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Take Your Health to a Whole New Level With These Powerful Herbs!
March 02, 2017


100 of the Most Powerful Herbs & Spices for Health, Wellness & Longevity…



Greetings everyone, and a warm welcome to our February/March edition of Life Saving Health Solutions. Wow! We’ve had a huge amount of sign-ups for our newsletter lately (which is a good thing of course) and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all the newbies. Thank you for being a part of our health circle and I sincerely hope you enjoy the information that I’ll be sharing. Glad to have you on board!


Let's get straight into the meat of this newsletter, because I want to talk about and list the incredible health and healing benefits of the top 100 herbs, spices and medicinal plants. Each listing will tell you exactly what each particular herb is good for health-wise and what ailments it can help with. And don't worry, even though there's 100 listed, each listing is short and sweet so you wont be reading for hours!


If you’re interested in supplementing your daily health and wellness routine with natural remedies (which you definitely should be), herbs are a wonderful and easy way to do this. Herbal remedies and herbal preventatives have been used successfully for centuries, with the first account of herbs and spices being used for medicinal purposes (in traditional Ayurvedic medicine) as far back as 4000 BC. This form of “tried and tested” healing modality has certainly stood the test of time, and in my opinion, only an ill-informed fool would doubt their remarkable healing benefits and abilities.


Whether you want to boost the health of your heart, ease the pain and discomfort of arthritis, or just wake your mind up and stay mentally focused, this list of 100 herbs, spices and medicinal plants can help you to do this. Just keep in mind, however, that if you’re taking any pharmaceutical drugs then you will need to check with your health care professional first before using any of these herbal remedies (to be on the safe side) as some have been known to interact with certain medications…

For Sensory Perception

Give your vision and hearing a powerful boost by taking these herbs…


-Ginkgo Biloba: Ginkgo has many potent health benefits, but perhaps one of the most significant is its ability to improve blood flow to the eyes - especially for people suffering with macular degeneration. Ginkgo can also be valuable for your ears with numerous studies showing it can help prevent tinnitus and inner ear disturbances.

-Bilberry: A relatively unknown but extremely powerful antioxidant, bilberry exerts a number of positive health effects on the brain and heart. It can also help protect the retina and improve seeing range and clarity of vision.

-Passionflower: If staring at a computer screen or reading in dim light has your eyes strained, try taking a passionflower supplement. It helps to relax the small blood vessels in the eye to make seeing much easier.

-Goldenseal: Styes and conjunctivitis can be irritating and embarrassing conditions. Taking some goldenseal will help reduce the inflammation associated with these conditions and get you on the road to recovery quickly.

-Aspalathus: This South African herb contains a number of antioxidants that are similar to those found in Bilberry. These antioxidants help boost your eye health while giving your immune system a powerful boost as well.

-Mahonia Grape Extract: The sun can have a damaging effect on the eyes, but this herb can help reduce the impact of sun damage while strengthening the retina. This in turn slows down eye aging along with helping to maintain better overall eye health.

-Bilwa: Found in the sub-Himalayan forests, this fruit has been used in India for thousands of years to treat painful eye conditions such as styes and conjunctivitis.

-Mullein flower: This flowering plant can be a quick and natural way to help rid yourself of an ear infection as it acts as a natural bactericide when condensed into oil form.

For Mental Health and Function

Keep your mind sharp, alert and in tip top health with a little help from these terrific plants...


Kava kava : This herb helps to calm your stresses and anxieties by binding to the brain receptors that promote relaxation. A commonly prescribed remedy for anxiety and panic attacks.

-St. John’s Wort: Those with mild to moderate depression will find relief with this herb. Numerous studies have been done on St. John’s Wort for treating depression with most finding it can be as effective as depression prescription medications - but comes with none of the awful side effects.

-Valerian: Lull your body into restful sleep with some valerian instead of reaching for prescription pills. Valerian has been shown to be as effective as pharmaceutical sleeping pills, while at the same time, eliminating some of the more harmful side effects associated with these medications.

