As the years go by, many diseases and illnesses have been discovered. This is the reason why many pharmaceutical medicines were also developed. But some people still prefer natural treatments like herbal medicines. The main reasons for their preference of herbs over drugs are the costs, possibility of side effects, and ease of intake.
However, most people still don’t know what can cure them even if it’s staring them right in their faces. Your kitchen is a treasure trove of some of these herbal medicines which can relieve common illnesses.
Garlic, for instance, is usually used to add spice, flavor, and aroma to the dishes that you prepare. But garlic is also one of the most popular and potent herbal medicine that you can find in your kitchen. Garlic is good for those who have heart diseases, high cholesterol levels, and high blood pressure. You can also use this as an aid in the treatment of tuberculosis, prevention of specific kinds of cancer, improvement of immune system, and relief of sore throat and toothache.
Another common medicinal herb in your kitchen is ginger. This is another spice usually used in famous Filipino dishes such as Tinola or Paksiw. However, this also has medicinal properties like relieving muscle and rheumatic pains, cold, cough, fever, toothache, sore throat, and nausea. It could also help in indigestion and in some fungal and viral infections.
This next plant is popular for its bitter taste and wrinkled skin–the ampalaya. This vegetable became well known a few years ago especially in lowering blood sugar levels among diabetics. However, it can also relieve other illnesses such as liver and spleen diseases, rheumatism and gout, headaches, high blood pressure, and cough and fever.
Tomato is another good example of herbal medicines. This fruit has lycopene, which is an antioxidant that can destroy free radicals in the body that may eventually cause cancer. This is also good for people who have heart diseases and for people who don’t want to experience premature aging.
Another herbal medicine which is popular for cough relief is oregano. But most people don’t know that it can also aid in preventing arthritis, and aging prematurely. Moreover, it could heal wounds and insect bites and stings. For asthmatic people, this herb can also relieve their discomfort.
There is also an herbal medicine that is commonly used as a treatment for beauty-related problems such as acne, pimples, inflammation of skin, and dry, brittle hair—the Aloe Vera. It can also reduce high blood pressure and can cure insect bites and burns. Sambong, as what Filipinos call it, is also known for its antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It can also aid in the treatment of arthritis.
There are many herbal medicines which you can find inside your house, specifically in the kitchen. All you have to do is open your eyes and look around. So instead of going immediately to a drugstore to buy a medicine, why not go to your kitchen first, and search for the relief and treatment that you are looking for.
Jenny Richards is a free lancer writer and content builder of www.symptomsofheartattack.org/