Did you know that the nature, in its concern about our health, has dedicated specific plants for every problem with every organ in our body?
Cornflower cures the redness
This plant belongs to the genus Centaurea. The cornflower grows up to 80 cm in height. The color of its stem is grayish and the flowers are blue.
The flower heads (Flores cyan) are used for healing purposes. When you pick this plants, it is best to cut the whole plants, tie them into bundles and dry them in the air, protected from the sun. In this way, the flowers will keep their typical blue color.
From the healing substances,they contain the bitter substances centaurin, anthocyanin heterosides cyanine, tannins and mucus.
Today, the flowers of the cornflower are primarily used against eye diseases. Prepare warm tea and wash the eyes with it or soak cotton pads in it and apply them on the eyes as coatings. It helps with inflammation and redness of the eyes.
More herbs for the eyes…
- Cornflower and marigold as a coating for conjunctivitis
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory effects
Aloe vera has sharp leaves that look like a rose and grow close to the soil. From the middle of the rose comes out a floral stalk that ends in the form of yellow or reddish flowers. It belongs to the lily family and there are over 250 species of it in the world. Only 4 of them have healing properties, and the best one is the aloe vera.
People most often use the gel, a jelly substance that is located in the interior of the leaves. The aloe vera is a nutritious plant for every cell of the human body and because of its nutritional value and exceptional healing properties it is called “the queen of the healing plants”.
The aloe gel contains over 240 nutritional and healing ingredients such as vitamins A, B complex, vitamin C, E and folic acid. It also contains more than 20 minerals such as magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, calcium, potassium and iron, as well as 20 types of amino acids. If you take the aloe vera gel as a drink, it has a positive effect on the immune system, reduces the inflammation of the lining of the mouth, it destroys viruses, bacteria, fungi…
Some other herbs for the mouth
- Raspberry – for rinsing the mouth in case of inflammation of the mouth
- Garlic and fennel – for chewing in case of inflammation of the lips
- Hypericum, myrrh and lemon – for the treatment of the blisters on the skin caused by the herpes simplex virus
- Green pepper, black currant and citrus fruits –for the treatment of the herpes on the inside
Hawthorn – natural tonic
The hawthorn belongs to the family of roses, from the family Rosaceae. This beautiful plant can grow from 7-9 m in height. It is decorated with groups of white flowers with intense aroma. It has been used for healing purposes for more than 2000 years.
It is used to relieve the signs and symptoms of a mild form of congestive heart failure. You can get healing extracts from its berries, leaves and flowers. All these parts contain significant amounts of flavonoids and oligomericprocyanidins.
Hawthorn is considered as one of the most powerful natural tonics for the heart. It can spread the blood vessels, increase the supply of energy and improve the heart’s ability to effectively pump the blood through the vessels. This herbal extract can also speed up the recovery after a heart attack, can strengthen the heart muscles and improve the flow of oxygen to the heart.
The hawthorn also blocks the enzymes that cause the weakening of the heart muscle, improves the blood circulation, lowers the cholesterol, regulates the blood pressure, preserves the collagen and thereby directly helping the formation of the connective tissue. If you decide to use the hawthorn in the form of an extract or supplement, you need to know that you should take it 4-8 weeks before you notice the effects.
Some more herbs for the heart
- Mustard and yarrow –in case of degeneration of the heart muscle for healing of angina pectoris
- Tomatoes and asparagus – for cardiac diet in case of problems with the heart
- Mountain tobacco – to improve the blood flow through the heart
- Buckthorn – to calm the palpitations caused by the retention of toxins in the intestines
- Peppermint – for irregular heartbeat
- Primrose, lavender, heartsease, garden rose and elder –in case of neurosis of the heart
- Vine – for relief of the work of the heart
- Mistletoe –in case of damage to the heart due to aging
- Garlic and hops – for normalization of the increased work of the heart
- Wheat and peppermint – for disorders of the heart caused by the work of the stomach or intestines
- Horsetail –for swelling of the tissue caused by accumulation of excess water
- Mountain tobacco, onions and asparagus – for weakness of the heart muscle
Pine oil for inhalation
The pine or white pine is a tree species that belongs to the family Pinaceae. It can grow up to 40 m in height, it is rich in resin of the bark that is thick on the upper part and thin on the branches with reddish-yellow color, the lower part of the trunk has a gray-brown thick bark. The buds do nothave resin and the needles are 4-8 cm long and 2 mm wide. The flowers belong to one sex.
