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Herbal Quick Tips
- Down-to-Earth
Herbal Remedies
and Tips for Your
Healthy Lifestyle
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Health Benefits of Herbs
Table of Contents
Topic 1: Historical Usage ..............................................1	
A Brief History of European Natural and Herbal Remedies .....1	
The Influence of Aboriginal Bush Medicine on Natural Healing
in Australia .....................................................................2	
North American Natural Healing Practices Began with Native
Americans ......................................................................3	
Natural Healing History of Africa - Same as It Ever Was........4	
The Historical Usage of Herbs and Plants for Medicine in China
.....................................................................................5	
The Origin of Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine in India..................6	
Topic 2: Preparation and Preserving Plant Remedies ...8	
Preparing Plant-Based Medicine Is a Cinch If You like to Cook
(and Even If You Don't)....................................................8	
What You Need to Get Started...........................................8	
How to Make a Double Boiler for Herbally-Infused Oils..........9	
You Need a Sauce Pan and Mixing Bowl ..............................9	
Maier Premium Heavy Duty Digital Weight Touch Sensitive
Kitchen/Lab Scale Review ...............................................10	
Space-Saving Size.........................................................10	
Weight in Ounces or Grams ............................................11	
Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to
Heal Common Ailments Book Review................................11	
Herbs for Respiratory System..........................................13	
Peppermint for Respiratory Health.................................14	
Skin Care .....................................................................15	
Chamomile for Skin Care .............................................15	
How Calendula Heals Skin Naturally...............................16	
Pain.............................................................................17	
Take Devil's Claw for Natural Pain-Relief ........................17	
Oregano - The Pain-Relieving Herb................................17	
Digestion and Gut Health................................................19	
Boost Gut Health with a Daily Dose of Dandelion .............19	
Milk Thistle - A Natural Aid for Digestive Health...............20
Mental Wellness ............................................................22	
Turn to Ginseng for Mental Well-Being ...........................22	
Kava Kava - A Mood-Enhancing, Stress-Fighting Mental
Health Herb ...............................................................23
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Topic 1: Historical Usage
A Brief History of European Natural and Herbal
Remedies
The earliest Roman knowledge of natural healing came from
earlier Egyptian methods. The ancients took their medicine
from Mother Nature. They didn't have the modern scientific and
technological advances or ideas that led to modern medical
treatments. In many ways, this is a good thing. Early European
healers like Hippocrates, known as the father of modern
medicine, understood the benefits of herbal medicines that
offer little to no side-effects promised by modern drugs.
In 400 BC, Hippocrates famously said, "Let thy food be thy
medicine and thy medicine be thy food." He learned from
Egyptian priests and physicians that certain herbs and plants
had remarkable preventive and healing powers when
consumed. For instance, Roman gladiators ate fennel seeds
before fighting in the Colosseum, as this practice gives a boost
in self-confidence and clarity of focus.
The holistic idea of using nature to cure human illness was
widespread in Europe. Unfortunately, much of the natural
healing knowledge was lost when the Roman Empire fell to
barbaric rule. Since many traditions were passed along orally
and not written down, much of Europe had to turn to other
nations to once again learn natural healing techniques. This
continued through the Renaissance, where Europe learned from
its previous mistakes. An attempt to catalog all human
knowledge, including natural, herbal medicinal practices,
continued well into the 17th century.
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Unfortunately, with the progress of science, many natural
healing remedies were forgotten or abandoned. In the late 20th
and early 21st centuries, however, Europeans have been
increasingly receptive to natural medicines and herbal remedies
as alternative and complementary treatment methods for a
host of health problems.
The Influence of Aboriginal Bush Medicine on
Natural Healing in Australia
Traditional Australian “bush medicine” is still in use today.
Unfortunately, much of the Aboriginal knowledge gained over
thousands of years of using nature for its healing properties has
been lost. Localized knowledge of how to use plants and herbs
to prevent and treat specific mental and physical health issues
was passed on through stories and verbal lessons by the
Aborigines but was not recorded in written form.
As the presence of Aborigines continues to dwindle in Australia,
so do natural healing techniques. Even so, as Aborigines have
enjoyed more intimate contact with non-Aboriginal Australians
over the past couple of centuries, some bush medicine practices
have been written down and recorded in modern times.
The 19th century saw traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) take
hold in Australia. Gold hunting Chinese migrants traveled to
Australia and bought with them healing practices that were
thousands of years old. This led to the widespread adoption of
TCM as a natural healing practice in the late 1900s. Traditional
Chinese medicine became so well-received in Australia that
practices like acupuncture began to receive coverage from
government-backed insurance policies in the 1970s. Alternative
medicines such as homeopathy, naturopathy and osteopathy
have been embraced since. Today bush medicine is still
practiced in 21st century Australia, herbs are used as
medicines, and the essence taken from plants and herbs is used
in aromatherapy.
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North American Natural Healing Practices Began
with Native Americans
Landing in North America and christening it Isla Santa,
Christopher Columbus claimed the continent for Spain. Long
before Europeans showed up to North America, Native
Americans turned to their natural surroundings for medicine.
The first Native American female to publish a novel, Christine
Quintasket, was a member of the Salish tribe in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries. She has written that "... everything
on the earth has a purpose, every disease has an herb to cure
it."
There were over 2,000 indigenous tribes in North America
thousands of years ago, all embracing the same belief that
nature can heal. Each of these groups had its own tribal
knowledge of how to use roots, herbs and other natural plant
material to address health problems. As with the aborigines in
Australia, unfortunately many of the Native American natural
healing techniques have been lost to time. They were passed
down orally, and few have been documented in written form.
The Cherokee Indians were one of the only tribes to create a
written language. Because of this, their natural and herbal
healing processes made it to the 20th century and many are
practiced today. As Europeans began to arrive in North America
in great numbers, they were surprised to find native Americans
curing rapidly and almost miraculously from diseases or injuries
they would have deemed as fatal.
The Europeans to this new country began communicating with
its native inhabitants and trading healing practices. It is in this
way that natural tribal healing knowledge mixed with European
medicine to form the basis of many herbal and natural
medicinal practices used in North America today. As practices
such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda were
previously adopted by Europeans after their trade dealings with
Asia and India, they joined Native American herbal medicine to
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offer natural alternatives to modern medical practices in North
America.
Today practices such as aromatherapy, TCM and Ayurveda offer
plant and herb-based natural healing benefits. Much of the
Native American healing techniques have unfortunately been
lost or abandoned, but the past couple of decades have seen a
rebirth of interest in other natural healing methodologies in
North America.
Natural Healing History of Africa - Same as It
Ever Was
Using herbs and plants to cure and heal was going on long
before European explorers made their way to the Dark
Continent. The European exploration (and exploitation) of Africa
began in earnest during the 15th century Age of Discovery.
When Henry the Navigator led Portuguese sailing ships to South
Africa, he discovered natural and herbal medicines with a long
history in Africa.
Ancestral medical practices had to rely on local plants and trees
for preventing and healing disease and illness. Unlike modern-
day Western medicine, the earliest natural healing practices in
Africa embrace a holistic approach. Herbs indigenous to that
continent were used to balance the body and mind, as any
physical or mental malady or affliction was seen as a sign that
the whole person was out of balance.
Locally grown herbs and plants were used to treat the whole
person, rather than a symptom of a condition. This traditional
African teaching looks as a person as a combination of social,
spiritual, moral and physical aspects. All these characteristics
must function in harmony for proper mental and physical
health. If an individual became ill, it was a social as well as
personal issue, and that person, as well as the local healers,
had a moral obligation to heal that sickness and return balance
to the overall system.
