Herbal combinations have been used for centuries to assist the body with everything from immunity to detoxification to stress relief and the results have been incredible. Let’s get back to our natural roots and use these beautiful herbs that have been working their magic for thousands of years. Below we have discussed our favourite herbal combinations to boost your health on every occasion…
Just like our wardrobes and office desks, sometimes our body systems need a bit of a spring clean. At times like these it is vital to go back to basics with your diet, eliminating hard-to-digest foods such as gluten, meat and dairy while remembering to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins. You can also sip on some of the following herbs that work wonders for detoxifying the body:
Dandelion helps to cleanse and ease congestion of the liver (the detoxification centre of the body) and assists the digestion system to work optimally.
Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years to help increase bile flow and intestinal enzyme activity, overall supporting the body’s natural ability to digest and detoxify.
Licorice is a herb has been used for centuries in folk medicine to neutralise strong chemical toxins in the liver, providing protection from liver damage.
Sleep plays a huge factor in your overall health, yet today we are stimulated by our electronic devices, artificial light and even daily stresses keeping us up at night. All of these things can lead to poor quality sleep, or simply not enough sleep. It is always a good idea to have a few ‘sleepytime’ herbs on hand to help get those winks when we need them most.
Lavender has long been used in Provance, France as a remedy for insomnia.
Chamomile contains compounds that may have a calming effect on the body, allowing for a more restful sleep.
There’s nothing worse than the dreaded bloat. Whether you have eaten something that doesn’t agree with you, have overloaded on salt and are retaining excess water, or have just eaten a really big meal (we’ve all been there…) you can use the unique herbal combination of fennel, licorice and peppermint to help relieve these unpleasant symptoms.
Fennel works to reduce digestive discomfort by relaxing the digestive system and reducing flatulence, bloating and muscle spasms.
Licorice reduces inflammation, soothes the digestive tract and eases constipation.
Peppermint is a herb which has long been used to assist and stimulate healthy digestion.
Unfortunately stress and anxiety is something that many of us face at one point or another. The herbs below can be great additions to your stress-relief tool kit, alongside meditation, yoga, deep breathing, journaling and spending time in nature. Try these out when you are needing to experience extra relaxation in your life:
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones.
Passion flower supports the brain’s natural chemical balance and helps to calm nerves.
Skullcap stimulates the release of endorphins and balances hormones and mood.
St. John’s Wort is one of the best known natural remedies to assist with balancing mood, as well as relieving stress, anxiety, tension and irritability.
From time-to-time we all need a little extra energy boost to help get us through the day. Rather than reaching for sugar-laden snacks, energy drinks and coffee that give an immediate boost, why not try out some natural herbs that are known to give a natural boost minus the energy crash.
Ginseng can be used to boost energy and improve focus. It contains ginsenocides that influence blood pressure and insulin production, as well as increasing metabolism.
Green tea naturally contains less caffeine than coffee but still enough to produce a favourable effect on energy levels.
Rosehip contains a variety of phytochemical compounds that boost energy levels.
That Time of Month
Experiencing monthly cramps can be super uncomfortable, draining, painful and just an overall downer. Luckily herbal remedies can be a huge relief when suffering from menstrual side effects. Try out these fab herbs we love to use to ditch the cramps.
Lady’s mantle works to draw out excess fluid and soothes inflammation.
Lemon balm has been used to lift the spirits and can help to alleviate mood swings and PMS.
Red raspberry leaf works to tone and tighten the uterus which then reduces cramps caused by the spasms of the uterine muscles.
Chaste tree supports the pituitary gland (hormone-producing gland) and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Sometimes our bodies need a little immunity boost to get us through the depths of winter. It’s always a good idea to sip on some lemongrass, lemon and ginger as soon as you start feeling the start of a cold coming on, or even better, sip on this delicious combo before the sniffles even start! The good news is Ritual Tea Company have created a ‘Shot in the Arm’ blend that combines this immunity-boosting trio… Purchase it for yourself here.
Lemongrass contains a compound called citral which acts as an anti-microbial and an anti-fungal, helping to stop the growth of bacterial infections.
Lemon is packed with Vitamin c which is essential for the immune system and contains bioflavinoids that help fight inflammation.
Ginger acts as an antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce congestion.