Life begins the day you start a garden. – Chinese proverb
We know that plants are good for our physical and mental health. They’re beautiful, living things that will thrive and bloom with the proper care. Some are heavenly-scented, and they also supply us with oxygen. There’s really nothing bad about plants, herbs, and flowers, but some are more therapeutic than others, and, in the ways of homeopathy, one always needs to know what they’re doing. One should never ingest any sort of plant without knowing exactly what it is and what it does. Since the beginning of time, man has been using the plants and herbs around him to create medicine of all sorts. Some of the most soothing, calming plants that we can think of are listed below:
- Lemon balm—a member of the mint family—is ideal for promoting sleep, easing stress, and even improving appetite. “Even before the Middle Ages, lemon balm was steeped in wine to lift the spirits, help heal wounds, and treat venomous insect bites and stings.” It is also used as a topical ointment to treat cold sores.
- Sage is burned to clear a space of negative energy and has even been known to boost brain function. Its lovely scent doesn’t hurt, either.
- Lavender is probably one of the most beloved plants because of its lovely scent and purple blossoms. One is immediately transported when just a wafting of lavender comes along; this is why people love to use it in hot baths as a soak just before bedtime. There’s nothing better for a good night’s sleep.
- Linden blossoms are used for tea that relaxes nerves. “It also an antispasmodic that helps prevent cramps and loosen tight muscles, to help relieve tension-related pain such as migraines and menstrual cramps.”
- Valerian root is a natural remedy for insomnia. Since it’s herbal, it is much less intimidating than a sleeping pill and can actually improve overall sleep patterns while helping ease hyperactivity.
- Cannabis is and has been used ever since its discovery for all sorts of things. Hemp-derived from the cannabis plant—is used to make ropes and even clothes. Marijuana is commonly smoked and ingested medicinally and recreationally, while the mainstream market has only relatively recently discovered the soothing health benefits of cannabinoids and CBD oil. Administered as a tincture or a topical ointment, it’s known to help ease pain, tension, and insomnia.
- Camphor comes from the bark of the tree Cinnamonun camphora and is used as a pain reliever and cure for certain skin rashes, insect bites, swelling, and even eczema. It is also used in Vaporub ointments for clearing the chest of congestion while it relieves a nasty cough as well.
- Chamomile, when drunk in a tea, is very comforting and helps to alleviate cold symptoms (including a sore throat), boost the immune system, reduce anxiety and even encourage healthy sleep.
- Jasmine is known for its deliriously sweet scent that, when inhaled, may help relieve stress and even boost one’s overall mood. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with wound healing.
- Opium poppies are—hence the name—known for the opium that can be extracted from the plant. This quickly became one of the products most traded along the Silk Road in China in the 1700s by the British and French (later, in the 19th century, the Opium Wars took place). While it’s a very controversial topic, it is still one of the most well-acknowledged of all the plants from which a narcotic and, at times, medicine (i.e., morphine) is derived. It made the list because opium is known for its extreme dream-like qualities.
- Aloe is one of the most soothing, wonderful plants. Have you ever had a sunburn and nothing helped but cool, calming aloe straight from the plant source? If you have, you’ll know just how helpful it is. Aloe is also used in facial creams for its gentle, soothing properties.
- Peyote cactus has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years as a religious sacrament. Because it is considered a sacred plant, it is protected under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments of 1994. This means that its use is legally permitted for religious ceremonies. Since it is used in religious rites to heighten emotion, it is believed that the peyote cactus offers spiritual healing.
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