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Herbs Help Heal the Body

Updated on January 10, 2018
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My work with top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor teach me health tips that I am proud to share.

Herbs have healed the body for centuries. It's time to explore the benefits of these worthwhile healing herbs today.

Whether we take herbs internally or apply them externally, they nourish our bodies through and through.

Natural Remedies

Herbs have existed as natural remedies for a very long time. Their soothing properties make it easy for us to heal our bodies. That way, we can study and learn about herbs, and work our way towards being healthy in mind and spirit. Whether we take herbs internally or apply them externally, they nourish our bodies through and through.

Becoming familiar with the benefits of herbs begins with understanding their elements and experiencing the benefits first-hand. The following list of herbs should help you develop a connection to their healing properties.


This particular herb needs no introduction and earns a place in every herbal medicine cabinet. The list of remedies is a miracle in itself. As an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory remedy, astragalus improves the function of the lungs and can be used to treat illnesses of the respiratory system -- pneumonia, bronchitis, and whooping cough. Taken as a supplement, the herb even increases the white blood cell count and builds the immunity system while making the body’s metabolism stronger. Another added benefit is the plant also helps heal the digestive tract and lower high blood pressure.


Arnica Flower

The herb is made into an ointment that soothes sore muscles and reduces pain and inflammation from sprains, bruises, and wounds. Arnica has also been recommended for chronic sores or abscesses. It even stimulates hair growth by simply rubbing it on the head.

Taken homeopathically can heal the body from within for such ailments as arthritis, back pain, stiff joints, and sore muscles.

Cascara Sagrada

The herb can quickly relieve symptoms of short-term constipation. Once taken the plant agitates the lining of the bowels stimulating the rate of the alimentary canal. With that, cascara sagrada is also known to detoxify the colon.

No matter how you approach the herb, when taken, the lower digestive tract benefits greatly.


Black Cohosh

The herb is used to treat female hormonal issues such as cramping, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness caused by menopause. Men have no need to shy away from the herb either. Reports indicated the black cohosh can also treat arthritis, muscular pain, stomach ailments, sore throat, and coughing.

Most women take it for menopausal systems with success.



The herb can be used internally and externally. Tonic juice can be made from the plant, which helps relieve rheumatism, joint inflammation, and chest infections. Applying the chickweed as a gel or cream helps speed up the healing process of itchy skin, eczema, acne, hemorrhoids, ulcers, varicose veins, and boils.

Every first aid kit needs a tube of chickweed cream.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle Leaf offers several ways to help the body heal. The herb is best known for preventing adverse reactions during seasonal allergies. It helps relieve symptoms like post-nasal drip, cough, sneezing, and itching.

Clinical reports also confirm that stinging nettle as an aid for allergies which was published in the journal Planta Medica. One of the best ways to take the herb is as a tincture.


Turmeric is a wonder herb because it helps the body heal in so many ways. It seems endless, so why not just take it every day in capsule form, and you have covered all the healing benefits of this wonder herb.

Here are a few health benefits of Turmeric. It contains very strong antioxidant properties to fight cancer-causing free radicals and is a very potent anti-inflammatory. Many studies have reported these benefits. Particularly in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, the herb is strongly recommended.

The herb contains curcumin which is what eases symptoms of painful inflammation.

Another benefit worth mentioning is research indicates daily doses of turmeric for several months may improve kidney function with those who suffer kidney inflammation.

Study and Learn

Study and learn about herbs as valid alternative medicine from reliable herbal books. Learn about one herb and use it well, and learn about another herb and use it well. Keep at it until you have all the herbal remedies you need for you and your family.


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    • Kenna McHugh profile image

      Kenna McHugh 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Starstream,

      Thanks for the post!

      Most of these five herbs can be taken in capsule form. Arnica Flower is usually used as an ointment. But I have heard of arnica being prepared as a homoeopathic treatment for pain.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      Your photos of the 5 herbs are great. Can these herbs be taken in capsule form? I think we all need more information about herbs and their healing properties. I wrote about drinking water and brought up the question of water being safe to drink. Water and herbs are essential to good health.