The male flowers have the form of an egg with sulfur yellow color and can be 1 cm long, and the female flowers have the form of small brown or red pines. The pine cones are light brown or gray with short handles. The pine is used in the folk medicine because almost all of its parts have healing effects. The pine needles are rich in vitamin C and carotene.
The beverages prepared from them are recommended for strengthening of the immune system, colds and to heal scurvy. They are used in fresh form. If you keep the needles for more than a year, they will completely lose their healing properties. The buds are used to treat a sore throat, cough, bronchitis and catarrh of the food pipe. The essential oil is used for hot baths and inhalation. It is obtained by distillation of the pine needles. It is used for colds, bronchitis, sinusitis and cough, difficulties in breathing due to asthma or flu.
Some more herbs for the lungs
- Mint, elder and yarrow –they have effect on the mucous membranes, free the paths in the respiratory system
- Angry allspice, eucalyptus and jasmine – inhalation oil
- Garden angelica and liquorice – for coughing, as an antiseptic
- Comfrey and carrots –for dry and persistent cough
- Ginkgo – helps with asthma
- Apricot and anise – strengthen the mucous membranes and help in the prevention of asthma attacks
The milk thistle restores the liver
The milk thistle is an annual or perennial plant of the daisy family. It is a plant with red to purple flowers and pale long leaves without hairs. It can grow from 40 to 100 cm in height. It blooms from June to August. It is used in cases of various liver diseases such as cirrhosis and hepatitis. It protects the liver from various toxins which are really present nowadays.
The silibinin in the milk thistle is an antioxidant that stabilizes and protects the membranes of the liver cells. The silymarinis another key ingredient in this plant and it is the only means of protection and regeneration of the liver, which is one of the most powerful organs in a person. It is used to ease the hepatopathy, fatty degeneration of the liver, inflammation of the liver of viral origin, alcoholism and poisoning of the liver.
Some other herbs for the liver
- Dandelion – helps the liver function and in the treatment of hepatitis, inflammation of the liver, jaundice
- Liquorice – for the treatment of hepatitis
- Wormwood – for the treatment of diseases of the liver and the gall bladder
Hepatica reduces the swelling of the spleen
The hepatica is a perennial plant that grows up to 15 cm with richly branched shoots. In early spring, the long stems with flowers appear first. The protective flowers look like purple bells. During the process of blooming, they develop leaves on long stalks that are densely covered with hairs. The leaves are green on the upper side, and light purple on the other side.
The leaves later become leathery and die the following spring, after the blooming. The flowers are light blue or dark blue, rarely reddish or white, and the stamens are almost entirely white. Tea hepatica tea is used in case of swollen spleen and it is particularly known for its effectiveness with disease of the liver and the bile.
Some other herbs for the spleen
- Common houseleek, horse chestnut and fennel – for painful conditions of the spleen
- Lavender and wormwood – to ease the swelling of the spleen
- Nettle – to ease the swelling of the spleen after infectious diseases, for the treatment of tumors of the spleen
The garden angelica heats the body
The angelica is a plant of the family Apiaceae, and it comes from the moderate and subarctic zone of the northern hemisphere. The plant grows up to 3 m in height andthe flowers have white or green color. The younger leaves and young stems of the leaves are edible as well as the mature or green seeds and the young roots.
Its healing effect can be felt in the entire body and it stimulates the circulation. Due to its nature and effect on the circulation, it is also good in case of migraine and stress.
Some more herbs for the cardiovascular system
- Lavender – reduces the dizziness and palpitations caused by anemia
- Oats, pumpkin and watercress salad – are rich in iron
- Brussels sprouts, citrus fruits and pineapple – contain a lot of vitamin C that is necessary for the body to absorb the iron more easily
- Nettle –nettle soup or nettle tea strengthen the blood
- Ginkgo –the ginkgo leaves protect against stroke and help in case of varicose veins
- Celery, banana and cinnamon – reduce the blood pressure
- Garlic – reduces the blood pressure and prevents from atherosclerosis
- Bladder wrack – prevents the development of atherosclerosis
- Marjoram –the massage with marjoram oil helps in the treatment of arteriosclerosis
- Apple and artichoke –to reduce the cholesterol levels
- Marigold and basil -for painful veins in the legs
- Pepper and lemon – heal varicose veins
- Yarrow and geranium – improve the circulation
- Onions – relieves the itching in case of frostbite
- Vine –to normalize the blood sugar level
Echinacea strengthens the defense of the organism
The Echinacea is a wild plant with pink flower that comes from North America. The healing substances in the Echinacea act as stimulators of the immune system which then produces more defense cells and it makes it easier to fight the pathogens. The Echinacea is a natural antibiotic and very reliable cleanser of the lymph cells.
