According to the dictionary, herb is defined as “any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume.”
From the time human beings appeared on earth, we have used plants, seeds, roots, leaves and flowers as foods and medicines for our lives and our diseases. These are called “herbs”. Those experiences of using natural plants have passed through the history of human existence. Many ancient books were written in stone, wood, and bamboo to help share knowledge and experiences of ancient history in using herbs to treat diseases and improve health. Many herbs are still used today to treat the same diseases. Through modern technology, we have methods to extract the essence of plants and use them as ingredients in producing chemical drugs and medicines. Nowadays many people have started to see the health benefits of natural herbs and using natural herbs in treatment, even some hospitals have started to combine modern medicines and natural herbs as a whole in their treatment regime, which has some amazing results. Chinese medicines, and Ayurveda of India are some of the most well-known herbal treatment traditions on our planet.
Learning about what herbs are and their benefits will encourage you to begin to use them in your life to improve your health, wellness, and your treatment of diseases. Some herbs are used to flavor foods, or in home environments, some are used in treatment with the wonderful result on the human body. For example, cinnamon has been used in making cakes, put in coffee to add more flavor, and the essential oil of cinnamon has been used to improve the home’s smell. Garlic is also known as medicinal herbs to improve blood circulation, high blood pressure and used to spray away insects. Green tea is one of the most popular herbs in the world and has been used as a daily drink, improve heart disease, anti-aging or detoxification for the body and also high blood pressure.
Health benefits of natural herbs
Depending on their attributes and components within an herb, we have many herbs that are good for almost every part of our body, from hair to toenails, even for our organs like liver, lung, kidney, and it is also good for the treatment of diseases.
- Helps to strengthen immune system
- Helps to detoxify the body
- Helps to improve body energy
- Helps to treat organ related diseases
- Helps to improve the cardiovascular system or circulatory system (heart)
- Helps to support the digestive system or excretory system (stomach, intestines)
- Helps to balance the endocrine system (hormones)
- Helps to improve the integumentary system or exocrine system (skin, hair, nail, sweat)
- Helps to improve the lymphatic system or immune system
- Helps to improve the muscular system or skeletal system (muscle, bone)
- Helps to improve the nervous system (brain, nerves)
- Helps to improve the renal system or urinary system (kidney)
- Helps to improve or treat the reproductive system (sex organs)
- Helps to improve the respiratory system (lung)
Using natural herbs in treating diseases from common ailments such as a cold, cough, or sore throat, to the difficult ones like diabetes, and heart disease has been taken into consideration and researched. For example, Gymnema Sylvestre is a herbaceous plant and has been researched and shown that it has the ability to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin to treat diabetes. Cinnamon has been used in reducing the blood sugar level in diabetes patients and it is also helpful in cutting cholesterol and triglycerides levels. Honey and lemon are combined to treat common colds and coughs. Ginger is also used for improving blood circulation, and reducing nausea.
Combining herbs is also a great technology that we have learned from history. Combining several herbs at the same time has been shown increase the effectiveness and better result than using the single herb.
More and more people are starting to use herbs in their daily life because they are easy to grow, easy to find, and they are natural and safe. As you can see, most of the natural herbs are very safe because they have been used throughout history, but some people have allergies to some of them. So you should pay attention or ask your doctor before applying any herbs to your body. You can also substitute and insert some of the healthy herbs into your daily meal, to increase your meal’s flavor and also increase the benefits for your health. For example, Aloe Vera is very easy to grow and has a huge amount of benefits include improving your skin, it is good for burns, digestive system, detoxification, and improving the immune system.
There are many healthy benefits to natural herbs. By starting to apply these healthy herbs into your daily life, you will not only improve your health but also improve the quality of your life. As your health improves, you have much more energy to do anything that is important to your life.
Let’s look at our first sample benefits of natural herbs on human energy.
Top 10 natural herbs for energy
As you can see these terms have been used in our modern day: “fast, speed, fast paced” society. With that demand, we need energy in order to adapt to our modern life. We tend to use coffee and drink lots of coffee to get the “fake feeling” of vitality, a quick burst of energy and alertness, but, after that, we often feel tired and jittery. There are many natural herbs for energy that can be used to revitalize, improve our alertness, help us feel strong, feel good and give us a sense of well-being without the need to drinking coffee and energy drinks.
