There is a wide variety of plant species in Bulgaria. Climate and natural conditions favor this fact. Moreover, our country is known as one of the richest in medicinal plants in Europe. Due to the varying climatic and soil conditions, Bulgarian herbs contain a high content of biologically active substances. They are rich in various chemical compounds: alkaloids, glycosides, saponins, polysaccharides, tannins, flavonoids, lignans, coumarins, essential oils, vitamins, microelements, etc.
Herbs, also called medicinal plants, healing herbs, cover a large group of plants that are used in medical and veterinary medicine for the prevention and treatment of diseases.
Maria Treben, in her books, says, “An old pastor does not exaggerate, claiming that for every disease a herb has grown. The more I deepen in herbal medicine, the greater miracles I experience. Every year, many people die from cancerous ulcers, though there are healing herbs against them. How much healthier and happier we could be if we were to have a greater understanding of them! In the eyes of the uninformed they are just weeds. Start using herbs and all your complaints will gradually disappear.”
Although in small quantities, herbs contain drug-active substances that favor the impact of the human body. Along with these, they also contain companion substances that can enhance the effect of the curative substance or have a detrimental effect. Many herbs have not yet been studied and the interaction of the substances contained in them is not known. After serious modern research, however, they have proven the healing properties of many ancient herbs. The active substances are most contained in the leaves and the colors of the plants.
The most active substances in the herbs are alkaloids – organic substances with a basic (alkaline) nature, containing nitrogen. They are mainly found in the color plants. Other active substances with a wide spread among herbs are glycosides. Glycosides and alkaloids are found in 2/3 of the medicinal herbs used by humanity.
The search for more gentle and softer drugs that do not have side effects and counter-reactions has led to a revival of interest in phytotherapy at the end of the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Herbs, or as they are often called “Drugs from Nature”, have been the main accessory remedies for diseases. On this base the conventional medicine, has learned how to use already extracted and purified active substances from plants. The power of herbs is undeniable, and their accessibility makes them a natural and effective remedy for maintaining and maintaining good tone and health.
Only a quarter of a century ago, herbal medicine was a very peripheral link in the knowledge and practice of the majority of health care professionals. However, the vast amount of scientifically valid facts is gradually and today we are enjoying a rejuvenation of phytotherapy as one of the oldest and most validated methods. In addition, we have the opportunity to detail many factors that affect the effectiveness of herbal effects.
Nowadays, healing plants are not seen as compact, as do the ancient medics. Some are considered as foods, others as food supplements, others as raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry, and others are used mainly in cosmetics, and so on. In any case, their action depends not only on their quality, absorption and dosage, but also on the time they are taken, on combining them with other means and, of course, on the individual characteristics of the organism.
The herbal infusion of herbs and medicinal plants is the longest and most labor-intensive treatment of herbs. Here is an emphasis on the essential oil content of herbs, which is best absorbed by the oils in which it is soaked (in old recipes fried in them, but a modern tendency is this to be avoided due to the destruction of a number of useful components and the formation of harmful ones). Extract oils should be of high quality, and finished ointments made from herbal infusion (for external softening, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and other uses) should be stored in the dark and cool.
Calendula – CALENDULA OFFICINALIS
Historically speaking, everyone from the Greeks, Romans, Indians and Arabs used this plant as a medicinal herb, dye and cooking ingredient. The petals, pollen and stems are rich in triterpenoid esters (an anti-inflammatory), antioxidants and carotenoids, giving the flower a wide array of functions. Today, it has a strong presence in pharmacology, in which it is used as a bactericide, antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory to treat various skin disorders and pain. According to NIH, grades for the quality of the scientific evidence regarding its purported properties are as follows: radiation dermatitis: B; otitis media (ear infection): C; skin inflammation: C; and wound healing: C.
