Herbal Remidies for Common Problems
1. Cough / Sore Throat - RosemaryRosemary contains tannins which is an anti-inflammatory and with Eucalyptus the two help to break up phlegm and congestion in the chest. This combo does not only work on coughs, but will also help to sooth sore throats. For sore throats alone, try another one of your grandmother's cures and gargle with warm salt water.
2. Stomach ache - MintMint is natures natural menthol, it helps calm the stomach from cramps and other aches and pains. Some research has shown that mint reduces stomach pain by as much as 40%!
3. Congestion - CayenneCayenne is often used to clear your sinuses. Ever have some cayenne pepper and your nose begins to run? Cayenne pepper as well as many other peppers and spices clear your sinuses and allows you to breath more freely. Some companies even turned it into a sinus spray, to me that's going a little too far.
4. Achy Joins - Curry PowderCurry powder has curcumin which helps prevent the bodies production of prostaglandin E2 This compound over sensitizes nerves make them extra sensitive. By blocking this effect you can reduce achy joints and pain. Not that I recommend this, but there are plenty of alcoholic beverages that are distilled and derived naturally and can also cover up pains on a temporary basis.
5. Menstrual Cramps - OreganoOregano has thymol and carvacrol which helps reduce cramps by relaxing the uterine muscles. Take 2 tsp a day to reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps.
6. Upset GI Track & Natural Antiseptic - DillDill has limonene which kills off harmful intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, but Dill does not stop there. The Polytechnical University of Bucharest tested surgical wound bandages treated with Dill Essential Oil. The researchers grew biofilms with a fungus and then placed them onto the treated bandages Dill and essential Sage oil both did a better job of killing the fungus and other bacteria that was tested than several other conventional antiseptic dressings. It has been known to work as well, if not better, than prescription antibiotics for killing off harmful bacteria.
7. Bloated - ParsleyParsley isn't just for dinner plate dressing anymore. It helps to reduce bloating after meals. Parsley is a natural diuretic that reduces bloat inducing water retention by blocking salt from being absorbed into the bodies tissue.
8. Mild Depression - Basil & St. John's WartBasil has been known to cure mild depression in as little as 3 days. Basil has eugenol and rosmarinic acid which boosts the brains production of dopamine and serotonin, leaving you feeling refreshed and energizing. The St. John's wort plant with its yellow flowers is considered to be a weed in most of the United States. In other parts of the world for thousands of years in fact, it has been used for medical purposes. Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of St. John's wort. Many of those studies have indicated that ir works for curing mild depression.
9. Sleepy / Fatigued - CilantroCilantro has carboxylic acid which releases heavy toxins from your body. The removal of heavy toxin buildup will help in eliminating fatigue, joint pain and depression. Besides, it smells and tastes create, the to mix up a nice organic salsa with plenty of Cilantro!
10. Nausea and Post Nasal Drip - GingerGinger calms the digestive track. Ever wonder why your mom or grandmother gave you ginger ale when you had a stomach ache as a child? This is the reason why, it reduces nausea and motion sickness better than most drugs.
For your safety, be sure to use organic herbs. There is no point in curing one ailment and cause other problems with pesticides and other items you do not want in your body.
Ginger is also a natural decongestant and contains antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties. It helps reduce the overproduction of mucus and aids its expulsion. It also helps relieve chest congestion, hoarseness and a sore throat, common symptoms of post-nasal drip. Drink ginger tea 2 or 3 times a day.