We have a physical body to perform our daily actions and a mind to keep us happy. In any ancient religious text, it is said that human body is a pure place in which the soul resides, for which we should take care and nourish the body as far as possible. In ancient medicinal texts all over the world, the practice of using natural resources for ailments has brought to light the importance and miraculous benefits of natural plants, roots, shoot and fruits to the world. Such practices still prevail and are in all hail by the alternative medicine practitioners, and herbalists. However, in this 21st century of technological advancement, everybody are in this mouse and cat race chasing after limitless wealth, he/she forget about their health and their body requirements. In this article on simple herbs that help the human body stay healthy information will be given on these wonderful resources of nature along with their medicinal properties.
The body has to cooperate with the mind to perform to the best. We know the saying, ‘with a sound body comes a sound mind.’
In this article, I shall share with you some of the most powerful herbs to rejuvenate and bring life back to your unassertive body. Although the number of herbs that perform these functions is numerous, there are some that are proved to be simple, but best, easily available and worth using to make you feel long refreshed and active. They are as follows:
1. The Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Tulsi is known as the ‘Queen of Herbs’. Simply because for a couple of really wonderful reasons. Tulsi plant leaves are so versatile that it may cure almost all ailments of a simple cold to even preventing cancers. Research has indicated the presence of ‘adaptogens’ in Tulsi; the leaves can be used to treat stress and to promote health throughout the body.
Adaptogens can be best defined as a nontoxic substance (usually a plant extract) for enhancing the immunity of the body for preventing the harmful effects of stress. They are majorly used for promoting or restoring physiological functioning of the human body.
Nutrition Facts About The Holy Basil
The Tulsi is an aromatic shrub from the Basil family Lamiaceae. They are thought to be originated from central northern India and have grown native throughout the eastern world tropics. ¼ cup of Tulsi contains no cholesterol but contains several important ingredients to the body such as sodium, vitamin A, K, C, carbohydrates, manganese, folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Tulsi is a wonderful herb for detoxification as it acts as a natural body cleanser. It removes all kinds of toxins in the blood usually brought in by stress. Stress causes elevated levels of cortisol (also known as stress hormone) which may be extremely dangerous. Tulsi, as mentioned earlier is an adaptogen. Therefore, it supports the body on a cellular level to reduce the impact of stress, infusing calmness and clarity within.
To make a rejuvenating tea out of Tulsi, you can use its leaves as well as its flowers and boil them together. You can also mix with other spices such as ginger.
2. Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry)
Ashwagandha, (scientific name: Withania somnifera) is also known as winter cherry. It is a root of a shrub that is cultivated in India and North America. It has been used for thousands of years as a natural tonic for longevity and vitality.
Ashwagandha has been traditionally used for calming the mind, nervous exhaustion and arthritis, relieving weakness and boosting sexual energy. People, who perform much physical work like laborers and fitness enthusiasts benefit a lot from this herb as it helps their bodies to adapt to physical stress. Women too use this herb to strengthen their reproductive system.
Potent Antioxidant Effect
Research studies have found out that some chemical compounds in this herb are super powerful antioxidants. Results borne out of testings done on rat brains showed an increased level of activity in three natural antioxidants; catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. It, also is an anti-ageing component as well since the antioxidant effects may help, in healthy individuals.
Ashwagandha gives the body ample amounts of vital energy throughout the day as well as promoting sound, restful sleep at night. This herb does a 3-in-1 effect on the body. It invigorates, relieves stress and boosts the individual’s psychological abilities. It can be used in soups to provide wellness to the whole body. Kindly note, it is also available in powder form and capsule forms.
3. Rhodiola Rosea ( Western Roseroot, Golden Root)
Rhodiola Rosea has many common names including western roseroot, golden root, Aaron’s rod, Arctic root etc. It is a remarkable herb that has centuries of medicinal history. It has been found to strengthen the nervous system, enhance memory and improve energy levels. Since it is an adaptogen, it will increase the immunity of the body and normalize bodily functions.
Memory Booster And Anti-Depressant
This herb exerts a beneficial effect on the adrenal glands (one of the endocrine organs) and protects the person against all types of stress-related disorders. It makes an individual adapt better to harsh environments and challenging situations.