-Bacopa: Used in India for several thousand years, this flowering plant has been proven to improve memory, learning and cognition. Studies have shown that it can do little to improve your old memories, but it does have a strong effect on newly acquired information. So it’s better to start taking some bacopa sooner rather than later.

-Ginseng: Most people have heard of the herb ginseng, but few are aware that there have been numerous studies done to document its powerful effects. These studies suggest there are benefits of taking this herb for improved memory, along with using it to boost your stamina and endurance levels. I’ve used Ginseng myself for the gym and I can say that it DEFINITELY works!

-Holy Basil: Also known as tulsi, this herb is not usually used in cooking like its cousin (normal basil). Holy basil is terrific for treating respiratory disorders, as well as high fever, asthma, lung disorders, heart diseases and stress.

-Chamomile: Generally known as a relaxing herb, chamomile tea can be a great way to wind down after a stressful day. Some people also use it for panic attacks and to relieve menstrual cramps.

-Suma: This rainforest plant helps to normalize your entire bodily functions and reduce the effects of stress and stress related disorders.

-Brahmi: Great for boosting brain function, memory recall and information retention.

-Gotu Kola: Commonly used in India, this herb helps to improve cognitive function and reduce anxiety - helping you to think more clearly and calmly.

-Sage: Research has shown that sage can actually help make you wiser. It also contains powerful bacteria-killing and natural antiseptic properties.

-Kudzu: Want more self-control when it comes to drinking alcohol? This herb can help curb your appetite for booze by allowing the alcohol to get to the part of the brain that tells you you’ve had enough, so in theory, you stop drinking sooner.

-Catnip: Not just for cats, this common herb helps to reduce anxiety and has an overall relaxed and sedated effect.

For Digestive and Urinary Health

Use these herbs to ensure that your digestion and plumbing stays in good condition…


Licorice : You may love the taste of licorice, but might not know about its beneficial health effects. It works a treat for soothing and relaxing gastrointestinal tissues, which in turn helps to ease the pain of conditions such as ulcers and acid reflux. Licorice has also been shown to help increase bile production. -Milk Thistle: Great for the liver! Give your liver some much needed help filtering out all those toxins by taking some milk thistle. It also helps to improve the regeneration of liver tissue and regulate liver function.

-Peppermint Oil: A dab of peppermint essential oil on the stomach and feet (and gently rubbed in) will do wonders to help relax the smooth muscles of your colon, stopping cramps and constipation that can be common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint oil capsules taken internally also work extremely well.

-Ginger: An upset stomach is never fun to deal with, but ginger is definitely the solution you’re looking for if you have one. Ginger helps slow the production of serotonin, a major factor in the nauseated feeling you get when you’re motion sick or experiencing pregnancy sickness. Ginger also helps to strengthen your immunity and recovery time from illness.

-Senna: If you’re feeling constipated, this herb works well as a natural laxative to help get things moving again.

-Gentian: This super bitter herb has been used for generations to treat digestive problems. Its bitter taste stimulates the digestive system, making it easier to get food and waste through your plumbing system.

-Uva Ursi: Try out this herb for preventing and treating bladder infections. It works every time!

-Aloe vera: Great for healing burns and skin irritations when applied topically. Aloe vera can also act as a laxative when consumed internally.

-Gamma Orizanol: Give this remedy a try if you want to help calm an upset stomach.

-Rose Hips: These small berries serve a dual purpose - helping to reduce bladder infections and treating constipation.

-Agrimony: If your whole digestive system needs a lift, try out this herb. It’s renowned for improving stomach, liver, kidney and gallbladder function.

-Anise (Aniseed): This licorice-flavored herb helps prevent (and release) the accumulation of painful gas and bloating in the stomach and intestines.

-Celery Seed: Those having a little difficulty urinating may want to try this remedy out - cited for its diuretic properties. Celery seed is also a potent anti-inflammatory.

For Physical Appearance

Heal your skin and look good at any age with these mighty herbs...


