Healing herbs and how to use them

July 29, 2015

Looking for a more natural approach to health and wellness? We'll run through some of nature's most potent plants and the best ways to utilize their healing properties.

Healing herbs and how to use them

Get acquainted with these healing plants

  • Rosemary: Used by the Romans to improve memory, rosemary can be applied as an infusion that helps remove dandruff and increase hair luster.
  • Aloe: The juice of a cut leaf soothes burns and bites and may be useful in fighting wrinkles.
  • Basil: Basil is prized for its strong scent, which repels some types of insects. Infusions can help relieve a headache.
  • Chamomile: An infusion of flowers is soothing for insomnia and toothache and makes a lightening rinse for blonde hair.
  • Comfrey: This herb is sometimes called "knitback" due to its reputation for aiding in the repair of broken bones. It's a powerful healing herb that can be used in creams and poultices.
  • Ginseng: It's more than just an appetizer or mild stimulant: in many parts of Asia ginseng is thought to promote youth and long life. It's also used a subtle aphrodisiac.
  • Clove: Employed by the Chinese as a breath freshener, clove oil also has antiseptic properties and is used to help relieve toothache and nausea.
  • Rosewater: Long believed to promote and maintain youthful skin, rosewater makes a useful moisturizing ingredient for face creams and masks.
  • Almond: Sweet almond oil makes a nourishing ingredient for cosmetics. Ground almonds can be used as a gentle cleansing facial scrub.
  • Garlic: Garlic can help with a host of illnesses including earache, irregular blood pressure, and diarrhea. It also has antiseptic and stimulant properties.
  • Cider vinegar: Reputed to increase energy and aid sleep, cider vinegar can also be added to a bath to relieve itchy skin.
  • Lanolin: Anhydrous (waterless) lanolin is good for dry skin and is a useful ingredient in many cleansing creams.
  • Honey: Honey can be used as a mild sedative, a quick source of energy, or a delicious addition to a cup of tea. Applied externally, it's soothing and nourishing to the skin.

From adding flavor to a dish to helping battle minor ailments, there's a whole host of powerful herbs and plants out there. Try some of these remedies to maintain your health in a more natural way.

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