Herbal Answers for Men's Health

 

With today’s continual advances in medical sciences, prescription and over the counter medications are available for just about any malady that may strike. Just because these chemical medicines exists, does not mean they are always the best choice. Along with any help they may provide a host of unpleasant side effects often closely follows. Though sometimes overlooked, herbs often contain the remedies women may need for a host of concerns, without the inclusion of harsh chemicals. With hundreds to thousands of years of use supporting their efficacy and benefits, herbal remedies may be just the answer women need to address health concerns.


 
 


Concern:
Prostate Health
Herbal Answer: Turmeric. This spice has long been highly regarded and frequently used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Turmeric’s super food status is backed by scientists with studies documenting its supreme powers. A study in the Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy found turmeric to provide protective effects to the prostate and a University of Texas study showed turmeric to have impressive results in stopping prostate cancer cells. Turmeric can be used to provide color and flavor to your meals, added to your tea or smoothie for an anti-inflammatory beverage or taken as a supplement in capsules.

Concern: Testosterone Levels and Reproductive Health

Herbal AnswerSaw Palmetto. A powerful plant used for years in Europe to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperlasia (BHA), a condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged. Saw palmetto has also been shown to be effective in balancing testosterone levels, which can in turn boost fertility and reproductive health. One of the greatest advantages of saw palmetto is that, unlike synthetic supplements, it does not raise testosterone to excess levels. Saw Palmetto can be used as a supplement or made into a powerful tea beverage. 

Concern: Nutritional Support; Sperm Quality and Quantity

Herbal AnswerPine Bark. Pine bark possesses an exceptionally high antioxidant content, making it an important supplement for overall nutrition and wellness. The high antioxidant content particularly the antioxidant proanthocyanidin helps to support and increase the number of healthy sperm while decreasing the amount of unhealthy sperm. Pine bark extract can be found in liquid, tablet or capsule form and creams, lotions or ointments.

 

The information presented above is for informational, reference and educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a health care professional. Although, the information presented herein is based on material provided by researchers and sources deemed reliable, I do not presume to give medical advice. Anyone wishing to use this information should share it with his or her health care provider before embarking on any therapeutic program. It is your responsibility to discuss any alternative or natural remedy with your health care provider before using it.

 

Five Nutritious Herbs and How to Use Them

 

When it comes to nutrition, much attention is given to fat, carbohydrates, and protein. While these macronutrients are certainly important, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and other micronutrients are also tremendously important when it comes to health and wellness. Often thought of as merely a flavoring agent, herbs are actually a tremendous way to add much needed micronutrients and their accompanying health benefits to your daily diet. Here’s a look at five top herbs and the way they can enhance your health and nutrition with their super powers.

  1. Garlic: Garlic is widely hailed as one of the best foods out there. In large part this stellar reputation is due to garlic’s natural antibiotic Garlic’s antibiotic properties are so potent that it has been used in this capacity for centuries. Even better, garlic does not seem to build up resistant bacteria as commercial antibiotics.
    Incorporating Garlic into Your Diet: Bring garlic into your own kitchen by roasting bulbs of garlic and using it to flavor a variety of savory dishes ranging from eggs to pasta and everything in between. Raw garlic can also be finely crushed to flavor dips, spreads, butter, soup, and more.

  2. Parsley: It’s time to move parsley from a mere decorative garnish to a regularly consumed herb. Parsley contains potassium; calcium; iron; and vitamins A, C, E, and loads of vitamin K. It’s parsley’s natural diuretic effects make it especially helpful for kidney health.
    Incorporating Parsley into Your Diet:
    Use parsley to flavor dishes like roast chicken, or try a parsley tea to reap its many benefits. Parsley also compliments juices and smoothies.

  3. Dandelion: If you only think of dandelion as an unwelcome weed, you’re missing out on all the antioxidants, vitamin C, luteolin and more this humble herb offers. Dandelion also has a compound in it that help to stimulate the liver and move bile, making it key for liver support.
    Incorporating Dandelion into Your Diet: Dandelion leaves are terrific in salads or sautéed. Because of its nutty, slightly bitter flavor dandelion tea is an excellent, caffeine free alternative to coffee.