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Remarkably, unlike modern nations, much of Africa still
practices traditional medicine as opposed to modern
healing techniques.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately
80% of African citizens turn to traditional medical practices for
their primary source of prevention and treatment. In many
cases this is because modern medical practices most people
take for granted are not available in many parts of Africa.
Because of this, traditional African medicine is still the principal
healing practice embraced in Africa. This is proof that even in
modern times, natural, herbal remedies used in a holistic
approach for health and wellness still have a place in society.
The Historical Usage of Herbs and Plants for
Medicine in China
Chinese herbology is a phrase which refers to the basis of
traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM. Asian medical practices
going back thousands of years include the use of herbs and
other plant material as medicine. The oldest known Chinese
medical text, The Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments, showed up
around 186 BC. This was during the start of the Han Dynasty,
and the text included herbal medicines and remedies.
More than 2,500 years earlier, herbal remedies appeared in a
written record titled Pen Tsao. While that early reference to
nature as a healer is impressive, it is believed that the origins
of TCM go back as many as 5,000 or 6,000 years. This is when
the Yellow Emperor became the ruler of central China,
establishing a written language. Chinese history shows us the
Yellow Emperor was interested in acupuncture, herbal medicine
and other natural healing techniques.
So powerful was the Yellow Emperor's influence that more than
2,000 years after his rule, the healing methods of his time were
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compiled in a book titled The Yellow Emperor's Classic of
Internal Medicine. Herbs were viewed as influential to overall
health and well-being, and not necessarily used to address a
single issue. A symptom was merely a sign that the body was
out of balance, and herbs, plants and other natural products
and spices were used to return balance.
Modern time has TCM combining mind/body practices such as
tai chi and acupuncture with herbal medicine to maintain
balance. While there are obviously scientific and technical
advancements in modern China, TCM to this day still plays an
important part in preventing and treating disease, illness and
injury.
The Origin of Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine in India
Using herbs and plant materials to promote health and wellness
is a practice known as Ayurveda in India. Thought by many to
be the first organized system of medicine, Ayurvedic herbal
medicine is at least 5,000 years old. Arabic traders traveled to
India for herbal remedies and plant-based medicine before
Islam became a religion. We know Egypt got plants from India
because seeds indigenous to India have been found in the
tombs of pharaohs.
The foundation of the influential Ayurvedic practice of herbal
medicine took place during a secret meeting in a cave in the
Himalayan mountains. The greatest Indian healers of the day
met to share their knowledge of natural healing methods. They
named this practice Ayurveda, a combination of the Sanskrit
words "ayus", which means life or life force, and "veda", a word
which means knowledge. Ayurvedic medicine is therefore the
knowledge of life, and more specifically, the knowledge of
natural ways to heal the human body and extend life.
This vast knowledge was passed from one generation to the
next orally. As natural healers discovered new herbal remedies
and other plant-based healing formulas, these techniques were
added. Just before the turn of the first century, an Ayurvedic
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physician named Charaka wrote the totality of Ayurvedic herbal
medicine down in 8 books comprising 120 chapters. This text is
called the Charaka Samhita, named in honor of the man known
as the father of Indian medicine.
The practice exists today and has influenced just about every
natural healing discipline that uses plants as medicine.
Ayurveda is a holistic practice which treats the person as a
whole, interconnected being that must exist in harmony with
nature, other people and the environment. By treating the
whole person rather than individual symptoms, balance and
overall health and well-being can be achieved.
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Topic 2: Preparation and Preserving Plant
Remedies
Preparing Plant-Based Medicine Is a Cinch If You
like to Cook (and Even If You Don't)
If you're new to herbal medicine, ask yourself these simple
questions. Do you feel at home in the kitchen? Do you enjoy
making meals, shopping for and preparing food? If so, you will
find that you are a natural for whipping together herbal
remedies and preserving them, so they hold their healing
powers for as long as possible. If you answered "no" to the
previous two questions, don't fret. If you have the will to learn
and the right tools, herbs and accessories, you can begin to
heal yourself and your family naturally in no time.
What You Need to Get Started
Non-aluminum and non-Teflon pots, pans, drying racks and
bowls are required. If you have some in your kitchen already,
they will do just fine. You definitely need a mixer and a food
processor or blender, a teakettle or something similar, and a
ceramic teapot and lid. Additionally, you want to purchase
strainers with a minimum of three different sized holes, a
kitchen scale that measures very light and small quantities,
small and large measuring cups, and at least one whisk and
one spatula.
For storage you need a variety of glass jars or tin containers
with lids that snap on tight. Glass should not be clear, as
extended exposure to light can render your remedies
ineffective. Don't forget blank adhesive labels so you can name
your remedies and list the ingredients, and you should pick up
a few small and medium glass bottles with dropper caps, like
those used in aromatherapy. Finally, buy some large, small and
medium sized glass canning jars with tightfitting lids.
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Consider picking up the book Herbal Medicine Natural
Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments by
Anne Kennedy. In it the author reveals the specifics you need
to get started with an herbal medicine practice, as well as the
herbs and recipes you need to treat different conditions. You
should also invest in a double boiler, or you can make your own
with a pot and a glass bowl.
How to Make a Double Boiler for Herbally-Infused
Oils
A double boiler is pretty much what it sounds like. You use 2
bowls or pots for bowling. The idea is to place one pot on top of
another, bring the water to a boil in the lower pot, and the
steam from that boiling water will heat the top pot. A double
boiler is not the most common kitchen accessory, so you may
not be able to find one at your local home appliance store.
They are available online at sites like Amazon, where we found
the Cuisinart 7111-20 Chef's Classic Stainless Universal Double
Boiler with Cover. It comes highly rated by previous purchasers
and costs less than $30. If you are anxious to get started
making verbally infused oils and don't want to wait for the
Amazon drone to deliver your purchase, you probably already
have what you need in your kitchen to build one of your own.
You Need a Sauce Pan and Mixing Bowl
Choose a medium to large saucepan, and make sure it is tall.
This is especially important if you are whipping together herbal
remedies that take a long time to cook. Choose a glass mixing
bowl or any heat-proof container that makes a snug fit when
sitting on top of your saucepan. Make sure there are at least 4
inches between the bottom of your mixing bowl and the bottom
of the saucepan, and more space is better
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To get started, place 2 to 3 inches of water in your saucepan.
Check that the base of your top bowl does not touch the water.
Heat your water to a boil, reduce to a high, steady simmer, and
add your top bowl. Add the ingredients per your herbal remedy
recipe and stir frequently to ensure an even mixture. For a
more in-depth explanation and some pictures that explain the
process, check out the following link.
https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Double-Boiler-(Bain-Marie)
Maier Premium Heavy Duty Digital Weight Touch
Sensitive Kitchen/Lab Scale Review
To unleash the healing power of herbs for food recipes,
medicine, rubs, oils and lotions, you are going to need a good
kitchen scale. The Maier Premium Heavy Duty Quad Transducer
Digital Weight Touch Sensitive Kitchen/Lab Scale comes with
batteries included so you don't need a free power plug in your
kitchen. It can measure up to 11 pounds of weight and is
perfect for the home apothecary.
Space-Saving Size
This low-profile and attractive stainless-steel scale measures
just 7 inches by 5.5 inches and is just over 1/2 of an inch tall.
It has a large backlit, LCD display so you can clearly see what
weight is registered. All you have to do is place something on
the scale and the weight appears on the display, so it is always
ready to go. Some similarly priced kitchen or lab scales use 1
or 2 transducers to calculate weight. This particular model uses
4 transducers, so you get a precise and accurate measurement
no matter what you are weighing.
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Weight in Ounces or Grams
Measurements can be displayed in ounces or grams, and
measurements are displayed by 0.01 ounce or 1 gram
increments. One really neat feature is the ability to zero the
scale after you have calculated the weight of something that
still remains on the scale. This means if you want to weigh and
add several ingredients to an herbal remedy, you can pour
them into the same bowl or receptacle on the scale without
having to measure and remove them one at a time.
