Science has no doubt given us some miraculous medicines. Healing a wound, cut, cold or sore it is amazing how the body works. The medicines we use today came from humble beginnings and I believe we forget this, I do.  Herbs and medicinal plants have served civilization for thousands of years and many of the herbs are still used today.

When I have a cut, scrape or my head is pounding I reach for the medicine cabinet, not the pot of herbs at the window. This is all good and well but some medicine treatments aren’t good for us and are causing problems for people. The cough medicine scare for children is a good example.   This has led people to turn back to their roots and start using herbs to treat common bodily ailments. For me personally, I have turned to Hylands for many alterntive remedies for myself and my children.

I’ve come to learn that with herbs there’s a lack of side effects. Many herbs act like medicines and should be taken carefully, but the ingredients are all natural. With herbs you don’t have to be worried about harmful side effects as with some traditional medicines. Most herbs, luckily, are easy to find and don’t cost as much as brand name medicines or prescriptions. My natural food store offers a great selection of alternative herbal medicines and supplements.

Herbs work to heal the body and not fight against it. The effect of the cure many not be immediate but the herbs are effective. I haven’t seen any news on lately touting the bad effects of herbs, have you? I have with antibiotics or recently children’s asthma medicines. Our bodies are becoming resistant to certain antibiotics because we use them so frequently and if you have an infection and need a particular antibiotic, this isn’t such great news.  I worry about this with my own daughter and her ear infections.

What I love about herbs are the different ways they can be used. Herbs can be eaten, steeped for tea, ground into powder or even made into a cream. Some herbs are used to speed the bodies healing process. Here’s a list of just a few popular ones you might have heard of:

  • Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Ginger – prevents motion sickness and nausea
  • Turmeric – helps with arthritis pain
  • St. John’s Wort – creates a stable mood in mildly depressed people
  • Garlic – lowers blood pressure and risks of some cancers
  • Red yeast rice – lowers cholesterol

Except for the St. John’s Wort and red yeast rice, we have most of these items on our kitchen shelves. Adding a little to your food each day can assist with these conditions without even causing an upheaval in your routine. Other helpful substances include: apple cider vinegar and Aloe Vera. Luckily, I eat plenty of garlic and love to add cinnamon into my recipes!

All natural herbal formulas seem to be a milder alternative to mainstream medicine. I highly suggest consulting your doctor before using any type of herbs for medicinal purposes. The very last thing you want is a drug interaction or something strange to happen. Treat all herbs as medicines and do your research before beginning a herbal supplement routine, this helps you get the most from them.

A great resource:  Herb Research Foundation

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