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23 April, 2018
Treatment of Seasonal Allergies

No matter how healthy one's lifestyle, seasonal allergies tend to get the best of all of us from time to time. Many of us dread using over-the-counter allergy medications, because quite frankly, they make you feel awful.


Firstly, they don't always work, and secondly, they're usually accompanied by a range of side effects including drowsiness, headaches, dry mouth and nervousness.


Allergy medicines like Claritin tend to make you not feel like yourself, which for most is reason enough to seek an alternative. Incorporating natural herbs into your battle against wintertime head colds and sinus infections can be an invaluable tool.


Fusing natural herbs with hot tea is one of the best remedies for getting relief fast. The hot steam helps open your nasal cavity, allowing it to absorb the herb's natural benefits.


Overexposure to toxins, seasonal allergens and bacteria all contribute to excess mucus, an unsightly and uncomfortable symptom most want to eliminate as soon as possible. This symptom also puts added stress on the body, particularly the respiratory, central nervous and immune systems, forcing them to work harder to keep you in good health.


By detoxing the nasal and bronchial passages, clearing them of bacterial, viral and microbial properties, you can eliminate excess mucus and start the healing process.


Below are some natural herbs that can help you start feeling better soon.


Goldenseal/echinacea: Goldenseal is one of the most popular herbal products in the U.S., and is often accompanied by echinacea when used for treating upper respiratory infections. Most commonly found in the rich woods of the Ohio River valley, goldenseal is a perennial herb with a single, green-white flower that has no petals. It was used by the Native Americans as an insect repellent, a diuretic, a stimulant and a wash for sore and inflamed eyes. Its ability to suppress mucus makes it a popular antidote for treating colds.


Also used by Native Americans, echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae. It's available over the counter as a tea, liquid extract, dried herb or in a capsule, and is known for boosting the immune system. Echinacea's antimicrobial properties help to both treat and prevent colds. A study conducted by scientists with the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy found that echinacea reduces a person's chance of catching a cold by 58 percent.


Thyme: Used as an oil or in its dried form, thyme helps reduce coughing by clearing your lungs out fast. A member of the mint family, thyme is known for its antibacterial properties, and is packed with vitamin C and vitamin A. The herb works best in tea, and can be made by brewing 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme in a cup of boiling water.


Oregano: Closely related to the herb marjoram, oregano's antibacterial and anti-viral properties make it great for treating sore throats, congestion and fatigue caused by the common cold.


Lavender: This lovely scented herb is perfect for combating coughs and colds, and can relieve headaches and exhaustion. Try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your vaporizer, or even rub directly on the chest, neck or back.


Marshmallow: Derived from an African plant, marshmallow has short, roundish leaves and small pale flowers, and was originally used by the Egyptians. The leaves and roots of this herb have antitussive, mucilaginous and antibacterial properties, making it beneficial for soothing inflamed membranes in the mouth and throat when ingested. Antitussive properties help reduce coughing and prevent further irritation.


In addition to sore throats, marshmallow can help treat gastrointestinal mucosa, indigestion, heartburn and stomach ulcers. You can make a great marshmallow tea by using two to five teaspoons of either powdered root or dried leaves, and boiling them in about 5 ounces of water.

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23 April, 2018
Treatment of Cancer from Herbs

Indian herbs and spices are more than just a delicious way to enhance your favorite curry dishes. They've always been valued in some cultures for their healing properties, and now some of these herbs are being used to develop affordable drugs that can fight cancer with fewer side effects than traditional cancer medications.


Scientists at the BARC laboratory near Chembur are currently working hard on getting these promising solutions to the masses. One such herb is rampatri, which has earned the nickname "false nutmeg." If you're not familiar with the Mangalorean or Goan cuisine, you might not be aware this spice even exists, but studies on mice show it to be a potent remedy against neuroblastoma and lung cancer. The herbal drug that is being developed from the spice reduces tumors while boosting the effectiveness of other chemotherapy drugs that are taken concurrently.


Two of the other drugs in development include a radioprotector and a radiomodifier. The radiomodifier can enhance the effectiveness of radiotherapy while protecting the body's tissues, gastrointestinal system, lungs and lymphocytes from radiation injury. The drug shows a lot of promise and is currently awaiting a patent, after which it will undergo clinical trials in Parel.


