Herbs have been a part of the healthcare system of various cultures across the world for centuries. Sages in ancient India used various roots and herbs as medicines, which they doled out to people with healing philosophies. This ancient science is in fact known as Ayurveda, and is still prevalent in India.
The Chinese have been using herbs for the past 4,000 years to enhance their physical prowess and mental wellbeing. Most of the cultures across the world have used herbs in some form or the other to cure and prevent diseases. But even after all these years, and after the invention of a plethora of pills, people still turn to herbs as a form of alternative medicine and rely on its healing properties.
Herbs are plants with certain chemicals as well as savory and aromatic properties that can be used for curing and preventing diseases. All sorts of ailments like hypertension, cardiac problems, asthma, stress, joint pain, and respiratory problems can be cured with the right combination of herbs and a healthy lifestyle and food habits.
Herbs are also used in beauty and hair treatments. Visit a salon or a hair and skin clinic and you’re sure to find an array of interesting herbal products that promise to cure all your hair and skin-related problems. Many of these herbal concoctions can even be made at home in your kitchen. With herbs, you can cure yourself naturally, without having to worry about any side effects.
Owing to the high efficacy, coupled with the near absence of side effects, it is not surprising that many patients today prefer alternative treatments. Many health care professionals and researchers also recommend herbal treatments, if not as a cure, then at least as complimentary medication. Moreover herbal remedies are a lot more cost effective and easy to come by since many of them are common cooking ingredients.
If you’re down with a cold pluck some Holy Basil leaves and brew them into a tangy and healing concoction with a teaspoonful of peppercorn, crushed ginger and a dab of honey. If it’s a blood purifier you’re looking for munch on some
Mint leaves can also be chewed on to act as a body coolant. The healing powers of herbs seem limitless, with solutions offered for almost every condition or ailment that you could experience. Moreover herbs can provide simple, effective, and inexpensive remedies. You can find the solution to most of your health problems within your garden itself.
Examples of natural herbs and their medicinal properties:
There are plenty of medicinal herbs that cure and prevent diseases, and nurture and nourish.
Here are a few of the most common herbs that you will find in almost any kitchen –
Garlic Herb: A natural antibiotic, this herb protects the body from bacteria and controls cholesterol levels. Good for blood circulation, the ubiquitous garlic protects the body from cardiac problems.
Mint Herb: Cooling and tangy, mint cures digestive problems and is used as an expectorant.
Chamomile Herb: This herb is used to treat a plethora of problems – from indigestion and stomach cramping, to bloating and all sorts of skin problems, chamomile is one potent herb. Chamomile is even used for treating anxiety attacks, chest colds and insomnia.