Herbal Supplement List | N-R
Nettle, or stinging nettle as you may remember them from your childhood, are a very common and popular herbal remedy. Nettle contains protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, and D, all that can benefit the human body.
Nettle leaf helps to heal inflamed mucous membranes caused by colds and coughs and treat respiratory allergy symptoms.
Nettle extract or tea made with nettle acts as an effective diuretic that helps with kidney and bladder infections and as a skin wash for various skin ailments such as eczema.
The interesting thing about nettle is that it does act as a diuretic, which makes us want to urine more, but also discourages sudden and frequent bathroom urges such as bed wetting. This plant is also useful in the treating the inflammation and swelling of the prostate.
Why do nettles sting?
The bristles of the nettle plant contain histamines that cause a sting when they are touched, however; that natural histamine anti-histamine makes is a great herbal treatment for allergy symptoms.
Oolong tea is made up of black and green leaves. This tea has been reported as having a pleasant taste. Like most teas, oolong tea is full of antioxidants that can contribute to our overall well-being.
This tea is most popular as a diet aid. Oolong tea can boost the metabolism and suppress sugar cravings. Not only that, but it may also help burn fat!
Oolong tea does contain caffeine and should not be used within a few hours before bedtime because it could cause sleeplessness.
This herb is so familiar in cooking, that it is often overlooked for its health benefits.
Parsley is high in iron and vitamin C. It is used to alleviate water retention and also to stimulate and eliminate uric acid with can cause kidney and bladder infections. It is also used as a treatment in women with suppressed menstrual cycles.
The herb parsley is often used in foods and rarely causes any problems, but concentrated and more potent extracts should not be used by those with kidney problems without consulting a practitioner.
Of all the mints, peppermint is a favorite throughout the world. Peppermint is widely used to relieve stomachaches and nausea. Herbalists also recommend peppermint for headaches, colds, and gas problems. It is also effective for colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Peppermint is high in menthol. Menthol has a cooling effect and increases blood flow to painful areas. Peppermint also contains azulene, an anti-inflammatory.
When used properly with infants, peppermint can be effective in treating colic. It is usually not recommend that peppermint oil be used on infants so always consult your herbalist or doctor about what is right for you.
Primrose or evening primrose plays an important role in natural health. Primrose contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that supports well-being during the menstrual cycle. It also contains an omega-6 fatty acid that the body uses to reduce inflammation and support the immune system. Primrose also helps to improve circulation and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
The psyllium plant contains a gummy substance called mucilage. Mucilage acts as a mild laxative that is able to treat both diarrhea and constipation. It even acts as an weight loss aid because it is a source of natural fiber which can prevent hunger.
Psyllium also reduces high cholesterol by preventing some fat absorption.
Red Clover is a common plant used in the herbal industry. It is traditionally used to treat respiratory and skin problems. Herbalists used the bright red plant in remedies that stimulate the liver and immune system because it helps the body get rid of waste products.
Red Clover is making more recent news for its use in menopausal treatments. This plant contains phytoestrogens, the natural plant equivalent to the female estrogen hormone. This similarity to estrogen has been linked to the prevention of breast cancer and to the relief of menstruation and menopause problems.
The healing benefits of red root have been long known by the early North Americans. Red root is and astringent and is used to treat various skin conditions and sores.
This herb is also becoming known as natures cough and sore throat remedy by modern herbalists. Red root is being used in the treatment formulas for coughs and has been proven to relieve sore throats.
Reishi is a mushroom that has been used for thousands of years. It is a trusted herbal remedy for strengthening the immune system, calming the nervous system, regulating blood sugar, reducing the risk of heart disease, and relieving allergies and sleeplessness. Reishi is especially useful for treating and prolonging the liver in conditions of hepatitis and other diseases that can cause harm to the liver.
This is one of my favorite herbal supplements. Rhodiola acts in a similar to ginseng. In traditional medicine, rhodiola was to treat colds and enhance sexual function. In more modern medicine, rhodiola is being used to support memory and focus. It makes you feel better and more energetic. It also relieves depression and helps to maintain stress levels. It will boost your mood, make you more alert, and improve your overall sense of being.
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