  4. Stinging Nettle: If you are looking to reduce your use of anti-inflammatory medicines, incorporating stinging nettle into your dietary regime may be the answer. Full of potassium, fiber, iron, magnesium, and more, stinging nettle also has the power to reduce inflammation and interfere with pain signals.
    Incorporating Stinging Nettle into Your Diet: Stinging nettle is most often enjoyed as a tea, but you can also cook the greens if you presoak them to remove the sting of the fine hairs on the leaves.

  5. Horseradish Root. If you’ve ever felt as though the pungent flavor of horseradish helped to clear out your sinuses, you were right! Along with aiding in digestion, this cruciferous vegetable has glucosinolate and is an expectorant, to clear out mucus secretions.
    Incorporating Horseradish Root into Your Diet: Horseradish root is best used blended into condiments.

Herbs add both flavor and health benefits to your food. Spice up your health by incorporating one or all these powerhouses to your diet.

 

Ashwagandha

 

Not many of us go for too much time in our busy lives that we don’t feel stress of some sort. There are so many ways to describe stress that I won’t attempt to do so in this article. I was working with a young lady not too long ago whose family has been through some very difficult and stressful times. I felt strongly to recommend she use the herb ashwagandha.

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Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that can aid the body in resisting stress, relieve fatigue, nervous tension and anxiety and aid in cognitive function and memory support. She was asking for something that would do all of these things.

Aashwagandha has been used to improve thinking ability, to help with inflammation, and to prevent the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women.

Many studies have been done on this herb for many different types of conditions. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, decrease or stop the growth of tumors and help increase ones immunity during chemotherapy treatment.

In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” and is a combination of the word ashva, meaning horse, and gandha, meaning smell indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion. It has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness.

Belonging to the same family as the tomato, Ashwagandha is a plump shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. It bears red fruit about the size of a raisin. The herb is native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa, the Middle East and today is also grown in more mild climates, including the United States.

The root of the plant is used medicinally and has been an important herb in ayurvedic medicine for over 2000 years. It is often referred to as Indian ginseng because it has very similar qualities as ginseng does in traditional Chinese medicine. It benefits the neurological, immune, reproductive, endocrinal and energy production systems of the body. It is very beneficial in balancing the thyroid and adrenal glands.

Contributed by Jo Francks, a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. 

 

Herbal Remedies for Women’s Health

 

With today’s continual advances in medical sciences, prescription and over the counter medications are available for just about any malady that may strike. Just because these chemical medicines exists, does not mean they are always the best choice. Along with any help they may provide a host of unpleasant side effects often closely follows. Though sometimes overlooked, herbs often contain the remedies women may need for a host of concerns, without the inclusion of harsh chemicals. With hundreds to thousands of years of use supporting their efficacy and benefits, herbal remedies may be just the answer women need to address health concerns.


 
 

Concern: Thyroid Function
Remedy: Mullein has been shown to support proper thyroid function. This plant has no major side effects and also offers the benefits of having antibacterial properties and is shown to be beneficial in treating respiratory problems. Since the thyroid produces hormones are key in growth, metabolism function, body temperature, and more strengthening and supporting it through the use of mullein can be key for overall health and well-being.

How to Use It: Tea, poultice, oil, extract or supplement.

Concern: Low Iron Levels
Remedy: Low iron levels contribute to chronic fatigue, anemia, and more. Chickweed can help treat or prevent low iron levels because of the significant amount of iron it contains. Along with its high iron levels, this plant-based iron source also contains minerals such as magnesium, copper, and manganese.

How to Use It: Eat as a salad green, supplement, tea, tincture, ointment, bath soak

Concern: Blood Health
Remedy: Alfalfa literally translates as the “Father of All Foods” because of its exceptionally long root system that goes deep to derive many minerals from the earth. Alfalfa contains minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc as well as vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Among other benefits, alfalfa improves blood healthy by helping to clean and detoxify blood, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and reduce stroke risk.

