By Tess Pennington |
We should look to God as a source of all healing. It is said that He has provided all that we will ever need:
the fruit of it shall be for eating and leaf of it for healing
Herbs are a wondrous thing. They not only assist in flavoring dishes and filling the air with delightful aromas, but they also hold medicinal properties that promote healing. Those of you who have herbal gardens of your own, no doubt have a few of these herbal friends already planted. Many of the plants listed below are also listed in my Top 10 Medicinal Herbs that should be in every garden. However, it seems that there are a few more worth mentioning.
1.Aloe Vera Antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, wound and burn healer, natural laxative, soothes stomach, helps skin disorders.
2.Basil Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-infectious, antibacterial, soothes stomach.
3.Black Cohosh Relieves menopausal hot flashes, relieves menstrual cramps, helps circulatory and cardiovascular disorders, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, useful for nervousness and stress. Note: Do not use during pregnancy.
4.Black Walnut Good for eliminating parasites, good for fungal infections, good for warts and poison ivy, aids digestion.
5.Cinnamon It has been proven that 99.9% of viruses and bacteria can not live in the presence of cinnamon. So it makes a great antibacterial and antiviral weapon.
6.Cayenne- Catalyst for other herbs, useful for arthritis and rheumatism (topically and internally), good for colds, flu viruses, sinus infection and sore throat, useful for headache and fever, aids organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach, increase thermogenesis for weight loss.
7.Clove Bud Improves the immune system, they are also an antioxidant and doubles as an antibacterial and antimicrobial fighter.
8.Cypress The therapeutic properties of cypress oil are astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and sedative.
9.Dandelion Helpful for PMS, good for menopause, increases ovarian hormones.
10.Echinacea (coneflower) Boosts white blood cell production, immune system support, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, good for colds, flu and infection. Note: Use no more than two weeks at a time. Do not use if you are allergic to sunflowers or related species.
11.Eucalyptus Anti-infectious, antibacterial and antiviral.
12.Garlic Helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity, lowers blood fats, assists yeast infections, helps asthma, cancer, sinusitis, circulatory problems and heart conditions.
13.German Chamomile Helps stress, anxiety and insomnia, good for indigestion, useful for colitis and most digestive problems, effective blood cleanser and helps increase liver function and supports the pancreas. Improves bile flow from the liver, it is good for healing of the skin that might come from a blistering chemical agent.
14.Geranium Dilates bile ducts for liver detoxification, antispasmodic, stops bleeding, anti-infectious, antibacterial.
15.Ginger Helps nausea, motion sickness and vomiting, useful for circulatory problems and heart conditions. Good for indigestion, and is also an effective antioxidant.
16.Lavender Assists with burns, antiseptic, used as a stress reliever, good for depression, aids skin health and beauty.
17.Lemon Is known for its antiseptic properties, Essential Science Publishing says that: According to Jean Valnet, M.D. the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcal bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Lemon also improves micro-circulation, promotes white blood cell formation, and improves immune function.
18.Marjoram Anti-infectious, antibacterial, dilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, soothes muscles.
19.Marshmallow Aids bladder infections, diuretic (helps fluid retention), helps kidney problems, soothes coughs, sore throats, indigestion, and as a topical agent it is said to be anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and wound-healing.
20.Melissa Assists in issues with the nervous system, blisters, and has antimicrobial properties.
21.Mullein Can be used as a laxative, good for asthma and bronchitis, useful for difficulty breathing, helps hay fever.
22.Myrrh Anti-infectious, antiviral, soothes skin conditions and supports immune system. Also an antispasmodic that helps to reduce spasming due to spasms caused by nerve agents.
23.Oregano is a powerful antibiotic and has been proven to be more effective in neutralizing germs than some chemical antibiotics. It has been effective against germs like Staphylococcus aureas, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
24.Pine Antidiabetic, cortisone-like, severe infections, hypertensive.
25.Rosemary Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Cleansing and detoxes the body. Supports the liver and combats cirrhosis.
26.Rosewood Anti-infectious, antibacterial, and antiviral.
27.Sage Used in anxiety, nervous disorders, as astringent, in abdominal disorders, anti inflammatory.
28.Spearmint To calm the Nervous System, aide with Nerve Agents.
29.Turmeric It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in stopping and curing colds, and disinfecting cuts and burns. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects. If you want better absorption into your body, add 1/4 tsp black pepper.
30.Thyme Effective against Anthrax and Tuberculosis.
Perhaps it is time that we begin taking more proactive steps in our physical well being. In the book, Natural Health Remedies: An A-Z Family Guide it states that natural medicine does not simply seek to suppress symptoms with drugs and so forth, but it attempts to discover and eliminate the root cause of disease. Even further, the author suggests that natural medicine teaches not only the treatment of disease but also its prevention by instilling dietary and lifestyle habits that promote health.