by Tess Pennington
We tend to look to God as a source of all healing. It is said that He has provided all that we will ever need:
“the fruit of it shall be for eating and leaf of it for healing…” (Ezekiel 47:12)
Herbs are a wondrous thing. They not only assist in flavoring dishes and filling the air with delightful aromas, but they also hold medicinal properties that promote healing. Those of you who have herbal gardens of your own, no doubt have a few of these herbal friends already planted. Many of the plants listed below are also listed in my Top 10 Medicinal Herbs that should be in every garden. However, it seems that there are a few more worth mentioning.
Our Herbal Friends
Aloe Vera– Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, wound and burn healer, natural laxative, soothes stomach, helps skin ailments. Basil– Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-infectious, antibacterial, soothes stomach. Black Cohosh– Relieves menopausal hot flashes, relieves menstrual cramps, helps circulatory and cardiovascular disorders, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, useful for nervousness and stress. Note: Do not use during pregnancy. Black Walnut– Good for eliminating parasites, good for fungal infections, good for warts and poison ivy, aids digestion. Cinnamon– It has been proven that 99.9% of viruses and bacteria can not live in the presence of cinnamon. So it makes a great antibacterial and antiviral weapon. Cayenne– Catalyst for other herbs, useful for arthritis and rheumatism (topically and internally), good for colds, flu viruses, sinus infection and sore throat, useful for headache and fever, aids organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach, increase thermogenesis for weight loss. Clove Bud– Improves the immune system, they are also an antioxidant and doubles as an antibacterial and antimicrobial fighter. Cypress – The therapeutic properties of cypress oil are astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, deodorant, diuretic, haemostatic, hepatic, styptic, sudorific, vasoconstrictor, respiratory tonic and sedative. Dandelion– Helpful for PMS, good for menopause, increases ovarian hormones. Echinacea (coneflower)– Boosts white blood cell production, immune system support, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, good for colds, flu and infection. Note: Use no more than two weeks at a time. Do not use if you are allergic to sunflowers or related species. Eucalyptus– Anti-infectious, antibacterial and antiviral. Garlic– Helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity, lowers blood fats, assists yeast infections, helps asthma, sinusitis, circulatory problems and heart conditions. German Chamomile– Helps stress, anxiety and insomnia, good for indigestion, useful for colitis and most digestive problems, effective blood cleanser and helps increase liver function and supports the pancreas. Improves bile flow from the liver, it is good for healing of the skin that might come from a blistering chemical agent. Geranium– Dilates bile ducts for liver detoxification, antispasmodic, stops bleeding, anti-infectious, antibacterial. Ginger– Helps nausea, motion sickness and vomiting, useful for circulatory problems, good for indigestion, and is also an effective antioxidant. Lavender– Assists with burns,…