Top 20 Healing Herbs for Women and Men

Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here. Welcome to Ancient Medicine Today here on
Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Today we’ll be talking about the top 20 healing
herbs both for women and for men, and you’re going to love this training here today. And by the way, hey, if you have a favorite
healing herb, let me know that right now here on Facebook Live. I’d love to hear from you, or again on YouTube
Live. I’d love to hear from you, what is an herb
that’s really impacted your life or maybe an herb that you took and you really noticed
a difference in your body. Let me know that right now here on Facebook
and YouTube Live. All right, we’re going to dive right in and
talk about herb number one, also used as an essential oil and that is frankincense. Frankincense contains compounds such as alpha-pinene,
which have anti-inflammatory properties but also they can pass through the blood-brain
barrier, and really help calm the brain there as well. So there’s some great research on frankincense
oil in fighting cancer, there’s some great research in frankincense the powder and the
oil reducing inflammation. And frankincense powder is actually very high
in something called boswellic acid, which again is really good for the joints and reducing
inflammation. Frankincense oil itself acts more not as much
on the joints but more on the brain itself affecting really overall and improving overall
brain health. So frankincense is even good for depression,
anxiety, and also for balancing out immune responses in the body. So if somebody has an autoimmune-like condition,
frankincense is one of the most powerful supplements or essential oils that somebody could use. Now number two here on my list is turmeric. The research on turmeric is just staggering. We’re talking about over 10,000 studies on
turmeric alone, and its active compound called curcumin. And we know that turmeric is probably the
king of reducing inflammation in terms of herbs. So again, if you’re struggling with arthritis
and joint pain, or in fact even cancer, turmeric and curcumin have great studies, but it’s
a great supplement to take. I typically recommend about a thousand milligrams,
two times daily of a turmeric powder. Taking that in supplement form, mixing it
with a bone broth protein is great to do as well, or taking a bone broth protein turmeric
supplement can be a good choice. And then along with that I would mention taking
turmeric essential oil. Turmeric oil actually isn’t as high in curcumin
but is very, very high in something called turmerone which has been shown to help support
your body and healthy stem cell production. So again, turmeric, one of the most powerful
herbs there on the planet especially when it comes to inflammatory conditions. Number three is ashwagandha. Now this is the best herb for any male or
female struggling with thyroid issues. If you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism,
or even Graves disease, or hyperthyroidism, ashwagandha is probably the main herb that
I’ve recommended to patients on a regular basis. The great thing is it is an adaptogenic herb,
and helps support your body in balancing out thyroid hormones and cortisol at the same
time. So really a transformational herb when it
comes the overall health of your thyroid, your adrenals, and just in general your overall
hormonal levels. And so again, taking an ashwagandha is one
of the most powerful herbs for any of those issues. The number four herb here is cilantro. Now cilantro is known for its ability to support
detoxification and specifically potentially help your body eliminate different heavy metals
such as arsenic, and lead, and mercury that can build up within our tissues. And cilantro is also a little bit more of
a bitter herb and it tends to support again liver detoxification, it’s also somewhat,
again I mentioned bitter so it’s good for even getting rid of things like candida from
the body and excess fluid and edema. But again, cilantro is one of the best foods
somebody can consume on a regular basis especially when it comes to detoxification. Number five here and this is the herb that’s
probably the most beneficial for women specifically and in its vitex. And it really helps bring into balance those
estrogen levels. Estrogen levels especially in young women,
can get too high, what that does is that keeps progesterone low and can cause issues such
as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome known as PCOS, it can cause infertility issues or very severe
PMS symptoms if somebody has too high of estrogen and too low of levels of progesterone. So vitex, especially for women that fall in
those categories, is probably the most powerful herbal supplement used within Chinese medicine
for treating every one of those conditions. Now it’s also known as chasteberry, you can
buy it as vitex, sometimes in parentheses, it will say chasteberry. But again vitex very, very powerful supplement
in terms of female fertility and overall hormonal health. Number six supplement here, is lavender. And I’m specifically here talking about lavender
essential oil. Lavender oil is all things calming to the
body, and to the skin, and to the nerve system. By the way, if you’re enjoying this live training
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who are on mission with me. Right now there are millions of people that
don’t know that . . . think with all the women right now who don’t know that vitex or chasteberry
could help them with their hormonal issues. More people need to know the truth that herbs,
and foods, and supplements, that’s real medicine, not the synthetic things that so many people
are buying today. And I really believe this is true as well
with essential oils. Essential oils are some of the most powerful
forms of plant-based medicine. They’ve been used for thousands of years,
and lavender oil is actually the number one used essential oil across North America today. Lavender oil contains compounds like linalool
and linalyl acetate which have been shown to work with the nerve system to lower cortisol
levels and help your body relax. I’ve told my patients for a year just as much
as eating gluten or a processed food, emotional stress can affect your body just as severely
or more severely than having a bad diet or eating fast food. Really, emotional stress is like fast food
to the body. So one of the great things about lavender
oil it can really help you release that stress, help relax the body. What I would recommend you do is buy a diffuser
and add some lavender oil to that, and defuse it by your bed at night or your work desk,
