It’s always best to speak to health professionals before delving into the world of natural remedies. However, there’s no harm in consuming healthy teas and adding a little extra flax seed or garlic to your dishes next time you need a health boost.
Here is a list of the most powerful medicinal plants in the UK.
1. Evening primrose oil
The oil that the vibrant yellow evening primrose flower produces is believed to alleviate the symptoms of PMS and skin conditions like eczema. Some studies found that this plant’s oil also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Chamomile is a popular tea flavour. However, it also has calming powers that have been proven to relieve a variety of ailments.
It is rich in antioxidants, showing potential anti-cancer treatments and is linked with curing anxiety according to a recent study.
One of the oldest tree species, gingko is also considered as one of the oldest homoeopathic plants — making it a key herb in Chinese medicine.
Aside from being consumed as tea when dried, its leaves are used to create capsules, tablets, and extracts. Gingko extract has been used as a treatment for asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and tinnitus. It is also believed to improve memory, though experts do not thoroughly understand how it works.
People have been using echinacea as medicine in the form of teas, juice, and extracts for centuries. At present, we consume it in powder or supplement form.
Echinacea best works to shorten symptoms of the common cold, though more studies need to verify its benefit and how it boosts immunity when a virus is present.
5. Flax seed
Flax seeds have been harvested for thousands of years and is praised for its antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory benefits at present.
A lot of people add flax seed and flaxseed meal to oatmeal and smoothies. It is also available in the form of tablets, oil (which can be put into capsules), and flour.
Rich in vitamins and minerals, dandelions are great for people who need vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, and calcium in their bodies. These vitamins help support strong bone and liver health.
Every part of a dandelion is useful and good for the human body — wherein roots are commonly used for teas, leaves as garnishes for various dishes and its sap is great for the skin.
Used in a variety of ways, lavenders are proven to impact a person’s mood and cognitive performance directly. People now widely use it for the flower’s anti-anxiety capabilities.
For some who want to get their much-needed sleep, lavender is also used for its sedative properties.
Aside from potentially having anti-cancer properties, some believe turmeric can prevent DNA mutations. Originating in India, it also has anti-inflammatory content, and some have been using it to relieve discomfort among arthritis patients.
9. Tea tree
Native to Australia, the tea tree produces an oil that’s widely regarded to be beneficial for various skin conditions. These include mild acne, athlete’s foot, insect bites, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Great for fighting infections, garlic is also used in aiding with cholesterol management, and much more. Consuming garlic on a regular basis is good for your overall health, and it is easy to incorporate into various dishes.
Raw garlic is the most potent, however, so try eating it uncooked to get the most health benefits.
Popular as a flavour in gum, toothpaste and desserts for its fresh taste, peppermint also makes a delightful tea that helps relieve tummy aches, nausea and muscle pain. It can also be a good option for pregnant women who suffer from occasional morning sickness.