...there was a world in which people had a close relationship with plants and the land. They knew that special plants called herbs could help them feel better and heal their ills.
A funny thing happened on the misguided path to Big Pharma
Then people discovered science, and many good things were learned. But some very important things were almost lost, including appreciation for the natural benefits of herbs.
Back in the saddle
A new day has dawned and people of that world mentioned above
— you knew all along it was our Earth, didn’t you? —
are taking charge of their health again, rediscovering the importance of herbs in keeping us healthy and happy.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Herbs Help You Stay Healthy
The other essential part of the Herbal Cocktail is, of course, herbs!
Herbs have a long history of being an integral part of keeping us healthy. They have been used the world over for millennia.
As mentioned at the beginning of the page, science and modern medicine have helped us a lot. But they also temporarily led us away from the close relationship between herbs and our good health.
Interest is growing, though, as it is shown more and more that a lot of pharmaceuticals do not actually heal — they help, but they just mask the symptoms of the problem.
Why not help our bodies stay as healthy and strong as they can, naturally, the way Mother Nature intended? Who needs to spend so much money putting unnatural things in our bodies — things that have a high monetary as well as side-effect price tag?
Let Mother Nature lead us to the highest realization of our health. Her greatest helpers in this area are herbs, as well as fruits, vegetables and legumes.
Researchers are proving what indigenous people have always known — herbs and good health go hand-in-hand.
Here are some of the health benefits to herbs:
Herbs contain unique antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phytosterols and many other plant-derived nutrient substances, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level. Herbs are, in fact, medicines in smaller, natural dosages.*
Essential oils in herbs have been found to have an anti-inflammatory function by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), which mediates inflammatory cascade reaction inside the human body. The enzyme-inhibiting effect of essential oils in herbs makes it a valuable remedy for symptomatic relief in individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and inflammatory bowel conditions like ulcerative colitis.*
Many novel compounds in the healthy herbs have been found to reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.*
Controlled-epidemiological studies have shown that certain compounds in garlic like thiosulfinates (allicin) can bring a significant reduction in total cholesterol and blood pressure, and thereby help cut down coronary artery disease and stroke risk.*
Curcumin, together with other antioxidants in turmeric, has been found to have anti-amyloid and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it is thought to be effective in preventing or at least delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.*
The volatile oils, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in herbs have cytotoxicity action against prostate, pancreatic, colon and endometrial cancer cells.*
The chemical compounds in herbs have been found to be anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, antiseptic, lipolytic (fat burning and weight loss action), stimulant and stomachic effects when taken in a proper dosage.*
The first “herbal experience” I had was when at the neighborhood co-op. A helpful employee showed me how a couple drops of peppermint oil can help keep post-nasal drip at bay.
I had suffered with that for years, so it was truly a relief to find this out!
And I was glad to let Mother Nature help me, rather than resorting to a human-made pharamaceutical that would wreak havoc with my body while it may or may not have helped with the problem.
Not too long after that I made an even more important discovery regarding dairy products.
Read about other various medicinal herbs I have used:
There are plenty of studies that validate the many health advantages of herbs. Some herbs work well alone, or in combination with others. The synergistic effects of special herb combinations I call Herbal Cocktails can work wonders.