Using medicinal herbs as a food source has been
proven to reduce pain and treat diseases. Studies show that a variety of herbal
extracts alone can produce up to 1000-fold differences in antioxidant levels
among different herbs. Of the most dried culinary herbs tested, sage, oregano,
Rosemary, basil, thyme, peppermint and clove are proving to be beneficial.
Studies also show that these herbs are highly effective in combating chronic
pain and improving immune system function. Some studies even indicate that they
are able to slow or reverse the affects of aging.
The effectiveness of medicinal herbs in providing
relief from pain can extend beyond our bodies' ability to heal itself. As our
society becomes busier and lives become more stressful, we are unable to find
time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that taking regular small
doses of medicinal herbs can reduce stress by allowing people to reduce their
exposure to harmful environmental influences like tobacco smoke and air
pollution. Taking three to five small-dose ingestion of medicinal herbs each
day can help to regulate blood pressure and ease muscle tension. As a result,
patients who suffer from chronic pain may be able to lessen or eliminate their
In order for our bodies to function properly, it is
important to consume a diet rich in healthy living nutrients. But because so many meals nowadays are filled with unhealthy ingredients, it is nearly
impossible to avoid picking up a little junk at any of the fast food chains.
Fortunately, some companies have recognized the need to improve their product
choices and offer healthier selections to make up for the increased health risk
of eating unhealthy foods. Many major grocery stores now offer a choice of organic and natural foods to enhance healthy living. In addition, many health
food stores sell a variety of fresh herbs and spices to add to one's favorite
Because people often turn to medicinal herbs for treatment of certain conditions, it is important to become educated about how to
use these products wisely. Medicinal herbs vary in effects and healing power
based on their specific chemical compositions. Herbs such as St. Johns Wort and
Skullcap are highly effective for relieving stress and depression, but they are also powerful in regulating mood and stimulating the brain. Similarly, Passion
flower, lemon balm and data can be very effective in treating a range of emotional and mental disorders including anxiety, depression and mood
disorders. Some herbs can also help to promote weight loss.