Herbs As Alternative Medicine
I grew up with a grandma who seemed to have a natural remedy for any of my ailments: honey for a sore throat, lavender to relax me, or ginger to calm my stomach. In a society far too used to popping a pill for a quick fix for any ailment, is there room for the traditional, natural remedies our grandparents have always told us about?
The following are qualities about common herbs that you may have grown up with and may be interested in using instead of prescriptive medication.
- Traditional remedy for sleeplessness, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, skin conditions, and mouth ulcers
- Use: tea, liquid extract, capsules, tablets, herbs, cream, ointment, or mouth rinse
- Studies show may benefit upset stomach, though more research is needed
- Traditional remedy for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression, headache, upset stomach, and hair loss
- Use: aromatherapy, diluted and applied to the skin, tea, or in liquid extract form
- Studies show may help with anxiety, but mixed results
- Traditional remedy for acne, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, wounds, infections, lice, cold sores, dandruff, and skin lesions
- Use: applied to skin
- Small studies have found positive results treating athletes foot, nail fungus, dandruff, acne, and MRSA, though larger studies are needed
- Traditional remedy for nausea, indigestion, cold symptoms, headaches, muscle and nerve pain, stomach problems, and bowel conditions
- Use: small doses in capsule/liquid form or diluted and applied to skin
- Studies show may improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and relieve indigestion, though more evidence is needed
Thus far, there is little empirical evidence supporting the historic belief in the healing qualities of herbs and essential oils, though there are current studies being conducted to test the potential benefits of alternative medicines.
Do you need science to prove the effectiveness of natural herbs and essential oils, or is simply believing enough?