Treat common ailments at home with these natural remedies for burns, cuts, coughs, digestive, upsets and more.
Essential Herbs for Do-it-yourself Home Healthcare. That wasn’t really the essence of what i wrote, though there were indeed 10 herbs that i profiled. I belive that we do not need to know one healing propertu of 50 plants but rather that we should learn 50 healing properties of one or two powerhouse plants. Our apothecaries should be small and personal. While i don’t think there are specific herbs that everuone must have in their cupboards, i do think there are certain tupes of herbs that are helpful. Get to know the plants that best fill eaxh of these categories and that strike a personal chord with you.When possible, make selections that grow near where you live. For each category listed here, I’m sharing one of mu favorite examples. To be an empowered home healthcare provider you must first know your body and the bodies of those you care for. Only then can you select the perfect combination of these essential herbs to fill your medicine chest.
The plants of man talents – PLANTAIN
Plantain is one of those plants that you’re likely to find just about anywhere on the planet. It is high in beta-carotena and calcium and makes a wonderful addition to a meal. Its leaves have a mild flavor and benefit the digestivem respiratory, circulatory and urinary systems. Used topically, a tea from the leaves makes a gentle wash for the eyesm and the mashed leaves can be used as a powerful drawing agent in the case of any skin-level infection or splinters.
The first-aid herbs – YARROW
This delicate, ferny plant is a common and well-storied first-aid herb, with a history of use from ancient Greece to Colonial America, Excellent for cuts, it has long been my favorite styptic. It also shines as a ” fluid mover ” and is used for blood congestion. I have used yarrow leaf on sprains and swellings with stunning results.
The respiratory herb – MULLEIN
Even if this plant were not easy for me to acess, it would still be my favorite for respiratoru issues. The downy leaves of mullein whisper to us of the softness with which it addresses our internal environment. Mullein is a highly effective expectorant that also succeeds in lubricating the airways, making it effective for both chronic and acute ailments involving the lungs.
The nervous system herb – LEMON BALM
Anyone who grows this lemon-scented newine will attest ti the fact that it is not only gentle but also tough and tenacious. Internally, lemon balm soothes and nourishes the nerves without overstimulation. The plant has been shown to increase our ability ti focus as well as to allay deoression and anxiety. Just as it effortlessly takes over our backyards, lemon balm is known for its ability to stand up to viruses such as shingles and herpes, which lay dormant at the nerve endings.
The digestive herb – HOPS
As a potent bitter, the hop flower is very helpful for digestion. It is also an important nervine and can be applied successfully when digestive problems originate with a disruption of the nervous system or emotional upset.
The circulatory system herb – GARLIC
Is highly nutritious and delicious, if not always socially acceptable. For some time it has been studied for its ability to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is a circulatory stimulant, enlivening the blood and encouranging appropriate circulation to the extremities. It is best eaten raw.