3 Great Herbs For Emotional Health

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Do you ever feel like an emotional ping-pong ball?

Do you have a hard time dealing with life’s emotional ups and downs?

Do you suffer from depression or anxiety?

Highly sensitive people have a particularly difficult time handling the emotional complexities of daily life. Not because they are weak, but because they notice everything!

Herbal Remedies And Emotional Resilience

Emotional resilience is challenging for anyone except the most hardened person.

In our big and complicated world, emotional openness and compassion do come with a price, however. We often get bogged down and even ill particularly if we are highly sensitive people.

One way to improve the situation is to take herbal remedies that can improve our emotional well-being. Here  are some that can do that for you.

Brahmi

Brahmi is one of the most important herbs for the brain. It is one of the natural herbs known as adaptogens.  An adaptogen is “…an herb product that…increase(s) resistance to stresstraumaanxiety and fatigue.”

According to Clarocet‘s reference library, Bacopa benefits are clear in four areas:

  • improved capacity for attention and focus,
  • improved ability to withstand emotional stress
  • reduction in nervousness and anxiety
  • improved immune system function.

Brahmi is unusual in that it helps the left and right hemispheres of the brain to work together, improves all aspects of mental  functioning and helps us deal with stress.

Ashwaghandha

Ashwaghandha, like brahmi, is a restorative herb and adaptogen, which means it helps the body handle stress. making it very helpful for highly sensitive people.

  • It increases strength, protecting and enhancing the energy of the body which can be debilitated by stress and fatigue in highly sensitive people.
  • It supports the immune system and adrenal functioning. Adrenal fatigue is often a consequence of long term stress and can result in many other physical ailments including allergies and obesity.  Natural Herbs Guide cites a study which found that ashwagandha’s large number of antioxidents support the immune system and help with healthy aging.
  • Ashwaghandha helps stabilize blood sugar and supports the liver as well as the adrenals. Blood sugar levels can be adversely affected by chronic stress, a problem that HSP’s need to be aware of.
  • According to Ashwagandha Benefits, some people use it to minimize the effects of: chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, stress induced ulcers and osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ashwaghanda is considered the top herb for the nervous system because of it calming capabilities and worth considering by HSP’s as a way to protect their sensitive nervous systems.

Arjuna

Arjuna is the Ayuvedic herb for the heart. It heals many heart conditions:

  • congestive heart disease
  • angina
  • cardiac arrhythmia
  • hypertension
  • cholesterol levels

In Ayurveda, the heart is not just a part of the physical body. It is also the seat of emotional health. Therefore, arjuna strengthens the heart and support emotional health.

Arjuna helps heal a “broken heart” which makes it a valuable herb for highly sensitive people, who suffer acutely from emotional disappointments and injury.

Creating Emotional Health

Emotional health comes from  good health habits. HSP’s need to be careful about their work and social environments to minimize the chances of emotional injury.

Since it is not possible to control everything, these three herbs will help any HSP to cope better with the emotional demands of their environments.

 

NOTE: HSP Health has an affiliate relationship with LifeSpa.

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Treat Depression and Anxiety With St. John’s Wort

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Depression and anxiety ar common in modern life.

Given the sensitive biology of highly sensitive people, they may be even more common among HSPs.

What are the causes?

Common Causes Of Depression And Anxiety

Depression and anxiety can come from physical causes as many HSPs know and also from situational causes.

Many people when they experience a significant loss in their life – a layoff from their employment, or a car accident –  can feel sad, lost, or hurt. These feelings are legitimate responses to real difficulties in life.  When feeling lost, hopeless, helpless, scared, alone, and anxious, we lose our desire for doing the normal activities of daily life. The difficult feelings caused by challenging life circumstances can last for a long time –  days, weeks even months.

It can seem that we are grasping at straws when we talk about the causes of depression.It has been attributed to past abuse, medications, personal conflicts, a loss or death, genetics, substance abuse, major life change, a major illness, or other traumatic events. All of these reasons may be right.

