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Medicinal Herbs--Ginseng, Green Tea, Tulsi--Touted as Energy Boosters

Summer has finally faded into lingering memories of lush gardens, swimming in rivers and streams, and playing outside in the waning sunlight past 8 p.m. It has given way to a delightful autumn, with beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves dancing in the fall breeze. Mushroom hunters have geared up and headed for the woods; they return with piles of golden chanterelles and fry them with butter to bring a delicious woodland aroma to kitchens all across Oregon. The gardens and farms have yielded most of their bounty for this year, and days get shorter as nature prepares for a deep winter slumber.

As flu season gets fully underway, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) begins to afflict many, herbal medicine is making many appearances in the news, with experts suggesting that herbs and herbal supplements are an integral part of an immune-boosting, energizing, and preventative wellness regimen.

An article published on October 25 on the Press Democrat website. The article, “Seasonal Slowdown,” addresses widespread fatigue experienced by many people during fall and winter as the sunlight wanes.

Various experts in the article prescribe good quality rest and sleep, getting more sunlight during the day, vitamin supplements, vacations, and a few specific herbal supplements. Herbalist Leslie Gardner, director of the Sonoma County Herb Exchange, suggested dealing with fatigue and Seasonal Affective Disorder by slowing down, taking it easy more often, taking naps, and saying “no” to requests when we don’t have enough energy to handle them.

The Press Democrat reported,

“Gardner endorses a group of herbs called adaptogens, which she said, “nourish the nervous system when we get frayed or tired.”

Among them is the newly popular tulsi, an Indian basil plant that is available in tea form and said to provide energy because it helps the body adapt to stress. Another is ashwaganda, a root that comes in tincture form or a capsule.

A favorite energy-giving herb is green tea, said Gardner, which has a small amount of caffeine and is loaded with antioxidants. Gardner’s personal favorite is yerba mate tea, which she drinks as a coffee alternative. Even though it does contain some caffeine — “more like a caffeine cousin” — she said it boosts her energy without giving her coffee jitters.

And there’s ginseng, revered in Chinese traditional medicine for its energy-giving qualities. The belief, said Gardner, is “that everyone over 40 should take ginseng daily because we each have a finite amount of natural energy in our life.” ”

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2 comments to Medicinal Herbs–Ginseng, Green Tea, Tulsi–Touted as Energy Boosters

  • Harness the healing power of natural herbs to treat common health disorders and to live a healthier life.Herbal teas not only sooth the soul but many teas also exhibit powerful medicinal and health benefits for the body.Find herbal remedies that can stabilize or reverse the progression of many health disorders and diseases.

  • Thanks ! Good info on medicinal herbs