The radioprotector is something that can be taken before and after exposure to radiation to minimize injuries and death. It could also help the public in the event of accidental exposure like that which affected many people following the nuclear explosion in Fukushima. Radiation exposure can affect a person's reproductive organs, bone marrow, and gastrointestinal system, but just one dose of the radioprotector being developed by BARC was shown to protect mice from all of these problems while boosting their lifespans.


BARC head, Dr. S. Chattopadhyay, said: "The pre-clinical results observed with the new radioprotector are better than any radioprotector discovered so far."


Turmeric another healing herb

This is very exciting news but probably won't come as much of a surprise to longtime Natural News readers. We've been reporting on the many benefits of turmeric, for example, for many years. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to help prevent various types of cancer such as colon, liver, lung, breast and stomach cancers, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric can also help prevent strokes and heart attacks because of its ability to thin the blood and prevent clotting. It's also known to reduce LDL cholesterol levels while raising "good" HDL cholesterol levels.


Ginger root helps with a number of ailments

Ginger root is another powerful herb that is often used in Indian cooking. Some people are already aware if its ability to alleviate nausea and vomiting, but did you know that it can also help relieve migraines and protect the brain? In one study, it outperformed all of the currently known high blood pressure herbal remedies, and it can also support cardiovascular health.


If you pay attention, you will discover that nature has provided us with countless remedies to the problems our bodies face. And the best part is that many spices are affordable, easy to obtain, and have few – if any – side effects.


Experiment with spices and herbs to find a combination that is satisfying to your palate and beneficial to your body. Start your day with some black cumin seed oil mixed into honey, add a generous sprinkling of cinnamon to your oatmeal, sip some refreshing ginger tea, make a flavorful curry with turmeric or add some crushed, raw garlic to your salad

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1 March, 2018
Herbal Tea and its Benefits
Just a Herbal Tea can give you a better and healthier life.

Drinking herbal tea is one of the easiest ways to treat a variety of common health complaints, including indigestion and insomnia. By learning the uses of a handful of medicinal herbs, you can take charge of your health and improve your quality of life.

Since they are so easy to prepare and use, herbal teas are among the keystones of natural medicine.

"We use a lot of teas to help deliver the health benefits of the herbs," says Stephanie Caley of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH).

While you can purchase premade tea bags for many of the herbs below, you can also make them yourself.

"Once you find herbs you like that work for you, it's nice to make your own blends from fresh or dried herbs," says nutritionist Amanda Hamilton.

"You'll get multiple benefits from the different herbs as well as creating lovely flavors."

Teas for digestion
Everyone gets indigestion sometimes, so it can be helpful to have a handful of herbal remedies on hand to provide fast relief. According to Caley, her favorite herbs for gut upsets include chamomile, cardamom, ginger, and peppermint.

Chamomile functions as both an anti-spasmodic (relaxing the gut) and anti-inflammatory, thus providing broad-spectrum digestive relief. Ginger is particularly good for nausea, a benefit that has been proven in scientific studies. Peppermint is also an antispasmodic, and is so effective that it is sometimes prescribed by doctors as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Cardamom pods should be crushed before steeping, for relief of indigestion and flatulence.

Another digestion-promoting herbal tea, not mentioned by Caley, is rooibos. Rooibos calms the digestive system, perhaps due to its high content of the anti-inflammatory quercetin.

Ease your mind, improve your sleep
Another common complaint is trouble sleeping, which in severe cases may qualify as clinical insomnia. Yet many people who suffer from insomnia do not want to turn to potent and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. For these people, Caley recommends chamomile, Valerian root, skullcap and lime flowers.

Just as chamomile relaxes the gut, it has a tendency to relax the entire body and the mind as well. Caley particularly recommends it as a bedtime drink for "anxious people," as well as for children, who tend to like its mildly sweet flavor. She recommends skullcap for people who tend to be kept awake by "a mind that's racing."

Use of Valerian root as a sleep promoter has a long history in herbal medicine, and the practice now has some scientific backing as well. A 2002 meta-analysis of 18 studies found that Valerian root is an effective sleep promoter (hypnotic), with few side effects. It is now sold over-the-counter in Norway as a sleep aid.

