Effective herbs that work wonders for common ailments

Joint Pain: Rosemary oil is a recognized treatment for joint pain and poor circulation in European countries such as Germany. A generous pinch of fresh or dried leaves, when used in teas and food would be good enough. But experts warn over the overdose of the herb, as too much of rosemary could increase blood pressure levels.

Migraines: Basil (Tulsi) helps in calming nervous irritability. The analgesic effect that basil provides, help relive tension headaches, and migraines. Infuse a handful of freshly chopped basil in a pint of water for 20 minutes. Strain and divide into two or three doses and drink as soon as the pain begins. Continue to drink this solution throughout the day. However, experts warn that the use of basil should be avoided during the initial 20 weeks of pregnancy, due to the possibility of a miscarriage. Applying a paste of Basil and Camphor on the forehead relieves headache.

Cold: Lemon would be the best source to treat colds, as the Vitamins A and C work well to protect the mucus membranes of nose, throat, mouth and lungs, as all these are more vulnerable to infections in winter. Infuse lemon juice and ginger in warm water and drink every morning. The Vitamin C in lemon supports liver function, and is more of a natural immunity booster and vitality builder. Lemon juice is also a good antiseptic, when applied to cuts.

Sore Throat: Honey is the best remedy for sore throats and irritating coughs. It soothes the membranes of upper respiratory tracts, thereby relieving symptoms such as sore throats and coughs. Stir honey and lemon to taste into a glass of hot water, allow it to cool to room temperature, and then sip it. While the honey soothes the throat, the lemon helps cut mucus. A few tulsi leaves too, could be added for additional benefit.

Coughs with phlegm: The essential oil in Thyme, serve as a powerful decongestant when swallowed. Thyme liquefies phlegm on the chest, enabling it to break away, so that the cells underneath could heal. It is better to use fresh thyme in food, as cooking may destroy the essential oil present in it. A report by German Government, further confirms that drinking a cup of tea, made from warm water, to which half a teaspoon of thyme is added, will work as a cure for coughs and colds.

Indigestion: The fact that the aromatic spice, cinnamon, inhibits the growth of E-Coli bacteria in the stomach, aiding digestion, while also preventing flatulence, has been confirmed through research. It is also believed to improve appetite, and hence considered a good spice to be used when recovering from cold or flu. Stir half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder into any warm drink, and consume small portions of it every morning. However, experts warn against the usage of cinnamon, as it is believed to thin the blood.

Stress, Insomnia: According to an American study, involving 31 adults, it was found that lavender essential oil proved to be a mild sedative and promotes deep sleep. Lavender essential oil also helps in relaxation and tackling emotional stress. Four drops of lavender essential oil could be added to any essential carrier oil, and dabbed on to pillow or before going to bed. Recent researches indicate that lavender essential oil also helps in easing post-operative pain, when mixed with oxygen.

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