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Ancient European Healing: Primary Herbs I

St Johns WortIn the case of the Europeans, you will find that native herbs served many different purposes , many of which are still popular today. Germany, Italy, the Swiss, and French herbal medicine all highlights the influences of herbal medicine throughout Europe. Alpine plants, like pulsatilla and arnica, were popular in those regions, while Britain leaned towards using herbs (such as comfrey). A list of primary herbs used throughout ancient Europe is included in this article:

St John’s Wort: Whether you use infused oil or the dried form, St John’s Wort works as an astringent and antiviral herb that earned a reputation for treating individuals suffering depression.

Valerian: When you need an herb to calm your nerves, consider the European gem of valerian. The history of this herb has been traced to the early Roman times, where it was known as a decent sedative and relaxant. However, the plant reaps results that are safe and non-addicting. The root and rhizome are harvested in the autumn season, which is when they possess their highest concentrations of active components. A substance found in the rhizome and root has been known to encourage sleep. You will find valerian at health food stores in tablet form (often containing other herbs) for the treatment of stress and anxiety. The powder creates capsules taken at night to combat insomnia.

Goldenrod: This herb carries astringent properties used to treat throat problems, congestion, and urinary tract issues.

Calendula: This ancient method of healing serves as a remedy for people battling inflamed skin. Fresh and dried calendula petals are main choices for making herbal treatments.  Today, calendula is one of the most well known of herb. It is also the most versatile , a remedy used for skin inflammations to chronic infections. When choosing a flower to use in an herbal treatment, seek out the ones that show the brightest shade of orange, which indicates a high level of active ingredients. Use the flower to create an infusion that treats chronic fungal interruptions, such as oral thrush and ringworm. The flowers also make an ointment that treats minor burns.

Crampback: Crampback is found in woodlands, ledges, and thickets throughout Europe and the eastern part of North America. The bark of the plant comes from branches that are best gathered in the spring and summertime when the plant reveals its flowers. The berries of this plant are used to relax muscles. The bark also makes a decent lotion for aching muscles that one should run into the shoulders and neck for relief. Other ways to use crampback include treating irritable bowel syndrome, stomach spasms, breathing difficulties, and poor circulation in the hands and feet.

Rosemary: Traditionally, rosemary (usually in its dried form) has gained a reputation for improving the memory.