Herbs and Health
Herbal Remedies From Mother Earth
I grew up in Mexico City where all kinds of herbs and home remedies are commonly used to treat several minor ailments successfully. Using herbal remedies and teas to treat a variety of sicknesses such as the common cold, sore throats, and fevers, instead of delving into pharmaceuticals right away, was the natural thing to do for my mom and aunts. And to be honest with you, it felt so good to know that mom had the perfect remedy at the right time, every time I needed it 😉
Consequently, I frequently think of herbs before considering traditional medication. I have faith in herbs not only because of my upbringing, but because I believe in their strong medicinal value which frequently comes with fewer secondary effects and contraindications than pharmaceuticals. After all, they come naturally from Mother Earth.
For instance, there is nothing more soothing than a chamomile or mint tea for a stomach ache, an arnica rub for bruises and muscle aches, a bugambilia tea with honey for a sore throat, aloe pulp for skin rashes and burns, and a bit of ginger to improve digestion, among many other remedies. Ah, but my very favorite one for those extremely stressful days, is an infusion of mixed damiana, valerian, passionflower and tila… nothing more soothing for a good night’s sleep!
Herbal medicine is also called phytotherapy. It consists of herbal treatments; plant derived or botanicals used for therapeutic reasons. More people are choosing herbal remedies nowadays, not only to avoid the high cost associated with conventional medications, but also because many common pharmaceuticals don’t seem to alleviate or improve the conditions as expected.
Botanicals and herbs are used as treatments for specific conditions, as a preventative measure, and to keep health at its peak. In addition, herbs can be used as a diet supplement, as many plants can also be the source of vitamins and other nutrients.
Moreover, people with chronic conditions that are under medical supervision and taking pharmaceuticals on a regular basis, must consult with their physician BEFORE ingesting any herbs to ensure that there is no contraindication to use them in conjunction with their meds. Some herbs have the potential to negatively interact with –or inhibit- the mode of action or effects of specific medications.
Multiple herbal treatments are available and they can be found in a variety of presentations such as liquid form, capsules, tablets and pills, creams and lotions, and some others in tea bags and powder forms that you can mix with water or juice to ingest. You must be aware that the presentation does affect the result; for instance, capsules usually get dissolved and absorbed in the stomach, while the liquid form gets absorbed through the oral mucosa, making it more powerful as it reaches the blood stream much faster. Other botanicals such as aloe vera or arnica for muscle pain are better absorbed through the skin, so they are commonly found as creams and lotions.
Regardless of the mode in which you ingest the herbs and botanicals, taking them on a regular basis usually gives you better results as your body has time to adapt to them to reach a more stable healthy state.
Most people don’t know if herbal treatments are right for them. If you relate to this, I recommend you delve into exploring the subject matter more in depth and, as stated above, consult with your physician if you have any doubts or concerns.
There are many well researched guides, ebooks and resources to help you get more acquainted with herbs and their benefits, as well as how to use them to boost immune response, overcome pain, aches, and sickness. An excellent resource that I recommend is “Remedies From Mother Earth.”
This is not just a 10 page report, but an all-inclusive 91 page eBook. In it you will find a comprehensive list of herbs, their characteristics, their available forms, and their most common uses. You will have the right information at your fingertips, as you are able to quickly find what herbs are used for a multitude of conditions.
There is also a full chapter on aromatherapy and another one with herbal recipes for specific conditions. All very useful but my favorite one is the section with the symptom guide where you can do a reverse lookup on common conditions and the herbal remedies that are used to alleviate or heal them.
This is definitely one of the best herbal guides I have ever read and one that I keep on my nightstand at all times. You will know what herbs to try for a particular ailment in just a couple of minutes… literally. Click on the ebook cover… you’ll get an immediate download right after your purchase.