Do you realize that many of the over-the-counter and prescribed medicines we are given have a plant (or plants) as their primary ingredient?
It just makes good sense that we use these plants for our own health and wellness.
Today, we will examine 14 plants that have health and wellness properties. We will explain why these plants can help you and ways to use and possibly grow them.
Keep in mind that you should always consult your physician before using a natural substance as it could counteract any current medications you are taking.
A popular houseplant that is known for great air filtration qualities, Pothos is easy to grow. You can simply get a stem of another Pothos plant and put it in water until it forms roots. Leave it in the water or plant it in soil.
We recommend a Pothos plant in your office to help keep the air fresh and clean. It is also a popular plant for restrooms as it can help erase odors.
Now do keep in mind that you do not want to ingest the leaves from this plant. It is slightly poisonous and can make you quite sick, so keep it out of reach of pets and children.
#2: Aloe Vera
This wonderful plant originated in the Arabian Peninsula, but you can now find it growing wild in many tropical and sub-tropical locations. It is also a favorite houseplant of many because of its beautiful design and the wellness properties it holds.
There are many parents who have self-doctored their children’s wounds or burns by pinching a “stalk” of the Aloe Vera plant and squeezing the juice on the damaged area. While there has been no scientific proof of the Aloe Vera pulp helping these wounds or burns, the testimonies of treated people say otherwise.
Many companies have used Aloe Vera in various products as a skin conditioner, laxative, or ointment.
Although considered a spice, ginger has a huge amount of medicinal benefits. The ginger spice comes from the root of a plant that flowers and originated in tropical rain forests.
The health and wellness benefits of ginger include:
- and, antiviral
Let’s just say that ginger is the super “anti” plant that has been used by humans for centuries as a medicine.
If you purchase fresh, raw ginger, you can often cut a piece and put it in water until it roots and then plant it to harvest your own ginger.
More than likely, this is not a fruit plant you will be able to grow unless you live in the Caribbean or somewhere with a similar climate. In many Latin countries, it is known as guanábana and if the temperature drops below 40 degrees, it can damage this fruit tree.
Many say that soursop is the cancer killer. The fruit itself has a distinct taste and the leaves of the tree are great for tea. Soursop is high in Vitamins C, B1, and B2. Those three alone are quite beneficial for human health.
It is a plant that has been used in recipes for many years. Basil is considered a natural remedy for tension and anxiety, as well as digestive disorders.
There is a long list of Basil varieties. This is a plant that is easy to grow inside or out. We suggest growing some and using it in your food recipes.
#6: English Ivy
If you look closely at homes, you will often find this plant clinging to brick, fences, and even walls.
The properties of this plant are healthy for all who live nearby. You see, studies on English Ivy have found that it is a great air purifying plant that is known for absorbing airborne mold that can cause many respiratory problems.
It is the perfect houseplant for homes that seem to hold high levels of humidity. Humidity can seep into wood and drywall and create mold. But if you have several English Ivy plants adorning your home, they can help ensure any mold build-up does not seriously affect you or your loved ones.
The most common marigold variety has a bright orange flower. Known as a Scotch Marigold, they are pleasing to the eye and are well known to detract rodents and other creatures away from destroying gardens by planting them on the outer rim.
Many have discovered that the marigold flower has a pain relieving effect when rubbing the dry flower on insect bites, sunburns, etc.
It is a flowering plant that is known for having wonderful medicinal properties. The primary supplies of garlic come from China, but you can grow it in your home or garden by simply planting garlic bulbs.
Some of the fantastic health and wellness benefits of garlic include:
- reduction of inflammation,
- immune system “booster”
- reduces blood pressure by retarding plaque buildup
- and is also believed to eradicate many cancer cells.
It is a tree that grows predominately in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in India. Moringa has many antioxidants, is full of minerals and protein, and has a load of cleansing properties. Moringa is used for
- blood pressure stabilization
- and digestive health
You may not be able to grow Moringa in your location, but there are many who offer Moringa supplements.
Believed to have originated in the Middle East, cumin is considered a super-spice. In many areas, ground cumin is kept in a shaker to use on foods, much like salt and pepper.
The plant grows best in tropical or sub-tropical regions. It has pink or white flowers and the seeds are the part that is used in food preparation.
Cumin is known for some wonderful health properties. They are primarily used as an antihistamine and many antihistamine manufacturers are beginning to use cumin in their manufacturing process.
Peppermint was originally derived by crossing watermint and spearmint plants. It can grow nearly anywhere and is an excellent houseplant because it thrives in moist, shady conditions.
Peppermint helps with respiratory issues such as
- allergies, etc.
The inhaling of peppermint fragrance can be a huge relief for stress and many people use peppermint leaves for teas. You can also add the fresh leaves to soups and salads.
Like the marigold plant we listed, peppermint is a great insect deterrent for your garden.
#12: Black Currant
Because of pests and disease, Black Currant has growing restrictions in the United States. These diseases have destroyed nearby trees and vegetation.
But Black Currant has some amazing health properties. The fruits are often used to make jams and jellies, and they are full of vitamins.
The leaves are used in teas and known to relieve arthritic issues. Other recognized health benefits from black currant include:
- respiratory support
- and urinary tract infections
#13: Peace Lilies
They make great house plants and do quite well with little sunlight. They have been proven to break down compounds in carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene. All of these can be toxic to the human system.
So have a peace lily or two growing around the house for easier breathing!
#14: Gotu Kola
Considered an invasive plant in many areas, it can be grown in your garden if you keep it watered consistently. In many parts of the world, this plant also known as Pennywort is used in drinks and salads.
It is believed that ingesting Gotu Kola is helpful for memory and cognition.
Nature provides us with many items that can help our health and well-being. These are just 14, but there are many other plants that provide health benefits as well. Just consider:
- …and many more!
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