Herbals

This page includes the profiles of several herbs that I use quite frequently.  This is provided for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any condition.

ECHINACEA

Echinacea has long been used for its immune-boosting abilities.  It helps the body to produce anti-bodies and white blood cells.  It also helps the body fight viral infections.  It helps support and clean the lymph nodes.

—-WARNINGS—-

There are several species of echinacea available, though the augustifolia and purpurea species are preferred.  The others do not contain the compounds that give echinacea its effects.

People with auto-immune disorder should use this herbal medication with caution.

Echinacea is not recommended for pregnant women.

ELEUTHERO

Eleuthero is probably the most studied herb in the herbalist’s apothecary, having had over 3000 studies performed on it.  It is an adaptogen.  In simplified terms, they help the body adapt to stress.  Extensively researched by the former USSR, they found that not only does it help us adapt to stress, it boosts athletic performance, increases endurance and improves mental concentration.  They used it with their cosmonauts to combat space-sickness, found that secretaries made fewer mistakes and caused fewer sick days.  In other words, it improved endurance, immunity, brain function and general overall good health,

—-WARNINGS—-

As eleuthero is one of the more stimulating adaptogens, it should be used short term or in lower doses, to prevent overstimulation and/or insomnia.

 

RED CLOVER

Red clover is a blood-purifier that is often used with other herbs for skin conditions, cancer, swollen lymph glands and liver detoxification.  It contains phytoestrogens that block estrogen receptor sites, possibly inhibiting estrogen-dependent cancers.  It makes a pleasant-tasting tea.

—-WARNINGS—-

Due to its phytoestrogen content, some herbalist recommend that it not be used by pregnant women.

RHODIOLA

Rhodiola is my favorite adaptogen.  It aids mental clarity, memory, stress-reduction and energy production.  I oftentimes add a teaspoon of rhodiola to my coffee before brewing in the morning.

—-WARNINGS—-

No known warnings.  Though it should not be consumed with 4-6 hours of bedtime, as it is a mental stimulant.  (It is NOT a general stimulant like coffee, but it may causes difficulty in falling asleep for some people).