Using Herbs To Ward Off Common Ailments

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Herbs That Help With Inflammation

There is a misconception that inflammation is something only people with muscle and joint injuries face.

The truth is, you can have minor inflammation and resulting pain from changing your workout routine, adding strength training, or simply from being sick with a bad cold or flu. Inflammation is also common during pregnancy as well.

You may be wondering what you can do for inflammation that is natural and effective. Here are some herbs that can help and how you can prepare them for use.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an herb that is readily available in powder forms at most grocery stores in the spice isle.

You may feel that this herb is simply for cooking, but it can help reduce inflammation caused by fibromyalgia, over exertion, and joint or muscle issues.

The easiest way to use the turmeric herb is to cook it with water until a paste is formed.

Once the paste is formed, you can use a quarter of a teaspoon mixed with a cup of warm milk. This is referred to as golden milk or golden tea.

If you prefer, you can use a vanilla flavored nut milk such as soy or almond. If the taste is still too bitter, consider taking the herb in capsule form.

Cloves

Cloves are commonly used in an essential oil form or crushed.

The herb clove is used to reduce inflammation topically and orally.

In most cases, it is used to help with inflammation in the gums or around sore teeth.

The oil must be reapplied every few hours, but it can greatly reduce the pain caused by swelling and can help disinfect the area as well.

Clove oil can sometimes burn too much for most users. If this is the case, keep a bottle of carrier oil to use with it.

Carrier oils are either almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. These will help deliver the oil without the full burn.

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Ginger

Stomach upset and pain can cause inflammation throughout your throat, stomach lining, and even your intestines.

This can be a bit much for most over the counter medications to soothe. In fact, most cover only one or some but not all of those areas.

Ginger can help with all of those areas when used in a tea or capsule form.

To use in a tea, cut and peel off a finger off ginger for a full gallon of tea or a small sliver for a small cup of tea. Steep the ginger root in hot water for four to five minutes.

Take out the ginger root and drink the tea. It will help settle your stomach and help reduce inflammation as it moves through your system and out of your body.

If you need help with only your stomach, you can opt to take ginger root tablets or capsules as well.

These are only three of the herbs that can help with inflammation.

They are also the easiest to obtain, use, and store. For these reasons, they should be part of your natural medicine arsenal.

Use These Herbs For the Cold or Flu

The cold and flu season can bring havoc and chaos to any household and routine.

What can make it worse is having an allergic reaction to the many chemicals found in over the counter cold and flu remedies.

Instead of risking your health further, you should consider making your own remedies.

Here are a few herbs that you can use for the cold and flu season and the many ways they can be harvested, stored, and mixed for your needs.

Peppermint

Peppermint can be used in three forms to help you get through the cold and flu season and symptoms it can bring on.

The first method is to use it in an oil diffuser.

Find organic and pure peppermint oil and place a few drops in a diffuser. This will fill the air and room with the menthol to help open your sinus passages so you can breath.

You can also make a peppermint ointment to put on your chest and feet to help with congestion.

This works much the same way as more popular chest rubs that you can buy over the counter.

The final way is to use the peppermint in a tea to help with congestion, headaches caused by sinus issues, and easing your stomach.

Astragulas

You may not have heard of this yellow herb root.

Astragulas helps to boost your immune system and is considered one of the most potent herbs for that particular job.

You can add it to juices or tea to help boost Vitamin C and other added supplements you may be using for your battle with the cold and flu symptoms.

The most common way to use astragulas is in a capsule. You can find this herb at most organic and health food stores.

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Cinnamon

You may not think of cinnamon as an herb that you need to use during the cold and flu season.

The truth is, cinnamon can be used to help with issues you aren’t thinking about.

While you are sick, you run the risk of your blood sugar levels falling.

Cinnamon will help with that and help you maintain your blood pressure during your illness and while you get better.

You can take your dose of cinnamon in pill form or in an infused water. The benefit of the infused water is to get hydration while you get the benefits of the cinnamon.

These are only a few of the herbs for cold and flu season.

Remember that most mint based herbs can be used to help clear congestion and if you can’t ingest certain herbs orally, there are also topical options and diffuser options for oils.

What Herbs Help With Headaches?

Headaches are something that everyone suffers from at one time or another.

Some people have minor headaches on occasion while others have migraines and severe tension headaches that are affected by stress.

What may bother you is that most medications over the counter are full of chemicals and you may not want to go with a higher dosed prescription option.

If this sounds like you, and you are looking for a natural headache option, consider the following herbs that help with headaches.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a hard to come by herbal plant that only grows during certain seasons.

The truth is, it is a heavy duty combatant if you have migraines, and some people consider it a must have.

You can harvest honeysuckle when it is growing and dehydrate the flowers. The flowers can then be stored and added to hot water.

