Nutritional TherapyHerbs Made Easy
The benefits of herbs have been known to man for centuries. Herbs have been used extensively to
cure almost every known illness to man. Many herbs contain powerful ingredients which can aid in the
healing of the body. They must be used appropriately as not all herbs are beneficial and dependent upon
the quantity and the manner in which they are used, they could be detrimental. There are poisonous plants
and some that are hazardous if used for long periods of time. The information here should be used as a
general guide, but it is best to consult a qualified herbalist before beginning any serious regimen. As a
general rule, most bitter tasting herbs are medicinal and the pleasant tasting herbs are potentially less
toxic and can be used more often. Some herbs should just be used while healing and not for longer than
six months at a time. Listed below are various herbs that can be used to help fight stress, anxiety, and depression.
Bee pollen is effective for combating fatigue, depression, and colon disorders. It has an antimicrobial effect.
It's chemical and nutritional content consists of amino acids, calcium, carotene, copper, enzymes, iron,
magnesium, manganese, polyunsaturated fatty acids, potassium, sodium, plant sterols, simple sugars,
the B complex, and vitamin C. It is simply fresh pollen from bees. Some people may be allergic to bee
pollen, so small amounts should be used at first and it should be discontinued if a rash, wheezing, or
any other symptoms occur.
Black Seed (Black Cumin; Fennel Flower; Nigella sativa) comes from the common fennel flower plant (Nigella sativa)
which is in the buttercup family. This herb grows to about 16-24 inches and has finely divided foliage with
blue flowers. From this plant, comes a small black seed which is also known as the blessed seed or black seed,
and some call it the Arabian seed because of its habitat. The Black Seed plant is also known by other names,
and they vary between places. The Black Seed has been used for over two thousand years. It has been said
that the Black Seed should be used regularly because it has a cure for every disease except death.
A special oil is extracted from the seed which is used in the preparation of various medical formulas. It has been
used to treat bronchitis and coughs. Also it has been used to help increase body tone, as a digestive tonic, to
quell belching, stimulates excretion of urine, dissolves wind, quells colic pain and stomach-gas colic, expels
worms, benefits some skin allergies, stimulates menstrual period, and increases the flow of breast milk. If you
add a few drops to coffee or tea it can help calm the nervous system, help pertussis, dry cough, asthma, and
bronchial respiratory complaints. If you take the Black Seed oil unmixed or undiluted it can produce gripe,
and irritate the digestive system. The Black Seed acts as an expectorant by stimulating the body's energy
and helping it to recover from fatigue and dispirtedness.
Chamomile is a relaxant. This herb contains Tryptophan, an amino acid known for its tranquilizing effects.
How many have heard of drinking warm milk before bedtime? Warm milk is the only other natural source for
Tryptophan. Chamomile has proven to be very soothing and harmless. It is a good nerve tonic, sleep aid and
appetite stimulant. Doctors in France and Spain prescribe chamomile tea for infants and children suffering from
fevers, earaches, and nightmares. Other uses for small babies and children, are colds, stomach trouble, colitis,
a gargle, and externally for eczema and inflammation. It is one of the best herbs for soothing an upset stomach
and colic in babies and inducing sleep. It also relaxes women with PMS who are experiencing emotional upsets
and has provided relief for menstrual cramps.
Ginseng is called the King of the herbs in the Orient. It's chemical and nutritional contents consists of arabinose,
calcium, camphor, gineosides, iron, mucilage, panaxosides, resin, saponin, starch, and vitamins A, B12, and E.
It stimulates the entire body energy to overcome stress, fatigue, and weakness. It is especially stimulating for
mental fatigue by stimulating and improving the brain cells. Ginseng has a very beneficial effect on the heart
and circulation. It is used to normalize blood pressure, reduce blood cholesterol and prevent arteriosclerosis.
For thousands of years the wealthy Chinese used Ginseng to slow down the aging process, keeping their
vitality and mental alertness undiminished as the years went by.
More recently, research has found that stress, accelerates the aging process, and Ginseng seems to function
in the body as an anti-stress herb. Sometimes it is called a tonic herb, as it restores energy to the various organs
and systems in the body.
Peppermint is composed of menthol, menthone, methyl acetate, volatile oils, tannic acid, terpenes, and Vitamin C.
It increases stomach acidity and is known to irritate mucous membranes and the gastrointestinal tract. It is used for
chills, colic, fever, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
Suma is a herb with properties that combat anemia, fatigue, stress, and diabetes. It is considered an immune
system booster. It's chemical and nutritional properties include albumin, germanium, malic acid, volatile oils,
pfaffic acid, six saponins, and tannins. In Brazil, suma was reported to be more powerful than Ginseng, and
is referred to as the Brazilian ginseng.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a treatment system designed to assist the body's natural ability to balance, heal and maintain
itself by the use of Essential Oils. When blending oils for massage an Aromatherapist takes many factors into
consideration, including the volatility of the oil and the physical and emotional condition of the person being treated.
The aroma must be pleasing in order for the treatment to be a complete success.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the whole organic substances which give plants their Aroma and are a natural concentration
of the life forces and power of the plant. Each has its own unique characteristics and therapeutic qualities. These
oils are present only in extremely small amounts, which makes the Pure Essential Oils such a valuable commodity.
How do you use Essential Oils?
In the Bath: Add a few drops to your bath water and mix the oil with your hand to produce a soothing bath.
Soak for at least ten minutes.
Room Fresheners: Essential oils can be used to create your own atmosphere. Add some oils to an oil burner
and sit back and enjoy the fragrance.
In Massage: Add five to 10 drops of essential oil to a base oil. Shake the mixture thoroughly to blend before use.
Make sure to test the mixture on a small area of skin for sensitivity before using.
Inhalations: Add a few drops to a bowl of very hot water. Put your head over the bowl and cover with a towel
and breathe deeply.
As a Perfume: Mix essential oil into a base oil and create your own fragrance.