A Guide to Herbal Medicines

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Herbs for Health

St. John’s Wort helps sooth low mood and mild anxiety, while Valerian root helps alleviate anxiety-related sleep problems, as long as they are mild.  Passion Flower can help with mild anxiety and stress for a person with a nervous disposition, while Rhodiola can relieve anxiety, exhaustion, fatigue and stress in someone who is really stressed out from work or burned out.  Feverfew can help with migraine headaches, and Echinacea is great for colds and flu.  Pelargonium can help with the coughs, runny nose, blocked nose, and sore throat associated with upper respiratory infections and the common cold.

Agnus Castus can relieve PMS symptoms like irritability, breast tenderness, cramps, bloating, and mood swings.  Milk thistle can help with indigestion, an over-full stomach, nausea, and other digestive complaints.  Black cohosh can help with menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats.  Saw palmetto can help control the frequent urination, weak stream, and incomplete sensation associated with an enlarged prostate.  Finally, Devil’s claw, despite its foreboding name, can soothe joint aches and pains, backache, muscle aches, and even rheumatic pain.

 Some Statistics

An herbal remedy must be documented for use with a specific symptom for 30 years, while it only must be used for 15 years in the EU.

Price Differences

Scientific trials cost a lot of money, which means that the herbs are more expensive than they used to be.  It is worth it, however, because it means the product has been tested and contains helpful consumer information.  *note* Any herbal product that is not classified as “culinary” and does not hold a THR logo is not on the up and up.  It is either illegal or “end o the line” stock.

Culinary Herbs

Garlic, sage, turmeric, and artichoke all have amazing health benefits, but are classified as culinary, and therefore are subject to different legal regulations.