Our ancestors didn’t have exposure to the advanced medicinal benefits that we have today. However, history says that they were strong, fierce, and healthy. But what would they do when struck with cold and flu or allergies?
Here is where the use of ancient medicine comes to play. Our forefathers spent their time in the wild, and so they were well equipped with the knowledge of medicinal plants that could be used as natural remedies for strengthening the immune system.
This article will dig into seven plants and it’s components we use daily in our kitchen and remedial health benefits.
Turmeric is an important component in most Asian households. However, in the US, we see its use profoundly when trying East Asian or middle eastern cuisine. Curcumin is the active ingredient present in turmeric that gives it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric has wound-healing power. Got a knife cut? Just sprinkle some turmeric and see the blood flow reducing and the wound healing instantly. Note: supplements can lead to a dosage that cannot be tracked and therefore increase safety by consuming as an herb in cooking or tea.
Garlic is known for its unique sharp, spicy, and moderately tangy flavor that refuses to live your taste buds for hours. Ancient stories proclaim that consuming garlic will help to reduce blood pressure in those suffering from hypertension. The manuscripts also say that garlic reduces fat and cholesterol levels, reducing the chances of cardiovascular disorders.
Commonly known as St John’s-wort, it is a flowering plant that has the utmost importance for mental well-being. Studies have revealed that St. John’s Wort is highly therapeutic in treating mild to moderate depression because its effectiveness is equivalent to a pharmaceutical antidepressant. These plants also are known to treat insomnia and anxiety. However, they interact with other drugs, and hence drug-drug interactions can result in side effects.
Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal plants known worldwide. Data suggests that ginseng boosts the immune system by clearing cold-related symptoms. It is also associated with providing short-term benefits in memory and learning. Note: long term studies in rats revealed a risk associated with thyroid and liver cancer. May also affect and interact with blood thinners.
Evening Primrose Oil
This oil is highly beneficial to treat symptoms associated with Premenstrual syndrome and skin conditions like eczema. There is very strong evidence that this oil has core benefits in helping with diseases such as atopic dermatitis, diabetic nephropathy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. Note: may interact with blood clotting medications, interfere with drug absorption during HIV treatment, and be uncertain long-term use effects.
It is a trendy tea flavor and is also consumed as tablets, pills, and extract. Chamomile is highly effective in treating anxiety disorders. Other associated benefits include treating insomnia, stress, and cancer. However, since there are reports related to anaphylaxis, high doses of chamomile can result in allergic reactions. It has also been known to interact with blood-related drugs such as blood thinners.
Lavender oil is a soother that has the capabilities of calming stress and anxiety. Its aromatic leaves and flowers improve mood and increase cognitive performance. Studies have also revealed that this oil offers sedative properties to give a good night of sleep, regulates blood pressure, and prevents migraine symptoms. Note: do not consume it orally because it’s a poisonous plant. Also, it can result in skin irritation in some individuals.
The Bottom Line!
Anything consumed above the threshold can lead to health problems that may do more bad than good. It is always advised to discuss the dosage and quality of herbal plants and medicines with your practitioner so that these drugs do not interact with your existing condition. Though these plants and components are highly effective and their dosage is safe compared to the traditional medicines that can incorporate impurities and other effects, their use has to be regulated by the FDA. Many gimmicks exist in the market that takes advantage of herbs’ beneficial properties and sell fake products. The FDA approves most herbal plants, and therefore before you consume any medicine, check its credibility.
However, this article may have enlightened a spark in you to integrate the benefits of plants into your routine life. Please discuss with your practitioner and incorporate these healthy, natural remedies into your lifestyle.