An herb is a plant or plant part used for its scent, flavor, or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicines are one type of dietary supplement. They are sold as tablets, capsules, powders, teas, extracts, and fresh or dried plants. People use herbal medicines to try to maintain or improve their health.
Many people believe that products labeled “natural” are always safe and good for them. This is not necessarily true. Herbal medicines do not have to go through the testing that drugs do. Some herbs, such as comfrey and ephedra, can cause serious harm. Some herbs can interact with prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
If you are thinking about using an herbal medicine, first get information on it from reliable sources. Make sure to tell your health care provider about any herbal medicines you are taking.
Lemon Balm- Taken in the form of tea-relieves stress and anxiety in social situations. When you’re not stressed and anxious, you feel more confident. Use fresh or dried lemon balm leaves and drink up to 3 cups each day.
Valerian- This supplement also reduces those feelings of low self esteem many of us often have during social interactions. Valerian comes in capsule form and it may take up to 4 weeks to become effective. Valerian calms the nervous system, and when we are less nervous we perform better and appear more confident. Valerian can be purchased at health food stores. Be sure to follow directions on the package.
Siberian Ginseng. A wonderful herbal supplement for boosting energy and raising a higher vibratory sense of well being. When we feel better about ourselves we act with confidence. People notice when our walk is different, we stand taller, more erect, our gaze in direct. Body language for sure, but a confident body language. Siberian Ginseng is sold in capsule form at health food stores.
The herbs mentioned in this article and the suggestions are not meant to replace medical advice. If you’re depressed or sad, by all means seek professional care. Herbal health products and supplements may not be safe if you have certain health problems, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Children and older adults also may be at increased risk of adverse effects from these products because their bodies process the ingredients differently.
Until tomorrow: God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

Dorothy Prats

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