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Using herbs to help heal the body

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Fads may come and go, but herbs are here to stay. Adding herbs to any diet can have great advantages for the body. Herbs have been around since the beginning of time and should be a healing mainstay of any diet or lifestyle. One of the best things a person can do for the body, especially if transitioning to a plant-based diet, is to add herbs.

Herbs have been known to aid in the healing of everything from bad skin to digestive issues to even cancer. One herb can serve many purposes. For instance, dandelion is good to take for a host of issues such as hypertension, kidney problems, weight-related conditions and high cholesterol. Additionally, goldenseal, uva ursi, bilberry and cedar berries are some of the herbs that can help regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics.

All herbs are important and can be instrumental in healing whatever individual problem a person may be facing. So, anyone who is willing to try herbs should look for the ones that can address his/her individual issues. Even if you don’t have a known disease/issue to address, herbs can still be used because they have many physiological effects.

When thinking of using herbs, a good place to start is by doing some research. Look for a good reference guide like Today’s Herbal Health by Louise Tenney, M.H. This guide contains an exhaustive list of herbs, how to prepare certain ones and the uses of herbs for different body ailments/diseases.

Many people often wait for others to tell them what to take rather than taking charge of their own health. For instance, if Dr. Oz recommends Garcinia Cambogia which is an herb by the way, many people who want to lose weight flock to buy it. By the same token if Oprah endorses a book for her book club, people would jump over others to get a copy. It’s time to give herbs another gander, but don’t let the latest trend/fad of others be the reason for trying them. Invest in your own health and start researching for yourself.

There are herbs for whatever ails you. They are used for medicinal purposes, to cook with, to make oils, perfumes, etc; they have many functions. Even prescribed drugs were derived from herbs before chemicals were added to them to make them what they have become today - a billion dollar industry.

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