Common Herbs and Their Medicinal Values

A medicinal plant is a type of plant that is used to provide soothe, cure to medical conditions. Traditional medicine as it is fondly called, has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties. According to the WHO (world health organisation), about 80 percent of people around the world rely on herbal medicines for some aspect of their primary health care provision.
Treatment with medicinal plants have been considered to be very safe because it has little or no side effects. This is as a result of its natural healing powers. Another advantage is that, these herbs have no age or sex limits.
Here’s a few of them and their medicinal benefits.

 

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Moringa Plant

The moringa plant is usually one of the first plants that comes to mind when we talk about medicinal plants. It has often been referred to as the miracle tree. Some of the uses include;

Moringa has antioxidant properties that help in fighting inflammation, cell damage and oxidative stress.
Its leaves and flowers protects the liver against oxidation and toxicity.
also , it can be used to treat infections. It has antibacterial properties.
Moringa is an energy booster. Smoothies are made out of moringa.
Its leaves are highly rich in vitamin A and C, this means its helps maintain good eyes and fights bacteria.

Bitter Leaf

Because of its detoxification properties, bitter leaf helps in fighting against many diseases and infections. The real benefits of bitter leaf come when it is taken fresh, they include;

Bitter leaf is a strong and fast remedy for stomach aches. Squeeze out the juice into a cup add a pinch of salt, the relief would be amazing.
Illnesses such as malaria, typhoid fever and diarrhea are highly treatable by bitter leaf.
It regulates the blood pressure.
Bitter leaf manages diabetes by controlling the sugar level in our bodies.
Research also shows that bitter leaf increases the chances of fertility and also its been said to fight insomnia.

Aloe Vera

This plant has been known to be useful in the area of cosmetics. Like scalp and hair moisturization and treatment and also on the skin. But besides that, it has some medicinal values.

Aloe Vera is used generally for oral hygiene, like treatment sores in the mouth, mouth ulcers.
Aloe Vera helps injuries heal fast, mostly burn injuries.
It has also been known to help with diabetes management and control of blood sugar level.

Girdle Pod

This plant has traditional names like Irawo Ile, Yoruba, Gudugal, Hausa and Obuobwa, Igbo.

This plant can be used for skin infection treatments such as scabies, ringworm etc.
Body aches, headaches arthritic pains are just a few of the kid of aches girdle pods take care of.
It also treat Stds, hepatitis and other kind of infections.

Mint Leaf

These leaves are very popular in and outside Nigeria. Mint leaf is so common that we can find its flavour in most products that we use today.

It helps digestion.boil mint, add lemon, this has a very soothing effect in your system. For example, it relieves you of abdominal cramps.
Mint is found in most toothpastes, shampoos and peppermint sprays today.
also , it has culinary uses.

These are just a few of the most common herbs we walk pass everyday and their medicinal values.

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