Herbal Remedies for Promoting Good Health

Herbal Remedies
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Using Herbal Remedies is a very old practice that started thousands of years ago, where humans use plants as medicine. This may consist of leaves, flowers, berries, and roots of plants to prevent or cure illness, or treat injuries. For centuries, using herbal remedies was practiced until modern medicine was born.

Today, Herbal Remedies may also come in the form of capsules, extracts, lozenges, ointments and teas. Many common medicines actually contain some herbal ingredients. And many healing herbs can found right in your kitchen or pantry.

Why are Herbal Remedies becoming more popular?

This may be due to:

  • the rising cause of medicine and doctor bills.
  • the increasing interest in a natural remedy which may treat the underlying cause, vs. taking a synthetic drug which may only treat the symptom.
  • natural remedies being less toxic, and producing less side effects than synthetic drugs.

My Favorite Herbs and How I Use Them to Promote Good Health:

I’ve compiled a list of herbs and herbal remedies that I use to promote good health. You might be surprised to learn that you’ve been using some of these herbs and remedies already.

Aloe Vera Gel is great for sunburn. Aloe cools the skin and speeds up healing of minor burns. I usually keep a large bottle of the green gel handy, especially around summer time. You can find it any drug store or online.

Anise has a wonderful aroma and always reminded me of licorice. It has many health benefits, including relief of gas and upset stomach, and relief of nasal congestion. I once read that Romans used to eat cake with aniseed at the end of meals to prevent indigestion. Anise in the form of seeds or liquor is a favorite ingredient when making Italian pizzelles. Making pizzelles around Christmas time has been a tradition in my family for years.

Cinnamon powder is my favorite topping on pancakes and french toast. I use it as a topping merely because I love the taste, but it has many health benefits. It may lower cholesterol, help to relieve nausea and digestion. Smelling cinnamon may also boost cognitive memory. Around the holidays, I love the smell of cinnamon sticks which can be used for decorations around the house.

Basil contain flavonoids, which protect cells and chromosomes in the body against damage. Basil can also have anti-inflammatory effects, and contains nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamin C. When cooking, I sprinkle basil on chicken, fish and pasta. I love the health benefits, but I love the flavor even more. My favorite way to eat basil is to buy a bunch of fresh basil, which has a wonderful scent, and chop it up with some diced tomatoes, a little garlic powder, a pinch of salt and extra virgin olive oil. Another one of our Italian family traditions is to make this delicious tomato salad and enjoy it with fresh, Italian bread.

Echinacea fights infection. This can be purchased in the vitamin aisle in most stores, and is helpful to take to prevent or lessen the effects of the common cold. It can boost the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which are the cells that fight disease.

Green Tea has a long list of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, preventing diabetes and burning fat. Green tea has powerful antioxidants, and some believe that it is the key to good health and a longer life. I love tea, both green and black tea, and I buy the decaffeinated kinds. I love a good cup of hot tea on a cold winter night to keep warm and soothe the soul!

Parsley contains lots of vitamin C, and is a good source of manganese and calcium. Many of us use parsley as a garnish, or sprinkle it in our favorite dishes, never realizing the possible health effects. I like to chop either dried or fresh parsley on fish and chicken, in soups, and when making homemade meat balls.

Poppy seeds have many health benefits including aiding in digestion, providing minerals to the body and enhancing enzymes in the body. My favorite type of bagels are poppy seed bagels. I eat at least 3 to 4 bagels a week. I know that might sound like a lot of carbs, but I balance it with fruit and alternate some days and have whole wheat toast. I enjoy going to the bagel shop and buying 1 to 2 dozen fresh, warm bagels, slicing them and freezing them so they stay fresh. Before freezing them, I make sure to toast a fresh one or just eat it warm and fresh, with some orange juice or green tea.


I hope you have found this article helpful. Remember that these are merely a few of the many herbs or herbal remedies available in stores today. Many are inexpensive, or may even be items you have on hand in your home.

I’d love to hear about which herbs and herbal remedies work best for you, so please leave me a comment and share your ideas.

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for an informative Hub. I've never heard of Anise until reading your Hub. I'm glad I stopped by.

This looks like one of the topics for the Health Contest. I wish you good luck if you are taking part.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago Author

I'm glad you found it helpful. Anise has a wonderful aroma, but some don't like the seeds, so then I would recommend the liquid or extract version, which is great in baked goods.

I'm keeping me fingers crossed for the contest!

Have a great day. :-)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I think this is a god hub with a lot of useful information. I thought I read somewhere that anise is helpful for arthritis in tea form, but I'm not sure about that. You listed a great list of herbs.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments, Pamela! It amazing when you think about all the herbs and ingredients you use all day...and how many have such wonderful health benefits. Glad you enjoyed the hub. :-)


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shai77 6 years ago

Hi :-)

Good information I love Parsley and also Sage.

Thanks for the great info.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago Author

Hi Shai77,

I love parsley too...reminds me of that song by Simon and Garfunkel called "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme".