-Burnet: The leaves of this plant have been used medicinally for thousands of years in China and help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, along with reducing the inflammation of hemorrhoids and healing burns.

-Burdock: Used all over the world, this plant helps combat hair loss, treats dandruff, and helps with most skin problems.

-Calendula: Great for all round skin care, this herb can treat everything from acne to chapped lips.

-Comfrey: Use the leaves and roots of this plant to soothe skin irritations and promote connective tissue growth. Plantain leaf: Because it has powerful soothing elements, this plant is one of the best remedies for cuts, skin infections, and chronic skin problems.

-Red Clover: If you’ve tried everything to get rid of your acne, why not give this acne and skin clearing remedy a go? Also good for menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats.

-Sassafras Leaf: Said to purify and cleanse the body, this plant can be a helpful tool for getting acne under control.

-Solomon’s Seal Root: Make a wash out of this plant to help control skin problems and blemishes.

-Spikenard: Acne, pimples, blackheads, and rashes don’t stand a chance against this inflammation fighting herb. It works extremely well.

For Heart and Circulatory System



Give your heart and blood some help with these medicinal herbs…


-Garlic: Garlic is a powerhouse herb when it comes to heart health. Regular use has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease and lower high blood pressure. In addition, studies suggest that it can help prevent cancer, kill bacteria, and even improve levels of T-cells in AIDS patients. A definite “must use” herb for overall health and longevity!

-Hawthorn: The berries of this flowering shrub are great for the heart and work by helping to open up the coronary arteries, lowering blood pressure, and slowing down a rapid heart rate.

-Guggul: Guggul is thought to bind to cholesterol in your gut so it gets eliminated before it enters the bloodstream, which in turn helps to reduce your overall cholesterol levels.

-Horse chestnut: Help prevent those unsightly looking varicose veins and spider veins by taking some horse chestnut. Aescin and other compounds contained in this herb help to bulk up weak capillaries and veins, making them less prone to swelling and pain.

-Cinnamon: If you’re worried about the health of your circulatory system, consider adding a little cinnamon to your diet. Cinnamon has also been proven to reduce blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.

-Dandelion: Dandelions are more than just an annoying weed, they can also be an effective way to help control high blood pressure. Researchers believe it works the same as many prescription medicines - decreasing your blood volume and in turn your blood pressure.

-Angelica root: Traditional healing places this herb at the top of the list as a heart strengthener and is especially good for those suffering from heart related conditions.

-Coriander: The seeds of the cilantro plant help to build and strengthen your circulatory system to make for a stronger, healthier heart. Cilantro is also a very powerful detoxifier and heavy metal remover.

-Cayenne: Containing a potent substance called capsaicin, cayenne pepper helps normalize blood pressure, increase the elasticity of blood vessels, and even slow down bleeding. Cayenne is also a strong anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative.

-Motherwort: This plant has a long history of use and contains the alkaloid, leonurine, which has a relaxing effect on smooth muscles such as those found in the heart.

-Gynostemma: This herb has been shown in laboratory studies to have a direct effect on the circulatory system, strengthening the heart and helping wounds to heal more quickly.

For Pain and Inflammation

Don’t suffer through excruciating pain and inflammation, try these handy remedies instead.


Arnica : The yellow flowers of this plant provide powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Apply it to the skin to help reduce the pain and swelling of bruises, strains and sprains.

-Feverfew: Several studies have confirmed that feverfew can help prevent and treat migraines. It works by reducing the amount of serotonin in the body and relaxing constricted blood vessels in the head.

-Willow Bark: A component of traditional aspirins, willow bark is a wonderful way to naturally reduce aches and pains.

-Devil’s Claw: Native to southern Africa, this long-used remedy can be a helpful agent in reducing inflammation, particularly back and neck pain.

-Skullcap: Part of the mint family, this herb can help reduce stress headaches, the effects of PMS, and even cure insomnia.

-Marjoram: Great for general aches and pains, this common herb is even more effective when combined with chamomile or gentian.

