Natural Herbal Remedies I – Q

Alternative to Prescription Medicine

For centuries herbalists have used the natural herbal remedies that nature provides to cure many common ailments such as inflammation, pain and nausea. Many herbalists also prescribe herbal remedies to promote overall health. Although many people dismiss herbal treatments and remedies as old wives tales, the use of botanicals is well-rooted in the medical practice.

This is not to replace medical advice. Always check with your physician before taking any herbal supplements incase they interact with your current medication. 

Kava

  • Effective in treating muscle pain, stomach aches, tight muscles and cramps.
  • Used as a treatment for anxiety, sleeping problems, nervousness and to promote relaxation.
  • Kava is very hard on the liver and should be taken sparingly.

Kombucha

Kombucha culture is the fermentation of bacteria and yeast; contains active enzymes, amino acids, B Vitamins and ethanol; mildly anti-bacterial.

  • Traditionally used for PMS, loss of appetite, hair regrowth, memory loss, strengthening your metabolism and as an immune booster.
  • Many claim Kombucha tea helps to detoxify the body.

Licorice

Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory; has immune boosting properties.

  • Supports the release of Cortisol-A hormone which is caused by stress and has been know to cause weight gain and inflammation.
  • Traditionally used as an expectorant and commonly found in many modern cough syrups and lozenges.
  • Used for treating a variety of digestive disorders including heartburn, colic, stomach ulcers and chronic gastritis.
  • Has been used to treat tuberculosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and liver disorders.
  • Many licorice products made in the USA don’t actually contain licorice but anise oil – which has the same smell and taste as licorice.

Maca

Contains fatty acids and amino acids.

  • Also known as Peruvian ginseng because it was used as a remedy to increase energy, sexual function and stamina.
  • Used as a remedy for fatigue, infertility, sexual dysfunction in men and women and some symptoms of menopause.
  • Has shown success in treating osteoporosis, depression, leukemia, HIV/AIDS and stomach cancer.

Marshmallow

Also known as Althaea; contains a high percentage of mucilage;

  • Traditionally used to reduce inflammation and pain in the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.
  • Used as an expectorant and in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory ailments.
  • Can also be used to treat urinary tract infections, colon problems such as Crohns Disease and IBS, and stomach ulcers.

Milk Thistle

Rich in flavonoids silydianin, silychristin and silybin (known collectively as silymarin) as well as anti-oxidants.

  • Provides heart benefits by lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Provides nutritional support for the liver and blood.
  • Used as a treatment in chronic inflammatory liver disease, hepatic cirrhosis and liver damage.
  • Improves bile production to aid digestion and provides protection for the spleen, gallbladder and kidneys.

Nutmeg

  • Traditionally used to treat nausea, stomach spasm, intestinal gas, insomnia and diarrhea.
  • Has been used in India for centuries as an aphrodisiac.
  • Can be applied directly to the skin as a pain killer and to soothe mouth sores.
  • Has been known to encourage indigestion and help to heal the digestive tract.
  • Can be toxic if consumed in large quantities.

Oregano

A rich natural source of Vitamin K and A; has anti-fungal, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties (thymol and carvacrol); is high in iron, manganese, potassium and magnesium; a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acid.

  • Used widely as a spice because of its flavoring, fragrance and its ability to increase digestion and treating upset stomachs.
  • Traditionally used for the treatment of colds, mild fevers, painful menstruation and influenza.
  • Has been used for treating skin infections because of its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Peppermint

Contains menthol, an analgesic (painkiller) and local anesthetic; excellent source of minerals including potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and manganese; rich in Vitamin A, C, E, K and beta carotene.

  • Well known for its effects on the stomach and intestines, relieving nausea, stomach pain and gas.
  • Used in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other colic pain disorders because of its anti-spasmodic properties.
  • Traditionally used as a topical muscle relaxant and analgesic.
  • Temporarily relieves itching caused by insect bites, rashes and eczema.

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