Think back to the days when your grandma would suggest herbal remedies to soothe your every ache – warm tea bags for pink eye, garlic for earaches, rosemary for tummy troubles. Although you may have chocked it up to nothing more than old wives-tales, it seems like Grandma knew best all along! Many conventional medical professionals are now recommending natural, herbal remedies to maintain good health and cure a variety of diseases.
Here are a few examples that prove why you should trust nature (and your grandma) when it comes to herbal remedies to swear by:
Dandelion is a rich source of beta-carotene (which we convert to vitamin A), vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, B vitamins, trace minerals, vitamin D, organic sodium, and protein. Dandelion root was often used to treat warts, liver spots, other skin concerns, anemia, stomach issues, blood disorders, and depression, to name a few.
Elderflower and Chamomile
An infusion made from elderflower and water makes a mild astringent that is excellent for eye baths; chamomile’s soothing properties make it ideal for eye compresses, inflammation, stomach troubles, and anxiety.
Garlic, & Cayenne
Garlic is a powerful antibiotic and immune system booster. It can be used to treat skin conditions, combat sickness (including the common cold), lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, protect against cell damage, and benefit common causes of chronic disease. Cayenne is beneficial for circulation and a variety of stomach ailments.
Burdock is well-known for treating common skin problems, such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, canker sores, boils, and syphilitic sores. It is an excellent blood purifier, and can easily be made into a medicinal tea.
Celery Juice, Cabbage, Radish, Spinach, & Beets
Celery juice is a natural diuretic and can be useful for people with rheumatism or those would like to lose weight. Cabbage has been known to be effective for duodenal ulcers and is an excellent source of calcium for those who must avoid dairy products. Radishes are helpful for gall-bladder and liver ailments, while spinach and beets can improve hemoglobin levels in the blood.