More people are recognizing plants for their medicinal value. Some plants are more well known than others. It’s important to let your doctor know if you use any of these, as they can affect your medications.
1. These Plants Have Medicinal Value All On Their Own
- Lavender: It doesn’t just smell nice. The oil has both antiviral and antibacterial properties.
- Spinach: This dark green leafy vegetable has a variety of vitamins and minerals.
- Thyme: Used in Ancient Egypt, the plant contains medicinal oil while the leaves are considered a herb.
- Lady Ferns: Common in the Northern Hemisphere, the roots, and stems are considered therapeutic.
- Peppermint: Its oil is used as a flavoring, but the plant can have a calming effect. It also has antifungal properties.
- Cayenne Pepper: This herb stimulates blood circulation and aids in digestion.
- Dandelion: Used in salads, wine and as a coffee substitute, it’s also valued for its medicinal properties.
- Chamomile: Chamomile is used in treating a wide variety of diseases. Its main side effect is drowsiness.
- Ginger: The ginger root is known for it’s antibacterial, antioxidant and antiviral qualities.
- Garlic: Not only does it taste good, but it’s high in nutrients and low in calories.
- Catnip: Popular with cats, humans use it in their tea.
- Tea Tree: The oil is used in soaps, shampoos, and lotions. It’s believed to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
- Sage: This herb, often used in cooking, has antioxidants and nutrients.
- Marigold: Many know this plant only as a pretty flower. But, it can reduce body scars as well.
- Echinacea: This well-known herb fights the flu, inflammations, and fungus.