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Five Essential Herbs For Healthy Body And Mind

Updated on September 14, 2012
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When working with herbs for healing, it is important to understand how medicinal herbs work. In general they are not curing the body, but aiding the body into a balance state that allows natural healing to occur. Herbs are targeted to the source or cause and not symptoms. However, with all the components found in herbs, they generally will also relieve symptoms that occur with an illness or infection. With that understood, let's explore some herbs for healthy body and mind!

Number one choice is Tea Tree or Melaeluca alternifolia. This is an evergreen tree grown in Australia and very similar to eucalyptus. The leaves have the medicinal properties. Tea Tree is easily found at drug stores and herbal shops. With essential oils it is best to cut with a carrier oil, such as olive, grapefruit or safflower. Because of it has great antiviral and antimicrobial properties, this herb is good for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Body wise, it can relieve cough and respiratory problems by inhaling alone. Make a paste and apply to wounds for disinfecting and aid in healing. Can chew on leaves to cleanse the mouth. Also great for fighting fungus of any kind! Get a bug or spider bite? Apply some Tea Tree and watch how rapidly it will heal. The only caution for this herb, is be careful applying to sensitive skin.

In today’s fast paced society, we find ourselves stressing out and fatigued mentally. Valerian, Valeriana officinalis, is an excellent herb to explore for mental disorders, such as anxiety, nerves and stress. The word, valerian, derives from the Latin word valere, meaning, “to be healthy”. Valerian will aid insomnia and help stiff muscle as an antispasmodic. Too much caffeine in your system, a little jittery? A cup of Valerian tea will act as a sedative and calm those nerve receptors. Also a good tonic for treating depression and loaded with magnesium, potassium and zinc, which are vital minerals to our bodies. It is the root of this plant that carries the medicinal value.

Chickweed is one of the few herbs that can be found all over the world. Chances are, it grows wild in your back yard! Harvest the whole plant from May to July, when the flowers are on. Taste is similar to spinach, and wonderful in salads, soups or stews. Also loaded with magnesium, potassium and zinc. Can also be dried for later use. So what benefits do we get from this easily assessable herb? This beautiful tiny invasive weed is useful in relieving constipation, respiratory problems, coughs or hoarseness, aids the kidney, use as an astringent, expectorant and antihistamine. Also this can assist in reducing fever, eye infections and wounds of all kinds.

Though Hawthorn, is found plentiful on Europe’s scrub lands, woodlands and near streams, it is a commonplace herb on the shelf of your nearest herbal shop. This herb is also known as May Tree and associated with the White Queen Maia, who represents love (fertility) and death and traditionally used in May Day festivals. The active components of this herb are glycosides, saponins and tannins, aiding in producing a healthy heart. The magic here is regulating the blood pressure and improving the coronary and peripheral blood flow, allowing cells to heal faster and reducing risk of heart attacks. The power of this goddess lives in the leaves, flowers and berries.

Boldo, Peumus boldus, is a most wonderful medicinal evergreen tree that grows in Central Chili. It is a commonly used herb throughout South America and can be easily found at your local Hispanic food stores. Some herbal shops may also carry Boldo. This beauty, contains 17 alkaloids with boldine being the front runner, making this excellent medicine for treating liver, gall bladder and upper digestive system. The leaves carry the medicine and can detoxify the liver and kidney, stimulate bile for gall bladder. Also excellent for ridding of parasite and other liver flukes and reducing gas. One caution, do not use if pregnant.

Remember when working with any herb, be sure to consult an herb specialist and council on dosage and usage. Include your doctor if you are taking any pharmaceuticals along with herbs. These two types of medicine combined can lead to dangerous results. Exploring alternative choices can be fun, but always use knowledge to make a healthy and safe choice. There are many medicinal plants given to us for healing. It is always valuable to know herbs for healthy body and mind!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I was born in Romania, so I speak Romanian (the closest language to Latin). Then, I learned French and German but forgot all my German ... I can only say a few things. After moving to Canada, I had to learn English. Now, I speak Romanian, French and English.

      All the best!

    • backporchstories profile imageAUTHOR

      backporchstories 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Wow, if I may ask...what other languages? I love to learn Spanish, but have no one to converse with on a regular basis to make it stick. I think our English language is difficult to learn.

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is a very informative article. I knew nothing about these herbs. My first problem is that English is my third language and so, I do not know the actual names of many plants ... I was calling sweet-grass, sungrass for quite a while LOL

      My ancestors were quite proficient in the use of herbs as natural medicine but my ancestors are not from the Americas, so I got lots to learn.

      I shall keep this article in mind. Thank You for all the great details!

      May Light shine your path! : )

      P.S. I have to share this!

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      Apostle Jack 

      6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Another one of my grand topics is what is good for both our terrestrial body(flesh) and our celestial spiritual body.

      The food for our celestial spirit is knowledge.The food for our terrestrial body is material substance.

      What brings a little more to the table will put more on the plate.

      And knowledge about the 2 is a win win endeavor.

      Great hub!!

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      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Thanks so much for your help! I will definitely try cutting the tea tree oil with olive oil. Then if that doesn't work, I will be in touch.

    • backporchstories profile imageAUTHOR

      backporchstories 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Tea tree straight is very strong...so try using olive oil as a carrier and a few drops of tea tree in the oil and see if the redness persist. If you are still sensitive to tea tree then let me know. I will give you a salve recipe that works well too,

    • grandmapearl profile image

      Connie Smith 

      6 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Great hub full of lots of good info. My husband uses tea tree oil a lot for any scraped knuckles or skin abrasions he gets. Those heal up in a day or so. I have tried to use it, but I guess I am one that is sensitive to it. I get redness, so I stopped trying to use it. Is there anything else that would work as well for someone with sensitive skin? Thanks. Voted Up, useful and interesting.

    • backporchstories profile imageAUTHOR

      backporchstories 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Yes it is!

    • Jean Rogers profile image

      Jean Rogers 

      6 years ago

      This is chock full of information. Just last week I made a tea tree balm to put on some nasty scrapes my son acquired on his face. They healed in two days. Tea tree is amazing!

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