Herbal medicine is an ancient science that is often taken for granted. It is one of the most natural ways to support and heal the human body. Herbs are powerful and can help with everything from getting rid of a fever to treating a chronic health condition. Unfortunately, humans have lost touch with nature and unless a medicine is bought from a store and has a label with instructions, it is often overlooked. The good news is that a degree in herbal medicine is not necessary to make the most out of the healing herbs growing in yards today. These are a few of the most common herbs and weeds that will keep anyone’s personal apothecary stocked up.
Every part of this common weed is edible and is full of a lot of nutritional and health benefits. It contains high levels of vitamins A and C, making it an excellent addition to any spring salad or green juice. Well known for its detoxification properties, it is most commonly used to jump-start a detox. It is important to note that this nutritional powerhouse retains many of its beneficial nutrients when stored cold. It is best to prep dandelion and keeps it in the freezer for smoothies.
Linden Blossom tea is most commonly associated with having a fever and being ill with the flu due to that fact that it contains mucilage. Mucilage is a sticky substance that helps soothe irritated membranes in the mouth or throat, resulting in a decrease in mucus production. In folk medicine, it is used to activate excessive sweating that quickly gets rid of toxins in the body. Linden blossom tea is ideal for combatting stress, anxiety and promoting overall relaxation. Although it has been around for centuries, linden blossom remedies are only now starting to gain more support in the modern world.
This tiny tart berry is such a nutritional powerhouse that it can be easily compared with the popular superfruit goji berry. It is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and even contains a considerably higher amount of vitamin C than goji berries themselves. They also consist of elevated levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols, which aid in boosting cognitive function, supporting the immune system, reduction of heart disease and promote healthy bacteria in the gut. Foraging and eating berries fresh is the best way to enjoy blackcurrants. Saving and freezing the berries for the winter months is helpful as well.
Egyptians and Greeks were avid users of nettle and had up to sixty-one different preparations for nettle remedies. In other words, nettle's medicinal use is as old as humanity itself. Today, nettle is reclaiming its medicinal effectiveness, as its benefits for osteoarthritis and joint pain are becoming well known. This bountiful herb, which can be typically found in most yards, also works as a potent antihistamine and anti-inflammatory for quite a few health concerns such as fever and even eczema. This plant is mostly consumed as tea, however, juicing the leaves and adding the juice to a smoothie for that extra boost is becoming more popular.
The most famous part of this plant is, of course, the raspberry berries. However, the raspberry leaf is a great go-to herb for women in any phase of their life. It is mostly recognized for its benefits during pregnancy such as aiding the mother's immune system, easing morning sickness and promoting better circulation. Taking it as a supplement helps strengthen the uterine muscles and tone the pelvic floor in preparation for birth, as well as assist with breast milk supply. It also aids in premenstrual syndrome symptom relief, endometriosis, and fertility support. During flu season, the raspberry leaf tea is a delicious herbal tonic that it is jam-packed with vitamin C and antioxidants to support a quick recovery.