Some people understand the importance of a good diet as far as long-term health. Others do not. Most of the others don’t care sufficiently enough to make any changes. While trying to get someone to eat more spinach and lentils, it will probably be both obnoxious and probably futile to present them with supplements that may support their health. It can be tough to convince them that you are concerned enough for their well-being to make the necessary effort. This may be especially helpful if they happen to be suffering from a medical condition, or are in poor health generally.
A basket containing a variety of herbal teas can look elegant, costs relatively little and is something virtually everyone can use. It will be a good idea to package each herb or kind of teabag in a labeled, airtight container instead of keeping them in the original boxes. Including a teapot or strainer may also be helpful. While many people aren’t in the habit of drinking tea and may find some of the flavors a little strange, most people enjoy it once they are accustomed. Although the various health benefits that herbal brews offer are rarely dramatic, they are also real and persistent. Many people are chronically dehydrated, which can lead to a variety of problems over time. However, a cup of tea or two each day to replace coffee or other drinks can help alleviate this.
Popular choices include chamomile for sleeplessness and anxiety. It also aids in digestion. Star anise is good for colds, flu and excessive mucus. Butcher’s broom and rosemary improve circulation in the brain and the extremities, which make them helpful natural aids for anyone living a sedentary lifestyle. Cinnamon, ginkgo biloba and ginseng all seem to have positive effects on a person’s mental acuity and state of mind.
If a person you know is pregnant or may be affected by an ailment linked to poor nutrition, giving them a supplement may be the best thing you can do. Such a gift requires no special occasion and may just be exactly what’s needed to prevent or ameliorate problems.
Many multivitamins intended for mass production are poorly formulated. They add little to what is already present in any balanced diet. None of them can really compensate for the effects of eating too much junk food. They also make for a much less special gift compared to organic, holistically designed supplements aimed at specific nutrient deficiencies and health issues. While all kinds of supplements are pretty much unregulated, supplement manufacturers with a natural bent tend to be a little more concerned with the quality of their products. Many of them are quite willing to share information about how they source their ingredients, which processes they use and what exactly to expect from them.
Safety and Drug Interactions
While natural supplements are generally benign and free of serious side effects, they can indeed cause problems in some cases. When a person is seriously ill and taking medication, pregnant or breastfeeding, or already eating large quantities of certain nutrients, careless self-medication may harm them instead of getting cured.
Since you might not know the type of drugs that another person is taking, a little research can be very useful. Research should be done especially if you are thinking of giving a present with some supplement containing very high concentrations of active ingredients. For example, black cohosh, often used for a variety of gynecological complaints, is likely to combine badly with other substances which are metabolized in the liver, including alcohol and antibiotics.
People on blood thinners should avoid a whole range of herbal remedies or at least consult with a doctor before taking them. Apparently, this may include safe plants such as cranberries and evening primrose. Several herbs used to treat anxiety and depression also have a number of well-known negative interactions with prescription medicines, particularly St. John’s wort and valerian root. Not paying attention to these concerns can lead to a whole variety of unwanted effects, from oral contraceptives being neutralized to an underlying condition being worse instead of getting better.