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Discovering the Herbal Medicine Cabinet

Aug 30, 2016 11:17PM
by Laina Poulakos
Herbalism is the use of plants and their parts for medicinal purposes. This includes the study of specific plants for their healing properties. The use of plants as medicine has been used for thousands of years. For example, the ancient Egyptians used to give slaves garlic to keep them from getting sick.

There are more than 300,000 species of plants that have been identified, and many more to discover. Many are rich in active compounds that can have a profound effect on human systems. The herbal medicine cabinet is full of wonderful plants that can be useful for so many aliments—from killing bacteria, to relaxing the mind, to reducing inflammation. Some herbs even have a stimulating effect. Others can activate the body’s own immune system to help fight of illness. Just like every other form of medicine, there are many ways to use herbs—in capsules, teas, extracts or essential oils. The power in plants is amazing for the body and the mind.

Nature’s medicine cabinet is full of natural helpers. While most people have used herbs for some aliments, such as chamomile tea to help calm one’s nerves or relying on ginger root to settle an upset stomach, there is a whole world of natural cures found in the backyard. For starters, try a little peppermint the next time you want to a headache.

Don’t be afraid to see what our ancestors did to treat themselves for common ailments by looking beyond your medicine cabinet.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit


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