The Wholeistic Healer's Favs!
When it comes to Herbal Medicine, no 2 herbs are the same (not even 2 from the same garden... literally every single leaf is unique!)
Just like people, they take on their own unique energy signature depending on where they sit on the plant and how much sun they receive (or don't)....
I absolutely adore HERBS!!!!
Even when I was a child, I used to pick "Medicine" out in the back yard and the woods and it is something that has always felt true to me!!
Although I teach Classes to certify people in Herbs and how to make "medicine" from Nature, I was asked by my higher guidance to share with you; some basic knowledge of my favorite gems from The Earth....
I could go on and on and on all day.... but here are my personal top 20!!! Betcha didn't know some of them were considered "Herbs".......
20 best herbs to have in your kitchen (some are found in your yard disguised as weeds)
1)Aloe leaves (Leaf juice is used topically to treat minor burns and wounds; it is antiseptic, digestive, insecticidal and emollient.)
Preparations of aloe vera have been used for digestive ailments. Diarrhea and constipation are common issues the plant is well-known for helping with Detox, Diabetes, Anti-oxidant (Anti-Cancer)
2) Calendula leaves, flowers, stem(The petals are edible and used for their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties in the bath and in infusions, ointments and salves.)
Calendula is one of the most healing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral herbs on the planet.
3) Chickweed fresh or dried leaves and flowers(Used internally to ease the pain of rheumatism and externally to soothe itching and other skin discomforts; it is an anti-inflammatory herb.)
Chickweed is also used to relieve constipation, an infusion of the dried herb is used in coughs and hoarseness, and is beneficial in the treatment of kidney complaints.
4) Comfrey for external use—leaf and root (Contains allantoin, a substance that speeds the healing of tissue, and rosmarinic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory. It is an astringent herb used in the bath, poultices and fomentations to heal bruises, broken bones and torn ligaments.)
Caution: Comfrey is not recommended for internal use because of the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which can cause liver damage and cancerous tumors in the liver. Comfrey products should not be used on broken skin or be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers or children.
5) Echinacea all parts (The tops and roots are used in teas and tinctures to boost the immune system, reduce the risk of sun damage to skin, fight viral infections and to heal minor wounds.
The constituents include essential oils, glycosides, polysaccharides, inulin and caffeic acid esters.)
Caution: Echinacea, when taken with other medications may increase the risk of drug side effects. Persons with allergies to the Asteraceae family could suffer adverse effects when using this herb.
6) GARLIC (The cloves are antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral.)
Caution: Garlic should not be used by anyone suffering from digestive-tract ulcers, high fever or inflammatory skin conditions.
7) Ginger fresh rizomes (Ginger is warming, antiseptic, analgesic and antispasmodic. It is a traditional remedy for digestive complaints, bronchitis, muscle spasm and rheumatism.)
8) Goldenseal fresh or dried rizomes (Rhizomes have been used to dye fibers and are still used medicinally. The yellow color of its rhizomes is attributed to berberine, a strongly antibacterial and bitter alkaloid.)
9) Lavender fresh or dried leaves and flowers (It is antibiotic, antispasmodic on smooth muscle tissue and a depressant to the central nervous system. I carry a small vial of the essential oil of lavender with us everywhere we go, to use as first aid for burns, wounds, headaches and nervous tension. )
10) Lemon Balm leaves and flowers (Antibacterial, antispasmodic and antiviral, and is used as an insect repellent and sedative. The leaf is used in tea, tincture and in the bath for its calming properties and pleasant lemon scent.). I adore Lemon Balm for its Anti-Viral (Epstein Barr) properties... Anti-Cancer too!
Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should consult a medical professional trained in the use of therapeutic herbs before taking lemon balm. Consult with your physician before taking lemon balm with other medications.
11) Peppermint leaves and flowers (Leaves are used in tea and bath blends for their flavor, stimulating properties and fragrance. Mint leaves are also taken in tea to aid digestion, reduce gas and treat headache, colds and fevers. ) Ask me about my Peppermint Hydrosol that cools and soothes any sort of digestive stuff instantly!
12) Sage Leaves and flowers (Garden sage contains the powerful compound thujone that controls profuse perspiration and dries up lactation. Sage tea is a traditional remedy for sore gums and throat, skin infections and insect stings, and for sharpening the memory. Currently, Salvia species are being researched for their antioxidant properties, specifically for the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.)
Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should not take sage internally. It should not be taken internally in large amounts or for extended periods because of the side effects of thujone.
13) Plantain leaves fresh or dried (used for skincare and infections mostly, but the possibilities are endless). I use it to make salves and tinctures and teas.. the vitamin content is almost other worldly (THATS ALOT! More even then Spinach!@)
14) Catnip leaves, flowers and stems (Catnip is used trouble sleeping, anxiety, migraines, and other headaches; cold and other upper respiratory infections flue (swine flue too); fever, hives; worms; and gastrointestinal (GI) upset, including indigestion, colic, cramping, and gas. It is also used as a tonic, for increasing urination, and for starting menstrual periods in girls with delayed onset of menstruation.
Some people apply catnip directly to the skin for arthritis, hemrroids, and as a compress to relieve swelling.
Some people also smoke catnip medicinally for respiratory conditions
15) Honey in the raw (great for infections, heart disease, arthritis, colds, upset stomach, gas, immune system strengthening, cholesterol, weight loss, pimples, and fatigue and much more) Can be used as a "Medium" when making extractions.
16) Nettles (yep I said nettles...) Stinging nettle is an astringent, diuretic, tonic, anodyne, pectoral, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, alterative, hemetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-lithic/lithotriptic, haemostatic, stimulant, decongestant, herpatic, febrifuge, kidney depurative/nephritic, galactagogue, hypoglycemic, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine.
Because of its many nutrients, stinging nettle is traditionally used as a spring tonic. It is a slow-acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes. It is one of the safest alteratives, especially in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long-term treatment. It has a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys.
Nettle’s iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption. As a hemetic (an herb rich in iron), this is an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women. It "promotes the process of protein trans animation in the liver, effectively utilizing digested proteins, while simultaneously preventing them from being discharged through the body as waste products."
Nettles are great for diarrhea, congestion, arthritis, gout, allergies, stones, internal bleeding, internal and external bleeding, uti, skin ailments, parasites (and these are just to name a few)
17) Cinnamon (works great for blood sugar/diabetes, fungal infections, alzheimers, weight loss, immune system and much more)
18) Elderberry fresh or dried berries (have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, hence the medicinal benefits of elderberries are being investigated and rediscovered. Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.)
19 Orange and lemon peel (used as an anti viral anti fungal, immune system strengthening and all around great source of vitamin C)
20) Chamomile flowers (asthma, colic, fevers, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases and cancer)
I know that this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we can learn from nature!
These are all truly a part of my every single day life! I encourage you to start truly living a "Natural" life and educating yourself as to what Nature has to offer you..
They say that whatever plants or weeds your body needs will grow in your yard..... you should take a good look some time.... take pictures and then look them up to see what they are (or message me)... I bet you will be amazed at how much Mother Nature and Momma Gaia and God have your Back!
~ Becky Jo
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