You associate aging with ill health and incapacity but, with a good diet and active lifestyle, it's possible to maintain physical and mental vitality. Your metabolism slows down and your energy wanes in later years, but herbs can act to maintain health and combat ailments associate with old age.
Arthritis, rheumatism and gout reduce mobility and can lead to depression. Anti-inflammatory herbs, such as white willow, devil's claw and rosemary, can increase mobility and reduces pain. involvement in creative activities, such as painting, needlework and crosswords, plays a vial role in maintaining mental capacity, and, and Chinese herbs can restore vitality and vigor. Bone density drops, but herbs such as sage reduce the risk of breaking bones, which are slow to repair in the elderly.
Herbs For Combating Ailments Of Aging
Arthritis And Gout~For aching muscles or creaking, stiff, swollen or painful joints:
- Devils Claw
- White Willow
Brittle Bones~For unusual or dramatic weight loss or frequent breakages, especially of the wrist and hip bones:
Memory Loss~For forgetfulness and disorientation, poor short-term memory, and forgetting familiar names:
- Gotu Kola
- Purple Sage
- Greater periwinkle
More Information On Herbs For Aging
Gotu Kola~This herb boosts mental performance, creativity and memory. It improves circulation to the brain and strengthens nerve function. Take a daily infusion as a brain tonic.
Once thought extinct, ginkgo is now grown on plantations across the globe. Juice is extracted from the fresh leaves, or the leaves are dried and used to prepare tinctures.
Do not eat seeds for cultivation as they have a coating of fungicide.
Mistletoe~This parasitic evergreen was sacred to the Druids and Pagans. An extract of the leaves promotes restful sleep and reduces blood pressure. Its berries can be fatally toxic, so take it under medical supervision
Collect fresh from beaches for an infused oil to apply externally to aching joints.
Rich in iridoid glyscosides, devil's claw has extremely effective anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions, which help to restore movement in painful joints.
Take devil's claw regularly for rheumatism or arthritis, either internally as a tincture or applied as a cream externally to soothe painful joints.
To make a highly effective and delicious tonic that helps to boost memory:
1. Mix a tsp each of
- Dried Ginko Leaf
- Chopped Ginseng root
- Gotu Kola
with 1/4 cup cold distilled water in a large saucepan
2. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover with a lid and allow to infuse for 15-20 minutes.
3. Stain the hot mixture carefully and pour it into an airtight container for storage in a cool place, preferable in the refrigerator.
4. Drink a small cup of your infusion twice daily to help improve your mental capacity and memory.