For thousands of years, mankind has used the healing properties in plants to treat a wide range of minor to severe ailments. Today, medicinal plants such as aloe vera, mint, chamomile, echinacea and lavender continue to offer an effective alternative to traditional medicine.
The aloe vera plant originates in Africa and belongs to the lily family. Its clear gel is commonly used as a laxative and for treating numerous dermatologic conditions.
The mint plant comes in several different varieties. In particular, peppermint plant leaves contain a menthol substance that is commonly used to ease nausea, aid digestion and relieve sinus congestion.
The chamomile plant is native to Europe. Chamomile is available in tea form to help soothe tension and induce sleep. Chamomile is also used to treat wounds and various digestive conditions.
The echinacea plant is native to North America. Some believe echinacea can help to stimulate the immune system. It is also used to help prevent and fight minor infections.
The lavender plant is native to the Mediterranean, Africa and India. The fragrant aroma of lavender is often used in products like candles and oils to help calm the mind and ease stress.
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