When talking about natural herbs for energy, we often categorize herbs into 3 groups: adaptogens, stimulants, and tonics. Adaptogens give your body the ability to adapt to the demand circumstances. One of the examples is Ginseng. Stimulants trigger a specific action within the body regardless of body condition, for example, coffee, and cocaine. Tonics increase energy through metabolism, and increase the immune and resistance systems.
The following list is of the top 10 natural herbs for improving, revitalizing and maintaining energy for the body.
(Wiki: Ginseng root)
Ginseng has been used for thousands of years in Asia and recently in the US. It is categorized as an Adaptogen herb, which helps the body to adapt to any stressor conditions. It helps to give the body energy as a whole, combat fatigue, improve alertness and cognitive functions, improve stress resistance and increase the immune system. Two types that are popular in the market are Chinese/Korean Ginseng and American Ginseng.
It is also called “Golden Root”. It belongs to the Adaptogen group. Rhodiola Rosea is often used to increase strength and stamina. Some of the athletes in China have used this as a daily supplement for improving their stamina and strength in training. It also helps in improving your mood.
This is one of the medicinal mushrooms. It has been used for thousands of years in Asia for improving health, boosting the immune system, detoxifying the liver, improving the feeling of wellness, and it is also used in spiritual development as it has a calming effect on the mind. It is also used as a supplement in fighting cancer disease. Its effects are mild and not as strong as other herbs, but you will feel the natural energy that it brings to your body.
It is known as the “Indian Ginseng”. It has been used for a very long time in Ayurvedic medicines for strengthening the immune system, improving energy, recovering health after illness, and helps the body to adapt to stress. Nowadays, scientists and researchers have conducted research for its effects on reducing depression and anxiety, lowering cholesterol, improving cognition and memory, stabilizing blood sugar level, and more.
It has been used commonly in Peru for a long time ago. It helps to improve energy and stamina, improve fertility, aphrodisiac and it was used for warriors in the Inca Empire to improve their strength, energy, and stamina in fighting. Gradually, it has been widely spread all over the world and become a superfood, with lots of benefits including improved energy, endurance, stamina, reduced stress, and a healthy ingredient includes a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as amino acids.
Brahmi is an herb that has been used in Ayurvedic Medicines for centuries. It is bitter in taste and it is used commonly as a tonic for the brain, which helps to improve memory, concentration and learning. It is very beneficial in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and mental fatigue.
A plant found in South America. It is also known as the “Brazillian Ginseng”. It helps to increase endurance and stamina, boost the immune system, and improve energy and muscular health.
Yerba mate & Guayusa
It is made from leaves of the holly tree from the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. It has been used for over 2000 years in Amazonian Culture. It has effects of coffee but, unlike coffee, it will not make you feel jittery and give you a burst of energy because of the slow release attribute, which brings you energy throughout the day. If you would like to continue to maintain your daily coffee, you should consider it as an alternative which has better effects than normal coffee.
It is also known as the “Siberian Ginseng.” It is a natural herb found in Siberia, British Columbia and some part of the US. It has been used in Russia and China as a tonic to help the body recover from illness and stress, as well as increase the immune system and natural energy for the body.
This herb has been used for thousand of years in China, especially in Traditional Chinese Medicines as a tonic for improving your Qi or energy of the body. It is also helpful in resolving colds and respiratory system and improve the immune system.
The above information is just some of the candidates in natural herbs for energy. As you continue to learn more, you will find that there are many herbs and a combination of them to help you improve your level of energy and improve the quality of life. The good news is that in the current global situation and economy, you don’t have to fly and travel thousands of miles to buy these herbs, you can easily find these herbs in the form of a supplement in a supplemental store or you can buy them online. We will discuss more of this information in future.
There are many herbs which contain medicinal properties. What you need to do is learn and figure out which herb is suitable for each condition. And above all, know yourself, know what is good for you, consult your doctor and you will be on the right track to a better, healthier and more meaningful life.
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