Monday, September 10, 2012

Essential medicinal plants to be in home

Nature itself has medicine for all kinds of diseases and disorders, with the help of them only our ancestors lived so long being healthy and fit. Natural treatment will have no side effects if you know to use it right! Today also many of the medicinal tablets are also made from medicinal plants(Herbalism). Here is a list of some essential medicinal plants that you can plant it in your garden itself to aid you at right time!
Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera - a succulent plant ( able to retain the water ), used as herbal medicine in cosmetics and medicinal products since from first century AD. The gel is inside the leaves is used to treat,

  • Acne,scars and skin care
  • hair growth in head
  • as dietary supplement
  • Aloe Vera juice to treat digestive disorders
  • minor burns and to prevent inflammation
  • and for diabetes treatments.
Alfalfa - a perennial plant ( lives more than two years), they are rich in minerals and proteins used as herbal medicine for over 1500 years. The leaves of alfalfa are used to treat,
  • digestive disorders.
  • arthritis
  • Nausea
  • Kidney stones
  • water retention inside tissues.
  • dried hay of alfalfa are rich in vitamin D2.
Sage - (Salvia Officinalis) a  perennial herb, used as herbal medicine since from ancient times.  Sage leaves are used for cooking and also for medicinal purposes. The leaves contains many acids like tannic acid, nicotanimide, fumaric acid etc. They are used to treat,
  • diarrhea and cold.
  • digestion disorders.
  • diabetes
  • minor burns and to prevent inflammation.
  • In ancient times, it is used to treat snakebites.
  • used as antibiotic and antifungal agent.
  • for reducing depression and menopausal symptoms.
  • Sage leaves tea has more health benefits like antioxidants and to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Burdock - a biennial plant, the roots and seeds are used as herbal medicine for many years. By steeping the dried burdock roots in boiling water for 15 minutes, the herbal liquid is now used to treat, 
  • Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
  • Arthritis.
  • Diabetes.
  • leaves of burdock are used to treat urinary tract problems and kidney stones.
  • digestion problems.
  • to treat burns
Peppermint - a hybrid mint, the leaves has high menthol content used has herbal medicine since ten thousand years ago! The menthol content is used in tea, ice creams, toothpaste etc. The peppermint oil contains menthone and menthyl acetate which is used to treat,
  • Nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, and other digestive disorders.
  • headache
  • joint aches
  • muscle pains
  • to reduce fever.
  • to sore throat and coughs.
  • Also remember, over dosage of peppermint leads to side effects like stomach upset, allergic reactions etc.
Ginseng - a slow growing perennial plant, mostly used herbal medicine for more than 7000 years. The roots are powdered and used as ingredient in many energy drinks and tea. It is used as,
  • energy supplement,
  • to reduce stress and anxiety
  • to stimulate immune system
  • to stimulate appetite
  • to prevent body against viral infections.
  • Anti aging effects
  • to relax nervous system
  • and promotes overall health
St. John Wort
St. John Wort - a flowering herb (Hypericum perforatum), the leaves and flowers contains hypericin and hyperforin which is used to treat,
  • to moderate depression and anxiety disorders.
  • to reduce symptoms of  somatoform disorders.
  • Acts as anti inflammatory and anti microbial agent.
  • to reduce premenstrual and menopause symptoms.
  • St.john wort has side effects like headache, fatigue, stomach pain etc. Which is to be monitored by your doctor frequently.
Tulsi - (also called as tulasi, holy basil) a mint herb, used as herbal medicine since from ancient times. The leaves of tulsi plant are used to treat,
  • headache and colds
  • Stomach disorders
  • Acts as antioxidant and antibacterial agents.
  • to treat viral,fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Pleasant aroma of leaves aids the respiratory tract
  • Juice of leaves is used to treat skin problems like ringworm, itching, and fungal infections.
  • To lower blood sugar level
  • Chewing tulasi leaves aids dental health.
  • prevents stomach ulcer.
Camellia Sinensis
Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) - a flowering plants whose leaves are used to make green tea which has many health benefits. It is also used to treat,
  • Asthma
  • Cornary artery diseases
  • Angina pectoris
  • Green tea leaves to avoid bad breath.

Green tea is made by steeping camellia sinensis leaves in water at 81 to 87 degree celsius. The powdered form of leaves with other ingredients are also available. Green tea has many benefits like, weight loss, lowering blood sugar level for diabetes, prevents heart attack, tooth ache, reduces signs of aging, controls blood pressure etc.

Chamomile - a most known  anti-septic and anti-inflammatory medicinal plant adding aesthetic beauty to your garden with beautiful fragrance. It helps to,

  • prevent stomach ulcer by aiding the stomach linings
  • prevents vaginitis and menstrual cramps.
  • can be used to sedative to relax tension and anxiety
  • to treat inflammation of skin and mouth ulcer
  • boost up the immune system to fight against infections.

Echinacea - The World's most important medicinal herb more widely in the United states and europe. It helps to,
  • to treat skin conditions like sores, burns, allergies, insect and snake bites.
  • to treat common cold and flu
  • to boost up immune system
  • prevents herpes infection
  • to treat ear infections
tea tree

Tea Tree - Oil from leaves and twigs of tea tree has many medicinal benefits, which is used to treat,
  • various skin conditions like acne, burns, sores, insect bites etc
  • to treat fungal infection like athlete foot, nail infections etc
  • to treat head lice by using tea tree shampoo and conditioner
  • to treat vaginal yeast infection. 


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