If you forget to turn off the scale, the auto shutoff design will
save your battery life because it powers down the device after
2 minutes of inactivity. You receive a full 2 year, 100%
moneyback guarantee from Maier, and this scale has earned a
nearly perfect 4.8 star customer satisfaction score on Amazon
out of a possible 5.0 rating. The product currently qualifies for
free shipping to Amazon Prime customers, and you can learn
more at the following link.
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Stainless-
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Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal
Remedies to Heal Common Ailments Book Review
Preparing and storing herbal remedies and other plant-based
recipes can be difficult for the beginner. Do you need any
special kitchen appliances or accessories? What type of herbs
should you buy, and what recipes work for healing different
conditions and illnesses? Those and other questions you have
about harnessing the healing power of herbs is answered in
Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to
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Heal Common Ailments, a book available in paperback or
Amazon Kindle e-book format.
The author starts in the first chapter by explaining how natural
herbal remedies have been used for medicine for thousands of
years. She explains that nature still offers healing properties
today, without the frequently present side-effects and costly
prescriptions modern medicine delivers. Chapter 2 is titled The
Herbal Kitchen. It covers all the tools and appliances you need
from A to Z to prepare, produce and store herbal salves,
tinctures, oils and lotions.
Chapter 3 lists 150+ herbal recipes and remedies for treating
disease, illness and other health issues, such as warts and
weight loss, hair loss and bad breath, acne, cold sores and bee
stings. Chapter 4 lists the top herbs you need to know for a
multitude of herbal remedies, and the book closes with a
helpful appendix and glossary. If you are considering beginning
a natural, herbal medicine practice, Herbal Medicine Natural
Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments can
save you a lot of time, money and frustration in the process,
and makes a quick reference guide you need to treat an injury
or illness in a hurry.
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Topic 3-4: Herbal Review
Herbs for Respiratory System
It is "Thyme" to Start Taking this Lung-Friendly Herb
Seriously for Respiratory Health
There are certain herbs which promote strong, healthy lungs.
How important are your lungs for your overall health and well-
being? You can go more than 30 days without eating. It takes 3
or 4 days before getting no water into your body becomes a
threat to your existence. If your lungs stop working, you have
mere minutes, and in some cases just seconds, before you
experience a possibly fatal situation.
That's how important it is for your lungs to properly pump
oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Every cell in your
body depends on oxygen to survive and thrive, and thyme
supports lung and respiratory health in a number of ways. A tea
made from thyme combats viruses and bacteria that can
damage your lungs. Respiratory conditions such as pneumonia
have been treated with the thyme herb for centuries, as have
respiratory tract infections.
Thyme has made its way into prescription gels, lotions and
creams that can break up chest congestion. The antiseptic oils
found in thyme contain antibiotic, antifungal and anti-
inflammatory properties. This boosts your overall immune
system while directly and positively impacting the health of
your lungs and entire respiratory process.
If thyme tea doesn't tantalize your taste buds, consider an
aroma-therapeutic application. Inhaling the aroma of thyme
delivers the above lung-healthy properties, and can add a bold,
woodsy, herbaceous scent to any environment.
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Peppermint for Respiratory Health
Have you ever taken a peppermint candy to clear up congestion
in your lung, nose or throat? Many lozenges sold as cough
medicine have peppermint added. This herb is so well-known
for its promotion of respiratory health that it has been used for
thousands of years to clear the lungs and respiratory tract and
support healthy breathing.
The credit belongs to the menthol compound found in
peppermint, peppermint oil and peppermint tea. Menthol is a
fast working decongestant. It is found in balms and rubs which
can be applied topically to the chest to clear up breathing
channels. Additionally, peppermint has powerful antioxidant
properties that fight bacteria, viruses and other organisms
which are harmful to your respiratory system and your overall
health.
When you have a cold, flu or some other respiratory-based
illness, it is sometimes hard to focus. A couple of drops of
peppermint essential oil in your morning tea or coffee can clear
up your foggy brain in minutes. Peppermint has been used to
promote clarity of thought and focus since antiquity. For
treating symptoms of a number of upper respiratory conditions,
the expectorant capability of peppermint is a natural treatment
that can't be beat. For treating asthma, some studies show the
antispasmodic and decongestant properties of this minty herb
reduced the severity and number of asthmatic attacks. A few
wonderful side-effects of peppermint are that it freshens bad
breath, relieves headaches and can calm an upset stomach.
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Skin Care
Chamomile for Skin Care
Chamomile (sometimes seen as camomile) is an herb which has
been used since ancient times for skin care. The chamomile
herb makes a soothing tea that promotes skin health from the
inside out, while also making your hair healthier. Many skin
conditions are signs that inflammation has occurred. The anti-
inflammatory properties of chamomile naturally treat any skin-
related conditions or symptoms which arise from inflammation.
Additionally, the chamomile herb is hypoallergenic in nature.
This characteristic, plus the presence of health-boosting
antioxidants, means chamomile fights harmful free radicals
which can do damage to your skin. Some skin health issues pop
up because of a bacterial infection. Chamomile possesses
antibacterial strengths that cannot only prevent bacteria-
related skin problems, but also treat and reverse those issues.
Chamomile essential oil mixed with a carrier oil can be applied
topically to the skin as a scrub or cleanser. This practice takes
advantage of the antiseptic capabilities of this relative of the
daisy which has been used for thousands of years for multiple
health rewards.
Your skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it is the
first line of defense in the human immune system. It is
negatively affected by mental stress. There are more than a
few skin problems which arise from stress and worry.
Chamomile further promotes overall skin health and wellness
by promoting feelings of calm, peace and tranquility. An overall
promoter of human health, while your skin benefits from
chamomile, this aromatic herb also promotes positive sleep
patterns. It is used to treat muscle spasms, can calm a restless
stomach, and has been used by the Romans and Egyptians for
centuries to treat cuts and wounds.
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How Calendula Heals Skin Naturally
Calendula (Calendula officinalis for you scientific-minded folk) is
considered a "go to" skin healer in holistic circles. This species
of herbs which belongs to the Marigold genus has properties
which speed up the healing process in humans, and this leads
to multiple oral, vision and skin benefits. An ancient healer,
calendula essential oil can be applied directly to cuts and
bruises to keep the wound clean and accelerate the healing
experience.
This plant makes for an excellent treatment of insect bites as
well. If you are one of many people who would like to slow the
hands of time, calendula deserves your consideration.
Calendula oil improves the appearance of your skin and a
number of ways. It improves blood flow to the cells of your
skin, while additionally providing antioxidant protection. This
means if you want to slow down the development of age spots,
liver spots and wrinkles, calendula oil can help.
Some products which contain organic calendula oil are safe for
consumption. Others can be applied topically to your skin with
a carrier oil such as almond oil to give your skin a youthful
glow. Calendula additionally fights the development of skin
cancer and reduces the inflammation which is linked to a
number of skin problems.
If you suffer from oily skin or acne, combine 1 part dried
calendula blossoms to 2 parts almond oil and apply to the
problem area. Rashes, eczema, dry skin and just about any
skin-based health problem responds positively to the calendula
herb.
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Pain
Take Devil's Claw for Natural Pain-Relief
Devil’s claw is a South African herb that dates back centuries as
a natural healer in that part of the world. These days you can
find byproducts and oils taken from the leaves, flowers and
roots of the devil's claw plant in daily supplements and other
nature-based medications that primarily offer pain-relief. The
ability of this odd-looking plant to suppress the perception of
pain is so powerful that it has been used for arthritis pain
treatment since ancient times.