you do a few drops like two to four drops, rub it on your temples and then your upper
part of your neck. And the other option is to do a healing bath
with it. Several drops, about 20 drops of lavender
oil in a bath with Epsom salts which are high in magnesium is really great for unwinding,
relaxing, and helping rejuvenate the body. So lavender, it can also good for cuts, and
scrapes, with kids or adults, and burns. So again, many uses there for lavender. Now probably the most powerful detoxifying
herb on the planet is milk thistle, in terms of one that is really liver friendly. Now, dandelion is also very strong, but dandelion
should typically only be used in the springtime. It really shouldn’t be used about nine months
of the year or very often. Milk thistle though is one that you can use
much more often, and it contains silymarin which is a very powerful compound that actually
protects the liver against radiation damage or the body, and also even supports liver
regeneration. So milk thistle, very, very powerful herb
that can be used as natural medicine. And this is something again, if you’ve had
toxic exposure whether you’re a man or woman, milk thistle is great especially again if
you know you’ve been exposed to any type of toxins. Now, cayenne pepper contains a compound called
capsaicin. And cayenne is very, very, very powerful opening
up the arteries. In fact, talked about incredible for your
metabolism, if you really want to boost your metabolism doing cayenne pepper and other
hot peppers like serrano pepper, is really good for igniting your metabolism, increasing
something in the body called thermogenesis which supports fat burning. So cayenne is great for that. It’s also great again for increasing circulation
throughout the body. So if you’re a person that gets cold extremities
and, or you have a cold or flu cayenne pepper or cayenne and ginger together really, really
powerful at supporting circulation and warming the body internally, helping you fight a cold
or flu, supporting fighting heart disease, and also supporting weight loss. Number nine is astragalus. Now, this herb is renowned in Chinese medicine,
and it’s known to support your spleen in Chinese medicine. And the spleen in Chinese medicine is known
for holding things together so, your blood cells it helps hold those together or even
your stool, if somebody has loose stool rather than a well-formed stool it can be because
of the combination of the spleen along with your pancreas isn’t functioning properly or
it’s worn down and it’s exhausted and it has too much stress on that organ. Astragalus can really help reduce dampness
in the body, and really help support the spleen and tonifying and strengthening it helping
with healthier bowel movements, helping with your red blood cell production. So astragalus, many benefits there used in
Chinese medicine. It’s also an adaptogenic herb. But if you have any type of digestive issues,
or immune related issues, or both, astragalus is definitely a go to herb you want to check
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mission with me right now. All right, 11 to go. Let’s start with number 10 here, thyme. Now, thyme oil or thyme itself is very high
in a compound aptly named thymol. So thymol which really is one of the most
powerful antibiotics in nature. So if somebody is struggling with something
that typically a doctor might prescribe a synthetic antibiotic for, well thyme or thymol
that compound acts as a natural antibiotic. Very similar to oregano which has carvacrol,
thyme has thymol. And thymol is going to help kill off parasites,
bad bacteria, and funguses within your body. I especially believe thyme is great when it
comes to any type of respiratory issue, doing thyme with eucalyptus in combination. And the other thing about thyme that’s great
is that, it’s actually a pro progesterone. Thyme and clove both are, to where, we mentioned
earlier vitex actually helps balance out estrogen. Well thyme can actually help balance out progesterone
levels to a degree, or has some pro progesterone properties. Number 11 here is sage. Now I would say of all of the things on this
list, sage is probably the most powerful essential oil in terms of its ability to naturally balance
hormones. So if you’re a person right now watching this
and you’ve got hormone imbalance, maybe it’s PCOS, or severe PMS symptoms, or fertility
like issues, I would consider doing a combination of vitex and sage together, or doing both
of those. So sage we know, very powerful at balancing
out those estrogen and progesterone levels both. And you can take sage as a tea, drinking sage
tea daily or do clary sage essential oil topically. Both are great to use. Number 12 here is garlic. Now garlic contains a compound called allicin,
which has antifungal properties. So we know garlic is very good for supporting
heart health and very good for fighting the cold and flu. Also, it contains high levels of sulfur which
is actually really good for your skin, hair, and nails, and just overall your immune system. So garlic’s an herb you may want to add in
your diet. Number 13 here is myrrh. And I know frankincense gets a lot of press,
but I will tell you that myrrh oil might be just as powerful if not more powerful in many
categories. In fact, listen to this, this one might blow
your mind. There was a study done where they put myrrh
essential oil and frankincense oil head-to-head, a head-to-head battle on which one was more
powerful at fighting cancer. And you know which one won? Myrrh oil won. It was actually more powerful. Now there are many species of frankincense,
I believe potentially the most powerful frankincense oil at fighting cancer is frankincense frereana. But most studies are done in carterii or sacra,
but overall myrrh essential oil very, very powerful anti-cancer properties and contains
a compound called [inaudible 00:12:59] which has been shown to be beneficial for hydrating
the skin, reducing inflammation, balancing hormones. So again another great hormone balancer here
is myrrh. Myrrh is also good for gums and gingivitis. So if you have any bleeding gums at all, do
a drop of myrrh oil and actually rub it on your teeth or add a drop to your toothpaste
to brush your teeth with it is a great thing to do. Myrrh oil, in fact in the Bible is referenced
Queen Esther did six months of beauty treatments with floral oils and myrrh, it was part of
the holy anointing oil. And myrrh has very anti-dampening properties,
so using myrrh is also excellent at fighting candida and dampness in the body. So if you have a white coating on your tongue,
