Medicinal Perennials

A lot of medications are available at the nearest pharmacy to help any possible human ailment. There are also thousands of side effects that comes with those drugs. These mainstream pharmaceuticals are composed of many different man-made chemicals. It’s not that there aren’t any natural elements in them but there are far more beneficial effects to be reaped from nature.

There are plants that offer many very vital medicinal benefits. With just a small amount of research, you can get plenty of information to absorb concerning medicinal foliage. Here are some of them:

 

daffodilsDaffodils (Narcissus)

Daffodils are not just a beautiful addition to the garden. It is a relatively ancient plant. Prior to the advent of the Industrial Revolution, daffodil remained a mainstay of rustic country medicine. A curious application of the roots involves its being used as a remedy of various sorts of ear infections. It is said that the extracted juices of fresh daffodil root, when mixed with honey and a cold maceration of wine, frankincense, and myrrh, was said to cure even the foulest ear infections and facilitate in the hastening of wound healing and the prevention of sepsis. The flowers, when used by itself typically in the form of infusions are given to remedy whooping cough, flu, and intermittent fevers. There have also been several studies to show that Daffodil is very useful for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

In spite of its long-standing use as a medicinal herb, pure forms of daffodils possess a highly toxic, nature, and if consumed in even moderate doses can result in vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and eventually, death due to the breakdown of the central nervous system. The whole plant is itself toxic, possessing various chemical compounds (iycorine/narcissine) which are highly hepatoxic, with preparations derived from the bulb being the most concentrated. In spite of its long-standing use, inexpert herbalists are advised to avoid all preparations made from, or containing the non-extract form of daffodils, especially ones prepared as tinctures. Preparations made from traditional herbalists may be comparatively safer, although it is best to shy away its use altogether.

 

dolls eyesDoll Eye (Actaea pachypoda)

It is also known as the white baneberry is native to eastern North America and often grows to two feet tall. Although it looks unremarkable for most of its life-cycle when it produces its berries, which ripen over the summer, it takes on this rather sinister look. The berries last until the first frost and, of course, give the plant its popular name. In many instances, Doll Eye is not safe for human ingestion. In small amounts, and brewed into tea, it is useful in reducing symptoms of cold and headaches. Cherokee Indians once used its roots and parts for brewing a solution to relieve birthing or premenstrual symptoms.

 

fiddlehead fernFiddlehead Fern (Matteuccia)

These are easy to distinguish. Fiddleheads or fiddlehead greens are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. The ferns have been part of traditional diets in much of Northern France, Asia, and Native Americans for centuries. As fiddleheads are harvested early in the season before the frond has opened and reached its full height, they are trimmed close to the ground.

7 health benefits of fiddlehead.

  1. Fiddleheads can be extremely helpful for weight loss. They are nutritionally dense. One hundred grams of fiddlehead ferns contain 34 calories. Also the fiber content in fiddleheads inhibits the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin that tells the brain that one is ready to eat something.
  2. Fiddleheads can help individuals fight infections. It contains 44 percent of the vitamin C daily requirements per 100 grams.
  3. Fiddleheads can help maintain a healthy blood pressure. They have a very high content of potassium and a low content of sodium. People with high blood pressure can benefit from consuming fiddleheads.
  4. Fiddleheads can help boost energy metabolism. Manganese is important for many enzymes that control blood sugar, energy metabolism, and thyroid function.
  5. Fiddleheads can help the body create new healthy red blood cells. If one is anemic, then fiddleheads are the way to go. One hundred grams of fiddleheads contain 7 percent and 16 percent of the recommended value of iron and copper, respectively.
  6. Fiddleheads may help treat or even prevent cancer. The antioxidant beta-carotene found in fiddleheads has been associated with reduced risk of several cancers. B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and calcium are very effective in curing stomach ulcers.
  7. Fiddleheads can help keep your eyes healthy. It is rich in vitamin A with one hundred grams handling 72 percent of the daily recommendation.

 

aloe veraAloe Vera

Aloe vera is a succulent and mucilaginous plant that can grow up to 40 inches in height. Without a stem, its green leaves resemble blades or a sword coming out from a central point. These thick and heavy leaves contain the precious healing gel that provides the medicinal uses of aloe vera. The leaves are notched with small white points. Their orange flowers bloom in the summertime. If you want to grow the plant for making aloe vera remedies, then put your plant in a hot dry location in your home. It thrives on lots of sunlight. You’ll know this plant is doing well because over time the parent plant will produce many little offspring plants from the pot which you can lovingly separate and plant into other pots. It’s important not to crowd too many aloes in one pot and give them room to grow big. In doing so, you’ll get more available aloe vera gel over time.

There are as many benefits as there are medicinal uses of aloe vera. The gel that is found on the inside of this plant is cooling and soothing for all sorts of things from burns, cuts, stings, bruises and rashes to welts, itching, blisters, infections, and abrasions. Here are some other incredible benefits and medicinal uses of aloe vera:

  • Aloe vera is good for irritated or inflamed skin.
  • Aloe vera helps repair your skin from the most tender of wounds.
  • Aloe vera helps speed the process of healing to burns and other wounds.
  • Aloe vera is hydrating, rejuvenating and toning for your skin.
  • Aloe vera moistures and softens your skin.
  • It can be added to other ingredients to make soap, facial toners, facial scrubs and masks, after shave, mists, lip balm, salve, tinctures, washes, creams and astringents.
  • Aloe vera remedies comes in the form of shampoos that make your hair naturally sparkle.

Imagine never having to go to the grocery store to buy aloe vera remedies when you can grow it as a house plant and get it fresh anytime you need it!

 

Source: RealtyTimes.com, kuriositas.com, herbs-info.com, dovemed.com, twineagles.org

 

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