Many prefer to turn to nature instead of modern medicine for
relief from a number of pain symptoms. This is because of the
numerous side-effects which sometimes accompany traditional
painkillers. You can also save quite a bit of money by taking
devil’s claw instead of an expensive prescription for pain relief
offered by your doctor. Remarkably, even severe and chronic
pain experienced by conditions like arthritis and back problems
responds favorably to this inexpensive and natural healing
herb.
Like the spice turmeric, devil's claw fights inflammation and its
many accompanying symptoms. Inflammation can cause pain
internally and externally, throughout the body. Like its South
American cousin, the cat's claw root, devil’s claw provides relief
from digestive issues as well as natural pain relief. For joint
pain, back pain, arthritis pain and head to toe pain relief
support, devil’s claw is a natural answer which has shown
anticancer properties as well.
Oregano - The Pain-Relieving Herb
Oregano is a popular herb in the kitchen, used to flavor many
Italian dishes. Oregano is also frequently found in an herb-
based medicine cabinet, as it is an excellent pain-reliever. In
aromatherapy, oregano oil is an essential oil whose use dates
back to ancient Greece for treating wounds and infections of
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the skin. Combine 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil with a carrier oil
such as coconut or almond oil and you have a topical pain
reliever.
Oregano in any form provides antiviral and antibacterial
properties. Eat oregano regularly and you can prevent bacteria
and viruses from causing harm. Aside from its antispasmodic,
analgesic, anticancer and allergy-fighting characteristics, this
powerful natural healer contains a full 32 compounds which
fight inflammation.
Inflammation is a premier symptom of numerous human
illnesses and diseases. When an internal or external body part
becomes seriously inflamed, severe pain can occur. Chronic and
acute pain sufferers can lessen the number and severity of
painful attacks by taking a daily oregano oil capsule. Some
health conditions cause muscle spasms. Muscle spasms can be
very painful. The antispasmodic feature of oregano limits the
number of muscle spasms which occur with some diseases,
thereby reducing the pain effect.
Aside from being a tasty herb, oregano is an all-around health
booster and preventive. The pain fighting property of oregano is
so powerful that this herb has earned the nickname of "nature's
morphine" in natural healing circles.
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Digestion and Gut Health
Boost Gut Health with a Daily Dose of Dandelion
The health of your digestive system and gut is important for
overall health and wellness. The old saying tells you to, "Trust
your gut." You hear people refer to a "gut feeling" they have,
and someone who makes brave decisions or takes courageous
action is said to "have guts". These sayings came to be because
humans have long understood the power of digestive health to
promote mental well-being.
The ancient healer Hippocrates believed that most human
disease originates in the gut. In the 21st century scientists
refer to the gut as the second brain. It is believed that certain
nervous system responses and activities that were formally
thought to be controlled predominantly by the brain in your
head are heavily influenced by your gut and digestive tract.
For boosting gut health, and thereby improving your
wellness from head to toe, sip dandelion tea. Dandelion,
Taraxacum officinalis, is a bitter herb which has been
used to improve digestive and liver health for thousands
of years.
Dandelion improves potassium levels, unlike medicinal
diuretics, thereby boosting digestive function. Dandelion has
been shown in multiple studies to improve the immune system.
Since the immune system is largely contained in the gut, you
get an instant boost in head to toe wellness when you improve
the health of your gut with dandelion tea, or a dandelion
supplement.
You may sip dandelion root coffee for digestive health benefits
or use dandelion essential oil in an aromatherapy practice.
Dandelion oil combined with a safe carrier oil can be applied
topically to the stomach to treat multiple digestive problems.
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Milk Thistle - A Natural Aid for Digestive Health
Related to the daisy, the milk thistle plant is a liver-
strengthening, digestion-boosting herb that has delivered
thousands of years of natural healing. The silymarin flavonoid
contained in milk thistle is what offers much of the health
benefits of this flowering herb. The age-old medicinal use of
milk thistle includes beliefs that the rough-looking plant has
supernatural, miraculous healing powers.
This was thought to be the case because milk thistle was often
found in the graveyards and the gardens of monasteries and
convents. One of the miracles of this hardy plant is the ability
to prevent and reverse liver disease is caused by toxins and
poisons. Digestive health can't happen when your liver is not
working properly. Additionally, the anti-fibrotic nature of milk
thistle prevents the scarring of tissue. This means the lining in
your digestive tract and gut heal quickly after internal injury.
Regarded as a weed in many areas around the world, milk
thistle has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation
is one issue that has proven to be both a causal factor and
symptom of digestive health issues large and small. Studies
show the inflammation fighting power of milk thistle is similar
to that of turmeric and green tea, a couple of promoters of
digestive and overall health.
In the case of cancer and other gut health issues, milk thistle
combats the effects of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS). This
type of stress leads to cellular death if untreated. While
simultaneously combating inflammation, this means milk thistle
boosts gut health on a cellular level. If your digestive issues are
serious and chronic or mild and merely frustrating, milk thistle
can help.
To relieve indigestion or an upset stomach or to treat more
serious gut-based concerns, drinking milk thistle tea daily can
provide relief. Milk thistle may be used in the kitchen, but it
https://benefitsofherbs.com 21
bears noting that this herb is rather bitter tasting and
unfriendly to some pallets.
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Mental Wellness
Turn to Ginseng for Mental Well-Being
Ginseng's healing properties were well-known to ancient
healers of the Far East. It is still a staple of traditional Chinese
medicine (TCM) today. The root of the ginger plant improves
cardiovascular health by lowering high cholesterol and blood
sugar levels. Sexual performance issues have been treated with
ginseng for centuries, and the herbal root is used to crank up
energy levels and treat diabetes.
Ginseng can also boost your mental health in a number of
ways.
We already mentioned the ability of ginseng to boost energy. It
is tough to be on the ball mentally when you are physically
tired and fatigued. Your brain is one of the largest consumers of
oxygen in your body. When your energy levels are low, oxygen
flows less freely. This means your brain gets less oxygen than it
requires, and mental clarity, focus and concentration suffer.
Boost your energy with a cup of ginseng tea and you
simultaneously enjoy mental health benefits.
When you consume ginseng in any form, neural pathways are
stimulated. This means whether you are a student preparing
for a big exam or a senior citizen fighting age-related
memory loss, ginseng can help.
Antioxidants in ginger fight the buildup of plaque in neural
pathways to ensure messages flow freely. These antioxidants
also destroy harmful free radicals in the brain. This is one of the
reasons it is believed regular ginseng use has been linked to
preventing the development of Alzheimer's, dementia and other
brain-based disorders.
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Kava Kava - A Mood-Enhancing, Stress-Fighting Mental
Health Herb
The kava kava plant yields a South Pacific island ceremonial
drink which soothes the central nervous system. If you need
relief from stress and anxiety, lounging on a beautiful a South
Pacific island beach could do wonders for your state of mind. If
you don't have the time or wherewithal to benefit from such an
experience, drink some kava kava tea.
The kava kava root has sedative properties. When your moods
and emotions are out of control and your mental health could
benefit from some calm and peacefulness, it is this sedative
nature of kava kava that provides relief. The pyrones found in
this healing herb have proven effective for reducing anxiety and
restlessness, while simultaneously soothing mental stress and
worry.
The kava kava plant yields an essential oil-based product which
can be used in an aromatherapy practice. Add a few drops of
kava kava essential oil to filtered water in a diffuser and you fill
your surrounding air with a mental health-boosting aroma. The
MentalHealthAmerica.net website reports that in more than a
dozen studies, kava kava was discovered as an effective natural
treatment for stress, depression, insomnia and anxiety.
When you do not sleep properly, your mental health suffers.
Enjoy a kava kava tea in the evenings to promote healthy sleep
patterns, and you start the day with less anxiety and stress. As
an alternative or complementary treatment, the natural kava
kava plant has shown promise treating nervous disorders and
emotional imbalance. For improved overall mental health, the
root of this South Pacific island plant offers multiple benefits.
