It is amazing what healing properties herbs have. So instead of going to the chemist when you are feeling sick, maybe try a more natural remedy. Here is a list of healing herbs. Also included in the list is how to grow and use your healing herbs.
Peppermint is a fantastic healing herb for easing digestion. Peppermint grows best in a pot of moist soil. To encourage its growth, harvest the young leaves. Peppermint is great for settling a sore stomach. It is recommended to infuse the leaves in hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the leaves, then drink after meals.
Thyme is a great healing herb for easing dry coughs and sore throats. To grow thyme, place it in free-draining soil. To promote its shape and growth trim back after flowering. Thyme can be used as a cough mixture, antiseptic throat gargle, cure for hangovers and a tea to ease digestion. To use thyme just infuse two teaspoons of fresh sprigs in one cup of boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain the sprigs and then sip.
Feverfew is a good to use to help treat migraines. Feverfew is easy to grow as it adapts to a wide range of climates and soils, and can be placed in ether a sunny area or a semi-shaded area. To treat inflammations using feverfew, eat two or three leaves. To disguise its taste try eating it between bread or fruit. However, some people get irritations from eating feverfew so before eating, rub a leaf on your wrist, if a red mark appears, you are allergic. If this is the case, it best to give feverfew a miss.
Sage promotes healthy hair, soothes sore throats, and brightens teeth. Sage is relatively easy to maintain just prune it regularly to encourage the growth of young shoots. To use sage for restoring hair colour you can make a rinse for your hair. To create a hair rinse, do this by adding two tablespoons of fresh leaves infused in a half litre of boiling water and let it cool down. To sooth a sore throat with sage, mix a cup of boiling water with two teaspoons of leaves and allow it to cool. Once cooled, gargle the mixture and then swallow. Whitening teeth is easy with sage you just need to lick the leaf and rub it over the stained area.
Lemon balm is a great healing herb used to soothe anxiety and nervous tension. When growing lemon balm make sure it is kept potted as it spreads quite easily. To settle nerves which may be cause stress add lemon balm to tea, a smoothie or even a salad. You can also use lemon balm as a natural remedy for cold sores, just dab some lemon balm juice onto the affected area.
Aloe Vera is a fantastic healing herb for soothing burns, insect bites and sunburns. Aloe Vera is pretty easy to grow just keep aloe vera potted indoors and out of direct sunlight. To treat burns and irritated skin apply the gel from aloe vera immediately.
Rosemary is generally used to improve memory and concentration. It is also good for clearing skin impurities and stuffy noses. Make sure when growing rosemary to give it plenty of sun and keep them potted. To relieve tension headaches, rub some rosemary over the temples and inhale slowly to relax and soothe your body. To inhale rosemary add leaves to a bowl of hot water, place your face of the bowl then deeply inhale while having a towel covering your head.
Basil is a great healing herb to help restore concentration, calm nerves and help to relieve tension. Basils tend to prefer to sunny areas. Make sure you cut the flower buds to promote growth. To help with concentration snap off a leaf, and pinch it between your fingers. Then inhale the aroma to revive your concentration.