Different Degrees Of Depression

Depression does not come in one flavor.

An individual can be suffering from:

  1. major depressive disorder (MDD) which can causes disruption of sleep, work, and eating patterns as well as interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy simple pleasures. A person suffering from MDD will have these debilitating symptoms for nearly every day in a two week span or longer
  2. chronic depression which has the same but less intense symptoms of major depressive disorder although it usually lasts longer
  3. atypical depression which is unusual often starts in the teenage years and expresses itself as  overeating, oversleeping, fatigue, and sensitivity to rejection.
  4. seasonal depression which will affect one’s mood when the season changes usually starts in fall and ends around spring time.

These are just naming a few on the broad spectrum out their affecting nearly one out of ten people.

 How St. John’s Wort Helps

St. John’s Wort is a natural healing herb.

The herbal remedy is made from its flowers and leaves. It contains hyperforin, hypericin and pseudohypericin, three components scientists believe relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. St. John’s Wort has also been used to help people suffering from panic attacks, wounds, headaches, sleep disorders, nerve pain, and mild depression.

St. John’s wort has been used to relieve these symptoms:

  • being really tired
  • loss of sleep
  • appetite
  • insomnia
  • menopausal symptoms
  • eczema
  • anxiety
  • mild depression
  • trouble sleeping

Cautions For Using St. John’s Wort

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, St. John’s wort blocks your body’s abilities to reabsorb a chemical in your brain called serotonin leading to antidepressant effects. If it is taken with other antidepressant medications, you can trigger some complications like serotonin syndrome.

It can interact with other medications you are on and interfere with some antibiotics, benzodiazepine tranquilizers, birth control pills, anesthetics, some HIV treatments, rizatriptan, and reserpine.

If you are taking other medications it is wise to talk to your doctor before using Saint John’s wort. St. John’s Wort can also increase sun sensitivity.

Relieving Depression And Anxiety

St. John’s Wort is certainly worth considering if you are looking for a natural way to help manage depression or anxiety for a short period of time. For highly sensitive people who are not on medications it can be a useful herb.

It is not a substitute for engaging with the challenge of being highly sensitive, the lifestyle needs of HSPs and necessary lifestyle modifications that the highly sensitive require to be at their best. It can, however, have a place as a short term solution while other changes are being made.

Ayurveda For Any Type Of Depression

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Any type of depression is tricky to heal since it can present itself in many ways. It can range from temporary mood swings to more persisting feelings of dejection or self-pity over an extended period of time. In its most extreme form, depression can even present itself as severe melancholia, leading the sufferer to contemplate suicide.

Most people think of depression as a state of mind, when in fact it is a clinical condition stemmed from a physical hormone imbalance. Once diagnosed, there are treatments for any type of depression that can help the sufferer feel better and which can lead to a drastic change in attitude, outlook on life and even appearance. Studies have shown that there are natural ways to treat depression such as through supplements and exercise that don’t have the long-lasting side effects of strong pharmaceuticals.

Ayurveda For Any Type Of Depression

One of the most promising source of treatments and supplements available is Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments caused by an imbalance in the bodies energies. Once the energies are stabilized, it is believed that mental and physical health can return.

Ayurveda is safe and natural. It can be used in conjunction with other medications. Ayurvedic doctors work with Western medicine but nonetheless it’s best to check with a doctor before beginning to take Ayurveda if you are currently taking any other medications.

How Ayurveda Works For Any Type Of Depression

Ayurveda works by addressing the two main causes of depression:

  • an imbalance in the three doshas or bioenergies of the human ecosystem: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • developing and promoting an awareness of the inner Self

Doshas are the bioenergetic forces that determine health, both mentally and physically. Dosha imbalances result in physical as well as behavioral imbalances and symptoms. It is believed that depression is largely caused by an imbalance in the body that may progress to more serious ailments if left untreated.