-Thyme: Many people use thyme in their cooking without being aware that it helps to fight infection, reduces the pain of migraines, and helps clear out the lungs.

-Meadowsweet: Meadowsweet contains many of the chemicals used to make aspirin. When chewed, it can prove to be a very helpful remedy for migraine headaches.

-Cat’s Claw: While few studies have been done on this herb, many believe it can help reduce general inflammation and also boost the immune system.

-Wood Betony: This attractive woodland plant does more than just look pretty, it can also be used to reduce the pain associated with headaches and migraines.

-Witch Hazel: A general “all round” herbal remedy. Those suffering from hemorrhoids especially will appreciate the anti-inflammatory properties of this herb.

For Illness Prevention and Treatment

Check out these herbs and plants to help keep you in general good health...


-Ephedra: One of the oldest cultivated medicinal herbs, Ephedra is most commonly used to help treat and prevent colds. It works by dilating the bronchial tubes through the release of adrenaline and is especially useful for those suffering from allergies and asthma. Be sure to check with your health practitioner first if you’re taking any asthma or allergy medications though.

-Echinacea: Give your immune system a powerful boost by taking some echinacea. It activates the body’s natural defence mechanism, including your white blood cells, and helps your body prevent and fight off harmful infections.

-Astragalus: The Chinese have known about and used this herb for thousands of years for a variety of different ailments. Recent studies have shown that it may have a strong positive effect on the immune system, increasing immune activity and recovery abilities.

-Elderberry: Keep the flu at bay by chomping on this great tasting berry. Rich in vitamins A & C, it’s been shown to prevent the flu virus from spreading to healthy cells, along with cutting recovery time in half.

-Andrographis: Help keep your colds short and sweet by taking some of this herb. Studies have shown that it can help reduce the symptoms including fatigue, sleeplessness, sore throat, and runny nose, by up to 90%.

-Kelp: Kelp is high in iodine, which is a natural infection fighter and is needed for the health of the thyroid gland. As a bonus, it contains substances that are beneficial for healthy hair and nails.

-Yarrow: This herb is taken to treat colds, fevers, and for indigestion, and is also used in skin treatments to speed up wound healing.

-Boneset: An infusion of this amazing herb can help you to fight off a cold or flu virus more quickly. Elder: When you feel a cold or the flu coming on, enjoy a herbal tea made from this plant. If you grow it at home, never eat the green parts of the plant as they’re poisonous.

-Pleuresy root: Sometimes called butterfly weed or Indian paintbrush, this variety of milkweed can help soothe a cough when you have a cold, along with soothing the inflammation.

-Pau d’arco: This Brazilian herb is thought to be an all-round booster for the immune system. It also helps to reduce pain and inflammation, provides antiviral and antifungal properties, destroys candida fungus, heals ulcers, fights cancer, and detoxifies the body.

-Maitake: Use this potent mushroom, common in traditional Asian medicine, as a jump start for your immune system, as well as for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

-Horehound: Sore throats and coughs can be remedied by making a tea with the leaves of this plant.

For Diseases and Health Conditions

These stunning herbs and plants can help prevent, treat and even cure a variety of health problems…


Khella : A powerful Middle Eastern herb known for helping to prevent asthma attacks before they start. Khella dilates your bronchial tubes and relaxes the muscles that spasm during an attack, making you breathe easier.

-Gymnema: Helps reduce the effects of diabetes symptoms by stimulating the pancreas to pump out more insulin. Used for thousands of years, recent preliminary studies have shown that it can have a big impact on reducing blood sugar levels.

-Eyebright: Don’t let hay fever leave you knocked out with red eyes and a runny nose. This herb can help make your immune system less reactive to airborne allergens, making your life much easier during allergy season.

-Lemon Balm: For herpes, both in its genital and cold sore forms, lemon balm can help reduce the itching, swelling, and tingling of outbreaks while speeding up healing.

-Rosemary: Some of the most interesting and unique health benefits of rosemary include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions. Studies have also shown that rosemary helps to prevent the formation of carcinogens caused by grilling foods.

