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Playful as kids are, accidents happen. And the accident that befallen me at 7 years old was the feeling of the hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle kissing the skin of my leg. Grandma was around and saw it. Immediately, she took out a knife and slice the thick lower part of the aloe vera plant by the garden and rubbed the exposed end on the burn.

Looking back, I realized that it was important to have medicinal plants around the house cause you never know when you might need them. So here are a list of plants that have the highest medicinal value compared to the other million species around the world worth planting around the house.

  • Aloe Vera

The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. The sap from aloe vera is extremely useful to speed up the healing and reducing the risk of infections for :

      • wounds
      • cuts
      • burns
      • eczema
      • reducing inflammation

Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of :

      • ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)
      • chronic constipation
      • poor appetite
      • digestive problems
  • Marsh Mallow

The plant of which marshmallows are made of. The root is taken internally to treat :

      • inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes
      • counter excess stomach acid
      • peptic ulceration
      • gastritis

Externally, the root is applied to :

      • bruises
      • sprains
      • aching muscles
      • insect bites
      • skin inflammations
      • splinters

The leaves are very edible, unlike the aloe vera. They can be added to salads, boiled, or fried. It is known to help out in the area of cystitis and frequent urination.

  • Great Burdock

It requires moist soil and can grow shadeless. The great burdock is the pretty famous in the area of detoxification in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. The root is is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like :

      • boils
      • rashes
      • burns
      • bruises
      • herpes
      • eczema
      • acne
      • impetigo
      • ringworm
      • bites

The leaves and seeds can be crushed to poultice it to bruises, burns, ulcers and sores.

  • Pot Marigold

It grows in almost any type of soil condition. It has no problem with nutritionally poor, very acidic or very alkaline soils, just as long as it’s moist. Well known as a remedy for skin problems, the deep-orange flowered pot marigold variety is applied externally to :

Internally it is used to treat fevers and chronic infections.

The tea of the petals tones up circulation and, taken regularly, eases varicose veins.

Applying the crushed stems of the pot marigold to corns and warts will soon have them easily removable.

  • Gotu Kola

The gotu kola acts on various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of :

      • ulcers
      • skin injuries
      • decreasing capillary fragility
      • stimulation of the lipids and protein necessary for healthy skin

Leaves are thought to maintain youthfulness. Crushed leaves are poulticed to treat open sores. The gotu kola can also be used to :

      • treat leprosy
      • revitalize the brain and nervous system
      • increase attention span and concentration
      • treat venous insufficiency
  • Camomile

With a sweet, crisp, fruity and herbaceous fragrance, has long been used medicinally as a remedy for problems regarding the digestive system. It has a soothing and calming effect in the area of aromatherapy, used to end stress and aid in sleep. The entire herb is used to treat common aches like toothache, earache, shoulder pain and neuralgia.

  • Globe Artichoke

A bitter tasting plant that requires a lot of sun, the cardoon has become important as a medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery of cynarin. The cardoon leaves, best harvested before flowering, helps to :

      • improve liver and gall bladder function
      • stimulate the secretion of digestive juices
      • lower blood cholesterol levels
      • treat chronic liver and gall bladder diseases
      • jaundice
      • hepatitis
      • asteriosclerosis
      • early stages of late-onset diabetes
  • Chinese Yam

A type of yam that can be eaten raw, the chinese yam can be easily grown, succeeding in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position. It is sweet and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys. It is used internally to treat :

      • tiredness
      • weight loss
      • loss of appetite
      • poor digestion
      • chronic diarrhea
      • asthma
      • dry coughs
      • uncontrollable urination
      • diabetes
      • emotional instability

Externally, it is applied to :

The leaf, on the other hand, is used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings.

  • Echinacea

One of the world’s most important medicinal herbs, the echinacea has the capacity to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It also has antibiotic properties that helps relieve allergies. Basically, the roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds and burns. It was once used by the Native Americans as an application for insect bites, stings and snakebites. The echinacea grows on any well drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight.

