Herbs are a great, natural way to enhance your health and complement traditional medicines. Many people turn to herbal remedies to avoid the side effects of drugs or to simply keep themselves in mint condition. Although herbs are natural and were used long before the medicines of today, they can have side effects as well. Be sure to speak to an expert before experimenting with herbal remedies on your own.
Echinacea - This herb stimulates the immune system to ward off viruses and bacteria. However, it is most effective at the onset of an illness, rather than as a cure. Use for allergies, the common cold, the flu, and other infections.
Ginseng - This herb is known to increase energy. It reduces stress and tiredness, and can enhance memory. Use for chronic fatigue syndrome, low sexual energy, insomnia, headaches, and to boost mental and physical performance.
St. John's Wort - This herb relieves depression and improves mood. It can also help with anxiety, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. The oil of St. John's Wort can also be used for bruises, scrapes, muscle pains, and first degree burns.
Schisandra - This herb is used as an "adaptogen" to balance the body. It reduces stress and increases energy, as well as, enhances performance and endurance. Use for normalizing blood pressure and blood sugar, and recovering from surgery.