Super herbs are powerful herbs to use every day, to give you strength, balance and to nurture your body. Remember to avoid super herbs if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Also talk to your doctor before you start eating super herbs if you are on medication, so that the medicines don't harm you when you become healthy again.
What is a Super herb?
Super herbs have a transformative effect, both for the body and soul, just like Super foods. Super herbs have two main effects in the body - they are adaptogenic, which means they give balance, or tonifying, which means they strengthen and gives support to the body. Super herbs needs to be taken on a daily basis during a long period (except for Ashwagandha) as they work long term to slowly nurture the whole body. Medical herbs on the other hand is used as a shorter treatment. Super herbs work together in synergy, increasing the potency and health attributes of each herb. Work with a combination of two to three super herbs for best result.
Adaptogenic herbs are balancing and restores the body to homeostasis. They work as missiles that target the area that needs more healing. A person who is stressed feels calmer, the tired feels energized, the disconnected feels grounded. Adaptogenic herbs help with adapting and coping stress and challenges. They strive to increase the body's tolerance to stress of all kinds whether it is stress caused by toxins, too much work or illness. The result is noticed in better stamina, strength and life quality. The principle of an adaptogenic herb is not to heal a disease but to help the body to heal itself. It works on the metabolism, the signal processing, the hormonal balance, and the enzyme activity. It also normalizes the cellular respiration. An adaptogenic herb will only act to achieve a normalization - it will never over stimulate the body the way caffeine does.
Tonics are strengthening, activates the energy and vitality in the body, acts as an anti-aging agent and lifts both the body and spirit. You need to work with a tonic during a long period of time, as it has a preventing effect and works very carefully on a deep level and is also a slow stimulantia. They add nutrition such as vitamins, minerals, plant pigments and flavonoids. You can eat a lot of it without risking overstimulated cells, organs and tissue. Tonics are working to nurture specific organ system, they build the immune system, nerve functions and hormone system. In Chinese Medicine, the criteria for tonic herbs are that they shall nurture "the three treasures" Jing (essence), Qi (energy) and Shen (spirit).
Seven Super herbs
• Suma (South american) - Suma is one of the most respected South american herbs. It's been used by the people of the Amazon for centuries. Suma is a strong aphrodisiac, tonicum and adaptogen, that is perfect to use during those days that is extra demanding. Suma contain essential vitamins and minerals, 19 amino acids, electrolytes, the antioxidant germanium and trace elements. 152 plant chemicals has been identified in the root like iron, magnesium, silica, zinc, and vitamins like A, B1, B2, E and K. Suma helps in building muscles, and is popular among athletes. It has no known side effects.
• Brahmi (Indian Ayurvedic) - Brahmi is a strong ayurvedic herb that is used to enhance memory, attention, logic thinking, learning new things, increase mental clarity and awareness. Brahmi improves the coordination between the right and left brain and increases your capacity. The herb also has a calming effect on the mind, which makes it easier to process ne
w information. This is the herb for students, people having a demanding work, for business owners and everyone wanting to live by their maximum potential every day.
• Triphala (Indian Ayurvedic) - Triphala has a great cleansing power and builds up the whole body system. The potent nutrition of Triphala is widely appreciated in the ayurvedic medicine, and the herb is present in a vast number of herbal mixtures as a base. Triphala is particularly vitalizing for the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the intestines. It also enhances the quality of the skin. The herb is very mild and can safely be used under a long period of time, for a deep cleansing effect. It also cleanses fat tissue, blood and muscles from toxins.
• He shou wu (Chinese Medicine) - He shou wu is being used by millions of people to increase the flow in the body (Chi or Qi). The herb is particularly good for age related issues, such as hair loss, white hair, hardening of the arteries, cholesterol levels, it enhances libido, is energizing, strengthen liver and kidneys and calms the nervous system. He shou wu is the herb to stop the signs of aging and increase vitality.
• Ashwagandha (Indian Ayurvedic) - This is a herb great for all stress related issues. It calms the mind, it gives relief when you are nervous, soothes the body, gives energy and strengthen the nervous system. It boosts the immune system and fights off free radicals, thanks to antioxidants in the herb. You should use it as a shorter treat when you need an extra boost for those demanding days.
• Reishi (Chinese Medicine) - Reishi is listed as one of the most noble herbs of the Chinese Medicine. Reishi is a medical mushroom used by emperors in the ancient China, as it is said to give an extreme length of life and youthfulness. Taken regularly, it will restore the body to its original healthy state, making the inner organs work more optimal. Reishi is non-toxic and should be eaten daily for best result.
• Schizandra (Chinese Medicine) - Schizandra is one of the most respected super herbs in Chinese Medicine and has been used for thousands of years due to it's healing power. The berries taste sweet, tart, salty, hot and bitter; a sign that it works on all of the five organ systems in the body. Schizandra is being used as a cure for breakdowns caused by stress and lack of energy and it helps to increase stress resistance. Schizandra is also appreciated for its beautifying effects on the hair, skin and nails.