Herbs for health and vitality

Updated: December 27, 2012
herbs in garden

Herbs, the Natural Legacies for Perfect Well Being

The chemical compounds in  herbs have been found to be anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive,  and antiseptic.

The word ‘herb’ originally meant a plant that ‘lacked persistent above ground parts’. Now its meaning is based not on how it grows but how it is used. If a plant has medicinal or culinary uses, it is described as herbs.

He who is connected to the Earth and thrives over most of the natural things full of nutrients enjoys longer and healthy living! Our Mother Nature has bestowed us with a herbs on table samplenumber of natural foods which are packed with great potentials of promoting better well being and sound self. Herbs are one of these natural foods which can help you fulfill the dream of living fearless, diseases free life. These are the plants that not only nutrify, nurture and feed the body but also give it strength and boost the immune system.

For example, herbs like chlorella, chaga mushrooms, spirullina and ashwagandha can enhance the immune system, control blood sugar levels and help in flushing off unwanted wastes and toxins out of the body. Herbs benefit in healing disease and illness, besides addressing the psychological concerns.

Herbs form a fundamental element of various ancient and modern schools of medicine in the world such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medication etc. Throughout the history of mankind, we can see and learn about wondrous effects of herbs and related therapies over the masses and how people used to study and practice these for medicinal purposes.

Herbs have been around for years and still are used for creating herbal remedies. Countries like India, China, Germany, United States, Canada and many other pockets of the world have adopted herbal medicines as best alternative medication for health care. People who practice medicine and study about herbs know how these amazing natural things can heal better, quicker and safer and offer strong shield against diseases.

How are herbs used?

Herbs or herbal plant extracts like leaves, flowers, roots, berries and bark are used for making the herbal medicines and supplements. These are either powered or squeezed for their juice and used for several remedial purposes.

Herbs like ginger, mushrooms, garlic, basal etc. find their use in cooking and add great flavors to it. Herbal physicians usually use herbs in combinations as this increases their efficacy and eliminates any side effects, if any. Although these are not sold as prescribed drugs, many factors are considered by health care providers before recommending herbs such as variety and species of the plant, its habitant etc.
This helps in knowing the exact quantity of the supplement required for enhanced benefits.

Conditions like asthma, migraine, eczema, rheumatoid, arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause symptoms, blood pressure, chronic fatigue and even cancer are few conditions that are effectively treatable using herbs.

Ginkgo herb imageGinkgo is a traditional medication for curing circulatory and memory disorders. Kava kava, another herb, enhances mood, contentment and feeling of relaxation among people. Green tea which is a blend of various herbs is rich in anti oxidants and serve as the best remedy for weight lose and boosting immune system.
Like these, there is a huge treasure of herbal plants and their extracts which are beneficial in promoting sound health and enhance one’s lifestyle. Not only internally, herbs are used for external purposes as well in the form of oils, ointments etc. The key reason why herbs are such strong portion for maintaining health is that herbs and herbal remedies provide all the essential tools and nutrition to our immune system, making it strong to bear environmental duress, injury, diseases, toxins etc. and thus protecting the body, mind and soul! Also these are natural and have least existence of any side effects.

Herbs have been proven to cure great number of health condition but in some cases they can show minute side effects too which are the result of heavy metal contamination or any allergic reaction with the ingredient. Few people have allergies with garlic, some with kava kava and the likes which could turn the condition worse.
Thus it is very important to consult your health care provider before taking any herbal supplement. In this way you will be able to take complete advantage of these natural substances without any reaction or risking your health.

Here is a chart identifying the  most popular herbs readily available from your local natural foods outlet or supermarket.
Click on the herb chart for a larger full size  image.

NadiaWritten by: Nadia (17 Posts)

Nadia is a life coach and health writer residing in Toronto.

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