Herbs are so much part of our everyday lives we probably don’t realise how much we use them. Equally, we don’t realise how much they can help us so we wanted to give you more information on these valuable plants.
Herbal medicine is ancient wisdom that has been used throughout the world over centuries. Herbal preparations are made directly from the plant, and use different parts from leaves, flowers, seeds, rhizomes through to roots. Depending on the herb they can come in tincture, paste, tablets or teas.
Our everyday use of herbs includes
Like all medicine herbs do require specialist knowledge to ensure they are used correctly. We are providing you with an overview of the more commonly known herbs. Our blog will identify the traditional associations relating to each herb. The EFSA do not issue any supported claims for herbs.
The MHRA is the government’s medical regulatory agency. Any herbal product must be recognised by this body before claims can be made about it.
What this means to you is that no one can tell you that this product is good for specific conditions, nor can they suggest to you how much you can take or even if you should take it.
Saffron – more than a tasty spice
We all recognise saffron as the beautiful flavour enhancing spice that adds so much to any dish it is used in. Most people may be surprised that you can grow your own saffron because it comes from the lovely crocus plants so familiar in English gardens.
Saffron – a serotonin boost
Saffron has been used for centuries and like so many herbs is part of medicinal folklore. A very relevant benefit of saffron is its ability to produce serotonin – the feel good chemical within our bodies.
Indications that you may need more serotonin include
- Poor sleep
- Increased anxiety
- Comfort eating
- Digestive issues
- Feeling very low possibly depressed
In this busy non-stop world many of us don’t sleep well, we can feel anxious or stressed. As these symptoms progress they can lead us to comfort eating which in turn can cause digestive issues and then we get depressed because we are putting on weight! This is just one scenario but you can see the importance of good serotonin levels in your body.
Unsurprisingly, saffron is also linked to improving PMS symptoms – when you consider the mood swings, the muscle cramps and anxiety or depression this makes perfect sense. It has been suggested that regular use of saffron continued for more than three months could show an improvement in menstrual symptoms.
Saffron has traditional associations to address conditions relating to
- Menstrual irregularities
Marigold – more than a pretty flower
Marigolds will be familiar in our gardens and are loved by gardeners for their bug repelling properties. Marigold is also known as Calendula and forms part of the asteraceae family of which Echinacea is also a member.
Marigold – a skin healer
Homeopaths have calendula as part of any basic first aid kit. It is an amazing healer of skin. In fact, it is so good that I ask my patients to ensure any wound is totally clean and free of infection before using calendula. This is because it encourages growth of new skin very effectively.
Particularly relevant during this fabulous weather calendula is a great way to soothe sunburnt skin. This is just the beginning of the ways that calendula can help.
It has also been traditionally used to
- Ease the symptoms of eczema
- Relieve dermatitis
- Soothe rashes
- Settle allergic reactions
- Tackle fungal infections such as
- Athletes foot
- Ear infections
- The tea is a gentle soothing drink that helps ease digestive discomfort
Calendula provides a great bug repellent both by use as an ointment but as a pretty but useful additional to your garden. It offers you an antiseptic treatment as well as anti-fungal and it can ease cramps and muscle spasms. Why wouldn’t you use it and have it in your first aid box?
Who needs Saffron and Marigold?
These products are useful for a great many people in particular:
- Anyone experiencing skin problems
- Fungal infections
- Skin wounds
- Skin rashes
- Those who suffer from
- Mild depression
- Mood swings
- Digestive issues
- Eye conditions such as conjunctivitis can be helped by these products
Saffron is easy to incorporate in your diet. It is a tasty spice that not only brightens up your food whilst making it tastier. The obvious bonus is that it is good for you too!
Marigold can be consumed as a tea or you can brighten up your salad with some pretty flowers.
Alternatively you can take the Viridian capsules making life far easier and more convenient.
Do not take these products if you are pregnant.
We hope that you have been enjoying our herb series and will continue to enjoy finding out more about these varied and valuable additions to our health care!