naturheilzentrum expert tip | healthy through the winter
a winter without colds, fatigue and a lack of drive? there's no secret recipe behind it, but much rather, the knowledge of one of the oldest medicinal therapies, herbal medicine. in the recently published expert report in section, “medizin aktuell”, in the magazine, “neue woche”, farid zitoun and christian rüger of naturheilzentrum bottrop explain how juices made of healing plants can soothe the problems in a gentle way.
using the power of nature
cucumber juice | against high temperature and fever
vitamins, minerals and trace elements are dissolved in cucumber fluid and can therefore be absorbed particularly easily by your body. they boost your body's defenses, relieve the heart and even activate gall bladder and the liver with their bitters. even at high temperatures, cucumber juice is still refreshing and provides relief. for external use: put cucumber slices on the closed eyelids if your eyes are burning.
elderberry juice | fights viruses
it is considered the cold remedy par excellence: apart from an abundance of vitamin c and zinc, its berries contain the so-called anthocyanes. these are an especially good cell protector and can make viruses harmless. therefore, elderberry juice strengthens the immune system. studies show that a regular intake reduces the duration of a cold and even a flu.
st. john's wort juice | lifts the mood
are you often flustered or in a depressive mood? then st. john's wort provides help. it contains the agent hypericin which lifts the mood. it also shows a positive effect in case of exhaustion caused by physical and mental strain. furthermore, it is used to treat mental health problems associated with fibromyalgia.
thyme juice | for coughs
its extracts solve tough mucus in the respiratory tract with antispasmodic effect and thus promote coughing up. the consumption of the juice has the advantage that the essential oils are completely intact and not lost through evaporation during the brewing like in a tea. coughs and bronchitis subside more quickly.
oat juice | strength for the entire organism
apart from important vitamins, minerals and trace elements, oat contains many of those amino acids that we need for a good level of physical and mental fitness. oat juice is well-suited for tackling fatigue and listlessness.
sip by sip towards well-being
because most herbal juices taste rather bitter, it is recommended to dilute them. suitable for that is still mineral water, good quality tap water as well as milk and buttermilk. add six times the amount of fluid. before starting a juice cure, talk to your general practitioner or therapist. a cure takes between three and twelve weeks. the juices can be purchased at a health store or in pharmacies.
sources: neue woche magazine, issue 41 dated 5 may 2012, wikipedia
(*this overview/recommendation in no way replaces a consultation by an alternative practitioner or a physician.)
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