Herbal medicine is a living practice. We are heirs of the wisdom of the original cultures that populate the world and that have defended their traditions with stubbornness, including beliefs and health practices that involve the use of medicinal plants.
There is no doubt that nature is a source of primal health and that, directly or indirectly, our health depends on it, even if we only use drugs (which are a chemical synthesis of substances present in plants ). But while the use of drugs was the only way to obtain health in many countries, the truth is that the use of medicinal plants has become popular for its effectiveness and because they not only serve to cure, but also prevent all types of diseases in the organs and in the mind.
Therefore, more and more experts in health and biology have studied medicinal plants, rescuing this legacy of the original cultures whose use also encourages the survival of millenary practices that are a material and immaterial heritage of humanity that we should take up again ( among other things, for health).
Here you have a list of 7 medicinal plants and the symptoms that can help you fight. You will have guaranteed health, naturally and without side effects (and in addition, you can grow many of these plants in your garden and have a personal pharmacy in your own home).
Medicinal plants for modern times
The dandelion is an icon of nature that can help us to detoxify and purify the organism, as it stimulates the liver and helps its proper functioning. It also purifies the blood and kidneys, reduces cholesterol levels, and because of its fiber content is a natural laxative.
This herb can be found as tincture, oil or made into tea, and its most popular use is to treat mild depression and anxiety, since its substances inhibit the reuptake of neurotransmitters of happiness such as serotonin and dopamine. And not only that: it helps to balance hormones, which is key to combating insomnia, irratibility and fatigue.
Plus long-term: According to some studies have shown, St. John’s wort prevents leukemia and cancer because of its high content of melatonin, which works as an antioxidant against free radicals.
This root will spare you from taking any anti-flu drug. Combined with another root of Asian origin called turmeric, and boiled in slices as a tea, it cuts the symptoms of the most acute flu.
It also serves to activate gastric juices and prevent stomach inflammation. And if you have nausea, you can also consume some tea or ginger striped in warm water.
Plus long-term: prevents the onset of the colon and ovarian cancer.
An aromatic herb from the Mediterranean that is sold even in supermarkets, for its culinary use. It is a natural antispasmodic, which helps prevent stomach inflammation. And have a better digestion taking it in infusion before the meal. In addition, it prevents the formation of gases in the gastrointestinal tract.
Rubbing the infusion on the body with cotton can cleanse the skin and eliminate acne. And even reduce inflammation of light strokes and muscle contractures.
Plus in the long term: Thyme prevents sinusitis since it favors the elimination of mucus from the respiratory tract.
Rosemary gives us a large amount of iron if we take it in infusions or if we add it as a seasoning in our meals. This provides energy, since the lack of iron results in a lack of oxygen in the tissues and can lead to anemia. That is why rosemary also strengthens the mind and mental agility.
Plus long-term: It is full of antioxidants, so it is effective to prevent and treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s, AIDS or cancer.
This purple plant is one of the best solutions for anxiety. Its use in essences and infusions helps to relax, as it has sedative effects. Therefore, the infusion is used to combat stress and anxiety resulting from nervous exhaustion.
Plus long-term: Taking it daily can help promote good rest, thanks to its sedative effects.
There is no better beverage than raspberry leaf tea to have a regular and healthy menstrual cycle, without colic. It works as a preventive for the whole cycle, but it is especially useful for the inconvenience of the first and fourth phases.
It is also good for diabetics because taking it in moderation, lowers blood sugar levels.