  • Siberian Ginseng

The siberian ginseng has a wide range of health benefits, mostly as a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health. Its medicinal properties are used for :

      • menopausal problems
      • geriatric debility
      • physical and mental stress
      • treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation
      • angina
      • hypercholesterolemia and neurasthenia with headache
      • insomnia
      • poor appetite
      • increasing endurance
      • memory improvement
      • anti-inflammatory purposes
      • immunogenic purposes
      • chemoprotective purposes
      • radiological protection
  • Great Yellow Gentian

The great yellow gentian root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and states of exhaustion from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gal bladder and digestive system, strengthening the overall human body. Internally, it is taken to treat :

      • liver complaints
      • indigestion
      • gastric infections
      • aneroxia
  • Sea Buckthorn

The sea-buckthorn has been used throughout the centuries in China to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain. The branches and leaves are used in Mongolia to treat gastrointestinal distress in humans and animals.

The bark and leaves are used for treating diarrhea, gastrointestinal, dermatological disorders and topical compressions for rheumatoid arthritis. Even the flowers are used as skin softeners.

The berries on the other hand are used together with other medications for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood and metabolic disorders. Fresh sea buckthorn berry juice is known to be taken in the event of :

      • colds
      • fever
      • exhaustion
      • stomach ulcers
      • cancer
      • metabolic disorders
      • liver diseases
      • inflammation
      • peptic ulcer
      • gastritis
      • eczema
      • canker sores
      • general ulcerative disorders
      • karatitis
      • trachoma
  • Tea Tree

Even the aborigines have been using the tea tree leaves for medicinal purposes, like chewing on young leaves to relieve headaches. The paperbark itself is extremely useful to them as it serves to line coolamons when used as cradles, as a bandage, as a sleeping mat, as material for building humpies, as an aluminum foil, as a disposable rain coat and for tamping holes in canoes.

The leaves and twigs, eventaully made into tea tree oil, is anti fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and deserves a place in every household medicine box. Tea tree oil can be used to treat :

  • Lemon Balm

The reason the plant is called lemon balm is because of the lemon minty scent of the leaves. The flowers, which appear during the summer, are full of nectar. The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as :

      • mosquito repellent
      • herpes
      • sores
      • gout
      • insect bites

Infusion of the leaves with water are known to treat :

      • colds
      • fevers
      • indigestion due to nervous tension
      • digestive upsets in children
      • hyperthyroidism
      • depression
      • mild insomnia
      • headaches
  • Peppermint

Peppermint is sometimes regarded as ‘the world’s oldest medicine’, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago. Pepeprmint are naturally high in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin help soothe and relax the muscles. Infused peppermint leaves are used to :

      • reduce irritable bower syndrome
      • against upset stomachs
      • inhibit bacterial growth
      • treat fevers
      • flatulence
      • spastic colon
  • Evening Primrose

The young roots can be eaten like a vegetable, or the shoots can be eaten as a salad. Poulticed roots of the evening primrose is applied to piles and bruises. Tea made from the roots have also been used in the treatment of obesity and bowel pains. However, the more valuable parts are the leaves and bark which are made into evening primrose oil, known to treat :

      • multiple sclerosis
      • premenstrual tension
      • hyperactivity
      • eczema
      • acne
      • brittle nails
      • rheumatoid arthritis
      • alcohol-related liver damage (alcoholics, this is for you)
  • Ginseng

One of the most highly regarded medicines in the orient, the ginseng is reputable in its ability to promote health, general body vigor and prolong life. The roots are used to :

      • stimulate and relax the nervous system
      • encourage secretion of hormones
      • improve stamina
      • lower blood sugar levels
      • lower cholesterol levels
      • increase resistance to disease
      • treat debility associated with old age
      • treat lack of appetite
      • treat insomnia
  • Turkey Rhubarb

Known mainly for its positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system as a whole. Even children may use the turkey rhubarb as it is gentle enough. The roots act as an astringent tonic to the digestive system while larger doses are used as laxatives. Other than that, it is also known to treat :

      • chronic constipation
      • diarrhea
      • liver and gall bladder complaints
      • hemorrhoids
      • menstrual problems
      • skin eruptions due to accumulation of toxin
  • Sage

Salvia, the Latin name for sage, means ‘to heal’. Internally, the sage is used for :

      • indigestion
      • flatulence
      • liver complaints
      • excessive lactation
      • excessive perspiration
      • excessive salivation
      • anxiety
      • depression
      • female sterility
      • menopausal problems

On the other hand, it is used externally for :

      • insect bites
      • skin infections
      • throat infections
      • mouth infections
      • gum infections
      • skin infections
      • vaginal discharge
  • Wu Wei Zi

