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Herbal Remedies - Cures that Work!

Updated on April 4, 2010

Used properly, herbs can be very effective as remedies for a myriad of ailments. Here are my top 10 favorite herbal cures that are easy to find in your local health food store and easy to prepare right in your home.

Herbal Cures Can Be Very Effective
Herbal Cures Can Be Very Effective

Ginger – can help to reduce the risk of coronary failure by preventing blood clots. It effectively treats motion sickness and nausea. To prepare a simple tea, grate the ginger and add 2 teaspoons per cup of hot water. Steep the tea for 10 minutes and drink it up to 3 times each day.

Slippery Elm Bark – a safe herbal cure for sore throats, cough and stomach upset it cannot be beat. Many commercial throat lozenge and cough drop products contain this herb. It is also available in bulk. To prepare a tea using slippery elm bark, add 1-3 teaspoons full per one cup of boiling water. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups per day.

Goldenseal – loaded with potent antibiotic properties that work effectively when prepared as a tea. Add ½ to 1 teaspoon full of powdered goldenseal root for each cup of water. To benefit from its healing potential, consume up to 2 cups of this tea daily.

Ginseng - protects the liver from harmful substances. It is also effective to increase stamina and to strengthen the immune system. Many products such as tincture, capsules, tablets and teas are available that contain ginseng. For best results, follow package instructions.

Garlic - raw garlic has powerful natural antibiotic properties. It can prevent the formation of blood clots and also help to reduce cholesterol. It contains potent anti-viral properties. For good health, use plenty of garlic in all of your cooking. Its flavor is strong and delicious. I find it improves any dish! To make a tea using garlic, steep 6 cloves of garlic for 6 hours in a cup of cool water.

Dandelion – a great remedy for premenstrual bloating. Dandelion has anti-inflammatory properties. To make a potent tea, steep a half of an ounce of dried dandelion leaf per cup of water for 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups of dandelion tea each day.

Chamomile – a gentle herb that calms the stomach from distress, prevents ulcers, speeds the healing process and fights infection. Prepared tea bags are readily available or you can prepare your own tea by adding 2-3 teaspoons of chamomile for each cup of water. The tea should steep for at least 10 minutes but not more than 20. Drink up to 3 cups per day.

Feverfew – research has shown that this herb is used to effectively prevent migraine headaches. To use in capsule form, take 85 mg per day. As a tea, for 10 minutes steep 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per cup of hot water. Enjoy up to 2 cups daily.

Spearmint and Peppermint – will provide relief from indigestion and nausea. To prepare a tea, add 2 teaspoons of dried mint or 1 teaspoon of fresh mint to each cup of hot water. Steep the leaves for 10 minutes. Do not strain. Consume up to 3 cups per day. You can enjoy a revitalizing bath by taking several handfuls of fresh or dried leaves and placing them into a cloth bag. Simply run the bag of leaves under the warm water and relax in the tub! Feel the refreshing effects!

Raspberry leaf – widely utilized for uterus irritability (i.e., morning sickness and miscarriage prevention). To make a tea, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of leaves per cup of water. Let the leaves steep for 10 minutes. Enjoy up to 3 cups every day.

Herbal cures that are simple to prepare and cost efficient. They may just be a more healthful choice than a prescription medication.

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