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Plants That Heal

One of the good things I've picked up since spending so much time at home is more time working on a garden. I've always loved the idea of growing food and flowers and herbs. But never spliced out the time to get into it - plus I break out easily. Couple things motivated me. One is a client who has a beautiful yard full of flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables that brings her a lot of happiness (not to mention, she got a contract on her house soon as she put it up for sale). Another is a couple of books I read where the relationships of people and nature - plants and animals, were all intertwined. Garden Spells is about a woman with a catering business and is known for the plants and herbs she cooks with to influence mindsets and outcomes. That made me curious about plants that are believed to have healing properties. This is a link to a list of the plants I found that have been used as healing agents throughout history. It's from a website Healthline and also Farmers Almanac - few other places. I'm just passing along what I found - I don't know enough about it to make recommendations so don't sue me if you try something and it doesn't work. If you know of some, appreciate posting that.


Cinnamon Lowers Blood Sugar Levels and Has a Powerful Anti-Diabetic Effect

It contains a compound called cinnamaldehyde, which is responsible for cinnamon's medicinal properties.Cinnamon has potent antioxidant activity, helps fight inflammation and has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Plus Cinnamon can lower blood sugar by several mechanisms, including by slowing the breakdown of carbs in the digestive tract and improving insulin sensitivity (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source). Studies have shown that cinnamon can lower fasting blood sugars by 10-29% in diabetic patients, which is a significant amount (9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source). The effective dose is typically 0.5-2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day, or 1-6 grams. Sage Can Improve Brain Function and Memory Sage gets its name from the Latin word Salvere, which means "to save." It had a reputation for its healing properties during the middle ages, and was even used to help prevent the plague. Studies have also shown that sage can improve memory function in healthy people, both young and old Peppermint Relieves IBS Pain and May Reduce Nausea Peppermint has a long history of use in folk medicine and aromatherapy. As is the case with many herbs, it is the oily component that contains the agents responsible for the health effects. Peppermint oil is believed to improve pain management in irritable bowel syndrome, It also helps to reduce abdominal bloating, which is a common digestive symptom (19Trusted Source, 20). There are also some studies showing that peppermint in aromatherapy can help fight nausea. and to reduce nausea after surgery and C-section births. Consider growing each plant in its own large pot. Harvest leaves just before flowering. Any longer, and they’ll begin to taste bitter.

. Turmeric Contains Curcumin, a Substance With Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Effects Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color. It contains Curcumin -an antioxidant, helping to fight oxidative damage and boosting the body's own antioxidant enzymes Curcumin is also a strong anti-inflammatory. Given that long-term, low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every chronic Western disease, it is not suprising to see that curcumin is linked to a variety of health benefits. - improve brain function, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and relieve arthritis Cayenne Pepper Cayenne pepper is a type of chili pepper used to prepare spicy dishes. The active ingredient in it is called capsaicin, which has been shown to reduce appetite and increase fat burning. For this reason, it is a common ingredient in many commercial weight loss supplements. Add 1 gram of red pepper to meals to reduce appetite and increase fat burning. Ginger Can Treat Nausea and Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties Ginger is a popular spice used in several forms of alternative medicine. Studies have consistently shown that 1 gram or more of ginger can successfully treat nausea. Ginger also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties, and can help with pain management Other research found that a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, mastic, and sesame oil decreased pain and stiffness experienced by those with osteoarthritis. Fenugreek Improves Blood Sugar Control Fenugreek can have beneficial effects on blood sugar. It contains the plant protein 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which can improve the function of the hormone insulin. 1 gram of fenugreek extract per day can lower blood sugar levels, particularly in diabetics ( Garlic Can Combat Sickness and Improve Heart Health Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its medicinal properties We now know that most of these health effects are due to a compound called allicin, which is also responsible for garlic's distinct smell. If you often get colds, then adding more garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful. There is also convincing evidence for beneficial effects on heart health. For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplementation appears to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15% and it also is used to lower blood pressure.

Calendula is a centuries-old antifungal, antiseptic, wound-healing ally.

The petals of these yellow-and-orange daisy-like flowers lend skin-soothing properties to many natural cosmetics and diaper creams. Calendula is a freely reseeding annual that blooms all season long. It makes a lovely addition to gardens with full sun. Harvest the petals fresh. You can also dry entire blooms — which close in the evening — before they form seeds. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) Cilantro leaves often garnish Mexican and Thai dishes. The seeds, known as coriander, are a prime ingredient in Indian curries. It is known as a digestive aid and may be capable of removing heavy metals and other toxic agents from the body. Cilantro grows best in a cool, moist garden and will quickly bolt in hot weather. Look for slow bolt varieties from seed companies. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) The oils, tannins, and bitters in the fragrant leaves and flowers of lemon balm have a relaxing, antispasmodic effect on the stomach and nervous system. It may help fight off viruses such as herpes simplex when used topically, according to a 2008 study. Lemon balm is tasty and gentle enough for children when prepared in teas or tinctures with a glycerin base. This calming and uplifting perennial makes a pretty patch of bright green in the garden and is a great plant to grow fresh. The dried herb loses some potency after six months. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary is the great reviver. This perennial woody herb stimulates energy and optimism and sharpens memory and concentration by bringing more oxygen to your brain. It’s a wonderfully stimulating alternative to caffeine when you need that second wind. A row of these long-lived and drought-tolerant plants makes a beautiful, bee-friendly evergreen hedge. You may only need one plant in your garden — a little goes a long way. Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Mullein’s soothing properties may help heal bronchial respiratory infections. The leaves are commonly added to cough formulas. Give this handsome and stately biennial plenty of space, and stand back in wonder. The sturdy, yellow-flowered stem will emerge from within a rosette of thick, hairy leaves, reaching skyward nearly 6 feet. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) This groundcover’s delicate stems and tiny leaves belie the tremendous power attributed to it by Europeans in the Middle Ages. Many believed in the herb’s ability to heighten bravery and ward off nightmares. Modern herbalists rely on the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of thyme’s oils to prevent winter colds and flu. Many cultivars exist beyond the straight species, including sweet-tasting citrus varieties that are perfect tummy remedies for children. Read more about the health benefits of thyme.

Lavender (Lavandula) Long recognized for its sweet perfume, lavender also boasts medical benefits as a mild antidepressant that may also benefit your nervous system.. Add lavender oil to your bath to alleviate stress, tension, and insomnia. It's also used in creams to treat sunburns and acne. Woody lavender plants prefer hot, sunny, and dry environments. The fresh flowers are tasty in small doses when added to salads, honey, butter, lemonade, and even shortbread cookies. If you’re crafty, try sewing up an herbal heating pad or eye pillow with the fragrant dried flowers.

German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Delicate, apple-scented chamomile demonstrates that mild doesn’t mean ineffective. It’s primarily grown for its small, yellow-bellied flowers. Chamomile is used to treat colic, nervous stress, infections, and stomach disorders in children. In fact, it was chamomile tea that Peter Rabbit’s mother fixed for him after his stressful chase in Mr. McGregor’s garden!

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