From ginkgo to valerian, echinacea to mint, there is no doubt that natural herbal remedies still remain popular to this day, surviving centuries of traditional uses over time. But despite their many virtues, they are not without dangers. Always be sure you know what you’re doing when you consume or use botanicals as an alternative medicine or remedy.
St. John’s wort – Used as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, it is perfect for thwarting big morale drops. However, if you’re on birth control, watch out
Valerian – The calming properties of valerian make it a good cure for anxiety and nervous restlessness. However, watch out for the increased risk of drowsiness.
Red yeast rice – It has been said to lower high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain blood pressure. However, it is not recommend for you to consume red yeast rice if you are already in the midst of cholesterol-lowering treatment and medication.
Ginkgo & ginseng – Increasing your blood circulation could pose a risk of continuous bleeding without clotting when you have taken anticoagulants (including aspirin). If you are already taking supplements rich in omega-3, it is best to seek medical advice.
Echinacea – Echinacea boosts immunity, strengthens the body’s defences, prevents viruses (flu, colds) and infections (recurring cystitis). However, this disrupts immunosuppressants