In cosmetics, it’s mainly used in the form of an oil extract as a skin conditioning agent, anti-inflammatory, wound healing agent and fragrance additive. The flavonoids and saponins contained in extracts of the plant have been shown to not only promote skin healing and repair, but also significantly reduce inflammations. Plus, it also possesses strong vulnerary properties (inhibiting tissue degeneration and stopping the bleeding in wounds), making it an excellent treatment for bruises, sores, ulcers, wounds, rashes, eczema, etc…
In addition to reducing inflammations and expediting the healing of wounds, it’s also been shown to cure fungal disorders such as Athlete’s foot. Many view this flower as a powerful skin regeneration and anti-aging ingredient, because it’s been proven to stimulate the metabolism of glycoproteins, nucleoproteins and collagen during the skin’s healing process. Secondary to its medicinal uses, oil extracts of this flower are often used to add a floral scent to products (i.e. aromatherapy).
St. John ‘s worth – HIPERICUM PERFORATUM
St. John’s worth was given this peculiar name due to its blooming season, which falls somewhere around St. John’s day, i.e. June 24. This herb has a long history, dating back to as early as 1st century AD wherein Roman military used it as a remedy for all the mental disorders. It was named as the ‘magic potion’ by the kings and herbalists in the Middle Ages. In fact, many cultures even use this herb to get rid of evil spirits’ effect over the body!
The extracts of St. John’s worth contain hypericin, which is the sole active compound. Another constituent, hyperforin, also works as an antidepressant. The herb also contains other components like flavonoids, antioxidants, and tannins, which too possess several medicinal benefits. These active chemical compounds have a significant impact on the physical, hormonal, and chemical behavior of the body.
Though famous for its effect on the behavioral pattern of an individual, St. John’s worth also holds a special place in the skin and beauty sector.
Skin injuries, burns, and skin irritations caused due to minor cuts can all be cured with the application of St. John’s Worth oil. Creams are also available to treat these problems, but oils work best to give relief, without leaving a scar. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of this herb work on the skin to offer some relief from these irritating skin conditions.
The strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of St. John’s Worth make it a perfect solution for severe joint pains, gout, as well as muscle spasms. Its soothing nature cures the problem from within, thus making you feel better in a few days.
St. John’s Worth helps in many cases:
– has an impressive anti-inflammatory effect
– helps against red wind, against serious burns
– against persistent wounds
– encounters herpes
– even if you rub your cheek where your tooth hurts, your pain decreases steeply – skin allergies
– sports injuries
– the oil extract of St John’s wort and the compresses with it act cool and relieve bleeding, sprains, sprains.
– It is also used against colitis. Drink 1 tsp. 3 times a day, 20 minutes before a meal.
– There is also a slight laxative effect
¬ – In the form of drops in infections and earache or in the ear.
– External St. John’s Wort helps treat wounds, injuries, bruises. It has a strong antimicrobial and regenerative action and helps to speed up the healing of external injuries.
This oil relieves various internal and external illnesses in humans and animals, heals dangerous wounds (sores), calms the pains during burning, scalding, heals sting, cuts, rheumatism, even removes colic.
St John’s oil has a detrimental effect on pathogenic microorganisms resistant to the action of antibiotics. But the true value of St. John’s wort against traumas and burns, rheumatic diseases and gout, as well as its regenerating ability, is truly unsurpassed in its effectiveness. Red oil is also effective in traumas, wounds, bruises, blinking, long-lasting wounds and herpes.
Smoke tree (Sumac) – COTINUS
Smoke tree oil is obtained after distillation of the twigs and leaves of the plant. Its chemical composition includes active components such as limonene, cineol, alpha-pinene, camphene, myrcene and linalool. It has sticky viscous liquid with an intense balsamic, resinous and slightly spicy aroma with sweet fruity notes.
With its strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, smoke tree oil support the healing of injuries, rashes and swelling. With its astringent properties, it is suitable for oily skins with large pores. In the form of a gargle, it may be used as breath freshener or for strengthening of the gums.
Highly diluted smoke tree oil can be used also on sensitive skin oil to enhance its protective function and to calm redness.
The Smoke tree has powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action. Treated with smoke tree ointment, the sensitive skin is protected from bad meteorological conditions – strong wind, low and high temperatures. Regular use of the ointment removes the feeling of stretching, drying, and the skin does not flush. It can also be used to protect hands and face skin from low temperatures in the winter. The Smoke tree ointment is especially suited to the fight with heavily healed purulent wounds, acne, boils, barley in the eye or other inflammations.
