As time progressed, with the help of science, we have found that many plants are effective not just for nutrition and adding flavour to food but they have the power to heal us. We are not saying you have to stop going to the doctor altogether. These plants can come in handy to treat common ailments and you don’t have to go to the pharmacy for every sneeze or cough. In today’s video, we will tell you nature’s most powerful medicinal plants backed by science. From mint, chamomile, dandelion, sage to tea tree oil and more, watch till the end to learn about all of them.
Basil is a common herb used to garnish salads, pasta and many other meals to add delicious flavor. Thanks to the vitamins and minerals in it, such as vitamin K and iron, this herb is helpful for combating common ailments. For example, the manganese in basil helps metabolize different compounds in your body. Holy basil, commonly referred to as tulsi, is a specific species of basil that originates from India. It’s considered a sacred plant that is used in teas, ointments and more, to help treat a variety of ailments like fevers and diabetes. This species has a much stronger taste than common basil. It has strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties that can reduce stress, prevent harmful effects of aging, boost immunity and improve digestion. How do you make basil a part of your diet? Do you use it as a garnish for dishes? As an ingredient for smoothies? Any other way? We would love to know down below in the comments section!
There are hundreds of varieties of mint, with flavors varying from peppermint to chocolate. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the Gastrointestinal tract, so it’s long been used for digestive issues. Peppermint oil contains a compound called menthol, which is thought to help alleviate Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. A review of nine studies including over 700 patients with IBS found that taking peppermint oil capsules improved IBS symptoms significantly more than placebo capsules When you have tummy trouble or feel nauseated, make a tea for sipping. Strip about a dozen leaves and steep in one cup of boiling water until it takes on a yellowish hue.
Aloe Vera has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, dating back to ancient Egypt. Its gel contains most of the beneficial bioactive compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties. This is part of why it may help heal wounds and treat skin problems. It is most often used as a topical medication for treating sunburns and sores, rubbing it onto the skin rather than eating it. Studies suggest that it is an effective topical treatment for first and second degree burns. It was found that aloe vera could reduce the healing time of burns by around 9 days compared with conventional medication. It also helped prevent redness, itching, and infections.
With a taste that is spicier than oregano and a scent reminiscent of pine and camphor, thyme can be recognized by its tiny, sage-green leaves and thin but woody stalks. It is believed to exert anxiety reducing effects, a property supported by studies. Thymol, which is present in thyme essential oil, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, and may help in the management of chronic dermatitis. You can also use thyme as a home remedy for cough, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. Studies show that thymol acts on receptors on the tongue, mouth, throat, and nasal passages in a way that may suppress coughs.
This is a flowering plant native to Europe and Western Asia, but now found around the world. Chamomile is one of the most widely used alternative therapies for promoting sleep and treating insomnia. A study found that there was a significant improvement in sleep quality when participants were given 400-milligram capsules of chamomile twice a day for four weeks, compared to those who didn’t receive any treatment. It has also been found to speed up wound healing. Studies show that substances in chamomile can kill viruses and bacteria, including the ones that cause staph infections. It can also reduce inflammation, and prevent and treat the growth of ulcers. It can also be used topically to treat mild skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores, and even eye inflammations.
If you experience anxiety, chances are that someone along the way has recommended that you use lavender essential oil, and for good reason. This aromatic, purple flower has a fairly strong standing among studies, which have mainly focused on its anti-anxiety capacities. It’s proven to be soothing in a study conducted among dental patients, while another study confirmed that lavender can directly impact mood and cognitive performance. It’s also been commended for its sedative properties to help people get much-needed sleep. Recently, it’s been discovered that lavender carries anti-inflammatory benefits as well. It’s most effective when diluted and applied to the skin or used in aromatherapy, and it has few side effects.
You should think twice before removing those pesky dandelions from your front yard. They are not only edible, but also full of health benefits. They improve appetite and soothe digestive ailments by maintaining the proper flow of bile. This helps with mineral absorption and soothing of the stomach lining. Dandelion has a natural diuretic effect as it helps in removing excessive fluid from the body which relieves bloating. It allows your liver to eliminate toxins as well. In a study, ,participants showed a significant increase in frequency of urination after the first two doses of Dandelion tea. Water weight, and subsequent bloating went down as well.
Poppy extracts have traditionally been used to relax smooth muscle tone making them extremely useful during the treatment of abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Poppy seed oil has also been used during chemotherapy for many years and is a large ingredient of morphine used to cure pain. However, it is perhaps more known for its relationship with opium which was used by many famous poets such as Charles Dickens many, many years ago. This drug – as it was originally known – was thought to create a relaxing feeling while also enhancing the colours of the outside world. Today, the Californian Poppy in particular is used to remedy toothaches, headaches, insomnia and anxiety. Children can also benefit from this flower when suffering from colic or sleeplessness.
Of all the herbs in the world, sage is the one most known for its medicinal properties. Not just useful for cooking, it is a vital ingredient in medications for mouth sores and ulcers. It is also used in teas to help those suffering from the symptoms of sore throats or chests. The plant also boasts the ability to decrease blood sugar for those suffering from diabetes. It will make you feel calm, content and relaxed which is another reason why it is so popular within medicine. As well ingesting sage via medicines and teas you can also cook with it to benefit from its healing properties. Use it as seasoning in a variety of dishes including the traditional Sunday roast and give your body a little boost.
This plant has been used as a herbal remedy for centuries. It is often added to creams and balms to reduce irritation and the pain or discomfort experienced from skin allergies such as eczema and psoriasis. It can also be used to aid the pain of burns and sores as well as in the prevention of skin cancer. Its pain-relieving properties are largely caused by the presence of its anti-inflammatory compounds but the plant was also known for many years as a blood purifier, especially for the treatment of cancer. Regardless of the validity of the claims that it purifies blood, this plant is a good blood thinner. This is due to the concentration of coumarin found within the blossoms of it.
Tea Tree Oil.
The tea tree, which is native to Australia, produces an oil that’s long been thought to be beneficial for a variety of skin conditions. These include mild acne, athlete’s foot, small wounds, dandruff, insect bites, and other inflammatory skin conditions. There needs to be further study into acne and scalp use, but for now, there’s a degree of research into the antimicrobial superpowers of tea tree oil on wounds and topical infections. One recent study found that tea tree oil slowed the growth of acne-causing microbes. It’s commonly used as a highly concentrated essential oil.