How to Use It: Salad or sandwich garnish, tea, tincturecapsules

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Concern: Low Calcium Levels
Remedy: Low calcium levels are a major concern for women, particularly as they age. Oat straw can be a major help to this problem with its high levels of plant-based, dairy free calcium. This easily bioavailable form of calcium can strengthen bones and teeth and heal fractures. It is also linked with helping to prevent and treat osteoporosis and osteopenia.

How to Use It: Tea, powder, supplement

Concern: Reproductive System Health
Remedy: The health of the reproductive system is key for women of all ages, not just those in childbearing years. Red Raspberry Leaf have been used for centuries to help with reproductive system health. Containing vitamin A, K, and B vitamins along with minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium, Red Raspberry Leaf helps to strengthen and tone the uterine walls and relax the smooth muscle. It helps to reduce cramps, balance hormones, and boost fertility.

How to Use It: Tea, extractcapsules

 

Spirulina: A Superfood with Superpowers

 
 

 
 

In its natural form, Spirulina is found as blue-green algae that reside in the warm oceans and lakes of the world. This super substance is amazing and we are still finding the extent of its health benefits on the human body. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Spirulina is full of nutrients and is known as a Superfood comprised of 100% natural asset to our health with no bad ingredients or harmful side effects! Spirulina also contains 9 different essential amino acids.

Spirulina is now being purposefully cultivated in several countries and in the United States. It is considered one of the oldest food sources with reports of its consummation dating back to ancient civilizations a thousand years ago. This truly remarkable product works so impressively that is results amaze doctors throughout the world.

Health Benefits of this World Superfood include:

  • Energy boosting ability: After spirulina is consumed, the body experiences a quick boost in energy. This makes it a popular pre-workout supplement to fight against fatigue and to improve a body’s endurance.

  • Plant Proteins: Spirulina contains a high amount of digestible plant protein making it an amazing source of protein for vegans and non-meat eaters.

  • Immune System: Spirulina contains a large number of vitamins and minerals which improves the immune system as well as help the system fight infections and improve cellular recovery.

  • ADHD: Studies are currently being performed to see Spirulina’s effects on ADHD as a natural alternative to harmful medications.

  • PMS: Studies are also being performed to see if Spirulina helps to improve discomfort from pre-menstrual symptoms.

  • Detoxification: Spirulina is a natural detoxifier. These remarkable algae oxygenate the blood and cleanse out toxins and impurities.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Spirulina’s strong antioxidant counts make this substance a powerful anti-inflammatory to help restore the body’s Ph balance.

  • Stress: Anxiety is minimized in the body when using Spirulina.

  • Digestive Tract: Using this plant can improve the health of the digestive system.

Spirulina has been around since the beginning of time and is a natural alternative to many harmful chemical medications to improve health and wellness. Spirulina has superpowers that are still being explored worldwide. Their benefit is extraordinary without harmful side effects.

Reclaim Your Superpower with Herbs

 

When it comes to nutrition, much attention is given to fat, carbohydrates, and protein. While these macronutrients are certainly important––antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and other micronutrients are also tremendously important when it comes to health and wellness. Often thought of as merely a flavoring agent, herbs are actually a tremendous way to add much needed micronutrients and their accompanying health benefits to your daily diet. In honor of National Nutrition month, let's take a look at the top herbs and the way they can enhance your health and nutrition with their super powers.

  1. Garlic: Garlic is widely hailed as one of the best foods out there. In large, the stellar reputation is due to garlic’s natural antibiotic. The antibiotic properties are so potent that it has been used in this capacity for centuries. Even better, garlic does not seem to build up resistant bacteria as commercial antibiotics.

  1. Parsley: It’s time to move parsley from a mere decorative garnish to a regularly consumed herb. Parsley contains potassium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, E, and loads of vitamin K. Parsley’s natural diuretic effects make it especially helpful for kidney health.

