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Healing with Herbs


By Sheila Breckenridge - 5/30/2013

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Healing with herbs and plants predates modern medicine, and is still practiced world-wide. It is viewed as new age, but really in modern countries, it is a return to simpler times utilizing natural elements.

Whether it is through better eating, teas, tinctures, infusions or decoctions; using herbs and plants is a wonderful natural way to help with pain and other health issues.

With so many helpful herbs and medicinal plants available I will focus on a few extremely helpful ones here: Mint, rosemary, marjoram and wild strawberries.

Mint is a wonderfully versatile herb which can be used as a tea, mouth rinse, or in a topical ointment. Troublesome stomach issues and irritability can be helped with mint tea, as well as bronchitis, and the flu. Topical ointment made with mint can be used on the chest or temples to help with headaches, stress and fatigue.

Rosemary can be used in its natural form, essential oils, and teas. In its natural state, rosemary will help with digestive complaints and help with liver diseases. The oil form can be used in aromatherapy to aid in bronchitis, headaches and anxiety. A tea made with rosemary will help with constipation, colds and generalized muscle pain.

Marjoram is rich in vitamins A and D and can be used in general consumption, and in poultice form. Using marjoram can help with insomnia, gas and anxiety, or you can make a poultice to help with dry skin problems.

Wild Strawberry can be used in pure juice form, or a topical ointment. Drinking or eating wild strawberry helps with diabetes, high cholesterol and liver disorders. Topical ointments will help with dermatitis and acne. Strawberry tea will aid with fatigue and stress.

The four medicinal plants mentioned above are generally available in garden centers in plant or seed form. Wild strawberry can be found in nature, but be wary of transplanting other plant forms with these plants that may impede the growth of the strawberry plants and be potentially toxic if consumed.

As with any type of food or medicine ingested, please make sure you don't have allergies to any type of herb or medicinal plant before you attempt to use. Pregnant or lactating women must confirm if the medicinal plant to be used will affect their child. Please contact an herbalist if you are unclear of any side effects and above all do your research before attempting healing with medicinal plants.


 








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