Natural medicine can perfectly help in the treatment of flu and colds (and other medical conditions). Today we review 15 most useful herbs you can rely on with a full description of valuable properties and a list of contraindications.
Best natural remedies you can use every day
This plant of the succulent genus was first discovered in the countries of South Africa and Arabia. During the trip of a Russian ship to South Africa, one of the team members got an unknown tropical fever, and he had to be left on the shore. Literally a month later the sailor was found by another team at the same place ─ he looked much better. It turned out that he found a tropical plant in the jungle that looked like a bush and chewed its leaves (rather from hunger), and then noticed that the state of his health significantly improved.
Aloe juice is often used in medicine, and aloe gel is used in cosmetology. Aloe juice contains useful trace elements: manganese, copper, potassium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorus, chlorine, bromine, vanadium, iron, iodine, silver, fluorine, silicon, zinc and many others.
- strengthens the immune system;
- purifies blood;
- treats diseases of the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive and urinary systems;
- has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal effect;
- treats eye diseases;
- enhances the secretion of the digestive glands;
- normalizes cholesterol level;
- accelerates the healing of wounds and ulcers;
- treats diseases in the gynecological area;
- removes inflammation from the gums
Aloe juice should not be used in cancer, possible allergic reactions, uterine bleeding and pregnancy (only with the permission of the treating doctor).
This perennial plant grows mainly in mountainous regions, and most often it can be found in the Far East, China, Tibet, Vietnam, Altai, Siberia. China is the native land of the plant, and its name is borrowed from the Chinese language (originally, ginseng is written in two words and translated as “the root of life”). The most useful part of ginseng is a root, which is similar in shape to a small human figure (in this connection, ginseng is sometimes translated from the same Chinese as “root man”).
- has an anti-inflammatory effect;
- affects carbohydrate metabolism;
- lowers blood sugar;
- improves vision;
- increases the endurance of the body and its resistance to stresses, infections, changes in external temperatures, etc.;
- levels blood pressure at hypotension;
- lowers cholesterol;
- activates the function of the adrenal glands;
- stimulates blood circulation of the brain;
- accelerates fat metabolism;
- promotes rapid healing of wounds and ulcers
Self-medication with uncontrolled intake of preparations containing ginseng may lead to a deterioration of well-being or even to fatal poisoning, so you’d better consult a doctor before taking this natural medication. Ginseng is completely contraindicated in acute infectious diseases, high blood pressure, pregnancy.
3. Garcinia Cambogia
Garcinia Cambogia grows in the humid, tropical climate of southeast Asia, in central and western Africa. Fruits of the plant (yellow, green and red) were used not only in cooking, but also for the treatment of hormonal disorders, and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- improves digestion;
- promotes rapid saturation;
- helps to get rid of excess weight;
- breaks down fats;
- reduces appetite
Garcinia Cambodia is contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women, people with diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental and neurological disorders. Use of the drug for ischemia and hypertension requires special care.
You can order Garcinia Cambogia – herbal supplement for weight loss – in pharmacy mall online. The product is not available in city pharmacies and sports nutrition stores.
There are about 30 different types of Eleutherococcus, but only one is used in medicine – Eleutherococcus spiny. This species is a shrub which can reach 4 meters in height. Its fruits have the form of black berries. Eleutherococcus belongs to the family of Araliaceae, like ginseng and, accordingly, has similar properties. For this reason, it is often used in case of overwork as a tonic.
- tones up;
- increases efficiency;
- relieves chronic fatigue;
- tidies up the nervous system;
- helps reduce blood sugar levels;
- helps in the prevention of oncology;
- has a calming effect on the eyes, favorably affects the eyesight as a whole
- improves appetite;
- increases the body’s resistance to infectious diseases;
- helps with irradiation and poisoning;
- contributes to the treatment of stomatitis and other diseases of the oral cavity;
- useful for restoring the menstrual cycle and infertility;
- increases male sexual activity
Eleutherococcus is not recommended for chronic insomnia, high blood pressure, fever, pregnancy, increased nervous excitability, and children under 12 years of age.
Coltsfoot belongs to the family of astroids (Compositae), and its main useful property is the treatment of a cough and other bronchodilator diseases. Coltsfoot contains alkaloids with antibacterial action, and inulin, which improves digestion and improves digestion.
- improves the secretion of gastric juice;
- a decoction of the plant removes muscle and joint pain;
- helps with inflammatory skin diseases (furunculosis, acne);
- helps with excessive sweating of the feet;
- contributes to the treatment of infectious and inflammatory diseases (tonsillitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis);
- helps with dental problems (periodontal disease, inflammation of the gums);
- treats bronchodilator diseases
It is not recommended to use the solution of the plant in pregnancy, acute diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, asthenia, and also for the treatment of alcoholism.
