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3 Conventional Herbal Remedies

Updated on October 31, 2011

It is commonly known that HERBAL REMEDY is an alternative practice to medicine. We use herbs and plants to treat various illnesses. However, this is not a remedy to replace pharmaceutical products. It is used as a temporary relief and prevention to possible sickness. It should be noted that these remedies take a little longer to take effect. It is also advisable to consult a physician if the ailment still persists. Do check your doctor before you begin especially if you are presently taking any medications. This is to avoid any possible complications. Below are three conventional herbal remedies that you can easily find in your cooking condiments.

Garlic

Previous research and studies showed that one-half to one clove of garlic per day reduces cholesterol by approximately nine percent (9%). This herb lowers cholesterol levels that helps prevent possible heart stroke. It can be used as raw cloves, sauté in oil, mix with honey, or buy in capsule supplements. It was used as an antibiotic in the ancient times. Another study also said that this great cooking condiment can also help lower the risk of colon, prostate and bladder cancers. It may help support normal body circulation, immune system and blood pressure, too. You can also peel and mash one raw clove and apply it directly to insect bites or bee stings. It can also be used for sore throat, cough, fungal infections, and earache. However, administering this type of remedy may as well vary from a garlic extract, syrup or boiled herb. The easiest way is to eat it raw in small amount, but you may experience some strong odor that comes with it. Proper precautions must be observed.

A cross sectional slice of Ginger
A cross sectional slice of Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is traditionally used as an herbal medicine to treat problems such as diarrhea, coughing and rheumatism. Its roots are used to provide relief for motion sickness such as dizziness or vomiting. It is said to nourish gastro-intestinal system. The chopped ginger is commonly applied to “wet” conditions such as to prevent skin infections. The powdered ginger is used to “drier” areas such as allergies. Other known uses includes relieving headaches, menstrual pain, arthritis, sore throat, and flu. You can simmer 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger (peeled) in a 12 oz. cup of hot water for approximately 5 to 7 minutes in a closed teapot. It is said that this is also good for people who love to sing. They should drink this before vocalization. However, it should be noted that excessive use of this herb may cause gastro-intestinal problems, too.

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Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net Photographer: Michelle Meiklejohn

Parsley

Parsley is another herb that can easily be found. It is primarily used as garnish when cooking especially for pasta, soup and salad. It can be used as fresh leaves or dried, which you can buy at the grocery store. It is used as an herbal supplement to help support the digestive system. It is said to be a good remedy for bad breath, too. It contains a mild antiseptic that neutralizes bad breath. You can chew fresh parsley after meal or anytime when you feel you want to freshen up your breath. If you swallow the herb, it can help reduce intestinal gas. It should be noted that this is not a permanent cure for this problem. Some possible risk involve when taking large amount of parsley are: a. it may cause miscarriage; b. it may cause some allergic skin reaction; c. it may damage liver and kidney. This is not recommended for pregnant women.

You should always be aware of the safety measures or precautions when you begin to take any herbal remedies. Again, it is advisable to study it well and consult an expert first to avoid medical complications.

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    • TINA V profile image
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      TINA V 6 years ago

      Thank you suzanne. I hope it will also works for you. Enjoy your weekend!

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      justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

      Great ideas! I'm a big fan of garlic and ginger, though I haven't used parsley much! I'll have to experiment with that as well! Voted and rated up! :)

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Hi Katie, I do agree with you that natural herbal remedies can also be the best option. But it would still be good to check our physicians for any advancement in the medical fiedl research. I really appreciate your additional insights. Thank you for checking out this hub.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      It's always a good day to hear about herbal remedies as natural is always the best option. Thanks for the great information.

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Hi anglnwu and BkCreative,

      I'm glad that both of you like it. Thank you for checking out this hub. Have a great week!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      All great, all work and we all have access to these foods. Thanks so much for such a useful hub. Imagine - it's all there, safely found in nature.

      Rated up of course!

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      I'm glad to say that I love all three of the herbs you recommended. They are very healthy and add so much flavor to food. Thanks!

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Hi Granny's House, I'm glad to share some information that our readers can benefit from it. I really appreciate your comment. Have a great week!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I eat a lot of garlic and ginger. I did not know they were that good for me. Thanks for the info.

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Hi Peggy, I just thought that these three herbs or condiments are readily available in any household. We can easily use these in case of emergency. Thank you for reading this hub.

      Hi Betty, it's good know that you find this article informative. I like the garlic, too. Thank you for reading this hub.

      Have a great week to all!

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      Hi Maita,

      It was nice of you to drop a note to cheer me up. Thank you for your greetings. You're so thoughtful.

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Informative and yummy. I especially like the statistical info on garlic.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Love all three of these and use them frequently in cooking. Nice to know of the health benefits as well as flavor components. Thanks!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      They are beneficial and I like the ginger and garlic most. I just came by to say thank you and to cheer you up,

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      hi maita, these 3 are great cooking condiments and easy to use remedies. thank you for your comment.

      hi presatio30, it's good to hear from you. i am glad that you find these information as a good alternative to medicine. thank you for your comment.

      have a great week to both of you!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      really nice information. Thanks for showing me about this. I am concern about herbal remedies. Good alternative for medicine.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      great hub TinaV, I used these three regularly, for medicine and for cooking, Maita

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      TINA V 7 years ago

      I believe that using natural herbs can be the safest way to remedy problems at home. But certain precautions must also be taken. I agree with you, too. We should always be careful with the dosage.

      Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate it.

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      pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

      Nice hub! Natural is the way to go! And everything can be found at your local grocer. I agree that you should check with your physician before taking any medication - even herbal remedies. Also be careful of the amount/dose you are taking & consuming - too much of a good thing isn't always beneficial. Rock on!