Drink the tea and retreat to a dark cool room. You will find your headache easing off within the hour. If you need a stronger dose, you can fill vegetarian capsules with the dehydrated flower and take with water.

White Willow Bark

White willow bark is an herb that helps with headaches, tension, inflammation, and overall pain.

It can be found in capsule form or powder form in most organic or health food stores. Due to the bitter taste of the herb, most people take it in pill or capsule form.

You can also mix the powder with other inflammation fighting herbs or with other herbs for an overall headache and pain reliever, especially during allergy season and cold and flu season.

Feverfew

Feverfew sounds more like a fever fighter than a headache related herb.

This herb is a little harder to find than the other two. Feverfew helps with blood flow.

In fact, when you have a headache one of the main problems is the lack of blood flow or restricted blood flow causing inflammation.

Feverfew helps reduce the inflammation and open up the blood vessels for better blood flow which helps relieve the pain and release the headache.

If you want to keep these herbs on hand throughout the year, remember that dehydrating the herb is possibly your best bet at this.

You will need to either buy the herb already in powder or dehydrated form and create your own capsules with empty vegan capsules from a health food store, or you will want to keep them in powder form stores in a cool dark place for later use.

Kill Parasites Naturally With These Herbs

Parasites can cause a multitude of issues in your body.

This is especially true when it comes to stomach and intestinal issues.

If you are trying to kill off the troublesome parasites, you may be leery of using an over the counter or prescribed manufactured medicine.

There are some herbs that can kill parasites naturally. Here are a few of those herbs and how you can use them.

Garlic

Garlic is one of the leading herbs to use to kill parasites.

You may be thinking that you don’t want to taste garlic, smell it, or ingest it.

The truth is, you don’t have to have raw garlic to get the rewards and benefits from its use.

Instead you can take it in capsule form. There are even some organic garlic capsule manufacturers who have developed garlic pills that have no odor and do not cause indigestion which can cause the odor to surface.

If you don’t mind having raw garlic, you can add it to your cooking or mix it with honey and use it in a tea form.

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Cloves

Cloves can also help with parasites and can be delivered in the same methods as garlic.

You can also crush cloves and use them in a tea form or an oil form in capsules to take daily.

Cloves in capsule form should be either powdered or mixed with an oil base such as coconut oil.

You can fill empty gel caps from organic food and health food stores and take a few capsules throughout the day.

If you find that this method works for you, you can increase the dosage as needed. Clove works as an anti-inflammatory as well as an herb that kills parasite eggs.

When used with wormwood and black walnut powder, you can actually stop the egg lifecycle.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil can be used in capsules or directly into veggie based smoothies or juice.

This method allows you to rehydrate your system while killing the parasites causing you issues.

The oil is antifungal, antibacterial, and helps to reset the microbes in your system to cleanse and purify your system.

By keeping these few herbs on hand, you can use them as needed and help to get over illness easily.

If you find the herbs are not working as well as they should be, consider upping the dosage or adding them to other herbal remedies to boost their properties.

Herbs You Shouldn’t Use on Children

With all the herbal blends, proprietary blends, and essential herbal based oils on the market you may be under the misconception that all of them are safe.

You may also be under the misconception that all of them are easy to use, administer, and safe for all ages.

The truth is, there are some herbs that should never be used with children in any dosage.

These are the herbs that you should look out for when you are buying herbal blends, oils, and natural remedies.

Goldenseal

There is not much information regarding goldenseal and the long term effects of the herb.

However, most herbalists and midwives do caution against using the herb with small children, infants, and newborns.

This is due to several reports that the use of goldenseal, in medium quantities, have caused brain damage in some children.

Because it is unclear in the reported cases how much of the herb was used, it has been designated as an herb that is unsafe for children and should be avoided.

Licorice Root

Licorice root is commonly used for issues with the cold and flu season, allergies, and overall congestion.

It can help to break up mucus in the lungs and help clear the nasal passages when used alongside diffused essential oils that have a menthol base such as peppermint.

It has been noted that in larger doses, children may develop fatigue, and the continued use of the root can lead to migraine headaches in young children and teens.

Ideally, if you are going to use this option, you should be using it under the care of a natural physician or holistic doctor.

Keep in mind, there are many other alternatives that can be used in the roots place that are safer and approved for children of all age groups.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is an herb that is commonly used with adults for depression and mild anxiety issues.

When the same herb is used with children, it can cause a multitude of issues.

These issues include confusion, the inability to communicate, and memory loss. In minor cases, issues of nausea and upset stomach.

For these reasons it is best to use an alternative safe herb such as valerian root for symptoms of depression and anxiety in children.

These are only three of the herbs that should be kept from children.

Ideally, you should stick to mild forms of herbs such as peppermint and chamomile or herbs that are listed as being safe for all ages.

If you are in doubt if an herb is safe for children, consult your natural health consultant or request to see the children’s and infants section of the herbal remedies and whole herbs.