More Than One Type of Depression

Ayurveda is useful for treating any type of depression.

Ayurveda provides a full range of treatments and living solutions that enable you to take care of yourself so that you are in optimum health. They offer excellent stress reduction techniques, diet and lifestyle solutions as well as herbal remedies and detoxification. All of the Ayurvedic treatments are natural and meant to enhance and support the bioenergy of the individual.

The different types of depression show up in different ways:

  • Vata induced depression is characterized by an abundance of fear, anxiety, nervousness and sleeplessness. It can be aggravated by loneliness or the loss of a loved one.
  • Pitta induced depression involves fear of failure or fear of making mistakes. If untreated, this form can progress to suicidal tendencies. People who suffer from this form of depression are usually addicted to success or may be pressured by family achieve things. It often manifests itself in the winter.
  • Kapha induced depression is characterized by the feeling of being weighed down. It involves excessive sleepiness, obesity and feelings of having a wasted life.

The special blend of herbs and ingredients in Ayurveda address imbalances of each type of dosha while not affecting the healthy part of the body. Each type of depression experienced stems from whatever the dosha is lacking. Ayurvedic herbs are a great way to restore balance to the body.

What Are Some Ayurvedic Treatments For Depression?

Ayurveda is a combination of herbs that together work to restore balance to an individual’s body. For those suffering from depression suitable herbs will have a calming effect on the nervous system and brain. Some suitable herbal ingredients include Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Vachaa, Mandook parni and Guduchi that are available in a variety of herbal combinations.

In addition to supplements, there are also external Ayurvedic treatments. Some detoxification treatments that can be helpful are the pouring of liquid medication over the forehead between the eyebrows, and body massage. Ayurvedic medicine also stresses the practice of yoga for health and treatment of specific ailments.

The combination of supplements, yoga and awareness can help cure the depression, allowing the sufferer to lead a healthier, happier life. Unlike western medicines, Ayurveda is a safe and natural way to address imbalances in the body that may lead to a variety of health problems. Ayurveda is particularly valuable for highly sensitive people because if is tailored to the individual, is designed to support your natural and best self and doesn’t cause the side effects of allopathic medications.

For HSPs it is definitely worth asking your natural health practitioner about Ayurveda to find out if you can benefit from its natural approach to treating depression.

Herbs That Control Blood Sugar

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When you put food into your mouth, you are not really eating.

Why?

Because most food has very little nourishment..

How this came to be is a story for another time.  However it is important for you to realize that what passes for food in the United States is sugar and a bunch of chemicals to give you a taste, but very little actual nourishment.

As a result, managing blood sugar levels is something that everyone needs to do.  The quality of much of our food is that bad. And given the amount of sugar in American food, managing blood sugar levels is going to be a challenge for the foreseeable future.

The Easiest Way To Manage Blood Sugar Levels

By far the easiest way to handle the blood sugar issue is to not have the problem. Depending on where you live and what types of food you have access to, it can be a challenge to put together a diet that is healthy: consisting of mainly vegetables, grains, fruits and legumes. Even those who have access to high quality food often find that having time to cook is difficult and healthy eating habits are difficult to achieve on a consistent basis.

Having said that, there is no question that making healthy eating an important long term priority is worth doing.  I would suggest starting with some good reading material:

  • one excellent resource is The Three Season Diet by Dr. John Douillard, which discusses the right way to eat for each season.  His book includes helpful recipes.
  • another is Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  This book is an excellent introduction to Ayurveda health practices including diet.  It includes food lists for each body type and can help you understand what is right for you.

While you are learning about and developing healthier eating habits herbs can come to the rescue to help you feel better.

 Herbs that Reduce Blood Sugar

There are a number of natural herbs that are very helpful for managing blood sugar.

