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Most of us are so used to treating any aches and pains with pharmaceutical pills and herbal medicine seemed to be outdated.

While conventional medicines are mostly made up of single chemical compounds, herbal medicine may contain many hundreds of different constituents. Therefore it may be difficult for researchers to discover how a herb works. It is not surprising that is has been much easier to concentrate on single chemicals.

However in recent years people have rediscovered the benefits that herbal medicine has to offer and alternative medicine is finding wider acceptance by doctors, insurers and hospitals.

Humans throughout history have relied on natural remedies before the invention or modern medicine and synthetic drugs. Most common ailments have known treatments with ingredients found in your own kitchen.

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine — also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine — refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease.

What is the history of herbal medicine?

Plants had been used for medicinal purposes long before recorded history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptian papyrus writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC. Indigenous cultures (such as African and Native American) used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems (such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine) in which herbal therapies were used. Researchers found that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds and, over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favour of drugs. Almost one-fourth of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.

According to WHO statistics, 80% of the population in some Asian and African countries depend on traditional herbal medicine for primary health care. Despite the attempts of new European legislation to bring the sale and use of herbal products under control, herbal medicine enjoys strong popularity in Germany, France, Spain, Scandinavia and Eastern European countries. In Germany, for example, about 700 plant-based medicines are available and prescribed by 70% of German physicians. [1] 

Why use herbs?

  • They usually work with the body’s own physiological process
  • Human beings have evolved alongside plants, using them food and medicine
  • When used sensibly, they have an enviable safety record.
  • Many remedies can be taken to prevent illness or enhance performance
  • Medical research endorses a number of key herbal remedies where safety and effectiveness have been established
  • Other remedies have long-standing traditional use as evidence of their efficacy. [2]

List of my favourite herbal remedies:IMG_3391-001

Yarrow

Key-Benefits:

Astringent, Stops bleeding, Stimulates sweating and reduces fewer, Digestive tonic, Wound healer

Helpful for:

Eases colds, stimulates appetite and digestive activity

Horse chestnut

Key-Benefits:

Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Reduces fluid retention, Vain tonic

Helpful for:

Beneficial effect on veins throughout the body

Garlic

Key-Benefits:

Antibiotic, Anti fungal, Supports beneficial intestinal flora, Counters cough and respiratory infection, Lowers cholesterol levels

Helpful for:

Infection

Marshmallow

Key-Benefits

Demulcent, Emollient, Expectorant

Helpful for:

Marshmallow is most commonly used to treat sore throats and dry coughs.
Marshmallow root is typically used to soothe protect irritated mucous membranes in, for example, acid indigestion, irritable bowel system. It is also used to treat sore throats and dry coughs.

Arnica

Key-Benefits

Anti-inflammatory, Relieves pain, Wound healer

Helpful for:

Injuries, effective in easing bruises

Celery

Key-Benefits

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-rheumatic, Stimulates urine flow

Helpful for:

rheumatic and arthritic problems where joints and muscles  are sore, swollen, or stiff.

Burdock

Key-Benefits

Antiseptic, Detoxifying, Tonic

Helpful for:

Cleansing the blood for varied conditions as acne, boils eczema, arthritis. However, it should be used with caution as even small amounts can cause an initial flare-up in symptoms, particularly in skin disorders.

Birch

Key-Benefits

Astringent, Anti-inflammatory, Stimulates sweating

Helpful for:

Rheumatic and kidney problems

Cinnamon

Key-Benefits

Astringent, Antimicrobial, Aromatic, Mild stimulant

Helpful for:

Digestive upsets, colds, chest infection

Pumpkin seed

Key-Benefits

Hormonal agent, Demulcent, Diuretic

Helpful for:

Diarrhoea, Gas or bloating, Nausea or vomiting, Stomach pain or tenderness, Fatigue or weakness

Turmeric

Key-Benefits

Antioxidant, Protects liver, Stimulates bile flow

Helpful for:

Promotes healthy function within the upper digestive system. It has been used for thousands of years in Indian and Chinese medicine, as an anti-inflammatory and for the treatment of flatulence, menstrual difficulties, hematuria, haemorrhage, and colic.

Cardamom

Key-Benefits

Mild stimulant, Relieves wind, Soothes digestion, Tonic

Helpful for:

Eases discomfort within the upper digestive system.

