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How Herbs Can Heal

Updated on April 19, 2019
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I worked alongside top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor educated me on health tips I am proud to share.

"With the growing recognition of the value of herbs, it is surely time to examine the professional therapeutic use of these herbs. There are profound changes happening in the American culture and herbal medicine, 'green medicine,' is playing an ever-increasing role in people's experience of this transformation."

— David Hoffman, Herbalist

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. Their properties encourage us to study and learn about their benefits 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.

Astragalus

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. Take it as a supplement the herb even increases the white blood cell count, builds the immunity system, and makes the body’s metabolism stronger. Another added benefit is the plant also helps heal the digestive tract and lower high blood pressure.

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Arnica Flower

A popular herb made into an ointment that soothes sore muscles and reduces pain and inflammation from sprains, bruises, and wounds.

Arnica heals chronic sores or abscesses. It even stimulates hair growth by 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.

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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.

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Black Cohosh

Most women take it for menopausal systems with success. The herb is used to treat female hormonal issues such as cramping, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness caused by menopause.

Men don't shy away from the herb either. Reports indicated black cohosh treats arthritis, muscular pain, stomach ailments, sore throat, and coughing.


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Chickweed

People administered the herb both internally and externally. Tonic juice from the plant 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. People use the herb for preventing adverse reactions during seasonal allergies, which it is best known. It helps to relieve symptoms like post-nasal drip, cough, sneezing, and itching.

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

Turmeric

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

Here are a few health benefits of Turmeric.

It contains powerful antioxidant properties to fight cancer-causing free radicals and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Many studies report these benefits. Particularly in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, the herb is most effective.

The herb contains curcumin which eases symptoms of painful inflammation.

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

Herbal Medicine

I hope you made a connection to the benefits of taking herbs and how they work on the body. Study and learn about herbs as valid alternative medicine from reliable herbal books.

Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Forêt helped me learn and understand the principle of using herbs to heal the body. When I started to learn about how herbs heal the body, I bought this book. It simplified my practice with herbs and made it easy for me to apply herbal medicine which is my foundation for natural healing. At least, once a week, I crack open the book and find a reference I need to help someone I know or myself.


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, your family, and friends.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      7 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 

      7 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.

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