I truly believe that God gave us everything we need in His original creation. I am not saying that modern medicine has no value. I am grateful for all of the advances that have been made. However, I believe that there are many health issues that come up in our lives that we can easily treat with natural remedies that are more effective, affordable and with less (or no) side effects. Just incorporating certain herbs/plants in our daily diet may prevent many problems in our bodies. In all cases, you should consult a medical professional if you have health concerns or problems. I am no doctor or professional but am just sharing my opinion and experience with these particular plants.
There are so many wonderful and useful plants around us that we do not even recognize as being valuable or useful. Take the Dandelion for example. Most people consider it a weed that they work diligently to rid their yards of. The Dandelion just happens to be a handy little plant to have around! The entire plant is edible, the flowers and leaves go great in salads and the roots are used to make a "coffee" like beverage! On top of that it is very healthy to have in your diet. Dandelion Root is often used to treat Acne, Bladder Infection, Bronchitis, Colds, PMS.... the list goes on. The leaves contain Vitamins A and C and the flowers are one of the best sources of Lecithin. Lecithin is a nutrient that elevates the brains acetylcholine and may play a role in boosting memory and mental focus, as well as being good for some liver problems.
The Dandelion is just one of my favorite herbs. I make and use Echinacea tincture regularly as needed for colds and other virus' that enter our home and bodies. Stinging Nettle is another plant considered a nuisance that has amazing qualities. It can be made into a tea for to help sooth a cold and the leaves can be boiled and prepared just like Collard or Mustard Greens. Can't sleep? Try a cup of Chamomile or Valerian Root tea!
The list goes on and I am still in the early learning stages of my journey with Herbs. I will continue to share my discoveries with you as I learn and grow!
Do you use any herbs in your family? What are your favorites?
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