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Healing Herbs

Many cultures have traditional healing uses for herbs and spices in the regions they live. Some of the claims for some herbs have been called "Old Wive's Tales," yet surprisingly as more and more research is done, we are finding out today that some of those claims our ancestors made have some merit.

Let's take a look at some herbs, and the scientific evidence that does exist, for their healing properties.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) - Cancer Treatment?

Ashwagandha is also claimed to have anti-bacterial properties and is used in a poultice for some skin conditions and wounds. There may be some benefit in using Ashwagandha if undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
borage plant

Borage - Liver, Prostate & Cancer Support

In Europe, the Borage plant has been used for a variety of maladies and in Iran, tea made from the dried flowers is used to calm anxiety.
milk thistle herb flower

Milk Thistle For Liver Protection

Milk thistle is another herb that has a long and ancient history known for its healing properties and it is likely that it arrived in the British Isles by way of the Romans as they marched and conquered Europe and finally England.
cinnamon toast

Cinnamon - Surprising & Amazing Health Benefits

Cinnamon, although not really a “herb,” is a spice that can have some very important health and healing benefits.
ginger root

Ginger - Health Benefits Claimed And Proven

Ginger certainly has a long history as a spice both used for it’s taste as well as medicinal qualities.
oregano plant

Health Benefits of Oregano

Oregano, Origanum vulgare, Origanum dictamnus, Wild Marjoram,  Spanish Thyme Parts Used:  Leaves Oregano is a herb in the mint family that is native to the warmer climates of the Mediterranean and Southern Eurasia regions. A perennial, it is sometimes grown as an annual in cooler climates and can also be grown successfully indoors in flower…
turmeric powder

Turmeric Health Benefits - Cancer & Arthritis

Turmeric, curcuma longa, Indian Saffron Parts Used: Rhizome, Leaves Those of us that love to eat Indian dishes such as curries will know the yellowish color that is so often present. This is due to the use of the spice, turmeric which is grown throughout southern Asia and India. The yellow powder comes from the…
ginkgo leaves in autumn

Ginkgo Biloba Health Benefits Memory & More

  Ginkgo Biloba, Gingko, Maidenhead Tree, Fossil Tree Parts Used: Leaves, Nuts The Ginkgo biloba tree grows primarily in China and can grow very tall with some trees being measured at over 150 feet high. It is a unique tree that due to the fact that it has no known relatives and the species has…

Fenugreek: A Medicinal Spice

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) is an annual herb indigenous to southeastern Europe and Asia that belongs to the pea family. Fenugreek is mostly used as a spice but some interesting medicinal properties make it popular as a herbal remedy.

Feverfew: The Medieval Aspirin

Known since at least the Middle Ages as a treatment to reduce fevers and inflammation, prevent migraine headaches, and ease arthritis symptoms, feverfew, also known as bachelor's buttons, has proven itself a helpful tool for sufferers of migraines, arthritis, and surprisingly, leukemia.

Butterbur - Herbal Defence Against Migraines, Hay Fever and Allergies

Butterbur is most commonly found in damp, marshy ground and on riverbanks. Bearing the latin name of “petasites hybridus” it can be found in Europe, Asia and North America. It is also known as langwort, bog rhubarb, plague flower, pestroot and umbrella leaves. Butterbur has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. The…

Health Benefits of Rosemary

Modern medicine has found rosemary to have wide range of health benefits. Rosemary leaves contain a number of compounds, particularly carnosol, carnosic acid, ursolic acid, and rosmarinic acid, that have been shown to have potential in treating or preventing a spectacular variety of medical conditions.

Dandelion - The Healing Weed

Although you’d never guess by the abundance of these small yellow flowers in meadows and fields, dandelions are not native to North America. They were brought over as a cherished plant for its food and medicinal properties by English colonists, and the plant was found to thrive in the climates of the Northern Hemisphere.

Basil - Health Benefits

Basil is a member of the mint family that is a common ingredient in Italian, French and Asian cooking. Along with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, basil has been used in the treatment of arthritis and cancer, works as an anti-inflammatory, and can even help your bug bites.
mountain tea

Greek Mountain Tea - Drink For Health Benefits

Greek Mountain Tea has been known for it's healing and preventative qualities for centuries and today, scientific studies are proving this to be correct. Hippocrates wrote highly of the hot beverage made with this herb that grows in the mountains of Greece. It's been used for respiratory infections, colds, digestive issues, and now there is evidence it can be helpful for diabetes, cancers, and mood disorders. Find out more and how you can obtain it.