The power of herbs has been known for 1000’s of years. Ancient civilizations used them to treat all kinds of ailments. They were either ground to a powder, mixed with other ingredients and applied straight to the skin, or infused in a liquid to drink.
The use of herbs have come full circle with their healing powers widely recognized in today’s society. It is no longer perceived as hocus pocus, with more studies and testing done to prove the potency of these gifts from nature.
Here at La Mav, we harness the potent active constituents of carefully selected herbs to include in our formulations, which provide visible results. Topical benefits aside, ingesting these substances can have great effects on the body.
Many of us enjoy herbal teas for their flavour or specific effect but do we really know what all the fuss is about?
Like foods, herbs provide us with nutritional benefits. These compounds are: carbohydrates, chlorophyll, enzymes, proteins and lipids, which help to sustain life. As well as more active constituents like alkaloids, essential oils & flavonoids to name a few. These compounds are the plants defence against microbial and insect attack, and to aid in the protection from the sun’s damaging rays.
When selecting your herbs as with all plant based food, it is essential to try and use plants that are grown organically. The use of pesticides greatly reduces the quality of the herb because of the insecticidal residue left on the plant.
Our 5 top herbs to support a healthy body
- Dandelion root – this little beauty is a great detoxing tool as it supports digestive, kidney and liver functions. It contains carotenoids and is rich in minerals and vitamins A, B & C.
- Echinacea – A powerful blood cleanser as well as a strong immune system support. Many take it when they feel a cold coming on.
- Gotu Kola – a great tonic for the nervous system and a cleanser of the blood. A great day-to-day herb for enhancing the mood.
- Peppermint – a sweet, refreshing tasting herb with anti-spasmodic qualities, which helps to ease stomach cramping or wind pains.
- Chamomile – an excellent calming herb that also can ease the symptoms of PMS and stomach cramping.