Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Herbal Remedies To Treat Ailments Of Old Age

G'moring friends!

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, some personal experiences happening; I am back and rearin' to go.....

Growing older is, in so many ways,  a riching experience that will lead us to being wise in our own right; unfortunately growing older also can, and most times will, leave your joints and other body parts achy and well, worn out!

So I thought I would share some herbal remedies to help you combat the effects of aging...


Herbal Remedies To Treat Ailments Of Old Age

You associate aging with ill health and incapacity but, with a good diet and active lifestyle, it's possible to maintain physical and mental vitality. Your metabolism slows down and your energy wanes in later years, but herbs can act to maintain health and combat ailments associate with old age.

Arthritis, rheumatism and gout reduce mobility  and can lead to depression. Anti-inflammatory herbs, such as white willow, devil's claw and rosemary, can increase mobility and reduces pain. involvement in creative activities, such as painting, needlework and crosswords, plays a vial role in maintaining mental capacity, and, and Chinese herbs can restore vitality and vigor. Bone density drops, but herbs such as sage reduce the risk of breaking bones, which are slow to repair in the elderly.

Herbs For Combating Ailments Of Aging

Arthritis And Gout~For aching muscles or creaking, stiff, swollen or painful joints:
  • Angelica
  • Devils Claw
  • Rosemary
  • White Willow

Brittle Bones~For unusual or dramatic weight loss or frequent breakages, especially of the wrist and hip bones:
  • Sage

Memory Loss~For forgetfulness and disorientation, poor short-term memory, and forgetting familiar names:
  • Ginko
  • Ginseng
  • Gotu Kola
  • Purple Sage
  • Rosemary

Hardening Arteries~For confusion, cold feet and hands, breathlessness:
  • Ginko
  • Greater periwinkle
  • Mistletoe

More Information On Herbs For Aging

Gotu Kola~This herb boosts mental performance, creativity and memory. It improves circulation to the brain and strengthens nerve function. Take a daily infusion as a brain tonic.

Ginko~this is widely believed to be one f the most important herbs for treating dementia and memory loss. Ginkgo improves blood flow to the heart, stimulates circulation to the brain and helps to protect against strokes and hardening of the arteries by reducing the risk of blood clots.

Once thought extinct, ginkgo is now grown on plantations across the globe. Juice is extracted from the fresh leaves, or the leaves are dried and used to prepare tinctures.

White Willow~Treating arthritis, willow relieves inflammation and swelling. Its anagesic action is similar to aspirin, due to salicylic acid, which inhibits prostaglandin production, relieving pain.

Celery~Celery is a restorative herb that prevents uric acid from accumulating in joins, resulting in arthritis or gout. It improves circulation to the muscles and joints and detoxifies blood.

Do not eat seeds for cultivation as they have a coating of fungicide.

Mistletoe~This parasitic evergreen was sacred to the Druids and Pagans. An extract of the leaves promotes restful sleep and reduces blood pressure. Its berries can be fatally toxic, so take it under medical supervision

Bladderwrack~This seaweed is rich in iodine and other minerals. It provides a gentle metabolic stimulant and anti rheumatic properties for the elderly.

Collect fresh from beaches for an infused oil to apply externally to aching joints.

Devils Claw~The tubers of this African desert plant are a well-established and powerful herbal treatment for chronic rheumatism and arthritis.

Rich in iridoid glyscosides, devil's claw has extremely effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions, which help to restore movement in painful joints.

Take devil's claw regularly for rheumatism or arthritis, either internally as a tincture or applied as  a cream externally to soothe painful joints.

Memory-Boosting Tonic

To make a highly effective and delicious tonic that helps to boost memory:

1. Mix a tsp each of
  • Dried Ginko Leaf
  • Chopped Ginseng root
  • Gotu Kola
with 1/4 cup cold distilled water in a large saucepan

2.  Bring the mixture to a boil, cover with a lid and allow to infuse for 15-20 minutes.

3. Stain the hot mixture carefully and pour it into an airtight container for storage in a cool place, preferable in the refrigerator.

4. Drink a small cup of your infusion twice daily to help improve your mental capacity and memory.

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