5 Must-Have Healing Herbs at Home

26 July, 2016 1 0

Herbs are a natural part of us. They are food and medicine at the same time. As Hippocrates said, Let food be thy medicine, and your medicine be thy food.” I have selected 5 out of many herbs that you must have at all times at home.

 

ALOE VERA

One should never be without Aloe Vera in the garden. It is the slimy clear gel inside the leaves that is used. It is anti-inflammatory, astringent, emollient, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It is useful for the eradication of parasites in both domestic animals and people. It has a purgative and laxative effect on the digestive tract therefore it is useful in the case of constipation. It has a blood clotting effect on wounds and it assists wound healing. It improves conditions like asthma, diabetes, peptic ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome. It contains enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and some minerals, therefore drinking the juice daily helps with nutrients required by the body. Aloe Vera softens the skin so it is used in body lotions. It also heals skin problems like irritation, burns, sunburn, eczema, acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis, to name but a few.

GARLIC

Hippocrates used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions. Its use was well documented by ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and the Chinese. Modern scientists have recently confirmed many of the health benefits. Most of the health effects are caused by one of the sulphur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. This compound is known as allicin, and is also responsible for the specific garlic smell.

Garlic boosts the immune system, fighting colds and other illnesses. In research, high doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure of those who are known to have hypertension, as effectively as regular medications. It is known to improve cholesterol levels, which may decrease the risk of heart disease. It also has antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing, which may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

In terms of nutrition, garlic contains manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, fibre, and decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B1 and trace amounts of various other nutrients.

GINGER

 Ginger is used in alternative herbal treatments. It is an expectorant, i.e. it helps to bring up mucus from the lungs and the bronchi and controls coughing. It improves circulation in the limbs, perspiration, digestion, liver function, and it controls nausea and vomiting. These are just a few of the many benefits.

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is used for baking and cooking. Medicinally, cinnamon has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties. It is most often used to soothe digestion, treat colds, nausea and inflammation. Cinnamon, lemon and ginger tea improves symptoms of a cold.

PEPPERMINT

Pepperminy is often used for flavouring ice cream and confectionery. The peppermint leaf is used internally as an antispasmodic (upper gastrointestinal tract and bile ducts) and to treat irritable bowel syndrome, catarrh of the respiratory tract, and inflammation of the oral mucosa. If you have indigestion or gas, sipping peppermint tea might provide relief; it is also very helpful with headaches.

 

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