Living a green healthy life, that’s what we always wished for. But sometimes because of too much stress and the fact that we are not properly taking care of our body, sickness becomes inevitable and we caught the most common illness like cough and flu.
Viruses and bacteria live practically everywhere and studies shows that it can survive up to two hours on different things until they finally found their next victim which can be you and me. We encounter different germs each year probably the most common ones. And with the many known and unknown sicknesses and viruses that are affecting humans, doctors and the medical society are finding remedies or medicines for such sicknesses but before relying on over the counter medicine, we can look into using herbal remedies that are safe and free.
The Philippines has over 1000 herbal medicinal plants that can be found all over the country and maybe some of them can be found in your own backyard or your neighbors yard. Even the Department of Health had given their list of ten approved herbal medicines through their program “Traditional Health Program”. These herbs have been thoroughly tested and have been clinically proven to have medicinal value in the relief and treatment of various aliments.
Above pictures are some of the herbal medicines (Halamang gamot) that is found very useful. Listed below are compilation I found on the net of the short listed remedies it can provide for us. I do hope you can find it interesting and helpful.
Luyang Dilaw or Turmeric : Is also called ginger root which can be found abundantly in the Philippines. Turmeric is a smaller version of the ginger that we used in our salabat. Well aside from our favorite dish curry, turmeric is effective medicinal plant for acne since it promotes healing and acts as anti-inflammatory medicinal plant. It contains “carminative” which is a medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing.
Tawa- Tawa or Asthma weed: Also known as Euphorbia hirta,
With the recent dengue cases in our country, the use of tawa tawa has been brought out of light and the discovery of its active ingredient leads to the development of treatments for dengue and even tuberculosis. According to DOST, tawa tawa has medicinal properties that can has the ability to increase blood platelets.
Aloe Vera – Originated in Northern Africa. Aloe Vera is also known as Miracle plant because of its long lists of benefits. Aloe vera is a potent natural medicine – and there is more and more evidence to show its effectiveness in the treatment of some of the most serious diseases. Aloe Vera has long been lauded for its natural soothing, cooling, and moisturizing abilities. When applied to your skin Aloe Vera can soothe minor burns, comfort and moisturize stressed skin, and even help aid in your skin’s ability to regenerate itself.
Oregano scientifically named Origanum vulgare by Carolus Linnaeus is a very common herb that we used in our kitchen especially in our foods but not many of you knows that it is also a great source of Vitamin K . Oregano also contains thymol and carvacrol, two oils which have remarkable bacteria-fighting power and did you know that it has 42 times more antioxidant than apple, 30 times than potatoes and 12 times more than orange.
It is also a very good antiseptic for cuts and burns. Cure respiratory and stomach ailments and a tea made with oregano is also used to relieve flatulence [gas problems] and menstrual pain. Oregano also helps clear sinuses and its oil helps in controlling acne and pimples. Just Add two drops of oregano oil to any face wash when cleaning your face could remove those acne problems. A few drops of oregano oil rubbed on the scalp at night can also help control dandruff. But you may experience a mild warming sensation, which is just normal. Wash off with a shampoo next morning.
Tahebo or Taheebo : You must have heard about the capsule. The active ingredient from the inner bark is analgesic, anti-oxidant, decongestant, diuretic, hypotensive and ultimately as cancer therapy but as of today, this medicinal plant is still undergoing studies.
Some also call this as Pao D Arco and believe to cure many common and grave illnesses. Scientific studies shows that taheebo is a powerful medicinal plant that is very good as;
Analgesic- eliminates pain
Anti-oxidant- promotes production of healthy cells
Decongestant- clears air passage of the lungs
Diuretic- promotes better urine flow
Hypothensive- maintains the natural equilibrium of blood and prevents the rise of cholesterol.
It’s good to know that there are natural herbal medicines that can help us with our sickness and medical problems but it is also best for us to know that some of them have special preparations and should not be taken as it is. It is always best to seek physicians or doctors before venturing or trying anything on our own.
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