you ever read the label on a packet of Aspirin? "Aspirin
may sometimes cause irritation or bleeding of the
stomach, difficult breathing or asthma attack, or
It helps to thin the blood, ease pain and inflammation,
and the above mentioned side effects are the price
we have to pay we think.
Did you know that aspirin originates from the bark
of White Willow and from Meadowsweet, both of which
contain the active ingredient Salicylic Acid?
With these two plants we have natural alternatives
to Aspirin and Paracetamol - without the side effects.
Apart from containing Salicylic Acid, these plants
contain many other substances such as tannins, which
protect the skin from ulceration and bleeding. Nature
Take another example, Dandelion. This 'weed' is a
very potent Diuretic if taken as an infusion, as tincture
or fresh in salads.
Conventional Diuretic drugs reduce the amount of fluid
in the body, which also leads to loss of Potassium.
Potassium-deficiency however can cause heart problems.
This would not happen with Dandelion.
Dandelion leaves contain three times as much Potassium
as any other green plant. Intelligent nature! You
wonder why these herbs are not used by GPs and in
hospitals? I wonder too.
Many people suspect this has to do with the fact that
plants cannot be patented. Only when the so-called
'active ingredient' is extracted or synthesised and
put into a capsule or tablet-form can the product
It is truly fascinating to study the use of herbs
for medicinal purposes. It is something one has to
experience for oneself in order to find out.
One important benefit is that herbs have a strengthening
effect on the human Immune System, which is the basis
of health, and they can also strengthen any other
organ in the body.
In future articles I will look at a variety of herbs
that we can all use to treat conditions like colds,
flu, infections, migraines, skin problems, etc.
Many women are reluctant about taking HRT because
of negative health risks and because some of the HRT
medicines are made from the urine of pregnant mares
who live in scandalous conditions.
Nature provides us with many powerful herbs, that
balance a woman's hormones during puberty, during
pregnancy or during the menopausal change.
Herbs can also be used for cleansing or for detoxifying
the body. This is a very effective tool to prevent
Father Kneipp, a Swiss vicar and naturopath said:
'to prevent is better than to cure'. Herbs are ideal
for preventing illness.