In the interest of full disclosure I need to tell you that I am one of those women that loves to learn as much as I can about the medical industry. Since I was a kid I have always been fascinated with medical journals and any thing else that I can place my hands on. This information comes in handy in times of crisis as well as for dealing with the everyday bumps and bruises that you are bound to deal with as a parent.
As we all know the United States has entered into a new era for the healthcare industry and with it has come a lot of questions. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum and no matter what you think of the Affordable Care Act, one thing remains crystal clear. The number one resource for dealing with your health is always going to be you. You have the ability to improve or weaken your health depending on the foods you eat and the many other chemicals that you might place in your body.
If you are anything like me, or if you happen to be a naturalist that is always looking for natural remedies, then you are going to be excited about this information. Today we are going to look at the 5 most powerful all-natural medications that you can put your hands on. Some you might be aware of and others might be a bit of a surprise. So lets jump right in and get to know nature’s most powerful medications with no prescription required.
Sage is a perennial plant with a multitude of colorful flowers. The flowers range from purple and blue to even pink or white. The leaves of the sage plant or a very light green and they are also very soft. When it comes to this plant the leaves are the most useful piece. The leaves can be useful dried or even all natural. They can be placed in creams or you could even add them to some of your essential oils. This plant is used to primarily treat gas and other stomach ailments. However you can also use sage to fight throat infections and the production of phlegm. If you are really looking for something new about sage then why not mix it with rhubarb, make a cream, and use it to treat cold sores?
- St. John’s Wort
This particular plant has been claimed to benefit a wide variety of issues. While some of the claims cannot be backed by science there are still several issues that it can be helpful with treating. The useful part of this plant is actually the yellow flowers. This perennial flower can be used to treat insomnia and even anxiety in patients with mild to moderate depression. If you are dealing with menopause and the hundreds of hot flashes that come with it then why not mix this plant with some black cohosh? It will work amazingly well! It has also been linked to treating psoriasis.
Lavender is a very hearty shrub that typically grows to about 2 feet in height. The stems and the leaves are useful in medication and they can be used for a variety of issues. However the most common uses for lavender are as an essential oil. It has been linked to sleep improvement and it has also been linked to helping with skin irritation.
- Aloe Vera
This plant is very popular among the survivalist group and for good reason. Aloe Vera is a plant in the succulent family and this means that it is predominately water. In fact it is around 95% water in makeup, which means that it needs to be grown indoor unless you live in a very dry and warm climate. The gel inside the leaves can be used to treat a variety of skin ailments such as burns, scraps, cuts, and even psoriasis. In times past it was said that this plant could treat constipation but it has been revealed that it can actually cause diarrhea as well as stomach cramps. Do not ingest it for this reason.
- Lemon Balm
This is a very hearty plant that finds its most usefulness in treating topical issues. The leaves can be rubbed on to your skin and you will quickly learn why the plant is called Lemon balm. The scent is wonderful. It can be used in teas, essential oils, and creams.it can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and it has even been shown to reduce the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The lemon balm plant can also be used to handle cold sores and other skin irritants.
These are just a few of the many powerful natural remedies that are available right outside of your back door. What are some other plants that you use for medicinal purposes in your home?