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Do not Overdose Food Sources

A little is medicine, too much can be toxic

Do not Overdose Food Sources

Temperance…it's always a question of temperance. Although Mother Nature is our friend and she gives so much heatlhy and nutritious food sources for us, we always need to set the limits. Overdosing herbs and aphrodisiacs is easier than we think. As selenium is a powerful mineral that can be overdosed with a few milligrams, other herbs or ingredients also have the capability to shock our body and cause unwanted symptoms.

Take herbs with good care and attention. Yes, just like everything in this world, even the medicine can turn to a poison or a poison can turn to a medicine. It's only about the measurement.

Misconception: All herbs are useful in any form

As the saying goes, "What is the remedy for one, is poison for the other" - and for herbs, it's also perfectly true. The emerging natural medications can trigger allergic reactions just like the artificial products. It is therefore important to know the commonly used herbs and what their potential uses are.

Here are 5 frequently used herbs that can cause dangerous side effects too

Garlic: allergic reactions, rash

The garlic - in addition to some very tasty meal magic - has a lot of beneficial effects. It is no coincidence that it is now also available in capsule form. Some people have a few cloves of garlic a day to maintain their health. The garlic's strong antibiotic promotes rapid healing of infection, and is also an excellent anti-bacterial. Often praised for its blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering effect, the garlic juice is suitable to treat skin infections as well.

However, it would help if you handle it gingerly, for an amount of drug can be taken only under medical supervision, for in some cases, allergic reactions can cause skin rashes. Consuming garlic is contraindicated if you are nursing, because the breastmilk induces diarrhea to infants. If you consume too much garlic, blood thinning may take effect and can be dangerous, especially for someone who have problems with blood clotting and at the same time drinking medication to reduce blood clot. In this case, consult your physician!


The anise is also a very versatile herb if you need to soothe the cough. It is also used to treat gynecological problems. In addition, it's an excellent expectorant and helps eliminate unpleasant bloating. When using the anise seeds, it should be soaked in hot water for 10-20 minutes up to three times a day after meals. Take no more than that, because the estrogen content of anise could cause migraine, headache, and larger amounts may cause nausea.

Chamomile: large amounts may cause nausea

Who would have thought that chamomile, which is known for combating hundreds of different diseases, can be dangerous? Inter alia, it works as a digestive, a sedative, an anticonvulsant. However, it's also proven herbal excessive consumption of large amounts may cause nausea and vomiting. The chamomile brew eye compress? You can create it wonderfully, but if allergic to ragweed, then you should avoid using it.

Mistletoe: only under medical supervision

The mistletoe leaf shoots - like the garlic - is often used for high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. In addition, the immune system stimulant treatment of cancer is also a great natural help. The mistletoe drug supposedly eliminates internal bleeding, but is also well-known for its cardiac-stimulant effect. The pharmaceutical industry produces drugs that contain mistletoe that are antihypertensive, anti-cancer, and immune stimulating.

It is important that the mistletoe must be used under strict medical supervision. There are a number of reasons such as the mistletoe having several side effects depending on the patient's condition and the medicine that the patient is taking. For instance, if the patient is taking medication for depression, it can easily cause an increase in blood sugar.

Eucalyptus: internally toxic

The eucalyptus from tea can be an effective weapon against the flu, but two cups is not recommended to consume more caffeine. For common cold, eucalyptus leaves potion is recommended to be inhaled. It also heals minor wounds easily when you spread eucalyptus essential oil after you clean them.

However, make sure to not use the essential oil internally because it is very toxic. Using it externally on your skin may cause irritation so if it's your first time to use it, try putting it on a smaller skin surface first and observe if there are signs of allergic reaction.

Furthermore, let's see how these herbs can help our love life:

Desire and love in the kitchen

Honey, ginseng root, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, rosemary, thyme, leek, parsley, tomatoes, saffron, dill, and garlic ... All of those may increase the desire of love, and the list could continue endlessly. Of course, the effect is not scientifically justified, but based on the experience spanning through centuries, and in thinking that there is no smoke without fire!









"Makes women tender-hearted, and makes men more entrepreneurial," - said a famous gastronome in 1825. The truffle is obviously an aphrodisiac because because it contains some substances that are close to testosterone (male sex hormone).


It increases the production of sperm in the Talmud (Jewish religious book fund) above. In the middle ages, eating a good stew with garlic for dinner guaranteed a night of satisfying love-making. But the tradition is only effective in males. However, it should be well digested, because it has brought almost the opposite effect, "killing love."

Ginseng root

Ginseng is the best known aphrodisiac in the world that increases the desire for love. The Chinese emperors consumed plenty to satisfy their women. There are not so many reported side effects but the amount that can be safely consumed differs from one person to another. The most common side effect is trouble sleeping (insomnia). Some people experience menstrual problems, breast pain, increased heart rate, high or low blood pressure, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, itching, rash, dizziness, and mood changes. It's possibly unsafe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and likely unsafe for children and infants. As it increases the activity of the immune system, it's not recommended for those who have auto-immune diseases.

Mustard, spices, and herbs

In some European countries the men have poultice mustard seeds mixed, and they put it on their genital organs to boost their erections. The spices like saffron, nutmeg, and pepper known for the same effect, is based on the physiological phenomenon: the dilation of blood vessels, which causes congestion in the male genitalia.

So, whatever you do, whatever you take or eat, always do so in moderation!!! This is the only way how these elements can help our everyday life. And this is an ancient knowledge and it’s time to bring it back to our age.


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