Herbs and stress relief are extremely important in today’s world because our lives are so busy, and, for many, overstimulated. Too much stress causes dis-ease and when we are "stressed out" for a long period of time it can cause us to feel tired and sluggish, especially in the morning upon rising and or between 2p.m.- 4p.m. When we are overwhelmed with stress this can lead to lethargy, anxiety and and/or depression.
I overcame extreme fatigue and sluggishness, lack of concentration, and
digestive issues through the use of super greens and liver herbs. Herbs and stress relief are based on plants which are full of B vitamins, antioxidants, blood and liver cleansing properties, digestion-assisting properties and kidney adrenal building and nourishing properties.
Super greens replenish your body’s nutrient reserves, giving your body, mind and soul overall genuine energy and a clear, focused mind.
Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress by normalizing body chemistry, which helps increase the resistance to stress by replenishing the adrenal glands. The beauty of herbs is that they support glands and/or organs most in need; as well as supporting other glands and organs.
Liver health is very important for hormone balance because the liver governs the thyroid. Part of the liver’s job is to cleanse chemical toxins from the body. These toxins mimic estrogen - and too much estrogen creates extreme hormonal imbalance.
The body is brilliant and is designed to take from one place to replenish another when there is enough in its stores to do so. If not, depletion may occur, creating ill health. It is very common to see thyroid problems when there are adrenal gland imbalances.
Some adaptogens are:
Alfalfa Leaf medicago sativa Part Used: leaf stems, unopened flowers Taste: sweet/bitter Energy:neutral to cool Effective Form: infusion, capsules, tincture, powered Properties: anti-inflammatory, rich in carotene, vitamin K, chlorophyll, amino acids, full spectrum minerals and trace minerals very nutrient rich Medicinal use: especially good for the muscular skeletal system. Supports digestive and liver health. Help prevent tooth decay. Helps with arthritis, rheumatism and osteoporosis. Stimulate removal or inorganic mineral deposits from the blood, rich in vitamin K.
Cautions: those on blood thinners need to ask their doctor before taking vitamin K rich herbs.
Barley Grass hordeum vulgare. Part Used: stem Taste: sweet/salty Energetic: cooling Effective Form: fresh juiced, dried, powdered, tablets Properties: a very nutrient rich plant, also known as a super green food, it is rich in chlorophyll, antioxidants, and is anti-aging. Medicinal use: Helps keep the immune system strong, neutralizes heavy metals such as mercury, provides liver/blood health through its gentle cleansing properties, regulates blood sugar, fresh juiced helps keep healthy strong cells which is known to prevent cancer. Cautions: none
Wheatgrass tritcum aestrvum Part Used: stem Taste bitter/sweet Energetic: cool Effective form fresh juice, dried powder, tablets Properties: rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids. Medicinal Use: Arthritis, constipation, rheumatism, hypertension, fatigue, hemorrhoids, premenstrual syndrome. Helps keep the immune system strong Neutralizes heavy metals such as mercury. Provides liver/blood health through its gentle cleansing properties. Regulates blood sugar.
Astragalus Root: (Huang Chi) Astragalus membranaceus. Part Used: root Taste: sweet Energetic: slightly warm Effective Form: decoction of root, tincture, capsules. Properties: anti-viral, immune enhancer Medicinal use: Organ toning and gland balancing herb especially for the spleen, kidneys, adrenals and lungs. Known as an Adaptogen. Antiviral, helps maintain good natural energy throughout the day, strengthens digestion, promotes wound and injury healing, strengthens chronic lung conditions Cautions: Best mixed in a formula for long term use, high in selenium which can be toxic in high doses for those who live in areas which have a high selenium content in the soil.
Chlorella Part Used: algae Taste slightly bitter Energetic: cooling Effective form: powder, table Properties: rich in vitamins, minerals, trace mineral, enzymes and amino acids. Medicinal Use: neutralizes heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum. Cleanses the liver and blood. Increases circulation. Easy to assimilate so it strengthens digestion.
Ginger root zingiber officinale Part Used: root Taste pungent Energetic: warm Effective form: fresh, dried powder, capsules, tincture Properties: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, *cordials *dental anodynes, *diaphoretics Medicinal
Use: Increases absorption of nutrients. Increases circulation. Helps with digestive issues; nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness. Supports the body when it is cold or has a cold.