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Horsetail, Rosemary, Sage and Dulse for Healthy Hair, Nails and Bonesposted on 23 December 2009 | posted in Health Articles
Brittle nails and dry thin hair can be a real problem. Whilst not exactly life-threatening it can be source of much consternation. But of course hair and nails do reflect what is going on inside the body too.
Horsetail and Rosemary Combination is one of our best selling formulas for healthy hair skin and bones, but the herbs in this popular formula are also known to help what is going on within. Herbs are really incredible because they each have many properties. We might be taking them to help a particular body system, but without us realising it the herbs are supporting other areas of our health at the same time! As reported by the National Research Council, silicon deficiency leads to structural abnormalities of the long bones in chickens, leading researchers to conclude that silicon is important to the human structure too. Silicon is also important in the proper utilisation of calcium - a very important mineral for structural integrity.
Horsetail and Rosemary Combination was originally was designed by herbalist Eugene Watkins. Because of it's rich content of herbal silicon (silica) - it contains 27.9mg per 100 grams of herbal formula. it was designed to help strengthen brittle fingernails, helping nails remain long and flexible. They also help hair to grow fuller and thicker, reducing problems like split ends. For the skin, Horsetail & Rosemary provides lustre and helps skin problems to heal more quickly.
As well as supporting hair, skin and nails, Horsetail & Rosemary also supports bones, joints and connective tissue. It helps the body utilise calcium and can be used as part of an osteoporosis prevention programme. The silica in the horsetail helps make joints stronger and more resilient, making it useful for both preventing and helping to heal arthritis. When silica binds with calcium, which is like chalk, it adds flexibility to it. This improves the suppleness of all tissue and bones, hair and fingernails. Silica helps prevent fingernails from cracking, hair from splitting, and bones from becoming brittle. It also improves load-bearing capacity of joints and adds tone to the skin. Silica is also a natural part of the myelin sheath, which protects and insulates the nerve fibres.
The coarse, fibrous parts of plants contain the most silica, parts such as husks, stems, peelings and cores and western diets tend to be low in silica because these are the parts most of us peel off, cut out and throw away. In addition, agriculture practices have depleted minerals, including silica, from our foods. Horsetail & Rosemary supplements this lack of silica with 27.9 mg. of silica per 100 grams of the formula.
Read on for all the benefits of the four herbs in this formula:
Dulse Fronds (Rhodymenia palmata)
Dulse is a type of seaweed that is rich in iodine, silica and trace minerals. Iodine is necessary for thyroid health. The thyroid helps the body metabolise fats that keep the skin soft and healthy. Low thyroid function can cause hair to fall out and skin to become dry.
Dulse is also one of the richest sources of silica. If you've ever examined seaweed washed up on shore, you probably noticed that seaweed is flexible but tough to tear. This is the major characteristic which silica imparts to plant and animal tissue—strength with flexibility.
Horsetail Stems & Strobilus (Equisetum arvense)
You don't want to have the weed horsetail in your garden. It's notoriously difficult to get rid of. You'll have seen it in the hedgerows and true to it's name it looks like horses" tails. It is also known as joint grass because the long slender "grass-like" stems have little joints. Although the stem bends easily, it is difficult to tear, a "signature" of its high silica content. Horsetail is also a good source of calcium and is known to help strengthen bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
Horsetail is traditionally used to aids kidney health. It tones urinary passages It also strengthens lung tissue because silica helps the elasticity of the air sacks in the lungs. Silica can also soothe the lower digestive system.
Sage Leaves (Salvia officinalis)
Historically, sage has been used for the hair and skin. Sage tea has been used as a hair wash to restore normal hair colour. Sage leaves have a mild estrogenic activity and help to maintain bone density. Sage also has a reputation for aiding memory and nervous system function.
Rosemary Leaves (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary has also been used to promote healthy hair and skin. The Commission E recommends rosemary for circulation problems such as low blood pressure. By aiding blood flow to the scalp and skin, rosemary aids skin and hair health. Rosemary is a common ingredient in herbal shampoos.
Rosemary also has antioxidant properties and prevents free radical damage and also has a reputation for aiding the nerves. Like sage, it has a reputation for improving memory as expressed in the statement, "rosemary for remembrance."
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Today's Herbal Health by Louise Tenny.
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Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pederson.
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