It is used in case of frequent infections that are healed with antibiotics but appear again soon. It is useful for colds, flu, and other viral infections, gingivitis, periodontal disease, oral ulcers, fungal infection in the mouth and intestines. It is also used as prevention from bronchitis.
It is recommended to use Echinacea as prevention, in order to strengthen the organism and prepare it to deal with viruses and bacteria. The use of Echinacea leads to a reduced period of the diseases and eases their symptoms. The Echinacea has stronger effect in combination with vitamin C and propolis.
Some other herbs for the immune system
- Ginger –The vapors of the ginger oil in the room act as prevention from colds, flu, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis and headaches. The bath of this oil is also very useful.
- Juniper –the juniper oil strengthens the defenseof the organism against all diseases
- Orange –the orange oil restores the power of the immune system
- Patchouli – the patchouli essential oil has anti-inflammatory effects
The valerian is a plant that can be over 1 mhigh. The stem of this plant is hollow and ribbed. This plant has leaves made from smaller leaves and usually there are up to 20 on one leaf. At the top of the stem there are dense blossoms composed of tiny pink or white flowers.
One of the main effects of the valerian is to calm the nervousness and stress, irritability and similar problems. It is known that the valerian helps with insomnia, with its mild sedative effects, the valerian shows certain properties of a stimulant, so it can refresh and give new strength to a person.
Some more herbs for the brain
- Hawthorn – to relieve anxiety
- Aspen, cherry and rock-rose – to calm the panic attacks
- Chamomile, hops, wild oats and dill – against insomnia
- Marigold – for depression caused by menopause
- Mustard – helps with deep depression, melancholy and sadness
- Lemon balm – for soothing
- Oats – strengthens the nerves
- Tansy and basil – relieve migraines
- Chamomile – for mild headaches
- St. John’s Wort – helps with depression and neuralgia
- Sage and lavender – to strengthen the nervous system
Ears, nose and throat
The scent of the cajuput essential oil creates comfort and it is very healing. It is a good combination with the essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree.
It is believed to act as analgesic, antiseptic and insecticide.
It is recommended for colds, ear pain, sore throat and toothache.
Some other herbs for the ears, nose and throat…
- Garlic –it has antibiotic properties and soothes earache
- Mullein –the mullein oil reduces the itching in case of inflammation of the ear
- Marigold–to wash the mouth in case of chronic ear infections
- Lavender –to use drops of the oil for infections in the outer and middle ear
- Lucium–in case of fatigue caused by problems in the ear
- Sage – for gargling in case of sore throat
- Cabbage – Cabbage juice to relieve hoarseness
- Elder – for runny nose caused by hay fever
- Yarrow – inflammation of the sinuses
- Pine and eucalyptus – for inhalation in case of inflammation of the sinuses
Stomach and intestines
Meadowsweet reduces the acid
The meadowsweet is a tough plant that can be from 50 to 200 cm high. Its stem is upright with leaves on long stalks. There is a large number of small white flowers combined in a blossom at the top of the stem. In the medicine they use the dried leaves and flowers. The flowers are harvested in July and August.
The pharmacologically important ingredients in the meadowsweet are the flavonoids, tannins, essential oil with the main components salicylaldehydeand salicylic acid. The flowers are used for diseases of the bladder and kidneys, and the leaves for stomach problems.
The meadowsweet is a great plant for most digestive problems, from heartburn and acid, stomach ulcers and inflammation to diarrhea. It contains the already mentioned salicylic acid, a strong anti-inflammatory substance, which is the active ingredient in the aspirin, but unlike the aspirin, there is no risk of irritation of the mucous membranes, which is a common side effect of the medications.
A full range of ingredients in the meadowsweet makes it adequate for treatment of the stomach. It reduces the stomach acid, protects and heals the gastric mucosa and gently closes the intestines.
