Herbal Rescue

Frequenting the local garden centres in the past would not have been my idea of a good time. However, I now seem to be at one with nature spending my weekends shopping for plants and potting mix. Maybe I’m getting older… who knows. I do however feel a burst of satisfaction each time I look over at my plant collection at home. Sure, the first few weeks experimenting with my plant fetish were touch and go… I couldn’t remember if the fern I bought from the markets went inside or out until a week later when it was lying near lifeless on the terrace.

I figure gardening is a skill learnt over time – and what better time to start than Spring. Along with new leaves and beautiful flowers, fresh herbs grow in abundance too.

Herbs have been used for medicinal healing purposes since the dawn of time yet we often forget about them favouring modern medicine to get our quick cure. So whilst we’re on the subject of all things green, I’ve dug up a few genius home remedies using herbs you can easily grow or may have dry in the spice cupboard.

Quick antacid from seeds
Believe it or not some of the most common kitchen spice seeds will help soothe stomach discomfort and relieve nausea thanks to their natural oils. All you need to do is chew one teaspoon of aniseed, dill, or caraway seeds for a minute and spit them out without swallowing. Repeat three times a day or as needed.

Soothe colon pain with peppermint
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects up to 20 percent of us and many more women than men. In 2011, scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia showed how peppermint helps to relieve IBS by activating an “anti-pain” channel in the colon. Reducing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.

Calm inflammation with oregano
Research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that when mice with inflamed paws were treated with oregano’s active ingredient—beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP)—the swelling subsided in 70 percent of cases. E-BCP links to structures in a cell’s membrane, inhibiting the production of substances that signal inflammation.

Alleviate a sore throat with sage
Due to its antibacterial properties, sage is very useful in treating a sore throat. To soothe a sore throat pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3 teaspoons of dried sage leaves in a glass. Strain sage leaves and gargle with the tea 3-4 times a day or as needed.

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