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Down-to-Earth Herbal Remedies and Tips for Your Healthy Lifestyle

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  • 2. Herbal Quick Tips - Down-to-Earth Herbal Remedies and Tips for Your Healthy Lifestyle Presented by Health Benefits of Herbs
  • 3. Table of Contents Topic 1: Historical Usage ..............................................1 A Brief History of European Natural and Herbal Remedies .....1 The Influence of Aboriginal Bush Medicine on Natural Healing in Australia .....................................................................2 North American Natural Healing Practices Began with Native Americans ......................................................................3 Natural Healing History of Africa - Same as It Ever Was........4 The Historical Usage of Herbs and Plants for Medicine in China .....................................................................................5 The Origin of Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine in India..................6 Topic 2: Preparation and Preserving Plant Remedies ...8 Preparing Plant-Based Medicine Is a Cinch If You like to Cook (and Even If You Don't)....................................................8 What You Need to Get Started...........................................8 How to Make a Double Boiler for Herbally-Infused Oils..........9 You Need a Sauce Pan and Mixing Bowl ..............................9 Maier Premium Heavy Duty Digital Weight Touch Sensitive Kitchen/Lab Scale Review ...............................................10 Space-Saving Size.........................................................10 Weight in Ounces or Grams ............................................11 Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments Book Review................................11 Herbs for Respiratory System..........................................13 Peppermint for Respiratory Health.................................14 Skin Care .....................................................................15 Chamomile for Skin Care .............................................15 How Calendula Heals Skin Naturally...............................16 Pain.............................................................................17 Take Devil's Claw for Natural Pain-Relief ........................17 Oregano - The Pain-Relieving Herb................................17 Digestion and Gut Health................................................19 Boost Gut Health with a Daily Dose of Dandelion .............19 Milk Thistle - A Natural Aid for Digestive Health...............20
  • 4. Mental Wellness ............................................................22 Turn to Ginseng for Mental Well-Being ...........................22 Kava Kava - A Mood-Enhancing, Stress-Fighting Mental Health Herb ...............................................................23
  • 5. Usage Rights All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Disclaimer All the material contained in this book is provided for educational and informational purposes only. No responsibility can be taken for any results or outcomes resulting from the use of this material. While every attempt has been made to provide information that is both accurate and effective, the author does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or use/misuse of this information.
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  • 7. https://benefitsofherbs.com 1 Topic 1: Historical Usage A Brief History of European Natural and Herbal Remedies The earliest Roman knowledge of natural healing came from earlier Egyptian methods. The ancients took their medicine from Mother Nature. They didn't have the modern scientific and technological advances or ideas that led to modern medical treatments. In many ways, this is a good thing. Early European healers like Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, understood the benefits of herbal medicines that offer little to no side-effects promised by modern drugs. In 400 BC, Hippocrates famously said, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." He learned from Egyptian priests and physicians that certain herbs and plants had remarkable preventive and healing powers when consumed. For instance, Roman gladiators ate fennel seeds before fighting in the Colosseum, as this practice gives a boost in self-confidence and clarity of focus. The holistic idea of using nature to cure human illness was widespread in Europe. Unfortunately, much of the natural healing knowledge was lost when the Roman Empire fell to barbaric rule. Since many traditions were passed along orally and not written down, much of Europe had to turn to other nations to once again learn natural healing techniques. This continued through the Renaissance, where Europe learned from its previous mistakes. An attempt to catalog all human knowledge, including natural, herbal medicinal practices, continued well into the 17th century.
  • 8. https://benefitsofherbs.com 2 Unfortunately, with the progress of science, many natural healing remedies were forgotten or abandoned. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, however, Europeans have been increasingly receptive to natural medicines and herbal remedies as alternative and complementary treatment methods for a host of health problems. The Influence of Aboriginal Bush Medicine on Natural Healing in Australia Traditional Australian “bush medicine” is still in use today. Unfortunately, much of the Aboriginal knowledge gained over thousands of years of using nature for its healing properties has been lost. Localized knowledge of how to use plants and herbs to prevent and treat specific mental and physical health issues was passed on through stories and verbal lessons by the Aborigines but was not recorded in written form. As the presence of Aborigines continues to dwindle in Australia, so do natural healing techniques. Even so, as Aborigines have enjoyed more intimate contact with non-Aboriginal Australians over the past couple of centuries, some bush medicine practices have been written down and recorded in modern times. The 19th century saw traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) take hold in Australia. Gold hunting Chinese migrants traveled to Australia and bought with them healing practices that were thousands of years old. This led to the widespread adoption of TCM as a natural healing practice in the late 1900s. Traditional Chinese medicine became so well-received in Australia that practices like acupuncture began to receive coverage from government-backed insurance policies in the 1970s. Alternative medicines such as homeopathy, naturopathy and osteopathy have been embraced since. Today bush medicine is still practiced in 21st century Australia, herbs are used as medicines, and the essence taken from plants and herbs is used in aromatherapy.
  • 9. https://benefitsofherbs.com 3 North American Natural Healing Practices Began with Native Americans Landing in North America and christening it Isla Santa, Christopher Columbus claimed the continent for Spain. Long before Europeans showed up to North America, Native Americans turned to their natural surroundings for medicine. The first Native American female to publish a novel, Christine Quintasket, was a member of the Salish tribe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She has written that "... everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease has an herb to cure it." There were over 2,000 indigenous tribes in North America thousands of years ago, all embracing the same belief that nature can heal. Each of these groups had its own tribal knowledge of how to use roots, herbs and other natural plant material to address health problems. As with the aborigines in Australia, unfortunately many of the Native American natural healing techniques have been lost to time. They were passed down orally, and few have been documented in written form. The Cherokee Indians were one of the only tribes to create a written language. Because of this, their natural and herbal healing processes made it to the 20th century and many are practiced today. As Europeans began to arrive in North America in great numbers, they were surprised to find native Americans curing rapidly and almost miraculously from diseases or injuries they would have deemed as fatal. The Europeans to this new country began communicating with its native inhabitants and trading healing practices. It is in this way that natural tribal healing knowledge mixed with European medicine to form the basis of many herbal and natural medicinal practices used in North America today. As practices such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda were previously adopted by Europeans after their trade dealings with Asia and India, they joined Native American herbal medicine to
  • 10. https://benefitsofherbs.com 4 offer natural alternatives to modern medical practices in North America. Today practices such as aromatherapy, TCM and Ayurveda offer plant and herb-based natural healing benefits. Much of the Native American healing techniques have unfortunately been lost or abandoned, but the past couple of decades have seen a rebirth of interest in other natural healing methodologies in North America. Natural Healing History of Africa - Same as It Ever Was Using herbs and plants to cure and heal was going on long before European explorers made their way to the Dark Continent. The European exploration (and exploitation) of Africa began in earnest during the 15th century Age of Discovery. When Henry the Navigator led Portuguese sailing ships to South Africa, he discovered natural and herbal medicines with a long history in Africa. Ancestral medical practices had to rely on local plants and trees for preventing and healing disease and illness. Unlike modern- day Western medicine, the earliest natural healing practices in Africa embrace a holistic approach. Herbs indigenous to that continent were used to balance the body and mind, as any physical or mental malady or affliction was seen as a sign that the whole person was out of balance. Locally grown herbs and plants were used to treat the whole person, rather than a symptom of a condition. This traditional African teaching looks as a person as a combination of social, spiritual, moral and physical aspects. All these characteristics must function in harmony for proper mental and physical health. If an individual became ill, it was a social as well as personal issue, and that person, as well as the local healers, had a moral obligation to heal that sickness and return balance to the overall system.
