What herbs and plants can you add to your diet to support your body and mind? But is it best to take them in the form of food, as a supplement, or as an essential oil?
There are countless herbs and plants that provide potential health benefits for the body and mind. Today, we’ll be concentrating on two very different, but very important plants and herbs: apricots and ashwagandha.
The apricot is a fruit related to peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries. Apricots have a velvety skin that can range from light yellow to dark orange. Inside the skin, there is juicy yellow flesh and a large pit.
Apricots can be eaten raw. They can also be cooked and added to a variety of desserts (like pies and crumbles) and meals. Apricots are also frequently made into jams or jellies.
Apricot seed has been used in traditional Oriental medicine for centuries to treat skin diseases such as furuncle, acne vulgaris, and dandruff. It’s also used to treat conditions such as asthma, coughing, and constipation. Apricot seed essential oil has been found to have antimicrobial activity.
Apricots also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants are compounds that protect against free radicals and thus, protect cellular health. Antioxidants may reduce the risk of some diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.
Studies suggest that because of apricots’ anti-inflammatory properties, apricots may support digestive health. These studies show that apricots may benefit those with inflammatory bowel disorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Ashwagandha is an herb, sometimes also known as ajagandha, ayurvedic ginseng, or Indian ginseng. Ashwagandha is prized for its use in Ayurvedic medicine, and has dozens of potential applications.
While the potential uses for ashwagandha are many, it’s most popular uses are for helping to relieve stress, supporting mental health, supporting the thyroid, providing temporary pain relief, supporting reproductive health in both men and women, and promoting relaxation and sleep.
Many of these potential health benefits are because ashwagandha creates something known as an adaptogen. In humans, research show that adaptogens affect the function of neural networks (the brain, hormone glands, and the nervous system). When ingested, adaptogens interact with receptors in the brain and acts as a type of regulator to moderate the flow and intensity of electrical signals or chemicals.
Ashwagandha can be found in a variety of forms. You can take ashwagandha as a capsule, tablet, liquid extract, tea, or as a whole herb. One delicious way to take ashwagandha is in a recipe called “moon milk.” Moon milk is made with turmeric, coconut milk, black pepper, honey, coconut oil, and ashwagandha.
Depending on where you live, it can be hard to access ashwagandha root to take whole or to use in moon milk (or other recipes). That’s where supplements come in.
Jarrow Formulas is a company founded on the idea that all Americans deserve access to dietary supplements. One supplement that Jarrow Formulas provides is an ashwagandha supplement. In capsule form, Jarrow Formulas’ ashwagandha herbal supplement provides you with all of the potential health benefits of ashwagandha.
While you’re stocking up on health food supplements, don’t forget to browse through Apricot Power’s selection. Apricot Power uses the nutritional powerhouse of the apricot seed as the base for its supplements. Apricot seed is the richest source of Vitamin B17 that you can find, and Apricot Power uses it in its formulas.
You may choose to try the best-selling B17 Amygdalin capsule to support immune health and function. But along with supplements, Apricot Power also sells products like Raw Apricot Seeds, Anti-Aging B17 Deep Cleaning Foam Facial Cleanser, and ApriSweet chocolate bars.
What ways do you love to add ashwagandha and apricot to your diet?