First, Do No Harm
Back in the 1800’s many doctors knew how to treat ailments with herbs and other natural remedies. The problem today is that doctors don’t know much, if anything about herbs. Yes, they have heard things in the media, or perhaps read an article about some of them, but you will never see them telling you to take them. Why? Mostly because they are not taught to do so. It is not a class of specific study to become an MD.
Secondly, their purse strings are held tightly by prescribing a drug for you by the big pharmaceutical companies. It also hits their bottom line, which is making money. They will not make money if you keep yourself well using natural home remedies.
Physician Heal Thyself
In this case, you are not a physician, but you can learn to heal yourself and your family of minor and common illnesses. Nature does gives us everything we need to heal, you just have to know how to use it. Using herbs to heal illness has been done for thousands of years. It is not new, but an age old tradition of healing. You too, can join in the tradition.
Let Nature Be Thy Medicine
Nature has been man’s healer for thousands of years. Native Americans have taught us much about the world of herbal healing. People all over the world are looking for a more natural approach to health and healing. In fact, indigenous people and tribes across the earth still use herbs to heal the sick. By using herbs, you are healing from a cellular level, and not just covering symptoms as prescriptions and OTC medications do.
Here are 10 herbs that you doctor does not want you to know about so that you can treat yourself at home.
Let’s Get Back To Nature
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) key action is that it is an herbal adaptogenic. An adaptogenic herb helps the body heal, and adapt to a normal state. It is very useful as a tonic to the body during and after chemotherapy. Astragalus helps boost the bodies overall vitality. The antioxidant effects on the body helps to inhibit the production of free radicals. It is also a diuretic which helps the body to eliminate toxins.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is used to repair broken bones. When used as a poultice, or ointment, it can heal a broken bone in about half the time. When the bone is set properly, comfrey allows the bone to heal, without the need for physical therapy. Comfrey can also be used to treat boils, acne, and in heals wounds quickly.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is an analgesic herb and helps to alleviate and treat migraine headaches. This remedy is credited to a doctor in Wales who’s wife used it to treat her migraines. It can also be used to drive out fevers from the body.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is an herbal nervine and can be used to treat stress. It helps the body to calm down and “chill” without the side effects of being drowsy. The majority of people can take lemon balm and not have it affect their daily lives. Lemon balm is also the best herb to keep away cold sores. When used regularly it can keep cold sores from coming back.
Nettle (Urtica dioica) contains natural antihistamines. When taken about 4 weeks prior to allergy season, nettle can help alleviate or stop the symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Made into a salve with a little plantain, it can also be used to treat and stop the itch of hives the same way Benadryl does.
Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) is the leaf from the olive tree. The same tree that we get olives, and olive oil. All lower cholesterol. Olive leaf tea can be taken to lower cholesterol naturally. It supports a healthy immune system which helps to lower cholesterol.
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) tea is a delicious fruity tea. It also contain natural alpha hydoxy that can help to heal acne. When used as a face wash, it can reduce acne in the same amount of time as it’s OTC counterpart. Rooibos is also known as Red Bush tea.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) is native to North America and the inner bark is used to treat heartburn. It instantly relieves heartburn and gastritis. Just put a pinch in your mouth and swish with a little saliva. Swallow. The heart burn will be gone in minutes. It can also be taken as a tea. Throw those antacids away, and get yourself some slippery elm bark powder.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a natural treatment for mild depression. It is a natural antidepressant that can be used for some in place of prescriptions. While it is a sedative, it is a restorative tonic to the bodies nervous system. At one point, it fell into disuse during the 1800’s, it is now being used again as a remedy for issues with nervousness.
Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) is nature’s Valium. It is an herbal nervine, or tranquilizer that does not come with the side effect that the prescription diazepam does. While it does calm, it does not give you the foggy head feeling that Valium can. It calms, but does not sedate. Another benefit to valerian is that is relaxes overly contracted muscles in the neck and shoulders. This is where many people tend to carry stress.
Cautions of Herbs
Lemon Balm: Should not be taken by people taking thyroid medications. Be sure to see how it makes you feel before driving.
Comfrey: Should not be taken internally. If used on wounds, be sure wound is clean. It heals quickly, and can trap dirt in a wound and cause infection.
Valerian: Should not be taken with other prescription sleep inducing meds. Should not be taken for more than 2 weeks at a time before giving the body a rest. Continual use or high doses can lead to headaches and palpitations. Do not take during the day, as it does promote sleep. Do not take while driving or operating machines.
Nettle: Fresh plant can cause contact dermatitis.
Feverfew: feverfew has a mild anticoagulant effect, combining it with anticlotting products may result in bleeding problems. It should not be taken with blood thinners.
St. John’s Wort: St. John’s has many interactions with other herbs, and drugs. Be sure to read Interactions of St. John’s Wort before taking.
Do not take any herb while nursing or pregnant.
This article is not meant to treat or cure any illness or disease. It is purely meant for educational purposes only. It is written so others can learn the age old wisdom of herbal healing. Always check with your doctor before taking herbs, as the can interact with medications you may be taking.