Herbal medicine is enjoying a continuous streak of popularity. The demand for it is especially high amidst all sorts of pandemic-level viruses sprouting globally. With all eyes fixed on health and wellbeing, more people are going the natural health route. Do they know something you don't?
Healing herbs are natural and easy to grow
Many medicinal herbs can grow in pots at home. You don't even need to be an experienced green thumb to do it. For instance, lavender, a natural anxiety remedy, easily grows indoors in a pot. Just make sure you put it by a window that gets lots of sunlight. Similarly, basil, a natural remedy for constipation, can grow indoors from potted seeds in just two months.
The best part? Medicinal herbs are 100 percent natural
Using herbal remedies is an age-old practice
Evidence of herbalism goes as far back as 60,000 years ago. In Northern Iraq, scientists found an unearthed neanderthal buried with some herbs. There were anti-inflammatory yarrow (used for natural cold sore treatment), hyacinth (helps digestion), and henbane (a muscle relaxant), among others.
More recently, ancient Greeks treated their sick with a wide range of herbs. Until today, people use many of these herbs for health and healing. For example, the Greeks used dill to encourage sleep, rosemary to boost memory, chamomile to treat colds, oregano to have psychic dreams, and sage to strengthen the immune system (or bring about immortality, depending on which century you live in).
Indigenous Australians are also big believes of the herbal lifestyle. To ease arthritis pain, they boil the leaves of a plant called Old Man's Weed. Then they turn it into tea for patients to drink. Another plant, called Kangaroo Apple, acts as a contraceptive. They use boiled eucalyptus leaves as a salve for bruises and cuts. To treat asthma and fever, they infuse the leaves and inhale the steam
Herbal and modern medicine can go together
Did you know that almost 75 percent of older Australians today complement their traditional prescriptions with herbal medicine? This is according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in February 2021.
Supporting this fact, between 2015 and 2020, according to business data platform Statista, 40,855 major depression cases were avoided with the use of complementary medicine. In this study, Australians with depression took their modern prescriptions but also used St. John's Wort, a floral plant known to ease mild to moderate depression. St. John's Wort is readily available at most supermarkets and can be drunk as tea.
You see, herbal medicine and traditional prescriptions don't need to be separate entities. With consultation from your doctor, or with assistance from an integrative doctor, herbal medicines can, instead, be partners in your journey to holistic wellness. If you're considering a herbal approach, your body may thank you for it.
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