HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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Lemon. Known for its antiseptic properties, the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcal bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in an hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours, says Jean Valnet, M.D. It also improves micro-circulation and immune function and promotes white blood cell formation.


Oregano. A powerful antibiotic, oregano has been proven to be more effective in neutralizing germs than some chemical antibiotics, battling Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli. It is also high in carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, which act as natural decongestants and reduce histamine. It supports respiratory tract health, helping air flow through the nasal passage.


Rosemary. It is an antiseptic and antibacterial that cleanses and detoxifies the body, supports the liver and combats cirrhosis. Its smell has also been found to improve memory and mental clarity and focus.


Sage. Many believe sage is the key to a long life. Drinking sage teas and inhaling sage essential oils are beneficial for respiratory illnesses and lung issues because of sage’s antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also helpful for anxiety, nervous disorders and abdominal complaints.

HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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Excessive use of black pepper can slow drug metabolism in the liver, so be aware of this possible reaction to your prescription medications.


Cayenne. Useful both topically and internally for arthritis and rheumatism, cayenne is good for cold, flu, viruses, sinus infections and sore throat, as well as headache and fever. It increases thermogenesis for weight loss and is a catalyst for other herbs.


Cinnamon. It’s been proven 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria cannot live in the presence of cinnamon, making it a great antibacterial and antiviral agent.


Garlic. Generally used for cardiovascular conditions, including high cholesterol, garlic helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity and assists with yeast infections, asthma, sinusitis and circulatory problems.


Ginger. Pregnant women know ginger helps nausea, but it also eases motion sickness and circulatory problems and reduces the symptoms of colds and chills. It’s also good for indigestion.  

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.


Herbalists employ the concept of herbal synergy, which requires using the whole plant, rather than just extracting the active ingredient, to make the herb as safe and effective as possible. For instance, meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. It also contains tannin and mucilage, which protect the stomach from the salicylic acid.


Here are a few herbs that can be safely used in cooking, as teas or in external applications. They can also be found in supplements or oils.


Basil. Like other herbs in the mint family, basil settles the stomach and is a natural disinfectant. It is both antiviral and antibacterial. It is a mild antidepressant used often in aromatherapy because it clears the head and relieves intellectual fatigue. It’s also good for dealing with insect bites. Crush fresh leaves and rub them on the itchy spot.


Black Pepper. Black pepper stimulate the digestive system, expectorates coughs and helps clear congestion from the lungs.