Low doses of the fruit are said to stimulate the central nervous system whilst large doses depress it, while regulating the cardiovascular system. The seed is used in the treatment of cancer. Externally, it is used to treat irritating and allergic skin conditions while taken internally to treat :

      • dry coughs
      • asthma
      • night sweats
      • urinary disorders
      • involuntary ejaculation
      • chronic diarrhoea
      • palpitations
      • insomnia
      • poor memory
      • hyperacidity
      • hepatitis
      • diabetes
  • Milk Thistle

It protects and improves the function of the liver (take note, alcoholics). Taken internally, milk thistle helps to treat :

      • liver and gall bladder diseases
      • jaundice
      • hepatitis (liver inflammation)
      • poisoning
      • high cholesterol levels
      • insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes who also have cirrhosis
      • the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical, and prostate cancers
      • the effects of a hangover
  • Comfrey

Comfrey contains allantoin, a cell proliferant that speeds up the natural replacement of body cells. It is reputed to have teeth and bone building properties in children. Safer to use externally than internally, comfrey is used to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from :

      • bronchial problems
      • broken bones
      • sprains
      • arthritis
      • gastric and varicose ulcers
      • severe burns
      • acne
      • cuts
      • bruises
      • sprains
      • sores
      • eczema
      • varicose veins
  • Feverfew

A tea made from the whole plant is used in the treatment of arthritis, colds, fevers etc. It is said to be sedative and to regulate menses. An infusion is used to bathe swollen feet. Applied externally as a tincture, the plant is used in the treatment of bruises. Chewing 1-4 leaves a day has proven to be effective in the treatment of some migraine headaches.

  • Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds are nourishing and taken to :

      • encourage weight gain (take note, anorexics)
      • inhibit cancer of the liver
      • lower blood cholesterol levels
      • treat inflammation and ulcers of the stomach and intestines
      • drain off sweat ducts
      • for body building
      • for late onset diabetes
      • poor digestion
      • insufficient lactation
      • painful menstruation
      • labor pains
      • freshen bad breath
      • restore a dull sense of taste
  • Slippery Elm

The inner bark of the slippery elm can be ground into nutrient-rich porridge-like soup that serves as an excellent remedy for sore throats. Other than that, it can be used to soothe the digestive tract. The bark of the slippery elm was used as an abortion tool, moistened with water and inserted into the cervix, before it was banned by certain countries like the UK.

  • Stinging Nettle

Long known as a nutritious addition to the diet and as a herbal remedy, the stinging nettle leaves have been traditionally used to :

      • cleanse the blood
      • treat hay fever
      • arthritis and anemia
      • excessive menstruation
      • hemorrhoids
      • rheumatism
      • skin problems like eczema
      • nettle rash
      • chicken pox
      • bruises
      • burns
  • Agnus Castus

Beneficial to female hormonal system, the agnus castus seeds and fruits are used to rectify hormonal imbalances caused by an excess of estrogen and an insufficiency of progesterone. It acts upon the pituitary gland, reducing the production of certain hormones and increasing the production of others, shifting the balance in favor of the gestagens, hormones that ‘secure’ pregnancy. Thus it has a wide application of uses in malfunctions of the feminine reproductive system and has been used with great effect in :

    • restoring absent menstruation
    • regulating heavy periods
    • restoring fertility caused by hormonal imbalance
    • relieving premenstrual tension
    • easing the transition of menopause

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Baby boomers have long been spending millions to save their sagging skin, fix their crow’s feet, and plump their lips. Now, however, boomers are turning to brain boosters to fight an invisible effect of aging: memory loss.

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Brain Booster No.1: Exercise

Exercising is one of the most frequently cited activities to improve age-related memory.

“The one that has the most robust findings is physical exercise,” says Molly Wagster, PhD, chief of the behavioral and systems neuroscience branch division of the National Institute on Aging.

And it helps if the exercise is aerobic, Wagster says. Studies have shown that older people who exercise — and we’re talking fairly easy exercise of moderate walking a few times a week — outperformed couch potatoes after six months.

Experts do not fully understand why exercise helps boost brainpower, but it could be for several reasons. First, exercise diminishes stress, a key drain of brain energy, and it also helps overall health. It also helps people sleep better, which improves memory and keeps the blood flowing to all parts of your body.

