If you were wondering which plants to bring inside your home for this season, we have an idea for you – it isn’t flowers that we’re talking about, but rather herbs that have medicinal properties that can help you when it comes to good health.
From aloe vera to oregano, we present you ten plants that not only we’ll be the perfect little detail to any room, but you can later use them for various medicinal reasons (don’t use anything before consulting a doctor). Wondering how these plants can help you? Read along.
1. Aloe Vera
One of the medicinal properties that made aloe vera so popular is that this plant soothes skin rashes and certain conditions, such as burn injuries, inflammation and dermatitis among others. Besides treating our skin good, the aloe vera is also capable of healing cold sores thanks to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has laxative compounds that help with digestion constipation.
Lavender is commonly used in beauty products, fragrances and shampoos. Being famous for its wonderful scent, it isn’t only used for making your home smell nice, but it can also relax you by lowering the heart rate and the blood pressure. Lavender can also help while dealing with conditions such as toothache, migraine headaches, insomina, sores, and joint pain, among others. Some people use it against dandruff, while others place it in a warm bath tot reat circulation problems and improve their mental well being.
Thyme is a well-known ingredient in cooking, but truth is that this plant has many medicinal properties. Thyme can lower our heart rate and you can achieve it by substituting salt with thyme in food. The plant also helps against coughing, so next time you’ll find yourself in this position, drinking a thyme tea can turn out very helpful. Thyme can also be used as disinfectant thanks to the fungicidal properties.
The basil is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The basil also contains powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that can help in preventing cell damage from radiation and free radicals. Other ways that this herb can help is by reducing inflammation, increases immune function, detoxifies the blood, and also help you fight against fever, headaches, coughs, stomach cramps and nausea.
You can boost your immunity system thanks to the rosemary. It contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic compounds that can help us fight diseases and other threats to our immunity system. The rosemary is also very powerful herb against bacterial infections, bloating, diarrhea, and upset stomachs. Some claim that rosemary can act as cognitive stimulant that can improve memory and intelligence, but this is still researching.
Peppermint was used even in ancient times for its medicinal properties. Today, many studies show that this herb can especially help in treating gastrointestinal disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, colonic spasm and infantile colic, among others. According to other studies, peppermint can also help you in preventing prostate cancer growth, it fights bad breath and the aroma of the mint can enhances memory.
One of the best, natural ways you can heal ulcers, wounds and hemorrhoids is with this wonderful plant. Calendula does this by increasing the blood flow and the oxygen to the wounds and other infected areas and this helps our body to grow new tissues. Calendula can prevent and relax muscle spasms and protects our cells from free radical damage thanks to the presence of powerful flavonoids. Besides all this, the plant contains antimicrobial and antiviral components and improves our oral health in general.
Chamomile was being used even in ancient times for its medicinal properties. One of them is healing cuts and wounds and due to the antibacterial properties as well, it can help us prevent our immunity system from infections and bacteria-related illness. This herb is also great at soothing an upset stomach and can help with poor digestion. Not to mention how much the tea is delicious too!
9. Lemon Balm
As a powerful antioxidant, the lemon balm protects our cells from free radical damage. This herb is a great choice if you want to sharpen your memory and boost your alertness. Besides this, the lemon balm can also calm you, so if you’re feeling stressed over something, the herb can help you not only to relax, but it will help you to sleep better. Use the herb if you want to sooth your skin and make it look younger!
Oregano is known as the pizza herb, but truth is this herb is more useful than being just placed on top of a pizza. Believe it or not, but it can do wonders for you. The oregano contains powerful antioxidants that are linked to reducing the oxidative stress in our body and works as antibacterial, protecting us from various bacteria. The oregano is linked to good heart health, body detoxification and bone health.