Herbs are nature’s medicine. They’ve been used for thousands of years for their healing properties and are still hugely popular today. We’ve kind of lost touch with using herbs due to the pharmaceutical industry taking over. But these medicinal plants are becoming more popular and are widely used to cure diseases, pains and ailments. Herbal remedies are completely natural, so there’s no negative risks to health, unlike many prescription drugs.
A weed is only a plant whose virtues have not yet been discoveredRalph Waldo Emerson
Let’s take a look at a few of the most common herbs and learn about their healing benefits.
Chamomile is a calming herb. It’s commonly used to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. It can be beneficial to have a chamomile tea before bed, as it can help aid sleep. Its calming effect can also help with menstrual pain.
Another benefit of chamomile is that it’s high in antioxidants. Antioxidants that are associated with strong immune function, reducing pain and inflammation, calming mood swings, and healthier skin, hair, nails and teeth.
It can also help improve digestion, fight cancer and improve heart health.
Echinacea is a great one for the winter months. It’s high in antioxidants, meaning it fights off colds and viruses. It increases natural defenses and boosts the immune system.
This is also a great one for reducing pain and inflammation. Also, it’s been known to treat many illnesses and diseases, such as: Malaria, typhoid, septicemia, syphilis, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, blood poisoning, meningitis, migraines, rheumatism, and yeast infections.
Also known as “Indian ginseng” and “winter cherry”, ashwagandha has many proven benefits. It’s been used for thousands of years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration.
Other benefits include: Reduce pain and inflammation, balance blood sugar levels, improve brain function, aid sleep, improve male sexual health, improve athletic performance.
St John’s Wort
St John’s wort is thought of as a cure all herbal remedy. That’s because of the many health benefits it provides. It’s also one of the very few herbal remedies that are prescribed by medical professionals.
Health benefits include: Relieving anxiety and depression, antiviral properties, anti-inflammatory, skincare healing, reduces mood swings, eases withdrawal symptoms
Nettle leaf, that is common here in the UK is full of nutrients. It has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used to treat pain. The ancient Egyptians used it to treat arthritis and back pain. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, it could really benefit you to have a cup of nettle tea now and then.
Other benefits include: Reduce hay fever symptoms, balance hormones, detoxify the body, PMS relief, lower blood pressure, balance blood sugar levels, wound healing, improves digestion, skin and hair care, Kills intestinal worms and parasites,
Dandelions are viewed as nuisance weeds, but they’re actually full of vitamins and minerals, and are really beneficial for us. The flower, leaf, stem and roots all contain nutrients, and have different benefits. Dandelions can be eaten cooked or raw, but I prefer a dandelion tea.
Benefits include: Powerful antioxidant (removes toxins), anti-inflammatory, balance blood sugar levels, reduce cholestrol, promote liver health, lower blood pressure, aid weight loss, healthy digestion, anticancer properties, boost immune system, skincare, treat anemia, diuretic, healthy bones.
Parsley is rich in antioxidants making it great for ridding the body of toxins. Whenever I do a detox, I always add loads of parsley wherever I can. It’s also loaded with nutrients.
Other benefits include: Powerful antioxidant, cancer fighting, heart health, strengthens immune system, reduce urinary tract infections, supports bone health, antibacterial.
Basil has been used for hundreds of years as a natural medicine. It has been shown to have strong effects in fighting off bacterial viruses such as E.coli, staph, listeria, cholera and Shigella.
Other benefits: Headache remedy, improves digestion, strengthens immune system, improves sleep, anti-inflammatory, heart health, healthy skin, reduces stress, improves mental alertness.
Coriander also known as cilantro is loaded with nutrients. One of its main benefits is its strong antioxidant properties. Several of these antioxidants can prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. it’s full of antioxidants that demonstrate immune-boosting, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.
Other benefits include: Helps lower blood sugar, heart health, improves digestion and gut health, immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, promote bone health.
Ginger contains powerful medicinal properties. One of its main benefits is the ability it has to fight cold and flu viruses. It’s also great for soothing sore throats. It has immune boosting properties and is antiviral.
Other benefits include: Sooth nausea and morning sickness, aids digestion, aid weight loss, supports heart health, anti-inflammatory, lower blood sugar levels, improves brain function.
Through the ages garlic has been used to treat many medical conditions. It’s highly nutritious, low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese.
Health benefits: protects against illness and cold viruses, reduce blood pressure, improved memory, detoxifies the body, support bone health, reduce risk of heart disease.
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