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What are the Categories of Herbs?

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What are the Categories of Herbs?

Categorizing herbs helps the beginning herbalist to better understand how herbs are grouped by the actions, making it easier to decipher their potential uses, and what you could benefit from taking them. You'll be able to further understand when you should use a certain herb. 

Immunity: Herbs for Protection

Immunity is an expression of the body and mind’s homeostasis and represents the interactions between the inner and outer environments. The following immune protecting herbs are known for their ability to protect and strengthen the immune system. They come in handy when you're sick or feeling under the weather. Herbs designated as immuno-modulators modify the immune response. Some herbs are immunostimulants, increasing activity, or suppressants, decreasing activity.

Herbs: Reishi, Ginseng, Eleuthero, Hibiscus, Chaga, Turkey Tail

Herbs for the Liver

Herbs that assist and support overall liver function. Healthy liver function can help with hormonal balance. It assist in keeping the body happy and healthy. 

Herbs: Ginseng, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Nettle

Nervines: Herbs for Relaxation

Nervines are herbs that specifically support the nervous system. Anxiety and stress may prevent you from feeling fully relaxed and at ease. Use these herbs to help aid you in the direction of relaxation.  

Herbs: Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, Reishi, Lemon Balm, Skullcap

Nutritives: Herbs for Mineralization

Plants that are rich in vitamins and minerals are important for your body.

Herbs: Eleuthero, Ginseng, Spirulina, Chorella, Nettle

Nootropics: Herbs for the Brain

Herbs that enhance emotional and mental wellbeing and increase brain circulation. You and your brain go through a lot daily. Support your brain circulation and health with these amazing herbs. 

Herbs: Lions Mane, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Gingko, Rosemary

Cardio-Protective: Herbs for the Heart

The heart is the primary organ of the cardiovascular system, supplying oxygen to all the cells and tissue of the body. Staying heart-healthy becomes easier when incorporating these herbs in your diet! Without them, you may experience the negative effects of unhealthy heart function on the entire body. 

Herbs: Reishi, Motherwort, Hawthorn

 

Article by Sarah Baxendell

Sarah Baxendell helps women access the power of herbs and take control of their personal wellness. As Chief Creative Officer at Desert Bloom Botanicals, she designs products and programs that are easy to use, accessible, and ignite your wellness journey. Sarah is a permaculture designer, clinical herbalist, and nature educator.

 

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