Understanding plants herbal actions and their connection to our body is VITAL in understanding the many benefits of plants when it comes to our health and wellness.
Without knowing herbal actions it’s pretty much impossible to create herbal blends that’ll help support your body and your bodies processes.
In addition to learning herbal actions, it’s also beneficial that you get to know your body, our body systems, and the organs that are composed within each. Understanding how each of these systems actually work TOGETHER concurrently to keep our body, mind, and spirit in balance.
Let’s get into some herbal actions, the parts of the body they govern and a few herbs that are beneficial to each. I do want to take note that plants can have more than one herbal action. Take for instance my favorite Alterative herb, Nettle. It’s also a diuretic, can be considered an Adaptogenic herb too in addition to primarily being an Alterative herb.
Adaptogenic herbs help to mitigate the bodies response to stress. These herbs primarily help support the Endocrine System and the many glands within it. The Endocrine System is composed of about 9 primary glands that help to regulate communication throughout the bodies cells. They control every cell, organ, and function in your body. Metabolism, hormonal responses, even sleep is regulated by certain glands within the Endocrine System. Reproduction processes too!
Herbs that support the Endocrine System are Medicinal Mushrooms like Lions Mane & Reishi, Ashwaghanda, the Ginsengs, Schisandra, and more.
Alterative Herbs are the herbs that help to sustain vitality and support of the body . Most alterative herbs can be safely taken daily as herbal tonics. Most alterative herbs help to support our bodies cleansing and purification of the liver and kidneys, aid in digestion, as well as circulatory functions.
A few of my FAVORITE alterative herbs are of course Stinging Nettle, Burdock, Red Clover, Cleavers, Echinacea, and Dandelion Root. There are SOOO many alterative herbs, but Nettle is absolutely my favorite. I drink it daily in either my Focus blend tea which is featured with Rosemary, another alterative. Or my Power Blend Tea. shop http://www.HeyKilo.org/shop
The name pretty much sums it up. These herbs help to relieve pain and inflammation in the body. All sorts of inflammatory responses from headaches, arthritis, and muscle tension. These herbs can be ingested or applied topically for relief.
A few of my favorite analgesics are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Cloves, Feverfew, MARY JANNNEEEE, and Valerian Root.
Another self explanatory name. There herbs help to support the body to eliminate any fungal infections within the body by removing it from the system or slowing the growth of fungal infections.
A few of my favorite anti-fungal herbs are GARLIC! Can I just say how effing phenomenal garlic is. And not the garlic powder. Get you some fresh garlic and add it to your diet DAILY! Screw an apple, GARLIC will keep the Doctor away. Other honorable mentions are Yarrow, Clove (told ya you will see repeating herbs), Cinnamon, Oregano, Spearmint, Tea Tree (which I avoid like the plague), and more.
Inflammation is a breeding ground for disease IF you’re eating things that cause inflammation to occur continuously. While inflammation is our Immune Systems natural way of treating areas under distress. We overdo our bodies capability to fight off issues when we are eating things like SUGAR & WHEAT that is causing MASS occurrences of inflamed tissues throughout the body.
The first thing one should do to reduce inflammation is to detox. (Add in some Alteratives with some Anti-Inflammatory herbs to do the trick!)
Some of my FAVORITE Anti-Inflammatory herbs are Cayenne (I put it in EVERYTHING!!!! water, food, YOU NAME IT!) , Turmeric, Peppermint, Calendula (great topically for scar tissue), Chickweed, Fennel, and Plantain.
With there being soooo many herbal actions, I’m going to make this a blog series. Then, Individually overtime I’ll get into each action and break it down further on how these herbs help to support our body functions.
Stay Tuned for Part 2!