Regards,

Easy Learning


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GetFitRight 6 years ago from Clark County, WA

Thank you for sharing your herbal knowledge I love learning more about herbs. I have always had a fascination with them since my grandmother became ill with colon cancer and used them as post surgery remedies including other alternative practices.

My husband also has had success with herbal remedies as he used to take Welbutrin for strong anxiety problems and depression but now he only takes St. John's Wort. Not only is it cheaper but safer, but I will say it is not for everyone as well as to not mix St. John's Wort with anti-depression drugs it is one or the other.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your comment, GetFitRight. I agree, there can be many benefits to herbs and herbal remedies. Glad you found the hub helpful! :-)

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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fbliangcha 5 years ago from Guangxi-Zhuang, China

Thank you for this,

Echinacea is one of my favorite cold remedies


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easylearningweb 5 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, fbiangcha. Yes, I agree that Echinacea is one of my favorite cold remedies around. :-)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Good stuff...well done hub! Thanks. I did not know that poppy seeds aided enzymes. Now I know to read more about it!


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easylearningweb 5 years ago Author

Thanks, RTalloni. I'm glad you liked my hub and found it useful! :-)


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

One vote up.


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easylearningweb 5 years ago Author

Thanks, celeBritys4africA. Glad you found it helpful! :-)


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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Thank you, I use lots of Hebs! Lots of good advice!!


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easylearningweb 5 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, sherrylou57! That's great to hear that you use lots of herbs. :-)


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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

I absolutely love herbal remedies, I'm a big black tea fan, I drink it daily, even though there is caffeine, which is good for a few things also, I also make a homemade mask to put on my face with black tea because it kills bacteria, great hub, voted up!


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easylearningweb 5 years ago Author

Same here, cherrycrime26...I drink several cups of black tea daily (but decaf). Now that I drink decaf, regular tea seems so strong to me. The face mask sounds good...I would be interested how to make one.

Thanks! :-)


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TheBoldBlend 5 years ago

Great information. I think I'll go add some parsley to tonight's stew!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

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Hi, easylearningweb, GREAT read here. In-depth, helpful and very interesting. Voted up and away. Appreciated your use of the herb graphics as well. May I say that I also appreciate your writing style? It's obvious that you are very gifted. And I am a fan and a follower. And I invite you to read a few of my offerings--if you want a good laugh. And I invite you also to be one of my followers. This would make my day. Merry Christmas to you and yours, easylearningweb. And a Safe 2012. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small town in northwest Alabama (30 minutes from Tupelo, birthplace of Elvis Presley) that looks a lot like Mayberry, the iconic little town on the Andy Griffith Show.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Hi Kenneth,

Thanks for your kind words and comments. I'm glad you liked this hub. :-)

I would be happy to be a follower!

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

That's great to hear, TheBoldBlend! I love parsley in so many foods, including omelettes, chicken dishes, soup, baked potato and more. Enjoy. :-)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Many sincere thanks to YOU, easylearningweb...you are a super-writer and friend as well as an appreciated-follower. Your talent is so amazing. God has really blessed you. Have a Great New Year!

Your Friend, Kenneth


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for the great information. One can never learn too much about herbal remedies!


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Glad you found this hub helpful, Green Lotus. I agree...I am always ready to learn more! :-)


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Akarime31 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Great hub! I have one question for you: do you know about any herbal remedies for eczema?


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Hello Akarime31,

Thank you for comment and question. For eczema, here are some things I would try: first, I would check laundry detergent, lotions or any skin products that you use to make sure you are not allergic to any of them (maybe try unscented varieties, and avoid anything with heavy scents). For treatment, I would try something basic first, like calamine lotion, and maybe even a hydrocordisone cream or lotion for itching (over the counter). I would try to apply it everyday, with loose clothing, along with warm (not hot) baths so as to soothe the skin, and pat dry (not itching or rubbing). Along with that, avoid physical and mental stress, get plenty of exercise and eat healthy. Also, be sure to get plenty of rest, and give it some time (while applying all these remedies). I hope those suggestions help for home remedies, hope you are better soon!

Regards,

Easylearningweb


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Londonlady 4 years ago

Wow, reading this hub was almost like sitting down and listening to one of my grandmother's lectures about natural remedies. So cool! Thanks for the good info. Voted up (and awesome, because it is!)


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Wow, I'm honored by your comment, thanks very much and very happy that you found the hub helpful!

Regards,

Easylearningweb


timisle0425 4 years ago

This is a great post! Don't forget about ginkgo! ;)


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easylearningweb 4 years ago Author

Oh yes, timeisle0425, ginkgo biloba, thanks!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

A wonderful concise hub. I loved leaning all the uses of the spices and herbs.


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Thanks, KoffeeKlatch Gals! I'm glad you found the hub useful and helpful. :-)


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icmn91 3 years ago from Australia

Very informative hub. Have you ever heard of the aronia berry. It's considered a super fruit and when I took it in a concentrated form some months ago, I really got my health in order (for a change).


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easylearningweb 3 years ago Author

Interesting, I never heard of aronia berry...thanks for your comment and tip!!!

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