Plants have been used for centuries as medicines. Science has repeatedly shown the beneficial and therapeutic qualities of plants and how these qualities can help to heal the body, mind and soul. There are scientific journals that explore the individual chemicals in plants and the actions of these chemicals on the body. Below, please find some suggested uses of the following plant medicines.
Calendula flowers (latin: Calendula officinalis) - contains triterpene, flavonoids and chlorogenic acid. There has been laboratory data that shows anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and astringent/wound healing properties^.
Chamomile flowers (latin: Matricaria chamomilla) - contains glycosides, amino acids and volatile oils. The chemical constituents of chamomile have been stated to have a sedative (calming) action on the body and can be anti-inflammatory.
Dandelion leaves and root (latin: Taraxacum officianale) -contains triterpenes, glycosides, vitamins and minerals. Dandelion leaves are thought to be a diuretic (encourages the release of urine) and the plant overall has been called a liver tonic. Dandelion has been used to detoxify and to strengthen the liver.
Ginger root (latin: Zingiber officianale) - contains volatile oils, sesquiterpenes, gingerdiols and lipids. Has been used effectively in increasing circulation, calming digestive disturbances as well as an anti-inflammatory.
Green Tea leaves (latin: Camellia Sinensis) - contains catachins, polyphenols, carotenoids and minerals. Green tea does contain caffeine. Other than being consumed for its flavor and energy-promotion, Green tea can be a likely benefit to cancer-prevention protocol.
Hibiscus flowers (latin: Hibiscus sabdarifa) - contains acids such as citric and malic acid as well as sugars such as mannose and galactose. The flowers of the hibiscus plant have been consumed as a beverage in many indigenous cultures. Consuming the leaves has been reported to help relax muscles, to calm the heart and uterus as well as to encourage healthy digestion.
Holy Basil leaves/Tulsi (latin: Ocimum sanctum) - contains volatile oils and flavonoids. Historically used in Ayurvedic medicine (Indigenous to India) for treating malaria, infections, arthritis and overall inflammatory conditions. It has been utilized for spiritual practices as well and is known in folklore to prolong life and to promote longevity.
Lavender flowers (latin: Lavandula officianalis) - contains volatile oils such as linalol and limonene, as well as additional constituents known as triterpenes and flavonoids. This herb is widely used for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Its gentle action is in soothing the nervous system and creating calm and promoting rest.
Lemon balm leaves (latin: Melissa officianalis) - contains volatile oils, flavonoids and rosmarinic acid. The leaves are often used to calm spasms in the digestive system as well as in the nervous system. Lemon balm can be considered for reducing chest palpitations and feelings of anxiousness.
Lemongrass leaves (latin: Cymbopogon citratus) - contains terpenes, ketones and essential oils. Indigenous to southeast Asia, this plant has been used as an antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial. Its astringent properties allows it to ward of bugs internally (digestive parasites) and externally (the essential oil is a bug repellant).
Nettle leaves (latin: Urica dioica) - contains high levels of chlorophyll, indoles (such as serotonin and histamine), acetylcholine and many vitamins and minerals. Historically used as a great spring tonic and liver cleanser. It is more commonly used for healing an inflamed urinary bladder and/or prostate gland.
Oatstraw leaves (latin: Avena sativa) - contains proteins, flavones and Vitamin E. Oats are known to be "nervines" and their action is to support the nervous system. Oats can be great for reducing stress and may have a relaxing as well as stimulant action on the nervous system. Oats are used to calm stress while providing energy from chronic fatigue.
Passionflower (latin: Passiflora incarnata) - contains alkaloids and flavonoids. The flower is used as a mild sedative and can soothe concerns associated with high blood pressure, insomnia and heart palpitations (tachycardia).
Peppermint leaves (latin: Mentha piperita) - contains phenolic acids and essential oils. Peppermint is commonly consumed as an after-dinner-tea, as it may aid in digestion and reduces digestive spasms. It is a soothing herb that encourages the flow of digestive juices.
Red Clover buds (latin: Trifolium pratense) - contains isoflavones, flavonoids, volatile oils and many vitamins and minerals. This herb may be considered for overall immune support and healing of the lung tissue (as well as mucous membranes and glands).
Rooibos leaves (latin: Aspalathus linearis) - an antioxidant plant containing polyphenols. Indigenous to South Africa, this antioxidant "red bush" has been studied and shown to help with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease‡.
Schisandra berries (latin: Schisandra chinensis) - contains lignans and phytosterols. Indigenous to China, this herb has been studied for its stress-reducing capabilities and has a history of being used for increasing endurance‡‡.
Skullcap leaves (latin: Scutellaria lattifera) - contains flavonoids, iridoids and tannins. Historically used as a nervine and sedative. The flavonoids have been shown to interact with neurotransmitter GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) and encourage calming as an anti-anxiety therapy^.
Turmeric root (latin: Curcuma longa) - a very well-studied, Ayurvedic (Indian) herb that has been used as an anti-inflammatory. The main component of this herb is curcumin, the constituent responsible for its golden hue.
The following materials were referenced:
Evans, W.C.; Trease and Evans Pharmocognosy 16th Edition
^ Hoffman, David; Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine
‡ J.L. Marnewick et al. / Journal of Ethnopharmacology 133 (2011) 46–52
‡‡ Panossian A, Wikman G. Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Jul 23;118(2):183-212
Pizzorno, Joseph E.; Textbook of Natural Medicine, 3rd Edition
Rakel, David; Integrative Medicine 2nd Edition
These statements, although researched, have not been proven by the FDA. Please do not take these statements as medical advice. The listed herbs are not meant to treat any health condition. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner regarding your health and any health concerns. If you have any medical condition, please seek proper assistance from a healthcare professional. The above information is provided for informational purposes only. Please use at your own risk. RootBerryLeaf releases all liability.