They are:

  1. gymnema silvestre.  By all accounts, gymnema is the most useful herb for improving blood sugar levels.  The herb’s Hindu name refers to its function: “the sugar destroyer”.  According to WebMD, “Gymnema contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar from the intestine. Gymnema may also increase the amount of insulin in the body and increase the growth of cells in the pancreas, which is the place in the body where insulin is made.”
  2. neem. Neem is an herbal remedy made from various parts of the neem tree grown primarily in southeast Asia, although it can be found in Florida in the US.  Neem is an herb that provides a lot of support to the immune system, treats a variety of illnesses and improves blood sugar levels according to WebMD.  It’s comprehensive benefits make it a worthwhile addition to a daily health regimen.
  3. ginseng.  Some studies have indicated that ginseng can reduce blood sugar levels. According to Science Daily, American ginseng improves blood sugar levels, although apparently ginseng root is not as effective.

In addition fenugreek and turmeric are two herbs that can be taken with as supplements or as spices  which also have a beneficial effect. Fortunately, these herbs and spices are relatively inexpensive and worth considering to avoid the pain and expenses of difficult chronic diseases like diabetes. I have used them and I have found them to be safe.

13 Herbs For Detoxing

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My cat, Kelly, loves to eat my asparagus fern.

She is detoxing.

I learned from Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa in Colorado that new greens which emerge from the ground in the spring are meant to help us cleanse our intestinal tract after a winter of eating heavy insulating foods. There are specific steps in an effective detox:  Which Detoxing Steps Are You Missing?

In order to detox well, you need the right diet and practices that will support the cleansing of your system.  In addition, there are herbs that are especially effective for removing the toxins that make you sluggish and create disease.

These are 13 Ayurvedic herbs for an effective detox and rejuvenation program (1)(2):

  1. for cleaning the lymphatic system, where our immune system is located: manjistha. According to the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia, manjistha is one of the best herbs for blood purification and for detoxing the liver of environmental toxins which are increasingly a reason for poor health. It also cleans and regulates the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, all organs which are important parts of the digestive system, and is anti-cancer and anti-tumor.
  2. for repairing the mucus membrane of the gut, which becomes dysfunctional when clogged by heavy foods: turmeric. Turmeric helps relieve the mucus buildup that comes from eating heavy foods, regulates the metabolism, is a natural antibiotic that improves intestinal flora and purifies the blood.  It improves IBS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease and all inflammatory conditions.
  3. thinning the bile so that toxins do not get backed up in the liver forcing them into the body where they will be stored in fat cells: beets, fenugreek, cinnamon.
    • Beets improve lymph, liver and gall bladder functioning and act as a laxative as well.
    • Fenugreek is a rejuvenating herb that improves liver function and diabetic symptoms.
    • Cinnamon is a strengthener: it strengthens the metabolism, one’s constitution and the individual organs of digestion: the liver, spleen pancreas and kidneys.
  4. cleansing the liver  for proper processing of fat soluble toxins: amalaki, guduchi, barberry.
    • Amalaki cleans the intestines, stops stomach and intestinal inflammation, and improves the symptoms of diabetes and gastrointestinal conditions.
    • Guduchi is a blood purifier that improves digestion. It supports the immune system.
    • Barberry is a kind of decongestant in that it reduces fat, reduces congestion in the stomach, regulates liver functioning and destroys toxins in the body.
  5. cell regeneration: shilajit. Shilajit restores oxygen and nutrition to depleted cells and strengthens the immune system.
  6. balancing blood sugar: gymnema sylvestre removes sugar from the pancreas and restores pancreatic function and making it one of the most important  Ayurvedic herbs for diabetes.
  7. restoring digestion: ginger, black pepper, long pepper. These three herbs all act on digestion to stimulate and restore the digestive fire.

These are all important and useful herbs for anyone seeking a strong digestive detox. I have personally used then and have been very pleased with the improvement to my well-being. They are worth considering as part of a detoxification plan.

(1) Some herbal information obtained from the Ayurvedic Encyclopedia.

