Plants and herbs have been helping heal humans since the dawn of time. Mother nature has long been recognized as the first apothecary available to humans in need of medical treatment. Unfortunately since the advent of big pharma and the corrupt Western medical industry these natural solutions have been hijacked and adulterated with synthetic agents and then sold to the unsuspecting public at a premium only to make them more sick and reliant upon these man-made poisons.
Pharmaceutical prescriptions usually come with a host of undesirable side-effects on top of being inordinately expensive. Fortunately, the same cures that have long existed in our own backyard are still there ready to come to our aid. Addictions to drugs and alcohol, in particular can be prevented by utilizing the natural flora and fauna of mother earth with all her glorious offspring. The following are four herbs known for their ability to thwart addiction to chemical substances.
1. St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has received much favorable publicity for its usage in treatment for clinical depression. However the herb is also helpful in reducing cravings associated with drugs and alcohol. The reason for this is the phytochemical contained in St. John’s Wort known as hyperforin. When the leaves of St. John’s Wort are crushed and steeped in liquid for 15-20 minutes this breaks down the release of hyperforin and, in turn, facilitates the process of abstaining from substance abuse.
St. John’s Wort is available in pill, tinctures and teas and is an excellent addition to your drug-free protocol while in recovery. You will reap the added benefit of a mood boost due to the natural anti-depressant qualities of the herb.
2. Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle works in the body in two ways: 1) is by treating cirrhosis of the liver, and 2) by reducing the urge to engage in drug seeking behavior according to new research. Milk thistle is teeming with an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients that are known to increase enzyme production and decrease inflammation.
It has been shown to reduce years of antibiotic and alcohol abuse by repairing the damage done to the liver. It acts as a hepatic, demulcent, cholagogue and galactagogue which all have soothing effects on the digestive system and mucous membranes reversing the symptoms of drug and alcoholism. Aside from its own impressive antioxidant profile, Milk Thistle also boosts the body’s own production of the master antioxidant Glutathione.
The herb Chamomile has been utilized since ancient times for its sedative and relaxing properties. The herb is especially useful as a substitutive agent in place of drugs and alcohol as a nighttime cup of chamomile tea can ward of those restless feelings that precede drug use.
Instead of your usual nightcap of beer, liquor, or another hit of dope reach instead for the tea cabinet and brew yourself a nice hot cup of chamomile with lemon or a touch of warm milk.
4. Dandelion Root
Dandelion which is similar to Milk Thistle helps by increasing the body’s natural excretion of bile which is inhibited when engaging in substance abuse. Its bitter taste profile also helps assist in preventing further substance abuse by gradually acclimatizing the body and mind to reject the notion of drugs and alcohol as poison and a foreign invader to be avoided at all cost. Dandelion can be made into a tea, extract or can be pulled right from nature. It is a green weed that grows in abundance even in highly urban areas city areas.
By incorporating just a few of these natural remedies into your daily routine you will notice immediate benefits. You will feel better and healthier in every way imaginable and slowly will start to lose all desire you once held dear towards chemical substances like opioids and opiates. The reason being is that your body is now in a healthy and complete natural state no longer needing the assistance of drugs, that do more harm than good.