Medical Herbs for Circulation and The Nervous System
One of the things we know about herbs today is that they seem to zero in on particular parts of the body. You could say they're tailor made drugs. For example some are good for the circulation. Whenever there is poor circulation, we are not obtaining adequate nutrients from our food nor are we excreting the natural wastes of metabolism, the toxic wastes. There are a number of plants which are good for the circulation and are safe for anyone to use:
Cayenne pepper is a central circulatory stimulant. If you use cayenne on a regular basis you will improve the natural cleansing mechanism of your entire body, and this is particularly helpful in conditions of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many other chronic illnesses.
This is a stimulant for the central circulatory system and also good for chronic problems.
This is known as the ideal tranquilizer because it actually doesn't interfere with your thought processes and doesn't cloud your thinking or interfere with your ability to carry out complicated mental tasks. In Holland they use it for young people taking their examinations. It's a calming plant which can be taken over a long period. It's not accumulative and not habit forming. It is in no way toxic. But it does decrease the edge of anxiety and tension. If you are interested in growing herbs, valerian must be grown in sandy soil, not clay, because the little root fibres stick to the clay very easily.
It's very common to be able to order a cup of camomile tea now even in a restaurant. Herbs are becoming part of our culture again. Of course they have always been used in Europe. Camomile makes a good drink instead of coffee. It's perfectly safe to use even with children. There are very few people who ever have any kind of allergic reaction to camomile. By allergic reaction we are talking about perhaps a rash, and that occurs in maybe four or five of all the herbs I have ever studied, and that's a big difference from the adverse side-effects possible with drugs. Camomile is an antispasmodic and it is healing for the whole digestive tract, especially for something like an ulcer. Not only is it calming, but it is also a healing plant. It promotes the production of granulation tissue with any membranes with which it comes into contact.
This is another good herb for the nervous system. Linden flowers are soothing, relaxing, and perfectly safe to be used for children. European mothers put their children into a bath of linden flowers when they are overwrought. But the exciting thing about linden is that it actually has been found to restore the interior walls of the arteries. If you can keep those arteries smooth and in good condition, you will not run into so many problems with strokes.
This is an herb you can grow in your own garden very easily. If you do, you will have something better than anything you could ever purchase in a health food store because you can make a tea from the fresh plant. Fresh lemon balm contains a number of volatile oils which strengthen the nervous system. This is an ideal remedy for the nervous system, just to relax you. An extra bonus is its anti-viral properties. This is a good thing to know because there are many problems with viruses changing from one organism into another and there are problems in hospitals where the windows won't open. There are some anti-viral drugs in orthodox medicine and their side effects are horrendous. Plants like this one connect to the docking area of the cell where the virus would normally be attached, and therefore usurp the virus. You can then make yourself a lot less vulnerable to every viral infection going around.