Thirteen Herbal-Natural-Remedies for Healing

Herbal-natural-remedies, generally, have a lower percentage of side effects than conventional medicines. They also enhance the body’s ability to heal itself rather than just treating symptoms.  

My old American Heritage Dictionary says that an herb is “a plant that has a fleshy stem as distinguished from the woody tissues of shrubs and trees.” Herbs are plants valued for their culinary and/or medicinal qualities. Herbal-natural-remedies (and spices) are valued for their ability to both prevent and treat illness. There is increasing evidence that cruciferous vegetables, carrots, green leafy vegetables, garlic and onions can protect us from some forms of cancer and heart disease.

The following are my choices for the top thirteen herbal-natural-remedies.

  1. Curcumin, a polyphenol, is an extract of turmeric. It is a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin is one of the more powerful anticancer flavonoids because it has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer in all stages of growth and in high doses can cause cancer cell apoptosis (cell death). Curcumin can stimulate the immune system and lower blood sugar. Curcumin can be absorbed best if dissolved in olive oil or combined with black pepper.
  2. Ginger. There was a time when I drank ginger ale for an upset stomach. I switched to ginger tea that provided a better relief from nausea without the sugar. Sugar and certain sugar substitutes are harmful to your health. In addition to being helpful in relieving the feeling of nausea, ginger is known for its ability to reduce pain and may help ease the inflammation and pain of osteoarthritis. High levels of antioxidants in ginger give it anti-bacterial and cancer fighting properties. Ginger may also improve memory and cognitive function. Ginger and turmeric are stars in the list of Herbal-natural-remedies. Note for a great source for Organic Pink Fijian Ginger and Organic Fijian Turmeric click here.
  3. Garlic. Many studies show that garlic has a strong anticancer effect. It may also lower cholesterol and is anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant. It is most effective in the raw state. Cooking reduces the health benefits. It is best when it smells the worst. Since garlic is an anticoagulant, people on a blood thinner should check with their doctor before taking a garlic supplement.
  4. Medicinal mushrooms. Though medicinal mushrooms are fungi and not strictly herbal, they should be included here because they have the ability to modulate the immune system and have curative properties. They contain beta-glucans that act to normalize the immune system and organ function. These beta-glucans stimulate an immune response boosting the body’s existing defense system to prevent and fight disease including cancer. They are anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Each type of medicinal mushroom contains a unique beta-glucan. Proper dosing is important and the supervision of a physician is recommended. The top five healing mushrooms are thought to be the maitake, reishi, shiitake, agaricus blazei (ABM), and the cordyceps sinensis.
  5. Astragalus Root. Astragalus has been shown to stimulate the immune system and to have effective antibacterial and antiviral properties. Chinese researchers believe that it is particularly effective in preventing respiratory infections including flu. It is available in powder form and in capsules.
  6. Olive Leaf Extract. Olive leaf extract has been shown to have strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It has also been shown to help control hypertension, lower blood sugar and prevent oxidation of cholesterol. It has virtually no side effects and is nontoxic. It is available in capsules from Bio Innovations and others.
  7. Green Tea.  Green tea health benefits from lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure to reducing your risk of heart attacks and strokes are available by drinking just three to four cups per day. Green tea also has strong anti-cancer properties. If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try combining green and black tea. This not only improves the taste but some believe that it also improves the health benefit.
  8. Resveratrol.  Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant, found in red wines offers protection to the heart and brain from oxidative damage and may reduce age-related diseases caused by inflammation. Resveratrol can reduce insulin resistance and may be helpful to people who are pre-diabetic. Research has indicated that resveratrol may enhance longevity and quality of life. One source of resveratrol is red wine but we would have to consume far more red wine than what is safe to get any benefit. The answer is to use resveratrol supplements. But not all supplements are made equal. Some are far more absorbable and effective than others.
  9. Grape Seed Extract. Studies indicate that grape seed extract may promote health and longevity. Compounds in grape seed extract are powerful antioxidants that studies indicate may protect against cardiovascular problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and may help prevent cognitive decline.
  10. Milk Thistle Extract. Milk Thistle Extract has been shown to help detox and cleanse the liver. It can help repair damage to the liver due to excess alcohol and other types of drugs including prescription medications. The active ingredient of the herb is a bioflavonoid mixture called silymarin.   Milk thistle is available in capsule form.
  11. Chamomile. Chamomile has been recognized as a harmless sedative for a long time and has been used in herbal medicine since the early Roman days. German chamomile used as a tea is sometimes helpful for indigestion. It does have a sedative and sleep inducing effect for many. In Large doses it can cause nausea and vomiting.
  12. Hot Peppers/Cayenne. Research has shown that hot peppers may help prevent dangerous blood clots. Capsaicin an ingredient in cayenne and chili peppers is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant. It is a pain reliever used in pain-relieving skin creams.
  13. Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera extracts are widely used in cosmetics, skin lotions, soaps and shampoos. There is some evidence that aloe vera gel can promote healing of certain skin conditions including burns, pressure sores and frost bite. Aloe gels have been found to have anti-bacterial anti-fungal properties.   

Generally, the number of controlled scientific trials on the effectiveness of herbal-natural-remedies is limited. Most of the herbs listed on this page are exceptions because there have been many studies on these substances. Resveratrol, Curcumin, green tea and medicinal mushrooms for example have been studied many times.

Like all supplements, herbal-natural-remedies should be taken only under the supervision of your physician. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease.  They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself!  A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.

Herbal-natural-remedies contain powerful ingredients that have pharmaceutical effects. The amount and potency of these ingredients may vary depending on among other factors where the herb was grown and the manufacturing process. You should never buy or use cheap herbs.

Like most supplements, herbs have not been approved by the FDA. When buying herbal supplements, a review of the reputation of the brand and available laboratory certification would be prudent.  

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