There are hundreds and thousands of remarkably common plant species that serve all kinds of purposes, some of them serving all kinds of important medicinal purposes. However, it is not always ingestion of herb concoctions that is helpful. External application of herbal salves, concoctions and stews have helped many across the globe for multiple decades. Here is a list of such herbs that grow in your garden and can be a part of your first aid box the next time you run out of bandages or soothing ointment.
Yarrow is an excellent first aid herb. The poultice of yarrow has multiple uses, including the treatment of rashes, bee-stings, bug bites, minor scrapes and burns, cuts, etc. It blooms during summer and can be infused in oil and used year-round for medicinal purposes.
Turmeric, known for its antibiotic and immune boosting properties, is excellent for treating skin wounds and cuts. It helps stop the bleeding and speeds the healing process of the wound. It is also used as a skin purifier in cosmetics to attain clear and glowing skin.
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Garlic is often used in the kitchen for its peculiar sharp taste. Applied externally, however, it can be used to treat skin irritations, certain fungal infections, and acne. It is also used in some instances to treat earaches, insect bites, and stings.
Allicin is a sulfur compound found in garlic, which is one of its most active ingredients. Allicin is one of the most studied naturally occurring compounds for its medicinal properties.
Thyme, an herb used mostly as a seasoning for its savory taste, is well known for its medicinal properties. It can be used as an antiseptic and it also has natural pain relieving properties. Thyme is known to clear acne and is used widely across the globe for the same. The aroma of thyme is also known to have antidepressant effects.
In ancient Greek, thyme was used for its embalming properties. Thyme is also used as incense due to its antibacterial and fungicidal properties.
The beautiful and delicate ornamental lady fern is one of the world’s oldest plants and has multiple medicinal properties. It soothes bee-stings just by rubbing its leaf stands on the sting affected area. It is also useful in treating stinging nettles. Minor cuts, burns, and rashes can be easily treated with lady fern.
Lady fern can tolerate temperatures as low as -20 degrees. That makes fern one of the handiest herbs in times of needs.
The dominant herb of the cat kingdom has some medicinal miracles in store for humans as well. Catnip can help in controlling excessive bleeding and swelling. It is an extremely important herb for those minor camping trip accidents when you forget to pack your first aid kit.
Nepetalactone compound found in catnip is its active ingredient and that is what attracts the feline friends to it. However, it has no effect on humans other than as an insect-repellant. Some have reported that catnip has a euphoric effect when smoked, but the claim remains untested.
Considered as just another pestering weed, Plantain is nothing less than nature’s own band-aid. This plant, usually considered bothersome, grows practically everywhere. It is astringent, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine in nature. The poultice of the leaves is highly effective in treating minor wounds, rashes, and insect bites.
Aloe vera has soothing, cooling properties. It is used to treat skin irritations, scrapes, bites and burns. It is also used as a skin purifier and helps clear acne. It is also used to treat sun-burns and skin rashes caused by pollution and heat.
Witch hazel, an ornamental plant, is useful in reducing swelling, easing body aches, and pains. It is also used in cosmetics due to its curing properties for acne cure and clear skin. Witch Hazel is also known to soothe irritated scalp and sensitive skin.
The soothing properties come from the gallic acids, tannins and other anti-inflammatory compounds found in the plant.
This sweet, savoury fruit is nothing short of a super food. Among a plethora of medicinal properties, blackberries have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. When they are chewed, they help in treating wounds, cuts and rashes inside the mouth and throat.
Sage, a most medicinal herb, is one of the healthiest foods used in the kitchen. Sage aids in reducing inflammation, swelling, treating minor cuts, rashes and insect stings. Sage aroma is known to kill bacteria. Sage is also used by a few as a hair colorant. The credibility of this claim, however, remains unknown.
There is more to the plants, herbs, trees, and grasses that surround us. The deeper you dig into the medicinal history of the kingdom Plantae, you will find that the plants have multiple medicinal properties not only when ingested, but also the aroma, external application and the soothing sights of greenery are always a treat to the human eye.