Healing with Herbs
Wouldn’t you love to look towards your garden for healing? While some prescriptions cannot be replaced, there are many herbs with powerful healing qualities that you can grow right in your garden!
Herbs can be used as our initial response to illness, supplement and boost physical and mental wellbeing. Here are some of our favourite herbs for healing:
Note: Many herbs and teas offer harmless subtle ways to improve your health but as always, do consult your doctor before taking additional herbal remedies just in case there are potential interactions or safety issues.
This wonder plant is an excellent anti-inflammatory. In its various forms, licorice is known to soothe the gastrointestinal tract, helping with indigestion and peptic ulcers. It is also known to improve respiratory health, boost immunity, aid diabetes, reduce menopausal symptoms and brighten the skin.
This herb is typically taken as an extract or tea, and has long been sought for its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. For these reasons, wormwood is used for various things including various digestion problems, including Crohn’s disease. As an ointment, wormwood is used for osteoarthritis, to heal wounds and for insect bites.
For anyone with anxiety, lavender essential oils can prove highly beneficial. This aromatic, purple flower has a fairly strong standing among studies, and has been found to directly impact mood, promote better sleep and ease migraines.
Calendula has long been used to relieve inflammation of the mouth, throat, and stomach and is incredibly popular as a topical cream or ointment to relieve rashes and irritation and to help heal wounds.
No, it’s not just for kitties! Catnip tea is commonly made and known to soothe an upset stomach including indigestion, cramping, and gas. It is also helpful in reducing anxiety, nervousness, tension and insomnia.
Besides the refreshing scent, lemon balm is a gentle calmative, can help ease tension, reduce anxiety and ease insomnia and sleep disorders. It is also helpful with digestive upset, nausea and minimise menstrual cramps. It is also commonly used for topical creams to treat fever blisters.
Beyond being widely known for its nutritive value, fresh, freeze-dried nettle leaves are able to relieve and soothe seasonal allergy symptoms, lower blood pressure and aid blood sugar control.
Sage is known to be loaded with antioxidants, excellent for sore throat, cough, and colds, and combating skin ageing. It is also recognised as a treatment for excessive sweating and studies show it can help reduce menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.
This simple kitchen herb is highly regarded for relieving coughs, colds, and congestion but is also rich in volatile oils that have significant antimicrobial and antispasmodic activity helping with upset stomach, stomach pain, diarrhea and flatulence.
Be sure to ask Nicol about the herbs available – and some of her favourite herbal remedies from her garden.
Now, next time someone has a common ailment, you can confidently say, “No problem, I’ve got a herb for that!”