Less well known are lime flowers, which Caley describes as "very calming." She notes that some of the volatile oils in lime flowers are believed to bind to the same receptors in the brain as pharmaceutical tranquilizers in the benzodiazepine family.

Another remedy, not mentioned by Caley, is the popular beer ingredient hops. Hops is known to promote sleep and to ease stress and anxiety. Other medicinal benefits of hops include easing indigestion, headaches and fever.

Another herb that can reduce stress and promote sleep if taken at bedtime is Withanian somnifera, also known as ashwagandha or winter cherry.

Other natural ways to relieve insomnia include getting more exercise, improving your diet and avoiding looking at screens too close to bedtime.

Of course, herbal teas can do more for you than just improving your digestion and sleep. Herbs such as nettle and ginseng can boost your energy levels without caffeine, while chamomile, peppermint, lavender, rose petals and lemon balm can all help balance your mood and relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
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1 March, 2018
Anti Anxiety Herbal Medicines
You can cure your anxiety issues in your home.

Anxiety and other stress-related issues are on the rise in the United States. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, which is about one-fifth of the country's total population. Each year, millions of prescriptions are written for anti-anxiety drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Tranxene (benzodiazepines). They are the most commonly prescribed medicines which account for almost one-third of the total mental health bill.

For example, hemp extracts can help to reduce stress without psychoactive effects, and may also help to reduce discomfort naturally.

Of course, there are many other effective natural remedies available. Nonetheless, most people resort to highly-addictive medication to find relief. While these anti-anxiety drugs may seem like the perfect solution at first, there are many risks attached to their use. According to Medical News Today, they commonly make people feel drowsy, confused, dizzy, weak, or unsteady. Furthermore, they can cause headaches, depression, vision problems, and dementia.

Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives to anti-anxiety drugs that will not cause harmful side-effects.

Herbs to treat anxiety and stress naturally

1. Ginger
Brewing a cup of fresh ginger tea is one of the quickest ways to enjoy ginger's anxiety- and stress-relieving effect. You can also use it as a digestive or detoxing aid.

2. Ginkgo Biloba
As reported by Mayo Clinic, Ginkgo biloba is one of the top-selling medicinal herbs in the United States. Scientific evidence suggests that it may help alleviate the symptoms of dementia, anxiety, schizophrenia, and cerebral insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to brain).

3. Valerian Root
Whenever you are stressed, this herb can help you to have a proper night's rest. Valerian root has long been used as a natural remedy to treat restlessness and insomnia. It calms the mind and assists in a quick and easy sleep.

4. Chamomile
Many people drink chamomile tea after a stressful day to unwind and relax. Its oil has a calming scent which has shown to ease feelings of anxiety and depression.

5. Lavender
Lavender essential oil is well known for its calming and relaxing effect. It strengthens the nervous system and creates inner peace. In clinical trials, the inhalation of lavender essential oil has shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

6. Bergamot
Bergamot essential oil has a calming effect and is often used in aromatherapy to treat depression. A 2011 study found that a blend of bergamot and lavender essential oil can successfully be used as a medicine to treat depression and anxiety.

7. St. John's Wort
While this herb has commonly been used to treat depression, there is some good evidence that it may also help with symptoms of stress and anxiety. As reported by Before It's News, many people suffering anxiety attacks have reported a quick relief when the herb is taken on a regular basis.

8. Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is a popular herb used in hundreds of natural remedies. Some sources suggest that it works wonders in the treatment of acute anxiety attacks.

9. Meadowsweet
If you often struggle from stress-induced headaches, then meadowsweet is for you. It contains a compound called salicin which is very similar to aspirin and possibly more effective because it does not pollute the liver. Furthermore, this herbal extract may resolve tension and anxiety.

10. Jojoba
Jojoba oil has a soothing effect on body and mind which may help you relax during times of excessive stress and feelings of anxiety. It is often used as a base for massage oils or other body products. It works great in combination with stress- and anxiety-relieving essential oils.

If you are on prescription medication, make sure to consult your doctor before you start to use these herbs and quit your current treatment.
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1 March, 2018
Ayurveda Herbal Products
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