  • 11. https://benefitsofherbs.com 5 Remarkably, unlike modern nations, much of Africa still practices traditional medicine as opposed to modern healing techniques. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 80% of African citizens turn to traditional medical practices for their primary source of prevention and treatment. In many cases this is because modern medical practices most people take for granted are not available in many parts of Africa. Because of this, traditional African medicine is still the principal healing practice embraced in Africa. This is proof that even in modern times, natural, herbal remedies used in a holistic approach for health and wellness still have a place in society. The Historical Usage of Herbs and Plants for Medicine in China Chinese herbology is a phrase which refers to the basis of traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM. Asian medical practices going back thousands of years include the use of herbs and other plant material as medicine. The oldest known Chinese medical text, The Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments, showed up around 186 BC. This was during the start of the Han Dynasty, and the text included herbal medicines and remedies. More than 2,500 years earlier, herbal remedies appeared in a written record titled Pen Tsao. While that early reference to nature as a healer is impressive, it is believed that the origins of TCM go back as many as 5,000 or 6,000 years. This is when the Yellow Emperor became the ruler of central China, establishing a written language. Chinese history shows us the Yellow Emperor was interested in acupuncture, herbal medicine and other natural healing techniques. So powerful was the Yellow Emperor's influence that more than 2,000 years after his rule, the healing methods of his time were
  • 12. https://benefitsofherbs.com 6 compiled in a book titled The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. Herbs were viewed as influential to overall health and well-being, and not necessarily used to address a single issue. A symptom was merely a sign that the body was out of balance, and herbs, plants and other natural products and spices were used to return balance. Modern time has TCM combining mind/body practices such as tai chi and acupuncture with herbal medicine to maintain balance. While there are obviously scientific and technical advancements in modern China, TCM to this day still plays an important part in preventing and treating disease, illness and injury. The Origin of Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine in India Using herbs and plant materials to promote health and wellness is a practice known as Ayurveda in India. Thought by many to be the first organized system of medicine, Ayurvedic herbal medicine is at least 5,000 years old. Arabic traders traveled to India for herbal remedies and plant-based medicine before Islam became a religion. We know Egypt got plants from India because seeds indigenous to India have been found in the tombs of pharaohs. The foundation of the influential Ayurvedic practice of herbal medicine took place during a secret meeting in a cave in the Himalayan mountains. The greatest Indian healers of the day met to share their knowledge of natural healing methods. They named this practice Ayurveda, a combination of the Sanskrit words "ayus", which means life or life force, and "veda", a word which means knowledge. Ayurvedic medicine is therefore the knowledge of life, and more specifically, the knowledge of natural ways to heal the human body and extend life. This vast knowledge was passed from one generation to the next orally. As natural healers discovered new herbal remedies and other plant-based healing formulas, these techniques were added. Just before the turn of the first century, an Ayurvedic
  • 13. https://benefitsofherbs.com 7 physician named Charaka wrote the totality of Ayurvedic herbal medicine down in 8 books comprising 120 chapters. This text is called the Charaka Samhita, named in honor of the man known as the father of Indian medicine. The practice exists today and has influenced just about every natural healing discipline that uses plants as medicine. Ayurveda is a holistic practice which treats the person as a whole, interconnected being that must exist in harmony with nature, other people and the environment. By treating the whole person rather than individual symptoms, balance and overall health and well-being can be achieved.
  • 14. https://benefitsofherbs.com 8 Topic 2: Preparation and Preserving Plant Remedies Preparing Plant-Based Medicine Is a Cinch If You like to Cook (and Even If You Don't) If you're new to herbal medicine, ask yourself these simple questions. Do you feel at home in the kitchen? Do you enjoy making meals, shopping for and preparing food? If so, you will find that you are a natural for whipping together herbal remedies and preserving them, so they hold their healing powers for as long as possible. If you answered "no" to the previous two questions, don't fret. If you have the will to learn and the right tools, herbs and accessories, you can begin to heal yourself and your family naturally in no time. What You Need to Get Started Non-aluminum and non-Teflon pots, pans, drying racks and bowls are required. If you have some in your kitchen already, they will do just fine. You definitely need a mixer and a food processor or blender, a teakettle or something similar, and a ceramic teapot and lid. Additionally, you want to purchase strainers with a minimum of three different sized holes, a kitchen scale that measures very light and small quantities, small and large measuring cups, and at least one whisk and one spatula. For storage you need a variety of glass jars or tin containers with lids that snap on tight. Glass should not be clear, as extended exposure to light can render your remedies ineffective. Don't forget blank adhesive labels so you can name your remedies and list the ingredients, and you should pick up a few small and medium glass bottles with dropper caps, like those used in aromatherapy. Finally, buy some large, small and medium sized glass canning jars with tightfitting lids.
  • 15. https://benefitsofherbs.com 9 Consider picking up the book Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments by Anne Kennedy. In it the author reveals the specifics you need to get started with an herbal medicine practice, as well as the herbs and recipes you need to treat different conditions. You should also invest in a double boiler, or you can make your own with a pot and a glass bowl. How to Make a Double Boiler for Herbally-Infused Oils A double boiler is pretty much what it sounds like. You use 2 bowls or pots for bowling. The idea is to place one pot on top of another, bring the water to a boil in the lower pot, and the steam from that boiling water will heat the top pot. A double boiler is not the most common kitchen accessory, so you may not be able to find one at your local home appliance store. They are available online at sites like Amazon, where we found the Cuisinart 7111-20 Chef's Classic Stainless Universal Double Boiler with Cover. It comes highly rated by previous purchasers and costs less than $30. If you are anxious to get started making verbally infused oils and don't want to wait for the Amazon drone to deliver your purchase, you probably already have what you need in your kitchen to build one of your own. You Need a Sauce Pan and Mixing Bowl Choose a medium to large saucepan, and make sure it is tall. This is especially important if you are whipping together herbal remedies that take a long time to cook. Choose a glass mixing bowl or any heat-proof container that makes a snug fit when sitting on top of your saucepan. Make sure there are at least 4 inches between the bottom of your mixing bowl and the bottom of the saucepan, and more space is better
  • 16. https://benefitsofherbs.com 10 To get started, place 2 to 3 inches of water in your saucepan. Check that the base of your top bowl does not touch the water. Heat your water to a boil, reduce to a high, steady simmer, and add your top bowl. Add the ingredients per your herbal remedy recipe and stir frequently to ensure an even mixture. For a more in-depth explanation and some pictures that explain the process, check out the following link. https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Double-Boiler-(Bain-Marie) Maier Premium Heavy Duty Digital Weight Touch Sensitive Kitchen/Lab Scale Review To unleash the healing power of herbs for food recipes, medicine, rubs, oils and lotions, you are going to need a good kitchen scale. The Maier Premium Heavy Duty Quad Transducer Digital Weight Touch Sensitive Kitchen/Lab Scale comes with batteries included so you don't need a free power plug in your kitchen. It can measure up to 11 pounds of weight and is perfect for the home apothecary. Space-Saving Size This low-profile and attractive stainless-steel scale measures just 7 inches by 5.5 inches and is just over 1/2 of an inch tall. It has a large backlit, LCD display so you can clearly see what weight is registered. All you have to do is place something on the scale and the weight appears on the display, so it is always ready to go. Some similarly priced kitchen or lab scales use 1 or 2 transducers to calculate weight. This particular model uses 4 transducers, so you get a precise and accurate measurement no matter what you are weighing.