you absolutely want to use myrrh. You could just rub a single drop on your tongue
and swish around and then spit the water out, is a great way to sort of get rid of yeast
and thrush long-term. Fourteen, echinacea. Echinacea has been shown to cut down cold
and flu time by 1.5 days. And it really has very powerful antiviral
properties so, if you’re struggling with a viral infection of any type, echinacea is
powerful. In fact, even a lot of endurance athletes
now are using echinacea mixed with beetroot juice to improve their stamina as well as
other things such as reishi and rhodiola, is a really good combination for increasing
your endurance. Holy basil here is a really incredible adaptogenic
herb. Now this is revered and Ayurvedic medicine
out of India, and holy basil’s also known as tulsi. And I would say anybody here who’s looking
to balance hormones, overcome thyroid issues, or adrenal stress, this is found in many adrenal
formulas. If somebody’s looking at overcoming adrenal
fatigue, holy basil is great, drink it as a tea on a regular basis. Definitely an herb that I recommend. Licorice root. Here in the United States people tend to think
of licorice as like mixed with molasses and some wheat powder and the licorice sticks. But licorice root was used in Chinese medicine
especially for stomach ailments, and for adrenal ailments. So if somebody had a combination of major
fatigue that was coupled with a digestive issue, licorice root was really the go-to
adaptogen to use for those different conditions. You will see most adrenal formulas today contain
licorice as part of the formula. So again licorice root, really good for stomach,
really good for adrenals there as well. And actually it’s really good for any type
of ulcer. If you ever get a canker sore what you want
to do is you want to buy licorice root capsules, open them up and actually rub licorice root
and keep it right on that ulcer, right on that canker sore because of its antiviral
properties. You could also do like a little drop of thyme
oil on that area as well. Citrus peel. Citrus peel which is found in lemon essential
oil, bergamot oil, orange or neroli oil, or just lemon peel in general, has a lot of bitter
properties and so it’s going to dry up candida. And also support the digestion of fats. So if you have any gallbladder related issues
or digestive issues, doing digestive bitters, or a citrus peel, or a citrus oil is going
to really help gallbladder and lymphatic drainage both there as well. And number 18 here is cinnamon. Now cinnamon is used for a remedy for multiple
things but most importantly today it’s used in the treatment of diabetes. If somebody has blood sugar levels that tend
to spike or if you’re a person, you tend to get hypoglycemic or do have any form of diabetes,
I would recommend a teaspoon of cinnamon, two to three times daily. I’ll do a whole teaspoon every morning in
a breakfast smoothie. In fact, I had a patient who started doing
this. I had her change her diet and then I had her
do cinnamon and then a supplement called chromium every day. And she actually, I’ll tell you this, again
she worked with myself and her other doctor on this. She reversed her diabetes in less than 30
days. In fact, she was off all of her medications
in two weeks. Now listen, I’m not claiming you start doing
cinnamon and all of a sudden everything’s fixed, but I’m telling you she changed her
entire diet, got out all the sugar and refined grains, she just started doing really lots
of fat, fiber, and protein during her meals. She did cinnamon and chromium, started doing
light exercise, just started walking every day, doing more walking and just some light
weights, and in 30 days. So again cinnamon though, clinical research
showing helps balance out blood sugar levels, also it’s warming to the body, so great for
fighting a cold and flu there as well and candida. Now ginger, this is one of my favorite herbs. What a powerful herb when it comes to reducing
inflammation. Most diseases today are caused by inflammation,
whether it’s arthritis, or colitis, or iritis. Any type of -itis which means inflammation
in Latin, ginger can help with. It contains compounds like gingerol and zingiberene
which are really, really powerfully anti-inflammatory. And also acts as a natural antihistamine. So almost any condition you can imagine ginger
is going to help because of its warming and drying properties. Whether you’re doing a ginger juice shot,
that’s great, doing ginger tea, ginger powder in a recipe, or ginger essential oil, ginger
all around one of the best supplements you could do on a regular basis for fighting inflammation. I had a professor in college who, his recommendation
for everybody was to do a ginger and green tea. So he would chop up ginger root throw in a
bunch of bags of green tea and like every couple days he would walk around with this
big gallon drink and just drink ginger and green tea. And he said, he had a health issue in the
past and said it literally is what transformed his health doing that one change drinking
ginger green tea every single day. And last but not least is cannabis. Now, I’m not promoting cannabis necessarily
here for recreational use, but cannabis as medicine. It’s been legalized in many states now, but
cannabis contains several compounds, CBD and THC. One of the issues today in recreational use
is that they have bred the cannabis plant to have really high levels of THC and very
low levels of CBD. So what it does, it really just has more of
a hallucinogenic effect. Whereas in nature typically if it was found
in a more balanced level and the most common types of cannabis plants, it has balanced
levels to where it’s really not this strong hallucinogenic effect. In fact, what it is, it’s like a relaxing
effect, just like using a lavender essential oil or something like that, it’s more calming
to the body. But cannabis has been shown to help reduce
pain in cancer patients, it’s been shown to help in healing digestive and gut issues. CBD found in cannabis has been shown to be
tremendously healthy for the brain. So again cannabis one of those things it can
be ultimately healing if it’s used responsibly in the right strain that’s more of a CBD,
very high CBD strain of cannabis there as well. So remember these top herbs here. Frankincense, turmeric, ashwagandha, cilantro,
vitex, lavender, milk thistle, cayenne, astragalus, thyme, as well as sage, garlic, myrrh, echinacea,
holy basil, licorice root, citrus peel, cinnamon, ginger, and cannabis. By the way, if you’re enjoying this live training
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42 thoughts on “Top 20 Healing Herbs for Women and Men

