But it’s not without its downside. Sometimes people end up over medicated for health issues that
can be treated simply and effectively at home. A great way to treat some of common health problems that affect people is through the natural use of plants.
These plants don’t give you the same dangerous side effects that a lot of the medications
prescribed today will cause. Plus, it’s easier and a lot more cost effective to turn to nature
when you need healing.
There are a lot of different plants that you can grow that can treat your ailments naturally.
Some can be applied topically and some can be brewed into teas.
You should make sure that you understand how much of a plant you should use,
because just like medicines you get at the pharmacy, there are dosing guidelines you need
to follow when using plants to treat ailments.
Fevers, Colds and Coughs
There can be many different reasons for your body to develop a fever.
The same stands true for a cough. Unless a doctor finds that the fever has a direct cause,
the only thing you can really do for it is to treat the symptom, which is the fever itself.
For the common cold, there is no cure. All you can do when you catch a cold is to try your best alleviate the symptoms. Many of the over the counter remedies that are offered can sometimes make you feel worse because they make you feel fuzzy-headed or they’ll make you feel dizzy.
Instead of reaching for the mass-produced medication, you can grow what you need to treat a fever, a cough or the common cold. And because this is a natural method, you won’t have any of those annoying side effects that come with taking medication.
To treat a fever, the bark of the Willow Tree is good for this. Just like it treats headaches, it can also reduce your fever.
The reason for this is because the bark of the tree is like aspirin with the properties it contains.
Another natural remedy you can use that you can grow yourself is Sunflowers. These plants make a great addition to a garden because of their beauty and multi-purpose usefulness.
The seeds from the plant can be eaten and they contain helpful qualities like some of the B vitamins, folate and zinc. Plus, they fight against cancer cells.
They’re hardy and easy to grow. It’s the leaves of the plant that can be use to make a tea that lowers fevers. Besides treating the fever, the sunflower is also helpful for reducing ailments such as a cough and a cold. So if you have a fever that’s associated with a cold, then you’re getting two-fold relief with one plant.
Chamomile is another plant that you can grow that’s helpful in reducing fevers. These flowering plants look like daisies but they’re not exactly the same. They’re very hardy and easy to grow. They can be grown indoors but also flourish outside. The plant can be taken in a tea form and is good for not only reducing fever but in the treatment of a cold as well.
When you have a cold, even though it’s not a serious ailment, it can make you feel pretty miserable. Ginseng a plant associated with Chinese medicine has a long history of
helping to treat many ailments.
One of the things this plant can do is it trigger the immune system to battle the ailment.
As a result of its power the people who use it end up not being down with a cold or cough for the same length of time as someone who didn’t use ginseng.
One of the annoying symptoms that always seems to come along with getting a cold is all that congestion that just makes you feel miserable. You don’t have to put up with that. Peppermint is a decongestant that contains menthol, which is the ingredient you’ll see in many of the over the counter medications that are used to treat cold symptoms.
Another surprising plant that’s effective with a cold is Parsley. This plant helps to minimize the symptoms and it stimulates your immune system at the same time. Besides treatment for colds, this plant is great for relieving the symptoms associated with UTIs.
There’s nothing as annoying as a cough that comes along with a cold. Because what happens is often long after the cold is gone, the cough will stubbornly remain in place. That’s because your upper respiratory system has been irritated. Fennel is a plant that belongs with the celery family and is effective for treating coughs. This plant needs a lot of sunlight. It can be grown indoors but is better suited for outside gardening. Not only will you find this plant useful for treating coughs, but it can be a tasty addition to meals as well.
Anise is a small growing plant that’s perfect for growing indoors. To use this plant to treat a cough, you would use the seeds. After mashing the seeds, you would let them steep as if you were making a tea. Drinking the liquid calms a cough.
Thyme is also successful for treating a cough. It is a perennial plant that grows easily, and can be used to make a tea that helps to get rid of your cough. The reason that this plant works well is because it calms muscle spasms. When you cough, especially repeatedly, this is caused by smooth muscle spasms. The thyme relaxes those muscles so you don’t feel like you have to cough.