Author: Varsha Soneji BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine MNIMH
Rosemary is a very accessible herb for anyone to include in their diet.
Well known for its circulatory properties and for enhancing memory. The active component, Rosmarinic acid has even been shown to improve asthma. It’s also a very powerful antioxidant and inhibits inflammation.
When there was no refrigeration or other long term preserving methods, this herb was added to food as an antiseptic/Antibacterial herb to prevent gastrointestinal upset.
Also known as Rosmarinus officinalis, it is rich vitamin A which supports eye health and prevents cataracts and macular degeneration.
The Ancient Greeks knew of Rosemary’s cognitive enhancing properties and they used to make combs out of the woody stems of this resilient plant.
The mediterranean herb that can be added to your diet to improve health and wellbeing.
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Disclaimer: This information is for educational use only and is not intended to be used instead of medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with a qualified medical herbalist or medical practitioner before self-administering herbs.
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Broncho dilating – herbs that dilate the bronchioles such a Lobelia inflata (should only be used under supervision of a medical herbalist) which can be used in drop doses until relief is obtained.
Antispasmodic – herbs that relax muscles will help alleviate tension and anxiety that often accompanies an asthma attack. You’ll be surprised how powerful a strong cup of Chamomile aka, Matricaria recutita, tea can be.
Mucolytic – this group of herbs breaks down mucous into a thinner consistency thereby making it easier to breathe and clear congestion in the lungs. Night time coughing will also be minimised. An example of such a herb is White Horehound or Marrubium vulgaris which has bitter principles in its constituents.
FUN FACT: Your lungs have bitter receptors!
Anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory – these herbs work by dampening down immune response so support those with an allergic component to their asthma. For example, Ginkgo biloba.
#Mental well being is just as important as physical wellbeing and is seen no differently by health practitioners who practice herbal medicine. As a medical herbalist myself, I recognise how the two are inter-linked. If you suffer from #anxiety, #depression or #stressthat will almost certainly affect your physical health and vice versa.
There is a vast array of #herbs that can support us for these conditions and enable us to regain balance and good health. Some are useful in cases of mild #mentalillness or to prevent it and others can be quite potent. It’s important that you consult a medical herbalist or your physician before embarking on an herbal treatment plan to ensure herb-drug safety.
1. Withania somnifera, or #Ashwagandha is a traditional Ayurvedic herb grown in India. It has amazing #adaptogenic qualities which support your #adrenal glands. It is particularly useful for anyone who is undergoing #chronicstress and requires nourishment and nurturing. It will aid good quality, rejuvenating #sleep and encourage you to eat well.
2. Passiflora incarnata, or #Passionflower is a popular herbal remedy used for insomnia. It is less well known as an #anxiolytic herb used in those that suffer with #panic attacks and episodes of intense worry. It can help calm the nerves and slow down a racing heart. It can be taken in drop doses in tincture form and will act very quickly hence it makes an excellent emergency medicine.
3. Crocus sativa, or #Saffron has been shown to relieve #depression. It’s rich in phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that provide inflammation modulating effects on the brain. The rich carotenoid content supports good eye health too which means that the ‘fog’ that depression sufferers describe will lift and they will be able to literally see their future more clearly.
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