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8 Healing Herbs for Curing What Ails You

article_herbsby Svetlana Konnikova, MA, AN

Many healing herbs, plants and flowers have been traditionally used for centuries in our homes to treat a variety of minor illnesses and injuries. What follows is a list of safe and useful herbs that can be used to treat different ailments and conditions during New Year.

Raspberries are my favorite berries, a good source of vitamin C. I love to eat them fresh, to put into my hot tea. When one of the members of my family has cold or flu –1-2 teaspoons of raspberry preserve in a cup of tea helps to get rid of fever and magically promotes fast recovery.

Nettle, a blood tonic and cleanser is diuretic, tonic, and astringent. Nettles are a good source of iron, and especially good for people with anemia. This herb can be drunk as an infusion. Some people cook nettles like spinach. Experts don’t recommend to inhale the nettles’ steam because it contains the formic acid that gives this herb its sting burning your skin. The nettles are also thought to be good for the scalp and hair.

Chamomile is a great calming and relaxing herb for adults and for children’s complaints. Make hot chamomile tea to help cure sleeplessness and soothe digestion. Chamomile lotion or cream is useful for inflammatory skin conditions, and chamomile shampoo is beneficial for healthy hair.

Peppermint is a well known refreshing and cleansing herb. Hot peppermint tea is useful for headaches provoked by indigestion, for nausea, flatulence , colic, and period pains and discomfort. Wet a cotton ball in peppermint tea and treat hot and itch skin conditions by rubbing an affected spot.

Rosemary, a tonic and inflammatory, aromatic herb can be applied to the scalp for dandruff. Make hot rosemary tea/infusion and treat your headaches, colds and colic. If you feel down and in low spirits, rosemary tea is your savior.

Elderflower tea is a great aid if taken at bedtime to treat fever because it helps the body to sweat and release harmful toxins. It can be given safely to children in winter months sick with colds and flu. Experts recommend to drink elderflower tea three times a day for three months before the season to help prevent hayfever.

Calendula is another one of my favorite flowers. It has names ‘marigold’, or ‘pot marigold.’ This amazing plant is a good healer for inflamed skin, sores, bruises, and fungal infections. Calendula is used widely in preparations of a wash, tincture or ointments. Tea infusion can be given safely to children to treat fevers, swollen glands and tonsillitis.

Aloe Vera is the most famous plant that can be taken internally as digestive and cleansing aid. Take the gel from the leaf of the young aloe plant and you have a natural, herbal medicine for burns, sunburn, eczema, dermatitis, skin rashes, and bites. Aloe gel is very helpful in treating athlete’s foot, too.

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svetlanaSvetlana Konnikova, MA, AN is an award-winning author, publisher, consultant, herbalist, researcher and entrepreneur. Svetlana is perhaps best known for writing her latest book, 2009 Gold Mom’s Award Winner, Mama’s Home Remedies: Discover Time-Tested Secrets of Good Health and the Pleasures of Natural Life, which has become a best-selling book worldwide. Visit her blog at http://mamashomeremedies.com/

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