-Wild Cherry: Wild cherry isn’t just a soda flavoring, it can also help with asthma by loosening phlegm in the chest and throat, along with reducing the inflammation.

-Fenugreek seed: Try this multipurpose remedy for relief from allergies, coughs, headaches and a sore throat.

-Forsythia: If you think you may have picked up Lyme disease at any stage, this flowering scrub can offer you some help by providing antibacterial properties that weaken the disease.

-Boswellia: This herb relieves the symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and even works well on those who reacted negatively to conventional arthritis treatments.

-Turmeric: A powerful arthritis remedy. Those suffering from painful joints due to arthritis are strongly advised to add a little turmeric to their diets. This spice contains a potent substance called curcumin, a strong anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce the pain and swelling significantly.

-Yucca Root: Yucca root reduces inflammation of the joints, making it a valuable remedy for arthritis.

-Nettle: Extracts of this medicinal plant have been used to treat conditions such as arthritis, anemia and hay fever.

For Reproductive Health

Make sure your reproductive organs and hormones are in tip top health with these herbal remedies…


Sea Buckthorn : Women suffering from vaginal dryness are recommended this remedy by naturopathic physicians. It contains palmitoleic acid, which helps hydrate mucus membranes to keep the skin moisturized.

-Black Cohosh: Women can definitely improve their menopausal symptoms by using this herb. It contains plant estrogens, which help regulate and balance a woman’s rapidly changing hormones.

-Chaste Berry: The small, peppery-tasting berries of this plant offer help to women coming off birth control pills or those who need assistance in regulating their hormones and menstrual cycles.

-Dandelion: If you suffer from fluid retention around that time of the month, consider taking dandelion. It contains natural diuretic properties that help eliminate excess fluid.

-Dong Quai: This plant has estrogenic properties, making it a good choice for women who want to balance their hormones and ease the symptoms of PMS. Be advised that it can take up to 6 months for the full effects of this herb to kick in. Raspberry Leaf: Pregnant women should check with their doctor first before taking this herb, but it’s generally considered safe and can help to ease the painful process of labor.

-Saw Palmetto: Guy’s, keep your prostate gland in top-notch health with this terrific herb. Some of the health benefits and power of saw palmetto include… its ability to stimulate sexual activity, reduce impotence, protect against prostate cancer, improve the health of the kidneys, boost muscle mass, increase nutrient uptake efficiency, treat urinary tract conditions, and strengthen hair growth. Saw palmetto also reduces the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (prostatitis) significantly and is the #1 recommended natural remedy for this condition.

-Daminana Leaf: This multipurpose herb helps deal with sexual dysfunction issues in both men and women as well as helping to reduce the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

- Sarsaparilla: With effects similar to the male hormone testosterone, this herb can be an easy and safe way to stimulate sex drive in both men and women.

-Beth Root: This herb helps to balance hormones, leading to more normalized menstrual cycles, reduced effects of menopause, and easier pregnancy.


The great thing about using herbs and spices for health is that you can either grow most of them in your own garden or you can purchase them quite easily and for very reasonable cost. The internet is certainly a handy tool for doing this and you can usually find specific “herb & spice” retailers who sell in bulk and sell much cheaper. We have one in our city that stocks virtually every herb or spice you could want at half the price of what you pay at the big retail outlets. So make sure you check out and see if there’s one available in your area. Just Google “bulk herbs and spices” or just “bulk spices”, along with your city, and you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for.


This Just In…

Study Finds Ginger Treats Osteoarthritis with Topical Application...

Research from Australia’s Edith Cowan University has proven that osteoarthritis pain is decreased and mobility is improved greatly with the application of ginger root applied topically.

Researchers recruited 20 adults between the ages of 35 and 90 years old – the average age was 64. All of the volunteers had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and 85% of the patients had severe osteoarthritis of the knees and/or hips. The purpose of the study was to find out whether or not ginger actually treats osteoarthritis.

