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Herbs You Can Grow At Home That Make Great Natural Remedies

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Having an herb garden can be useful for a lot more than adding fresh herbs to your favorite recipes. Herb gardens are actually chock full of amazing natural home remedies! Below are just a few really easy-to-grow herbs you can grow at home, as well as what natural remedies you can use them for.

Basil

This green, leafy herb is full of vitamins and antioxidants that make it quite a fantastic tool for natural medicine:

  • Chewing the leaves helps with stomach pains.
  • Drinking basil tea relieves coughing fits.
  • A facial steam with basil and water soothes headaches.
  • Basil paste takes the pain and toxins out of bug bites and stings.
  • Essential oil of basil works to fix ear infections and aches.

Lavender

These lovely, purple flowers are more than just beautiful! They can be used for many different things:

  • Use lavender tea as a hair rinse to clear up dandruff.
  • Add the dried flowers to oatmeal for an anti-inflammatory facial scrub.
  • Apply lavender essential oil to burns to help soothe and heal them.
  • Spray a mixture of water and lavender oil anywhere you want to keep bugs away.

Dill

Adding this bright green herb to recipes strengthens your bones, and also improves your cellular function. However, that’s not all! There are more things you can use dill for:

  • Dill essential oil can help relieve cramps from menstruation, indigestion, gas, and even in the muscles.
  • Small doses of dill tea can help soothe colicky babies.
  • Eating the herb helps with milk production in nursing mothers.

Fennel

The seeds, in particular, have the most benefits to offer you and your family. Fennel is purifying, helps with digestion, and can even improve eyesight in some people! The most common home remedies of fennel include:

  • Soak fennel seeds in water overnight, then drink to help with heat stroke.
  • Eat a small handful after meals to aid digestion.
  • Fennel powder mixed with grape juice and cumin powder lowers fevers when you drink it.

Oregano

This velvety herb is anti everything! Anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antibacterial. It also had lots of antioxidants to boost all these benefits as well. Here’s what you can use oregano for at home:

  • Drink oregano tea to help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.)
  • Oregano essential oil mixed with salt into a paste is an effective cure for Athlete’s Foot.
  • Add the essential oil to olive oil as a rub for muscle and joint pain relief.

These are just a few herbs with a few go their home remedies to get you started. Nearly every herb you can grow is full of benefits and potential natural medicinal properties you can take advantage of! Use this as the first step to your future of making your very own natural remedies. Happy herb gardening!

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A Case For Old-Fashioned Natural Remedies

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Old-fashioned remedies have their (literal) roots in herbal and natural medicines. Plants are the original medicine where all our modern day pharmaceuticals come from! They are also free of all the synthetic and potentially harmful chemicals people have put into medicine today.

Hundreds of years ago, before there were huge corporate drug companies; there were apothecaries. These were essentially pharmacies full of natural medicine, run by experienced herbalists of the time. These people worked hard to figure out what plants to use to help the people that came to them. They worked on medical advice, medicinal trials, mixtures, and some even grew their own plants to be sure they could offer quality medicine to their “patients.” Another thing apothecary proprietors would do is sell their natural remedies to the practicing physicians at the time as well. Apothecary owners were very well-versed in the ways all different kinds of plants work, and often devoted their entire lives to these studies. You could definitely say they were early versions of the fancy scientists we have today!

Then, with modern civilization came GREAT breakthroughs in medicine. We found penicillin, developed chemotherapy, and even discovered ways to survive deadly diseases through vaccines! However, with these fantastic developments also came a huge dependency on pharmaceutical drugs… With this came all the issues we have today with price-gouging, severe side effects, and blind trust in whatever these drug companies say. This is why natural remedies are making such a huge comeback in the western world… People are starting to realize that herbal medicines and old-fashioned remedies actually still have a LOT of merit.

Most pharmaceuticals seem to work very well, but they actually function more like band-aids. They work fast, yet they effects are only temporary symptom control… Take cold medicine, for example. Your most common over-the-counter medicine simply masks the symptoms. To get real healing and relief, you need to get something with an expectorant. Those symptom hiders are STILL on the shelves, though; pulling in money into useless pockets every day.

Meanwhile, herbal remedies (when prepared properly) do what they say they will do. Natural medicine works more like a cast—restorative and healing over time. They also come in endless forms so you can find the best kind for your needs, no matter what. Essential oils, teas, pills, raw, gummies, dried, etc. are all examples of mediums that herbal medicines can be found in. Natural remedies are also much more affordable and accessible, with fewer side effects than prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Some things that can be healed through natural remedies include:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Digestive Issues
  • Heart/Circulation Problems
  • Hormone Levels
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Oral Care
  • Pain
  • Skin Conditions
  • …and so much more!

Get in touch with a licensed naturopathic doctor today, and find out how you can take advantage of the amazing benefits from old-fashioned, natural remedies!

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