How to create your home medicine cabinet with medicinal plants
Having a natural medicine cabinet made up of medicinal plants is a much healthier option compared to the classic medicine kit with chemical components.
Medicinal plants and their properties can be very effective for various common conditions such as the flu, pharyngitis, diarrhea, constipation, gas, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, muscle pain, headaches, mild rheumatism, among many others.
On the other hand, herbal remedies, being completely natural, are more in line with our body, do not expire and do not generate side effects. They can also be taken for long periods, are more tolerable and their effect tends to last longer.
We will detail the details you need to know to make your home medicine cabinet with medicinal plants.
How to ingest medicinal plants?
To enjoy the benefits of medicinal plants you can prepare them in the following ways:
To prepare an infusion, you must crush or crush the section of the medicinal plant that has the assets. You put it in a container and add boiling water. Let the preparation stand to cool and filter it.
It is prepared just like the infusion but you let the mixture stand for a few hours. Then you boil it for ten to fifteen minutes, and then leave it to rest for several days, stirring periodically.
You must pour the crushed or crumbled plant into water at room temperature. Let it rest for one to three days, stirring the mixture periodically.
The assets of the plant are obtained by means of an extraction with ether, non-denatured alcohol or some type of wine. To achieve this, you can use maceration or let the liquid drip into long or narrow containers.
Medicinal plants for your home medicine cabinet
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
It is highly recommended to combat flatulence, digestive disorders, gastrointestinal spasms and bronchial problems. It also fights bad taste in the mouth as well as bad breath.
It should be ingested in adequate doses, since in excess it can cause seizures.
Marigold (calendula officinalis)
It is the ideal plant to treat skin conditions such as insect bites, wounds, ulcers, superficial burns, dermatitis, scalds and acne.
It is also recommended as a sudorific and antispasmodic. On the other hand, it can be the remedy to fight ear infections, eye irritation and styes.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Also known as rattail or horsetail. This medicinal plant is used to treat generalized edema, to clean external wounds, such as diuretic, hemostatic and to fortify bones and nails.
Cumin (Carum carvi)
Its fruit is used to combat digestive disorders in general, intestinal gases and lack of appetite.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
It is the herbal remedy for hepatobiliary disorders, dyspepsia, food poisoning, and to prevent the formation of gallstones. It also favors the emission of urine.
This is one of the most popular medicinal plants. It is used as a supplement in natural treatments for mild or nascent diabetes.
It is also used for sprays with its leaves, as a solution to eliminate nasal congestion in bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Its leaves are the main resource of medicinal plants, to treat the effects of aging in the vascular environment.
It is highly recommended to stop dementia, increase brain irrigation and help stop memory loss and concentration.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Its leaves and the bark of the bush are used.
It is used to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, menopausal disorders, and is an excellent healing agent. It also has astringent properties for itching or erythema.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Its seeds are its fruits, and are usually eaten macerated or in a herbal tea.
It is recommended to treat heartburn, flatulence, bronchitis, pharyngitis, cough, hoarseness, fatigue, loss of appetite and a cold.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
It is one of the medicinal plants with various applications.
It is very effective in treating bruises, wounds, sores and burns. It is also consumed to combat asthma and bronchitis.
Lavender (Lavandula officinalis Chaix)
It is used to cope with asthma, to treat bruises, and to disinfect the skin and mouth. It also fights rheumatic pain, weakness, depression, headaches, and nervous states.
Malva (Malva sylvestris)
The entire plant is used. The plant acts as an excellent calmer of the nervous system.
It is also used to decrease inflammation of the mucous membranes, to treat respiratory tract conditions, respiratory allergies with rhinitis or sinusitis, pharyngitis, irritating cough, common colds, flu and eliminates mucus.
On the other hand, treating diarrhea, hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, mild constipation, intestinal inflammation, fits, skin inflammation and gingivitis.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
Only their heads are used. It is one of the medicinal plants with multiple uses.
It is an effective antidiarrheal, regulates menstrual flow, promotes digestion, treats solar erythema, inflammation of the mouth or throat, insomnia, skin inflammation, menstrual and headaches.
Lemon balm (Melisa officinalis)
It is a recommended herb to combat inflammation of the mouth and throat. It is also very effective for insomnia, anemia, headache, halitosis, and respiratory system conditions.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint or peppermint is indicated for heavy digestion, intestinal pain, inflammation of the mouth, nausea, halitosis, headache, insomnia and nerves.
Yarrow (Achillea Millenfolium)
It is very effective as a decongestant of the skin and to treat acne.
On the other hand, it is also used to combat liver and digestive disorders, hemorrhoids, sores, varicose veins, burns, biliary disorder and blood circulation conditions.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Its leaves and flowers are used. This medicinal plant is indicated to cope with heavy digestion, gas, lack of appetite, cough, throat and mouth infections, and respiratory tract problems.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is a great stimulant to the central nervous system. It is ideal to combat states of fatigue and weakness, and is perfect for recovery after a convalescence.
It is also used to treat intestinal problems, digestive gases, cough, insomnia, hypercholesterolemia, diuresis, mental exhaustion and depression.
It is believed to have a protective effect on the liver.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Its leaves and flowers are used to make rinses, washes, infusions, tinctures, and macerations.
It is one of the medicinal plants that should not be missing in your medicine cabinet. Fights inflammation, insomnia, excessive sweating, cough, nerves and respiratory system conditions.
It also calms the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and the respective pains, fights weakness and asthenia. Externally it is used as a rinse to treat mouth sores and wounds, gingivitis, pharyngitis and stomatitis.
Basswood (Tilia platyphyllos)
It is ideal as a sedative for people of all ages, calms arrhythmias and nervous palpitations.
It is excellent for naturally controlling tension and insomnia.
Thyme (Thymus pulegioides)
Thyme encompasses several conditions. It is highly recommended to treat skin inflammation, mouth inflammation, sores, wounds, halitosis, nerve headache, common cold, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, pharyngitis, and gastrointestinal disorders.
It is also used to eliminate intestinal parasites.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Of this plant only the root or rhizome is used.
Among the medicinal plants it is the most recommended for insomnia, nerves, anxiety and depression. It is also widely used for asthma and certain bruises. In addition, it has neuralgic properties and works effectively against migraine.
It is an excellent ally for people who have high physical activity, since it facilitates the relaxation of muscles and eliminates the discomfort of overexertion.