The staff at Streets of New York 411 has compiled a list of herbs that have been used for centuries to support good health and slow the aging process of the human body. We hope this information will be of benefit to all the devoted readers of our newsletters:
DANDELION ROOT – is best known as a liver cleanser and blood purifier. Less well known, but important benefits of this humble root, include its ability to regulate the flow of insulin in diabetics, preventing sudden rushes of excess insulin to the blood. Also of import to diabetics is that it improves kidney function and kidney disorders, by virtue of increasing the ability of the kidneys to cleanse the blood. It’s also valuable in promoting a healthy pancreas and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Dandelion root is high in fiber and nutrient rich, containing more vitamin A than carrots, as well as being richer in vitamins C, D and the B-complex than most veggies!
SIBERIAN GINSENG – best known as the ‘longevity’ herb, protects your body from stress, while increasing both physical functioning and mental acuity. This anti-aging herb is also an adaptogen, with respect to regulating blood pressure and blood sugar levels. This means if either is too high, or too low, this herb brings these readings to a normal level.
CAYENNE PEPPER – is one of the best anti-aging herb powerhouses at your disposal. In addition to regulating blood pressure and cholesterol levels, it strengthens thyroid function, promotes good circulation, reduces stress, fights fatigue and is a natural antibiotic.
GARLIC – like cayenne, regulates blood pressure and cholesterol levels and is a natural antibiotic, effective against 27 distinct pathogens, including staph. It’s also an effective treatment for vaginal yeast infections. That’s a good tip for women who are taking a round of prescription antibiotics – including a good amount of garlic in your diet while taking this medication can prevent the ‘inevitable’ yeast infection which usually follows.
ECHINACEA ROOT is another premier anti-aging herb, which works wonders on your immune system response. It’s a good remedy for most skin disorders, including acne, abscesses and boils. A paste of this herb, applied directly to wounds and insect bites, stimulates the healing of wounds.
BURDOCK ROOT – is yet another must-have for your anti-aging herbal cupboard. Burdock root is a powerful blood cleanser, recommended particularly for flushing your body of toxins and wastes, such as accumulate during illness, good also as a recuperative tonic. Burdock root is restorative to the liver and gallbladder. It’s also another natural antibiotic, with anti-fungal and anti-tumor properties as well.
ROSEMARY – helps to redress the skin’s moisture balance, perfect for fending off sagging and wrinkles. It also helps protect the skin cells from environmental damage by aiding the development of collagen in the skin, leaving it plumper and more supple
MILK THISTLE – encourages the liver to make a powerful antioxidant, which aids the regeneration of new skin cells and helps to create a glowing, youthful complexion.
GINSENG – is a perennial herb and its root is used to help beat age-related problems such as high blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also helps alleviate stress, stimulates physical and mental activity, which may slack in older age, and protects the body from severe, physical pain.
RHODIOLA ROSEA – is an ‘adaptogen’ herb which has long been used to enhance the body’s ability to cope with mental stress. It is also believed that the herb could help protect the brain from age-related mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s and enhance body stamina and strength.
ASHWAGANDHA – is thought to help with the prevention of dementia by restoring the neurotransmitters in the brain. Ashwagandha also helps the body build a resistance to stress and can be used as stimulant for a healthy immune system.
GINGKO BILOBA – contains crucial antioxidants that help to improve blood flow to the brain which help the body’s peripheries function – ideal for those with poor circulation in the fingers and toes.
CAT’S CLAW – Also known as Uña de Gato in Spanish and Vilcacora in Indian, the Cat’s Claw herb’s super-immune-system qualities help battle age-related problems such as high blood pressure, bad circulation and high cholesterol levels.
GRAPE SEEDS – The seeds from the grape contain powerful antioxidants called procyanidins that neutralise damaging free radical in the joints.
PINE BARK – also known as Pycnogenol, strengthens capillaries, arteries and veins and fights inflammation to improve joint flexibility. It also helps the body to circulate more blood during stressful conditions without increasing blood pressure or making the heart work harder.
REISHI – Known as the ‘mushroom of immortality’ this colourful fungi has been a folk medicine in China for thousands of years. It is traditionally used to treat age-related conditions like hypertension, arthritis, insomnia and lung disorders. It is also a great anti-inflammatory agent and can be taken in the form of tea or tablets.