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Healthy Herbs For Your Body

Healthy Herbs
Healthy Herbs

By Kate McMahon

Thousands of years before prescription medication was available for human health ailments, people used healthy herbs to keep the body well, both physically and emotionally. These plant based medications help to strengthen one’s immune system or to relieve pain. They often are purchased in dried form, although it is also possible to grow many of the plants in one’s own garden.

Even though these remedies have been used for centuries and are natural, they can also cause undesirable side effects. Before combining herbs with any other medication, talk with a pharmacist or your doctor about any possible interactions.
Nursing mothers as well as pregnant women should talk with their doctor about any problems the herb could cause for their baby.

Echinacea is an immune system stimulant. It was first used by Native Americans, but today is understood to help produce lymphocytes that help to destroy viruses and foreign bacteria. Some evidence suggests this herb should not be used by individuals with auto-immune diseases. It may reduce the time to heal from the common cold. Echinacea is used as a tea or leaves of the plants may be used in the capsule form.

St. John’s Wort is used for depression. This herbal remedy is used as an alternative to Prozac. It helps with the production of serotonin in one’s body. It does have side effects and should not be used with prescription anti-depressants, contraceptive pills, heart drugs or HIV medication. Most people take this plant in gelatin capsules.

Chamomile is a relaxing herb. It is a good option for a caffeine free tea. Users find relief from insomnia, eczema, mouth ulcers anxiety and gum disease. It can improve the function of the digestive and nervous system and is thought to offer antimicrobial properties to the user. A tincture offers an option that can be added to a drink if one does not enjoy the tea.

Ginseng is a natural energy booster that does not use caffeine. It has been used for thousands of years in China. It may help with memory and intellectual performance. Ginseng is helpful for individual suffering chronic fatigue syndrome, but can cause retention of water along with insomnia. It should not be used if one suffers from hypertension. It can be consumed in capsule form, as a tea or as a tincture.

Ginkgo is a memory booster that has been used by the Chinese for over 5,000 years. It helps to ease depression and with memory loss. The antioxidant properties of the plant can boost the action of nerves as well as circulation. Some users experience upset stomach or mild headaches. It is a blood thinner so it should not be used with aspirin or before surgery. While the root is often consumed as a tea, drops of its extract can be added to any drink for faster preparation.

Healthy herbs can have positive benefits on the health of the user. However, individuals suffering from certain medical conditions may not be able to tolerate the side effects. With correct usage, you can feel better and have a healthier body.

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