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"How To for Herbal Health"

Updated on August 16, 2015
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With many exciting adventures while growing up in America, the author relates some of those experiences, Sharing is important!

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The Herbs I Use

In the most basic terms, I use bulk herbal leaves, crushed roots and powders to subsidize and enhance my lifestyle. When I say “bulk” I mean that I try to find the herbs in bulk containers from a herbal supply and buy only the amounts that I personally need. Though most herbs are helpful when they are used rightly, I suggest each person search for a combination of herbs that helps them the best. There is no perfect prescription that fits everyone, and it’s good to generally leave that to a health physician or a herbal doctor, especially if you are concerned about interactions with medicines.

I am targeting men’s health in the list below, however some herbs are useful to men and women both. As you study them you will see the crossover of benefits. I am only giving brief and generalized descriptions of each herb that I use. Herbal Remedies are being discovered and published all over the web. Make it a practice to research the herbs you find interest in. Write your own outline and observations even if its just a notecard on each herb.

Schisandra: Originating with the Chinese, Schisandra has come to be known as an adaptogen; improves focus and is an anti-oxidant. It acts as a sexual stimulant, and helps with the prevention of diseases such as hepatitis, stress and other conditions. Helps relax muscles and nerves. It has a healing quality and is a remedy to heal the liver. Previously I thought you would only want to use this herb in the evening, but recently i have found it is beneficial as a general stress reliever all day long and helps with tension and still make you have good sleep experiences with specific tense muscle relief and relaxation.

Mugwort Root: Was once used as a type of spiritual herb, helping the well-being of travelers, and especially being a tonic for the feet. Other uses; Balances the central nervous system , Improves Qi and blood flow.
Promotes red blood cell production and helps fight infection, Assists the body’s metabolic functions.
Also enhances immune system functions: It can help with sleep disorders, and is known to enhance dreaming. I have found it brings back childhood subconcious memory if anyone is interested in that.

Muira Puama: Used by indigenous native tribes in South America for treating Impotence, to relieve nervous conditions, helps with nerve pain, to treat depression Also it has been used to treat gastro-intestinal disorders, and can help to stop hair loss. Can help with a general sense of well being.

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Irish Moss: Called the "moss of the rocks," this herb can help with chronic pneumonia, bronchitis, and common colds when used regularly. It helps with digestion, and is used commercially. So basically it has a function of bringing everyday wellness, even if it is just preventing sore throats, or helping prevent wrinkles.

Yohimbe: is used to arouse sexual excitement, and helps with sexual problems for both men and women.. It is also helps athletic performance, exhaustion, and helps counteract side effects of certain drugs used for depression. It is a natural male enhancer when used correctly. Yohimbe can increase blood flow and nerve action to the penis or vagina. Ref: WebMD

Other herbs of which I am familiar with are Passion Flower, Maca, Fenugreek, Boku Root, Gingko Biloba, Korean Ginseng, and Gotu Kola. All of these have specific purposes; passion flower and fenugreek have been known to help with diseases such as multiple sclerosis. One lady I know mixed these herbs with a fruit diet shake each day to find immense relief and even remission of her symptoms. Passion flower helps to calm, fenugreek helps with internal disorders, and boku root specifically has been known to heal kidneys and extend people’s lives before we even had modern medicine.

Gotu Kola is one that is used and misused, but can be beneficial when used right. It is used to treat anxiety and depression and It helps with blood flow and with general health. I have found It can upset your stomach as a side effect so be careful with it and use small amounts if you are making teas.. I think you can do larger doses in pill form.

Gingko Biloba: (Leaf): Found on the forest floor and is eaten primarily by elephants and increases memory functions. Everyone knows the elephant has good long term memory. Perhaps we should start our children on a gingko supplement when just an infant. Brain health is very important to us today. People with extremely good memories can get a lot farther in their jobs and become experts simply due to their ability to retain information.

Over the last few years I have made my own mix of relaxation teas, with some of the above herbs being added to a base of lemon and green teas, or, other blends for more specific complaints. One in particular was having chronic pain of the shoulders, neck, and nerves, effecting my sleep, so a nice blend of herbs in a tea in the evening came in very handy and relieved the symptoms. I still use herbs today, for they are not likely to go out of style very soon and who can deny their benefits?

Many people are misinformed and have been taught not to use natural cures, but how wrong they are! If we could retrain our doctors and society to use natural herbs first and stronger drugs only as a last resort, well, we would cut costs in healthcare, and perhaps abolish the need for systems such as Obama care. I don’t care, I said it and meant it! Plans to govern our health are ill-founded. We have these herbal health tools that God gave us and we should become more educated of their uses in individual healthcare and welfare. If you researched the links you would see that earlier societies used mugwort to flavor their beer and to sooth the feet of their travelers. Eastern societies utilize herbs which we are ignorant of, and that is a shame to us! Modern medicine will not always save us, but yes, I am glad for cures being developed, as long as the cures don’t otherwise damage our body. I cringe every time I read or see ads for lab created drugs claiming more side effects and warnings than there are benefits from them!

ENERGY DRINKS: Today, we are realizing the value of nature boosters,, of natural herbs, and native fruit drinks; against the counteracting risks of carbonated drinks that are full of diet-blowing sugars. Calming and energizing drinks are becoming a bigger industry even as you read this, so it’s time to become involved, and perhaps to invest in your own health conscious business endeavor. Opportunities wait. But in the end, even if we still have to find bulk herb suppliers and make our own daily toddy of herbal health and vitality drinks, then let’s do it!

I hope in the near future that you will want to research this subject, to begin to derive greater benefits from these natural elements of health called HERBS. Incidentally, your health is in the balance. An enhanced life is waiting!


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      Oscar Jones 4 years ago from South Alabama

      Thanks, kj force; you are correct; and one should read for himself and when using herbs, start with minimal amounts, or at least research application; and find out what amount is specifically effective, but still, not to fear using these herbs; the point well taken to use them to their best and most effective purpose.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      Oscarlites.....Very interesting and knowledgeable write...well done for research. I too have been a Practitioner /follower of the " Herbal Healing " for years , and one must be very careful as to the amount ingested and crossing of these herbs and spices...I recommend the use of " Natural " but always seek the help of an Alternative Holistic Practitioner for guidance...Thank you for sharing...

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      joseph 5 years ago

      power of those herbs should be well utilized for every health problems..sexual enhancment abilities of herbs are also notable..really great hub..thanks for the post..

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      this is very interesting hub. we used herbs for pains and massage, sometimes for decoction too.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting. I agree that prevention is one of the best alternatives to traditional medicine. While I understand the role of exercise and healthy eating, I haven't really explored to use of herbs to promote good health. This is a good introduction.

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      Oscar Jones 5 years ago from South Alabama

      Yes.. I only advocate sharing knowledge, ideas and the idea is to get us all healthier one step at a time... for instance.. growing up we often tried something new, and sometimes it was not even in the text books , was it because it was "natural" ?.. but it worked! We can never however get past the need to research and make sure what we are doing is the right thing! Learning there are valid resources is the first step.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      I so agree with you on the Obamacare,idiotic plan. I would like to add that herbs are medicine, and should be treated as such. One shouldn't take them without knowing all about the herb, and the cautions. There are herb to herb contraindications, as well as herbs to meds, and herbs to food. For example, someone taking passionflower should not mix it with sedatives.