A plant deficient of a lasting woody stem is usually known as a herb. Many of the herbs are flowering garden plants or potherbs. Herbs are usually grown for medicinal and many a times spiritual purposes. A herbaceous plant that is used for a medicinal purpose can be a shrub, whereas a herb used in cooking could be a non woody plant. Herbs are easy to grow in the house and the health benefits they offer are plenty. To get the maximum benefit from herbal remedies, the herbs must be properly prepared. Natural herbal cures are gentler on the human body, and normally have lesser or no side effects. A reason for this is that the herbs used in holistic medicine work gradually, they have a soothing and a nourishing effect over the body.
Some herbaceous plants and their preparation for specific ailments.
Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
Basil is an excellent antiseptic. A basil leaf tucked into the mouth over the ulcer and kept there eases the pain. A concoction of basil juice, lime juice and honey can work wonders for your oily skin and effectively cure acne.
Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis)
Gooseberry is a rich source of vitamin C serves as the best home remedy for diabetes. Take 1 tbsp of gooseberry juice and mix it with a cup of bitter gourd juice. Consume the mixture daily for about 2 months.
Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)
Marshmallow is a herbaceous plant that grows essentially in North America and Europe, it has been used for centuries as a sore throat remedy as it contains mucilage, which is thought to coat and soothe sore throats. Take marshmallow root tea for sore throats. Add one tablespoon of the dried root to a cup of boiling water, steeping it covered for at least 10 minutes, and then straining. Drinking up to three times relieves sore throat.
As soon as you suffer a burn, break or cut off an outer leaf of an Aloe plant, split it open with your fingernails, and squeeze the leaf gel onto the burn.
Parsley leaves (Petroselinum crispum)
Parsley leaves can be crushed and applied recurrently to a bruise. This remedy may help speed the disappearance of black-and-blue marks.
Marigold is a tropical American plant of the genus Tagetes widely cultivated for their showy yellow or orange flowers. Marigold is used chiefly as a local remedy. It is useful in chronic ulcer, varicose veins, etc. Marigold rubbed on the affected part, is an admirable cure for the painfulness and swelling after the sting of a wasp or bee.