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Medicine In Your Own Back Yard
 Medicine In Your Own Back Yard

Herbs have been used in cooking, medicines and cosmetics for thousands of years. Now, herbs are being rediscovered, as people around the world seek a healthier and more natural lifestyle.

Medicinal Herbs have been in use for thousands of years and are renowned for their effectiveness in healing many illnesses and diseases. Many natural herbs are very effective in boosting the immune system, increasing the body resistance to infections, healing allergies, and raising and renewing the body vitality.

People all around the world are starting to choose herbal remedies and as a result, they have started growing many of these herbs in their own gardens.  Out of the thousands of herbs in the world here are a few more uses for the most commonly grown in your home garden.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Medically, thyme is a powerful antiseptic and tonic that strengthens the lungs and can be used as a remedy when treating throat and chest infections such as bronchitis and whooping cough. It is also helpful in relieving hay fever. Used externally as a poultice or compress on the skin it soothes bites and stings and as a wash it treats fungal infections like athletes foot, thrush and ring worm.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Cultivated for over 3000 years and indigenous to Eurasia and the Middle East coriander reached China around 202 BC, where it’s primary use became medicinal, today the leaves and seeds are used around the world.

 Fresh coriander flowers steeped and crushed to a paste in hot water makes a soothing face pack and scrub for oily skin. To soften skin, help clear oily build up and soothe re spottiness, spread the paste over the face, cover with a warm facecloth and relax for 10 min until then wash with tepid water to which a little apple cider vinegar is added.  

Mint (Mentha species)

Mints are so well known that they hardly require description. We encounter their essential oils daily as flavoring for everything from toothpaste and chewing gums to alcoholic beverages and herbal teas.

 It is well known for its properties related to indigestion, stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, flatulence, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and colic in children.  Make a Tea out of fresh or dried leaves for a tasty and refreshing after-dinner stomach soother.  For the younger crowd, it can also be heated with milk for the same effect (and they will like it). New research indicates that mint oil used externally in a cold compress or rubbed directly into the skin can significantly reduce pain in cases of arthritis and chronic joint pain, with few if any side effects.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel has through history been considered an appetite depressant, and as such, a weight loss aid.

Fennel Teas, or Fennel Water have been used throughout history to break up kidney stones, quiet hiccups, prevent nausea, aid digestion, prevent gout, purify the liver, reverse alcohol damage to the liver, and treat jaundice.  For babies, it is said to to relieve colic and flatulence, and to expel worms. It may be effective when used along with conventional treatments in prostate cancer.

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is widely used as a spice when cooking, especially in Mediterranean dishes. It is also used for its fragrance in soaps and other cosmetics. Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. It is also believed to increase menstrual flow, act as an abortifacient (causing miscarriage), increase urine flow, and treat indigestion.

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

The name lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means "to wash." Lavender may have earned this name because it was frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit. However, this herb has also been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.

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