You’ve probably heard of using Aloe Vera for sunburn or Ginger for an upset stomach, but I’m about to give you the inside scoop on some amazing plants to add to your herbalist portfolio!
Dandelions or (Taraxacum officinale) are a horrible weed right? Turns out they can actually have some insane health benefits. These little yellow flowers are full of great things for your body. Although these flowers are common, I wouldn’t go around picking them from any yard or park. Many common areas are highly treated with pesticides, insecticides and fertilizer. A good area to gather dandelions are in places that dont have high traffic. This could be in a field, a nature park, or trails. If some happen to grow in your own yard, and you know harsh chemicals aren’t used to treat your lawn, then those dandelions may be food grade as well.
- Packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Detox for liver
- Skin infection treatment
- Bone Health
- Pottant antioxidants
Not only does this plant help with indoor allergies, it also absorbs and removes harmful airborne chemicals. This snake plant also known as (Dracaena trifasciata) is a low maintenance air purifier, — I mean houseplant. They need direct sunlight, and occasional watering when the soil is dry. These plants can grow up to 4 feet tall and soak up ample amounts of CO2 at night!
- Allergy control
- High Oxygen emission
- Air purifier
- Co2 absorption
One of my favorite herbs that has been used for hundreds of years. (Salvia Rosmarinus) has actually been studied in great lengths. A certain component in it called 1,8-cineole is believed to be the cause of its affect of increased brain function in terms of memory. Northumbria University conducted a study with this shrub like plant, and it showed significant benefits . 150 volunteers over the age of 65 took part in a recollection test, half were placed in a room filled with rosemary essential oil, and those who were in the room scored on average 15% than those without the herb present.
- Memory boost
- Higher cognitive function
- Better concentration
Many studies have been conducted on this flower, to learn more about its beneficial properties. One study in particular done in 2016 by 8 separate scientists in the pharmaceutical biology field, tested the flower in many different ways and showed results for many runs. This flower is said to have immune system support and a variety of other helpful aspects that make this a great plant to add to your collection!
- Immune system boost
- Helps with viruses such as the common cold
- Alleviates raspatory issues
Not only do marigolds look and smell great, they hold a plethora of health benefits as well! Due to the high antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds this lovely plant will make a beautiful addition to any home. From soar throats to infection, this flower has been shown to help.
- Decreases swelling
- improves circulation
- helps cramping and muscle aches
- Treats many infections
- Promotes healthy skin
Going natural is not a new concept, and many people live by this way of treating or alleviating symptoms of ailments. Nature provides many things for us. The next time you feel a cold coming, brew up some Echinacea and put it to the test!