Bucharest – Romania 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Nature’s Pharmacy

 

 

 

More and more I find myself reaching out for natural remedies.  From herbal teas to essential oils to natural ointments and toiletries; the variety of these products are more abundant than ever.

 

Herbal teas

 

Familiar to all, herbal teas have great health benefits.  Here are some teas I drink regularly.

 

Artichoke herbal tea – helps to protect the liver and treat related diseases.  It stimulates the liver function and the production of bile.  Overall, it helps with liver insufficiency.

 

Dandelion tea – is for liver detox.  In a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, dandelion tea was shown to dramatically increase a detoxifying enzyme of the control group of animals tested.  Tea made from different parts of the plant (roots, leaves, stems, etc.) have different properties and assist different parts of the body.

 

Ginger tea – is a great digestive aid and can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness.  Also, when you have a cold, make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes.  For a powerful germ-fighting combination, add fresh lemon juice and honey.

 

Green tea – contains catechins whose antioxidants fight and may even prevent cell damage.  Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured into your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.  Research shows that drinking this tea improves blood flow and lowers cholesterol.

 

Essential Oils

 

I absolutely love essential oils.  I use them in inhalations (to relieve congestion), baths (for a calming effect) and massages (to relieve aches, boost the immune-system or increase my energy level).  I use them on myself and on my family.  Here are my favourites.

 

Eucalyptus oil – enhances the breath and can be used as topical application or direct inhalation supporting the whole family’s open breathing during challenging winter months.  It also helps to improve concentration.

 

Lavender oil – gives balance to the body and happiness to the mind.  When used regularly, it reduces feelings of anger, agitation and insecurity.  Add several drops to warm bathwater to help you relax at the end of a long day.

 

Sweet Orange oil – is well-known for its uplifting and worry-reducing properties.  It is an overall mood enhancer and relaxant.  Its balancing effect on the mind and body benefit people of all ages.

 

Oregano oil – has many healing properties but is best known for boosting and strengthening immune function and for helping to regulate menstruation.

This should be a staple in each household.

 

If you are not familiar with natural remedies, always consult a naturopath or other qualified doctor. 

 

Much gratitude to Mother Nature for providing us with these potent remedies!

 

 





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