Living a lifestyle that is more Faithful to Nature can help you find ways to manage your wellbeing without resorting to toxic chemical drugs that often have many side effects. There are natural solutions in the plant kingdom that have been used for centuries and their magic lies in the fact that whole plants have an intelligence that connects with our bodies in a way synthetic medicines can’t.
There are so many options to explore in the herbal medicine chest, we’ve put together our top 10 Faithful to Nature herbs of the moment.
1. Milk Thistle
Allergies & Overindulgence
Milk thistle is the number one remedy for your liver. Allergies are worsened when your liver has a reduced ability to break down toxins such as antibodies, and chemicals such as insecticides, plastics and pesticides.
Milk thistle helps improve the detoxification pathways in your liver and also helps it regenerate new cells. Studies have shown that milk thistle improves survival rates in people with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. It’s also been found that it silymarin may have anti-cancer effects.
Immune Booster & Anti-cancer
Sutherlandia is a local indigenous remedy that has been used by traditional healers as an all-purpose tonic that boosts the immune system and cleanses the blood. The Tswana name for it is Phetola, which means it changes, because it is considered to change the outcome of many illnesses.It has become known as a herb that is beneficial in treating various forms of cancer.
Because of its powerful immune boosting properties, Sutherlandia has been found to benefit a long string of ailments such as depression and anxiety, chronic fatigue, Cancer, TB, flu, asthma, type 3 diabetes, arthritis and ulcers.
(Source: positivehealth, sutherlandia)
3. Raspberry Leaf
Raspberry Leaf is a fantastic herb for your reproductive system, whether you are trying to boost your fertility, are pregnant, or have just given birth. It has long been a traditional remedy used by midwives and herbalists to:
• Increasing fertility in both men and women (excellent when combined with Red Clover)
• Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage by toning the uterus
• Easing morning sickness and soothing the stomach
• Reducing pain during labour and post-birth by toning muscles
• Stimulating milk production
• Helping the birthing process to go quicker and easier.
This herb has amazing blood purifying properties thanks to flavonoids that work on your digestive system to increase urine flow, flushing toxins from your system while replenishing minerals such as calcium and potassium which help to control blood pressure. This makes it an excellent detox herb. It stimulates and improves your digestion too by increasing bile flow, which also helps to prevent gallstones.
Ginseng is an ancient remedy that is great pick-me-up tonic when you are recovering from exhaustion, weakness or illness. It supports the immune system, bringing on vitality and stamina.
Siberian Ginseng is a cousin of the ginseng family. It can uplift and restore you when you are exhausted and lacking vitality. By supporting your body to adapt, it restores sleeping patterns, strengthens your heart and regulates your hormones, being especially useful for men when it comes to reproductive health and also boosting mental performance.
Insomnia & Sleep Aid
This is a classic herb for insomnia, anxiety, and nervous restlessness that has been used for centuries. It’s a safe and gentle way to deal with insomnia without the side effects and grogginess of conventional medicines. It has been shown in studies to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.
Although studies haven’t confirmed how it works it is thought to increase GABA in your brain, which helps regulate your nerves and calm anxiety.
7. Liquorice Root
With today’s fast and stressful pace of life, adrenal fatigue has been on the increase. Adrenal fatigue is when your body’s stress hormone cortisol (produced by your adrenal glands) is overstimulated due to stress, eventually leading to burnout and exhaustion.
Liquorice root not only tastes great, it helps regulate cortisol-cortisone balance in the body, breaking down cortisol and making it more accessible to your body. It can support you when you are reaching that exhausted burnout stage, alleviating stress and giving you renewed energy and a sense of wellbeing, as it acts as an antidepressant too.
(Sources: herbwisdom, holisticprimarycare)
8. St. John’s Wort
Studies have shown that St. John’s Wort can help relieve mild to moderate depression and various nervous disorders. It’s been found to have fewer side effects than prescription antidepressants.
St. John’s wort contains hypericin, hyperforin, and flavonoids that researchers think act similar to SSRI’s (Seretonin Reuptake inhibitors), increasing the availability of brain neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which uplift your mood.
Relaxation, Skin & Stomach Ailments
Chamomile is a very popular remedy known for its ability to gently help you relax, that can also be used externally to soothe skin ailments It’s so mild and soothing, you can use it for your kiddies as a general rescue treatment to deal with issues such as anxiety, insomnia, muscle twitches, fevers and as a treatment for colic. Its soothing anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for stomach problems such as ulcers, and it can help ease menstrual cramps.
You can use the tea to make a soothing wash or compress for skin problems and use it for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash.
Colds, Flu & Infections
With flu season just around the corner,Echinacea is a classic remedy for colds and flu. Taking Echinacea has been found in studies to reduce the incidence of infections such as colds and flu by up to 58% by boosting your immunity. This is a very well-researched herb that is often used by doctors because it works so well.
Echinacea stimulates the cells in your body responsible for fighting infections so that they become super-efficient, instead of you needing to take antibiotics to do the job for you. It’s not only great for cold and flu viruses, but also helps your cells attack abnormal cells like cancer.
Remember if you are taking a herb for an ailment to check with your healthcare practitioner if you are seriously ill, are pregnant or on other medication.
What are your favourite herbs you have found helped you restore your health and happiness? Comment and let us know so we can pool our knowledge. We would love to hear from you!