Using herbs for natural remedies is not only an excellent way to save money, but it’s also exciting to be able to see these beautiful herbs in bloom. Many of them have intriguing flowers or foliage and make an amazing addition to the garden. Here are 5 healing herbs that are well-known, but often not put to use by most people.
Known for its ability to curb one’s appetite, Chickweed can be a beneficial aid for individuals trying to lose weight. It can be added to salads or made into a tea. Chinese herbalists traditionally used this plant for making tea that aided in stopping nosebleeds.
4. Black Cohosh
For natural menopause therapy, this herb is the one to have in your garden. This plant is used to counteract symptoms associated with menopause such as, headaches, weight gain, hot flashes, and various psychological difficulties. It can also benefit women having premenstrual issues or painful cramps during menstruation.
3. St. John’s Wort
When used externally, this herb is helpful in healing psoriasis, bruises, and minor burns or wounds. If taken internally, St. John’s Wort has proved to be beneficial for mild cases of depression that don’t require major medical attention. This herb is an excellent mood booster.
The tiny daisy-like flowers of this herb are made into tea and used to get rid of headaches. Other uses include treating arthritis, high fever, and digestive problems. Studies performed in 2005 also showed that Feverfew was capable of inducing the death of leukemia cancer cells. It is also an excellent ground cover since the plants are low growing and spread out rapidly.
The roots from this herb are used to boost the immune system. Echinacea plants are also known as Purple Coneflowers. The petals of each flower are a pinkish purple with a large brownish-orange center. This herb is used to shorten the time it takes to get rid of a cold or infection of the upper respiratory system.
If you get a chance to start some of these herbs, I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t use them for homemade remedies, they are still beautiful plants. Bees are often attracted to the many blossoms produced on most herbs. I’m sure these beneficial insects will enjoy your herb garden immensely. Do you have any healing herbs in your garden already? Have you used any of the herbs mentioned above?
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