Let’s get to know the herbs chosen especially for their Nutritive & Alterative actions for our new Cider Tonic-NOURISH
What is the roll of Nutritive & Alterative herbs in Folk & Western Herbalism?
Nutritive herbs are vitamin & mineral rich herbal allies which help to nourish our bodies when malabsorption or poor diet choices are of concern.
Alterative herbs gradually and favorably alter the condition of the blood. They aid the body in assimilating nutrients and eliminating metabolic waste. Alterative herbs aid in neutralizing acidic conditions in the body, help in protein assimilation & are known to be in general extremely high in minerals & some vitamins
Moringa is a tree native to India but also growing in the rest of Asia, as well as Africa and South America. Moringa is often referred to as the “miracle tree”, when diving into the powerful constituent profile of this plant I can see why it has been dubbed the “miracle tree”. Moringa offers a powerful profile of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and antioxidants which support the body against free radicals, whilst its high micronutrient profile nourishes the body from the inside out. Moringa contains a plethora of micronutrients our cells need to thrive, including vitamin A, vitamin B complex (B1, B2, B3 and B6), vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, this is what makes Moringa a perfect addition to the Cider Tonic Nourish apple cider vinegar infusion.
Chickweed grows often in shaded gardens or under trees. It can be prepared and consumed in a wide variety of different ways, including salads, soups & stews, or infused into apple cider vinegar. Its harvest is associated with spring, which is when this herb can be very useful – helping us regain energy after winter. Chickweed is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with valuable trace minerals and vitamins including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and vitamin C.
Chickweed is a premier nutritive and restorative herb. Chickweed loves to play with other herbs as it has the ability to increases the nutrient absorption of herbs it is paired with; this is due to its vast amount of saponins (*Saponins increase permeability of mucous membranes increasing the absorption of nutrients). Thus, the inclusion of chickweed in Cider Tonic Nourish will amplify the medicinal benefits of all the beautiful herbs of which it has been infused with.
Nettle is native to Europe and Asia, but common in temperate regions across the whole world. While the plant is known for its sting, this property disappears when the plant is dried, cooked or left to wilt for a few days, to harvest its many nutritional benefits. Nettle is commonly referred to as the ‘seaweed of the land’ nettle has a high vitamin and mineral profile. In herbalism it is used to support the elimination pathways, remove excess fluids, provide nutrients to support the building of blood, and promote anti-inflammatory and antihistamine actions in the body. The way of which Nettle helps provide nourishment is due to its long list of micronutrients, such as vitamin A, B1, B3, C, K, calcium, magnesium, iron, silica, and zinc, which are imperative micronutrients for healthy hair, skin and nails.
You’ve certainly come across dandelions in the past, whether it be in meadows or alongside roads and sidewalk. Many gardeners consider this plant a menace or a pest plant, but in reality, this plant has proven to be a powerhouse of nourishing micronutrients. So much can be said about this humble plant, its roots and leaves are equally laced with an abundance of nutrients and several detox properties. Due to its high bitter content dandelion helps aid with digestive complaints such as bloating, gas and constipation. Dandelion additionally stimulates liver and gallbladder function, promoting optimum detoxification. Some of the integral micronutrients in dandelion includes vitamin E, beta-carotene (*which our body converts into Vitamin A), calcium, iron, phenolic acids, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Red clover can be found in abundance in fields or even along roadsides. However, it too has many nutritional benefits which are often underestimated. Its freshly harvested leaves and tops can be dried for tea or infused into liquids (such as apple cider vinegar or massage oils). Red clover is an antioxidant rich botanical which supports detoxification, reduces inflammation and balances the stress response. Traditionally red clover has been prescribed to women as it is high in minerals necessary to balance hormones. Some of the notable nutrients of red clover are vitamin A, vitamin B’s *B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, calcium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, and other trace minerals. In particular red clover helps nourish our” yin”, blood, and fluids, which, in turn, helps the blood carry more oxygen and nutrients throughout the body
Oat is widely cultivated across the world. However, the rich nutritional benefits of oatstraw are often forgotten. Oat straw is a powerful nervine, most popular for its highly calming abilities, and is also an amazing nutritive. This soothing herb nourishes the nervous system, with an abundant of polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. Oat straw offers an impressive micronutrient profile including silica, magnesium, phosphorus, chromium, iron, calcium (* more than a glass of milk), alkaloids, protein, vitamin B complex, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. Oat straw is acclaimed for its soothing strength on the nervous system by regulating “Qi” energy imbalance. Studies have shown that Oat straw assists to reduce inflammation, improves brain function and stabilise mood. Honestly, what’s not to love about this deeply restorative herb.
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