(2)These herbs are part of Dr. John Douillard’s Colorado Cleanse.

Shilajit: Fountain Of Youth

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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.

Guduchi: 9 Ways To Protect Your Health

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Guduchi Plant

Guduchi is another exceptional herb used extensively in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian health care system.

Found in the Himalayas, guduchi is one of the few herbs that balances the entire body or all the doshas, the name for the three body-systems of Ayurveda.

Over thousands of years, Ayurveda has catalogued all of the physical affects of food, beverages and herbs on the body. It has accomplished this feat by identifying the qualities in each food.

Let’s consider a ripe banana. It has the qualities of being sweet, heating and sour. It affects the body’s doshas with its smoothness and heaviness. Some of these qualities are obvious and others are more subtle.  We can taste the sweetness of a banana and experience its smoothness and heaviness. The heating and sour actions of the banana are felt in the body after the fruit has been eaten.

Guduchi has the following physical effects: heating, bitter, astringent, light, unctuous, sweet and destroys toxins. It balances all of three doshas or bioenergies of the body: data – air and movement, pitta – digestion, and kappa – tissues and lubrication.

It is such a strong supporter of the immune system that it is thought to help increase the life span.  Guduchi offers these heath benefits:

  1. improved immune system. It strengthens the immune system and helps with autoimmune diseases.  It also reduced the toxic effects of chemotherapy. By strengthening the immune system, it reduces the potential for cancer.
  2. improves conditions in the joints like gout and arthritis by acting as an anti-inflammatory.
  3. heals liver damage caused by alcohol, drugs and medicinal drugs. It repairs the liver tissue.
  4. heals skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and systemic lupus erythmatosis.
  5. heals gastrointestinal disease by healing various bowel conditions and rebalancing intestinal flora.
  6. regulates blood sugar levels.
  7. calms the nervous system.
  8. supports the reproductive system.
  9. rejuvenates the body.
Guduchi is known “as the one that protects the body”. It’s healing and protective abilities are prized in Ayurveda.  It is worth considering as part of a health regimen.
For highly sensitive people who suffer disabling stress and can be weakened by overstimulation, guduchi can provide some protection against the harms of modern life.
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Turmeric: 18 Ways To Good Health

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It is amazing how great health can be as close as our kitchen spice rack.

For thousands of years, food and herbs have been used for their healing properties. Some herbs are almost worshipped for their healing gifts.  Turmeric is one such herb.

Some herbs are valued solely for their medicinal properties. Neem would be an example of a plant used primarily for medicinal purposes.

Turmeric is different, however. It is an important cooking herb as well as a medicinal remedy.  In India, curry is one of their most common dishes and it usually includes turmeric.

Why is turmeric such a wonder herb? Turmeric is one of the few healing herbs on the world that has such a comprehensive list of benefits that it is considered a pharmacy unto itself. (Neem is also.)

Turmeric is a purifier. It is most frequently used to purify the blood which helps prevent blood clots. Since the blood circulates the entire blood, all of the purification capabilities of turmeric removing bacteria and free radicals mean that more oxygen and nutrients can get to the cells and the lymph system can do its job of removing wastes better.

Turmeric has the following effects on the body:

