Learning About the Many Uses of Plants and Herbs

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Herbs and plants are by far the richest and potentially most potent source of medicinal natural medicine that we have. And yet western society totally neglects plants and herbs as a part of their overall health regimen. Think of the entire natural universe as a large network of living life which has been constantly evolving over millions of years for that matter, just like our own planet. This means that every single one of us is born with the power to heal ourselves, to heal others, and to even heal our environment. We just simply need to harness this incredible power for ourselves and allow the forces of nature to do their job.

Our current educational system, unfortunately, is not very conducive to teaching young people about the power of plants. It is overwhelmingly filled with information about pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and other questionable forms of medication which are often prescribed blindly. People are simply fed up with being “medicated”, and they are certainly not eager to consume chemically synthesized products. This leads to a generalized dislike of all plants, as well as an avoidance of almost all natural foods and remedies. But more on that later…

An Overview

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Now, however, things are starting to change. In fact, recent years have seen a real boom in interest in learning more about herbs and how they can help our health. And with good reason. Traditional herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has successfully been used to cure literally thousands of physical ailments and diseases. Modern scientists are finally understanding just how effective these traditional herbal medicines really are.

One of the first ancient herbs used in medicine was the herb Stinging Nettle, which has proven so effective at killing insects that the name has become synonymous with insect-killing plants. Other common herbs that are often used in medicine are Feverfew, Pennyroyal, and Echinacea, which have proven to be extremely helpful in helping to reduce the symptoms of many different respiratory diseases, including asthma and allergies. Many plants have been found to be useful as natural cough suppressants, while others have been discovered to boost immune systems and fight off cancer cells.

Uses of Plants and Herbs

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Of course, plants and herbs aren’t just for medicinal purposes. Many plants are also popular for their beautiful flowers and colorful foliage. While flowers are not used for therapeutic purposes in most cases, they are incredibly eye-catching plants. Any gardener will tell you that beautiful plants are one of the first things you notice when you walk into a garden or flower bed.

Aloe vera is one of the more common plants that are used for medicinal purposes. It has proven to be a great relief for burns, cuts, and other minor cuts. It can also relieve insect bites, aid in digestion, and heal sunburns. Aloe vera has been widely known for its ability to heal wounds and is the number one choice of medical professionals for serious skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

The final medicinal plants and herbs we will discuss here are ones that are commonly used for food or drink. Herbs such as basil, chives, dill, mint, and lemongrass are popular for their pleasant flavor and aroma. Mint and lemongrass are especially popular in Asian cuisine, where they act as an appetizer or seasoning. Some people also use herbs for teas, such as cayenne or ginger, which have their own unique healing qualities.

If you want to grow your own herbs from seeds, you will need to purchase organic seeds. There are many suppliers online that will ship these products to you, but it is best to personally visit a gardening store to find the freshest product at the best price. Herbs can be used for cooking, teas, and more. It is important to know the basics of how to care for these natural substances so that you can reap the greatest benefit. With a little bit of effort, you can grow your own herbs in your garden and enjoy the amazing benefits of using these healing plants and herbs.

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