Botanical Name: Ascophyllum nodosum
- English: Algae
- Also, known as:
Habitat: North America
Parts Used: Kelp
A part of the brown algae family (Phaeophyceae), kelp is full of exceptionally rich nutrients, such as Iodine and various B-vitamins. Iodine improves the function of the thyroid gland, which produces, stores and releases hormones like TSH means Thyroid Stimulating Hormone that is essential to other bodily functions. Iodine is also a blocking agent. When taken orally, it saturates the thyroid with non-radioactive iodine, which in turn reduces the amount of radiation absorbed by the thyroid. When functioning optimally, the thyroid gland produces a number of enzymes and hormones that are required for the health of your metabolism, growth, and development.
Kelp is also an excellent source of fiber—its cellulose structures are particularly strong and can withstand different tide movements. The fiber composition of kelp (alginate) has been shown to slow fat absorption in the gut, which supports weight loss and improved dietary balance.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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