Unusual herbs and their health benefits

Unusual herbs and their health benefits

Prescribed medications are effective, but may leave a host of side effects in their wake.

If you tire of filling your prescriptions because of them, you are not alone.

They have caused many patients to turn to less costly, unusual herbs to cope with difficult health conditions. The health benefits of these easily available herbs may surprise you.

Why turn to unusual herbs

Herbal remedies are tools that nature has given us to survive. Their purpose is to change and improve physical conditions. Mankind has yet to find the ideal herbal solution for ailments, but many of them bring relief.

1. Herbs are readily available

Many people turn to herbs because they readily available. The plants you grow in your backyard or find at your local grocery store usually have healing properties. To add, they are also inexpensive. The Amazon forest is probably the world’s biggest drug store.

2. History

Indian tribes across America have used herbal medicines for centuries. The Chinese practice of acupuncture, which involves burning herbs near or on 14 meridian points throughout the body, has been in use for a similar length of time.

3. They work

Many pharmaceuticals deal with curing symptoms, but fail to deal with the roots of health conditions. Natural herbs tap on the human body’s natural rhythms and find a way to make them work together. They bring together different body systems and target holistic wellness. Not surprisingly, people favor herbal solutions over synthetic ones.

4. Mystery

Being drawn to anything mysterious is in our genes. Modern science does not have answers for all health related issues, but some herbs seem to. In some respects, herbal remedies are actually better developed than their modern counterparts. A case in point is acupuncture, which, according to studies, is a method for relieving arthritis.

5. Hope

When modern science cannot give answers to health problems, herbs offer the power of positive thought. The power of suggestion and belief is a cure itself.

Tree Onion

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7 Unusual Herbs and their Health Benefits

Perhaps the greatest reason for people turning to these herbs is that they benefit the body. These lesser-known herbs help patients in countless ways.

1. Tree Onion

Hardy perennials, tree onions are fun to grow. They look bizarre, having clusters of tiny bulbs on top of their stems. These resilient bulbs grow well in full sunlight. After growing the plant for about three years, you can divide its clumps to form more plants.

The medicinal compounds of onions are found mostly in bulbs. Though manufacturers crush the onion to form powder for herbal supplements, the raw onion has countless benefits as well. Studies have found a good concentration of bio-active compounds in its stem.

2. Siberian Chives

Siberian chives, like other members of the onion family, do well in sunlight and space. Use their flat leaves in the same way you do regular chives. You can flavor your soups and other dishes with them.

Like all chives, Siberian chives have cancer fighting properties. Though the mechanism used to fight cancer remains unknown, herbalists hypothesize that it inhibits tumors. Researchers have found that men who took chives had low rates of prostate cancer.

Choline in chives help sleep, mood, muscle movement and memory. They stabilize the structure of cellular membranes.

3. Pygmy borage

This borage bears small blue flowers and grows well from June through October. It grows well in problematic, dry areas.

The pygmy borage gives people the fatty acids they need, and improves mood. With a high level of gamma lineolic acid, it also prevents inflammation and improves cell functions.

4. Hyacinth bean

The beautiful hyacinth bean has black bean pods with white stripes at the side. Containing Vitamins B, C, Calcium, and Iron, its healing properties are boundless.

The anti-microbial properties of this bean control inflammation of the mucous membranes that may affect the ears and throat. It also relieves the digestive system, reduces cholesterol and combats heart diseases. This herb regulates menstrual cycles and benefits women.

Vietnamese Coriander

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5. Aztec Sweet Herb

Edible white flowers cover another resilient herb, the Aztec sweet herb. First used by the Aztecs, the camphor in it relieves coughs, influenza and other respiratory ailments. Many people use it extensively as a sugar replacement.

6. Ginger Mint

Yellow-striped, ginger mint leaves make an attractive addition to any garden. Used in teas, this leaf has antioxidant properties. Drinking ginger mint tea can also relieve migraines and arthritic pains. Patients with Athlete’s Foot take ginger tea to relieve itchiness.

7. Vietnamese Coriander

This tropical herb is a lovely addition to curries. It blends well with pork and pineapple. Many patients use it to relieve digestive disorders like constipation, flatulence and stomach cramps. Apart from being tasty, Vietnamese coriander can relieve acne and ringworm.

These herbs have marvellous effects, so do consider adding them to your garden.

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