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Did You Know? Herbal Remedy Trivia 2

By Yona Williams    1/11/07

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There are many things you probably don’t know when you purchase or consider an herbal remedy. While you may learn of the many uses attached to a specific herb or plant, don’t you want to know a little history behind the helpful herbal remedies of the past and present? In this article, we will take a look at juniper, St. John’s Wort, lavender, lemon balm, and ginseng.




In the past, juniper has been used in purification rituals that took place during ancient Eastern temple ceremonies. The smoke from burning the plant is still used today in purging rituals. In Ancient Egypt, the herb was also used in the mummification process. In the herbal world, the berries and the essential oils can be used for the treatment of arthritis and psoriasis.


St. John’s Wort


During the midsummer season, St. John’s wort was used as a remedy to ward evil spirits away. Hung in the doorway of a residence, this yellow flower is also great for treating wounds, as well as other inflammations. The name of this plant comes from the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who was known for using the plant to heal the wounds of those who fought in the Crusades. Additional uses for St. John’s wort includes providing relief for depression, burns, joint ailments, anxiety, as well as immune deficiency issues.




While the Romans used lavender to provide a pleasant scent in bath water, there are many different ways that this fresh flower and the essential oil that comes from it can be used to treat health problems. The Ancient Greeks saw this attractive purple flower as a great way to treat coughs. Additional uses of this natural approach towards treatment include easing migraines, headaches, as well as digestive problems. When suffering from sunburn, lavender oil has a reputation for soothing this unfortunate occurrence.     


Lemon Balm


When it comes to keeping your youthful appearance, you might want to look into the power that lemon balm possesses. During the 18th century, it was said that elixirs consisting of this plant were believed to contain the secret to “everlasting youth.” It was also thought to be able to drive depression away. Today, the herb is used as an antidepressant. To take advantage of this natural treatment, it is an easy herb to grow. When used as a body rub during the summertime, mosquitoes are known not to bother. Additional uses for the herb include treatments for digestive problems, nervous issues, and wounds.




You never hear about this herbal treatment in the history books, but during the days of Marco Polo, ginseng made its first appearance in natural medicine. The frequent use of the herb was recorded throughout the 18th century, but it was alive and strong well before this time. To restore energy, the Chinese used ginseng for more than 5,000 years. Today, in both the East and the West, ginseng serves as a main ingredient in many natural remedies. Ginseng roots are usually cultivated from commercial means, as it is quite rare to see the plant in the wild. Besides serving as an energy tonic, ginseng helps chronic chest problems, and can boost the lungs.



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