Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 10 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

Over the years I have had several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. I am now in Arizona and I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal business!! We now have Herbs 4 Health!! Providing numerous herbs....herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....minerals....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.

The information in these blogs is not meant in any way shape or form to plagiarize, for I have never said this is all MY work. It is a compilation of reputable informative websites, my 'go to' books I have always depended upon & my own knowledge. I gather & put together information to help people learn & this way they can come back here to help remind themselves of said information instead of 'where oh where did I find that on the world wide web'. Seems to me it's just better & easier.

DISCLAIMER: All the information in these blogs do not diagnose, treat or heal any type illness or disease.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Helpful Herbs for Fibromyalgia....

In a recent magazine article I came upon this very informative article & thought I would share it since I seem to know a lot of people with this 'condition'. Now while these herbs won't necessarily cure, they could help with the symptoms of this exhausting disease. Of course taking the 2 more targeted drugs: Lyrica & Cymbalta along with pain relievers & antidepressants more & more are trying to find better avenues which can include: nutrition, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage & biofeedback.

So the top 10 herbs that could help are:

Ashwagandha: an adaptogen & it's key ability is to soothe frayed nerves & reduce spasms & inflammation.

Chamomile: we all know what a soothing herb this can be & a mild sedative in it's own right, but it also has anti-spasmodic properties.

Devil's Claw: native to southern Africa...the roots are used in medicinal preparations. it's an anti-inflammatory & has been found useful in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatic-type pain, neck & back pain, osteoarthritis & also tendonitis.

Echinacea: boosts the immune system and helps to reduce inflammation.

Elderberry: a powerful diaphoretic which means it induces sweating, thereby reducing fevers. It's a potent immune-system booster & very beneficial during the flu season.

Eleuthero: formerly called Siberian ginseng, it is actually NOT in the Panax ginseng family. The root, stem & bark are used in herbal medicine. It is an adaptogen and helps to increase endurance & stamina while also strengthening the immune system. It also acts as a nervine to help treat insomnia and frequent nighttime wake-ups. Some herbalists may also recommend it for chronic fatigue, immune deficiency & adrenal fatigue.

Licorice Root: another adaptogen & it helps by reducing inflammation and relieving adrenal exhaustion, depression, lethargy  & fatigue. It also reduces excessive immune-system response which can lead to inflammation. If you have HBP, kidney issues or take prescriptions, check with your doctor first.

Milky Oats: these are extracted from the immature seed of the common oat, which is the same as your basic oatmeal, which fills with white "milk" for one week out of the growing cycle. But they serve as an excellent tonic for the entire nervous system, helping to restore frayed nerves & provide a sense of calm & tranquility. It is especially helpful for those who suffer from chronic fatigue, panic disorders, depression & insomnia.

Valerian: this one is a very strong sedative with pain-relieving actions. It is very useful for those suffering from stress, insomnia, pain from muscle spasms, tension, headaches & other similar issues. If you feel greater agitation after taking it, then of course discontinue taking it.

Willow Bark: the bark of this tree contains salicin which is the pain-reliever pharmaceutical companies extract for their aspirin. But unlike theirs, this will not cause gastrointestinal issues.

As with any of these, check with your doctor first, if you are so inclined.

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