Salvia (Latin name of sage) is a large genus of shrubby plants. By the way, it comes from the Latin word “salvere” (“to be healthy”). The description of this plant remained in the records of many Greek and Roman physicians. Hippocrates, in particular, called sage a “sacred grass”.
About 700 species of Salvia are recorded around the world. However, for medical purposes, in theory, only 100 of them are used, and in practice, only 2 – sage meadow (wild-growing) and medicinal sage (specially grown in gardens). In fresh form, sage leaves are applied only externally. The leaves contain vitamins, phytoncides, essential oils, alkaloids, flavonoids, organic acids, tar and tannins, natural antioxidants.
- helps in the treatment of skin diseases, external wounds, ulcers, tumors;
- has anti-inflammatory properties;
- has a restorative effect on the body;
- limits sweating;
- helps with diarrhea;
- helps prevent arthritis and treat frostbite;
- has antiseptic and spasmolytic effects;
- effective in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and women’s diseases
- improves memory;
- has a strengthening effect on the hair (slows the process of baldness in men)
Do not use sage during breastfeeding, as it reduces lactation (however, when it is time to wean the baby from breast milk, sage, on the contrary, will be useful)
Nettles has burning hairs covering its stems and leaves. In theory, all of us from early childhood know that you cannot touch the nettle with your hands, because you can get burned but in practice the nettle’s benefit is much greater than its “maltreatment” (except for a nettle tree from New Zealand, which not only burns but in principle dangerous for life).
Nettle contains carotene, ascorbic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nickel, sodium, copper, titanium, manganese, boron, iodine, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and PP, and vitamin C. Nettle is often used for preparing various broths for medical purposes, but its leaves can also substantially brighten the taste of many soups.
- purifies blood;
- increases the level of hemoglobin in the blood;
- contributes to the treatment of skin diseases (furuncles, acne, eczema);
- has hemostatic and healing action;
- helps the female body to recover faster after childbirth;
- facilitates the symptoms of PMS and menopause;
- improves the tone of the cardiovascular system, improves the heart;
- helps in the treatment of rheumatism, radiculitis, alleviating muscle pain;
- can be used for hair and scalp care, reduces hair loss;
- improves the digestive system, has a laxative action;
- normalizes blood sugar in diabetes mellitus
Nettle is contraindicated in pregnancy, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, atherosclerosis.
8. Ginkgo biloba
The main places of origin of ginkgo biloba are Japan and South-East Asia. Ginkgo biloba has long been one of the main drugs of Asian medicine, and today it is successfully used as a means to improve memory and prolong youth. The extract from the leaves of ginkgo biloba includes more than 40 biologically active compounds. There is also a unique component in this plant – bilobalide.
- stimulates mental activity;
- improves concentration, clarity of mind and memory;
- slows the development of senile dementia and brain aging processes;
- relieves dizziness and headache;
- struggles with depressive states;
- stimulates reaction speed and efficiency;
- eliminates feelings of anxiety, anxiety, and irritability;
- stimulates sexual activity;
- improves sleep
Do not use ginkgo biloba extract during pregnancy.
Kombucha or “Medusomyces Gisevi” is a symbiosis of acetic sticks and yeast fungi. This plant came from China. In everyday life and folk medicine, kombucha infusions are used for weight loss, hair care, pigmented spots and even warts on the skin. Kombucha does well with healing tasks, as it contains many healing ingredients (alkaloids, vitamins, enzymes, glycosides, aromatic substances, as well as sugar, acetic acid, and alcohol).
- strengthens the immune system;
- has antibacterial and antiviral effects;
- helps in the treatment of the common cold, sore throat, bacterial disinfection;
- tones up;
- removes mental fatigue;
- restores the microflora of the stomach after taking strong drugs
Because of the high sugar content, kombucha may not be useful to people suffering from fungal diseases, obesity, diabetes mellitus.
Alfalfa is a perennial plant of the legume family from China which has a high nutritional value, which is why it is often used in digestive disorders. The plant contains isoflavones and flavones (substances that regulate hormonal activity in women), saponins (substances that block the absorption of cholesterol) and chlorophyll, which helps to cleanse the entire body. Also, alfalfa contains minerals (iron, zinc, potassium, calcium) and acids (citric, malic, ascorbic, fumaric, oxalic).
- cleanses the body;
- helps women’s health (with menopause, breastfeeding);
- helps in the treatment of cystitis, hemorrhoids, prostatitis, pyelonephritis;
- stops nasal bleeding;
- promotes excretion of kidney stones;
- helps to activate hair growth;
- relieves redness and swelling
It is not recommended to use alfalfa during pregnancy and autoimmune diseases.
