12 Herbs and Flowers for your General Health and Well Being

There is a saying that is found in the Bible that the ‘herbs are for the healing of the nations’. Even the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, was said to have used herbs to cure all sorts of diseases and ailments.

We can acquaint ourselves with some important herbs and flowers that will boost our general health and well being.

Mint

Mint is a popular herb that is used either fresh or in a dried form in several dishes and infusions all over the world.

Several toothpastes, gums, candies, beauty products and wellness drinks often use mint, or its byproduct, mint oil.

The soothing herb has many benefits and you can even learn to grow it yourself!

Thyme

Thyme is a herb that is considered a relative of the Oregano flowering plant.

Researchers in the U.K. have found that when steeped in alcohol for days or weeks, Thyme produces a special tincture.

This tincture fights pimples better than anti acne products, which included benzoyl peroxide.

Mustard

While many are familiar with the sauce, flowers from the mustard plant can be used to season salads and more.

According to Healthline, mustard flowers and seeds have been used as a traditional remedy against many ailments for centuries.

There is scientific evidence to support the claim that mustard may protect against certain types of cancer.

Echinacea

The marvellous and colorful Echinacea flower is found in plants exclusive to eastern and central North America.

According to a 2015 monograph by the European Medicines Agency, oral consumption of the juice of Echinacea could prevent or reduce symptoms of a common cold at its onset.

Ginger

While not exactly a herb, it’s still worth mentioning ginger root, as it is consumed in a similar manner.

Ginger is used in several indigenous culinary traditions as both a mild spice and a stabilizing agent for digestion.

Despite its popularity and generally recognized safety, the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health identified that ginger can cause heartburn and other side effects if taken in excess.

They also added that Ginger helps to control nausea related to cancer chemotherapy when used in addition to conventional anti-nausea medication.

Chamomile

This herb comes from the daisy-like flowers of the Asteraceae plant family.

For many centuries now, people have been consuming its tea as a natural remedy for several health conditions.

A common way to prepare the tea is to dry the flowers out first before infusing them into hot water.

Scientists have been researching about the herb for a while and speculate that Chamomile may have potential anti-anxiety properties.

Rosemary

A favorite among gourmet chefs, Rosemary is a fragrant evergreen herb found around the Mediterranean countries.

Aside from its widespread use as a culinary condiment, Rosemary is also a common ingredient in bodily perfumes.

Belonging to the same family as mint, oregano, thyme, and lavender, Rosemary contains high amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Aside from boosting the immune system and improving blood circulation, research has found that Rosemary is a cognitive stimulant which can improve memory performance and quality.

Bladderwrack

This yellowish-tinged seaweed is found along the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

It has been recognized as the original source of Iodine, and used to treat goitre, a swelling of the thyroid gland related to iodine deficiency.

Primarily sold as a supplement, this herb also contains trace amounts of bromine, potassium, and other minerals

Nettle

While originally native to Europe, much of temperate Asia and western North Africa, Nettle is now found all over the world, including Oceania and North America.

Medical experts have deduced that Nettle contains many minerals like Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium

Nettle is also a natural diuretic, which means that it helps your body shed and eliminate excessive toxins which in turn lower blood pressure.

Blue Vervain

The Blue, sometimes purple colored, Vervain is found all over North America.

It has simple, opposite leaves that carry double-serrate margins and branch out with square stems.

A number of studies have proved that consuming Blue Vervain tea helps in reducing anxiety, relieving pain and coping with insomnia.

Muicle

Muicle aka Justicia spicigera is an evergreen shrub with tubular orange flowers that is native to the nations of Central America.

This herb is so useful that studies have found properties attributed to it being linked to treatment of leukemia and breast cancer cells.

The anti-tumor nature of Muicle also compliments its anti-diabetic potential.

Flor De Manita

Also known as Mexican Handflowers, Flor De Manita makes for some fantastic blood-pressure balancing teas.

The flower has been used by Mexican herbalists for the treatment of abdominal pain and heart irregularities.

Flor De Manita is also found to have anti-protozoal, anti-bacterial and anti-diarrheal properties.

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