Nature’s medicine

There are hundreds of herbs and plants that have health benefits and some will probably surprise you. They can be found in the wild and sometimes even in your back garden and can help with anything from fever reduction to insect repellent. For more information on healthy tips, visit

Lady Ferns – these plants are great for treating stinging nettles. The soft Lady Fern is one of the world’s oldest plants and can be squashed up in your palm and the juices will relieve the painful burning sensation caused by stinging nettles. Bracken fern is similar and will also help with minor cuts and burns. You may not find any in the UK though as it is mostly found in areas of high rainfall in North America.

Tansy – another old plant with a yellow flower, this one can be found in Europe. It is effective as an insect repellent when the leaves are rubbed on the skin. Tansy can also be used to treat worms.

Mint – this herb is fairly common and is well known for it’s health properties. Great for soothing headaches, nausea and also anxiety. Mint can be eaten whole, used as a garnish or made into tea.

Nature's medicine

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Catnip – more well known for driving cats crazy, this plant can help relieve cold symptoms. A less well known fact is that if catnip is applied to skin, it helps to stop excessive bleeding and inflammation. Catnip is a member of the mint family and is also effective for treating stomach problems and migraines. It should not be consumed during pregnancy.

Aloe Vera – this succulent plant has been used for thousands of years. It can be ingested or applied to the skin and has a wide range of uses. The gel is fantastic for treating burns, eczema, cuts and bruises. Aloe vera juice can be consumed to help relieve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and also arthritis. The beauty industry loves aloe too as it has anti-aging properties when used to wash, cleanse and moisturise.

Marjoram – this sweet smelling plant has many uses and is famed for aiding digestion but is also very good as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial treatment.

Ginger – a spice that can easily be found in your kitchen. It has anti-nausea qualities and anti-inflammatory uses which is great for joint, menstrual or head pain. Ginger contains protein-digesting enzymes which stimulates digestion without side effects, so is used for sufferers of indigestion.

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Lavender – the oil from Lavender can suppress spasms and pain and has well known calming properties. Anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities make Lavender a pretty amazing plant. It also helps to kill head lice and can be used on eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Dandelion – traditionally used for detox and helping liver function. Dandelion has also been effective in treating infections, water retention and gallbladder issues. The leaves can be boiled in water to remove the sour taste and are full of Vitamin A, C, B6, calcium, iron and potassium.

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