The History and Benefits of Growing Medicinal Herbs by river111

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   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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