Nature has a host of medicinal plants that you can turn to for healing and support without the plethora of side effects that come with synthetic pharmaceutical products. They have been proven to be effective, natural and timely in delivering relief for your symptoms as well as preventing occurrence of many life-threatening diseases. Below is a list of three such herbs and why they should be a staple in every home.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint makes the first of this list, being a popular healing agent used for centuries in ancient civilizations. Peppermint has a high concentration of volatile oils like menthol, which stimulate the cold-perceiving function of cells. This is why you feel a cooling sensation on the skin when you apply menthol-containing substances.
You can apply peppermint on your skin to soothe tired and sore muscles, and also as a local anesthetic. Peppermint oils can deeply penetrate nerve and muscle to block cell stimulation and pain-sensing function.
Internally, peppermint has anti-spasmodic properties, making it an ideal tea ingredient to fight flatulence, bloating, diarrhea and other gastro-intestinal disturbances. Peppermint is also a known anti-inflammatory agent, fungicide (kills fungi), insectifuge (repels insects), immunostimulant (stimulates immune system) and aldose-reductase enzyme inhibitor (prevents nerve and eye damage in diabetic patients).
- Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
The Oregon grape is a known and effective antibiotic, with bitter tonic properties that can correct digestive dysfunction. These effects can be attributed to berberine, a medicinal alkaloid that is most concentrated in the bright-yellow bark of the Oregon grape plant.
Berberine is a natural antibiotic capable of reducing bacterial grasp on cells walls, and is therefore effective against esophageal infections as well as throat, urinary tract and bowel infections. In addition, it contains compounds that are hypotensive agents (promotes low blood pressure) with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Gotu Kola (Hydrocotyle asiatica)
The Gotu Kola plant is a member of the carrot family, whose origins can be traced back to Asian tropical swamps. It has for a long time been used as a medicinal plant that can heal wounds, increase memory, promote longevity and fortify body tissues. It is a culinary staple in many Asian curry and salad recipes. Gotu kola is important for tissue regeneration as well as strengthening blood vessels for proper circulation.
The human body has enzymes responsible for breaking down tissues, a natural part of metabolism and anabolism. However, in certain people, like diabetes and varicose veins patients, more tissue than normal is broken down, resulting in wasting. The Gotu Kola can be used to normalize enzyme levels to prevent excessive tissue breakdown by stimulating the fibroblast cells to divide rapidly and secrete collagen, an important structural protein in the body.
The herb can also be used to treat various circulatory conditions. It contains triterpenes which can resolve venous hypertension, atherosclerotic plaque formation and diabetes. In addition, it has some anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer, anti-ulcer, anti-tumor, hypocholesterolemic (cholesterol-reducing) and anti-spasmodic compounds.
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