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Milk Thistle Herb Can Be Good For You
Also, the Health Benefits of Organic Yarrow or Tarragon Herbs
Milk thistle herb has health benefits; even more so if grown organically. Create an indoor herb garden to grow herbs, including yarrow herb and tarragon herb. Learn how to dry herbs and preserve them.
Throughout history, there have been a variety of herbs trusted for their medicinal and health qualities: including milk thistle herb, yarrow herb, and tarragon herb. All three herbs are discussed here and are recommended to be included in your Organic Herb Garden Plans.
Milk Thistle Herb
Silybum marianum, which is more commonly known as Milk Thistle, has been used in herbal remedies for some 2,000 years. Milk thistle has qualities that support liver function, and it acts as an anti-oxidant to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It's also a natural anti-inflammatory.
In terms of liver function, studies indicate that hepatitis and cirrhosis may benefit from doses of milk thistle. While more research is required, the initial results do seem promising.
Milk thistle grew originally in the Mediterranean. It enjoys dry soil and full sun. At its maturity, the plant can grow to ten feet, with purple flowers and wide leaves that have white veins. The name came about because of the white juice produced by crushed leaves. Milk thistle also has brown, hard fruits.
Organically grown herbs are the best, from a quality perspective and from a health perspective. Products that offer milk thistle herb as a dietary supplement are made from the plants seeds. It can be taken as a tincture or capsule. Milk thistle may interact negatively with other herbs or medications - always check with your medical doctor before you take it or other herbs or supplements.
Tarragon means 'little dragon' and it has a biting flavor very similar to licorice. It's been used since medieval times as a poison antidote. More recently, its mostly a culinary herb, but it can have medicinal value in relieving digestive problems. Folk remedies recommend it for toothache, menstrual cramps, and as an overall tonic against stress.
Like Milk Thistle, the Tarragon herb supports healthy liver functions. It can help rid the body of intestinal worms in tea form as well.
Yarrow grows natively in North America, Europe and Asia. Medicinally, it has anti-oxidant qualities. Its also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent. It seems to be effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders. Consuming yarrow in any form is counter-indicated during pregnancy.
Indoor Herb Garden: Milk Thistle Herb
Growing herbs indoors, and organically, is easy. At the very least, in most growing regions you will need to start the herbs indoors from seed before you move them into your outdoor herb garden.
The milk thistle is an annual (or can also find biennial types) and it can reach a height of 40" tall; it blooms during the summer and has purple flowers. You can start this herb with seed in an indoor herb garden.
The benefit of growing this, and other herbs and plants, organically is the reduction of chemical use and a better, healthier product for you, your family and for the planet.
If you plan to move the plant outdoors in the summer, make sure it's had about two months indoors and move to your organic outdoor herb garden after the last frost of the Spring. Try to plant in an area that gets some sun during the day.
The thistle plant will go to seed after its purple flowers bloom. Harvest and dry the seeds (how to dry herbs is a relatively easy technique). You can make an organic herbal tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of fresh or dry seed in ½ cup of water.
Milk thistle herb is reported to be useful in treating liver issues, as are tarragon herb and yarrow herb. These herbs can be generally added to daily diets with little risk.
However, you need to be careful with taking herbs, or mixing herbs, or taking in combination with medicine. If you have medical issues or are taking medication, check with your physician about the safety of potential products and/or mixing of products.
Product Recommendation for Your Health: Includes Milk Thistle
For women, the health of the endometrium is linked to a healthy liver. In our fast food societies, many women eat refined foods high in sugars and starches that do not help liver health. We need healthy livers to help remove toxins from our bodies and to help our immune systems.
A herbal homeopathic remedy that supports a healthy liver and a healthy endometrial lining and includes Milk Thistle Herb is Endo-Ex; use Endo-Ex for the natural treatment of Endometriosis and support of a healthy liver. (Note: discuss use of this supplement with your doctor before taking.) Endo-Ex is a 100% natural remedy that contains the following natural herbal ingredients: Chasteberry, Don Quai, Milk Thistle, Chinese Yam and Viburnum opulus.
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