The Medicinal Properties of Herbs KARLA JACKSON KAPLAN UNIVERSITYHW499-01- BACHELOR’S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS ROBYN HOBAN MARCH 27, 2012
Herbs: A Biblical GenesisThen God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so.And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yieldsseed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11, 12, NKJV
Introduction Herbs add flavor, aroma, Value to savory pot and to health, This presentation on the medicinal properties of aloe vera, garlic, ginger, and, oregano, To secure herbal knowledge in you, equipping and empowering you to make educated decisions when it comes to incorporating herbs into your current diet and lifestyle, I will answer questions at the end of this presentation, Thank you for attending! Herbs Can Heal!
Aloe Vera Facts Member of the Lily family, indigenous to warm regions worldwide, such as East and South Africa, some Mediterranean countries, the tropics, and southern parts of the United States, sturdy, green, thick, leathery, multi- “leafed,” construction, so to speak, protects the clear, thick, bitter, “flesh”
Aloe Vera UsesEasily grown and maintained for convenience and herbal medicinal purposes,a topical antiseptic and skin softener,a systemic cleanser when taken orally.
Aloe Vera with Caution Orally ingested aloe vera juice, caps, and other forms may have particular side effects, including the following: - Abdominal cramping - Blood electrolyte imbalances - Colorectal cancer - Decreased potassium blood levels - Diarrhea (due to laxative effect) - Lowered absorption of a variety of medications - Lowered blood glucose levels (blood sugar) - Muscle weakness and abnormal heart rhythms (from lowered levels of potassium) - Rash, such as or similar to hives and eczema -Worse constipation or dependency after use for 7+ days as a laxative (Authors of Aloe Vera Gel.org, 2012)
Garlic, Allium sativum, Facts Pungent in flavor and scent, impacting every meal, “a natural antibiotic for colds, sore throat, phlegm in the respiratory tract, asthma, bronchitis, abscesses and tuberculosis. Garlic is known to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.” (Navarra, 2007, p. 8) Origins in Europe as far as 2600 B.C. , garlic continues to be used to flavor pots and treat many ailments. Garlic has gained credibility and popularity by researchers “as an agent that promotes immune-system support and fights viruses.” (Ibid, p. 8). .
Garlic Strength Reasons for garlic effectiveness as medicinal power and “health promoter,” lie in what it contains: o organosulfur compounds (75 total, with allicin the most active), o saponins (phytonutrients), o polyphenols (flavonoids, antioxidants, i.e., rids free- radicals), o selenium (an essential mineral), o vitamin C (antioxidant), o potassium (cell metabolism). (Pratt S. , 2009, p. 220)
Garlic Good as: an antibiotic (prevents the growth of and/or destroys microorganisms that can lead to infections (Straub, 2011) an antihistamine (allergy treatment) an anticoagulant (blood thinner) an expectorant (loosens phlegm) an antibacterial (prevents bacterial growth) an antiparasitic (prevents the growth of parasites) an alterative (behaves as an agent to change bodily functions) a diaphoretic (causes perspiration) a diuretic (increases output of urine) an expectorant (induces cough to produce phlegm) a stimulant (immune system activator) an antiviral (prevents the growth of viruses) an antispasmodic (in lungs, prevents alveoli quivers, which are contributors to asthmatic symptoms). (Authors of Vitamins and Health Supplements Guide, 2006; Oxford American Dictionary and Thesaurus, 2003).
GingerGinger is an uglyroot, scentedbeautifully on theinside ; derived fromvegetables in theform of tree bark,seed, or fruit, (PrattS. G., 2006, p. 279),ginger is also herbalmedicine,functioning as adetoxifier, known toprevent and relieve .
Oregano Origanum vulgareThe “bushyperennial herb,Origanum vulgare,of the Labiataefamily, oregano is apungent spice and anherbal stimulant,[having] carminative[relieves flatulence]and diaphoretic[causesperspiration]”(Navarra, 2007, pp.141-142) properties
A Word on Evidence-Based Research “Since herbal medicines function pharmacologically in the body, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), … recognized the importance of performing careful research studies on…” (Straub, 2011) herbal products people rely on for healing. The medicinal properties of herbs benefit consumers, but should be used responsibly and based on evidence-based research, not excluding time-tested, hand-me-down experience. Be smart: do research, use wisdom
Conclusion Herbs have biblical beginnings; herbs heal! Herbs are credited with sustain good health in billions of people through the ages, Herbs have been people-tested and scientifically researched, adding to the confidence consumers Inform your physician of all herbal supplements you are using., Herbs behave pharmacologically, they act like medicines, Herbs heal!
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