Herbal Lifestyle for Healthy Weight Goals
How do we define healthy weight? Health is a condition in which someone or something thrives, and weight is a measurable amount of an object by quality or mass. Consider this philosophical equation for healthy weight: Relative Heaviness (mass) + Relative Importance (opinion) = Measurable Influence.
To meet a weight goal with herbal medicine, an herbalist needs information about their client’s measurable influence or perspective on health and weight in order to determine which herbs to choose for their individualized program.
Weight gain encompasses a variety of influences throughout a lifetime. Many herbs improve the body’s organ functions and metabolism to reduce excess patterns or deficiencies. Carminative herbs improve digestion, assimilation, and elimination: Angelica root, Dandelion root, Fennel seed, Orange peel. Some herbs contain constituents known as saponins: Chickweed, Ginseng, Lavender. They support the body to release built up chemicals and metabolic waste to exit the tissue, instead of storing in fat cells. Alterative herbs stimulate organ system function and enhance healing: Burdock root, Nettle leaf, Plantain leaf.
The beauty of herbal medicine is the ability to match the plants to the individual circumstances and needs. Herbs provide the tools to collaborate with one’s body, mind, and spirit. The initial goal is healthy weight, the outcome is a lifestyle with healing plants.
Joanna Helms BA, RH, a Professional Registered Herbalist in The American Herbalists Guild and owner of Mama Jo’s Sunshine Herbals offers a variety of handmade, time-tested herbal products to meet weight-loss goals. For more information, call 321-779-4647 or stop by the store to speak with one of the highly educated Herbalists on staff.