PLANTAIN – PLANTAGO MAJOR
It’s often listed as plantain leaf (Plantago major), but you wouldn’t believe how many other names have been assigned to this herb. We’ll clue you in below. Most of us refer to it as Great Plantain. This plant is also called Common Plantain, Ripple Grass, Cuckoo’s Head, Rat-tail Plantain, Englishman’s Foot, White Man’s Foot, Ribwort, Waybread, Waybroad, Snake Weed, and more! It’s native to Europe and Asia, and was brought over to the U.S. by European settlers.
A wild-growing plant—or weed— it can be found in temperate climates, usually in soil that is well drained. It grows spikes with greenish-white to greenish-brown flowers, as you can see from the picture, and may be found around the edges of fields, in parks, and even on wasteland.
The leaves, roots, and seeds are edible, and can be enjoyed raw in salads or steamed and blanched. In fact, this is a favorite wild edible in our household! It’s full of nutrients, including beta-carotene; vitamins B1, C, and K; calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
The extract of these leaves of this herb contains certain elements that ease the itching, inflammation, and soreness associated with insect bites and bee stings. Thus, it soothes down the skin, promoting faster healing.
Allantoin, an ingredient present in plantain leaf herb, has germicidal and antibacterial properties. Thus, when applied to the wounds topically, this herb helps in killing the germs. It induces quicker healing, and triggers the synthesis of skin cells.
Inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea get benefits from the topical application of this cooling herb extract. Along with easing down the inflammation and preventing the region from infections, this herb also prevents scarring by inducing faster healing and regeneration of skin cells.
As mentioned above, this herb is known to possess anti-scarring properties. Studies suggest that one can use this regularly as a supplement, especially if one has pimples or acne to clear off the blemishes and keep the skin glowing.
Plantain’s Benefits to the Skin
Plantain is best known for its skin-cleansing properties, and is often used for oily skin. Other benefits include the following:
Toning: Plantain can minimize the appearance of pores and fade the look of under eye circles.
Gentle: Great for sensitive skin.
Soothing: Plantain has long been used to soothe bug bites and to calm the itchiness of poison ivy.
Moisturizing: combined with its cleansing properties, plantains are known to help dry skin.
Lavender – LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA
Lavender has been used through the ages for of its cleansing and healing properties. Romans started using it to scent and purifying their baths centuries ago, ancient Egyptians turned its essential oil into a perfume for the mummification process and people burned bundles of lavender during the Great Plague of 1665 in London to try to ward off infectious diseases.
Whether used alone or with other soothing ingredients, there are plenty of reasons why you should keep this herb handy.
Use it to clean the skin: New research suggests that lavender can be used as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Studies have shown that while it might not be the most potent antibacterial ingredient, it does have some efficacy, so it can best be used as a supporting secondary element to improve the odor of the product, while also boosting its cleansing power as well.
Use it to detox the skin: Environmental toxins and daily stress can tax the skin, giving it a coarse and inflamed appearance. Lavender can help combat both culprits with a one-two punch. Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that will prevent and counteract the irritating effects of pollutants on the skin.Plus, studies have shown that elevated stress results in rough skin, so lavender can improve skin by acting as a mentally calming agent.
Use it to relax: Lavender’s claim to fame is really its calming aromatherapy effect, which is why it’s used so often in massage oils and body products. Sure, it smells nice, but there’s some real science behind this spa favorite. “The scent of lavender increases alpha waves in the area of the brain responsible for relaxation,” explains Alan Hirsch, M.D., neurological director for the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago. In fact, there’s even some evidence that it can relieve sore muscles. For the full body effect, apply a lavender essential oil after a shower, or put a few drops in your bubble bath. To ease anxiety, scent your bedroom or office with a lavender oil home fragrance.