  1. Dandelion: If you only think of dandelion as an unwelcome weed, you’re missing out on all the antioxidants, vitamin C, luteolin and more this humble herb offers. Dandelion has a compound in it that help to stimulate the liver and move bile, making it key for liver support.

  1. Stinging Nettle: If you are looking to reduce your use of anti-inflammatory medicines, incorporating stinging nettle into your dietary regime may be the answer. Full of potassium, fiber, iron, magnesium, and more, stinging nettle also has the power to reduce inflammation and interfere with pain signals.

  1. Horseradish Root. If you’ve ever felt as though the pungent flavor of horseradish helped to clear out your sinuses, you were right! Along with aiding in digestion, this cruciferous vegetable has glucosinolate and is an expectorant, to clear out mucus secretions.

So, there you have it, five great healing herbs that can help you reclaim your superpowers.  I add one pressed garlic clove to my water everyday.  How do you take your fresh garlic?

 

Souper Ingredients You Don't Want to Miss!

 

It is hard to beat the warm, cozy deliciousness of a big bowl of soup. But soup is far more than simply a warm meal, it can also be a nutrient dense, healthy meal. 

Loading soups with vegetables and lean proteins is a great way to get a complete meal all in one bowl. But did you know you can make soup even healthier by adding herbs and spices? Adding herbs and spices not only increases flavor without adding sodium; it is also one of the best ways to dramatically increase the antioxidant content of your meal. In honor of National Soup Month, take a look at two of the top herbs to make your soups better than ever before! 


 
 

Tarragon

The Scoop. Tarragon has a slightly bitter, peppery taste that is often used in Mediterranean dishes. It compliments meats and pasta well, making it the perfect addition to any soup containing these ingredients.

The Perks. Tarragon is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. It has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels, support heart health, provide a natural diuretic effect, and even reduce tooth pain.

Try It: Tarragon can work well in a variety of soup recipes, but if you are looking for some suggestions to get you started it, add it to your favorite chicken and rice soup or a potato soup.

Thyme

The Scoop. This fragrant herb has a distinct and pleasant taste that is often used to flavor fish and meat. Though it is frequently included as part of a bouquet garni, it is also delicious when used alone. The addition of thyme can add a sophisticated and gourmet taste to even the simplest soups. 

The Perks. Thyme has natural antibacterial properties and has been shown to help suppress coughs. It aids in lowering blood pressure, protects cells, and boosts the immune system. 

Try It: Thyme goes well with many soups, but adding it to a butternut squash soup is a particularly good choice.

 

Respiratory Support Secrets: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Elecampane

 

Cold weather brings with it snow, hot chocolate, and holidays. Unfortunately, with all the fun things that winter can bring along, it can also bring with it a host of respiratory problems. Thankfully, you don't have to suffer needlessly. Powerful respiratory support agents are available right from mother nature. This winter, arm yourself with peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Elecampane to enjoy optimal respiratory health and well-being.

Respiratory Secret #1: Peppermint. Peppermint is much more than just a flavor in candy canes. Numerous studies have shown peppermint to be both an expectorant and a decongestant. It can decrease lung inflammation, and clear the respiratory tract. Take advantage of the power of peppermint by rubbing it in a tincture on the chest (be sure to use a carrier oil to prevent burning on the skin), or diffusing it in the air. 

Respiratory Secret #2: Eucalyptus. Like peppermint, Eucalyptus can also have an anti-inflammatory effect. Additionally, it can have an anti-spasmodic effect, which can calm coughs. Eucalyptus is also soothing to sore throats. Research has also shown Eucalyptus to be helpful with bronchitis, sinusitis, and asthma.

Respiratory Secret #3: Elecampane. Many people may not be as familiar with Elecampane as they are with peppermint and Eucalyptus, but Elecampane is worth getting to know! Elecampane has been used for centuries for its beneficial effects on respiratory health. It acts as an expectorant to help clear out mucus from the respiratory tract and also has antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has long been used to help with asthma as well as bronchitis symptoms. Because Elecampane can help to relax the tracheal muscles, it can help with coughing spasms as well. 

This winter harness the power of nature to support better respiratory health!