HEALTH: 5 AMAZING REMEDIES: THANKS TO THE PLANTS

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The use of natural remedies is now generally accepted, with many people turning to medicinal plants and nutrition for their health. Studies continue to prove that nature has done a remarkable job in helping us stay healthy. Here are five exceptional plants that heal, protect and have many health benefits.

REMEDY TO INSOMNIA: LAVENDER (LAVANDULA SPICA)

According to Statistics Canada, women have more difficulty falling asleep than men. A little lavender could help us rest better and sleep more deeply. The oil of its pretty flowers gives the plant a fragrant fragrance that gives a soothing, soothing and sedative effect. Try aromatherapy. If a recent study in The Journal of Neuroscience is right, lack of sleep could deplete brain cells. Here is a good argument for going to bed earlier.

ECHINACEA (ECHINACEA PURPUREA)

Laugh colds and flus with this immunity booster in your arsenal. Many studies recognize that echinacea helps strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and is antiviral. It is also helpful in decreasing the symptoms of upper respiratory infections, sore throats and congestion. Avoid the temptation to take it on a daily basis because echinacea supplements are reactive, so take them at the first indication of a symptom. Echinacea pallida has shown its effectiveness in healing wounds, which is an advantage for skin care.

VERTUS GINGER HEALTH (ZINGIBER OFFICINALE)

After being used to treat stomachaches and nausea for more than 2,000 years in Asian traditions, ginger is proven to improve digestion. Canada has one of the highest rates of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in the world: 5 million Canadians suffer from it, and more than 20 million Canadians face digestive disorders every year. Eat ginger with your next plate of sushi or add to a green smoothie.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RED RASPBERRY LEAVES (RUBUS IDAEUS)

“Raspberry leaf is one of the most used medicinal plants during pregnancy. This plant provides iron and other minerals to the uterus. It’s used as a tonic to strengthen the uterine muscles and pelvic floor in preparation for delivery, “says Carley Mendes, a holistic nutritionist specializing in fertility and women’s health during and after pregnancy. But she warns that some women see an increase in false contractions (Braxton Hicks); it is therefore recommended to wait until the 32nd week of pregnancy before taking it.

ORPIN PINK OF SIBERIA (RHODIOLA ROSEA)

Called the “new ginseng”, this plant fights fatigue and can improve mental function. It can also be useful for women seeking to boost their fertility. “This adaptogenic plant improves the body’s response to stress, be it mental, physical or emotional,” says Carley Mendes. Because stress is one of the main causes of infertility, Rhodiola helps relieve amenorrhea (lack of menstrual cycles) and improves follicular maturation. It also balances the thyroid gland, necessary for fertility. “

Dr. Kimberly Seltzer

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley Research Assistant, MIT

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