  • 17. 11 Weight in Ounces or Grams Measurements can be displayed in ounces or grams, and measurements are displayed by 0.01 ounce or 1 gram increments. One really neat feature is the ability to zero the scale after you have calculated the weight of something that still remains on the scale. This means if you want to weigh and add several ingredients to an herbal remedy, you can pour them into the same bowl or receptacle on the scale without having to measure and remove them one at a time. If you forget to turn off the scale, the auto shutoff design will save your battery life because it powers down the device after 2 minutes of inactivity. You receive a full 2 year, 100% moneyback guarantee from Maier, and this scale has earned a nearly perfect 4.8 star customer satisfaction score on Amazon out of a possible 5.0 rating. The product currently qualifies for free shipping to Amazon Prime customers, and you can learn more at the following link. https://www.amazon.com/Transducer-Sensitive-Multi-Function- Stainless- Batteries/dp/B075FF9PD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=15233916 85&sr=8- 1&keywords=Maier+++Premium+Heavy+Duty+Quad+Transdu cer+Digital+++Weight+Touch+Sensitive+Kitchen%2FLab+Scal e Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments Book Review Preparing and storing herbal remedies and other plant-based recipes can be difficult for the beginner. Do you need any special kitchen appliances or accessories? What type of herbs should you buy, and what recipes work for healing different conditions and illnesses? Those and other questions you have about harnessing the healing power of herbs is answered in Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to https://benefitsofherbs.com
  • 18. https://benefitsofherbs.com 12 Heal Common Ailments, a book available in paperback or Amazon Kindle e-book format. The author starts in the first chapter by explaining how natural herbal remedies have been used for medicine for thousands of years. She explains that nature still offers healing properties today, without the frequently present side-effects and costly prescriptions modern medicine delivers. Chapter 2 is titled The Herbal Kitchen. It covers all the tools and appliances you need from A to Z to prepare, produce and store herbal salves, tinctures, oils and lotions. Chapter 3 lists 150+ herbal recipes and remedies for treating disease, illness and other health issues, such as warts and weight loss, hair loss and bad breath, acne, cold sores and bee stings. Chapter 4 lists the top herbs you need to know for a multitude of herbal remedies, and the book closes with a helpful appendix and glossary. If you are considering beginning a natural, herbal medicine practice, Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments can save you a lot of time, money and frustration in the process, and makes a quick reference guide you need to treat an injury or illness in a hurry.
  • 19. https://benefitsofherbs.com 13 Topic 3-4: Herbal Review Herbs for Respiratory System It is "Thyme" to Start Taking this Lung-Friendly Herb Seriously for Respiratory Health There are certain herbs which promote strong, healthy lungs. How important are your lungs for your overall health and well- being? You can go more than 30 days without eating. It takes 3 or 4 days before getting no water into your body becomes a threat to your existence. If your lungs stop working, you have mere minutes, and in some cases just seconds, before you experience a possibly fatal situation. That's how important it is for your lungs to properly pump oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Every cell in your body depends on oxygen to survive and thrive, and thyme supports lung and respiratory health in a number of ways. A tea made from thyme combats viruses and bacteria that can damage your lungs. Respiratory conditions such as pneumonia have been treated with the thyme herb for centuries, as have respiratory tract infections. Thyme has made its way into prescription gels, lotions and creams that can break up chest congestion. The antiseptic oils found in thyme contain antibiotic, antifungal and anti- inflammatory properties. This boosts your overall immune system while directly and positively impacting the health of your lungs and entire respiratory process. If thyme tea doesn't tantalize your taste buds, consider an aroma-therapeutic application. Inhaling the aroma of thyme delivers the above lung-healthy properties, and can add a bold, woodsy, herbaceous scent to any environment.
  • 20. https://benefitsofherbs.com 14 Peppermint for Respiratory Health Have you ever taken a peppermint candy to clear up congestion in your lung, nose or throat? Many lozenges sold as cough medicine have peppermint added. This herb is so well-known for its promotion of respiratory health that it has been used for thousands of years to clear the lungs and respiratory tract and support healthy breathing. The credit belongs to the menthol compound found in peppermint, peppermint oil and peppermint tea. Menthol is a fast working decongestant. It is found in balms and rubs which can be applied topically to the chest to clear up breathing channels. Additionally, peppermint has powerful antioxidant properties that fight bacteria, viruses and other organisms which are harmful to your respiratory system and your overall health. When you have a cold, flu or some other respiratory-based illness, it is sometimes hard to focus. A couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in your morning tea or coffee can clear up your foggy brain in minutes. Peppermint has been used to promote clarity of thought and focus since antiquity. For treating symptoms of a number of upper respiratory conditions, the expectorant capability of peppermint is a natural treatment that can't be beat. For treating asthma, some studies show the antispasmodic and decongestant properties of this minty herb reduced the severity and number of asthmatic attacks. A few wonderful side-effects of peppermint are that it freshens bad breath, relieves headaches and can calm an upset stomach.
  • 21. https://benefitsofherbs.com 15 Skin Care Chamomile for Skin Care Chamomile (sometimes seen as camomile) is an herb which has been used since ancient times for skin care. The chamomile herb makes a soothing tea that promotes skin health from the inside out, while also making your hair healthier. Many skin conditions are signs that inflammation has occurred. The anti- inflammatory properties of chamomile naturally treat any skin- related conditions or symptoms which arise from inflammation. Additionally, the chamomile herb is hypoallergenic in nature. This characteristic, plus the presence of health-boosting antioxidants, means chamomile fights harmful free radicals which can do damage to your skin. Some skin health issues pop up because of a bacterial infection. Chamomile possesses antibacterial strengths that cannot only prevent bacteria- related skin problems, but also treat and reverse those issues. Chamomile essential oil mixed with a carrier oil can be applied topically to the skin as a scrub or cleanser. This practice takes advantage of the antiseptic capabilities of this relative of the daisy which has been used for thousands of years for multiple health rewards. Your skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it is the first line of defense in the human immune system. It is negatively affected by mental stress. There are more than a few skin problems which arise from stress and worry. Chamomile further promotes overall skin health and wellness by promoting feelings of calm, peace and tranquility. An overall promoter of human health, while your skin benefits from chamomile, this aromatic herb also promotes positive sleep patterns. It is used to treat muscle spasms, can calm a restless stomach, and has been used by the Romans and Egyptians for centuries to treat cuts and wounds.
  • 22. https://benefitsofherbs.com 16 How Calendula Heals Skin Naturally Calendula (Calendula officinalis for you scientific-minded folk) is considered a "go to" skin healer in holistic circles. This species of herbs which belongs to the Marigold genus has properties which speed up the healing process in humans, and this leads to multiple oral, vision and skin benefits. An ancient healer, calendula essential oil can be applied directly to cuts and bruises to keep the wound clean and accelerate the healing experience. This plant makes for an excellent treatment of insect bites as well. If you are one of many people who would like to slow the hands of time, calendula deserves your consideration. Calendula oil improves the appearance of your skin and a number of ways. It improves blood flow to the cells of your skin, while additionally providing antioxidant protection. This means if you want to slow down the development of age spots, liver spots and wrinkles, calendula oil can help. Some products which contain organic calendula oil are safe for consumption. Others can be applied topically to your skin with a carrier oil such as almond oil to give your skin a youthful glow. Calendula additionally fights the development of skin cancer and reduces the inflammation which is linked to a number of skin problems. If you suffer from oily skin or acne, combine 1 part dried calendula blossoms to 2 parts almond oil and apply to the problem area. Rashes, eczema, dry skin and just about any skin-based health problem responds positively to the calendula herb.
