The interplay of plants and human health has been documented for thousands of years. Herbs have been integral to both traditional and non-traditional forms of medicine dating back at least 5000 years. Enjoy the list below that explains a bit about each herb and the top healing properties it produces in the human body. More herbs will be added to this list.
Chamomile preparations are commonly used for many human ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, stomach cramps, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids. Essential oils of chamomile are used extensively in cosmetics and aromatherapy. Many different preparations of chamomile have been developed, the most popular of which is in the form of herbal tea consumed more than one million cups per day.
Externally, chamomile is used to treat diaper rash, cracked nipples, chickenpox, ear and eye infections, disorders of the eyes including blocked tear ducts, conjunctivitis, nasal inflammation, and poison ivy. It is widely used to treat inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes, and for various bacterial infections of the skin, oral cavity and gums, and respiratory tract.
Taken orally as a tincture, chamomile is a mild sedative that calms the nerves, reduces anxiety, and calms hysteria, nightmares, insomnia, and other sleep problems. Chamomile is a fantastic digestive relaxant and helps treat various gastrointestinal disturbances, including flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea, anorexia, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting. Chamomile can also be used to treat colic, croup, and fevers in children. It is a fantastic emmenagogue and uterine tonic for women. It is also useful in easing arthritis, back pain, and stomach cramps.
Burdock root is a powerhouse full of antioxidants. It contains quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. These antioxidants protect the cells in the body from being damaged by free radicals. Burdock helps treat and prevent several different health conditions, one being inflammation. A recent study actually found it dramatically reduces inflammatory markers in the blood of patients with osteoarthritis.
This power-packed herb removes toxins from the blood by detoxifying it, thus promoting increased circulation. The top healing ability of burdock root is its ability to inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer tumors such as pancreatic carcinoma.
(Do not administer Burdock Root to children – it’s safety has not been studied for children)
Feverfew was traditionally used to treat fevers. It is now commonly used to prevent migraines and treat arthritis. Some research has shown that certain feverfew preparations can prevent migraines. Possible side effect includes mouth ulcers and digestive irritation. People who suddenly stop taking feverfew for migraines may have their headaches return. Feverfew should not be used with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines because these medicines may change how well feverfew works. It should not be used with warfarin and other anticoagulant medicines.