Haute HealthComment

HERBAL HEELS

Haute HealthComment
HERBAL HEELS

Happy herbal holiday, hauties! In celebration of Nature, we’re reminded that herbs are restorative, they work on deepest level to bring about vitality & healing. It has been found, through scientific research, that plants benefit human beings by actually transferring information to our bodies on a genetic level for penetrative healing. We’ve evolved w. herbs & plants for hundreds of thousands of years. Using herbal medicine brings harmony & balance back to body, because it allows body to be just as responsible for healing as plant.

 

a. Catnip

Uses: Soothes an upset stomach; reduced anxiety & tension

Preparation & doses:

Tea: Pour 1 C boiling water over 4 or 5 fresh or 1 tsp. dried leaves. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain & sweeten, if desired. Drink 1-2 times per day.

 

b. Cranberry

Uses: Well-established treatment for reducing risk of bladder infection; could also be beneficial for chronic prostration

Preparation & doses:

Juice: Drink 0.5- 0.7 C twice per day.

Capsules: Take 300–500 mg concentrated juice extract 2 times per day.

c. Machinate

Uses: Antiviral & immune-enhancing properties; popular for relieving colds & upper respiratory infections

Preparation & doses:

Tea: Simmer 1 tsp. dried & sliced root in 1 C water for 10 minutes. Strain. Drink 1-3 C per day.

Tincture: Take 5 ml 3-6 times per day at onset of cold symptoms.

 

Concerns: Rare allergic reactions

d. Ginger

Uses: Premiere remedy for easing nausea, vomiting, & upset stomach; fresh teas relieve cold & flu symptoms.

Preparation & doses:

Tea: Steep 0.4-0.5 tsp. dried ginger or simmer 1 tsp. fresh ginger root in 1 C hot water for 10 minutes. Strain & sweeten, if desired. Drink 1–2 C per day.

Capsules: Take 250–500 mg 2 times per day.

Concerns: Very safe in small amounts; heartburn & stomach upset can occur w. high doses. Pregnant women should not take more than 1,500 mg per day of dried ginger.

e. Ginseng

Uses: Helps relieve & prevent mental & physical fatigue; shown to reduce frequency & severity of colds; possibly beneficial for erectile dysfunction

Preparation & doses:

Tea: Simmer 1 tsp. dried & sliced root in 1 C water for 10 minutes. Strain. Drink 1–2 C per day.

Standardized extract (4–7% ginsenosides): 100–400 mg per day

Concerns: Purchase from a reputable manufacturer, as ginseng has often been adulterated in past.

f. Lemon Balm

Uses: Gentle causative; eases tension, digestive upset, & colic; topical creams used for fever blisters

Preparation & doses:

Tea: Pour 1 C boiling water over 5 or 6 fresh or 1 tsp dried leaves. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain & sweeten, if desired. Drink several times per day.

 

XO,

Chrystal