Some other herbs for the stomach and intestines…
- Comfrey and fresh pineapple – for the treatment of the unpleasant feeling in case of heartburn
- Horsetail, tangerine and marshmallow – to improve the digestion
- Clove – to massage the stomach in case of indigestion
- Chamomile, peppermint and ginger –against nausea and vomiting
- Dandelion and apple – against constipation
- Geranium –to massage the stomach in case of constipation
- Bitter orange and sticklewort–in case of diarrhea
- Devil’s claw, garlic and onions – help with hemorrhoids
- Banana –powder for the treatment of ulcers
- Thistle, dandelion and lemon – for easier passage of the gallstones
- Blackberry and thyme – to relieve irritation of the appendix
The horsetail eliminates the kidney stones
In early spring, first the fertile stalks appear from the shoots. Only later appear the green, infertile stalks that are up to 40 cm high and look like small, real fir trees. The horsetail can be found in the fields, by the railway and the hills.
Depending on the location of its habitat, it contains 3-16% silicic acid which is particularly healing. Usually you can find the horsetail in the forest and on the edges of forests. It is healing. In the folk medicine this healing plant was greatly appreciated even in ancient times, primarily because of its success in the treatment of the most serious diseases of the kidneys and bladder, such as sand and stones.
For kidney sand, kidney stones and stones in the bladder it is useful to use hot baths with horsetail, and also to drink warm horsetail tea, sip by sip, to retain the urine and to finally let it go under pressure. In this way, the majority of the stones will come out.
Some more herbs for the kidneys…
- Meadowsweet – diuretic with a mild antiseptic effect. Eliminates the wastes and uric acid
- Grapefruit and lemon -for treating lighter kidney infection
- Barley – soup to ease the inflammation of the kidneys
- Beets, carrots, cucumber and horsetail – in case of kidney stones
Urinary bladder and urethra
The cranberry washes away the disease
The cranberry is a plant of the family Ericaceae. It is a small dense bush that grows to a height of 10 to 40 cm. It has oval leaves of dark green color, which are arranged in pairs, alternately. At the top of the stems there are bunches of white, rarely reddish individual flowersthat look like bells. In late August, first appear white fruits from the flowers which later turn red.
Since the cranberry is highly resistant to the cold and frost, it is widespread in most of the northern hemisphere, from regions with temperate continental climate, all the way to the Arctic Circle. It likes sunny and dry places and acidic soil with humus, and it also likes less nutritious sandy soil and shady parts of the forest.
The cranberry contains a lot of organic acids, vitamin A, vitamin B complex and many minerals. The cranberry seeds contain omega – 3 fatty acids. The cranberry is an antiseptic, and is commonly used in the treatment of the urinary organs because it washes away the disease. The tea is very useful for catarrh as well as for bladder cramps.
Some other herbs for the urinary bladder and urethra…
- Nettle – for prevention and treatment of inflammation of the bladder
- Corn and horsetail – for impotence
Men: Damiana cures the impotence
The damiana is a small Mexican plant quite similar to the mint, with white-yellow flowers. It originates from Mexico, Southern California and Texas. In the Mexican pharmacology it is classified as an aphrodisiac, tonic and diuretic.
In this country it is scientifically accepted as a safe medicine for impotence, especially when it is a result of immoderation. It is also recommended in case of premature ejaculation and inflammation of thetesticles that causes testicular atrophy. The damiana is used in the form of tea, extract, liquid and powder.
Some more herbs for the reproductive system of men…
- Pine, dandelion and jasmine – for problems with the prostate
- White willow, lycium, rose and pumpkin –for infertility due to premature ejaculation
- Wild oats and cinnamon –in case of impotence
- Clary sage – a natural aphrodisiac that helps in the treatment of impotence
Women: Lady’s mantles for problems with the menopause
Lady’s mantles is a very widespread plant and it especially likes land with higher altitude, such as meadows on the mountains and hills, although it can be found on lower places as well. It likes wet habitats and often it can be found at the edges of meadows, in the fields, meadows and forest clearings. It is a green perennial plant that is 10-40 cm tall.
The leaves are placed on long stalks divided into 7-11 lobes. It blooms from May to August. The flower is yellow-green or green on top of the flower stems that have fewer leaves and consists of a slight build-up of tiny flowers.
This is a powerful anti-inflammatory plant for all female diseases, especially those related to the uterus, and with various types of bleeding. Usually it is prepared as a tea. It acts as a regulator of the hormones, it stimulates the progesterone. For centuries it has been successfully used for the difficulties associated with menopause as well as for menstrual problems.
