Did you know? Out of all the drugs recognized by the World Health Organization more than 25% are from plant/herb origin. Even the first pharmacological compound MORPHINE was extracted from seeds of the poppy flower. After years of study into plants, people are now more aware of their health the use of healing herbs for a better lifestyle is trending in the western world. The problem with Pharmaceutical medication is that they only tackle treatment of illness rather than treating the root cause of the problem. That is where herbal medications and the use of herbs comes in handy.
The main concept of herbal treatment is to treat the root cause of the ailments. In both Ayurveda treatment and Chinese herbal treatment, the use of healing herbs to promote a healthy lifestyle is the basis of the entire struggle of staying healthy. Using healing herbs daily promote natural healing capabilities of the body.
Following is the list of healing herbs that are easy to acquire and most beneficial to add to your diet
Garlic is a very common healing herb available in almost every good store. The active sulfur-based compound in garlic is allicin, which has a number of benefits from reversing symptoms of diabetes to fighting inflammation. Garlic helps regulate blood pressure to fight out cardio-vascular diseases and boost the immune system .
Garlic is an excellent anti-allergic herb and helps fight fungal and viral infections and relieves different types of allergies. Crushed garlic, when rubbed on skin proves as an excellent bud repellent.
Garlic cloves are tiny powerhouses enriched with Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin C, Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
Ginger is a very popular ingredient in many Asian and Indian cuisines. The benefits of ginger come from the oil like resin called gingerols which a powerful anti-oxidizing and anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger also helps in digestion by stimulating the production of saliva and bile production, relieve gastrointestinal irritation and suppress gastric contractions.
Chewing ginger or taking ginger tea helps provide relief from nausea faced during cancer treatment. Ginger is known to promote sweating and warms the body from within which makes it best healing herb to cure flu and cold during winter.
According to the study done by the University of Georgia, ginger supplements help relieve exercise-induced pain by up to 25%. Anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help to treat symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Among other healing herbs, Turmeric is a universal herb that holds the potential of preventing and healing almost all types of diseases. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin that is the most powerful antioxidant properties. Turmeric is beneficial for every organ of the human body. Several studies show turmeric to carry anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties.
Scientifically turmeric has shown to effective for the treatment of a number of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart diseases, eye diseases, skin problems etc. Turmeric stops the production of cancer cells in the body. Researchers done at TUFS University showed the potential benefit of turmeric in tackling obesity.
Ginseng is a healing herb that restores and enhances well-being promoting a healthy lifestyle. The active ingredient in ginseng is ginsenosides that have shown to stimulate physical and mental activity is weak and tired people.
Ginseng is also used to reduce stress, treat sexual weakness and erectile dysfunctions, improve respiratory functions, helps with weight loss and managing blood sugar level, boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. According to a study published in Cochrane Library, Ginseng also has the potential to improve and sharpen cognitive functions.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a traditional Indian healing herb. Its contains Antioxidant properties, Vitamins A, C and E along with eight essential enzymes and four essential fatty acids. Aloe Vera is widely used in cosmetic products and is used to treat a number of skin diseases and skin conditions such as sunburns, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores.
Apart from beauty, It is also used to treat constipation, worm infection, fungal diseases, osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, fever, itching, and inflammation.
Aloe Vera is a natural remedy for asthma, stomach ulcer, diabetes and helps provide relief from the side effects of radiation therapy for cancer patients.
Other Essential Healing Herbs
Although all herbs, in general, are beneficial for a healthy lifestyle although there are some herbs that more potent and effective than other.
Herbs such as:-
- Milk thistle
- john wort
- Ginko Biloba
- Saw palmetto