God-given herbs are a gem of a healing resource.. There are a lot of herbal supplements out there. Some have anecdotal evidence behind them, some have research behind them, some have both, and some have neither. So: Which ones are worth trying? Check out CIIN’s 11 potent herbs that can naturally boost your well being..
1 || Turmeric
This orange spice can be used as both a culinary spice and a medicinal herb. Turmeric is vital for healthy joints. Strengthens your digestion and gives your skin radiance.. However, the most efficient way of absorbing turmeric is to pair it with black pepper root.
2 || Chamomile
A very popular herb that comes from a daisy-like flower that has been consumed for centuries as a calming tea. Chamomile is considered a digestive tonic, it helps soothe the nervous system. Chamomile can decrease anxiety symptoms. It also has topical benefits.Rubbing chamomile oil on the temples and forehead reduces migraine pain and severity.
3 || Valerian Root
Known as “nature’s Valium,” valerian is a pink flowering plant that’s native to Europe and Asia. Valerian tea doesn’t taste great, so it is preferable to take it in tablet form or blend it with other relaxing herbs. It calms nerves and helps one fall asleep faster. Proven to have improved sleep quality in patients suffering from insomnia. Moreover, it was found to decrease the frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes among women who took a 530 milligram capsule twice a day for two months. In another study, a higher dose, of three 255 milligram capsules a day, was found to decrease pain during menstruation.
A nightshade plant whose root and sometimes leaf are used to make an adaptogenic supplement. Known to help the body cope with daily stress. People swear by it for help with everything from sleep to immunity. You can take it in tablet form or add one to two teaspoons of a powder to your smoothie. It has mild anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but because ashwagandha contains several pharmacologically active compounds, it is not possible to say which are responsible for the clinical effects found.
5 || Echinacea
Echinacea is overused today for the treatment of colds. However, combining echinacea with other herbs that are more immune-supportive over time such as astragalus is highly recommended. It’s consumed as a capsule or a tea. Topical echinacea can be used for soothing gum infections. It stimulates the immune system. Alkamides in echinacea produce a tingling feeling in the mouth, which is a sign you’re consuming high-quality echinacea. Look for preparations that contain Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia, which have the highest concentrations of alkamides.
6 || Cinnamon
A well-known aromatic spice from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. It’s a delicious addition to your banana bread recipe but also good for much more than that. Cinnamon is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory that can be added to your food and also taken in a capsule. Known to be the “go-to botanical for sugar regulation,” Reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels are other benefits of cinnamon.
7 || Lemon Balm
A member of the mint family, lemon balm makes a delicious tea. Very effective for helping reduce anxiety. Topically it is used as part of a treatment for herpes. It’s easy to grow and can be added to anything from a fresh tea to baked goods. A supplement containing lemon balm was shown to help insomniacs improve their sleep and decrease their anxiety and depression. Clinical trials also support its use for cardiovascular health.
8 || Cordyceps
Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus that grows on certain caterpillars in mountainous regions of China. Most supplements these days are grown in a lab. Known as a longevity supplement for increasing energy levels. It may also increase sex drive and enhance men’s sexual functioning. People take it in tablet form and add powdered cordyceps to smoothies. It’s also used for purely culinary purposes: You’ll see the orange mushroomy cordyceps on top of pasta dishes, for example.
9 || Holy Basil
Also known as tulsi, this herb is considered sacred in India and is celebrated for its adaptogenic effects. Known to be “the yoga of herbs”, holy basil is safe and effective for stress and sleep. It helps calm the nerves and is ideally taken as a daily anti-stress tonic. A leaf extract of holy basil increased cognitive ability in healthy people. It may also help modulate the immune system.
10 || Elderberry
This dark-purple berry comes from elder trees and makes for a delicious syrup. Taken for flu prevention and as a first-line flu treatment.
11 || Asian Ginseng
A.k.a. Chinese or Korean ginseng, Asian ginseng is a perennial plant that grows in Eastern Asia. Asian ginseng is used for “qi deficiency,” which roughly translates to tiredness or overall depletion. It can help you optimize on multiple levels because it’s not only an adaptogen but also a nootropic (cognitive enhancer), an aphrodisiac, and a revered beauty herb. The majority of the research on ginseng has focused on psychomotor performance—movement, coordination, strength, speed. One study found that a ginseng extract improved physical performance in a twelve-week exercise trial of sedentary people. Another study showed that a ginseng extract decreased muscle damage and blood cortisol levels after intense exercise.