Popular Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses

16 April, 2014

When it comes to natural or alternative medicines, herbs cannot be overlooked. Since ages, herbs have been used in various ways to treat common as well as deadly diseases. Even today, herbs are researched in great extent to highlight their medicinal properties.

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Herbs are easy to use and affordable also. In fact, you can grow herbs in your own garden and use it during emergencies when seeking medical help is not possible. There are many herbs that have natural ability to promote health and prolong the life. 

Some of the herbs that you must have in your garden are:

Rosemary

This herb has antispasmodic, antiseptic and arteriosclerosis properties. It is often used as a brain tonic and helps to improve memory, concentration and mood. This herb also aids in digestion and perks up your immune system. You can enjoy rosemary tea or use this herb in poultry dishes and soups.

Lemon Balm

Being rich in anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-oxidant properties, lemon balm is often used in the treatment of different health problems like asthma, cold, anxiety, headache, herpes, fever, insomnia, wounds, herpes and insect bites. This herb is also very soothing for the digestive tract and helps to treat an upset stomach. It also speeds the healing of cold sores.

Sage

Often used in cooking, sage has excellent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It can help provide relief for mouth and throat inflammations and it also helps in digestion and any type of skin infections. It is also used to prevent the loss of mental function that comes with age.

Thyme

This herb is usually known for its strong antiseptic properties. It has other medicinal properties like carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anti-catarrhal and diaphoretic. It is often used in the treatment of coughs, congestion, indigestion, gas, headache and depression. Also it is used as an antiseptic wash for scabies, gout, rheumatism, insect bites and eczema.

Chamomile

Chamomile is rich in sedative, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. It also contains vitamin A, calcium and magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese and zinc. You can use this herb to treat indigestion, stomach cramps, anxiety, tension, muscular spasm, arthritis pain, skin inflammations and irritations.

Basil

The health benefits of basil come from its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-aging properties. It is also a good source of vitamin K, manganese, copper, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. It has the power to treat insect bites and stings, arthritis pain, common cold and flu, constipation, stomach cramps, depression, indigestion and earache.

Lavender

The medicinal properties of lavender are carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-septic, anti-depressant, and anti-emetic. You can enjoy a cup of lavender tea to treat headache due to stress. It is also used in the treatment of depression, congestion, insomnia, minor cuts and bruises.

Parsley

Along with many anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, parsley is also loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C as well as vitamin A, folate, and iron.  This herb helps with flatulence, gas, indigestion, bad breath, common cold, menstrual cramps, minor burns, cuts, bruises, and insect bites. Also it helps to maintain good vision and reduces the risk of diabetes and arteriosclerosis.

Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the most versatile herbs in Ayurveda due to its medicinal properties like carminative, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, anti-emetic, analgesic, anti-catarrhal and anti-microbial. It is also enriched with Vitamins like A and C along with manganese and iron. You can use this herb for treating upset stomach, fever, flatulence, indigestion, gas and heartburn. Additionally, peppermint support good vision and also cleanses the liver.

Ginseng

This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-viral and antioxidant properties. Ginseng is used to control diabetes, improve blood pressure and heart action, reduce cholesterol levels, stimulate the immune system, inhibit tumor growth, and detoxify the liver. This root can also be used to treat nervous disorders.

To create a sustainable healthy lifestyle, you must grow these herbs in your garden.