We are unfortunate enough to live in times when the water, air and environment are so polluted. It is but natural to look towards Mother Nature to keep us healthy and fit. Ancient herbal remedies have been passed down to us from generation to generation and many of these tinctures and medicinal herbs are scientifically proven to enhance health and well being. So let us study 10 of the best herbal remedies to always have in your herbal medical cabinet.
Cinnamon is a warming spice that is great for increasing blood circulation and for treating coughs, colds and flu. It mixes very well with Ginger and you can add this super combo to your tea or milk for a warming winter drink. Cinnamon is an amazing healing spice and you can use it to flavor recipes as well. Drink coffee or milk with a teaspoon of this herb and you will never suffer from cold hands and feet all day.
Here is a wonderful tincture remedy with cinnamon: Soak 20 grams of cinnamon in a liter of sweet wine for 10 days. Drink 2 small glasses every day to boost sexual stamina and energy. For severe cold that interferes with your sleep, drink hot milk with 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp honey. Slug down some brandy and you will be fit as a fiddle the next day.
Cayenne or Chilies is a naturally stimulating herb ; just a pinch of it can radiate warmth throughout your body. In the 19th century, herbalists recommended cayenne to remove toxins and poisons from the body. Cayenne is antispasmodic, tonic and stimulant herb to keep on hand always. Here is a DIY hot Cayenne oil for massaging away arthritis pain, muscle aches etc:
- 25 g Cayenne pepper
- 2 inches Ginger root-grated
- 2 tbsp Mustard powder
- 1 ¼ cup Vegetable oil
- 2 tsp ground Pepper
In a saucepan, add the oil and heat it up. Remove from heat and add all other ingredients. Let the mixture steep for 8 hours. Strain the oil to remove spices and store the remainder in a glass bottle. To use: Use a little oil by warming it up first. Massage it on painful joints.
Ginger is one of the best healing herbs that you must have on hand always. It is a useful remedy for colds, coughs, nausea and vomiting. The tea made by steeping ginger in hot water, taken with lemon and honey can improve digestion and prevent upset stomach.
4. St. John’s Wort
This is one of the most popular tinctures used for calming anxiety, preventing depression and reducing stress. For menstraul pain, you can combine St. John’s Wort , Black Haw Bark and Pasque Flower Tinctures. Drink 20 ml of the mixture for 3 days to stop period cramps.
5. Top 10 essential oils to keep in your herbal medicinal cabinet
The top 10 essential oils to keep in your medicinal cabinet are: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum and Tea Tree oils.
- Lavender essential oil- For cuts, burns, skin issues, hair problems, stress relief etc
- Chamomile- For stress relief, hair problems, anxiety, mood swings etc
- Geranium- For acne and skin issues
- Eucalyptus- Respiratory infections, colds, coughs, aches and pains
- Tea Tree- Fungal infections, skin problems, dandruff, acne
- Frankincense- Anti-aging, skin issues, calming, uplifting, meditation oil
- Helichrysum- Anti aging, calming, skin problems etc
- Peppermint- Colds, coughs, cooling, stimulating.
- Rosemary-Dandruff, relaxation, headaches. You can also keep rosemary herb on hand always and steep it into a tea to drink for relaxation.
Always dilute essential oils with suitable carrier oils like Sweet Almond/Coconut/Olive oil etc. Also do a patch test to ensure that you are not allergic to the oils.
6. Raw local honey
This is one of the most important ingredients to keep on hand at all times as it is useful for making many herbal tinctures and remedies as well. You can use honey on burns, cuts, scrapes etc. Buy a bottle of raw local honey to use in your recipes and you will actually ward off seasonal allergies as well.It lasts for a long time to come and is inexpensive. Mix half a tsp of powdered cloves with raw local honey and use it as a jam to strengthen immunity.
7. Other best herbal remedies to have on hand
Valerian, Echinacea and Yarrow are three of the most popular tinctures for your herbal medicine cabinet. Valerian is a powerful tincture for pain relief. It is a nervine tonic having antispasmodic properties. Echinacea tincture has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties. At the first sign of flu, take this tincture to alleviate symptoms. You can even use it for improving immunity, healing skin diseases and wounds. Yarrow is a powerful herbal remedy that can shrink tumors, fibroids and hemorrhoids. It can prevent severe bleeding during periods, and can regulate blood sugar levels and mood swings.
You might know Turmeric as an Indian spice and the main ingredient in curry powder. However it is the most powerful anti-inflammatory herb to have on hand and you can readily find it in health food stores. This healing herbal powder can be used both internally and externally and can fight coughs and infections. Externally, you can apply it to acne, burns and cuts to heal and soothe the skin.
9. Bentonite Clay
This remedy has internal and external uses. Apply bentonite clay as a face mask or as a paste on burns, cuts and oily acne prone skin to heal, soothe and calm the skin. You can also use it in detox baths or for heat rashes, poison ivy and stomach viruses. A little goes a long way and you can readily find it online and in health food stores.
10. Mullein and Elderberry
Both these medicinal herbs are healing and soothing. You must always keep them in your herbal medicine cabinet. Mullein is an immune booster tonic to fight colds and coughs. The tea made by steeping Mullein herb is a wonderful remedy for insomnia. Elderberry is a remedy for colds and flu and you can make syrup from it for coughs and sore throat. Both inexpensive herbs last for a long time.