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Herbs Help Heal the Body

Updated on August 17, 2016

Herbs have existed as natural remedies for a very long time. Their soothing properties make it easy for us to heal our bodies, so we can be 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 on every herbal medicine cabinet. As an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory remedy, it improves the function of the lungs and can be used to treat illnesses of the respiratory system -- pneumonia, bronchitis and whooping cough. The herb even increases the white blood cell count. Therefore, it builds the immunity system and increases the body’s metabolism. 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 -- sprains, bruises and wounds. It has also been recommended for chronic sores or abscesses. Rubbed on the head, arnica reportedly stimulates hair growth.

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 alimentary canal. With that, the herb is also known to detoxify the colon.


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 plant can also treat arthritis, muscular pain, stomach ailments, sore throat and coughing.



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 plant as a gel or cream helps speed up the healing process of itchy skin, eczema, acne, hemorrhoids, ulcers, varicose veins and boils.

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 a possible aid for allergies was published in the journal Planta Medica. One of the best ways to take the herb is available where health food is sold as tincture or extract made from roots or leaves.


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. Here are a few health benefits from 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 ease symptoms of painful inflammation. Another benefit worth mentioning is research indicates daily doses of for several months may improve kidney function with those who suffer kidney inflammation.


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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.

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      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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