Leuzea grows high in the mountains. The plant contains biostimulators, concentrated in the root, that is why, it is also often called a “natural anabolic” (a substance that gives energy, increases endurance, facilitates the rapid recovery of muscles). So the root of the leuzea can often be found in popular sports supplements.
- improves blood composition;
- stimulates the vital processes of the body;
- promotes vasodilation, thereby regulating blood pressure;
- increases the level of hemoglobin;
- has a toning and restorative effect;
- heals from apathy, depression;
- increases efficiency;
- lowers blood sugar;
- can help in the fight against alcoholism and impotence
The leuzea root is contraindicated in epilepsy, arrhythmia, sleep disorders, arterial hypertension, increased nervous excitability, chronic liver and kidney diseases, acute period of infectious diseases.
Even the ancient Greek philosopher Xenophanes wrote about sagebrush in his works. The plant is a straight stem about 1.5 meters high with leaves and yellow (sometimes reddish) flowers. The stems and leaves of wormwood concentrate a lot of useful substances and essential oils. In addition, carotene, ascorbic acid, potassium salts, malic and succinic acids have been found in Artemisia. By the way, another popular species of sagebrush is Estragon, which is tarragon. Sagebrush is a part of absinthe and some other vermouths.
- stimulates the vital activity of the body;
- gives the body tone;
- has cleaning properties;
- fights with pyogenic infections;
- has a helminthic effect;
- helps in the treatment of eczema, bronchial asthma, and rheumatism;
- used to rinse the mouth with an unpleasant odor
Sagebrush is not recommended for use in pregnancy, breastfeeding, anemia, bleeding, enterocolitis, stomach ulcer, gastritis. In large doses, sagebrush can cause a breakdown of the nervous system.
Horsetail is a perennial herb which reproduces by spores, looks like a mini-tree and slightly resembles a horse’s tail (horsetail-derived from the “tail”). As befits a weed, horsetail does not have its historical homeland. Horsetail contains many useful substances and elements: vitamin C, flavonoids, potassium salts, silicic acid salts, bitterness, saponins, carotene, resins, and tannins.
- stops bleeding;
- heals wounds and ulcers;
- has a strong diuretic effect;
- has antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and restorative effects;
- treats diarrhea;
- heals eczema, lichen, and dermatitis;
- recommended for the prevention of tuberculosis;
- useful in arthritis, arthrosis, rheumatism
The use of horsetail is contraindicated in pregnancy, nephrosis, and nephritis.
This perennial plant of the family of the clear-water plants usually grows on vacant lots. The territory of the motherwort is very extensive: it can be found in Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Western Siberia. Its solution soothes in stressful situations and has a beneficial effect on the work of the heart. Motherwort has the strongest soothing effect: it contains flavonol glycosides, essential oil, saponins, alkaloid stachydrin, tannins, and carotene.
- treats neuroses, heart diseases;
- helps with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
- has a beneficial effect on sleep and menstrual disorders;
- heals wounds and burns;
- used in the early stages of hypertension
Motherwort is contraindicated in pregnancy, hypotension, bradycardia, gastric ulcer, erosive gastritis.
Echinacea is a perennial plant from the family of astroids. There are only 9 species of Echinacea, and the most popular is Echinacea purpurea, it is also used for medicinal purposes. Echinacea resembles a daisy (only petals of a different color). Its stems, flowers, leaves, and rhizomes with roots are used as a medicinal raw material. All parts of Echinacea contain polysaccharides, essential oil, caffeic acid esters (echinacoside), glycosides, resins, betaine, organic acids (cerutinic, palmitic, coffee, linoleic, oleic, and phytosterols, phenolic compounds, phenolic acids, tannins, polyenes, and alkaloids). Echinacea is a powerful plant antibiotic.
- has an immunostimulating effect;
- increases the body’s resistance to viral and infectious diseases (due to coffee acid);
- has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect;
- helps with burns, furunculosis, wounds, abscesses, hives, insect and snake bites, eczema, herpes and other skin diseases;
- used for diseases caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, ionizing radiation, chronic inflammatory processes;
- helps in the treatment of polyarthritis, rheumatism, gynecological disorders, prostatitis, upper respiratory tract disease
It is not recommended to take echinacea during breastfeeding and pregnancy, as well as in autoimmune diseases and tuberculosis.
If you have an acute stage of the above diseases, it is necessary to consult a doctor before using these plants and their derivatives. These plants, with rare exceptions, are not recommended for use in children under 12 years.