There is talk that herbs are better and safer to take than prescribed medications. I do not necessarily believe this, entirely. Some medications have negative effects, but so do some herbs. I do, however, believe that for most cases it can be healthier to use the alternative, herbal remedy, rather than science lab experimental drugs that the doctors prescribe us. Here are just a few ailments and the herbal remedies that you can use to try to fight them.
If you, or someone in your life, suffer from acne one of the best treatments is tea tree oil. Use this magnificent oil topically, dab right onto the infected area. Tea Tree is also great for other skin issues, like psoriasis and eczema.
If you suffer from anxiety try kava kava or chamomile. Both can be found in the form of a tea you can drink. Kava kava is popularly taken in a pill form also. Remedies for anxiety can also generally help with things like depression and panic attacks.
If you have stomach issues, like flatulence, heartburn or indigestion, tums does not have to be your answer. Rolaids does not have to spell relief. Try drinking some catnip tea. Fennel can also help to relieve stomach issues and can be found as a tea.
Sneezing? If you have an issue with allergies and the old standby, echinacea, just isn’t working anymore you can try vitamin C. Vitamin C is known as a natural antihistamine.
For colds and flu try some garlic. It may not keep the vampires away, but it will help with your sore throat and more. The best way to get garlic into your system is to eat it raw. But, if you find that a little bit hard to swallow then you can also take it in pill form.
If you suffer from insomnia and need a natural sleep aid then look no further than kava kava. This is another issue that chamomile tea can help with too. Generally our inability to sleep comes from some sort of anxiety. Magnesium and melatonin are both supplements that can help with insomnia. Any form of sleep aid should be taken thirty to sixty minutes prior to bed time so that they have time to get into your system and start working!
Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplements by Linda Skidmore-Roth