4 Simple Herbal Remedies
by Purple Herbal
If I had to choose 4 herbal remedies that would be the easiest for anyone who wishes to start using herbal medicine to start incorporating them into their lives, I would choose the 4 that are the easiest to find, as well as the most versatile, in that they have many different kinds of uses and applications.
These four would be:
Lemons are high in vitamin C, which humans cannot create on their own, and is an essential vitamin needed for healing. Lemons also create an alkaline state within the body. Disease thrives in an acidic body, so drinking lemon juice every day or at the onset of an illness will help keep it at bay. Honey can be added to help boost the anti-bacterial properties and to sweeten. The oil helps relieve nausea and helps refresh the senses. The juice can be applied to the skin to clear blemishes and reduce scars. I have personally found lemons to be a great face peel to help rid of dead skin and bring fresh skin to the surface. It’s a great all around remedy.
Garlic is a potent anti-bacterial/viral/fungal agent. Cancer, colds, and cardiovascular disease are what it’s mainly known to help cure. Put in olive oil, it helps relieve ear aches. It is also widely believed that garlic can help lower cholesterol. I’ve even rubbed garlic on pimples to reduce inflammation. Garlic can easily be incorporated into anyone’s daily diet, and is very inexpensive. It can thin the blood, so caution should taken when ingesting it with certain medications and before surgery.
Olive Oil is high in vitamin E, a very important anti-oxidant needed for healing. It is also anti-bacterial . A spoonful will help colds, coughs, and sore throats. It can also be used on the skin as a moisturizer, as it keeps the skin soft and supple. Vitamin E is a key element in collagen building. Used as the primary fat source in a person’s diet, it helps reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. It also aids digestion and works great as a massage oil. Only extra virgin olive oil, which is the first cold press of the olives, should be used.
Peppermint helps nausea, colds, nausea, indigestion, IBS, headaches, and skin problems. Mint tea or a mint steam facial are great ways to reduce stress and refresh the stomach or skin. It can be grown easily in a container or in the ground in almost any climate. A leaf can be popped directly in the mouth to help aid bad breathe or nausea. Mint has been found to have anti-bactierial and anti-viral properties, so it can be used to help relieve colds and the flu. Depression and anxiety can also be relieved by drinking mint tea or using mint in aromatherapy. Since most of our immune system is in our digestive tract, this is a very important herb to keep handy whenever an illness occurs. Caution should be taken with the oil, as it causes skin irritation.
I hope you found this list handy if you are just beginning to use herbal medicine, or maybe you could send the link to a friend or family member who may be thinking about trying herbal medicine. They might not realize how quick and easy it is to start using nature in a conscious way towards better health.