My appreciation for living holistically? My mother plays a big role in that. While growing up, if I had a cold, I was given Vitamin C much more than Children's Tylenol and when my period rolled around, I drank peppermint tea more than I took Advil. But once I got "grown" (translation—college-age), I decided to ditch a lot of the herbal and supplement treatments I was used to in exchange for the more traditional/medicinal route. Hmph. It's amazing what hindsight-wisdom will teach you. Not only do a lot of antibiotics, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications come with some unexpected side effects, oftentimes they only address the symptoms of an ailment, not the source or true cause.
By the time I reached my mid-30s, I returned back to holistic health and boy, am I glad that I did! There are seven supplements in particular that I want to shout out, simply because at this stage of my life, they have been total blessings and game-changers when it comes to improving the quality of my health.
Evening Primrose Oil
EVERY. SINGLE. WOMAN. NEEDS. THIS. And yes, I am yelling it! Evening primrose oil treats skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It reduces wrinkles. It helps to prevent hair loss. Beauty-wise, the list goes on and on. But the main reason why it's on my list of favorite herbs to take is because it is super-loving to our reproductive system. Your PMS symptoms will be noticeably different after taking the oil for a month, and if you are perimenopausal or in menopause, hot flashes and insomnia will be less of an issue. If your budget can only afford one of these herbs, make sure it's this one.
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Welp. That's my brief rundown on herbs that I totally dig. Just so no traditional doctor comes looking for me, I need to put on record that you should consult your physician before taking these (especially if you're trying to treat a specific condition). And, dosage-wise, take what's recommended on the label unless otherwise instructed.
Other than that, you know what they say—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I can personally vouch for these seven herbs being just that. I don't leave my house without (taking) 'em!
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