Best herbs for health

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They are a good alternative to combat minor ailments and also as a complement to conventional treatments. We talked with some specialists about the use of medicinal plants and their relationship with them and suggestions.

Melissa or lemon balm

In these times of pandemic, where all the pathologies of the nervous system have increased, lemon balm is very good for relaxing. It is used in popular medicine to treat depressive and nervous states, insomnia, headaches, menopausal disorders, and heart conditions. It is also considered useful in stomach and respiratory ailments, such as coughs and bronchitis.


It is an herb with many benefits. It works for stomach pain and also for fever and cough. It has to be one of three leaves per cup, no more. The branches with their leaves are used, especially to calm abdominal cramps and eliminate intestinal parasites, as a stimulant of menstrual flow in painful, irregular, and weak periods. Externally, it is used to soothe rheumatic pain, cure scabies, psoriasis, eczema, conjunctivitis, and as a natural treatment for pediculosis.


The stems with leaves and flowers are used orally to combat nervous disorders (insomnia, palpitations) and stomachs in popular medicine. They explain that it is also used “in compresses and baths to mitigate rheumatic pains. Due to its soothing action is used in inhalations and vapors in cases of laryngitis, bronchitis, colds, and colds.


Although it is one of the most used herbs in the kitchen to season and elevate flavors, rosemary also has healing properties that sometimes go unnoticed. In half a liter of alcohol, you should put a lot of rosemary to soak for a day. This can “help people when they have bone problems, osteoarthritis or rheumatism,” She adds that she massages her legs with this solution herself.


It is a plant that helps heal, either internally or externally; for example, if you have a gastric ulcer, you can take matico infusions to help heal the damaged tissue. The same is true if you have a small skin lesion. In the text of the Minsal, they clarify that “matico is one of the most appreciated plants in popular medicine for its healing properties.

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Know and use this tradition

A plant does not replace medicine but rather complements it. It is necessary to leave the medicine recommended by the doctor for herbal medicine or an infusion. Plants, in this sense, can be at the service of people. It only depends on each one to provide the opportunity to complement treatment or use them to our advantage in minor ailments.

Personally, I like to think that they are a gift of nature and available to anyone looking for an answer and connection with their earth.

William Eldridge

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