Our bodies can withstand stress and other related ailments such as injuries, muscle stiffness and so on. Actually, our bodies are geniuses when it comes to that. Long ago people were using natural remedies or rather traditional herbs to treat almost all diseases. These herbs were not tested in laboratories but seemed to work anyway. In fact, they were tested through trial and error or by observing their effects on wild animals.
Though their usage slowed down over the years, they have suddenly returned to our shelves. Some estimates are that modern medicine consists of 50 percent or more of natural herbs. To understand more about this, let’s take a look at some of the natural herbs that can be used instead of some maybe more damaging drugs.
1. Cannabis oil
Though this plant is not accessible in many countries, it is believed to be one of the most versatile plants. Cannabis oil is derived from the flowers and upper parts of cannabis leaves using steam distillation. It is green in color, and its effects include reducing muscle stiffness and anxiety. Cannabis was and still is illegal in some countries, as well as the plants ‘’male’’ part hemp. Sadly hemp was also forbidden for a long time even tho it contains very little active THC.
2. Castor oil
This remedy is derived from castor beans, which mainly are found in Africa, China, and India. This oil is very useful because it can be used porously which means it can get absorbed through the pores on your skin. Known to increase blood circulation once applied to the affected place, castor oil can give instant relief to muscle spasms, hence reducing pain. A person is advised to heat and apply directly or use a cloth to cover the injured area.
These berries may be tiny but they but the impact they have is huge. They contain high doses of antioxidants and reduce oxidative stress. Furthermore, regular consumption of blueberries slows down the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. As a disease, Parkinson’s can affect mobility due to muscle stiffness, whereas Alzheimer’s results to inability to control and coordinate muscles.
4. Cayenne pepper
This is an herb that has been used for over 9000 years now. Most people use it at home as a spice without knowing its medicinal benefits. When body tissues are damaged, they tend to release a chemical known as capsaicin. This substance alerts the body in the form of pain and cayenne pepper has a direct effect on it. So, the blood vessels will be dilated by its anti-inflammatory effects.
5. Mustard Seeds
Aside from the commonly known benefits of mustard seeds here are a few not so well known. The presence of glucosinolates and myrosinase in mustard seeds are known to use phytochemicals to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
The occurrence of magnesium in mustard seeds means that all of those head ripping headaches might finally come to an end.
6.Magnesium the original chill pill
Magnesium is a vital nutrient in our bodies that modern diets often overlook. The deficiency of magnesium is not that severe on average but our bodies certainly see the difference. Even in 1968. it was reported that magnesium deprivation can cause depression, seizures, ataxia, psychosis, and irritability. Not all of us are naturally lacking magnesium. It was concluded that stress eats up magnesium more than anything.
Lavender has a very sweet smell and many people use it for tea making. Its consumption relieves tension in muscles and the entire body. There are other people who use it under their pillows at night and they report having great sleep. It has been in use for over 2000 years and was most commonly used by Egyptians.
This is a mineral that is very beneficial to the body because it maintains the nerves and muscles. It is mostly consumed with water or taken as a pill. Potassium has a beneficial effect on the heart. Potassium can also improve endurance, energy, and stamina when you’re exercising.
9. Rosemary oil
This is an herb that is wildly popular all over the world. The European Union certified it because of its effectiveness in food preservation. It is an antioxidant-rich herb. It has a chemical known as antinociceptive that blocks pain receptors. Also, it has been shown it helps with hair growth, helps with liver detoxification, improves memory and lowers cortisol levels.
10. Arnica Oil
Arnica oil is derived from the arnica plant which belongs to the daisy family of flowers. Arnica oil is used in skin care amongst many other uses. The monounsaturated fats found in it help cure skin inflammations like eczema, psoriasis and even acne. Due to the high potency, the oil is not recommended for internal consumption without heavy dilution and even pregnant women shouldn’t use it.
Meet Caitlin Evans
Caitlin is a bookworm, photographer, and dancer. She is also a medical student in love with science. When she is not trying to find the meaning of life and Universe, Caitlin is researching and writing about various health-related topics. She is happily addicted to art in all its forms, grilled tofu, and caffeine.
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