10 Healing Herbs with Medicinal Benefits

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Healing Herbs
Healing Herbs

Herbs used medicinally for thousands of years, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, but people still don’t know about them as much as they could or should. This list will outline 10 healing herbs with medicinal benefits you probably didn’t know about!

Tarragon – Healing Herbs


Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs for flavoring foods, especially poultry and fish. It’s highly aromatic and has a mild licorice flavor that I love. Some people use it in salads or to flavor vinegar, but it really shines when used as a fresh herb in sauces, marinades, and salad dressings.

Tarragon is also thought to have medicinal benefits. According to Dr. Mercola’s website, tarragon used medicinally since at least 100 BC—and helps prevent heart disease and stroke. If you like tarragon, you can grow your own; if not, you can find it at most grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Or order some online.

Note: Most dried herbs are much weaker than their fresh counterparts;

if you want to add them to your cooking (instead of using them as an accent), start by adding only half of what a recipe calls for. Once get used to using these flavorful little leaves, try growing your own always have access!

Chamomile – Healing Herbs


Traditionally used to calm an upset stomach, chamomile also relaxes tense muscles, including those in your neck and back. Chamomile is safe for almost anyone, but if you have allergies or are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before using it.

Taking chamomile can cause drowsiness in some people; combine it with peppermint to combat that side effect. To use chamomile topically, you can steep a few sprigs of fresh flowers in boiling water and apply it as a compress (the flowers have aromatic properties that help fight inflammation).

 Tea made from chamomile flowers is another great way to enjoy its flavor and medicinal benefits. Try sipping it before bed for a calming nighttime routine. Add some honey for added sweetness and use peppermint leaves or essential oil as an aromatherapy aid if you find yourself struggling to fall asleep.

Basil

Basil is commonly used in Italian and other Mediterranean dishes. It also has a variety of medicinal uses. Basil reduces inflammation, relieves stress, calms an upset stomach, improves blood circulation, and even protects against certain types of cancer cells.

Basil is also known to stimulate hair growth. Growing basil indoors may be challenging because of its large size, but most people grow it as an annual for its medicinal benefits rather than for its culinary appeal.

In addition to adding basil to pasta sauces and other foods, you can place fresh basil leaves on burns or bug bites to alleviate pain. Keep a container of basil leaves inside your fridge so that you can use them immediately when needed!  

There are a variety of ways you can use basil as a healing herb.

Thyme

Thyme is used in cooking and has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. The main compounds responsible for these effects are thymol and carvacrol.

Thymol aids in digestion and relieves gas pains by relaxing intestinal muscles, while carvacrol increases stomach acid secretion to aid digestion. Thyme may also have a role in cancer prevention by inhibiting tumor cell proliferation, according to one study. As a cough suppressant, thyme can help clear mucus from your lungs when you have a cold or respiratory infection.

Ginger

As a healing herb, ginger is used to treat stomach disorders and nausea. It’s also been known to relieve pain from arthritis, backaches, menstrual cramps, and headaches.

Ginger’s benefits aren’t just physical either — it may also increase your overall well-being by reducing stress levels and enhancing moods through its serotonin-boosting properties. When it comes to using ginger as medicine, look for dried pieces of root or fresh grated or chopped sections that can be added to stir-fries, soups, and salads. A typical dose of fresh ginger is around 2 grams per day in most cases — that would be about a tablespoon per serving.

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 There are many other healing herbs that can offer even more health benefits than ginger. Some of these include chamomile, which may improve irritable bowel syndrome; oregano, which has antioxidant and antibacterial properties; elderberry, a source of immune-boosting vitamin C; stinging nettle for joint pain relief; aloe vera for wound care and skin health — it may also reduce stress levels in people who use it on a regular basis.

white willow bark used for reducing inflammation and fever associated with colds or headaches; garlic to relieve symptoms of high cholesterol, heart disease, and arteriosclerosis; cinnamon to help control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Oregano – Healing Herbs

Oregano is a staple in Italian cooking. But did you know that it also has medicinal benefits? Oregano oil and extracts from oregano leaves have been used for centuries in Greek, Indian, Chinese, and traditional Mexican medicine.

This herb is thought to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that oregano oil can kill harmful bacteria such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or salmonella—in fact, it works as well or better than many antibiotics! Due to its antibacterial powers, oregano has also been shown to help treat yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. While there are no definitive studies on humans yet, early research looks promising.

Rosemary Rosemary has long been associated with memory. The word rosemary comes from Latin, meaning dew of the sea, referring to its natural habitat.

The oils and chemicals in rosemary give it antioxidant, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps improve circulation to your brain by stimulating nerves that send messages to your brain cells. Mix a teaspoon of dried rosemary powder in boiling water and drink it regularly. To activate its analgesic properties take half a teaspoon twice daily before meals for chronic pain such as arthritis or migraines.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a mild sedative that helps you relax. Studies have shown that taking lemon balm extract two hours before bedtime can help people fall asleep faster, sleep better, and wake up feeling more refreshed.

A compound in lemon balm called rosmarinic acid has been shown to support learning and memory, as well as ease anxiety and stress. Also good for treating digestive disorders such as gas and heartburn; eases symptoms of colds; soothes muscle spasms and tension headaches; calms nerves in those suffering from depression or insomnia.

How to use it: Add chopped fresh leaves to salads or blend them into tea for a lemony flavor with anti-inflammatory properties that are also soothing for sore throats.

Peppermint

Peppermint is an herb you can grow in your garden that offers a number of medicinal benefits. Commonly found in many natural healing remedies, and it has quite a long history in herbal medicine. For instance, Hippocrates used peppermint as an antiseptic, muscle relaxant, and to treat diarrhea.

Modern research has since confirmed these uses—and peppermint may even ease morning sickness or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Read on for 10 more healing herbs you didn’t know about. Note: Certain herbs are suitable for internal use only under medical supervision. Be sure to check what is appropriate for your needs!

Parsley

Might seem like a garnish, but parsley packed with nutrients. Not only does it contain vitamin C and Vitamin A, but it’s also an excellent source of beta-carotene and antioxidants. And studies have found that parsley has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidant effects that protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease.

One study even found that women who ate plenty of parsley during their pregnancies had children who were less likely to develop asthma later in life. Parsley may have other health benefits—such as decreasing bad breath—but more research to know for sure.

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