“In general, what’s good for the heart is good for the brain,” says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center for Aging and author of iBrain, which examines, among other things the effect of the Internet on our brains.

Brain Booster No. 2: Eating a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables

Experts stress that people must pay attention to their diets and eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, five to seven servings daily ranging from leafy greens to blueberries to tomatoes to sweet potatoes. While there is no one “brain food,” antioxidants — which are often found in fruits and vegetables — help to curb free-radical damage to cells.

“Our brain kind of gets rusty with age,” explains Small.

Also, experts say there’s no magic brain vitamin or supplement that will protect against memory loss. P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD, chief of biological psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan, says that B vitamins may help, as could the spice turmeric, but that studies are inconclusive.

Brain Booster No. 3: Mental Workouts

To keep your brain sharp, many experts say, you need to challenge it regularly.

“It’s just like it is with muscles,” says Randolph Schiffer, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

There is some evidence that mental gymnastics can help preserve memory, but some of the promises of computer games outstrip the reality of the benefits, researchers say.

“Nothing has met the gold standard,” explains Doraiswamy. “If they had, they’d all be sold as prescription drugs.”

Still, the games can’t hurt, says Brenda Plassman, PhD, a professor in the department of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and the principal investigator of the Aging, Demographics and Memory Study. Plassman says she would simply caution older people not to spend money on something that hasn’t been proved to work to help age-related memory loss.

“I would encourage people to look at various options for free,” says Plassman.

Brain Booster No. 4: Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns are crucial for cognitive performance, especially memory, the experts say. That means at least seven hours of sleep each night.

Sleep is essential to lower levels of stress hormones, to relax and refresh your entire body, and to literally turn off your brain. “There are parts of sleep where memory gets archived,” says Doraiswamy.

While it may be tempting to take over-the-counter — or even prescription — sleeping medications, be aware that many may impair memory. Check with your doctor about side effects of sleep medications, as well as all drugs.

Also, limit your intake of alcohol if you experience sleeping problems, as it can disrupt sleeping patterns.

Brain Booster No. 5: Red Wine

Some studies indicate that red wine is good for the heart and thus the brain, the experts say. Not all the reasons are understood, but many researchers believe red wine may be good for you because it contains the antioxidant resveratrol.

There is a possibility, however, that the benefits associated with red wine could come from other factors, such as the social aspect of wine drinking or income level associated with those who drink wine.

A 2007 study of elderly Italians showed that drinking alcohol in moderation may slow the progression to dementia in elderly people who already have mild mental declines. Defined in the study as less than one drink a day, low to moderate drinking was associated with a significantly slower progression to dementia among people with mild age-related cognitive declines, compared with nondrinkers.

Brain Booster No. 6: No More Multitasking

One of the biggest causes of failing to remember something, explains Small, is that “people aren’t paying attention.”

“As our brain ages, it’s more difficult to do several things at once,” says Plassman.

Multitasking thus becomes an impediment to remembering names, a recipe, or something you just read. That’s because the brain first has to encode information before it can retrieve the information as memory. Unless the brain is paying attention and taking in the information it will later need, the brain cannot encode the information.

Brain Booster No 7: Learning New Memory Tricks

Small, who also authored the best-selling book The Memory Bible, says he teaches a technique called “look, snap, connect” in which participants are taught how to focus on someone or something and make a connection that will help them remember.

“These kinds of techniques can be learned very quickly,” Small adds.

Long-practiced strategies such as linking a person’s name to something else or another person are also helpful, or using sound associations, says Plassman. Check your local library, senior center, or hospital to see whether free classes might be offered.

While age-related memory loss is typically minor, be on the lookout for more serious memory loss in yourself or a loved one. “Forgetting where you parked your car is one thing,” says Doraiswamy. “Forgetting that you have a car is another.”

If memory loss is making an impact in your everyday life or getting worse, consult with a doctor.

Also, try to laugh a little about the age-related memory loss while doing what you can to curb it. While the loss is real, it’s not as if you are losing control of your brain. The loss is relatively subtle, and in most cases, your brain still works like the incredible organ that it is.

“For many people, if you have a relatively good memory, forget about it,” says Doraiswamy. “Shooting for the impossible (the memory we enjoyed in youth, for example) only induces stress.”

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