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The Benefits of Herbs — herbs

The Benefits of Mugwort

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MUGWORT Mugwort is a valuable digestive tonic. Its bitterness stimulates the appetite and helps to breakdown fats. This makes it very useful for people who have gall-bladder problems, or for those who have had their gall-bladder removed. Mugwort is a popular herb that is known to aid in reducing or eliminating depression, low spirits and ease tension. Aromatic mugwort herb is used as a way to improve dream recall, enhance the intensity of dreams or reliably achieve lucid dreams. People who have insomnia, or shift workers whose sleep patterns are constantly interrupted through changes of work hours may also use...

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The Benefits of Rhodiola

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RHODIOLA/Rose Root (Rosea) Rhodiola is an "adaptogen". Adaptogens are substances that increase the body's overall resistance and help to normalise bodily functions. As an adaptogen, Rhodiola helps people adapt to manage stress, and give a general boost in positive thinking or well-being and energy. Rhodiola is thought to enhance immunity, increase the capacity for exercise and enhance memory, Rhodiola is also used as a main herb in breaking the addiction cycle. Reports and study shows that is is helpful for overcoming cannabis addiction. Rhodiola has a legendary history dating back thousands of years. In 77 A.D., the Greek physician Dioscorides...

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The Benefits of Hops

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HOPS The main use for hops is as a mild sedative. Hops are considered to be a relaxant for the gastric nerves; it can help relieve anxiety and tension, and reduces hyperactivity, excitability and restlessness, and can assist in bringing peaceful sleep. Hops has been traditionally used for centuries, in beers all around the world. Hops is also widely used as a smoking alternative to tobacco. An interesting fact: Hops is one of the many herbs that contains plant oestrogens making it a useful friend to women going through menopause. The oestrogen content is probably what gives it a reputation...

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The Benefits of Nettle

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Nettle has been one of the most constant and generous herbs traditionally, and one of the best all-round supporters that we have in the plant world. Nettle contains histamine which helps with allergic reactions, it also has a long standing reputation for assisting with skin problems such as eczema and acne. This partly due to the way it helps the liver and kidneys to eliminate waste products. When taken internally, the formic acid which causes the sting, helps to calm down allergic responses. Tea made from stinging nettle contains a number of biologically active compounds with possible health benefits. Nettle...

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The Benefits of Passionflower

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Passionflower Some herbs give clues to their virtues in their names. Passionflower does the opposite; rather than raising fire, it helps to calm it down. Passionflower is the first choice for people who have difficulty sleeping. It helps to ensure a restful nights sleep without the hangover feeling in the morning, that comes with many conventional sleeping pills. Its sedative qualities also makes it useful for those who suffer from anxiety and nervousness. In any situation where stress is a factor Passionflower may be worth trying. Take it last thing at night for sleeplessness (insomnia), or regularly throughout the day...

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