Health Benefits of Elderberry and Elderflower
The elder plant has a long history of medicinal use. Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine,” called the elder tree his “medicine chest.”
Tea made from elderberries contains compounds that reduce inflammation in mucous membranes and has antiviral properties. Studies evaluating the effectiveness of elderberry found that participants were able to recover from flu days faster than those who did not consume elderberry.
Elderflower has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that support nasal and sinus health. It is traditionally used to fight inflamed sinus and nasal passages.
There are several species of elder, but Sambucus nigra, AKA black elder, is the one used most often for medicinal purposes. Be careful if you are harvesting your own elder; not all elder is created equal. Some species, like dwarf elder, may be toxic. When you buy food with elderberries, it is usually the black elder variety.
Health Benefits of Ginger
The unique scent and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, primarily gingerol.
Gingerol is responsible for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Due to this properties, it is commonly used to relieve various types stomach ailments, including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite. Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.
Health Benefits of Licorice Root
Traditionally used for stomach ulcers, heartburn, and indigestion, licorice is also a natural remedy for the respiratory system. It’s natural anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties support the respiratory tract.
Rose Hips, A Natural Tonic
Rose hips contain vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, citric acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, tannin, vitamin A, B1, B2, and P. As a natural stimulant it gently allows movement of the bowels, as diuretic rose hips cleanse the urinary system, as a pectoral hips are a natural remedy for pulmonary and other lung conditions.
Hibiscus and Your Health
Hibiscus tea is a rich source of antioxidants. It delivers a variety of beneficial organic acids, which include tartaric, citric and maleic acids. It also has the active flavonoids cyanidin and delphinidin, which gives the tea its red color. Several studies have found that hibiscus tea may lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Health Benefits of Nettle
Nettle has a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols, in addition to natural anti-inflammatory properties. As such, nettle is an ideal ingredient to combat a wide variety of inflammatory conditions. It has been used as a traditional herbal remedy for thousands of years.
Lemon Verbena and Your Health
Lemon Verbena has many names, such as lemon scented verbena, lemon beebrush, verbena triphylla, lippia citriodora, etc. It is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru. It grows to a height of ten to fifteen foot tall and gives off a strong lemony scent.
Lemon verbana is valued for the following health benefits: strengthening the nervous system, de-stressing, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, digestion aid, easing colic, reducing fevers, relieving spasms of digestive track (colon)
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