I am a firm believer that the cure many of todays ailments and illnesses is growing in nature. Obviously sometimes we need medical intervention, but that is down to ones own perception as to when. I have many a time had a chest infection and people have told me “you need antibiotics” but a simple course of turmeric in milk has proved enough to make me better.
There are many plants and herbs out there that can help with our health requirements like in my previous post ‘Mushrooms, Bees and Cancer’, that talked about Paul Stamets discovery of mushrooms healing properties. Knowledge like this always gets me intrigued, as I want to embraces it and most of all share it and help others to embrace the more natural remedies. We have lost a lot of knowledge our ancestors learnt and we need to quickly rediscover it before it’s lost for good, also so we can embrace a sustainable lifestyle.
So heres a few I discovered (we not discovered through research i’ve not be doing tests on people or anything, just reading)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Considered the cannabis of the feline world, catnip is a first-class medicinal for those of the human sort. A gray-green perennial, catnip has been used extensively throughout the ages as a calming agent for the body and mind. It eases digestive and emotional disturbances, pain, restlessness, insomnia, headache and menstrual disorders. The herb is especially helpful for infants and children due to its mild nature. The oil of catnip is considered an effective insect repellant.
In France, the leaves and young shoots are often added to sauces and stews for a flavoring similar to mint and pennyroyal. Since the roots tend to be overly stimulating, however, it’s best to stick with the leaves for culinary/medicinal purposes.
Herbal actions: calmative, diaphoretic, relaxant, carminative, astringent, digestive stimulant, insect repellant (volatile oil), emmenagogue, tonic.
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
If you suffer from irritability, anxiety, stress or insomnia, lavender is the herb for you. With its use traveling back thousands of years, lavender is a time-honored herb that uplifts the mood and encourages healthy circulation. It also demonstrates potent antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender is often used in baked goods and is a unique component of herbs de Provence seasoning blends.
Herbal actions: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant.
Heartsease (Viola tricolor)
A wonderful botanical for cleansing the blood, heartsease also heals skin eruptions, relieves lung inflammation and promotes wound healing. These violet flowers are not only beautiful, they also soothe asthma, headaches and sore throats. Additionally, heartsease has been used to heal urinary tract infections, psoriasis, bronchitis and varicose veins.
The flowers are edible and can be used in salads, sherbet and puddings. Leaves of heartsease are most often prepared as a tea.
Herbal actions: antibacterial, diuretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Named for the Greek hero Achilles, legend has it that yarrow was used to treat the wounds of his fellow soldiers. A flowering perennial common in Asia, Europe and North America, it’s an excellent herb for supporting healthy skin and healing minor wounds. It encourages appetite and soothes discomforts of the gastrointestinal tract as well. However, caution should be used if allergic to ragweed.
Applications include: Infusions, juice from the fresh herb, tinctures, compresses and baths.
Herbal actions: Diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant, mild aromatic.
Rose (Rosa spp.)
Not just another pretty face, rose is an often overlooked medicinal flower. Containing notable levels of important antioxidants and gallic acid, rose flower exhibits strong antiviral, anti-fungal and anticancer properties. The sweet scent also protects against nervous disorders like stress, depression and anxiety. Rose water is well-respected for its ability to topically soothe distressed skin — including sun damage, premature aging, rosacea and eczema. It’s important to note that most commercially grown roses use high levels of pesticides, so always seek out organic varieties.
Herbal actions: anticancer, antidepressant, antiscorbutic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, aromatic, astringent, coagulant/hemostatic, cordial, depurative, emmenagogue, hepatic, laxative, nervine, cooling, sedative.
Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
While not a herb in the strict sense of the word, black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is worth noting due to its extraordinary healing merits. If you have the space, planting an elderberry tree is well worth the effort. Best known for its ability to ramp-up immunity and defend the body against contagious illness like colds and influenza, elderberry is also a nutritional powerhouse with a high antioxidant profile.
What’s more, research has found the berry decreases tumor growth by over 50 percent through antiangiogenic action (the hindering of unwanted blood vessel formation). Elderberry also curbs cardiovascular disease by mitigating the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Learn more about this exceptional plant here.
These plant can all be infused into tea very easily with the ratio of one-half to one-ounce of herb for every pint of water.
As for the ElderberryI know Elderberry cordial or wine is easy to make and very tasty too. Just separate the berries from the stem and bring to the boil with some sugar to taste, don’t eat the stem or raw as this is poisonous.
This information was taken from ‘Wake Up World‘