It is estimated by the WHO that 4/5 of the world’s inhabitants rely on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs. For centuries, indigenous people have used various parts of plants and its extracts for healing. Many botanical therapies offer relief of symptoms and the interest in the use of them in Western society has grown exponentially in the recent years. Here is a list of some common herbs and their properties with safe and effective record.
Garlic: wide spectrum of antibiotic properties and ability to reduce risk of blood clots formation.
Psyllium husk – safe and effective laxative, helps with reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Ginger – helps treat nausea and motion sickness.
Elderberry – safe and effective treatment for colds and flu, sore throats, and fevers.
Eucalyptus oil – effective as a decongestant and provides relief for coughs.
Saw palmetto – effective in treatment of prostrate enlargement and inflammation.
Slippery Elm – reduces gastrointestinal inflammation.
Tea tree oil – effective in treatment of fungal infections.
Feverfew – effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
Valerian – mild sedative useful in treatment of anxiety and insomnia.
St John’s Wort – treats mild and moderate forms of depression.
“Those who appreciate the beneficial value of common herbs and learn how to properly utilise them could prevent a lot pain and enjoy better health.”
Happy herbal tea drinking!