Essential oils are oils found in herbs and flowers that give them their characteristic odor. Essential oils are time consuming to make because they take a lot of herbs and flowers to produce small quantities of them. They are also very concentrated and should by used in small quantities. Essential oils have many uses and are popular for treating skin disease, sinus, the cold and flu, immune disorders, sore muscle and chronic diseases. They are also used in perfumes, cosmetics, massage therapy and fragrance.
Herbs are one of the best alternative medicines because they are natural energy healers designed by nature itself. During the 20th century, pharmaceutical drugs were introduced and many people stopped relying on herbs. Herbs are natural medicine that should not be forgotten because many of them can heal the body without any bad side effects. Many of them contain natural healing chemicals that are still a mystery to scientists today. Because of the rise in health care cost, many people are starting to switch back to herbal and other alternative medicine.
There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of herbs that are still being use today to treat diseases. Herbalists who have been in the herb industry for years are very familiar with the different types of herbs and their uses. If you are new to the herbal community, you may want to learn certain terms to help you communicate with other herbalists. Below is a list of some of the common terms that are use in the herbal community.
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that use highly diluted substances to treat diseases. The substances are usually plants, such as flowers or herbs. The substances are usually made into tinctures but some are also available in tablet forms. To make the tincture, plant substance is diluted with alcohol or distilled water and shaken. The shaken process is called succussion. Homeopaths believe that by shaking the homeopathic remedy, its vital energy is activated. Homeopaths believe homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Homeopathy is based on the law of similars, “like cures like.” In other words, a symptom that is caused by large doses of a substance, can also be cured by the same substance in small doses.
Urinary tract infection, also known as UTI is caused by a bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli) which normally lives in the intestines of animals and people. There are many strains of E. coli, most of them don’t cause disease unless they escape outside of the intestines. Learn how to treat UTIs naturally without the use of antibiotics that can cause side effects.
Funnel is a sweet-smelling herb that is known for its soothing and relaxing properties. Fennel is often used by herbalists to improve kidneys, liver, spleen, lungs, depression, blood pressure, sexual desire, respiratory congestion and digestion. Women who are on birth control pills may want to avoid fennel because of its mildestrogenic effects.
There are many natural remedies that can reduce the effects of sore throat. Three of best ones are lemon, honey and cayenne pepper. Lemon is great for reducing the levels of mucus and contracting inflamed tissues. Honey does an excellent job soothing and disinfecting your throat.
Toothache is usually caused by a bacterial infection or tooth decay. If you are experiencing toothaches and do not have time to see a dentist right away, clove can be a temporary solution to immediately help relieve your toothache. Clove is a herb that is well known for its antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and stimulating properties. Besides toothache, herbalist has used clove to treat infections, diarrhea, respiratory problems, wounds, scabies and acne. One of the natural chemical compound responsible for relieving toothache in clove is Eugenol.
Canker sores can be a pain in the rear because they make eating, drinking, speaking and brushing our teeth so much harder. The direct cause of canker sores is still up to debate but most researchers agreed that they are caused by virus, bacteria, stress, hormonal changes and food allergies. Canker sores can last up to 2 weeks but they can be reduce significantly by a natural remedy called licorice root extract.