Healthy Habits: Horse Chestnut
Horse Chestnut is in the same family of trees as buckeyes but slightly larger are horse chestnut trees. Neither are actually in the true chestnut family and both horse chestnuts and buckeyes are poisonous. However, horse chestnut is available in a standardized seed extract that you can find in capsule, oil or tincture form and is safe for internal and external use, in the treatment of many specific ailments.
It is recommended to use horse chestnut only for short periods of time – and to also do your research and/or check with your health care practitioner first. There are counter indications such as for pregnant women and those taking certain medications.
Horse chestnut trees yield a fruit with spiny shells and the seeds, known as “conkers,” are cold pressed. The seed oil/extract is available in capsules and in gels & creams for the topical treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and rosacea, to name a few.
Health benefits of temporarily taking horse chestnut in a standardized form and in the proper dosage: Improves cognitive function, high in anti-oxidants (prevents & treats disease/destroys free radicals), treats carpal tunnel syndrome, strengthens bones & teeth, improves digestion, anti-inflammatory/reduces swelling & pain, treats infertility, astringent, boosts immune system, improves circulation, treats rheumatoid arthritis, helps maintain optimal thyroid function and helps with weight loss. www.atrantil.com/blog/
Always choose a company with integrity when purchasing your extracts.
Look for: non-gmo, organic, sustainably & ethically sourced, fair trade and made in the USA. If you find a good product online, call and ask your local health food store or grocery to stock it and maybe they’ll even match the lowest price you’ve found – support local businesses.
Be Well and God Bless You,