Rhodiola Rosea had proved to be a memory booster when scientists used proofreading tests. The testing showed that this wonder herb enhanced memorization and concentration capability in people over prolonged periods. How it does so is an interesting event. It speeds up the bioelectrical activities in the brain that improves memory and brain energy. People taking regular doses of Rhodiola Rosea reported statistically lower mental fatigue, improved sleep patterns, greater mood stability and concentration to study. That means you get to get smarter and smarter!
This herb has a wonderful property in which it counteracts the effects of stress by interacting with hormones such as cortisol, serotonin and neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These mentioned hormones and neurotransmitters play a key role in regulating our mental state and mood. Rhodiola helps the human brain by inhibiting the enzyme that disintegrates the neurotransmitter that is required to stay happy. No more bad mood swings! This is a great plant, a healer. A gift to humanity!
4. Meshashringi (Gymnema Sylvestre)
This herb is a native of the tropical forests of central and southern India and Sri Lanka. It is also called as ‘cowplant.’ Meshashringi has always been thought of as medicine in various parts of Asia since ancient times. It is reported that they contain large amounts of chemicals including triterpenoids, which have pharmacological properties.
Meshashringi’s magic lies in its leaves. The key component in the leaves is called gymnemic acid, which decreases effects of sucrose when it is chewed. These leaves are also used to reduce craving for sweet foods. Gymnema is believed to do a couple of things; firstly, it blocks ‘sweetness’ of the food items. Secondly, it helps regulate blood sugar levels by stopping the process of absorption of sugar in the intestines and stimulating proper insulin release from the pancreas. Also, it regenerates or creates new pancreatic beta cells that are extremely vital. Gymnemic acid is also insulin-tropic, which means that it stimulates the production and activity of insulin. Since it is a sugar cravings buster, GA temporarily takes away the taste for sweet as well assists in neutralizing the excessive sugar present in the body in diabetes mellitus. Upon regular consumption of Meshashringi, the activity of enzymes responsible for glucose absorption and utilization will be increased.
The evidence on the effectiveness of Gymnenic acid is still very limited and requires much research, it is possible in the future, humankind can get to benefit more from this herb.
5. Neem (Indian Lilac)
There is an interesting title given to this herb. It is called the ‘wonder leaf’. It is no wonder, if you know the neem leaf has over 140 biologically active compounds that are still being researched upon all over the globe.
Neem As A Powerful Purifier And One Tree Pharmacy
Neem is traditionally used as a skin purifier and is often used to control blood sugar levels. Ancient medicinal tests of Asia and in recent times, have placed an indispensable importance on Neem for centuries because of its effectiveness in dealing with various metabolism and health imbalances.
Neem helps in the human reproductive health issues as well. It is stated that neem is a fairly powerful birth control agent. It significantly reduces fertility in both women and men without affecting sexual performance or libido. It is interesting to know that neem also functions as a spermicide. As such, neem could prevent sexually transmitted infections when used as a vaginal suppository. This is also the reason, alternative medical practitioners advise pregnant women against consumption of neem. This applies to women who are planning to start a family with their spouses. It can also be used for treating excessive vaginal discharge.
Neem has some physical qualities that some people frown upon. Firstly, because it is bitter. However, as the saying goes, good things taste bad, right? It is also very cooling. Therefore, it is usually combined with other herbs to offset its medicine-aggravating qualities. As mentioned above, it is a powerful blood purifier. As such, it helps to remove toxins from the blood, lymph and liver supporting healthy circulatory systems. Neem helps to maintain healthy glowing complexion of the skin.
Further Research Required
There is little scientific research being done on neem to support the various health benefits of neem despite the fact that various medicinal uses currently reported are quite convincing. As a word of caution, it is recommended that neem should be used with the guidance of a competent medical professional.
Every plant has in its physical structure, some medicinal properties. It is sad, even after thousands of years of mankind living in this Mother Earth; thousands of inventions and discoveries; every medical aspect of herbs, vegetables and fruits have not yet been found. It is, in the best interest of human health and every living life on the planet, a foremost duty to save forests from being cut and the valuable herbs preserved for the future generation.