The Benefits of Botanicals

Have you ever found yourself wondering how in the world our ancestors ever survived without Big Pharma? Well, not only did they manage to survive, but they actually thrived without the intervention of modern, or what is referred to as “Western”, medicine. And why is that? Could it have anything to do with what Mother Nature has provided for us? Something such as…oh, I don’t know….Botanicals?

You may say, “Botanicals? Aren’t those just flowers?”

Well yes, they are that, but they are so much more! From herbs, plants, trees, and even those pesky little things pesticide companies insist MUST be removed from your lawns which they refer to as “weeds”. You know how those dandelions can be such a hazard to the appearance of your landscaping! Oh, the horror! Did you know dandelions are one of the healthiest things you can consume? Not to mention, our bee population absolutely adores them! But we’ll get into that another time. In holistic medicine, botanicals are essentially any plant-derived additive known for their healing and medicinal properties. The majority of which can be used from root to tip, including leaves, stems, sap or resin from the stems, flowers, and even the berries that grow from some. A great example is Sebastian Kneipp. He is commonly viewed as the “father of naturopathy” and discovered over 40 remedies with just Arnica alone!

So, what types of products are botanicals used in?

Botanical products can be used in a variety of ways.  Ranging from creams and tinctures to oils and salts, botanicals are widely viewed as a means of preventative care and harnessing the power of plants to promote holistic health and well-being. That’s right! You read it correctly! Botanicals can be used preventatively, as opposed to reactively. In fact, before history was suppressed, it was known throughout generations how to use the many species of plants and herbs to proactively fight against disease and to keep the mind and body healthy and strong. With the increased awareness of the toxic chemicals that have made their way into just about every industry that produces goods for consumers, it has become nearly impossible to decode the ingredient labels on the items we purchase, most of which should be nowhere near, in, or around our bodies. This is the exact reason many people are relearning what our ancestors already knew. And that is Natural is the way to go!

What are some of the benefits of botanicals?

Listed below are a few of the benefits that can be derived from botanicals, and this doesn’t even scratch the surface!

They fight premature aging
Plant extracts are rich in antioxidants which can protect the skin from the effects of harmful UV exposure. Some types of plants can even help promote collagen synthesis and weaken the activity of enzymes that degrade healthy, supple skin.

They prevent inflammation
Plant oils contain phospholipids, which exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that can help maintain homeostasis within our skin barrier. A healthy epidermis, or outermost layer of skin, is especially important for preventing harmful microbes and bacteria and maintaining a balanced pH level.

They promote hydration
Plant oils can also create a protective barrier and help our skin cells maintain the water needed for proper function. As an added benefit, balanced skin is more hydrated and can better access the components that contribute to the skin’s natural moisture.

Now, at this point, you may be scratching your head and wondering why a CBD business is talking so much about other naturals beyond cannabis.

For one, we believe it is important to bring awareness to the health benefits provided by Mother Nature. Secondly, as stated in a previous article, while CBD will remain the prime focus, Katts Remedies is expanding into other natural products as well and wanted to give a bit of insight on what can be expected in the coming future. For example, how would you feel if you had access to an all-natural sleep aid? Well, it’s coming and we wanted to give you a sneak peek on a few of the ingredients that may be used! Exciting, right?

3 botanicals that can aid sleep…

Valerian Root
This herb is native to Asia and Europe. It now grows wild in many other areas of the world and has been used as a natural medicine since as far back as the time of ancient Greece and Rome. The roots and stolon (horizontal stems) of valerian are used to make dietary supplements such as capsules and tablets, as well as teas and tinctures. Valerian contains several compounds that may help promote calmness by increasing GABA (GABA is a chemical messenger that helps regulate nerve impulses in your nervous system) availability in the body and interacting with certain receptors involved in mood and sleep.

There are about 500 known species of passionflower. Native Americans have used passionflower to treat a variety of conditions including boils, wounds, earaches, and liver problems. Early studies also suggest it might help relieve insomnia and anxiety by boosting the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. This compound lowers brain activity, which may help you relax and sleep better. Dried passionflower can be used in teas but can also be found in liquid form.

Chamomile is well known for its relaxing properties which can help reduce stress and anxiety. It has been used in herbal medicine for centuries for its soothing and therapeutic beneficial properties. Whether you need help falling asleep at night, boosting your immune system, or reducing stress, a cup of chamomile tea may do the trick!

While we always encourage you to ask your physician before taking any type of supplement, the biggest takeaway from this information is the use of botanical ingredients can actually help our bodies enhance their physiological process which is designed to keep us healthy, balanced, and connected to our natural rhythms. Is it any surprise more and more people are seeking these plant-based ingredients in their products in our modern world?

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