  1. Golden seal number one for gut infections and digestive issues, ashwaganda, astragalus, echinacea

  2. Ashwaghandha does wonders when i have anxiety attack. Turmeric however flares up my chronic bladder inflammation.

  3. Can you please tell me, what is the difference between cinnamon bark and cinnamon leaf? Particularly in essential oils. Thanks

  4. black seeds(nigella sativa), people should have a supply of this.
    The stuff is amazing and VERY good for the human body.

  5. Great content as always! I've been trying ginger for some months and it's so powerful.. thank you Dr.Josh for your work

  6. Hi,Dr or anyone please what herb do I use for brain inflamation,I have 7th cranial nerve inflammed ,in other words bells palsy left side face paralizes. I colon cleansed,dry fasted 5 days.drank many teas to bring inflammation down it's working slow but not fully there yet.smoked ,did eatable cbd,tummerick u name it. Do anyone no what herb.? Do I fast again autophagy more than 5 days do I go 7 ????frankinsense I'm gonna try order online,

  7. Goji berry is not an herb but changed my life. Healed epilepsy when in conjunction with smoking high grade untainted THC. Diabetes type 2 was healed with the gogi berry juice in my body. And HEP C DISAPPEARED. Not a trace of it with the 3 month blood culture.
    Lemons detox all major organs as well when ingested on empty stomach in a warm cup of water. So very many healing herbs, essential oils, fruits and veggies ….at a rate so fast and so naturally heal!!!

  8. most powerful herb i have ever used which saved my life a few times now is T. Iboga. def research this sacred tool

  9. I have a question about your bone broth powder. There are a lot of studies that show we should be getting our proteins from plant based powders. Why should we use bone broth powder from an animal?

  10. Dr Axe, i used some licorice root several years ago, I have varicose veins, l r seemed like it made my veins tighter ? Kind of scary. Thx

  11. Thank you for this super video, helps to remember which herbs help what – much better than just taking painkillers

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  13. Milkthistle for Liver is the best Uf u have Hep C or drink of aant to protect liver 500 to 2000 mg daily for hep C

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