3 Amazing Herbs For The Immune System

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Do you think your immune system is taking adequate care of you?

Do you fall prey to seasonal illnesses or illnesses that get passed around: colds, flu, etc?

Are sick more often than others around you?

If you are answering yes to the last two questions, then your immune system may not be protecting you adequately.

Highly Sensitive People And The Immune System

It is a bit unfair to blame the immune system for our getting sick particularly if you are a highly sensitive person.

One of the biggest health challenges that highly sensitive people have is supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system. Our immune system often cannot cope with the demands that our nervous systems and cultural expectations place on it.

Although everyone needs to take caer of their immune systems, HSP’s need to step up their self-care to compensate for higher demands on their bodies.

The specific burden that highly sensitive people have is stress – stress in such high volume that it overwhelms out bodies, immune system included if we are not careful.

Even if we were to lead an extremely quiet lifestyle, we need to support our immune systems because our hyperactive nervous system are naturally active all of the time. In the best of situations, we are vulnerable to becoming depleted from nervous system stress.

The Special Problem Of Stress And The HSP Immune System

If we are experiencing a lot of stress and our immune systems become weakened, then when other problems arise, we have a more difficult time coping with them. Viruses, parasites, and other invaders are more likely to take hold in our systems.

Therefore in addition to stress reduction strategies, it is a good idea for highly sensitive people to offer their bodies some immune system support. hese herbs can help:

  1. ashwaghandha is one of the most important herbs for highly sensitive people because not only does it help with stress but it also builds you up. It has the ability to reduce high cortisol levels which gets activated under stress and can be chronically active in highly sensitive people. Since highly sensitive people are under stress a lot of the time, ashwaghandha is highly valuable as a defense agains the effects on long term elevated cortisol which can cause metabolic syndrome and other conditions. Metabolic syndrome is considered an indicator of the potential to eventually get diabetes. Ashwaghandha is one of the most important Ayurvedic herbs because it not only calms the nervous system, but it also boosts energy and vitality, making it particularly important for HSP’s who often feel drained.
  2. tulsi or holy basil is considered a hol plant In Ayurveda that brings in positive energy into the body and help eliminate negative energy. It is rich in antioxidants and  strengthens the immune system. It is considered a healing agent for the nervous system, so it reduces stress symptoms. Like ashwaghandha, tulsi is considered an adaptogen, which means it will strengthen the body. Tulsi will also improve mental functioning in particular the memory.
  3. neem is an amazing herb that is antiviral, antifungical, antibacterial and antiseptic. It is a blood cleaner that is beneficial for skin conditions and dental health. Neem is a strong immune system booster.

All of the herbs individually and combined will help any highly sensitive person to improve the functioning of their nervous and immune systems.They are herbs that I use and personally recommend.

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Shilajit: Fountain Of Youth

 

Most of the time we use herbs and herbal preparations to help with physical and mental problems that we have.

But these natural healers serve another purpose.

Some of them support our best functioning so they help keep us in great condition and preempt future problems.

Shilajit is one of these substances.

Why Shilajit Is Called The Fountain Of Youth

Shilajit is an ancient Ayurvedic herb that has so many rejuvenating properties that some people call it the Fountain of Youth.

It is used to

  • increase strength
  • stabilize blood sugar and improve the health of people suffering from diabetes
  • energize people suffering from fatigue
  • purify the blood
  • strengthens digestion
  • strengthen the immune system.

This may seem like a small list but these benefits cover the most basic and important aspects of human physiological functioning.

Shilajit comes from the Himalayan mountains. It is a thick paste like substance and sometimes is called asphaltum. It is often found oozing from the rocks in the mountains. Once collected it is processed into a powdery form.

The Warmth Of Shilajit

Shilajit acts in a heating manner on the body and our bioenergies.

In Ayurveda, bioenergies are the basis of health practices and lifestyle choices. They are

  • vata dosha which regulates movement, the nervous system and mental functioning
  • pitta dosha which regulates digestion
  • kapha dosha which regulates the structure of the body.

Shilajit affects vata and kapha doshas the most because they are naturally cold and the warming action of shilajit is healing to them.

The warm property of shilajit helps suppress pain and is considered a good treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, an HSP disease. It helps the nervous system, is effective in treating depression, as well as mental stress and fatigue. It is also know to improve the effectiveness of others herbs.

Shilajit And HSP’s

Doshas are the bioenergies that make up the human system. They govern different aspects of human physiology and work together to create healthy functioning. Vata dosha governs movement and the nervous system and in HSP’s is often out of balance. Vata is also considered the most important dosha and can cause the other doshas to go out of balance.

Shilajit has a positive effect on the important systems of the body which can only help HSP’s to minimize the effects of overstimulation and stress. Shilajit is a great herb that can help highly sensitive people master their complex nervous systems and the effects of stress.

2 Herbs For Great Skin

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Would you like to have great skin?

Do you invest in your skin care and still feel dissatisfied with how your skin looks?

