Benefiting From Nature – 3 Incredible Herbs, their Benefits, and Ways to Use Them

There was a time when medics used herbs or special herbal blends to help their patients get relief from all kinds of ailments and chronic diseases. Times have changed, and so has our approach to treating health issues. Natural herbs and spices were taken over by manufactured medicines and pills, primarily because they offered quick relief. However, over time, people started to realize the downsides and limitations of modern medicine, including its surface approach and the wide range of side effects most medicines cause. This has led many to revert to natural, healing ingredients and procedures, resulting in the resurgence of many traditional medicine systems lately. As a result, the use of herbs and herbal products has also been growing, once again, all over the world.

To help you experience the benefits of plants, here we’re listing some of the most powerful herbs and how they can help improve your health:

Astragalus

Astragalus is one of the fundamental herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It’s particularly known for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. According to Dr. Christopher Hobbs, a leading research scientist, herbalist, and botanist, Astragalus can help regrow bone marrow reserve, which then helps strengthen the body’s natural defense mechanism by producing healthy white blood cells.

Astragalus also contains antioxidants and, hence, is considered effective for protecting the body against cell damage. In TCM, Astragalus is also considered highly beneficial for improving lung and spleen health. It is widely referred to as an adaptogen in the herbal world. Adaptogens are substances (or herbs, to be precise) that help boost the body’s natural ability to deal with all kinds of stresses; physical, emotional, and mental.

How to Use Astragalus?

There are over 2,000 varieties of Astragalus plant, but only two are mainly used for medicinal and health-boosting purposes – Astragalusmongholicus and Astragalusmembranaceus. If you can get your hands on any of these, add its root in soups and stews and cook for several hours, so its extract is released properly. Alternatively, use organic Astragalus capsules or Astragalus tincture daily.

Ginkgo

The leaves of this slow-growing perennial tree are known for their incredible brain-boosting properties. According to research from the University of Rochester Medical Center, this ancient herb can help with brain fatigue and memory loss.[1]Some recent research studies have also found some evidence regarding Ginkgo Biloba’s potential to stop the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. The herb may also help improve your memory.

Ginkgo Biloba is also found to help improve blood circulation, promoting vitality.

How to Use Ginkgo Biloba?

Use Ginkgo Biloba leaves, extract, or organic capsules consistently, at least for several weeks, to experience its benefits. If you’re using leaves or tincture, add them to your food or tea. If using Ginkgo Biloba capsules, simply follow the directions on the label.

 

Calendula 

These beautiful yellow to orange flowers not only add color to your garden but can also provide many benefits to you. Research suggests that the oils present in these beautiful flowers are packed with medicinal properties, making them a powerful natural compound for wounds, burns, sores, and bruises, and preventing infections.[2] Calendula flowers can also help with several gastrointestinal issues, such as indigestion, cramps, diarrhea, and ulcers. They are also considered great for detoxification of the lymphatic system.[3] Calendula flowers are also known to have skin-soothing properties, which is why they are widely used in skincare and cosmetic products.

How to Use Calendula?

Calendula flowers are edible; you can add them to foods and teas to gain internal benefits. However, make sure to use whole flowers as the beneficial oils are mostly found in the resinous green bracts located at the bottom of flower heads. Or you can simply use organic calendula capsules daily to reap all its benefits.

For skin problems or beautification, use Calendula oil or tincture.

There is a never-ending list of herbs that contain powerful health beneficial properties. The ones discussed above are some of the most powerful herbs that have been used to help with various diseases and/or improve overall wellbeing for ages. They are also fairly safe to use with no known serious side effects. Try them out, and don’t forget to share your experience with us. We would love to hear from you!

 

 

References:

[1]https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=1&contentid=1169

[2]https://www.healthline.com/health/calendula-oil

[3]https://medcraveonline.com/PPIJ/therapeutic-potential-of-calendula-officinalis.html

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