Medicinal properties of different herbs/how they’re used.
There are a wide variety of herbs used for medicinal purposes. I will discuss only a few of the more common herbs and their properties.
Aloe Vera is probably one of the most popular and well-known herbal cures. The oils of the aloe plant contain antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral compounds that help prevent infections. Aloe Vera also have immune-stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties that make it particularly useful in treating skin disorders, minor wounds, and burns. It is applied as a gel or lotion and has no known adverse effects or drug interactions.
The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not far from the truth. Apples are especially powerful in combating diabetes and heart disease. A popular method of administration is apple cider vinegar, which is a versatile cure-all for arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and even prevents hair loss and softens the skin.
The California Poppy is an old North American remedy for stress-induced ailments. It can be used to treat insomnia, reduce anxiety, and lower stress levels. It is a milder herb than opium and can be administered as a tincture, tea, or tablet.
Devil’s Claw is derived from the root of the grapple plant and is used for its anti-inflammatory, pain relief, and digestive properties. Herbalists recommend Devil’s Claw to combat arthritis, chronic joint, muscle, or tendon pain. It can be taken as a tincture, fluid extract, or tablet. For the best results, it must be taken 3 times a day for 2–3 months. There are some drug interactions, so do not take it without consulting your physician.
Chasteberry is the woman’s herb of choice for menstrual ailments. This berry acts as a regulatory herb for the female reproductive system, and it can be used to combat irregular periods, painful periods, PMS, and absent menstruation. If taken diligently for two years, the cycle should be fully regulated.
Witch hazel is used to alleviate sore or injured muscles, joints, and bones. It is also effective for treating minor scratches, burns, and insect bites. It is administered topically to the skin over the injured area to reduce inflammation and speed the healing process.
Feverfew has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and circulatory properties that are effective in treating allergies, arthritis, and, most commonly, headaches and migraines. It prevents the blockage of small capillaries, combating the origins of migraines. Feverfew is especially effective for headaches caused by tension or fatigue and has been used as a treatment for centuries.
Turmeric is most often used as a spice in foods, such as curry. It contains a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces the enzyme that causes arthritic pain and swelling. Other possible properties include the prevention of colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The best way to administer turmeric is through ingestion from your food. Use it as a spice to add flavor to your meals and health to your body.