The leaves of passion flower have been shown to make a nonaddictive sedative that relaxes the nervous system. Passion flower seems especially helpful when physical or mental strain results in insomnia or stress.
For centuries, lavender has been used as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, digestive aid, and gas remedy. Lavender tea and essential oil are prescribed to treat common minor ailments such as insomnia, nervousness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and gas. Its aroma helps to stimulate mental processes to help patients with dementia and alleviate mild to moderate depression.
Epimedium warms the kidneys, tonifies yang, stimulates the pituitary gland and thus the gonads and increases sperm production and motility. It also dilates capillaries and larger blood vessels, strengthens bones, improves metabolism, and exhibits a mild androgenic effect.
Tribulus has a long history of use in ancient Greece and India as a physical rejuvenation tonic. In China, it is used as a component of therapy for conditions affecting the liver, kidney, cardiovascular system, and immune system. It has also been used in Eastern European folk medicine for increased muscle strength and sexual potency.
Skullcap calms and strengthens the nerves, relaxes spasms, relieves pain, and promotes rest. It can help rebuild nerve sheaths. One of its constituents, scutellarin, is transformed in the body into scutellarein, which helps stimulate the brain to produce more endorphins.
Corydalis is a Chinese remedy used at least since the 8th century to help "invigorate the blood" and relieve almost any painful condition. It is mainly used for menstrual cramps, and for chest and abdominal pain. Research in China has confirmed the validity of corydalis' traditional use, revealing that it contains powerful alkaloids that are … Continue reading Corydalis Benefits: Snapshot
Ginger is even more effective than Dramamine in curbing motion sickness, without causing drowsiness. As a digestive aid, it warms the digestive organs, stimulates digestive secretions, increases the amylase concentration in saliva, and facilitates the digestion of starches and fatty foods. It also strengthens the tissues of the heart, activates the immune system, prevents blood … Continue reading Ginger Benefits: Snapshot
Burdock improves the elimination of metabolic wastes through the liver, lymph, large intestines, lungs, kidneys, and skin.
Brahmi is the foremost nerve tonic of Ayurveda traditionally used for epilepsy, insanity, and to improve memory and mental capacities. It is also native to Australia.
I'm regularly asked if there are any herbs that will reduce the extreme discomfort of menstrual cramps. Formally known as Dysmenorrhea, menstrual cramps are possibly one of the top female complaints. Factors which may increase the pain experienced include anaemia, an increase in obesity, chronic illness, overwork, stress in general, diabetes, and poor nutrition (Hoffman, … Continue reading Menstrual Cramps: 3 Herbs to minimise the hurt