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Favorite Herbs For Medicinal Herb Gardening

Jul 23, 2008
There are few places that contain more scientific nonsense than in the advertisements for products that contain homeopathic medicinal herb medicines. Claims, almost miracle-like in nature, are made without properly being tested or even proven. Regardless, it is a fact that some herbs have been used to treat countless conditions for thousands of years and medicinal herb gardening has been done since antiquity. The following are some common herbs used for medicinal purposes:

Chamomile

Chamomile, an herb named after a similarly named dried flower, is often used to make a tasty and safe tea. Drinking it can soothe you, and may even work as a mild sedative. Some claim that chamomile can lessen inflammation and fever, but this has not yet been verified. Other studies claim that chamomile contains certain compounds that can inhibit certain stomach ulcers caused by bacteria, but again this has not be fully proven.

Some people may have an allergic reaction to chamomile pollen, but for the majority the herb is considered safe even if it isn't the cure-all it is sometimes made out to be.

Echinacea

An herb that has been the subject of many studies is Echinacea. It has been touted as an herb that aids the immune system. It has also been used to treat symptoms of colds such as respiratory problems. Despite its popularity, none of these claims have ever been fully proven to be true.

Studies have given evidence that it might lessen the time you are sick and relieve symptoms in the meantime. Others suggest that it makes you less susceptible to frequent illnesses in the first place. It's hard to say conclusively whether these claims are true, since a lot of complex factors decide whether you catch a cold. Whether it works or not, the herb is at least safe - it can't hurt as a placebo.

Echinacea is one herb that people diagnosed with diabetes should consult the advice of a physician before consuming.

Feverfew

Feverfew is a bushy perennial containing parthenolide and glycosides, active ingredients thought to aid in the relief from inflammation and migraines and was once very popular in medicinal herb gardening. Since feverfew is known to reduce the effectiveness of clotting, there could be some truth to the belief.

However, its use could result is some possible side effects. Mouth ulcers and skin inflammation have been known to occur. It has also been known to raise heart rate as well as reducing the body's ability to absorb iron and interacting with migraine medications.

Ginseng

There is an ancient herb which is derived from the ginseng plant. This herb has been used for thousands of years in China and India. It is versatile for it is used in hundreds of forms. Most recently, studies have shown that the herb can increase good cholesterol levels (HDL levels) and even reduce blood sugar

While there is no danger in consuming this herb, there has been no conclusive proof that it will truly enhance sexual performance. Use of the herb ginseng comes with a few warnings. It has been shown to induce asthma attacks when taken in large quantities. It can also can blood sugar levels to drop to levels that are not healthy. One final caution is applicable to women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding. They should avoid taking ginseng.

Be careful when deciding to start taking medicinal herbs. Although some herbs have been known and used for centuries, with seemingly beneficial results, it's imporant not to jeopardize your health. Find out as much information as you can and consider all claims thoughtfully before proceeding.

Medicinal herb gardening can be done easily at your home using pots or planting directly into the soil. They are as easy to care for as typical perennials and you reap the benefits of having a fresh homeopathic medicinal herb supply for a variety of home remedies.
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