Discover the top 10 medicinal plants
Plants, like people, are living beings that can be very beneficial to humans. They are not only used to decorate a garden or a house, but also to provide us with food thanks to their fruits or leaves.
Not only that, but they can also serve as a 100% natural remedy to help our health. Yes, you read that right, plants can be completely medicinal, but not all of them can be..
There are certain plants that contain healing properties that relieve aches and pains and can be much more effective than a pill.
BENEFITS OF MEDICINAL PLANTS:
Some of the most characteristic benefits of medicinal plants are:
They are 100% natural remedies. That is why they are more likely to have fewer side effects.
There are many medicinal plants that you can grow yourself at home or, if you prefer, you can buy them in any herbalist’s shop. That is why we can say that they are more accessible.
They can usually be more cost-effective than any other remedy.
FORMATS OF MEDICINAL PLANTS:
There are various ways of preparing a medicinal plant, depending on the plant in question and the properties it can provide. The most common forms of medicinal plants are:
Syrups: you dissolve the medicinal properties of the plant in water and sugar.
Infusion: the dried flowers of the medicinal plant are kept and water is poured over them to release the active principles of the plant.
Juicing: consists of squeezing the fruits of the medicinal plant.
Steam: Steam baths are known as a remedy to disinfect home environments or to alleviate illnesses affecting the respiratory tract.
TOP 10 MEDICINAL PLANTS:
The following are the 10 best medicinal plants or, in other words, 10 medicinal plants that you should know about because their properties will leave you open-mouthed.
ALOE VERA: Undoubtedly one of the best medicinal plants that can exist thanks to its innumerable benefits, including its anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
This plant is the most widely used natural remedy for skin and even hair problems, but it also relieves and improves problems related to the digestive system, bones and heart.
If you want to discover more benefits and curiosities of Aloe Vera, or even know how to plant this beneficial plant at home, we recommend you take a look at our post All About Aloe Vera.
EUCALYPTUS: This plant is a clear example of a natural remedy that is 100% effective against respiratory ailments.
Eucalyptus fights colds and helps the lungs to decongest. It is the natural remedy par excellence for colds, bronchitis and/or flu. It is also a highly recommended plant for mouthwashes.
LAVENDER: This plant is one of the best known thanks to its soothing properties.
Although its most common use is to make perfumes and/or to repel insects, it is also capable of relieving insomnia and even headaches. It is the medicinal plant par excellence for treating issues related to nervous tension, stress or depression.
GARLIC: although it is mainly known for being an indispensable ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, it also has healing properties.
Garlic has an anticoagulant power that helps to improve blood circulation. It is also the perfect ally against infections as it has excellent antiseptic properties. Not to mention its depurative properties that favour the elimination of toxins in the body.
MINT: this plant is very useful for relieving any digestive disorder by helping to reduce intestinal irritation.
Not only is it known for this, but it is also used to fight colds and flu, helping the respiratory system to carry out its functions correctly without presenting problems that could lead to illness. Not to mention its beneficial antiseptic properties.
ROSEMARY: among all its benefits, its capacity to relieve headaches and above all its capacity to improve digestion stand out.
Rosemary is able to combat the heartburn that can occur after a meal. It helps to reduce the feeling of being completely full and bloating. It is also considered one of the best natural diuretics as it is able to increase urine production, eliminating toxins and fluids from the body.
PARSLEY: it is not just another spice to add to add aroma and/or flavour to a meal. Parsley is one of the most vitamin-rich herbs.
Thanks to its high vitamin K and C content, it helps to strengthen bones, fight against ageing and strengthen the immune system. It is also considered a diuretic, an excellent antioxidant and a perfect remedy for halitosis.
VALERIANA: This medicinal plant stands out for its high capacity to relax the nervous system. This is why it is often used as a remedy for people with sleep disorders, anxiety or stress.
Valerian is considered a 100% natural antidepressant and sedative. It also helps to eliminate gas and cramps, soothes headaches and is effective if you are looking for a good night’s sleep.
CHAMOMILE: soothing, diuretic, antiseptic, digestive, anti-inflammatory… This herb has it all.
Chamomile stands out as a natural anti-inflammatory, but it also contains soothing and sedative properties that make it a 100% natural relaxant. It relieves heartburn and poor digestion, eliminating any discomfort such as vomiting or nausea.
It is also a useful herb for those with anxiety or insomnia as it helps them to relax and reduce any level of stress.
HORSE TAIL: Mostly known for its extraordinary depurative power.
Horsetail is capable of eliminating any toxins that may exist, and also relieves infections such as, for example, the best known, urinary tract infections. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that combat conditions such as arthritis.
It has a high content of salts and vitamins that serve to revitalise the organism, treating problems such as anaemia.