30 Most Popular Herbs for Natural Medicine

medicinal herbs

By  Tess Pennington

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Herbs are a wondrous thing. They not only assist in flavoring dishes and filling the air with delightful aromas, but they also hold medicinal properties that promote healing.

Those of you who have herbal gardens of your own, no doubt have a few of these herbal friends already planted. However, there are a few more worth mentioning…

Our Herbal Friends

1. Aloe Vera  – Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, wound and burn healer, natural laxative, soothes stomach, helps skin disorders.

2.  Basil  – Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-infectious, antibacterial, soothes stomach.

3.  Black  Cohosh  – Relieves menopausal hot flashes, relieves menstrual cramps, helps circulatory and cardiovascular disorders, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, useful for nervousness and stress.  Note: Do not use during pregnancy.

4. Black Walnut  – Good for eliminating parasites, good for fungal infections, good for warts and poison ivy, aids digestion.

5. Cinnamon  – It has been proven that 99.9% of viruses and bacteria can not live in the presence of cinnamon. So it makes a great antibacterial and antiviral weapon.

6. Cayenne– Catalyst for other herbs, useful for arthritis and rheumatism (topically and internally), good for colds, flu viruses, sinus infection and sore throat, useful for headache and fever, aids organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach, increase thermogenesis for weight loss.

7. Clove Bud  –  Improves the immune system, they are also  an antioxidant and doubles as an antibacterial and antimicrobial fighter.

8. Cypress –  The therapeutic properties of cypress oil are astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic,  haemostatic, hepatic, styptic,  sudorific,vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and sedative.

9. Dandelion  – Helpful for PMS, good for menopause, increases ovarian hormones.

10. Echinacea  (coneflower)  – Boosts white blood cell production, immune system support, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, good for colds, flu and infection.  Note: Use no more than two weeks at a time. Do not use if you are allergic to sunflowers or related species.

11. Eucalyptus  – Anti-infectious, antibacterial and antiviral.

12. Garlic  – Helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity, lowers blood fats, assists yeast infections, helps asthma, cancer, sinusitis, circulatory problems and heart conditions.

13. German Chamomile  – Helps stress, anxiety and insomnia, good for indigestion, useful for colitis and most digestive problems, effective blood cleanser and helps increase liver function and supports the pancreas. Improves bile flow from the liver, it is good for healing of the skin that might come from a blistering chemical agent.

14. Geranium  – Dilates bile ducts for liver detoxification, antispasmodic, stops bleeding, anti-infectious, antibacterial.

15. Ginger  – Helps nausea, motion sickness and vomiting, useful for circulatory problems, good for indigestion, and is also an effective antioxidant.

16. Lavender  – Assists with burns, antiseptic, used as a stress reliever, good for depression, aids skin health and beauty.

17. Lemon  – Is known for its antiseptic properties, Essential Science Publishing says that: According to Jean  Valnet, M.D. the vaporized essence of lemon can killmeningococcal  bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcusaureus  in two hours and  Pneumococcus  bacteria within three hours. Lemon also improves micro-circulation, promotes white blood cell formation, and improves immune function.

18. Marjoram  – Anti-infectious, antibacterial, dilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, soothes muscles.

19. Marshmallow  – Aids bladder infections, diuretic (helps fluid retention), helps kidney problems, soothes coughs, sore throats, indigestion, and as a topical agent it is said to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and wound-healing.

20. Melissa  – Assists in issues with the nervous system, blisters, and has  antimicrobial properties.

21. Mullein  – Can be used as a laxative, good for asthma and bronchitis, useful for difficulty breathing, helps hay fever.

22. Myrrh  – Anti-infectious, antiviral, soothes skin conditions and supports immune system. Also  an antispasmodic  that helps to reduce spasming due to spasms caused by nerve agents.

23. Oregano  – is a powerful antibiotic and has been proven to be more effective in neutralizing germs than some chemical antibiotics. It has been effective against germs like Staphylococcus  aureas, Escherichia  coli,  Yersinia  enterocolitica  andPseudomonas  aeruginosa.

24. Pine  –  Antidiabetic, cortisone-like, severe infections, hypertensive

25. Rosemary  – Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Cleansing and detoxes the body. Supports the liver and combats cirrhosis.

26. Rosewood  – Anti-infectious, antibacterial, and antiviral.

27. Sage  – Used in anxiety, nervous disorders, as astringent, in abdominal disorders, anti inflammatory.

28. Spearmint  – To calm the Nervous System, aide with Nerve Agents.

29. Tea Tree  – Disinfectant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, burns, good for all skin conditions.

30. Thyme  – Effective against Anthrax and Tuberculosis

Perhaps it is time that we begin taking more proactive steps in our physical well being.

In Janet Maccaro’s  book,  Natural Health Remedies: An A-Z Family Guide  it states that natural medicine does not simply seek to suppress symptoms with drugs and so forth, but it attempts to discover and eliminate the root cause of disease. Even further, the author suggests that natural medicine teaches not only the  treatment  of disease but also its  prevention  by instilling dietary and lifestyle habits that promote health.

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About the author

Prepper's Cookbook

Tess Pennington is the author of  The Prepper’s Cookbook:  300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years.

Tess was raised by a “prepper” in Houston TX, where hurricanes would batter and bruise the coast every few years.  After graduating from college, she joined the Red Cross in 1999 where she regularly came into contact with  people caught off guard and ill-equipped to handle the unexpected.  Now Tess believes preparing for disasters is only natural, and she  hopes that we can all learn, share and find insight together.

Visit her web site at  ReadyNutrition.com.

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