1. Aloe Vera
Can be found as a potted plant in homes, which produces a gel to treat skin ailments, such as mild burns, rashes and leg ulcers.Aloe Vera is also supposed to be a natural remedy to treat dandruff. The plant contains acemannan and aloin, which some researchers suspect could be helpful in treating cancer. However, much more research is needed to know how and when to use Aloe Vera for this purpose.
2. Fresh Ginger
Fresh ginger with its anti-inflammatory properties has been linked to increased circulation and helping to reduce arthritis pain. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. It also clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, which is great for cleaning your sinuses.
Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound in garlic, allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavour, acts as the world’s most powerful antioxidant. During both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. Today garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and may lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system.
The allicin in garlic is also a powerful antibiotic, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks. The garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold.
Turmeric can aid digestion and has been found to protect the liver and stomach lining, may prevent heart disease and doctors have suggested the spice has the potential to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.
Dr. Andrew Weil, writes about the benefits of Turmeric here.
Nettle leaf is rich in minerals. Ten grams of nettle contains 290 milligrams of calcium and 86 milligrams of magnesium. In comparison, ten grams of raw spinach contains 10 milligrams of calcium and 8 milligrams of magnesium, Stephanie Draus, ND. Brewing tea from the herb is a convenient way to access those minerals.
Nettle leaf has also been used to treat hay fever and herbal practitioners often recommend nettle tea to relieve allergy symptoms.The nettle leaves increase the thyroid function, increase metabolism and releases mucus in the colon allowing for the flushing of excess wastes. Today the main use of nettle seed tea is to relieve itching and swelling in skin infections and rejuvenate dry skin.
Ginseng is a greatl herb for handling stress. This ancient healing herb has been used widely throughout Asia as an energiser tonic. This special herb is particularly beneficial when recovering from illness or surgery for its restorative and anti-infection properties. It promotes regeneration from stress and fatigue. Some studies have shown some sugar-lowering effects in fasting and after-meal blood sugar levels for diabetics taking American Ginseng.