Use it to sleep: Not only does lavender relieve tension during waking hours, it can also help lull you to sleep. According to Dr. Hirsch, the scent can help shorten the length of time it takes to fall asleep and help ease you into deep, REM sleep even faster. “While you sleep, your skin recuperates and regenerates, so the more sleep you get, the better your skin recovers from any damage done the day before,” explains NYC-based dermatologist Judith Hellman, M.D. So spray your pillowcase with an aromatherapy product or dab some lavender essential oil on your wrists and temples.
Use Lavender for skin conditions. Wounds, cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, athelete’s foot, and insect stings or bites all are benefited by the use of products containing this wondrous ingredient. Even sunburn heals faster with little or no scarring.
Yarrow – ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM
Yarrow, an herb closely related to chamomile and chrysanthemums, has been used since ancient times by people and cultures around the world. Traditionally, it’s been used to reduce inflammation (especially in the digestive tract), to treat skin wounds and minor bleeding, and as a sedative to relieve anxiety or insomnia.
You may not have even heard of it, but in the 17th century, this herb was actually a very popular vegetable. Back then, the leaves were commonly prepared and consumed like spinach. Today, it’s an underutilized culinary and medicinal herb.
Yarrow has been employed for natural wound treatment for centuries. The chemical achilleine present in this herb is known for its ability to stop bleeding. In powdered form, it can be sprinkled on wounds to not only stop bleeding, but also to to dull pain.
In addition, it’s a natural antiseptic so it can prevent wounds from getting infected. This is why many healing ointments include yarrow as a key ingredient. One study even showed how yarrow oil could provide wound-healing from napalm (a flammable liquid used in warfare) burns. Now that’s one serious wound to be able to heal. It’s really no wonder that in classical times, yarrow was referred to as “herba militaris” for its ability to stop war wounds from bleeding.
Surprisingly, yarrow has also been used in traditional herbal medicine to actually encourage bleeding in certain health conditions. One of these health issues is amenorrhea, which is an abnormal absence of menstruation. Yarrow, rue, motherwort and partridge berry are herbal emmenagogues. As an emmenagogue, yarrow can help to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area as well as the uterus and encourage menstruation. Unfortunately, this usage has not yet been confirmed by clinical research, though it’s been used this way for centuries.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology looked at the anti-anxiety effects of yarrow in animal models. Researchers used a hydroalcoholic extract from the aerial parts of yarrow on animal subjects in open-field tests. They found that it had anti-anxiety affects after both short-term and long-term administration to subjects.
Furthermore, they found that the yarrow had an effect similar to diazepam (Valium), which is a common prescription for anxiety issues. The study also showed that it remained effective after short-term, repeated administration.
Yarrow can really help when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of mastitis. Mastitis is a breast infection that mostly occurs among women who are breast-feeding. When you have mastitis, it’s a smart idea to alternate between warm and cold compresses since cold helps relieve pain while warmth increases circulation.
Additionally, natural herbs like yarrow contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Yarrow has been found to be really helpful for women suffering from mastitis. Specifically, leaf poultices provide almost instantaneous pain relief and help heal sore, cracked nipples.
Traditional herbal medicine in China, Europe and India has used this to calm inflammation for a variety of health issues, especially inflammation in the intestines and female reproductive tracts. Extracts have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Researchers believe that yarrow’s ability to quell inflammation is related to the fact that it contains both flavonoids and sesquiterpene lactones. The herb displays not only anti-inflammatory abilities, but also astringent properties. This is why yarrow is often included in topical products for inflammatory skin problems like eczema.
The antispasmodic activity of yarrow makes it useful for unwanted gastrointestinal concerns like diarrhea, flatulence and cramping. Animal studies have shown that it can reduce smooth muscle spasms that contribute to GI complaints. When taken internally, the antispasmodic ability is most likely due to the plant’s flavonoid fractions.
A 2013 study published in Phytotherapy Research evaluated achillea millefolium‘s hypotensive, vasodilatory and bronchodilatory activities. In other words, its ability to lower high blood pressure, relax blood vessels and improve breathing. Yarrow’s effects on the study’s animal subjects backed up the medicinal use in hyperactive cardiovascular and airway disorders like high blood pressure and asthma.
