Powerful Medicinal Plants to Use Routinely

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Besides their use in food, plants have special health properties. In fact, you can grow these medicinal plants and herbs right in your home.

They can be effective for pain relief, sleep, and allergies.

You can grow them in any space as long as you have sunlight and water.

Even if these medicines are natural, they carry their risks and side effects.

Though, many provide health benefits while staying harmless.

This article discusses the medicinal plants and herbs that you can grow in your garden and can use for minor health problems.

medicinal plants for pain relief

 

Medicinal Plants for Pain Relief

You can cure minor or major pains with plants.

They can soothe your headache but also your arthritis pain.

Hence, these herbs and plants can be effective for different levels of pain.

Tumeric 

Turmeric is a household spice.

Though, it can address health problems besides adding flavor to your food.

It has been in use for over 4000 years as a medicinal plant.

It has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it has popular use in treating arthritis.

A topical application of turmeric as a supplement can relieve inflammation.

Moreover, it is rich in antioxidants and has anti-cancer properties.

It can prevent the DNA from mutating.

But that’s not it!

There are several other health benefits of turmeric:

  • prevents heart disease
  • cures dermatological issues and skin diseases
  • relieves inflammatory diseases
  • prevents Alzheimer’s disease
  • prevents DNA mutation

Rosemary 

Rosemary is a herb popular for its floral aroma.

Plus it is a known ingredient in cooking.

But did you know it also has health benefits?

It increases your concentration.

Moreover, it improves your memory and can also facilitate digestion.

Feverfew 

Feverfew is a leaf that originally treated fevers.

Though over time it has also been quite useful for relieving headaches, migraines and reducing arthritis pain.

You dry the leaves to extract the medicinal properties.

Hence, it was given the name of medieval aspirin.

However, like other herbs, it has its set of side effects.

It can cause mouth ulcers or irritation in the digestive system.

Also, the headaches might return if you stop taking the medicine.

Do not use them with NSAIDS or anticoagulant medicines.

Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory medicines can affect the effectiveness of feverfew.

When taking herbs and homeopathic medicines for treating medical conditions, always consult a doctor beforehand.

Just because they are natural does not mean that they are without any side effects.

aloe vera

Medicinal Plants and Their Uses in Sleep

Plants that have medicinal properties can also aid in calming you down.

Hence, you can sleep well if you apply them or use their scent.

Aloe Vera 

While aloe vera is popular for its use in the skin, it can also help your insomnia.

It has air purifying qualities hence it can cleanse your environment.

Other uses include those of reducing dryness and relieving constipation.

Lavender 

Lavender is a purple flower with a strong scent that can calm you down.

It has sedative properties that encourage a deep sleep by decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate.

Hence, you calm down at the moment, can sleep deeply and relax.

This is why lavender is also great for calming down your anxiety.

Lavender essential oil is a popular remedy for soothing your mind.

Moreover, it can also make a difference in your mood and enhance your cognitive properties.

That’s not it, lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties.

So it can be used on the skin and also for aromatherapy.

Valerian 

Valerian root helps to decrease hyperactivity.

It also improves heart health.

It treats anxiety as well as sleeping problems.

The calming properties can help in curing sleeplessness.

Besides helping in sleep, these herbs and plants can also assist in treating allergies.

Want to know about the allergies and diseases cured by medicinal plants? Keep reading below!

medicinal plants for treating allergies

Treating Allergies

Parsley 

It can reduce allergic inflammation.

Other benefits include improving bone health and is good for cancer too.

The biggest benefit is that it grows way too easily in your garden.

You just need to sprinkle the seeds on the soil and provide enough light and water.

It can grow in your kitchen garden or even winter garden.

Holy Basil 

It has antibacterial properties.

Hence, it can address the bacteria that cause allergic reactions and infections in the first place.

It is especially useful in treating colds and coughs.

Thus it targets the bacteria and germs in your mouth.

Other than that it can relieve pain in joints and calm down your anxiety.

Chamomile 

It contains a natural antihistamine.

Antihistamines are used to treat allergic reactions and that is present naturally in chamomile.

