There are six herbs that have been studied for years and in many cultures which are very successful for anti -aging or slowing down the aging process. There are other substances that also help with aging symptoms; many are supplements like vitamins, minerals and foods.
Today we are going to focus on herbs and spices that are most well –known for aging symptoms.
Ginseng root, the longevity herb, used for thousands of years in ancient medicines of the world, supports the immune system and stimulates adrenal glands. It is highly recommended for use in chronic fatigue. Siberian ginseng can increase energy and libido, while improving your overall health. This is one herb you may want to take to decrease symptoms caused by stress.
Also, ginseng is a lung nourishing herb, used especially for shortness of breath, inability to inhale or exhale fully, and to decrease the susceptibility to upper respiratory infections.
Ginseng may increase blood pressure so be cautious if on medications for blood pressure. Ginseng can be found in teas, extracts or capsules.
Garlic deters aging, due to the well- known fact that it is anti-viral, anti -fungal and anti- bacterial. If you are interested in slowing the aging process, then brush up on those Italian, Greek and Asian recipes that make liberal use of garlic.
According to research, aged garlic may help reduce cardiovascular disease, dementia, inhibit blood clotting, and control levels of inflammation and cholesterol!
Capsicum is a compound which is in cayenne; it helps by stimulating circulation and elimination. It also benefits by cleansing the kidneys. Cayenne can help with absorption of phytochemicals from veggies and fruits.
It is also an anti-inflammatory for the digestive system. If you want to lose weight, it can help you burn off more fat by increasing the rate your body burns calories!
Try cayenne sprinkles on mangos, oranges, salads or with drinks like lemon water, teas, or coffee!
Gotu Kola has been used for centuries in many countries, for memory and brain stimulation. It can also be good as a glandular tonic. The primary effects of gotu kola include skin healing and improvement of mental clarity and emotional balance. Gotu Kola can be found in extract or capsule form in many stores.
Ginger is great for inflammation, one of the symptoms of aging. It is also beneficial for pain control. Laboratory studies show that ginger contains two dozen types of anti-oxidants and two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds! It’s possible that it may preserve your memory!
So eat some candied ginger, drink some ginger tea, and sprinkle ginger on your foods. Ginger is great with fish!
(Turmeric is in the same anti-aging category and helps with the same symptoms.)
Ginkgo is one of the oldest species of herb, used in traditional medicine for circulation; it helps the arteries and the brain. Men can regain their ability to have normal erections and is just as effective as Viagra!
To improve blood flow to the eye and prevent destruction of the retinal neurons and the ganglion cells of the eyes your best choice is Ginkgo leaf. It may also help with brain neurotransmitters and therefore may be helpful in treating Alzheimer’s disease.
Ginkgo can be found in capsule, extracts and in homeopathic blends.
Remember that ginkgo may increase risk of bleeding if you are on aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) or other blood thinning drugs consult your doctor before taking this herb.
The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook by Alan Keith Tillotson
The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods by James Duke