The use of herbal medicine to balance hormones and endocrine symptoms goes back centuries. We know today that the way plants interact with the endocrine system is via plant compounds, also called 'phytochemcials' - chemicals that can act directly on the hormone itself, or by interacting with their receptors, thus having the potential to affect the adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones in the body.
Beauty comes from the inside. The best skin herbs tend to 'cleanse' the body of toxins on the inside by aiding detoxification, making you glow on the outside!
Cleavers (Gallium aparine)
Folklore states that drinking a cold infusion of this for nine weeks will make you so beautiful, you will become irresistible!
The decision to quit smoking is not an easy one. Relying on willpower alone is usually not enough.
Incorporating several different strategies is thought to be the key to success. The NHS provides lots of information and advice to help you give up smoking (see yesterday's blog on acupuncture).
Herbal remedies are an aid that is often overlooked but can easily and effectively be incorporated into your plan. Today we discuss some herbs that can be used to both help you quit and also prevent cravings.
Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
TOP TIP#4 - A palatable and safe traditional detox recipe
Dandelions, Nettle and Cleavers cold infusion for a cleansed body & beautiful skin:
Take a good handful each of cleavers, dandelion leaves and nettles (use gloves for this one!)
Rinse and place in a 1-2 litre jug of cold water.
Leave to infuse overnight.
In the morning, strain and drink the liquid.
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NETTLE is used by herbalists traditionally as a blood tonic, being full of minerals, particulalry iron, magnesium and calcium.
Nettle Latin name: Urtica dioica
Nettles are another easily recognisable plant. It has been said everyone can find this plant, even in the dark. It is used by herbalists traditionally as a blood tonic, being full of minerals, particularly iron, magnesium and calcium, for replenishing the body’s post-winter depleted stocks.
DANDELION is a diuretic and encourages detoxification through the increase of urine. Therefore it has an effect on the kidneys.
Dandelion Latin name: Taraxacum officinale
TOP TIP#1 Top Spring Herbs to make yourself beautiful!
Cleavers Aka sticky willie, goosegrass, clivers. Latin name: Galium aparine
This long, stringy, sticky herb is recognised by some people as the tool of playground games: children enjoy throwing the plant at each other, with the goal of sticking it to someone's back without them noticing. However, look closely and you will notice that it is because of thousands of tiny hooks rather than a sticky glue that gives it this effect.