Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus, in the legume family) has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, usually combined with other herbs, to stimulate the immune system and treat respiratory infections, fatigue, loss of appetite, and many other ailments. Typically, what’s used is the plant’s root, which is available in capsules, liquid extracts, powders, and teas.
Herbalists call astragalus an “adaptogen,” meaning that it is supposed to help restore balance when the body is exposed to various physical and mental “stressors,” thereby boosting overall strength and vitality of the immune system.
Used throughout human history, nasal rinsing is a practice traced back to the dawn of civilization. But during the rise of the antibiotics era, personal hygiene took a back seat to the more “scientific” protocol of taking antibiotics instead of just rinsing your sinuses. But the age of antibiotics is now coming to an end as physician-assisted abuse of antibiotics spurred the development and spread of deadly superbugs. Suddenly, rinsing your nasal passages with salt water seems a whole lot wiser than popping superbug-inducing chemical pills.
“Like cures like” is the guiding principle of homeopathic medicine. It is also known as the Principle of Similars. This means that an illness can be treated with a substance that produces similar symptoms in a healthy person in larger amounts. But, homeopathy uses very diluted amounts. The miniscule doses of the active ingredient work to stimulate the body’s own healing ability, without the harmful symptoms the substance would cause in larger amounts, and without side effects. Good news for those of us trying to live a healthy, natural lifestyle.
Shown in studies to ease depression, St. John’s wort may also be helpful for seasonal affective disorder.
Try St. John’s wort in tincture or capsule form; for depression, be sure you’re working with a health-care professional. St. John’s wort may interact with certain drugs; discuss with your doctor.
Whether it’s the result of an all-out workout or a long day of play, muscle soreness will subside sooner with the right rubs and balms. Choose natural muscle rubs that contain menthol and eucalyptus, shown to possess anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties in a 2003 study.
Homeopathic arnica can speed healing as well: Take five pellets of arnica (at 30C strength) three times a day to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. Arnica works wonders – also look for arnica creams!
In the Air: Try a Stress Rescue with Bach Rescue Remedy — the famous flower-essence drops — improves the body’s ability to handle stress and strengthen its natural energy reserves. Restoring emotional vitality, Rescue Energy is all natural, non narcotic, and non habit forming.
For varicose veins, try horse chestnut, an herbal extract that’s been shown in studies to strengthen veins and reduce swelling.
Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil
, Tiger Balm
, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.
The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.
Since Mike H. let us know the Hyaluronic Acid has been helping relieve his joint range of motion in his hands, I have been wondering if anyone else has been having great benefits to this often not heard about supplement?
Hyaluronic Acid maintains the lubrication of joints and allows them to preserve water for other tissues. By retaining an adequate amount of water, our joints are less likely to turn out to be fragile and weak. HA also aids in the restoration of skin by maintaining its elastin and collagen, encouraging a healthy appearance (look younger AND feel younger!).
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