Ultimate Guide to Herbal Remedies

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Herbal remedies are alternative solutions to modern medicine. However, much being traditional interventions, its contribution to current medicinal advancement cannot be argued against.

Most of these herbs are extracted from fruits, seeds, leaves, and backs of trees and shrubs. However, some of these herbs are toxic, and that’s something you should note.

For better understanding herbal remedies and medicinal plants uses please check out The Lost Book of Remedies.

Below are some plants that are known to be beneficial to health…

Arnica

Arnica is used in the restoration of hair, healing of wounds, and skin regeneration. The herb is widely used as a cosmetic. However, it may be very toxic, so you can’t use it in concentrated form and ingestion. 

Chamomile

This type of flower is known as a herb by many who have had access to it. It is widely used in aiding the relief of symptoms related to anxiety. It is also known for its ability to cure multiple diseases.

Milk Thistle

This fruit produces a powerful antioxidant that is ingested to treat liver disorders such as cirrhosis and reduction of cholesterol levels in the body. Similarly, it prevents metabolic depression, which is related associated with liver complications.

Additionally, it is used to avoid the growth and spread of cancer cells in the body. However, you are only allowed to use it after you have a prescription from the herbalist due to its toxicity.

Echinacea

Medicinal products from Echinacea are taken direct from the roots, leaves and barks. It is widely believed to have the ability to support your immune system when used for the time prescribed by the physician. However, it can also be used to treat common cold and flu.

Feverfew

The herb is cultivated from the Feverfew plant. It is normally used to treat migraines and arthritis. However, you are advised not to use it alongside anti-inflammatory drugs.

Many also use it to treat fever and headaches, but if you stopped using it for quite a while, the condition might recur.

Therefore, you should consider having a prescription before using the drug.

Golden Seal

The herb is extracted from the roots of a plant, and is used as an appetizer. Moreover, it helps with dealing with mucous membrane infections and liver treatments.

It has also been proven that the drug can cure athlete’s foot, UTIs, and peptic ulcers. Additionally, it can also treat waterborne diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis.

However, the herb is rare, and it is not possible to use it without the physician’s prescription.

Garlic

Garlic is commonly used in cooking. It is widely applied as an ingredient in the manufacture of food seasoning and cooking delicacies. Its medicinal property is ranged from reducing the amount of cholesterol to lowering blood sugar in the body.

Garlic is also believed to be a cure for heart-related diseases. However, you are advised not to use Garlic before surgery. It should not be used in large quantities. 

Ginger

It is also used as a spice in food recipes. Researchers have suggested that Ginger is helpful in the treatment of flu. It has also been revealed that it has applications to help reduce nausea (either pregnancy-triggered or natural). However useful it may be, it also has side effects, i.e., it causes bloating and heartburn.

Lavender

These are flowers that are used mainly as beverages when harvested. Lavender helps in easing migraines.

Melissa Lemon Balm

This herb is used to relieve pain and initiating healing by applying it to herpes and cold sores. It is widely known for its therapeutic purposes as it is used to alleviate depression and stress.

Similarly, this herb can also be great for the digestive tract; it tends to mitigate intestinal issues.

Gingko

This herb is harvested from Gingko plant’s leaves. Its medicinal benefits include treating fatigue, asthma, and bronchitis. It also acts as a treatment and prevention of short memory.

Moreover, it can be used to improve the user’s eyesight. Researchers have proved that this herb is highly toxic, and it causes seizures. It may lead to death when not controlled.

To prevent this adverse side effect, Gingko should be taken with antidepressant drugs to reduce its toxicity. 

Ginseng

The herb is mostly used as a stimulant, especially to the elderly. It is also a stress reliever. The plants’ usefulness is in its roots. However, when you are suffering from diabetes, you are cautioned against using it.

The herb has a side effect and it causes blood pressure. If you need to use it, you are advised to mix it with estrogens to prevent you from getting affected.

Saint John’s Wort

This herb is harvested from the leaves and flowers of Saint John’s Wort plant. It contains a potent antidepressant that is applied in viral treatments.

Make sure that you don’t mix the herb with any other pharmaceutical drugs. A physician is advised to prescribe the herbs for your consumption. 

Parsley

This herb is proven to be high in vitamin C. it helps to treat indigestion when taken. Similarly, it also helps in purifying blood and keeps your mouth fresh.

Neem 

This herb is extracted from a neem tree. Many of its parts are considered to be medicinal. It is commonly used in creams for skin conditions and athlete’s foot. It is also used in mouthwashes and toothpaste.

The Bottom Line

Most of the diseases treated against by the herbs shown above are not scientifically tested and proven.

However, there is data to show the existence of a remedy for those conditions highlighted and the respective herbs.

Several herbs are not mentioned above. Feel free to try out some of those, you know. 

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