Herbs and herbal remedies have been used for thousands of years to prevent wrinkles, heal damaged skin, heal damaged cells, and improve our thinking. Looking younger, being healthier and living longer are quite possible when you combine good food with daily exercise and add a few of these herbs into the mix.
The following five herbs are considered to be the top of ‘immortality’ herbs that nature has to offer. Taken as supplements, as a tea, or added to foods, they are easy to find in most areas of the country and simple to use.
- Ginseng: The two most common types of ginseng are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Korean, or Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). Hundreds of studies show that ginseng is great for the heart, regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as lowers blood pressure. It also can increase energy levels and enhance the immune system. Ginseng also increases blood flow to the brain, which enhances nerve development, which can lead to an improvement in cognitive function.
- Holy Basil: According to the Hindu people, basil is thought to be a sacred reincarnation of divinity. The holy basil plant is called “the incomparable one.” It is called this because of its unparalleled ability to increase energy, lower stress levels, and promote longevity. Holy basil is often recommended for those with diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular problems. This herb reduces stress and cortisol levels better than any other plant or even other types of supplements, without side effects. It also reduces inflammation. It is easy to grow and can be used dried or served fresh.
- Sage: Although sage is not an adaptogen herb, it still ranks up there as one of the best herbs for promoting longevity. Spanish sage and garden sage are the two most common types that are used for healing purposes. It has been referred to as the “herb of immortality.” It has both calming and clarifying effects on sinus and respiratory congestion, making it great for anyone suffering from breathing problems. It also is known to stop headaches dead in their tracks and contribute to improved memory and clearer thinking. Sage oil has been shown in studies to have immune-enhancing properties, protect the heart, and fight cancer. In some cultures, it was said that those who drank sage tea each night would never grow old. Sage is high in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that cause premature aging. It is also high in anti-inflammatory compounds, which can stop arthritis and its pain.
- Astragalus: This herb has a reputation of deep healing effects on the immune system. This is a Chinese healing treatment that works on numerous health issues including fatigue, inflammation, circulation, liver issues, the flu, blood pressure, and cancer. Astragalus seems to be able to slow the aging process by encouraging the health of telomeres, which is the compound that holds our chromosomes together. This herb is perhaps best known as a means of improving the immune function – right down to a cellular level. It has been used throughout history as a means of improving digestion, and protecting the heart, liver, and lungs. And the best part is that this herb can be purchased as an extract or in tablet form as a supplement.
- Ginger: Ginger is thought of as a universal medicine in India. No matter what is ailing you, ginger is thought to cure it, including muscle pain, headaches, and joint pain. Ginger tea is perfect for those suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and it can even fight against certain cancers, such as ovarian cancer. Although you don’t see much ginger in the US, it’s often used in many parts of the world. Try making some of your own fresh, ginger tea and consuming it on a regular basis. It has a calming effect on the digestive system and the bowels. After drinking at least one cup per day for two weeks, you should feel a huge difference in your digestive system. Ginger helps neutralize gas and acts as a natural, mild diuretic, so be sure to drink plenty of water.