Herbal Medicine is used as an alternative to Pharmaceutical Medicine.
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Our ancestors learnt to use Herbal Medicine over time to help heal and cure most ailments.
They learnt how to develop ways with HERBS to extract the healing compound of most herbs.
You can take Herbal Medicine as capsules, sprays and liquids. You can also have herbs with a combination of compounds that have been chemically isolated from herbs and concentrated. Most herbs are sold in capsules, which is the easiest way to consume them. It is best to have a basic knowledge on what herb is best.
Herbal medicine can be purchased from your local nursery to grow yourself or you can purchase them from the supermarket, health food stores, mail order or on the internet.
Herbal Medicines play central roles in Homeopathy, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Naturopathy.
Herbal Medicine and Pharmaceutical drugs have quite a bit in common but most herbal remedies are less potent than pharmaceutical drugs. Some pharmaceutical drugs have side effects where as most herbal medicines do not. Just like pharmaceutical drugs,Herbal Medicines can also have side effects when used incorrectly. Please do your research before using Herbal Medicines. If you do happen to experience any side affects please discontinue use. This is a rare occurrence but everyone may react differently to Herbal Medicine.
Herbal Medicine must not be administered to a child under the age of 3 years, whilst pregnant or breast feeding unless recommended by your GP. The older you become (over 60) adhere to low dosage as sensitivity grows with age. The risk of Herbal Medicine overdose is almost non-existant. Always read the directions of the packet or bottle before consuming and herbal medicines.
If you do not know what is causing a minor ailment it is best to consult you doctor for advice.
Growing fresh herbs in your garden is beneficial as you can use them in your cooking and salads. Be aware to only use herbs that you recognise.
|ALOE VERA – (cape aloe) is a member of the cactus plant, it is very easy top grow. Aloe Vera is an Herb that is very good for sunburn, skin irritations, wounds and abrasions. It is also good for inflammation associated with pain.|
|ARNICA – (leopards bane, mountain tobacco) is very helpful as and anti-inflammatory, pain reliever for sprains, bruises, acne, injuries to bone fractures, insect bites, rheumatic pains and chilblains.|
|ASTRAGULAS – (astragalus membranaceus) assists with cold, flu, minor infections and immunity properties.|
|BILBERRY – (vaccinium myrtillis) assists in the narrowing of the arteries, diarrhoea, bruises, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, sore throat, night blindness and cataracts.|
|BLACK COHOSH – (cimicifuga racemosa) assists in premenstrual tension and menopausal symptoms.|
|CALENDULA – (calendula officinalis) is useful for mild burns, sore throat, sunburns and wounds. This may also be beneficial for duodenal ulcers.|
|CAMOMILE TEA – (matricaria recutita) aids in indigestion, nerves, stress, nausea, insomnia and inflammation.|
|CRANBERRY – (vaccinium macrocarpon) assists in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections and nutrition.|
|CAYENNE – (capsicum annum) are antioxidants and can assist with shingles, nutrition, arthritis and diabetes.|
|DANDELION – (taraxacum officinale) helps dispose of skin bacteria, water retention, bloating and appetite loss.|
|ECHINACEA – (e.purpurea) assists in cold and flu deficiencies, anti bacterial.|
|ELDER – (sambucus canadensis) is a treatment for cold and flu, fevers and bronchitis.|
|EVENING PRIMROSE – (oneothera biennis) effective for atopic eczema and premenstrual tension.|
|FENNEL – (foeniculum vulgare) helps with bloating, flatulence, catarrh and coughs. Also has anti-inflammatory properties.|
|FENUGREEK – (trigonella foenum – graecum) assists with gastritis, loss of appetite, poultice for inflammations, stimulates flow of breast milk, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.|
|FEVERFEW – (chrysanthemum parthenium) used for the treatment and prevention of migraines, fevers, arthritis and menstrual cramps.|
|FLAX - (Linum Usitatissimium) used for constipation and Irritable bowel syndrome, also a source of omega-3 fatty acids and may reduce the risk of colon and breast cancer.|
|GINGER – (Zingiber Officinale) aids in indigestion, nausea, sea sickness, cold and flu, intestine bacteria, hives, headaches, tendonitis and sprains.|
|GINKGO – (Ginkgo Biloba) assists in memory loss, cerebal deficiency, dizziness, alzheimer’s disease, tinnitus and impotency.|
|GOTU KOLA – (Centella Asiatica) improves memory, stress, longevity inflammations, healing of wounds, considered an energy and a rejuvenating herb.|
|HORE HOUND – (Marrabum Vulgare) used for coughs, catarrh, appetite loss and dyspepsia.|
|HORSETAIL – (Equisetum) used internally for water retention and externally for wounds.|
|HAWTHORN – (Crataegus) prevents hardening of arteries, agina, coronary insufficiency and early stages of heart failure.|
|IMMORTELLE – used as an Anti-inflammatory, Enelgesic and rejuvenating properties|
|JASMINE - assists with depression, menopausal disorders and lack of confidence.|
|KAVA KAVA - (Piper Methysticum) used for stress, nervous tension, bladder infection, toothache and earache.|
|LIQUORICE - (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) used for stomach or duodenal ulcers, premenstrual tension, congestion and weakness of adrenalin.|
|MOTHERWORT - (Leonurus Cardiaca) used for high blood pressure, muscle cramps, heart disease, irregular menstrual bleeding and improves circulation.|
|NETTLE - used for osteoarthritus, hayfever, kidney disease and to improve sex drive.|
|OLIVE - used for cooking and skin repair.|
|OATS - (Avena Sativa) soothes nerves, aids digestive system, reduces cholesterol, arthritis, rheumatism. Also used for burns, eczema and skin reactions to poison plants.|
|PEPPERMINT - (Mentha Piperita) assists with indigestion, gastrointestinal spasms, flatulance, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome and congestion.|
|PSYLLIUM - (Plantago) used for constipation, haemorrhoids and lowers cholesterol.|
|ROSEMARY - (Rosmarinus Officinalis) assists with an upset stomach, flatulance, rheumatism, appetite loss, enhances blood flow and improves memory.|
|RED CLOVER - (Trifolium Pratense) assists blood purification, bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma and skin irritations. Also known to prevent cancer.|
|RHEISHI - (Ganoderma Lucidum) used for anxiety, stress, immune stimulant, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis and asthma.|
|ST JOHNSWORT - (Hypericum Perforatum) assists with mild to moderate depression, cuts, burns and abrasions.|
|SAW PALMETTO - (Serenoa Repens) used for prostrate enlargement.|
|SIBERIAN GINSENG - (Eleuthero Senticosus) assists with mental lethargy, fatigue, stress and energy.|
|TEA TREE - (malaleuca Alternifolia) used for fungal infection, acne, sore throat and candida.|
|TUMERIC - (Curcuma Longa) used for peptic ulcers, indigestion, liver, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol and cancer fighting agencies.|
|UVA URSI - used for bladder infection, anti-inflammatory and as a diuretic.|
|VALERIAN - (Valeriana Officinalis) can be used as a mild sedative for insomnia, relieves cramps and anxiety.|
This website is for information purpose only. It does not constitute any medical advice and must not be construed as such. We cannot guarantee the safety or effectiveness of any of these herbs treatment or advice mentioned on this site. Some of these tips may not be effective for everyone.