Roots for Life: The Power of Medicinal Herbs & Plants
Long before modern medicine, plants were used to cure everything from headaches to cramps. Here’s what you need to know about the power of medicinal herbs.
When something doesn’t feel right with your body, whether you have an ache, a pain, an injury or an illness, modern logic tells us to stop by the nearest drug store and pick up some medicine. If you have a muscle pain, a cramp, or a headache, there’s a pill for that. If you have a cut or a rash, there’s a cream for that. But what about medicinal herbs? Is it possible that there might be a more natural cure that can heal you, without needing to step foot inside a CVS? It’s time to get familiar with the very large, very interesting and very helpful world of medicinal plants—because these herbs/flowers/berries/leaves are powerful and they can be extremely helpful wen it comes to health needs and wellness goals.
The effects of plants
So what exactly are medicinal herbs and plants? Put simply, they are plants that have the ability to affect the human body and offer medical benefits ranging from healing to disease prevention to pain management and more. Plants have been used to cure, heal and help people since long before the first records of human history.
Long before modern-day medicine came into the picture ancient civilizations relied on plants as natural sources of treatment to cure ailments and fight disease. Once upon a time that knowledge or how to use medicinal plants was honored, protected and passed down from generation to generation. And while in our modern world many people use more easily accessible and safe chemical compounds as medicine, there are still a lot of people around the world who still rely on medicinal plants to stay healthy.
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Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO, osteopathic physician and author, explains “the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the world’s population still uses traditional remedies, including plants, as their primary health care tools. Meanwhile, the majority of new drugs (70 percent) introduced in the US are derived from natural products, primarily plants.”
Some of these plants are widely available and some you can even grow in your own herb garden or backyard. You might recognize some names and some plants may be new to you, but all offer unique properties that can ease pain, sooth discomfort, improve your health and provide natural remedies to make you feel your best, so you can enjoy your life and promote longevity.
It’s no secret that Aloe Vera can help soothe a sunburn, but these leaves and the gel found within them also are rich in antioxidants which can help fight bacteria and infection. Aloe Vera can also help sores and burns heal faster, and ease the pain from such burns or skin injuries as you heal.
Thyme doesn’t just delivery delicious flavor in the culinary world; this herb has far greater powers than making your roast chicken look and taste amazing. As per Medical News Today, thyme leaves have also been used over the years to treat diarrhea, stomachaches, arthritis, sore throat, coughs, bronchitis and more. Thyme is also rich in antioxidants and can help prevent acne, improve oral health, and as oil it can be used for aromatherapy to soothe the mind, promote calm and improve focus.
If you suffer from anxiety and stress, the California poppy might be a good herb to check out, as this plan is known to work with your nervous system to promote a feeling of balance and calm. It helps reduce stress and depression while also encouraging sleep.
Tea tree oil can cure a fever, reduce headaches and ear aches thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree has also been known to cure warts, acne, athlete’s foot and other bacterial infections.
Sage has been found to reduce swelling, aid in digestion, fight inflammation, and kill bacteria. Sage also has amazing abilities to improve brain function and memory skills.
Fenugreek can be really helpful to promote health, especially if you are pregnant or postpartum. It can ease labor pains, increase milk flow after your baby is born and reduce inflammation. It can also minimize the symptoms of menopause and encourage a healthy digestive system.
Peppermint has been shown to improve respiratory health including soothing coughs and asthma. Peppermint oil (and even peppermint tea or peppermint leaves) can help improve digestive health and soothe symptoms of IBS.
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