Herbs are amazing plants not only they can be used in the kitchen to flavor the food but also as natural remedies.
Using herbs for homemade remedies is fascinating. Is there anything cooler than going out into God’s creation and picking a plant that can help you with an ailment?
Warning: Once you start learning about herbs you’ll never venture out into the yard or go on a nature walk in quite the same way again. You’ll be constantly looking at plants and identifying them and you’ll most likely get your friends and family involved, too.
Let’s talk about herbs. Many people have a misconception that if it’s natural, it’s safe. Not all natural remedies are safe for every person or every situation. You have to really understand the herb or essential oil, how it works, dangers and side effects because they do exist.
This is not to scare you or turn you off from natural remedies and medicines. Not in the least, but you should do a good research before using any herb as medicines.
7 Herbs You Need In Your Natural Remedies
Lavender is probably the most common and widespread herbs for its calming and soothing properties. You can make lavender sachets to keep in your car and keep dried bunches of it around the house.
Lavender works well to help soothe the skin and is often used in preparations for burn relief and pain.
Peppermint is a prolific plant, most well suited to a container as it can become invasive in open land. It tastes great.
Peppermint is known to soothe upset stomach and help support bowel function. Though peppermint is known for its use with stomach issues, if you have GERD or acid reflux, peppermint can help relax the sphincter muscle, allowing acid from your stomach to climb up to the esophagus, making symptoms worse.
If you’re feeling congested, just the scent of peppermint oil can help with congestion. Make sure you don’t get the peppermint oil on your skin as it will sting and burn.
Peppermint is one of my favorite things to pair with chocolate and often used in baking. Here’s how to make your own peppermint extract at home.