  1. alliterative.  Turmeric doesn’t just treat a medical condition, it also restores health.
  2. analgesic.  Turmeric reduces pain.
  3. anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is used extensively to heal wounds and improves arthritis symptoms.
  4. antibacterial. Turmeric has many properties which help with wound healing.
  5. anti-tumor, which means that in cleaning the body, tumors are less able to grow.
  6. antiallergic. Turmeric help with food and other forms of allergies.
  7. antioxident. Turmeric has the ability to clean up the free radicals created through stress and lifestyle choices.
  8. antiseptic. This is another of turmeric’s wound cleaning properties.
  9. antispasmodic. It relaxes muscles which reduces digestive and menstrual cramps.
  10. astringent. Turmeric dries out the tissues removing toxins, fat and excess fluid.
  11. cardiovasular. Since turmeric cleans the blood, the heart will be pumping cleaner blood and staying healthier over time. It’s anti-inflammatory properties reduces the occurrence of platelet clumping, which can cause blood clots and other problems.
  12. carminative, which means it reduces gas in the body
  13. cholagogue, which means it stimulates the gall bladders production of bile.
  14. improves digestion. Turmeric stimulates a sluggish digestion causing food to be properly digested and preventing the toxic buildup of undigested food.
  15. diuretic. Turmeric has astringent properties that remove excess fund from the body.
  16. vulnerary, refers to the ability to heal wounds.
  17. cleans the blood.
  18. supports the reproductive system.
Turmeric had strong wound healing properties and has been used to treat the following serious modern illnesses:
  1. arthritis
  2. cancer
  3. std’s
  4. alzheimer’s
  5. diabetes
  6. MS
  7. HIV
  8. illnesses related to the digestive system including IBS, indigestion, URI, kidney infections, gallstones, hemorrhoids, liver disease and food poisoning
  9. illnesses from blood toxins
  10. skin diseases including leprosy.
Turmeric is an herb that is safe and inexpensive to use and can be a very useful herb for keeping  toxins from taking hold in your body, which can set the stage for chronic disease and fatal illnesses like cancer. It is a great way to help heal existing diseases like arthritis, diabetes and digestive problems.
When combined with the Ayurvedic herbs tulsi and triphala for long term use, turmeric offers deep cleansing and rebalancing of the body.
Turmeric is a phenomenal herb that is worth taking every day to maintaining great health.
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9 Ways Mangistha Destroys Toxins In The Body

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Would you like to know that your immune system is functioning well and able to protect you?

Manjistha is a wonderful Ayurvedic herb that does just that.

Manjistha known as rubia cordifolia is a climbing medicinal plant found in the Himalayas. It’s roots are used to create the medicinal supplement known as manjistha. Manjistha is a multi purpose healer which addresses many conditions and symptoms. However, its most important role is the reduction of toxic reactions caused by detoxification sometimes called a healing crisis.

When toxins are loosened in the body they can enter the blood and other parts of the body causing serious damage. In addition, when detoxification happens too rapidly, various “healing” reactions can take place including psoriasis and ulcers as described by Vaidya Mishra, an Ayurvedic healer.

Manjistha is considered the best herb for blood purification since it supports detoxification when toxins can be removed from the liver and enter the blood stream. Toxins can also be found in the blood when the various channels of the body are closed preventing the normal processing and removal of toxins from the body.

Many of the conditions helped by manjistha involve the blood and organs that affected by blood and blood toxicity. These are some important conditions that benefit from using manjistha:

  1. skin diseases. Manjistha heals a variety of skin problems including eczema, psoriasis since the skin is a detoxifying organ.
  2. menstrual problems. Manjistha treats menstrual conditions since it purifies the blood.  It helps post-natal healing of the uterus.
  3. blood resolution. Manjistha regulates blood clots, blood pressure, cleanse the blood and treats heart disease.
  4. immune system
  5. removes renal and gall stone stones. Manjistha cleans and regulates the pancreas, spleen liver and kidneys which all have a role to play in digestion and toxin removal.
  6. urinary system disorders
  7. tumors. Manjistha destroys both benign and malignant tumors.
  8. some forms of herpes. Manjistha can treat herpes that is in the bloodstream.
  9. diabetic ulcers of the leg. Manjistha can help heal this debilitating condition.

Manjistha is a very useful herb for people who have eaten toxic diets for a long time, are suffering from toxic emotions and people who are in the process of detoxifying their bodies. It is a wonderful support for the immune system since it eliminates toxins that could become overwhelming to the immune system and increase blockages in the body.

Using manjistha is a great way to reduce the potential for serious illness.