Try Plant-Based Medicines
Q: I still feel very “sluggish” after this winter. I don’t want to keep getting sick and I’m worried about my allergies. I also want to feel my best so I can enjoy the summer with my kids. Any suggestions? -Daniel, Waterloo.
This winter really challenged a lot of people, especially when it came to their health and energy. Supplementing with botanical-based medicine can be a great way to strengthen the whole system. It can improve the body’s ability to detoxify and support proper elimination in an effort to revitalize itself as well as manage chemicals and allergens. It can also strengthen the immune system, provide antioxidants and reduce inflammation.
There is an herbal formula that has secured its place in natural medicine. The core ingredients are Burdock Root, Slippery Elm, Sheep Sorrel Leaves, and Rhubarb root. The formula was originally created by a Canadian Ojibwa healer, but made popular by Nurse Rene Caisse. She learned about this powerful botanical blend in 1922 and began to use it in her own clinic. She successfully treated chronically ill patients with the help of this herbal blend.
Burdock root is a liver tonic, diuretic, blood purifier, anti-microbial agent and helps skin conditions.
Slippery elm bark is used to feed, soothe, decrease inflammation and strengthen mucous membranes (like the intestinal tract). It is noted for absorbing bowel toxins for elimination and also enhancing beneficial colonic bacteria.
Sheep Sorrel reduces inflammation, stimulates immune defenses, cleanses and strengthens both tissues and the whole body, and enhances phagocytosis (immune cell) activity.
Rhubarb root cleanses the liver, stomach and blood and has mild laxative properties to stimulate bowel detoxification.
Synergistically these herbs create a potent elixir that invigorates and strengthens the body on many levels. This combination of herbs can be found in products such as Flora’s Flor-Essence, Essiac, and St. Francis Herb Farm 4 Herb Formula.
Knowledge about the benefits of plant-based oils continues to increase. Three oils in particular currently stand out. Try a combination of these for a powerful, total body-benefiting boost!
Black Cumin Seed Oil contains over 100 vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids (omega’s 3, 6, 9) and antioxidants. Scientific evidence supports its natural anti-histamine, immune boosting and anti-inflammatory components. Some claim that it can stimulate bone marrow cellular activity, and increase both the T-helper cell and natural-killer cell activity of the immune system.
Seabuckthorn Oil is a complete source of the essential fatty acids- omegas 3, 6, 9 and the rare omega 7. Its nutrient profile boasts over 190 phytonutrients and antioxidants. Seabuckthorn oil acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and can help with cholesterol, improve cognitive function, reduce free radical proliferation, improve skin health, support healthy vision, and loosen mucus.
Pumpkin Seed Oil is rich in two minerals that many adults are deficient in - magnesium and zinc. Both of these minerals play vital roles in our immune system, stress response system/adrenal system, cell growth, sleep, insulin regulation etc. This oil is also rich in Vitamins E and K, tryptophan, and antioxidants.