6 Healing Herbs You’ve Never Used Before (But should!)
By Kavata Kithome
Throughout human history, natural herbs and remedies have been used to treat common health ailments successfully – without causing any additional side effects.
There are many studies on the effectiveness of natural remedies out there, though many of them aren’t highly supported by pharmaceutical companies who would much rather you use inorganic medicines that have been studied, tested and mastered for years.
Check out these powerhouse herbs below and see how YOU can you begin implementing these natural gifts from Mother Nature into your daily life right now!
Our earth offers many gifts to help with many different ailments. Here are just 6 of those amazing herbs that can help transform your body and mind.
Note: Before consuming anything new (even medicinal from nature), please speak with your Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopath.
1. Black Tea Leaves
Black tea leaves have been used to help with heart problems, low blood pressure, heart disease and reducing chances of heart attack. Black tea leaves have the active ingredient flavan-3-ols, the very same ingredient found in chocolate and green tea.
And, as an added bonus, black tea also contains caffeine, which makes it a great, healthy replacement for coffee.
Considered a “super herb,” ginseng has been shown to fight fatigue even in cancer patients and regulate body temperature. When consuming ginseng, one should wait until the proper ages of maturity, beginning at ages as early as 7 or 8 years, also remembering that ginseng reaches an immortal state past the 12-13 year mark.
Ginseng can be purchased in many forms including whole, sliced and tinctures as well as additives in many food products.
Quercetin is the super-nutrient that allows healthy genes to express themselves with no known side effects. Quercetin gives favorable results such as inducing happiness, lowering cardiovascular risk, reducing cancer risk and protecting the body from viruses and harmful bacteria.
Quercetin is easily absorbed and is commonly found in St. John’s Wort, which can be found in many teas, capsules and tinctures.
Cinnamomum zeylanicum is the best known kind of cinnamon out there; it contains the right properties that mimic insulin and is an ally to those on the right side of its relationship with blood sugar. The flavonoids that control the pigment in cinnamon appear to have an active role in inhibiting pancreatic and intestinal enzymes.
It is recommended to add one to three grams or more of cinnamon to your diet daily. Cinnamon powders can be consumed as a spice on food and is much easier to work with than the bark (sticks), which can either be chewed on or used to make a tea.
Carotenoids are nature’s toughest antioxidants and are found in this flower by the astronomical amount of 30,000 ppm (parts per million). The petals contain the following carotenoids: yellow alpha-carotene, orange beta carotene, orange gamma carotene and yellow epsilon carotene.
The petals – when macerated with oil – can be consumed via the diet or used topically as a lotion or cream basis directly on the skin.
Rich in sulfur, tissue, hair, skin and nail-nourishing, rich in metabolisms A.D., vitamin B6, vitamin C, pain-killing qualities, fever lowering and antibacterial effects is the root known as ginger. Fresh ginger contains more volatile oils and protease enzymes than dried ginger.
When purchasing ginger for use, look for firm, mold-free ginger. You can slide, dice or blend it as required for desired usage. Using ginger for tea is a popular usage.
Do you already have any favorite ways of implementing these herbs into your diet and lifestyle? Or have you discovered some new ways? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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