The Importance of Herbs for pH Balance
Neutral or around 7.0 is a normal pH level. Consuming vegetables, most fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs (especially biter ones), and herbal teas is important because these are alkaline-forming foods. A balanced diet is one consisting of 20-40% of acid-forming foods and 60-80% alkaline forming foods.
High Alkaline Herbs
Turmeric. Like cayenne pepper, turmeric is a pungent herb. This Eastern spice has been studied as a cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory aid, and can be used both as medicine and food due to its highly alkalizing properties. Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center have found that turmeric is an effective aid in treating atherosclerosis, cancer, colitis, diabetes, ulcers and arthritis. One can find it in extract form or simply consume it fresh.
Garlic. The herb is well-known as the best natural antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral. Garlic is highly valued by chefs and herbalists, and is best consumed fresh. Those who dislike consuming it fresh can find it in the form of a tablet or capsule.
Dandelion greens. Dandelions are considered anti-carcinogenic and highly alkalizing, and are highly valued by herbalists, even though considered a weed by most people. Use dandelion leaves to make herbal tea or add them to salads, while the roots can be used to treat kidney stones and as a natural diuretic.
Cayenne Pepper. Another highly alkaline herb, also highly useful against cancer, it is used as a weight loss aid, for treating pain, headaches, arthritis, and inflammation. This pungent herb can be consumed in capsule form or fresh, as both medicine and food.
Wheat grass. Wheat grass is usually consumed as a drink or added to smoothies. It is made from juiced young wheat plants and is highly alkalizing. People use it to treat and prevent numerous common diseases such as gout, coughs, bronchitis, the common cold, infection, inflammation and cancer. One can consume it in extract form or fresh.
Other alkaline herbs that work to maintain the pH balance in your body are ginger, cinnamon, medical cannabis, nettles, sea vegetables, and medicinal mushrooms.
These herbs are safe when taken in recommended doses. For their proper use, consult a health care professional.
Alkaline Herbal Teas
Lavender tea. This tea is known to ease stress and anxiety, and helps to ease off to sleep.
Redbush tea. It is great for those who are trying to leave off caffeine, because it’s bitter taste helps replace the urge for black tea and coffee. Redbush tea is packed with antioxidants and minerals like magnesium, manganese, calcium and zinc (all alkaline).
Rosehip tea. Rosehips are considered to be a great energizer due to their very high vitamin C content. They are a fruit of the wild rose plant, are very tasty and fragrant, giving an exquisitely flavorsome tea. It is very useful for stomach aches, headaches, colds, the flu, and is rich in flavonoids (good for strengthening the capillaries in your body).
Rosemary tea. Another antioxidant provider, rosemary tea is native to the Mediterranean. It is packed with vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, biotin and pantothenic acid.
Peppermint tea. Extremely good for digestion, tasty and alkaline, peppermint tea is caffeine free, natural and very refreshing. Herbalists recommend it for heartburn, nausea, IBS and flatulence.
The environment in our body has to be just right in order for many illnesses and imbalances to thrive in it. Anything from cancer to the common cold find a perfect home when the environment in the body is acidic. These types of illnesses and diseases cannot survive in an alkaline environment, because an alkaline pH is protected, strengthened and balanced. It helps our immune system, tissues, and organs to do their best.
If we do not provide our body with enough alkaline nutrients, it then has to pull these minerals out form our organs, teeth and bones. This weakens our bodies’ immune systems, making them more vulnerable to diseases and viruses. It also makes our body a favorable environment for fungus and yeast. Thus, importing enough alkaline minerals from herbs and herbal teas is highly recommended. What these teas have in common is that they do not contain caffeine, which is an acidic-creating substance.