Dandelions are not much appreciated in our world, quite a war is fought every season against them. They`re useful though, they contain potassium, something that according to experts we loose through excessive urination, they can be a powerful diuretic, some apply it locally to treat eczema while others consume it for arthritis and intestinal disorders. The foliage is know to regulate the blood sugar levels.
Part of the mint family Lamiaceae and native of the Mediterranean region, rosemary contains carnosic acid that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer`s disease significantly. It is also used to create oil from its flowers, this oil having anti-fugal and antibacterial properties. Rosemary also improves blood circulation to the brain, reason for which it was often associated with “remembrance.”
Its name originates from the Latin root lavare that translate into “to wash” . Lavender is well know for its beautiful flagrance but it also encapsulates antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In ancient Rome, Greece and Middle East, lavender was know to be used as an antiseptic and in time it helped humanity cross over anxiety, insomnia, depression and classical migraines.
A clear gel can be obtained out of the succulent aloe vera plant, this has been used to treat cuts, burns and skin infections for hundreds of years. Experts state that its gel can greatly reduce skin inflammation as well as it can ease constipation as the inner lining of the leaf has been used traditionally as an oral laxative. Irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn are also problems on which Aloe Vera can help you.
The upset tummies of children has often been treated with the digestive aid of the lemon thyme. It doubles as an antibiotic and for thousands of years it has been used to treat wounds, it holds great anti-fungal properties against toenail problems as well. When you`re going to purchase a new bottle of mouthwash check the label, you will notice that thymol is the main active ingredient, a derivative of thyme at origin.
In animal studies, celery is known to reduce blood pressure, it acts as a diuretic and it can also be used to treat psoriasis. Use with caution as large amounts can cause photodermatitis. From Celery is also extracted an essential oil known to have a sedative and anticonvulsant effect.
Massachusetts Medical Society Gardens state, “a tea made from the leaves is an astringent, a diuretic, an expectorant and an agent to reduce fever.” Thanks to these extraordinary set of properties sunflowers have become a massive resource around the world. The plant is also able to extract toxic ingredients from soil and as a result Russia used its great properties to reduce the toxicity levels raised by the Chernobyl disaster.
Known to soothe headaches, nausea, pain, skin irritations, flatulence and diarrhea, peppermint is a wonderful plant that addresses many issue. It aids indigestion, it calms the stomach and several studies pointed out that it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Chest congestion can be addressed with traditional remedies made from its leaves.
Toothaches can go away if we chew catnip leaves, chewing these can make you sweat this practice being used to reduce fevers. Catnip is a mild sedative to humans, the essential oil from catnip is also a wonderful insect repellent, in some studies the oil came out 10 times more effective on repelling mosquitoes than DEET.
Sweet basil has been used by early Greeks to treat scorpion stings, today it is used as a powerful insect repellent. Ancient romans were using it to counteract poisoning as well as to stimulate breast milk production and alleviate flatulence. In India today, a variety entitled holy basils is used as a remedy for asthma, diabetes and stress. Sweet basils also appears to have powerful anticancer and antiviral properties.
Powerful remedies can reside in your backyard, growing arbitrary or cultivated for various reasons. Take action and keep something natural at your grasp at all times, it might come in handy some day. What traditional remedies do you use these days?