5 Most Popular Herbal Medicines And Uses

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There is a huge difference between the medicinal properties of herbs and that of other plants. Many have been taken by the native people of the Americas to cure diseases, alleviate pain and also as food. Now you may think that herbs can’t be classified as medicinal, but they actually can. There are many common herbal medicinal plants and there are some rare ones too.


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Rosemary is one of the most popular and oldest known herbal medicinal plants. It can be found in North America, Europe and it has recently become popular in the Middle East. This plant has many uses from adding spice to food to making tea. It is not considered a toxic plant so even if you have an allergy to ragweed, it won’t harm you.


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Basil is another of the many common medicinal herbs. It can be used both externally and internally. One particular way that it has been used is to treat urinary tract infections. It is also known to help with muscle spasms in the stomach and intestines. It is also an anti-inflammatory plant so can be used for rheumatic pain, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.


Echinacea is a very old yet useful medicinal plant. It was used by Native Americans for many things. They used it for flu treatment, colds and cough, consumption of the boiled leaves was used for fevers and it was also used in skin diseases. There is some controversy about whether Echinacea can really treat anything or is it just a fake remedy. However, there are millions who believe that it can cure you of all your ailments.


Feverfew is another well known medicinal plant. This plant has many uses, for example it can be used as a headache relief and feverfew is also excellent for migraines. In addition, it can also be used for menstrual pains, menstrual cramps and pains after childbirth. Feverfew is also known to be very good for asthma and bronchitis.

Cascara Sagrada

Cascara Sagrada is a shrub from the root bark. It is often confused with santolinas however they are two completely different plants. It was originally used as a poison antidote, however it has now mostly replaced poisonous baits due to its antiseptic properties. Its flowers are very aromatic and the whole plant is great for cooking. Other than that, it is also used for aromatherapy.


Damiana is another plant with a lot of potential. It has been used by Native Americans for many things like to treat diarrhea, dysentery and even malaria. It is usually used as a herb to enhance sexual pleasure, to increase appetite and to act as a mood lifter. As a tea it is also very pleasant.

The plant Umbabazane in Brazil is called by many names such as Amazon broom, Amazon leaf or simply Umbrella. It is a large evergreen shrub which is the size of a yard. It has a coarse texture and has gray and brown furry leaves. The fruit has a seed which can be used externally or used internally as an herbal medicine. It can be used as a colon cleansing agent or as a mosquito repellent. It is very hardy in the area it is grown and has been used by the native people of the Amazon River basin for medicinal purposes for centuries.

The Moringa

The Moringa tree is a deciduous tropical tree found in the rainforests of the Amazon in South America. It is also known as the “Moringa berry tree”. It is very popular worldwide for its medicinal uses. Moringa tops the list of most expensive herbs but the quality of the plant is just as good as any other. It is used for skin care and to help reduce fever and inflammation.

The Poria Cocos

The Poria Cocos is a shrub that grows wild in the tropical forests of central and south America. It has a bark that is gray colored and it is a very tough tree. It is used for treating low fever, muscle aches, nervous disorders and to improve appetite. It is also used externally to treat rheumatism, asthma, headache and even kidney and heart problems.


The plant Umbaricum is also called by the name Cicuta or Walking cane and is a member of the sunflower family. It is a deciduous perennial and grows up to thirty feet tall. It produces long, dark, gray-green leaves that are used as medicinal plants. The plant has a large number of fleshy, purple flowers that are used for flavoring foods. Cicuta also has some seeds that can be used externally.

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