Walnuts are well known for lowering cholesterol and for being full of lots of Omega 3 fatty acids. But did you know that Walnut Leaves are very healing and work well for curing cancer? It’s true!
Grows All Over – Walnut trees grow all over the world in temperate climates like North America, India, Russia, Middle East, and more… thus making Walnut Leaf inexpensive and easily accessible… and Walnut Leaf tea has been used for centuries.
Walnut Leaf extract has the ability to prevent and kill different types of cancer cells. Especially breast, oral, and colon cancer according to many studies.
Walnut Leaf extract has been used successfully for controlling excessive sweating, and has the ability to shrink down sweat glands, thus you don’t sweat.
Walnut Leaf extract is a great astringent making it important for healing diarrhea.
Walnut Leaf contains powerful anti-fungal compounds that work well for treating impetigo, yeast infections, and athlete’s foot.
In Germany it was found that Walnut Leaf extract worked well for treating sinus infections and the common cold. Walnut Leaf is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic agent that kills bacteria on surfaces, plus it’s also a good detergent.
The walnut leafe have an intravenous, anti-inflammatory, capillary-enhancing effect, reduce the permeability of the capillary walls and enhance the tone of the venous blood vessels and capillaries, have a general analgesic effect, regulate the viscosity of the blood in the veins, which directly promotes blood circulation.
Walnut Leaf extract has long been used for getting rid of tapeworms, pin worms, and round worms. Some believe 33% of the people in the US have some sort of parasite infection. Walnut Leaf can also be used to treat eczema, acne, psoriasis, dandruff, ringworm, and itchy rashes, and some call Walnut Leaf – “A Miracle Worker” because it can cure terrible skin disease. And in Russia, Walnut Leaf Extract has been used for centuries for skin wounds. In fact during WWII many men came down with all kinds of skin diseases like impetigo… and Walnut Leaf extract has been used by many to cure these diseases.
Walnut Leaf infusion can be used for soothing away minor eye infections and inflammation. And Walnut Leaf works great for inflammation in general.
Walnut Leaf tea also works great for inflammation of the gums, larynx, mouth, and throat.
And a tea made from Black Walnut Leaves and black tea is important to remember for soothing away irritation of the GI tract including heartburn, colic, and gas. Plus it stimulates the gallbladder allowing bile to flow freely.
Walnut Leaf extract and especially Black Walnut Leaf tea is a good blood thinning agent… work as well as coumadin for thinning the blood.
Walnut Leaf tea is well known for being able to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Walnut Leaves contain a natural herbicide that kills some types of plants… making it much safer than using chemicals. You rarely see plants growing under walnut trees.
Contains – A, C, K, and B Vitamins, silica, selenium, bioflavonoids which is a great antioxidant, plus chlorine, iron, manganese, sulfur, iodine, tannins, nucinerol, oxalic acid, zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, essential oils, and mucilagenous compounds.
Walnut leave can be bought as teas, capsules, and made into infusions for use for many disease processes. You can ask for it at your local health food store or buy it on-line. Walnut leaf tea can be made with 5 large walnut leaves boiled in a small pot of water. Then you can add chamomile and other herbs… and even honey for a pleasant taste. By the way did you know in China rice, walnuts, and dates are ground together, added to boiling water and then made into a very soothing tea? It’s true… it’s very good for the GI tract.
Use for Short Periods of Time – Walnut Leaf has no real side effects if taken in small amounts, but should not be used for longer than 7 to 10 days… because it could be toxic it taken in large amounts.
Pine Tips – Turiones Pini
Pine tips have Anti-inflammatory, expectorant, mucosal action; Enlarges blood vessels and dissolves stones in the bladder, bronchitis, angina, tuberculosis, cold (inhalations and rubbing), sciatica, kidney stones and bladder. Painful tips are used for shortness of breath, gout, hemorrhoids.
External application: Recommended for inhalation of dyspnea, bath for eczema, rheumatism, rash, lichen. The resin is administered in the lung abscess and hemorrhoids. A molten resin mixed with a mass in equal parts is used for wounds of rubbing and boils.