Some more herbs for the reproductive system of women…
- Marigold – for painful and lumpy breasts and to treat infertility
- Arnica – for the treatment of mastitis and painful nipples as a consequence of breastfeeding
- Tangerine and bitter orange – against stretch marks
- Barley – for swollen and painful breasts
- Fennel, sage and marshmallow – reduce the sensitivity of the breasts during the PMS
- Chamomile – to treat inflammation of the vagina
- Myrrh –due to its anti-fungal properties, it is excellent for washing the vagina in case of inflammation of the vaginal lining
- Garlic, parsley, onion –they have antifungal effects on the organism
- Chaste and shepherd’s purse – reduce the PMS, the mood swings and irritability caused by menopause
- Knawel – to establish a balance in the symptoms of the menstrual cycle
- Oregano, jasmine and roses –to massage the stomach in case of PMS
- Angelica – to relieve the painful menstruation
- Cypress –to massage the stomach in case of heavy menstruation
- Lavender and daisies – to regulate the irregular menstruation
- Sage –to ease the hot flashes in menopause
- Nettle – acts refreshing during the menopause
Bones and muscles
Devil’s claw against back pain
The devil’s claw grows in the area of South Africa, the Kalahari desert and Namibian steppe, and reached the other parts of the world from the British Isles. It has a stalk 1-1,5m long lying on the ground. The leaves are fleshy and green, arranged like a pair of forceps, and on their tops there are hooks.
For medical purposes they use the part of the root that grows in the ground, up to 1 meter. This plant is used in case of arthritis and rheumatism. Its basic effect is the anti-inflammatory effect. The effects in arthritis and rheumatism are not on the pain directly, but on the inflammation, and when the inflammation is reduces so is the pain.
Harpagosideand beta-sitosterol are the active substances, and in addition, the extract also contains harpagoside, , beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, fatty acids, flavonoids and triterpenes. The active substances act by blocking the enzymes that are part of the process of inflammation, in particular the enzyme prostaglandin synthase.
All active substances act in synergy. The recent researches prove that the devil’s claw is very good for the treatment of chronic rheumatism, arthritis, back pain, neuralgia and lumbago.
Some other herbs for bones and muscles…
- Elder – for sciatica
- Cajuput and nettle –to massage the painful areas
- Horseradish – to relieve the back pain
- Viburnum – against muscle cramps
- Lavender – against cramps and inflammation
- Hop, comfrey, sage and allspice – to protect bones and prevent osteoporosis
- White willow and wild yam –for pain caused by osteoporosis
- Dandelion and horsetail – for degenerative arthritis
- Juniper – anti-rheumatic effect
- Nettle – contains histamine, so it has anti-inflammatory effect
- Tansy, white willow and red elm – to treat rheumatism
- Pine and lemon – to reduce the swelling and inflammation in case of rheumatism
- Black pepper and eucalyptus – to stimulate the circulation and ease the stiffness in rheumatism
- Cabbage, celery and turnips –it is recommended to use it frequently in order to reduce the inflammation of muscles and joints
Marigold heals the skin
The marigold is an annual or rarely two-year herbaceous plant of the daisy family, with height from 30 to 50 cm, with branched, upright and hairy stalks, hairy and long leaves, and head of yellow to orange color. The use of the marigold for its healing purposes has been known since the ancient Egypt, from where it spread to Europe.
It is used for treatment of skin diseases, and it is used as a spice. Thanks to the many active ingredients, the marigold acts against bacteria, especially those of the skin. It also prevents the development of the fungi. It stimulates the development of new cells, so it is used for wound healing. It is used externally for scars, inflammation of the veins and skin diseases, for acne, warts, ulcers, eczema and frostbite.
Some more herbs for the skin…
- Aloe vera -for the treatment of eczema
- Chickweed – for softening of the skin
- Cucumber and cabbage –for coatings that relieve eczema
- Bitter orange – soothes the sore, sensitive skin and helps in the healing in case of dermatitis
- Nettle – for the treatment of dermatitis on the inside, against skin infections caused by psoriasis
- Greater burdock, licorice and yarrow – for the treatment of psoriasis
- Sour weed, chamomile and lemon balm – to treat hives
- Garlic – for the treatment of eczema
- Dandelion, basil, lemon and pineapple –to remove the warts from the skin
- Coneflower, cabbage and cucumber – to treat ulcers and pimples
- Wild apple, grapefruit and tangerine –against acne
- Sage – against excessive sweating
- Lemongrass –to eliminate the unpleasant smell of the skin caused by excessive sweating
- Chili peppers – against cellulite