With the rising cost of healthcare, it pays to keep yourself healthier so you don’t have to fork out the co-pays so often. If you add up your co-pays at the end of the year, it is not surprising how much comes out of your pocket.
1) Herbs for Colds, flu & infections
- Echinacea is a well-known herb these days. It can commonly be seen in gardens for it distinctive color as it has a very beautiful purple flower. Echinacea will boost your immune system to help prevent colds and the flu. If you grow this plant the flowers, roots and leaves can be harvested for use. This is a very safe one. It’s not recommended for those with auto immune diseases though.
- Goldenseal can be used for urinary and upper respiratory tract infections including sinus infections. Goldenseal can help with sore throats and is an immune building herb like Echinacea. It may be difficult to grow in a garden. Goldenseal should be used sensible as it is a strong plant.
- Ginger is a multipurpose herb and it should be considered as a staple for every home. The root is the part that is medicinal. If you intend to use this often, consider buying ginger root and keep it in your refrigerator so you have it on hand.
- Thyme is a member of the mint family. If you have congestion or a cough, have a cup of thyme tea. If you dry the leaves you can add ½ teaspoon to a tea ball to a cup of water.
2) Herbs for digestion problems
- Ginger as I mentioned before, is a multipurpose type plant, so having it around can benefit you with several illnesses to improve your health. Ginger can help with many intestinal problems. Acid reflux can be eliminated with 1 cup of ginger tea a day.
- Peppermint oil can help with problems like irritable bowel syndrome and can aid with proper digestion which will increase your health.
- Chamomile can be used to treat babies with colic. Always check with your doctor before using this on your child. This one is very soothing.
- Aloe Vera is a very useful herb for the digestive tract. It has the properties to heal acid reflux as well as colitis. It’s best to buy a commercial organic aloe drink. You can buy this by the gallon and keep in the refrigerator to add to drinks.
3) Herbs for Pain
- Ginger has anti inflammatory properties which will help with swelling and pain caused by arthritis. This is a natural pain-killer.
- Kava Kava can be used as an all-purpose pain reliever. This is a plant is grown on a South Pacific Island. You can find this online or at health food stores.
- Lavender and Chamomile may be used together by boiling them in water, straining the herbs and putting into ice-cube trays to freeze for bruises. You can use this as an herbal ice pack.
4) Herbs for sleep
- Valerian as tea can be taken about an hour before bed to help with sleep. It smells and tastes bad so it’s best if you add honey or sugar to mask the taste.
- Lemon balm is a very harmless herb. It can be used as tea to help promote sleep. This is an easy one to grow indoors or outdoors.
- The Hops herb is used in beer as a preservative but can help you sleep.
If you plan on growing herbs, growing them organic is recommended to benefit fully in the healthiest way. If you plan on buying these herbs, make sure you buy “certified organically grown”.