"Weeds Are Just Medicine We Forgot How To Use" 10 Common Healing Plants Found In Most Gardens
Since ancient times, people have been using plants to heal themselves. Then, we thought we got really clever and could recreate anything nature could make, but better. How foolish we were. Today, using plants to treat disease is becoming widespread once again in many cultures. People are finally going back to their roots and awakening from our collective ignorance.
Many herbal remedies can be found right in your garden, you just have to know where to look!
Check out this list of common remedies most people think are just weeds.
Editor's note: Just like prescription medication, plants can cause adverse side effects if an improper dose is taken or you accidentally use the wrong plant ETC. Always consult a professional before taking any medication, even including herbal remedies.
1. Sweet basil is an effective insect repellent, and was used in ancient times to alleviate flatulence, counteract poisonings and to stimulate breast milk production. These days, holy basil is used in many countries to treat stress, diabetes and asthma. Studies also show it has antiviral and anticancer properties.
2. Rosemary. A recent study found that carnosic acid in rosemary may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, in addition the oil in its flowers is antibacterial and anti-fungal. Rosemary also improves circulation to the brain, and can help dramatically increase memory.
3. Lavender, well-known for its fragrance, also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. In ancient times it was used as an antiseptic. It's also used to treat anxiety, migraines, insomnia and depression. Lavender is also another plant that's a natural insect repellent.
4. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to treat burns, cuts and skin infections. Aloe vera can help relieve constipation. Some also use it to treat heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.
5. Lemon thyme has been used as a digestive aid for children with upset tummies. It also works as an antibiotic and has been used for centuries to treat wounds. It has also been used as an anti-fungal against toenail problems. And if you pick up a bottle of mouthwash, check the label. Thymol, one of the main active ingredients, is a derivative of thyme!
6. Celery seed extract has been shown to reduce blood pressure in animal studies. It also functions as a diuretic and can be used to treat psoriasis. However, large amounts might cause photodermatitis, so herbalists urge caution with its use. The essential oil of celery seed is known to have a “sedative and anticonvulsant effect.” Field of sunflowers
7. Sunflower has properties that can help with everything from colds to coughs to fever. As the Massachusetts Medical Society Gardens notes, “ a tea made from the leaves is an astringent, a diuretic, an expectorant and an agent to reduce fever.” Because of these properties, sunflowers have been used to treat all sorts of colds and coughs. It can also extract toxic ingredients from the soil and was used by the Russian government to help clean up after the Chernobyl disaster.
8. Peppermint is known to soothe headaches, skin irritations, nausea, pain, diarrhea and flatulence. Because it calms the stomach, it can aid indigestion. Is there anything this minty plant can’t do? Some studies have shown it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Teas and tinctures made from its leaves can help relieve chest congestion.
9. Catnip: Chewing on catnip leaves can help toothaches. It also makes you sweat, which can lower fevers. Catnip can also be a mild sedative to humans. Catnip oil can be used as an insect repellent. Some research suggests it repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than DEET! Nature wins again!
10. Dandelions are a diuretic. You can also apply it topically to treat eczema. If taken internally it can be used to treat arthritis and even intestinal disorders. Even the leaves can help to regulate blood sugar levels.