Hence, it helps in reducing skin irritation from radiation treatments, wound healing, and swelling.

It is also good for indigestion and aids in going to sleep.

Thus, it is known for its calming properties as well that help in dealing with anxiety.

Moreover, it may also have some anticancer properties.

It can help with your insomnia, cancer, stress and anxiety.

That is also why chamomile tea is usually recommended if you have trouble sleeping.

It will relax your body and mind so that you can sleep at ease.

herbs for medical use

Plants and Herbs for Health Problems

Garlic 

The roots and clove of garlic have

  • cardioprotective
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-microbial
  • anti-cancer properties

It is thought to decrease your blood pressure and help regulate cholesterol levels.

Though you should not use it with a blood thinner as it can cause bleeding.

Gingko 

One of the oldest homeopathic plants to treat various diseases in ginkgo.

The leaf extract of ginkgo can treat tinnitus, asthma, fatigue and bronchitis.

Moreover, it can improve the health of your brain.

Hence, it can enhance your memory helping in treating mild dementia.

It can also slow down the decline of cognition in these brain diseases.

Furthermore, it is thought to treat diabetes and can improve bone healing.

However, you should remember to only use its leaves and not the seeds which are toxic.

The toxins can cause seizures and you should not use them with NSAIDS as there is a risk of bleeding.

Goldenseal 

It has berberine which is has been in use in Chinese medicine for a long time.

This root of goldenseal can treat eye irritation as well as diarrhea and skin irritation.

Moreover, it is an antiseptic.

Plus it can be used as a treatment for colds.

However, you should not take it in large doses as it can cause irritation in the mouth.

growing herbs

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds are safe to use as supplements.

They have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

It can reduce your blood pressure, and also obesity.

Plus a study claims that it is also effective in preventing colon cancer.

It can also reduce inflammation and hot flashes.

You can mix it in smoothies and juices or simply sprinkle it on salad dressings, meals and cereals.

Just remember to not eat them raw or when they are yet not ripe as at that stage, the flax seeds could be toxic.

Echinacea

Echinacea’s root, leaf and stalk can be useful in treating upper respiratory diseases.

It can also work on treating flu, colds, work on wound healing and infections.

Saw Palmetto 

It can treat the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy.

However, it too has side effects such as digestive system problems and headaches.

Tea Tree 

Oil from tea trees is good for athlete’s foot, mild acne, wounds, dandruff and insect bites.

It can work on topical infections and has antimicrobial properties.

Hence, it is effective against acne.

The main use of tea tree oil is as oil for skincare but also for scalp use.

Ginger 

Ginger is a medicinal herb and is effective in treating motion sickness and nausea.

In fact, it can relieve nausea due to chemotherapy and pregnancy but ginger’s use is also as an anticancer agent.

It is antioxidative and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Grapeseed Oil 

The extract from grapeseed has antioxidant properties.

Therefore it reduces bad circulation in the legs and also decreases the bad cholesterol i.e. the LDL.

Moreover, it has anticancer effects and can reduce the growth of cancer cells.

Evening Primrose Oil 

The primrose flower produces oils that can reduce PMS symptoms and eczema.

This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

It can help with atopic dermatitis, breast pain and diabetic neuropathy.

Primrose oil can improve the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis.

It can also change hormones and insulin sensitivity in people dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

What’s more, it can help with menopause and mild skin conditions.

Thus primrose oil has several health benefits and so do Ginseng, Milk Thistle and Saint John’s wort.

side effects of medicinal plants

Final Takeaway: Use Medicinal Plants Carefully

After reading all of these uses of these plants and herbs you may be tempted to try them all.

However, natural does not equate to safe.

Some of these can react with your existing medication and can hinder them.

Or they can make your condition worse.

Excess of all of these is not good and can cause digestive system problems, diarrhea and more.

Hence, you should only use and grow these plants if your doctor confirms that they are safe to use.

Combining these homeopathic plants with your medicines can drastically worsen your condition.

Hence, do not take the risk of starting them on your own, rather consult a professional to know if they are totally safe for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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