There are times when it might be smarter to use a herbal remedy than a pharmaceutical. For example, sometimes a herb offers the safer alternative.
People who have gone the herbal way will testify that it is better to use mild remedies for minor health problems and save the more potent—and risky—prescription medications for more serious conditions.
Here are Ibiene’s top five healing herbs and their uses.
Yes it’s hot! Yet ginger is known as the number one remedy for nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach.
Taking it fresh helps to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Preparation and doses: Add ¼–½ table spoon of dried ginger or simmer one tablespoon of fresh ginger root in one cup hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten, if desired. Drink one to two cups per day.
Please don’t cringe now. Despite the not-so-nice-a-smell, garlic is a potent antimicrobial. It is often used to combat colds, ease sinus congestion, and stave off traveler’s diarrhea. Studies show that regular use can help gently lower blood pressure.
Preparation and doses: Eat one to two fresh cloves daily or pour one cup of boiling water in a cup containing crushed garlic. Leave for five to ten minutes. Strain and enjoy. Drink one to two cups per day.
Regarded for relieving coughs, colds, and congestion, thyme is rich in volatile oils that have significant antimicrobial and antispasmodic activities.
Preparation and doses: Pour one cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of fresh or dried thyme leaves. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten, if desired. Drink ⅓ cup 3 times per day.
As small as these leaves are, they give the calming effect, eases tension, digestive upset, and colic. It’s leaves can also be use for fever blisters.
Preparation and doses: Pour one cup of boiling water over five fresh or 1 tablespoon of dried leaves. Steep for five minutes. Strain and add sweetner if desired. Drink several times per day.
It’s seed extracts have been proven to be highly effective for treatment of varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (blood pools in lower leg veins after standing or sitting); topical gels can reduce swelling and tenderness due to injury.
Preparation and doses: Seed extract (containing 100–150 mg). Take 600 mg per day in divided doses.
There are however concerns that unprocessed horse chestnut seeds can be toxic. You are advised to use only appropriately prepared seed extracts.
These herbs are safe and effective, but be sure to discuss any herbs you are taking with your doctor.
Drop us a line or two in our comments section on any other herbs that could be a safer alternative, uses and doses. Have a healthy and productive week ahead!