Healing Plants

There are hundreds of herbs and plants that have health benefits and some will probably surprise you. They can be found in the wild and sometimes even in your back garden and can help with anything from fever reduction to insect repellent.

Chamomile – great for treating external bites, stings and other skin irritations. The chamomile acts by soothing stress and relaxes which is why some people choose to have chamomile tea.

Cranberries – eating or drinking cranberry juice is great for internal problems, particularly for treating urinary tract infections. There is some evidence that cranberries are also useful in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, ulcers and gum disease.

Tansy – another old plant with a yellow flower, this one can be found in Europe. It is effective as an insect repellent when the leaves are rubbed on the skin. Tansy can also be used to treat worms.

Mint – this herb is fairly common and is well known for it’s health properties. Great for soothing headaches, nausea and also anxiety. Mint can be eaten whole, used as a garnish or made into tea.

Catnip – more well known for driving cats crazy, this plant can help relieve cold symptoms. A less well known fact is that if catnip is applied to skin, it helps to stop excessive bleeding and inflammation. Catnip is a member of the mint family and is also effective for treating stomach problems and migraines. It should not be consumed during pregnancy.

Aloe Vera – this succulent plant has been used for thousands of years. It can be ingested or applied to the skin and has a wide range of uses. The gel is fantastic for treating burns, eczema, cuts and bruises. Aloe vera juice can be consumed to help relieve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and also arthritis. The beauty industry loves aloe too as it has anti-aging properties when used to wash, cleanse and moisturise. For more information about aloe vera juice benefits, visit gofitnesslifestyle.com.

Fennel – used externally, Fennel is a great relaxant and is often added to bubble baths. Internally, it helps indigestion, cramps and even asthma.

Ginger – a spice that can easily be found in your kitchen. It has anti-nausea qualities and anti-inflammatory uses which is great for joint, menstrual or head pain. Ginger contains protein-digesting enzymes which stimulates digestion without side effects, so is used for sufferers of indigestion.

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Sage – used internally, sage is thought to improve memory and aging while applied externally, it can soothe a sore throat and is helpful with canker sores.

Lavender – the oil from Lavender can suppress spasms and pain and has well known calming properties. Anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities make Lavender a pretty amazing plant. It also helps to kill head lice and can be used on eczema, psoriasis and acne.

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Thyme – this can easily be grown in your back garden and eases pain while also being used as an antiseptic and antidepressant. Taken internally, it is a good cough suppressant and a digestion aid.