Health food stores are the common meeting ground for people who are frustrated with traditional health medicine and wish to explore alternative ways to improve their health. Modern herbal medicine is used by many people to treat everything from acne to ulcers. Herbs are also used in beauty concoctions and to season foods.
Herbs are indeed very versatile and suitable for numerous body care purposes. Traditional medicine is now starting to acknowledge the importance herbs has in treating many ailments. Modern herbalism and traditional medicine find they share similar goals: To treat the whole individual. In this article we take a look at a few select herbs beginning with "A" and their medicinal benefits.
Aloe has been used to treat various conditions for literally hundreds of years. The part of the herbal plant that is commonly used is the sticky gel that is obtained from the plants leaves. It was once proudly displayed in pharmaceutical shops a hundred years ago. Its purpose was to treat a number of health related problems. It is thought to be a powerful cleanser, anesthetic, healer, nutrient, and moisturizer. Aloe Vera applied to the skin is thought to promote fast wound healing, ease a sunburn, and heal minor Skin conditions.
The ancients named the herb Angelica because it was thought that the plant could ward off evil influences and cure illness. The purplish plant has a very distinct and pleasant odor and is thought safe to consume the herb in small controlled quantifies. Angelica roots distinct flavor is certainly apparent in many popular liqueurs. Herbalists recommend the herb to cure gas, stomach ailments, and migraines. Herbalist warn pregnant women and those with diabetes to avoid taking this herb. The herb negatively affects pregnant women and causes menstruation. It also might affect blood pressure.
This herb is a member of the sunflower family. The herb was used by early European settlers and Native American to treat various medical conditions. Warning: It is recommended for external application only. Arnica external preparations in ointment form are thought to successfully treat sprains, bruising, skin discoloration, and inflammation.
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(Please note that all the herbs listed are for information purposes only. Use due caution. The statements and information are not meant to diagnose illness or cure any type of ailment)
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