HEMP Oil and Immunity Supporting Herbs: A Powerful Synergy
Hemp Oil and Immune Supporting Herbs: A Powerful Synergy
Hemp may be the most famous healing herb, but it certainly isn’t the only one! Hemp Oil is a perfect partner for formulating with adaptogens and other herbs to strengthen the immune system. As a “polycrest” remedy (one that has many useful actions Hemp OIl works synergistically with traditional botanicals to support, empower, and rebalance not only immunity but all the systems of the body as well. The cooperative synergy between organic Hemp Oil and other healing herbs truly embodies the regenerative potential of natural medicine: the harmonizing of personal, community, and planetary health.
Plants live in complex communities just like we do. When the soil and the symbiotic organisms it supports are healthy, the healthier are the plants we grow and the stronger their healing powers. First Crop formulas combine restorative USDA Certified Organic premium Hemp Oil with the highest quality organic herbs. This powerful combination allows the herbs to reach their full potential as allies in our journey to a healthier, happier, more balanced lifestyle.
The art of formulation has been developed over thousands of years in Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Unani Tibb – the Greek / Arabic tradition at the root of modern Western herbalism. A well-crafted formula considers the multiple actions and energetics of each herb, balancing and counterbalancing them, combining actions and harmonizing energetics to create a potent, targeted, and effective whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Combined with a modern scientific understanding of herbal constituents (phytochemicals), this approach allows First Crop to offer unique formulas that engage the powerful synergy of Hemp Oil and other botanicals from time-honored traditions. These well-focused formulas are designed to deliver broad-spectrum support, which means the active compounds extracted from hemp work together to amplify the health benefits of each individual cannabinoid, to maximize healing for your body, mind and heart.
How to use the formulas
When used as directed, First Crop formulas deliver their herbs in amounts supported by modern research studies and traditional use. While each person may have different requirements, these formulas have been designed to be safe and effective at the recommended doses. Start lower and titrate up as needed, while keeping in mind that more is not always better. Give the formulas some time to work – you can think of them as being more like vitamins and minerals: part of your daily health regimen, nourishing, supporting, and restoring the system without being too dramatic or pushy. But like vitamins and minerals, you can also overdo it – pay attention to your body’s feedback and back off if appropriate. As with any potent botanical, consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, have or suspect a medical condition or are taking any medication.
Protect – a formula to empower resilient immunity
In these challenging times, it is more important than ever to have deep and reliable support for optimum immune response. In addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle, we can rely on traditional adaptogens to build resilience and immunity. Protect is a carefully crafted, well balanced THC free herbal formula combining Hemp Oil, adaptogens, and restorative immunomodulating herbs. Protect helps us overcome the immune-sapping effects of stress while activating a powerful response to any kind of infection. Protect features premium Hemp Oil in a synergistic dance with Aronia Berry, Spilanthes, Andrographis, Schisandra and Cinnamon: herbs with a long history of strengthening and stimulating our ability to thrive when facing any kind of challenge to immunity.
Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa) is a little-known herb in the Rose family, native to North America. Its potent berries are so dark purple they look black, because they are extremely rich in anthocyanins. These colorful constituents are also found in Elderberry, but in a lesser concentration. Aronia also outshines Elderberry as a rich supply of important constituents called OPCs or PACs. Studies indicate that anthocyanins and OPCs can both help cells resist infection with respiratory viruses by blocking viral binding, entry and replication. At the same time, these Aronia constituents strengthen and empower all the body systems that contribute to immune resistance. Science has established that they also have strong, broad-spectrum antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.
The broad-spectrum supportive power of Aronia combines with the potent immunomodulating actions of Spilanthes (Spilanthes acmella) and Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata). These traditionally favored herbs target and empower the body’s front-line response known as the innate immune system. Much like Echinacea, but even more so, Spilanthes contains those dramatic tingly constituents called alkamides. Numerous scientific studies find that alkamides can balance and stimulate the immune response. Andrographis, an herb long revered in Chinese medicine, acts as a catalyst to light up and strengthen the effects of Spilanthes. It also helps counteract stress and supports optimal nutrition by activating the “rest and digest” response of the nervous system.
Our Protect formula is rounded out by the profound adaptogens action of Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) and the stimulating warmth of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia). Schisandra (the “Five-Flavor Berry”) is a versatile stress-relieving herb that enhances both immunity and mental clarity while supporting the body’s own detoxification strategies. Along with the support of warming, fragrant Cinnamon, Schisandra brings in the classic powers of a traditional adaptogen. By enhancing energy, resistance, immunity, and overall health, Schisandra strengthens our ability to adapt to physical, mental and emotional stress. Add the beneficial influence of Hemp Oil on mind and body, and we have a complete formula that focuses on the immune response while supporting the foundations of optimal health and vitality.
A note on adaptogens
We have a wide variety of adaptogens in our modern herbal Materia Medica. Some are more relaxant, others more stimulant. Some focus mainly on restoring energy, supporting adrenal function and empowering cellular energy production. Others, including those featured in our Protect formulation, have a special affinity for the immune system, helping to build resistance and resilience when we are challenged by stress and any kind of infection or inflammation. Yet other adaptogens are particularly good for the mind and emotions, helping to support the nervous system and restore mental and emotional balance. Each adaptogen has something in common with the others yet is an individual with its own special abilities. The adaptogens chosen for our formulas have a certain type of herbal personality: they are moderate yet powerful; well-balanced in their stimulant and relaxant properties; and are steady, reliable, and restorative herbs that harmonize with the actions of Hemp Oil. The actions and energetics of each adaptogen have been specifically selected to enhance the focus of the First Crop formula to achieve the therapeutic purpose for which it is used.
~ LISA GANORA, Director of Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and author of Herbal Constituents.