5 Herbs To Keep On Hand For Medicinal Uses
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Nowadays, you see many people trying out herbal and alternative remedies in the place of going to a conventional doctor and taking prescriptions. There is a reason for that. The price of healthcare is constantly skyrocketing and many families have to decide on a monthly basis to either feed their families or to keep themselves on their expensive medications.
According to the CDC, the total amount spent in 2014 alone on medical and healthcare expenses was $3 trillion – that is over $9,500 per person!
While the expenses of healthcare and medications are ridiculously high, many other people are concerned about the horrible side effects that come along with conventional prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
Make sure to stock your herbal medicine cabinet with these natural herbs and essential oils to help give yourself the health boosts you need without having to throw all your money at medication every time.
- Garlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic. A study conducted by Washington State University concluded that garlic is 100 times more effective than two of the popular antibiotics that many people take today. Garlic is best used when the bulb is crushed, which creates a compound called allicin. Allicin is just as powerful as penicillin. Garlic works by enhancing the ability of your white blood cells and aids other immune cells in fighting against diseases and illnesses.
- Ginger: Ginger is an anti-inflammatory that helps alleviate soreness in your muscles and can help alleviate the pain that comes along with headaches. It is also a great remedy for motion sickness and nausea. It helps reduce indigestion and gas. Ginger also helps fight colds. It is a natural antiviral that helps boost your immune system to protect you against bacteria and illnesses that can cause colds. It also acts as a natural antihistamine, which is what your body requires when you are trying to get over a cold.
- Oregano: This herb is actually more than just a spice to add to your dishes and recipes. Oregano is an anti-inflammatory that inhibits inflammation. It can be beneficial for those who are suffering with osteoporosis. Oregano also contains antioxidants that help build your immune system and help fight against illnesses and diseases. It also have antifungal and antiviral properties which inhibits the growth of bad bacteria in your body.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is popular for having relaxation properties that can help your mind and body relax enough for sleep. It is a great herb that can be brewed as a tea and drunk at night time before bed. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties and antispasmodic properties that can help relieve digestive issues. It can also be applied directly to your skin to help alleviate skin irritations. If you have a toddler who is teething, chamomile can be used as a tincture and placed on the gums of the teething toddler.
- Echinacea: This herb stimulates your immune system, fighting off any germs or bacteria that you come into contact with that could cause disease or illness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms of headaches and allergies. Echinacea can also be used applied directly to your skin to help bug bites as well as infections.
What herbs do you like to keep on hand for injuries and illnesses? Do you have experience with any of these? Share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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