  • 23. https://benefitsofherbs.com 17 Pain Take Devil's Claw for Natural Pain-Relief Devil’s claw is a South African herb that dates back centuries as a natural healer in that part of the world. These days you can find byproducts and oils taken from the leaves, flowers and roots of the devil's claw plant in daily supplements and other nature-based medications that primarily offer pain-relief. The ability of this odd-looking plant to suppress the perception of pain is so powerful that it has been used for arthritis pain treatment since ancient times. Many prefer to turn to nature instead of modern medicine for relief from a number of pain symptoms. This is because of the numerous side-effects which sometimes accompany traditional painkillers. You can also save quite a bit of money by taking devil’s claw instead of an expensive prescription for pain relief offered by your doctor. Remarkably, even severe and chronic pain experienced by conditions like arthritis and back problems responds favorably to this inexpensive and natural healing herb. Like the spice turmeric, devil's claw fights inflammation and its many accompanying symptoms. Inflammation can cause pain internally and externally, throughout the body. Like its South American cousin, the cat's claw root, devil’s claw provides relief from digestive issues as well as natural pain relief. For joint pain, back pain, arthritis pain and head to toe pain relief support, devil’s claw is a natural answer which has shown anticancer properties as well. Oregano - The Pain-Relieving Herb Oregano is a popular herb in the kitchen, used to flavor many Italian dishes. Oregano is also frequently found in an herb- based medicine cabinet, as it is an excellent pain-reliever. In aromatherapy, oregano oil is an essential oil whose use dates back to ancient Greece for treating wounds and infections of
  • 24. https://benefitsofherbs.com 18 the skin. Combine 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil and you have a topical pain reliever. Oregano in any form provides antiviral and antibacterial properties. Eat oregano regularly and you can prevent bacteria and viruses from causing harm. Aside from its antispasmodic, analgesic, anticancer and allergy-fighting characteristics, this powerful natural healer contains a full 32 compounds which fight inflammation. Inflammation is a premier symptom of numerous human illnesses and diseases. When an internal or external body part becomes seriously inflamed, severe pain can occur. Chronic and acute pain sufferers can lessen the number and severity of painful attacks by taking a daily oregano oil capsule. Some health conditions cause muscle spasms. Muscle spasms can be very painful. The antispasmodic feature of oregano limits the number of muscle spasms which occur with some diseases, thereby reducing the pain effect. Aside from being a tasty herb, oregano is an all-around health booster and preventive. The pain fighting property of oregano is so powerful that this herb has earned the nickname of "nature's morphine" in natural healing circles.
  • 25. https://benefitsofherbs.com 19 Digestion and Gut Health Boost Gut Health with a Daily Dose of Dandelion The health of your digestive system and gut is important for overall health and wellness. The old saying tells you to, "Trust your gut." You hear people refer to a "gut feeling" they have, and someone who makes brave decisions or takes courageous action is said to "have guts". These sayings came to be because humans have long understood the power of digestive health to promote mental well-being. The ancient healer Hippocrates believed that most human disease originates in the gut. In the 21st century scientists refer to the gut as the second brain. It is believed that certain nervous system responses and activities that were formally thought to be controlled predominantly by the brain in your head are heavily influenced by your gut and digestive tract. For boosting gut health, and thereby improving your wellness from head to toe, sip dandelion tea. Dandelion, Taraxacum officinalis, is a bitter herb which has been used to improve digestive and liver health for thousands of years. Dandelion improves potassium levels, unlike medicinal diuretics, thereby boosting digestive function. Dandelion has been shown in multiple studies to improve the immune system. Since the immune system is largely contained in the gut, you get an instant boost in head to toe wellness when you improve the health of your gut with dandelion tea, or a dandelion supplement. You may sip dandelion root coffee for digestive health benefits or use dandelion essential oil in an aromatherapy practice. Dandelion oil combined with a safe carrier oil can be applied topically to the stomach to treat multiple digestive problems.
  • 26. https://benefitsofherbs.com 20 Milk Thistle - A Natural Aid for Digestive Health Related to the daisy, the milk thistle plant is a liver- strengthening, digestion-boosting herb that has delivered thousands of years of natural healing. The silymarin flavonoid contained in milk thistle is what offers much of the health benefits of this flowering herb. The age-old medicinal use of milk thistle includes beliefs that the rough-looking plant has supernatural, miraculous healing powers. This was thought to be the case because milk thistle was often found in the graveyards and the gardens of monasteries and convents. One of the miracles of this hardy plant is the ability to prevent and reverse liver disease is caused by toxins and poisons. Digestive health can't happen when your liver is not working properly. Additionally, the anti-fibrotic nature of milk thistle prevents the scarring of tissue. This means the lining in your digestive tract and gut heal quickly after internal injury. Regarded as a weed in many areas around the world, milk thistle has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is one issue that has proven to be both a causal factor and symptom of digestive health issues large and small. Studies show the inflammation fighting power of milk thistle is similar to that of turmeric and green tea, a couple of promoters of digestive and overall health. In the case of cancer and other gut health issues, milk thistle combats the effects of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS). This type of stress leads to cellular death if untreated. While simultaneously combating inflammation, this means milk thistle boosts gut health on a cellular level. If your digestive issues are serious and chronic or mild and merely frustrating, milk thistle can help. To relieve indigestion or an upset stomach or to treat more serious gut-based concerns, drinking milk thistle tea daily can provide relief. Milk thistle may be used in the kitchen, but it
  • 27. https://benefitsofherbs.com 21 bears noting that this herb is rather bitter tasting and unfriendly to some pallets.
  • 28. https://benefitsofherbs.com 22 Mental Wellness Turn to Ginseng for Mental Well-Being Ginseng's healing properties were well-known to ancient healers of the Far East. It is still a staple of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) today. The root of the ginger plant improves cardiovascular health by lowering high cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Sexual performance issues have been treated with ginseng for centuries, and the herbal root is used to crank up energy levels and treat diabetes. Ginseng can also boost your mental health in a number of ways. We already mentioned the ability of ginseng to boost energy. It is tough to be on the ball mentally when you are physically tired and fatigued. Your brain is one of the largest consumers of oxygen in your body. When your energy levels are low, oxygen flows less freely. This means your brain gets less oxygen than it requires, and mental clarity, focus and concentration suffer. Boost your energy with a cup of ginseng tea and you simultaneously enjoy mental health benefits. When you consume ginseng in any form, neural pathways are stimulated. This means whether you are a student preparing for a big exam or a senior citizen fighting age-related memory loss, ginseng can help. Antioxidants in ginger fight the buildup of plaque in neural pathways to ensure messages flow freely. These antioxidants also destroy harmful free radicals in the brain. This is one of the reasons it is believed regular ginseng use has been linked to preventing the development of Alzheimer's, dementia and other brain-based disorders.
  • 29. https://benefitsofherbs.com 23 Kava Kava - A Mood-Enhancing, Stress-Fighting Mental Health Herb The kava kava plant yields a South Pacific island ceremonial drink which soothes the central nervous system. If you need relief from stress and anxiety, lounging on a beautiful a South Pacific island beach could do wonders for your state of mind. If you don't have the time or wherewithal to benefit from such an experience, drink some kava kava tea. The kava kava root has sedative properties. When your moods and emotions are out of control and your mental health could benefit from some calm and peacefulness, it is this sedative nature of kava kava that provides relief. The pyrones found in this healing herb have proven effective for reducing anxiety and restlessness, while simultaneously soothing mental stress and worry. The kava kava plant yields an essential oil-based product which can be used in an aromatherapy practice. Add a few drops of kava kava essential oil to filtered water in a diffuser and you fill your surrounding air with a mental health-boosting aroma. The MentalHealthAmerica.net website reports that in more than a dozen studies, kava kava was discovered as an effective natural treatment for stress, depression, insomnia and anxiety. When you do not sleep properly, your mental health suffers. Enjoy a kava kava tea in the evenings to promote healthy sleep patterns, and you start the day with less anxiety and stress. As an alternative or complementary treatment, the natural kava kava plant has shown promise treating nervous disorders and emotional imbalance. For improved overall mental health, the root of this South Pacific island plant offers multiple benefits.
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