Tips for Herbal Medicine

Herbs and food that are being used for medicinal purposes are also called drugs. You have to beware of reinforcing this notion because when you buy herbal remedies in your local health-food store, they are usually labelled as “nutritional supplements. It usually carries a recommendation to take a certain amount of the product daily with the diet.

Are herbal medicines safe?

There’s been a lot of talk about herbal remedies being safe, but the fact is that there are some herbs that should be avoided, but most are unlikely to harm you. Toxic conventional medicines are currently responsible for one-third of all hospitalizations. There are standard herbal treatments for some common ailments. Still, it is always wise to visit a healthcare practitioner who expert in natural remedies for guidance. The following steps to increase the chances that your natural medicine will be effective are as follows:

– Don’t buy loose herbs because dried plants of all kinds lose their potency if they sit around.

– Buying “standardized” extracts are guaranteed to contain a minimum amount of the ber.

– Use tinctures. The alcohol used to extract the active constituents of the herb preserves the herb’s potency as well.

– Freeze-dried extracts are concentrated and stable, so they tend to retain their potency longer.

It’s relatively easy to put together a herbal arsenal that may help you fight most of the illnesses that you and your family are likely to encounter. Here’s what you should have readily available:

– Chamomile tea- A mild relaxant and excellent as a remedy for colic and stomach upsets, it can be safely used by children, too. Placing chamomile tea bags on the eyes is a form of treatment for conjunctivitis. Place the teabag in a little boiling water. When the teabag has cooled but is still warm, place over closed eyes, lie back and relax with tea bags in place for 15 minutes two or three times a day.

– Echinacea- It’s like a work of magic boosting disease-fighting white blood cells. Take it if you have a cold, the flu or any other type of infection.

– Feverfew- Take it to prevent and treat migraine headaches.

– Lemon balm- works well as a mild relaxant, and it may also help fight the virus that causes cold sores.

– Nettle- This allergy fighter diminishes all those who suffer from hay fever.

– Peppermint spirits- It is excellent both for headache and upset stomach. For headaches, drip a little onto a folded tissue. And rub across the forehead, on the temples and the back of the neck. For stomach problems, put a few drops in a bit of water and swallow. They are not recommended for young children.

– Slippery elm- This herb soothes and coats the inside of your throat and intestines. It’s great for sore throats and coughs, as well as diarrhoea and other digestive problems.

– Saint-John’s-wort- This herb is as effective as pharmaceutical drugs for mild-to-moderate depression.

– Valerian- It’s the perfect herb for a perfect night’s sleep. You can also try combining it with lemon balm, hops or passionflower for even more sleep-inducing power.

– White willow bark- This herb contains salicin, a precursor of aspirin. It acts more slowly and gently than the highly purified, fast-acting aspirin found at the drugstore. Still, it’s also unlikely to upset your stomach or cause any other side effects. It can be helpful for mild fevers as well as aches and pains.

– Wild indigo- It’s the best for upper respiratory infections. Combine it with Echinacea for sinus infections.

Don’t forget that herbal medicines are medicines, not dietary supplements. It is not good to take them unless you’re treating a specific condition. Stop taking them once the situation has resolved or if it becomes apparent that the herbal therapy is not working.

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