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9 Unusual Herbs for Healing

Written by andy
You may want to these unusual herbs for healing before reaching for pills

It’s amazing how many remedies you can find in nature. You can literally walk through any park, forest, or field, and you’ll find plants that offer medicinal properties of some sort. Nearly every medication we use today has been discovered thanks to some herbal or plant-based remedy used by our ancestors. There are so many plants and herbs that offer healing benefits! Here are a few of the more unusual herbs for healing:

  • Marijuana – Yes, that’s right, we’re talking weed! Marijuana contains cannabinoids, antioxidants that can lower your blood pressure, decrease anxiety, treat glaucoma, aid in the battle against depression, and even reduce your risk of cancer and epilepsy. Best of all, it’s a non-addictive plant, and it can be used regularly without the effects wearing off.
  • California Poppy – This is a natural opioid which can help to relieve anxiety, even among children. It can be made into a delicious tea to treat anxiety, or to deal with nervousness and tension. Make it into a decoction, and it can provide relief from pain.
  • Lady Fern – This plant can do more than just treat nettle stings; it can also ease the pain of minor cuts, wounds, burns, and injuries. All you have to do is roll it up in your hands and squeeze the juice onto your injury to reduce your pain.
  • Blood Flower – Also known as Mexican butterfly weed, this herb is a natural emetic. This means it will help you vomit. It may not sound good for a healthy person, but it’s very handy if you accidentally ingest poisons. It can also stimulate healthy heart function and eliminate parasites.

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  • Korean Mint – The hyssop plant, also known as Korean mint, can help to soothe your headaches, banish fatigue, and calm your stomach. Those with nausea can chew on the leaves or make it into a tea to settle the churning. It’s also a potent antiviral agent that can prevent infections.
  • Tansy – This plant is used to flavor beer and European stews, but it’s also a potent insect-repellent. Rub it on your skin to keep flies and mosquitoes away. Got a problem with worms? Chew on a tansy leaf to get rid of the parasites. Just don’t make it into a tea: it’s very poisonous when extracted!
  • Catnip – This is the marijuana for your cat, but it’s also good for you. Catnip can relieve the symptoms of a strong cold, can promote sweating to break a fever, and can prevent excessive bleeding. Apply it directly to a wound, and it can stop bleeding and swelling. It’s also good for treating headaches, indigestion, and gas.
  • Wild Quinine – This is one of the best of the unusual herbs for healing. It can help to reduce period cramps, improve kidney function, treat weakness and fatigue, reduce your risk of respiratory infection, and treat gastrointestinal distress. Heck, it can even be used to combat venereal disease. Eat the root and the flowers, but avoid the plant.
  • Sage – This is believed to be one of the healthiest foods IN THE WORLD! It is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, and it has natural anti-fungal properties. It’s believed to be a “panacea”, a cure-all of sorts. It can help to improve digestion, fight colds, reduces stomach and intestinal problems, salve burns and wounds, and kill off bacteria. You’ll find that it can even deal with diarrhea and other digestive problems. If you want to be healthy, you DEFINITELY want to add sage to your diet.

Obviously chat with your doctor before replacing any medical therapies or starting new treatments.

About the author


Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so six days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.

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