There is a lot of information out there on “women’s herbs” for menopause, osteoporosis and many other ailments usually thought of as only affecting women. What you may not know, is that these herbs help both women and men. The plants work on the same areas of the body.
Below is a list of 7 common herbs that are very beneficial for men. The best way to take the herb is by drinking an infusion. What is an infusion? It is simply pouring boiling water over the herb and steeping it for the appropriate amount of time for the plant part. This pulls more minerals and vitamins from the plant for increased healing properties. Infusions also steep longer than teas. Just follow the times listed below and then strain the herb off and drink.
Herbal infusions work with your body over a long period of time to strengthen, tone and heal. So it is not uncommon to take these infusions for several months, and in some cases for a year or more. Drink 2-4 cups a day and even mix some of them to make your own special combinations!
Nettle leaf. This basic herb reduces aches and pains. It is rich in calcium which nourishes the nerves, bones and heart. It also boosts the immune system and gives you energy. It reduces the discomfort from hay fever. It nourishes your adrenals and increases libido. Nettle leaf also relieves the pain associated with gout. Pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 ounce herb and infuse 4-8 hours.
Oatstraw. Oatstraw is the same plant you get your oatmeal from. It nourishes the nerves and bones and can also relieve depression. It rejuvenates and energizes you. Oatstraw is rich in calcium and magnesium, so drink it at night to help you sleep. It is excellent for the heart and circulatory system. It also prevents prostate disease and erectile dysfunction. Pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 ounce herb and steep 8 hours.
Red Clover blossoms and leaf. This herb has been used by 33 cultures around the world for cancer. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, niacin and B vitamins. It helps you relax. Pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 ounce herb. For the blossoms infuse for 2 hours, if you add the leaf then 4 hours.
Comfrey leaf. This plant, though controversial, has helped people for centuries mend broken bones, ease sprains and prevent osteoporosis. It is also used for gastric ulcers and colitis. It reduces the inflammation of the stomach lining and helps with bronchial, pulmonary and lung conditions. Pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 ounce herb and steep 8 hours.
Red Raspberry leaf. This herb is nourishing for your whole body. It strengthens and tones the reproductive system and good for you at any age. It is rich in calcium which is essential for your nervous system. It enhances fertility, used as a tonic for the prostate and also mends broken bones and osteoporosis. Pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 ounce herb and steep for 4-8 hours.
Burdock root. Superior nutrition for the body. Rejuvenates your system. It heals deep within the body, so this herb needs to be taken daily for perhaps a year or more. It is used to treat cancer, kill bacteria and fungus infections. It stabilizes blood sugar. Rich in iron, magnesium and calcium. Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 ounce of herb. Cap and steep for 8 hours.
Linden flowers. This one relieves anxiety and nourishes your gallbladder. It is used for colds and flu and to assist the immune system. Helps with indigestion, upset stomach and excessive gas. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2-3 teaspoons herb. Steep 10-15 minutes.
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