Herbalism involves the use and study of plants for medicinal purposes. People have been using herbs for thousands of years in the treatment of various ailments. The practice has been used my almost every culture around the world. Herbs are a great addition to any garden and many of them have a wide variety of uses.
Common herbs for home remedies:
Calendula: The petals of the Calendula flower are edible and have traditionally been used for their medical properties and as a dye. The Calendula flower has been used for centuries because of its anti-fungal, antiseptic, and wound-healing properties. Calendula produces orange daisy-like flowers that are used in cosmetics and baby creams.
Today Calendula is most commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, as well as a remedy for healing wounds. Calendula is also known as “pot marigold,” due to the fact that it has been used as a common ingredient in German soups and stews.
Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm is commonly used to treat digestion issues and upset stomach. It is also used to help treat anxiety and as a sleep aid. It is also commonly diffused to help people Alzheimer’s and ADHD.
Peppermint: Peppermint is commonly brewed as tea in order to ease indigestion and vomiting. It can also be used to soothe sore muscles when applied directly to the skin. Peppermint is also commonly used to treat bad breath due to its antimicrobial properties.
Rosemary: Rosemary is a great stimulant that can be used as an alternative to caffeine. It improves concentration and memory by increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. However, one should not consume excess amounts of undiluted Rosemary essential oil. Doing so may lead to vomiting and kidney irritation.
Mullein: Mullein may aid in healing bronchial respiratory infections and sore throat. It is a common ingredient in cough remedies. Mullein can be used topically to soften and protect the skin.
Thyme: Thyme is commonly used for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. As such, it’s widely used in the prevention of both the flue and common cold.
Lavender: Lavender is a popular ingredient in perfumes. It is most commonly used to ease stress and anxiety. It has also been used to treat burns. Lavender essential oil has been shown to increase hair growth by as much as 40% when mixed with thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood.
Due to its pleasant aroma and ability to ease muscles, Lavender oil is popularly used in massage oil mixtures. Lavender essential oil been attributed with improving the circulation of blood in the body. As well as lowering blood pressure and the treatment of hypertension. Lavender also has great antibacterial and antiviral qualities.
German chamomile: Chamomile is among the best herbs at reliving stress and treating infections.
Ginger: Ginger is commonly used in preventing and treating upset stomach and motion sickness. Ginger is also rich in antioxidants. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help ease arthritis pain. It can also help in lowering blood pressure.
Holy Basil: Tea brewed from Basil can aid in relieving headaches and indigestion. It also helps relieve stress.