Herbal Remedies

Herbs have been used for centuries to bring relief from various bodily discomforts. They bring balance back to the body, so the body can heal itself.Herbs come in many forms: teas, extracts, capsules or poultices, depending on the need. For those not accustomed to the taste of herbal teas or extracts, capsules may be preferred. Herbs work best when they are in solution, so if you are using capsules, make sure you are drinking plenty of water with them.The general guideline for using powdered herbs is to take two size “00” capsules no more than four times a day with water. Because some herbs may interfere with other medications you may be taking, always consult your doctor before taking herbal remedies. If you have read about the benefits of a particular herb and are not sure whether your doctor is familiar with that herb, take the book or article to your doctor so that he/she can make a better decision about whether it will help your health.A herbalist can give you advice on any precautions you should be taking when using various herbs. For instance, heart problems may result from taking peppermint more than twelve days in a row. Wait a week before resuming.Licorice, taken over a long period of time or in large doses, can cause sodium and water retention which elevates the blood pressure and may cause pains in the heart.

The following herbs should never be used during pregnancy and with caution by children and nursing mothers: Black Cohosh; Dong Quai; Sarsaparilla; Blessed Thistle; False Unicorn; Saw Palmetto; Blue Cohosh; Ginseng; Squaw Vine; Cramp Bark; Licorice; Wild Yam; Damiana; Pennyroyal; and Yarrow.

POPULAR HERBS:

Feverfew – helpful for fevers, headaches and migraines; for women it is a general strengthener of the womb; may reduce nausea and vomiting associated with migraines; eighty percent of all migraine sufferers who try Feverfew have found it to be preventative, but be patient – it may take several months before an improvement is noticed.

Ginseng – used by millions as a stimulant and a tonic; alleviates or reduces the discomfort of hot flashes and menopausal symptoms, and strengthens the endocrine gland; helps the body to better cope with stress, reduces cholesterol, normalizes body functions, may inhibit growth of cancerous tumors, and may enhance sexual desire; CAUTION – high intake may make you feel jittery. Vitamin C may interfere with the absorption of ginseng.

Evening Primrose Oil – high in gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid that is converted into prostaglandin (hormones necessary for many bodily functions); used to alleviate PMS symptoms (irritability, headaches, breast tenderness and bloating); promotes healthy skin; neutralizes over-acidity in the body; useful in arthritic conditions; stimulates bronchial tubes and stomach.

Go to our Herb listing in our on-line catalogue.