Herbal Healing Secrets
In the last few years, the National Cancer Institute has done extensive studies on over 2000 different rain forest plants in order to find out about their anti-cancerous and anti-AIDS properties. keep in mind that drugs such as paclitaxel (for ovarian cancer) and vincristine (for leukemia) have been found this way. Some people might be allergic to these plants and reactions to these herbs can vary from skin rash to heart palpitation or nausea. Here are some of these wonderful plants with their health benefits:
Basil: Basil tea can cure fever, anxiety, lack of sleep and indigestion. The results from laboratory indicates that basil has strong antibacterial/antimicrobial properties. You can boil two spoons of fresh or dried basil in hot water for 5 min and then strain and drink.
Lemon Grass: Lemon grass is effective for treating coughs and colds and it’s been known to lower fever. For kids, you can use 10 leaves of lemon grass in three cups of water and boil them for three minutes. For adults, add 10 leaves of lemongrass in three cups of hot water for 10 minutes.
Oregano: Oregano has been used for treating respiratory infections and relieving digestion. You can use oregano to make tea; you can also add oregano to stews, soups and sauces.
Periwinkle: Periwinkle has great anti-cancerous compounds and it’s very well known for curing sore throats. You should soak nine periwinkle flowers in water and leave them under the sun for three hours. Periwinkle tea cures sore throats and fever.
Red Rose: Red rose helps to reduce fever and prevent diarrhea. For adults, you should boil nine leaves and three roses in hot water and then strain and drink. For children you should use one rose and nine leaves per cup.
Arnica: Arnica is a homemade remedy used to treat bruises, fractured bones and toothaches. Unlike other pain killers like aspirin, arnica doesn’t have any side effects. A study by British hospital suggested that using arnica can help psychological well being of 98% of the patients.