Clove

Key-Benefits

Analgesic, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Astringent, Stimulant

Helpful for:

Toothache, Digestive upset and IBS

Siberian ginseng

Key-Benefits

Immune-stimulant, Adaptogen, Tonic

Helpful for:

Low stamina and endurance

Fennel

Key-Benefits

Eases wind and cough, Improves appetite and digestion

Helpful for:

Indigestion, Wind, Bloating, Colic, Sore throat, Cough

Ginkgo

Key-Benefits

Antioxidant, Circulatory stimulant, Improves mental performance, Protects nerve tissue

Helpful for:

Failing memory and mental faculty, helps to treat and slow down deterioration in mental function, Can benefit nerve-related problems, Dizziness and Tinnitus.

Liquorice

Key-Benefits

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-viral, Demulcent, Expectorant, Tonic

Helpful for:

Gastritis, peptic ulcer, Inflammatory bowel disease, Inflammatory arthritis,

Devil’s claw

Key-Benefits

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-rheumatic

Helpful for:

Joint and muscle pain, Helps stimulate appetite and absorption

Lavender

Key-Benefits

Analgesic, Antidepressant, Antispasmodic, Sedative, Antiseptic

Helpful for:

Anxiety, irritability, headache. It is also known to have mood-enhancing properties.
Often used for sleep difficulties
It is the only essential oil that can be applied to large areas of the skin. A few drops massaged into the temples or back of the neck can bring relief to headache, neck or shoulder tension.

Peppermint

Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Mild analgesic, Mild sedative

Helpful for:

Windy digestion, Nausea, Cramps, Irritable bowel, Colds, Flu, Headache, Migraine
Golden root

Key-Benefits

Adaptogen, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Protects heart

Helpful for:

Physical endurance and long-term stress, can be valuable in depleted states such as chronic fatigue and nervous exhaustion.

Rosemary

Key-Benefits

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Circulatory stimulant, Digestive tonic, Nerve tonic

Helpful for:

Headache, Migraine, Nervous exhaustion, Digestion, Poor Circulation, Low energy.

Sage, Spanish sage

Key-Benefits

Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Astringent, Digestive tonic, Reduces sweating

Helpful for:

Mouth ulcers, Sore throat, Poor memory, Stress and Anxiety

Cacao, Chocolate

Key-Benefits

Antioxidant, Diuretic, Nutritive, Stimulant

Helpful for:

Mood enhancement, Cocoa induces subtle effect on the mind and emotions, Increases alertness, Calms the body, Cocoa or dark chocolate at the end of a meal stimulates digestive activity.

Thyme

Key-Benefits

Anti-bacterial, Anti fungal, Antioxidant, Relaxant

Helpful for:

Cough and bronchial infections, Ear, nose, and throat problems.

Lime flower, Linden blossom

Key-Benefits

Antispasmodic, Stimulates sweating, Nerve tonic

Helpful for:

Colds and fever, Anxiety and tension, Poor sleep

Slippery elm

Antioxidant, Demulcent, Nutritive, Emollient

Helpful for:

Digestive and respiratory problems

Nettle

Key-Benefits

Anti-allergenic, Anti-inflammatory, Blood cleanser, Diuretic

Helpful for:

Arthritic and rheumatic problems, Skin problems

Grape vine

Key-Benefits

Antioxidant, Nutritive, Tonic

Ginger

Key-Benefits

Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Circulatory stimulant, Digestive tonic, Stimulates sweating

Helpful for:

Poor circulation, Viral infections, Nausea and vomiting, Positive effect on digestive system

Erika is a certified Holistic Life Coach and Soul Plan Practitioner. She studied a number of modalities in traditional and alternative therapies and she offers traditional life coaching services and holistic/spiritual coaching (including Soul Plan Analysis)Erika has natural healing abilities and works intuitively from the heart. It is each time different simply because every person is unique. Her intention is to inspire, empower and help you to find more clarity in life and reconnect with your true self. She helps people to become more aware of their gifts and also their beliefs and values they are operating under. As you start to remember who you truly are, you naturally start to re-align with your true self and your life purpose. Your life can then start to flow in a far more creative and joyful way with new meaning and direction. It is her intention to give joyfully, following her heart’s knowledge and make a meaningful difference to someone.

References
[1]  Herbal medicine | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/herbal-medicine#ixzz2dq9Rj0qs University of Maryland Medical Center
[2]  DK, Herbal Remedies by Andrew Chevallier

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  1. Thanks for the lovely post. Cocoa is my favourite remedy ;-). Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) means “Food of the Gods”. 😉

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My name is Erika Brose. I am a fully qualified, Holistic Life Coach, Intuitive Counsellor, Holistic Healing and Soul Plan Practitioner. I have also trained in Hypnotherapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and I serve conscious men & women from all walks of life. It is my intention to empower you, to help you to connect to your inner wisdom and your true nature, facilitate your own healing so that you are elevated to higher levels in all areas of your life. To book a session or to discuss customised coaching packages please send an email to erika.inspiration@gmail.com. Sessions are done through Skype.
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