Researchers randomly divided people into two groups - and treated half with a ginger (Zingiber officinalis) compress and half with a ginger transdermal patch every day. They were monitored weekly with a Health Assessment Questionnaire throughout the 24 week study.

Interestingly, participants in both groups experienced significant improvement in pain, fatigue, well-being and mobility after only seven days, and this improvement continued to increase throughout the study. At the end of the 24-weeks, 82% were satisfied with their treatment. In fact, 70% of patients were satisfied with their treatment results after the first week!

Before the study, 80% of participants were dissatisfied with the conventional (medical) treatment they were receiving for their osteoarthritis. After the first week of the study, there was a significant improvement in pain (decreased by 48%), fatigue (decreased by 49%), well-being (increased by 40%), and joint mobility (increased by 31%).

Researchers concluded by saying…

“This pilot study suggests ginger therapy using both the ginger compress and ginger patch has the potential to relieve symptoms and increase independence for people with osteoarthritis.”

This is not the first study to prove that ginger decreases inflammation and reduces pain in general. Other studies have found that ginger extract blocks cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and lipoxygenase-5 (LOX-5) enzymes, which are one main instigators of inflammation. And a new study from Iran’s Tabriz University of Medical Sciences tested 64 diabetics and found that oral consumption of ginger decreased pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-alpha, as well as hs-CRP levels – all of which are indicators and producers of inflammation.


And This…

Eating Burnt Toast Can Give You Cancer According to UK’s Food Standards Agency…

Most people now realize that char-burning certain foods - including frying or smoking - produce compounds that can cause cancer. But what about toasting? The United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently warned people to stop eating burnt toast and other foods that contain the toxic substance, acrylamide, to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

A campaign called “Go for Gold” aims to reduce the amount of acrylamide that people consume from starchy foods like bread and potatoes, which are often cooked for long periods at high temperatures. Toasting, along with baking, frying, grilling and roasting have the potential to produce acrylamides, suggests the FSA. The FSA recommends that instead of reaching a dark brown color when toasting, baking, frying, grilling or roasting starchy foods, go for a golden yellow or lighter color instead.

The campaign is based on previous animal studies that were published by the World Health Organization (WHO) after Swedish scientists found the cancerous carcinogen in certain foods. Apparently, the link has still yet to be proven in human subjects, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out that this unnatural substance can’t be good for us. According to the American Cancer Society, acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke and is one of the main ways smokers are exposed to the toxic compound. Of course, acrylamide is the same substance that’s in many food packaging and plastic products and has everyone up in arms. It’s now slowly starting to be removed because of its potential carcinogenic effect.

In 2015, the journal European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also published a study on the health risks of acrylamide in food. Experts from EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in our Food Chain reconfirmed what was already known. They found that acrylamide in food can potentially increase the risk of developing cancer for people of all age groups. But according to their findings, children, due to their lower body weight, are exposed the most and are actually at the greatest risk.

This one of the reasons why you should also never cook your meat over a grill or hot coals. The fat from the meat drips down onto the flame, which then gives off a toxic gas (that contains acrylamide and heterocyclic amines), and this gas then “smokes” itself into the meat. Yes, it tastes good, but if you’re going to eat meat cooked this way then you might as well wash it down with a glass of kerosene! That’s about as healthy as it is for you.


Well, that's it for today. Until next time, stay safe and stay well!

All the best,

Regards,

Troy.


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About the Writer:

After being struck down with a severe and debilitating illness at the age of 26 and told by medical doctors that nothing more could be done for him, Troy Sawyer was left to search for his own cure, which he did find through natural recovery methods. Following three years of extensive research into nutritional therapies, he discovered that a deficiency of certain essential nutrients was the cause of his illness. Once remedied, Troy’s health returned to even greater levels than before his ailment.


Today, more than 18 years later, he spends his time constantly researching and staying up-to-date with all of the latest developments happening within the natural health field, along with working as a wellness and fitness coach. He also continues to help as many people as he can to enjoy the benefits of good health and longevity through his natural health website.


Troy today at 48 years young!




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