as anti-oxidants in the body. Anti-oxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Oxidation produces oxygen free radicals, natural chemicals that may suppress immune function, which may lead to more serious conditions such as cancers.

Botanical Name:  Calendula Officinalis

Status: Organic

Actions: Calendula stimulates healing of the skin. It is antiseptic-healing herb and can also be used as an astringent and anti-fungal. It is an anti-oxidant and also stimulates bile production to ease digestion.


Herbs To Help With Sleep November 29 2014, 0 Comments

Sleeplessness or insomnia may have many causes, which is not so surprising when you think about these fast paced times at we live in.

We live our lives with constant inflow and outflow of information at our finger tips hardly leaving us "time out" to allow our minds and bodies to rest, recoup and repair.

So often we hear that people are getting less and less sleep. Recent studies confirm that teenagers particularly are losing sleep from being constantly attached to their mobile devices; illuminated screens contribute in sending the wrong signals to their brains that prevent normal sleep patterns being achieved. Adults are similarly affected, finding it difficult to escape from work phone calls and clients emails even when on holidays. The information age, while it has many advantages also has many disadvantages, one of these is our inability to set aside time to calm our minds. Our over active minds send thousands of thoughts bouncing around preventing us from getting a good night's sleep.

A lack of routine can be a major cause of sleeplessness. Just like when we were babies we needed a regular and stable routine for sleeping; those same routines that served us so well then also serve us well as adults if we are to enjoy restful productive sleep. Our bodies need routine.

Other causes may include diet, too much food, too little food, eating incorrect types of food at the incorrect times of day, too much caffeine, other causes may include our work, too much to do, not enough time, the list goes on. These stressors all build up, which may start with irregular sleep, and in more severe cases may result in exhaustion. If we do not listen to the early signs that our bodies tell us, as these early signs are easier to remedy, rather than waiting for more serious symptoms to occur, we end up on a long hard road to recovery. A shorter road to return to health is a much more preferable option. I think you would agree, it pays not to ignore the early signs.

Ok, so we've looked at some of the causes. Now, let's look at some of the all natural herbs that can assist in returning normal sleep patterns. Many herbs work well in unison and compliment each other.

Passionflower: Passiflora Incarnata

Passionflower is the first herb of choice for people who cannot sleep. It helps to ensure a restful night, with no hangover feeling in the morning, unlike many conventional sleep pills. Its sedative quality also makes it useful for those suffering from anxiety and nervousness.

Valerian: Valeriana Officinalis

Valerian is one of the best herbal sedatives, gently calming anxiety and easing muscular tension, acting on body, mind and spirit. It has an instant effect, useful for people who suffer from panic attacks, or if nervous tension exists preventing you from sleeping or waking later in the night.

Wild Lettuce: Lactuca Virosa

All members of the lettuce family contain opiate like substances that are sedative and pain relieving. It is mild enough for children and does not depress digestion like opiate-based drugs. It calms excitability and nervous tension, and can help with children who are hyperactive, or who cannot sleep. For adults too, it is a valuable remedy for sleeplessness and anxiety.

Chamomile: Matricaria Rectita or Chamomilla

Chamomile is one of the herbal all-rounders, useful for all sorts of problems. It will calm anxiety and relax tension both physical and emotional. Like Wild Lettuce it is very useful also for children who are hyperactive or have trouble sleeping.

Hops: Humulus Lupulus

Hops is a mild sedative. It can help to ease anxiety and tension, calm restlessness and bring peaceful sleep. It is well complimented by Valerian, Passionflower, and Wild Lettuce.