- 1 Echinacea – Immune Support
- 2 Garlic – The Heart Protector
- 3 Ginger – the Root of Good Digestion
- 4 Ginkgo – Super Brain Food
- 5 Ginseng – The Energy Herb
- 6 Kava – The King and Queen of Relaxation
- 7 St. John’s Wort – Mood Food
- 8 Saw Palmetto – A Good Fate for the Prostate
- 9 Valerian -To Sleep
- 10 Vitex – The Hormone Helper
I have listed the top ten power herbs to stock in your medicine chest. You can put the top ten of nature’s time-tested medicines to work for you-keeping colds at bay, sharpening your memory, and increasing your energy. The herbs can help you to accomplish more during the day, feel more relaxed, and get a great night’s sleep.
Echinacea – Immune Support
Echinacea can stimulate the immune system, helping to quickly eliminate infections of all kind. The taste is tingly and exotic but the benefits are hard to beat. The liquid extract (also called tincture) should be taken at the first sign of colds or flu and not stop taking if for five or ten days to avoid getting sick entirely. Echinacea also speeds up elimination of wastes, so it doesn’t suppress symptoms the way over-the-counter aspirin and decongestants can.
Garlic – The Heart Protector
I remember when Garlic was known to protect people from vampires and werewolves. Now it is known as a protector of another sort-against heart attack and stroke. Garlic helps to keep the heart and blood vessels healthy into old age. Garlic can help keep the blood pressure in the normal range – even if you’re late to work or stuck in traffic-and can lower cholesterol. Because heart disease and stroke are still the leading causes of death, the daily use of garlic seems like a must. But not everyone likes the pungent flavor in their sauces and stir-fry, so products are available that have great benefits and a lot less of the smell. I recommend that 2 capsules are taken with meals in the morning and evening for full benefit. Garlic does come in odor-controlled capsules. Garlic is also known as the “poor-person’s antibiotic”. It helps the body fend off respiratory infections like bronchitis, pneumonia, colds, flu, and other infections of the urinary tract and digestive tract.
Ginger – the Root of Good Digestion
If you ever had a queasy feeling, ginger can help. Several clinical studies have favorably compared ginger extract with Dramamine and other over-the-counter preparations for easing nausea and stomach ailments. If traveling in car or plane ride makes your stomach jumpy, ginger is just the thing and it is quite soothing to the stomach and helps ease any digestive upset.
Ginger is great for congested liver, with notable protective and stimulating properties. For kids and adults, ginger tea with a little lemon and honey is the perfect “tum-ease”. Try adding ½ cup of ginger tea to 1 cup of plain sparkling water to make your own tummy-settling ginger ale. A cup after meals will help settle things down and increase the digestive fires, leading to more complete digestion, assimilation, and elimination.
Ginkgo – Super Brain Food
Ginkgo is well documented to increase circulation to the brain, improve memory and alertness, and protect the heart. It’s known for it’s healing powers, ginkgo is an extract of the leaves from ginkgo tree.
It is best when 2 capsules are taken with food in morning and evening. You should notice a distinct difference within one to two weeks-if you just remember to take it!
Ginseng – The Energy Herb
Everyone wants more energy. After all, who doesn’t want to be able to work hard all day, accomplish more, and still have the energy for your evenings and weekends? For increasing energy and protecting human health, ginseng has taken on a healing and protective aura of magical proportions-it has been in use for over 5,000 years! Look for red Korean or red Chinese ginseng (use if 35 years old and older) to warm up your hormones and get your juices flowing again! Red ginsengs support energy, sex drive, and powerful digestion. Take 1 in morning and 1 in evening before meals.
American ginseng can help with good sleep and rejuvenation and can be taken at any age.
Kava – The King and Queen of Relaxation
Kava has a memorable name and a memorable taste – through not completely pleasant, unless you’re from Fiji, Vanuatu or Hawaii, in which case you probably grew up with the herb all around you and acquire a taste for it. Kava has great muscle-relaxing and mellowing-out properties. If you are stress, nervous, tight tense, or have trouble relaxing enough to get a refreshing night’s sleep, Kava is for you.
St. John’s Wort – Mood Food
St. John’s Wort is known as a safe natural way to ease depression, some forms of insomnia and anxiety. So what’s so great about it? Researchers have shown the herb to be just as effective as commonly-prescribed pharmaceutical antidepressants-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), such as Prozac and Zoloft-with few is any side effects.
Saw Palmetto – A Good Fate for the Prostate
As men get older, a strange thing happens-the prostate gland starts to grow. As it get bigger, the little tube that conducts the urine out of the body that the prostrate is wrapped around naturally gets smaller. This leads to a common problem in men over 40 or so-they have trouble going with the flow! Or it goes in little spurts and it takes too long. It can be painful. Doctors want to perform surgery, which can increase the flow, but can also lead to other major problems like no erections and dribbling after urinating. Time for a diaper? Not if you get a special herb call palmetto.
Palmetto is an extract from the fruit of a scrubby palm that grows in northern Florida called saw palmetto. Believe it or not this herb is so popular that cattle ranchers worldwide are clearing thousands of acres of trees to plant palms.
Take two capsules in morning and evening. You should notice the full effects-which include less pain and irritation, more control, less frequent urgency, and more comfort-after three to six weeks.
Saw Palmetto can improve the health of the prostate gland and for women regular use can help prevent urinary tract infections and improve the health of the entire genitor urinary tract.
Valerian -To Sleep
Valerian is known as the sleep-promoting and relaxing herb-studies shows that valerian works on the brain and spinal cord, activating some of the same receptor sites as common pharmaceutical drugs, notably the benzodiazepines Xanax and Valium. These drugs are widely prescribed-especially in the elderly-for anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. Unfortunately benzodiazephines can also lead to addiction, memory loss, and even worse mental and emotional symptoms than they are designed to treat.
Valerian has none of these side effects and coupled with a natural program of relaxation and good diet, can be as or more effective.
Take about ½ to ¾ of liquid extract in some water before bedtime.
Vitex – The Hormone Helper
The herb vitex also called chaste-berry, is the most popular natural medicine throughout Eurpoe for helping to ease unwanted symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as well as those symptoms that may occur during menopause. Researchers found that the extract could stimulate the hypothalamus gland in the brain to tell the ovaries to produce more of a key hormone that regulates milk production and the menses-progesterone.
Vitres can help relieve symptoms as mood swings, irritability, sugar cravings, acne, excessive menstrual bleeding, and irregular cycles associated with PMS.
Vitres are small berries from a shrubby plant native to Greece and the Mediterranean. Take ½ teaspoon of vitex liquid extract in some water in morning.