Monday, December 22, 2008

Monday Health: Herbs for Your Health

Wedding stress is a bummer. It can make your stomach ache, your head ache, your eyes ache, etc... Go to any supermarket and you'll find nearly a whole aisle dedicated to pills, creams, liquids, ointments - everything under the sun to cure the common whatever. And in a lot of cases, it's easy to take those pills. I admit it, guilty as charged here. After all, a pain killer here and there can't hurt, right?

While in some cases OTC and prescription drugs are necessary, it's important to be aware of what you are taking. In essence, you are ingesting fabricated chemicals that usually involve a whole bevy of side effects (sometimes weird, like the need to gamble compulsively). I'm not advocating that we eliminate these drugs (herbs should never replace your prescription drugs and you should consult a doctor before taking them), but next time you have a headache, cold, trouble sleeping, or some other general ailment, why not try a home remedy? Herbs are a great place to start. Mother nature has blessed us with: Valerian root, which will help you fall asleep naturally; Meadowsweet, a natural remedy for headaches; Ginger root, long known for it's calming effect on the stomach.

Want to learn more? Check out the 100 Best Herbs For Your Health.

Photo credit: planet botanic, design mom

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