In older times, our ancestors never relied on a chemist or pharmacy for drug supplies. Instead, they made use of the many medicinal plants that are freely available in nature to solve their health issues. While many of us admire the uses and properties of plants, their medicinal usage has reduced greatly. These medicinal plants can be grown in your very own backyard, so let’s take a look at 10 powerful plants that are great for the human body.
Ginger, a medicinal plant widely used in Asia, has many healing qualities. Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-indigestion are just a few of the many uses of ginger. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in treating menstrual pains, joint pains, headaches and migraines. It is also known to treat nausea, motion sickness and other diseases like cancer, diabetes and asthma.
Garlic is a vitamin rich medicinal plant that has been widely used since ancient times. It contains vitamin C, B6, fibre, magnesium and a sulphur compound known as Allicin. It’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiviral properties helps improve cardiovascular circulation and strengthens our immune systems.
Because of its many medical properties, peppermint is used widely across the globe. Peppermint helps many respiratory disorders, from colds, asthma to tuberculosis and allergies, by relieving congestion in the respiratory system. Peppermint oil is used to relieve abdominal pains by relaxing the intestinal muscles and relieving gas. It’s aroma is known to ease stress and improve memory. Peppermint oil is widely used for aromatherapy, dental care and massages.
Lavender is used to treat skin problems such as swellings, sunburns, dryness, wrinkles and acne. It also contains anti dandruff properties. It is used in aromatherapy to treat anxiety, insomnia and depression patients. It’s pain relieving properties are used to treat muscle joint aches, backaches and sprains. Lavender oil is also used to treat respiratory and digestive disorders.
This medicinal plant has been used since ancient times in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Many laboratories continue to study the top kratom effects on the human body while others argue about its intoxicating and stimulating effect.
This herb’s calming, digestion improving properties and large amounts of antioxidants make it a powerful detoxifier, not only amongst cats, but humans too.
This aromatic, nutrient rich plant is a great home remedy to cure body aches, joint pain and other ailments. Thyme was used in ancient times to embalm bodies in Egypt because of their antifungal and antibacterial properties. Thyme also nourishes the scalp and helps in preventing acne and wrinkles. Thyme oil is used for mental stimulation because of its calming, soothing smell.
Chamomile tea is used to relieve stomach pain, menstrual cramps, back pain and helps in inducing sleep. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties reduces skin swelling, eczema, rashes and is known to fight illnesses like psoriasis and chickenpox.
Dandelion has been used from ancient times to improve and detoxify the liver. The Dandelions nutrient rich leaves are used to treat water retention, gallbladder problems, swellings and infections.
Basil leaves, known for their antiviral and antioxidant properties have been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat eye, teeth, and heart, skin and kidney problems. Its medicinal properties help treat other problems like cold, flu and bowel issues. Basil tea is known to help lower stress levels too.