For thousands of years man has been searching for ways to cure the common cold, ease pain, and reduce inflammation and infection. Even before there were modern day drugs man had remedies for nearly everything that were just as potent and in some cases even more potent than the drugs we know now.
Natural herbal remedies can be very frugal, while easing the suffering in a gentle way, but you do need to read up and know what you are doing. Some herbal remedies are very potent and without help it can be easy to overdose on them, just because they are natural does not always make them harmless.
I am in no way a doctor, nor am I an expert in herbalism if you have a serious condition please consult a qualified professional this information if for your knowledge only.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, lets look at some herbs that can save you money.
- Chamomile: Very gentle, and easy on the stomach chamomile will relax you with out making you dopey or sleepy. Mild pain reliever and is good for inflammation and cuts.
- Valerian: Used to induce sleep and relax the muscles, also very good for anxiety, menstrual pain and severe insomnia.
- Hops: Great when mixed with Chamomile half and half, this is used relax and induce sleep. Good for headaches and tension, this can be taken in tea or used in your bath.
- St Johns Wort: A well known mild anti depressant this Herb can also help you relax and sleep. Also good for PMS and anxiety
Herbs for the Immune System
- Echinacea: Widely known for its immune system boost this herb is an antiviral, which will help fight colds and other viruses. It may also help with chronic fatigue and and yeast and bladder infections.
- Goldenseal: This is the partner to Echinacea and is an excellent anti-bacterial. Taken with Echinacea these two herbs make a powerful combination for fighting colds and the flu.
- Siberian ginseng: Considered to be a powerful immune system booster Ginseng is also widely known for its energy boosting properties.
- Omega 3 fatty acids: These are anti-inflammatory compounds and a useful in combating chronic pain when taken on a daily basis.
- White Willow Bark: this contains the same compounds as aspirin does making it a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
Many of the herbs described above can be grown in your own garden, bought in a regular grocery store, or taken from the wild, making them cheap and effective. There are literally hundreds if not thousands more herbal remedies available for the person who has the patience to search for them, and learn how to use them properly.