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are effective in reducing the pain and swelling in the patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, rheumatoid arthritis, and general muscle discomfort. Ginger root also alleviates pain and is especially beneficial for those who have to take a painkiller to reduce the arthritis inflammation. Adding ginger oil to your bath can help relieve muscle and joint ache. In case of muscle strain, you can apply a mixture of warm gingerpaste and turmeric for relief. If such patients incorporate ginger root supplements regularly in their diet, their need for painkiller medication will be reduced considerably. Thus, ginger is very beneficial for relieving pains caused due to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
Ginger can be used both externally and internally to treat inflammation. To prepare a ginger bath, boil 100 ml of water with a few slices of ginger. Cover the vessel to prevent volatile oils from evaporating. Leave it aside for 10 minutes and then add this mixture to your regular bath water. Using this water every day can help ease aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia.
The medicinal properties that ginger ale contains help in reducing inflammation that is caused by bone diseases like osteoarthritis. According to studies, this drink can boost energy in people who suffer from this disease. Joint mobility is increased, and relaxation is induced. Natural ginger helps in making the body supple and improving the mood. The amount of time that this drink takes to have these effects depends on the level of severity of the bone disease.
Ginger is effective in reducing cellulite and symptoms of varicose veins. However, in case you have a very sensitive skin, you should use it in combination with other essential oils such as cypress or rosemary.
Owing to the serious side effects of conventional NSAID medications that are used to treat arthritis pain, doctors and researchers are seeking newer and alternative remedies. Using ginger comes across as a potent alternative in this regard. This herb, used since ancient times for culinary needs, can be effective in treating arthritis pain. It has proven anti-inflammatory properties and using it is safe for most people, both topically and internally.
In addition to its medicinal value, ginger has been used in skin care as well. It is often used in a number of commercial products to improve the skin. Ginger juice is often applied topically to treat several skin issues. Given below are the ginger benefits for skin:
Ginger contains around 40 antioxidant compounds that protect against aging. It improves the appearance of your skin by removing the toxins and stimulating the circulation, resulting in the delivery of more nutrients to the skin. The antioxidants prevent damage from the free radicals, thus preserving the youthful appearance of the skin. It improves the elasticity, making your skin more firm and youthful. In this way, it slows down the signs of aging.
Being a powerful antiseptic and cleansing agent, ginger helps in keeping the skin clean, smooth and free of blemishes. Besides, it also invigorates and stimulates your skin. It is also the best natural acne-fighting weapon as it minimizes the rate of acne formation and eruption by killing and clearing the acne-causing bacteria
Hypo pigmented scars occur when the skin loses its pigmentation, and are generally white or much lighter than the actual skin tone. Ginger can reduce the appearance of hypo pigmented skin to a significant extent. All you need to do is cut a sliver of fresh ginger and dab it on the hypo pigmented areas and leave it for some time. You will see a slight improvement within a week or two. However, this should be done every day without fail for noticeable results.
Comfrey is a skin-friendly herb which contains chemicals that protect the skin from damage and aids in the process of generation of new cells. Before the utilization of comfrey for skin, it is advisable to consult a skin specialist to avoid any allergies or breakouts on the skin. So, here are the various skin benefits of comfrey:
It provides moisturization to the skin. Comfrey is a wonderful choice for those who have dry or sensitive skin.
Since it possesses astringent properties, it works as a wonderful skin cleanser.
Comfrey is a great choice if you want to remove those unwanted blemishes and dark spots. The presence of allantoinin in comfrey helps in healing most of the skin problems.
It cures burns and diminishes the scars caused by them. It cures the rough and damaged skin due to its moisturizing properties.
Comfrey also treats psoriasis (a skin disease that makes the skin itchy and red, and is marked by scaly patches) and eczema (a skin disorder where patches of skin become inflamed and rough, causing blisters). Comfrey also helps in treating skin ulcers.
Applying comfrey directly on bruises and sprains helps in reducing the pain.
It successfully treats skin ulcers.
Comfrey leaves can be applied as a paste or its juice can be used on open wounds. This prevents germ build-up that can cause infection in the affected area. Diabetic sores can also be healed with the use of Comfrey leaf paste.
