Many traditional cultures still use herbs primarily for medicinal reasons, and many of them swear by the efficacy of their herbal potions. While there may be a bit of a tendency for those of us brought up around conventional western medicine to smirk at these traditional methods of healing, the truth is that even our so-called scientific medicine derived from such origins. Indeed, science is now validating the healing power of many herbs that were previously considered merely superstitious traditional sops to sicknesses. Here are 5 of the most amazing natural herbs you may want to keep in the family medicine cabinet, as an alternative to the pills and syrups you often take when ill.
- Ginger – This Asian flavoring is more than an aromatic spice: it is also a great medical herb. It can be taken to relieve stomach upsets, as it blocks serotonin’s effects, leading to a far lower likelihood of vomiting during sickness, pregnancy, or nausea. The herb may also be good for your circulatory system, as it helps regulate the flow of blood in the body.
- Holy Basil – Do you suffer often from stress, indigestion, or headaches? Holy basil may be just the ticket, then. This plant can be prepared in a tea that relieves these problems very effectively, reducing serotonin, adrenalin, and noradrenalin levels in the body.
- St. John’s Wort – This herb is getting more and more popular as word spreads of its astounding benefits. St. John’s Wort is an excellent herb to have around the house if you have someone who suffers from or is prone to suffering from depressive episodes, as many studies indicate that St. John’s Wort is as effective as conventional medications—like Prozac, for example—when it comes to treating this problem. It may also be good for those with insomnia, as it has melatonin, which helps regulate circadian rhythms.
- Garlic – Well, we all know garlic is good for cooking, but it is also good for lowering your chances of getting cancer. Besides that, it can be of benefit to those striving to improve their cardiovascular health.
- Kratom – An intriguing herb that can sedate and stimulate at the same time, it is also a very good analgesic, even being used to replace small doses of morphine on occasion.