11 medicinal plants to improve your health!

11 medicinal plants to improve your health!

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.

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!

Mint.

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.

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.

Thyme.

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.

Chamomile.

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.

Lavender.

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.

Dandelion.

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.

Californian Poppy.

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.

Sage.

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.

Red clover.

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.

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