It also helps in curing broken bones.
Comfrey is an antidote for heavy menstrual periods.
Helps in reducing chest pain, joint pain and inflammation (pain and swelling).
Comfrey is also known as a remedy for cough, sore throat, and gum diseases. It heals diarrhea and is said to help cure cancer also.
Romans and Greeks used Comfrey leaf to heal fractures. Comfrey leaves have anti-inflammatory properties that make its application beneficial for quicker healing of pain. It also helps cure rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Arnica montana is one of the most beneficial substances available in nature’s pharmacopeia, with the power to relieve many of the common aches, pains, and injuries that arise in our daily lives. The main uses of Arnica include bruising, swelling, pain relief, arthritis, and injuries.
Arnica is one of the best remedies available to heal bruises faster. Falls, blows, and other traumas can cause blood vessels to break under your skin and spill blood, causing tenderness and discoloration. Arnica speeds up the healing process, prompting your body to send more white blood cells to clean up and repair the bruise.
Nature’s anti-inflammatory, Arnica is well known for its ability to reduce swelling. Thus, it offers significant benefits in the treatment of sprains, strains, fractures, contusions, and other injuries. Some surgeons recommend Arnica as a remedy to reduce post-surgical swelling.
Arnica is a natural pain reliever that doesn’t just mask the pain; it actually stimulates your body’s healing processes. Arnica is especially recommended for pain that derives from trauma (such as a fall) or inflammation (such as arthritis). Arnica offers a safe alternative remedy for pain, without the risks associated with over-the-counter NSAIDs or prescription pain medicine.
Arnica can ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis, so you can move more freely. Studies have shown that applying Arnica gel or cream to an arthritic body part leads to significant improvement.1 Homeopathic pills or tablets for arthritis often include Arnica along with other natural remedies that benefit arthritis.
Arnica aids in the healing of many kinds of injuries, especially those that impact soft tissues. While not a substitute for appropriate medical care, Arnica can reduce pain and swelling from sprains, strains, fractures, bruises, overexertion, sore muscles, and more. Many people find that Arnica helps them recover much faster, so they can get back to the activities they love.
Other Benefits of Arnica
We’re still discovering and researching the full range of potential uses for Arnica. Some doctors and homeopaths recommend Arnica for uses that include childbirth, headaches, shock, burns, scars, acne, insect bites, mental burnout, tinnitus, and jet lag. In homeopathy, the course of treatment depends on the individual patient so, for best results, schedule a one-on-one consultation.
Hot Pepper (Capsicum annum)
Peppers are consumed worldwide and their importance has increased gradually to place them among the most consumed spice crops and used as additives in the food industry where a variety of antioxidants can be found . They also have a significant role in traditional medicine. In Indian, Native American, and Chinese traditional medicine, Capsicum species have been used for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, stomach aches, skin rashes, dog/snake bites, and flesh wounds . These therapeutic applications are related to the capsaicinoid, phenolic compound, and carotenoid content of peppers.
Capsaicin is the compound responsible for both the medicinal properties of cayenne pepper and its spicy taste. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. It’s used widely in ointments and creams as a pain-relief aid because it depletes nerve cells of substance P, a chemical that transmits pain signals to the brain[vii].
Native Americans used cayenne as a food and medicine for thousands of years, and the spice has been used widely by healers in India, China, and other parts of Asia for centuries to relieve digestive and circulatory problems[viii].
Warning: cayenne is a member of the nightshade family, and you may be sensitive to it. It is also almost as likely as black pepper to have high amounts of mold toxins in it. Quality matters, and storage conditions matter greatly for this spice.
Cayenne contains a range of flavonoids and carotenoids – antioxidants that scavenge free radicals to protect against the cellular damage that leads to inflammation and disease[ix]. Research is underway now to determine whether cayenne can prevent or slow cancer cell growth, and some studies suggest the spice can prevent prostate cancer; however, the science here is young and some results are contradictory[x].
Cayenne may also promote weight loss by raising core body and skin temperature, thus inducing greater energy expenditure.