8 Great Herbs
Astragalus is a sweet tasting herb made from the root of the Astragalus membranaceus flower.
It has been used for thousands of years in China to strengthen the body, because Astragalus builds "Upright Qi", energy that helps lift the body and its organs.
Herbalists today classify Astragalus as an "Adaptogen", an herb that helps us handle stress through a broad range of effects on many layers of the body.
Adaptogens like Astragalus help prevent illness by supporting our immune system. This helps in overall health, recovery from illness or surgery, and also builds reserve energy and stamina.
Cinnamon is a warming herb made from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree.
It is used in Ayurveda to stimulate and improve digestion, clear congestion, and improve circulation. Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes Cinnamon to promote circulation of Qi, blood, and lymph.
By supporting both digestion and circulation, Cinnamon supports our overall health and improves the efficacy of other nutrients, supplements and herbs taken with it.
Cinnamon is also popular because it promotes a warm spirit and has a happy, calming effect on our hearts and minds.
Fenugreek is a warming and bitter herb ground from the seeds of Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek is used in Ayurvedic Medicine to balance Kapha Dosha by improving digestion and assisting in detoxification. It promotes fluids, and has an effect on the circulatory, lymphatic, and reproductive systems, as well as promoting breast milk for nursing moms.
Fenugrek is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine also to reduce mucous and improve sperm count as well. It is said to bring strength by "warming the kidneys" and adrenal glands. The Kidneys are considered to be the storehouse of our "Essence Qi" in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It's time to bring Fenugreek out of the spice cupboard and put some in the medicine chest!
Gotu Kola is a sweet, bitter and cooling herb made from the leaves of the Centella asiatica plant
Gotu Kola is used in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve mental clarity and memory. It improves circulation to the head and brings oxygenated blood, full of nutrients, to the brain.
Modern Herbalists consider Gotu Kola as a Rejuvenative Nervine, an herb that heals the nervous system, as well as strengthening the Adrenal glands.
Gotu Kola is one of the key Anti-Aging herbs because of these benefits. It also is used to cleanse and restore the skin, making Gotu Kola an important key to longevity for thousands of years!
Horsetail or Shavegrass, is a warming herb with a sweet, salt-and-pepper flavor. It is made from the leaves and stems of Equisetum arvense.
Horsetail promotes hair growth, strengthens teeth and nails, reduces inflammation and contributes to the healing of wounds, bones and joints.
It is a common ingredient in skin care products and shampoo because it is rich in Silica, a nutrient which promotes the formation of Collagen, the protein that gives firmness our skin.
Horsetail is also used to support the kidneys and bladder, balance the Water Element and reduce edema.
Lavender is a sweet, floral and slightly bitter herb made from the flowers of Lavandula angustifolia.
It is used to improve mood, induce sleep and relax the nervous system due to its subtle and complex fragrance.
Lavender is often used in skin care products, soaps, shampoos and bath salts because it helps heal the skin. Because of its antoxidant and antimicrobial properites, Lavender can speed the healing of cuts and can stop infections.
By improving mood, reducing stress, and promoting healthy skin, it can be considered an excellent Anti-Aging remedy.
Oatstraw is a sweet, cooling herb made from the stalk of Oats, Avena Sativa.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Oatstraw was used to treat nervous exhaustion and burnout as well as to nourish the kidneys and bladder.
Western herbalists use Oatstraw to promote the growth of soft, shiny hair and to rejuvenate the skin and strengthen the bones due to its micronutirent content.
Ayurveda teaches that Oatstraw is a gentle aphrodesiac that enhances longevity by calming the nerves, nourishing the reproductive system, and improving libido and sexual perfomance.
Shatavari is a sweet, cooling and slightly bitter herb made from the roots of Asparagus racemosus.
In Ayurveda, Shatavari is the most important herb for women. Shatavari supports many aspects of a woman's life, including mood, reproductive cycle and libido, healthy skin, detoxification, and improved memory.
Because of its broad-ranging support and subtlety, Shatavari is honored in Ayurveda as a very potent spiritual herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shatavari is favored by monks because it improves meditation and increases gentleness.
Shatavari is considered to reduce stress, support longevity, and is an essential anti-aging herb.
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