Monday, February 28, 2011

All About Herbs...

I like to buy herbs all the time and test them on myself before I advise others on their benefits/interactions. A good friend of mine who doesn't see herbs in the same light, always asks me what I'm trying to cure in myself lol. Well nothing terminal that's for sure, but I think the best way to know about an herb is to learn about them through a trusted source (preferably an elder herbalist) and like I mentioned, actually take them.

The above herbs do way too many things to name but some of their most noteworthy benefits are as follows:

(going counter clockwise)

Astragalus Root: An energy builder touted for its effects in decreasing fatigue. Great for the immune system, soothes mucous membranes, good for colds and respiratory issues.

Turmeric: A friend of mine told me yesterday that there is a region in the world that has a zero incidence rate of cancer and many believe that the main reason is the women cook with turmeric daily. It's also anti-inflammatory and has in recent years shown great promise in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. My grandmother died of complications related to Alzheimer's, so this one is bitter sweet. I wish I knew back then what I know now.

Rose Hips: I've mentioned this many times before because it's so high in naturally occurring Vitamin C. Can't wait for my rose bush to start to flower so I can harvest my own later this year. (Rose hips are the fruit found inside of roses btw).

Gotu Kola: I had a leg injury last year which decreased the circulation in one of my legs and caused some very unsightly veins to pop up from nowhere overnight. This herb made them disappear in a very short period of time. Besides increasing circulation (especially in legs) and helping to rebuild veins and capillaries, it is often used for slow healing wounds and stretch marks.

*Note: Astragalus and Gotu Kola are more potent. Know what you're taking and it's effects before embarking on an herbal regiment. 


  1. I too have a family history of Alzheimer's. I sprinkle turmeric on everything as well as curry power and I stopped using deodorant.

    Herbs are wonderful. And I will only LISTEN to people recommendations once they have successfully used them.

  2. These are some great herbs to use Sis, thanks for posting this. I've mad my own veggie cap supplements with a mix of Tumeric, Pepper, Gotu Kola, Amla and Moringa Powder. And Rose Hips and Rosemary are great teas. Gotu Kola is also a good brain herb because it increases mental activity and improves memory. Thanks again for sharing your information

  3. Thanks for the info Aja. Great add on! :)