By Ma’at Seba
Herbs have been used through out our history and in all cultures to heal the body of practically every known illness and dis-ease. Herbs have very few side effects as opposed to the prescribed drugs, however, pregnant women should always consult their medical caregiver before taking any herbs or prescription drugs. There are thousands of herbs and each one has more than one use, so do your own research on whatever illnesses or disorders that you may have, which will empower you to make more natural and wholistic choices about your health. Keep this list to assist you in educating yourself on some of the most commonly used medicinal herbs and easily accessible ones and their uses.
Red Clover - is used as a nerve tonic and as a sedative for exhaustion. It is used to strengthen those children with weak systems, and is used with children for coughs, bronchitis, wheezing, as it is mild to their systems. It is often used in combination with many other drugs in the treatment of cancer. It is also used for skin eruptions (acne).
Red Raspberry - is one of the most popular herbs for female issues, it strengthens the uterine wall during pregnancy, reduces the pain of childbirth, and helps to reduce false labor pains reduces menstrual bleeding. After childbirth it is used to decrease uterine swelling and cut down on post-partum bleeding. It is used to ease menstrual cramps and to regulate the flow during menstruation, PMS, morning sickness and hot flashes. It is also good for vomiting in small children, and dysentery and diarrhea in infants.
Reishi (mushroom) - excellent for cancer by counteracting the suppression of red and white blood cells, an immune stimulant helpful for calming coughs due to asthma, known to lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, helps prevent alcohol induced fatty liver and cirrhosis, and good for stress.
Rooibos - an anti-anxiety, antiviral, antispasmodic and anti-allergy agent, helpful for those with congestion due to food and respiratory allergies, helps induce sleep.
Rosemary - fights free radicals, is a stimulant of the circulatory system, stimulates digestion, detoxifies the liver, has anticancer and antitumor properties, good for high and low blood pressure. It is used to treat bites and stings externally; internally it is used to treat migraines, bad breath, and to stimulate the sexual organs. It is also used to treat nervous disorders, upset stomachs, and to regulate the menstrual cycle and to ease cramps. The essential oil is used in aromatherapy as an inhalant and decongestant, and to enhance memory and clear concentration, also used in an oil base to ease arthritis and muscle pain and promote hair growth.
Sage - has estrogenic effects, it is used to regulate the menstrual cycle, to decrease milk flow in lactating women, aids in treating hot flashes. is used to relieve excess mucous buildup. It is beneficial to the mind by easing mental exhaustion and by strengthening the concentrating abilities. Native Americans used sage leaves (white sage) by burning them and the smoke is used to remove negative energy from around the body. Sage tea soothes mouth sores and sore throat; it is
good for all stomach troubles, diarrhea, gas, flu and colds. As a hair rinse, it removes dandruff and promotes hair growth and shine. Should not be taken during pregnancy or by nursing mothers.
Sarsaparilla - used for gout, eczema, psoriasis, frigidity, rheumatoid arthritis, PMS, regulates hormones, nervous system disorders and protects against radiation exposure. Because sarsaparilla stimulates the production testosterone, men with prostate problems should avoid, as well as pregnant or nursing women.
Saw Palmetto - It's most popular current use is for treating enlargement of the prostate gland. Also very useful for all diseases of the reproductive glands and organs, acts as a diuretic, urinary antiseptic and appetite stimulant. It is also used for the mucous membranes, as well as for treating bronchitis and lung asthma.
Schisandra - stimulates the central nervous system, increases visual acuity, used in the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver, helps relieve emotional depression, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, fatigue, dizziness, and excessive sweating.
Scullcap - supports and strengthens as well as giving immediate relief from all chronic and acute diseases that affect the nerves, good for anxiety, fatigue, hyperactivity, cardiovascular disease, headaches and improves circulation. It is used to regulate sexual desires, and is very useful in remedies for feminine cramps and menstrual troubles. It reduces fevers and aids in easing insomnia and restlessness. It is also used to lessen the affects of epilepsy.
Shiitake (mushroom) - excellent for fighting cancer, used for preventing high blood pressure and heart disease, helps in controlling cholesterol levels and building up the resistance to viruses.
Siberian Ginseng - is an immune stimulant, useful for ADD because of its stress-fighting and depression relieving capacities, stimulates the production of testosterone increasing the sex drive in men, helps ease stress
Slippery Elm - is used to neutralize stomach acids and soothe the inflamed mucus membranes of the bowels, stomach and urinary tract, good for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis and gastritis. . It is used to boost the adrenal glands, draws out impurities and heals all parts of the body. It is most useful for the respiratory system. Externally it is an excellent healer for burns, skin cancers, poison ivy, and wounds.
St. Johnswort - has anti depressant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and pain relieving properties. Excellent for depression, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease and nerve pain. Useful for bronchitis, headaches, hysteria, neuralgia, shingles, as well as symptoms that occur during menopause. It is useful in swellings, abscesses, burns (mix with olive oil), cuts scrapes and bad insect stings.
Suma - boosts the immune system, fights anemia, fatigue, stress and inflammations, good for arthritis, cancer, liver disease, high blood pressure and menopausal systems.
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By Melody Thompson
Happy October! All Fruits are important to our diet, and then there are “Super Fruits” Not every fruit qualifies. Those deemed “super” by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients that can help you live longer, look better and even prevent disease.
1. For perfect blood pressure
Better: Fresh figs
You'll also get...a boost to your bones. Figs are one of the best fruit sources of calcium. Serve by chopping and adding to yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, or green salads.
2. To protect your heart and fight disease
Good: Red grapes
You’ll also get...protection from breast cancer. Serve by peeling or breaking the outer covering just below the stem; use a knife to remove the black pit.
3. For beautiful skin
You'll also get...bacteria-busting power. Guava can protect against foodborne pathogens such as Listeria and Staph.
Serve by adding to fruit cobbler recipes (the tiny seeds are edible) or simmer chunks in water as you would to make applesauce. Guava also makes a super smoothie: Blend ½ banana, ½ ripe guava, a handful of strawberries, ½ cup soy milk, and a few ice cubes.
4. To lower cholesterol
Better: Asian pears
You'll also get...protection from creeping weight gain. The same researchers found that people who ate the most fiber also weighed the least and had the lowest body mass index and waist circumference.
Serve by dicing it into a salad of Boston lettuce, crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and mandarin oranges. Or, make it a dessert: Add peeled and cored pears to a saucepan with 1 cup white wine, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, and enough water to cover the pears. Cover and simmer 40 minutes or until pears are soft.
5. To fight cancer
You'll also get...better healing. Papayas may help speed burn recovery when used topically, thanks partly to the enzyme papain, which also aids in digestion.
Serve by cutting lengthwise and discarding black seeds. Scoop the flesh using a spoon and sprinkle with lemon juice. Or combine chopped papaya, mango, red bell pepper, red onion, raspberries, lemon juice, and cilantro for a fruit salsa. Serve over grilled fish.
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