Though herbs have been used for hundreds of years to heal, scientists are finally starting to confirm these plants’ abilities to alleviate arthritis pain, reduce high blood sugar and cholesterol, and help with many other conditions. Herbs and other natural remedies can be as effective as traditional treatments, often without the same negative side effects.
Here are 15 super healers you’ll want to add to your apothecary —and even your favorite recipes. For ultimate witch status refer to these herbs by their scientific name. Double, Double, Toil & Trouble!
Alfalfa leaf (Medicago sativa): Stimulates the appetite, aids in digestion, and is considered an anti-inflammatory.
Basil (Ocimum sanctum): Great for strengthening hair, preventing hair loss, and restoring shine. It is also said to have anti-aging properties.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): An antibacterial that aids in healing, rashes, abrasion burns, and irritated skin. Helps calm nerves and ease tension.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum): Clove is though to be an antimicrobial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and aphrodisiac. Used to treat a variety of ailments, including toothache, indigestion, bronchial irritation, headache, and stress.
Dandelion root & leaves (Taraxacum officianle): Medicinally, dandelion stimulates liver activity, eases bowel issues, and acts as a diuretic. Because of its blood-cleansing ability, it helps eliminate toxins.
Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia): Has long been used for its immune boosting powers, preventing and defending against colds & flu.
Elder (Sambucus nigra): Used to treat bronchial irritation, asthma, allergies, and to reduce fevers. Similar to caffeine in that it suppresses the appetite, stimulates metabolism, and acts as a diuretic.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): Great in digestive tea, helps reduce abdominal cramps, stimulates digestion, and eases colic. In nursing mothers, can stimulate breast milk production.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Helps with upset stomach and relieves nausea. Known to promote sweating, flushing toxins, and aiding in treatment of cold and flu.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis): Promotes hair growth, thickens the hair, eases scalp irritation, and prevents premature graying. I love it in my smoothies!
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): A mild antidepressant; eases headaches, soothes upset stomach, and relieves tension, insomnia, and stress.
Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla): Great for relieving stress and calming the nerves. Aids digestion, reduces nausea, and relieves bronchial and nasal congestion.
Milk thistle (silybum marianum): Powerful antioxidant that fights signs of aging.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum): Has diuretic properties, stimulates appetite, and aids in digestion. Great for freshening breath.
Sage (Salvia officianlis): A digestive tonic, congestion reliever, and sore throat soother.