Many people waste a lot of money on their skin to look and feel better.  They do not understand their skin problems and reach for magic bullet solutions, sometimes making the problem worse.

There is a way out of this problem with some revisions in your self-care. First, we have to understand the causes of skin problems.

What Causes Skin Problems?

Skin problems come from may sources: viruses and bacteria are two common sources. However, the biggest source of skin problems is actually how we live.

Diet, water, rest and exercise play the most important roles in our skin condition. The seasons are also important since seasonal factors play an important role in skin aggravation: winter wind can dry the skin, summer heat can burn it. Toxins of all sorts can clog our bodies including our skin.

Here in the west, we think of skin as a layer of tissue covering our bodies. Ayurveda has a more complex and holistic understanding of this important organ.

The Seven Layers Of The Skin

Ayurveda has identified 7 layers to the skin.

According to this MAPI article on skin care, they are:

  1. Avabhasini: This is the outermost layer. It reflects the complexion and the quality of nutrition. It also acts as a mirror: it indicates whether the physiology as a whole is balanced or imbalanced, and whether there is inner health or disorder. The avabhasini layer also reflects the aura of the individual-if there is inner bliss, it shows on this layer. It does not have its own color: it reflects the colors of the inner layers. Internal and external re-hydration and regular massage supports the health and appearance of the avabhasini layer of the skin.
  2. Lohita: This layer supports the outermost layer. It indicates the quality and health of the blood. If there is ama (impurities) in the blood, it impacts the aura of the outer layer and accentuates sensitivity to the sun. The color of this layer resembles molten iron.
  3. Shweta: This is a white layer, and it provides balance to skin color, lightening the darker colors of the inner layers.
  4. Tamra: This layer nurtures the upper layers of the skin. It supports the immune system. This is the layer that helps the skin perform its function of being a “barrier. Skin infections reflect an imbalance in this layer. It is copper-colored.
  5. Vedini: This fifth layer sensually links the skin to the rest of the body. It is the center for transformation of sensation-feeling of pain, for example.
  6. Rohini: This layer supports healing and regeneration. Imbalance in this layer retards healing and the disappearance of scars over time. A balanced diet, rich in nutritional value, supports the rohini layer.
  7. Mamsadhara: This innermost layer is the platform for the skin’s stability and firmness. When this layer is in balance, the skin looks young and supple.
All of these layers of the skin can become unbalanced and therefore contribute to skin problems.

The Skin And The Immune System

All parts of the body are vulnerable to toxins including the skin.

The immune system protects us from toxins and our body expels them in various ways. The skin plays an important role in the release of these toxins from the body. Whenever our skin is showing signs of some sort of damage, it is because of some imbalance or toxins in the body that need to be released.

Most Common Causes Of Skin Problems

The following are among the most common lifestyle causes of skin problems:

  • dehydration
  • poor quality food: processed, fast food, and leftovers
  • wrong food for our system
  • lack of sleep
  • stress of all kinds
  • overwork
  • weather changes that are a problem for your body time
  • lack of exercise

The best way to improve skin conditions is to begin changing our lifestyles.

Improving Skin Condition

Diet, exercise, hydration, stress reduction and a good night’s sleep will improve skin resilience and health.

In addition these herbs will help remove toxins from the skin and improve appearance:

  1. neem is one of the most important herbs for the skin; it’s leaves, bark and oil are all used in healing preparations. Neem has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungical benefits.
  2. according to the Neem Foundation, neem is useful in treating fungus based conditions: athlete’s foot, ringworm and candida.
  3. neem has been used to successfully treat psoriasis, eczema and other conditions.
  4. neem is antibacterial properties help heal sores and burns.
  5. turmeric is known as a wound healer. Turmeric improves skin conditions by purifying the blood.
Using neem and turmeric capsules will go a long way to improving your skin. When combined with good lifestyle practices, you have the opportunity to create long-term healthy glowing skin and save a lot of money on expensive skin preparations.

Massage For Great Skin

A daily massage is a daily practice that makes skin feel wonderful while it helps remove toxins.  There are two different types: warm oil massage and dry massage.

  1. Warm oil massage or abhyanga is a head-to-toe form of self massage that provides deep healing to the tissues.  Using herbal oils provides nourishment and detoxification to the many levels of the skin and joints. It is done daily for maximum effect.  Daily massage has a calming effect on the entire being and is a great way not only to have great skin but also to reduce stress.  One of the best results of daily warm oil massage is incredible soft skin!
  2. Dry massage also called garshan is great for treating cellulite which is caused by a buildup of toxic fat and poor circulation.  Garshan like warm oil massage is conducted in the morning using silk gloves which stimulate the skin resulting in the removal of toxins.

Both types of massage are beneficial depending on your need. This Ayurvedic massage pdf gives instructions for both massage types.

Getting Started On Creating Great Skin

Great health starts with good food, healthy water, stress relief practices, and exercise. Adding herbs for skin can accelerate your healing, and massage will make your skin soft and help you feel wonderful and save you a lot of money.