Winter is the time where immune systems are lowered and the chances of getting sick are higher. Before the massive pharmaceutical industry, people used plants to treat common illnesses, injuries and even life-threatening diseases! The benefits of these plants are still very much relevant, and work just as well as a synthetic chemical remedy.
Using plants as medicine in everyday life may seem like a foreign concept now, but it’s useful to know that there are natural remedies that can support your health. You might even already have some growing in your garden!
Tried and tested: Some of Let It Grow Foundation’s favourite recommendations
- If you are feeling sore, stiff or achy; add a sprig of lavender, rosemary and marjoram to your bath along with a tablespoon of Epsom salts to soothe your body and help you to relax.
- Calendula, works wonders on cuts and abrasions. Aloe Vera is another natural remedy for open wounds and blisters. Make each into ointments to apply directly onto the skin.
- Feverfew is flowering plant from the daisy family that can be used as a herbal treatment to reduce fever and to treat headaches, arthritis, and digestive problems. It should be used sparingly. A few leaves of feverfew in a glass of hot water (feverfew tea) will work like magic.
- Ginger boasts a vast array of medicinal benefits. Best known for anti-nausea effects, ginger also has antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties. Ginger tea will soothe a sore throat, provide pain relief for joint pain, menstrual pain, headaches, and much more.
- Garlic has many immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects. Along with other benefits, garlic can reduce inflammation and improve cardio-vascular health and circulation. To “activate” garlic’s medicinal properties, compress a fresh clove with a spoon prior to swallowing it, or put it through your juicer to add to your vegetable juice.
- Peppermint offers benefits to the respiratory system, including for coughs, colds, asthma, and allergies. It also aids in digestive health. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms. Look for fresh leaves that are green in color without any dark spots or yellowing.
- Chamomile is most popular in tea form for use to calm upset stomach and help support restful sleep. It is used to treat psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, diaper rash, slow-healing wounds, abscesses, and gum inflammation. It can ease menstrual cramps and back aches, as well as relax the digestive system to ease upset stomach or indigestion issues.
Try these home medicinal remedies to treat your ailments this winter and let us know if you have any other medicinal miracles.
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