Herbs have been used from ancient times for medicinal purposes as they have amazing healing properties. Nowadays, the majority of people rely on such traditional remedies. Many compounds used for the production of modern medicines are based on herbs growing in the surroundings.

Nowadays, the majority of people rely on such traditional remedies. Many compounds used for the production of modern medicines are based on herbs growing in the surroundings.

It may appear easier to go to the pharmacy whenever you have a problem, but wouldn’t it be much more rewarding and exciting to know which herb can treat numbness, soreness, sleeplessness and so on? Stay informed and your knowledge may also be beneficial for your loved ones.

Here is a list of 11 healing herbs and spices:

1. Astragalus – Astragalus membranaceus

Astragalus is a plant from the Leguminosae family, with a very long history as an immune system booster and disease fighter. Its origins are in traditional Chinese medicine, in which it’s been used as an adaptogen for thousands of years — meaning it helps the body fight off disease and stress.

It may help protect the body from diseases such as diabetes and cancer. It contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage. This herb is used to support and protect the immune system, lowering blood pressure, preventing colds and upper respiratory infections, protecting the liver and treating diabetes.

2. EchinaceaEchinacea

Echinacea іs а Native American plant thаt іs а natural fighter. Іt іs categorized аs аn immunostimulant, containing а powerful substance, which іs known tо boost the body’s immune system.

Long used for poor immune function and infectious diseases, echinacea extractions are also used today to help treat chronic fatigue syndrome, influenza, colds, and AIDS. Studies have shown that echinacea stimulates the body’s natural immune function. It does so by raising the level of interferon, increasing the activity of white blood cells and stimulating blood cells to engulf invading microbes. This plant also increases the production of substances the body produces naturally to fight disease and cancers.

3. Peppermint – Mentha piperitaPeppermint - Mentha piperita

Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and has a number of health benefits. This widely consumed plant has long been used for medicinal purposes. In addition to this, peppermint oil is commonly used in the manufacture of shampoo, toothpaste, soap, chewing gum, tea and ice cream.

Peppermint has a calming and cooling effect on the mind and body, mainly due to its high menthol content. This plant also contains a good amount of copper, manganese, and vitamin C. In addition, it has antispasmodic, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and carminative properties.

4. Valerian root – Valeriana officinalisValerian root - Valeriana officinali

This herb is native to South Africa, Europe and parts of Asia. It has naturalized in North America. Valerian root has been shown to provide both improved sleep quality and longer sleep cycle, without giving the „hangover” feeling in the morning like so many synthetic drugs used to treat insomnia. Also, this plant has been used for depression, irritability, exhaustion, anxiety, delusions, nervousness, nervous tension, and hysteria.

5. Cinnamon – Cinnamomum verumCinnamon - Cinnamomum verum

It has been used since ancient times both as a culinary spice and for medicinal and other purposes. Cinnamon is indicated for a variety of ailments including urinary infections, gastrointestinal problems, relieving symptoms of flu and colds and has remarkable antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Some researchers have shown that this herb helps people with diabetes metabolize sugar better. More importantly, in a German study of type 2 diabetics, consuming this amazing spice on a regular basis successfully reduced glycemia by about 10 percent.

6. Witch Hazel – Hamamelis virginianaWitch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana

The predominant benefit of witch hazel is its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Witch hazel is used in cosmetic lotions and creams to lighten the skin, remove excess dirt and oil, and tighten facial skin. Additionally, it is very useful in treating psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Moreover, it is used extensively in after-shave lotions to heal shaving cuts. Witch hazel is a natural remedy for sunburn, puffy eyes, insect bites, and itchy skin.

7. Turmeric – Curcuma longaTurmeric - Curcuma longa

Turmeric has been traditionally used for centuries by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The most well-known compound of turmeric is its active ingredient called curcumin, which is considered to be one of the main causes of turmeric’s amazing health benefits. Curcumin is known to have biological beneficial effects, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antiviral activities which can help greatly in a variety of ailments, including the skin, gastrointestinal and pulmonary systems.

8. Aloe veraAloe vera

There are a wide variety of health benefits of aloe vera. Firstly, aloe vera boosts the immune system and helps detoxify the body due to its high content of antioxidant nutrients. Secondly, studies demonstrate that aloe vera can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type II diabetes. In addition, aloe vera is used in traditional Indian medicine for skin diseases, constipation, colic, infections and worm infestation.

9. Holy basil – Ocimum sanctumHoly basil - Ocimum sanctum

Holy basil is native to tropical Asia and is now found in most tropical parts of the world. This plant is a powerful antioxidant with demonstrated anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory healing properties. In Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used to treat a variety of conditions – everything from the usual cold to bronchitis, fever or certain digestive disorders, including ulcers.

10. Flat Leaf Parsley – Petroselinum crispumFlat Leaf Parsley - Petroselinum crispum

Since the days of Hippocrates or the fourth century BC, parsley has been used in medicinal recipes for digestive disorders, general tonics, poison antidotes and formulas to relieve bladder and kidney stones. And, for the past 2000 years, this plant has been highly regarded as a medicinal herb to treat gastrointestinal disorders.

11. Milk Thistle – Silybum marianumMilk Thistle - Silybum marianum

It has been used to detoxify the liver and even help liver cells regenerate themselves. Researchers confirm that this herb can prevent liver damage, protect liver function and normalize elevated liver enzyme levels.

References

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266069.php
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/
http://www.healthline.com/health/7-amazing-uses
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname