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Mother Nature Over Medicine: The Most Common Healing Herbs You Need in Your

May 03, 2019

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With all of the over-the-counter medicine options available to us today, it might be surprising and refreshing to know that a lot of the healing properties that we are looking for can be found within Mother Nature. Whether you're looking for a more natural option to your over-the-counter or prescription medicine routine, or if you're looking for something with not as many side effects, turning to natural healing herbs may be your best bet.

You might be more surprised to know that a lot of these healing herbs sit inside your cabinets unnoticed each day. Yes, that's right, you most likely already have some of these wonderful natural medicines. So, head to your kitchen, bathroom, or even your garden and start gathering all the goodies.

Grab your pen and paper and start jotting down these 7 natural medicines given to us directly from the Earth!

1. Ginger

Did your mother, grandmother, or other family member use to give you a can of Ginger Ale and a sleeve of crackers when you had a stomach ache? This is because ginger has a natural way of easing stomach pains. The ginger root contains oily resin known as gingerols.

The gingerols are an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. This helps to relieve problems associated with stomach aches such as indigestion, nausea and stomach ulcers. Ginger is also known to help respiratory function and the immune system.

And it's also a great tool in combatting infections that are fungal or bacterial. Research is continuing to look at how ginger is working to fight against cancer as well.

2. St. John's Wort

It might be shocking to learn that there are natural herbs used to fight depression, however, St. John's Wort does an amazing job at this. It contains hyperforin and hypericin, which help with many conditions including depression, mood imbalance, PMS, inflammation, OCD, and skin irritations. It's a great alternative to other anxiety or depression medicines, and it also contains melatonin.

Because of this, it also helps you sleep and ease your mind. However, it is known to react with different medications, so always be sure to talk to your doctor before taking it.

3. Raw Garlic

Garlic isn't only good for giving multiple dishes a burst of flavor. It also gives us benefits such as boosting our immune system, treating both diabetes and inflammation, regulating blood pressure, relieving allergies, fighting against fungal and viral infections like the flu, and so much more! You can easily take in all of these benefits by simply adding this delicious seasoning raw or even cooked into your food.

Not a fan of the strong garlic taste? That's okay, you can still get the benefits by taking it in the form of a capsule.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng has been one of the most popular natural medicines for quite some time now. And there's a good reason for it. This root works well for relieving headaches, treating fever and indigestion, and for treating infertility.

This healing herb is available in the form of capsules and pills, powder, and even tea! It's a great option for relieving stress and helping with weight loss. This simple root does a lot for our bodies!

Those experiencing sexual dysfunctions or low blood sugar levels should speak to their doctors about what taking ginseng can do for them!

5. Aloe Vera

If you step outside and into your home's garden, you might find that you already have a healing herb growing right at your doorstep. Aloe Vera plants are cheap to buy and fortunately, they're pretty easy to take care of. This is a good benefit for those who may not have the greenest thumb.

These plants don't require much maintenance and can grow both indoors and outdoors. It's a wonderful idea to have the plant on your window seal inside for easy access. As most of us know, the number one benefit of Aloe is its ability to heal us from sunburns.

But, the benefits don't stop there. Aloe can also be used for treating fungal diseases, skin diseases, constipation, parasites, colic, and more. It's become more popular to date, and you can find it used in many cosmetic and food products.

If growing a small Aloe plant in your home, never hesitate to cut off a juicy leaf when in need. This will not kill the plant, and it will soon sprout a new one!

6. Peppermint

Love the smell of peppermint during the holidays? Did you know that blessing your nostrils isn't the only benefit that peppermint offers us? This fragrant healing herb also helps with headaches, gas, and digestion.

You can drink it in the form of a tea, or you can purchase it as an essential oil. If you don't already own a diffuser, it's time to start thinking about investing in one. You won't regret it.

However, you don't necessarily need a diffuser to reap the benefits. You can add this essential oil to your dishwasher and run a load, you can boil water over the stove and add a couple of drops, take a hot shower and add one or two drops in the shower with you, and so much more. Just be sure to use with caution.

As with any essential oil, it's always best to dilute it before using.

7. Cat's Claw

Cat's Claw is known for giving the immune system a boost. Because of this, it's a great tool for those who are trying to fight off an illness, and recent research is working towards discovering its benefits of treating cancer and even HIV/AIDS. It's one of the many healing herbs that are found in the Amazon jungle.

For more information on other healing herbs found within the Amazon jungle, don't hesitate to read more!

Healing Herbs vs Over the Counter

When it comes to deciding between healing herbs or over-the-counter options, it's always best to speak with your doctor. Be sure to mention any other medications that you're taking. And always do your research on potential side effects and best ways to use the healing herbs.

Once you've done your homework, you can then make the right decision. And choosing to go with Mother Nature's healing options will save you time, money, and possibly even a few side effects here and there!

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