Herbs are amazing, and completely underrated.
We've all been told to eat our basil and parsley with dinner, but how many of you are taking your turkey tail mushrooms, turmeric, astragalus root, cordyceps or rhodiola?
These unpronounceable herbal remedies are more than just seasonings or added flavor to your turkey loaf, these substances are DNA-changing, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol and blood pressure lowering, anxiety alleviating, stress adapting, brain bolstering, memory enhancing, cancer fighting, disease preventing super plants.
There’s A Lot Going Against Us
With all the processed foods, inflammation, toxicity, sedentary lifestyles, stressful jobs, constant work, lack of play, and over-medication, of course our bodies are rebelling. And our illnesses are just your body’s way of saying, “STOP! I need a break from all this shit!”.
With a change to our diets and lifestyle we can completely transform the way our body interacts and expresses itself. All we have to do is put down the Twinkies and stop binge watching 10 hours of television at a time.
It was Thomas Edison who said, “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” What a genius! He’s probably rolling in his grave at the thought of Pop Tarts, Doritos, and Meat Lover’s Pizza. He’d all at once rejoice at the innovations we have created and cry at the absurd laziness and lack of forethought when it comes to our own health and wellness. I mean, we created the Waffle Taco. Humans are gross geniuses.
Health is a symptom of your body working. Illness is a symptom of unbalance. How many of us eat a diet of solely organic, local vegetables and fruits, exercise and move our bodies on a regular and weekly basis, sleep 7-9 hours per night, while taking time out to socialize with friends and family, meditating, and making room to play and do what we love? Yes, adults need to play too. If this person exists, they’re a dreamy unicorn, with undeniably good skin, and I want some of their magic.
While it may be extremely difficult to live the perfect unicorn lifestyle, there are tricks or hacks we can use to make us more prepared for our modern life, and some of these hacks include herbs. Tinctures made from plants are a great way to propel your body back into balance. Herbs have been shown to:
Reduce inflammation, promote blood flow, reduce tumor and cancer growth, lower blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, improve brain function, increase memory, delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, positively change your gene expression and more!
These plants basically turn you into a badass, super-powered, undercover health ninja. Who’s in? Herbs obtain various chemical compounds as unpronounceable as polysaccharides, saponins, flavonoids, phytosterols, essential oils, micronutrients, anti-oxidants, thiosulfinates, anti-amyloids, polyphenols and more. Herbs such as turmeric and ginger have become research darlings, with study after study showing the unbelievable health benefits associated with taking these medicinal plants on a regular basis. Who knew?
Chinese herbalism dates as far back as 5,000 years, the third oldest form of medicine, only following the Egyptian and Babylonian medical traditions. The discovery of the oldest known list of medicinal herbs can be denoted to the legendary emperor Shen Nung in what is called the Shennong Ben Cao Jing (c. 3000 B.C.). Named the father of Chinese agriculture and leader of the ancient clan, he literally tasted hundreds, if not thousands of herbs to test the medicinal properties of each plant, and which were safe and which were poisonous. Talk about being a team player…there’s no ‘I’ in Herb.
This rich tradition of herbalism was created from the detailed observation of nature with trial and error, together leading to thousands of years of case studies and proven remedies.
Be it Western or Eastern herbalism, the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Babylonians or Native Americans, all traditions were passed down from generation to generation, healer to apprentice, professor to student.
There are hundreds of thousands of species of plants known today, with more being discovered every year. Countless of unknown plants exist in the world unbeknownst to us, and with healing properties yet to be discovered. Some herbalists go as far as to believe for every human illness that exists, so too does a plant which is able to cure it.
And while hundreds of years ago humans regularly ingested over 100 species of plants and herbs to keep them healthy, today it’s down to 10-20. We are missing out on the integral elements of nutrition and health-promoting parts of our diet and lifestyle. No wonder there’s an epidemic of chronic illness—-our bodies don’t have the necessary tools to work properly. How many of us make sure our cars get the right fuel, oil and care in order to make sure they run smoothly for as long as possible? For many of us, we expect our bodies to run just as smoothly, but without the same maintenance and care and without the proper fuel.
Don't Worry, Be Herby
But now the secret is out, and you are savvy to the immense healing benefits that herbs and plants have to offer. And with the help from a knowledgeable herbalist and practitioner, you will be given the best quality herbs and the right ones for your specific needs. There's immense research out there confirming the health benefits of herbs and plant medicine, but why wait to use them?