http://www.mtxoom.com/medicine/ The History and Benefits of Growing Medicinal Herbs Medicinal herbs also known as botanical herbs have been used for centuries to heal and treat all sorts of ailments that one may experience during a lifetime. Herbs were the first means of healthcare known and it was valued for its diversity. These plants were used not only for medicine, but for food, clothing, shelter, and currency as well. Growing medicinal herbs has become a very common practice amongst many households because of the reawakening or increased awareness of their medicinal and therapeutic benefits of our now time. The flower, leaves, roots, stems and berries of medicinal herbs is what is commonly used to relieve and treat ailments. These herbs can be extracted and prepared in forms such as capsules, ointments, teas, extracts, tinctures, poultices, syrups, lozenges, etc. Herbs have been on the planet earth since the beginning of times and have a very extensive history. In fact, most modern conventional medicine or drugs are derived from herb plants using either a synthesized form of a plant or plant extracts. Lets take for instance Vincristine, a cancer medication, is derived from the herb periwinkle; then you have drugs such as Salicylic acid that came from the meadowsweet plant and willow bark. Another common medicine used for respiratory distress and decongestion is Ephedrine, which comes from Ephedra. Ephedra used in its synthetic form is in many of the commercial sinus, allergy and cold and flue medications with the ingredient name pseudo ephedrine, with the prefix term "pseudo" meaning: not actually but having the appearance of; pretended; false or spurious. So, when you begin to look at the origin of many conventional medicines you will see the pattern and that many medicines do in fact derive from herb plants or the mother medicine. The following are some medicinal herbs that were grown and widely used amongst ancient civilizations: Echinacea- used to fight infections and boost the immune system. Hyacinth- used to release excess water from the body. Yarrow- used to reduce fevers and rid colds. Marshmallow Root- used to relieve an irritated digestive tract and sore throats. Peppermint- used to treat vomiting, nausea and upset stomachs Senna Leaf- Used for chronic constipation Alder Berries- Treats and eliminates worms Yellow Dock- Treat skin diseases and help clean the blood Wormwood- treats irritable bowel syndrome and gastric distress Lavender- treats insomnia, headaches and relieves a stressful body The benefits of having medicinal herbs around are second to none and are highly recommended that one has some of these fresh herbs on hand. Not only are medicinal herbs beneficial in treating ailments but many of them are versatile and can be used for culinary, ornamental and aromatic purposes as well, giving you the best of all worlds. Growing medicinal herbs has always been a common practice amongst our ancestors. The organic system was that mother taught daughter and so on. Once scientific methods were developed and a synthesized form of the plant was created in the form of what we know as drugs or conventional medication today; the culture, rich history and divinity of herbal medicine became known as unconventional and somehow what always worked seemed to become of less importance and considered unscientific.
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