- Alternative & Natural Medicine
9 Amazing Herbs and Their Uses
Herbs Come From All Over the Globe
Herbal Extracts are plentiful around the globe, but there are some that you should really know about.
If you can think of a malady or a need, there is probably an herbal extract that has been tried, tested and marketed to people with similar needs.
The below list is a very brief list of some exceptional herbal extracts and what they are purported to do. As with anything taken internally, consult with your physician before taking any formulaic. It may have adverse reactions with your body.
The Artichoke an Herb? Yes!
Most people would be astounded to learn this, but artichoke is an herb.
Artichoke extract is gaining a lot of attention in the media lately. Why? It seems to help people with all sorts of digestive issues, from heartburn and gassiness to the feelings of fullness from simple overeating. The extract seems to work by increasing the flow of bile. This helps us out by breaking down the fats that are in foods.
Artichoke extract is now available in major retailers everywhere. The extract is available in portable tablets, which are convenient for anyone to carry with them, anywhere.
I have tried this remedy recently at a wedding where I was miserable from over eating and it worked!
Peppermint IS the Amazing Miracle Herb!
Peppermint is a miracle plant.
There are so many uses for peppermint, and more are being discovered all the time. Peppermint is well documented for the use in:
- Freshening breath
- Easing an upset stomach
- Calming a baby with colic
- Placed on a handkerchief, congestion can be eased with a few drops of peppermint oil and inhaling through the cloth.
- For cooling skin, a diluted spray of the herbal extract can be prepared with water and a small spray bottle.
- Drinks. Small crushed and whole leaves can be placed in ice trays, covered with water and made into ice cubes that give any beverage a tasty zing.
- Motion sickness and more.
There are entire books devoted to peppermint's many uses.
Lemon Balm Extract
Lemon balm extract, the smell of green and life. This herb extract has just as many uses as peppermint does, and with good reason, because it works effectively.
Cooks use this herb because the flavor is still present in dishes, but does not overwhelm like lemon or lemon zest sometimes can.
Some feel as though it is a calming herb, while others vehemently disagree, saying that the scent alone was uplifting to them. It also finds a use in the cabinet as an herb that promotes digestion ease.
Passionflower to sleep the night away
Passionflower, the herb for when you want to take it easy. Passionflower is an herb with a really long history going all the way back to ancient South American civilizations, where evidence has shown that Passionflower was long used as a sedative, a muscle relaxer, an ease for tension, and a very mild reliever of pain and aches.
Passionflower is still used by herbalists for people suffering from insomnia, with no addictive side effects observed, and patients report that they do not feel hung over the next morning, either.
Mugwort Another Insomnia Soother, But Also Great For Energy!
Mugwort is an herb extract that can be used for many things, but it should never be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing. In pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage.
It is traditionally used for people suffering from insomnia. People taking mugwort have reported that it can cause you to have very vivid dreams. Others take it as a natural herbal extract for energy during the day, and report back great effect.
Hyssop Insecticide and Insect Repellent
Hyssop, an amazing herb extract, with a variety of uses.
From asthma and tension to bruises and anxiety, hyssop is the plant that can be relied on to bring relief.
A pretty plant with blueish purple blossoms, hyssop is used in treating bronchitis because of the effect that it has on mucus. Centuries and centuries of use mention hyssop for maladies. It is used in very rural locations to this day as being a insecticide and insect repellent. Look up hyssop and you will be amazed at all of the things that it is currently being used for.
Roman Chamomile No Anxiety Here
Roman Chamomile. Used in ancient days for the indigestion malady.
Today, researchers find that it has a noted success in treating anxiety in people. It is listed in many old manuscripts as being a treatment for hemorrhoids.
Studies are currently being done in labs, as this old herb has shown the ability to kill fungus and viruses. Women who are pregnant should avoid this herb. Herbalists in the past used it to promote miscarriage.
Roman chamomile is a very pretty flower with a lovely smelling bloom.
Gotu Kola Saving People From Senility
Another herb essence that is in the press a good amount lately.
Current studies are being conducted with this herb because of the reputation that it holds as being good for the mind, the memory and ease the symptoms of senility.
People suffering from varicose veins love Gotu kola because they say that the results from taking this herb also make them feel more mentally sharp, alert, and aware. A side effect that was recently noticed was increased bladder control when combined with a daily vitamin supplement.
Japanese Knotweed Lyme Disease Banisher
Japanese Knotweed. What a funny name for the herb that is used to treat Lyme disease. A hearty plant, it is acknowledged over and over in gardening books.
Once it is settled, it is hard to get rid of, but Japanese knotweed is showing itself to be a fighter in some pretty big battles.
It has shown to be effective in treating herpes.Herpes, the disease that has proven to be resistant of most other treatments. It is also edible (the young new shoots) and people comment that it tastes a good deal like rhubarb.
Herbs Are So Tasty, Too
One of the challenges that I faced in introducing a lot of herbs into my diet without resorting to taking pills for all of them was finding tastes that were compatible.
I finally decided to add small amounts to fruit and vegetable smoothies. Some of them added no taste difference and others were an improvement. I now love lemon balm added to a fruit smoothie to add to the flavor experience while at the same time getting some health benefits for myself.
When making a smoothie now, I look to see what I can add that adds something to me as a person. Adding herbs has been something that has made a difference in the ways I did not anticipate. I am eating a lot less sugar than I had been and I am feeling better in the mornings. Go herbs!
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