The use of herbal remedies has been around for centuries. The crazy thing is herbal remedies are just becoming popular again. This article looks at some popular herbal remedies that actually work.
The tradition of herbal remedies goes back over 5000 years, On the Indian subcontinent, the Ayurvedic practice of using herbal remedies started. These ancient practices involved the use of herbs for the healing of a multitude of illnesses and ailments. This all occurred without the use of modern pharmaceuticals or prescription drugs.
In modern times, this ancient knowledge has been lost to time. Still much of the knowledge is being rediscovered and now is gaining in popularity. Let’s take a look at some of the most effective herbal remedies currently known.
1. Echinacea Tea
Echinacea is an example of a very common herb found in North America. This herb was first used by Native American people to treat different infections as well as improve immunity. Many people take advantage of the benefits of echinacea for the treatment of things like colds, sore throats, coughs, as well as even fever.
2. Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant aka “Lily of the Desert”, is best known for it’s benefits when applied topically. Aloe vera is certainly one of the plants which we have the oldest recorded medicinal use. It was used in Ancient Chinese as well as by the Egyptians to heal burns, wounds, and reduce fever. Queen Cleopatra, known as one of the most beautiful women in history, used aloe vera on her skin daily for a beauty treatment. Aloe Vera is available commercially and is used for the well know health and moisturizing benefits.
3. Elderberry Mixture
Elderberry has long been used in both Europe and all over Asia to treat colds and flu. There are some studies which suggest that chemicals found in the flowers along with the berries offers relief by reducing swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and will help to relieve nasal congestion. While you can purchase a mixture commercially you can make your own. Mix elderberry with a clear alcohol, like vodka, to pull out the healing properties from the berries. The flavonoids contained in elderberries are high in antioxidant properties. This could help prevent damage to your body’s cells. Still it is important to remember that elderberries shouldn’t be consumed raw. That’s why it’s better to purchase a tincture made commercially.
Most people are surprised to know that catnip or catmint is beneficial to humans. The flowering tops of the catmint plant can be used in multiple ways to treat things like stomach issues along with stress. There are also sedative properties but you should not take it along with other sedatives, because it could amplify their effects.
We hope that you find these herbs beneficial. The list is endless but these are some that we thought you would find helpful even though they are not well know.