Herbs have been used since the dawn of times for their aromatic and medicinal properties. Ancient Unani manuscripts, Chinese writings and Egyptian papyrus all describe the use of herbs. WHO (World Health Organization) estimated 80 percent of people around the globe use herbal medicines. Though not all plants can be used for medicinal purposes, treatment with medicinal plants is relatively safer with minimal side effects. These plants are considered a rich resource of ingredient for non pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeial and synthetic drug development.

Keep reading to find essential herbal extracts for daily use.

  • Ashwagandha: 

This herb is vital for those suffering from stress, arthritis, insomnia, skin conditions, diabetes, constipation, gastrointestinal issues, fevers, nervous breakdowns, memory loss and snake bites.

  • Peppermint:

This refreshing herb is an excellent source of calcium, manganese, magnesium and potassium. Its essential oil contains menthol, known for local anesthetic, analgesic and counter-irritant properties. Peppermint helps digestive issues, reduces allergies, calms nausea and promotes alertness.

  • Cardamom:

This natural tranquilizer brings peace to the mind and joy to the heart. It neutralizes mucus-forming properties in milk and acidity in caffeine drinks. Simply add a little cardamom powder to your coffee as you brew it or boil cardamom with warm milk and enjoy.

  • Oregano:

Commonly found in the kitchen cabinet, this culinary and medicinal herb origins from the Lamiaceae family. Oregano works wonders for joint pain, athlete’s foot, inflammation, cold/flu symptoms, bacterial infections and warts/skin tags.

  • Turmeric:

Another herb found in the kitchen, Turmeric is known for improving the skin complexion, it’s anti-inflammatory properties enable it to treat acne-prone skin. This herb also contains liver-cleansing and blood-cleansing properties. Incorporate it into your meals, use it on the skin or simply drink it with warm milk before bed time for best results.

  • Neem:

This herb is one of the most powerful detoxifiers and blood purifiers in Ayurvedic herbology. It heals wounds, skin diseases and damage caused by the sun. Neem is also useful for muscle and joint pain.

  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil):

This herb is ideal for calming acne, fungal infections, bug bites, skin irritation, psoriasis and eczema. Tea Tree Oil is also known to repel lice, which is great for parents of young children.

  • Lemongrass:

Lemongrass is known to soothe sore muscles, swelling, relieve pain, reduce fever, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow. This herb enhances levels of sugar and cholesterol in blood. Lemongrass also works as a bug repellent.

  • Lavender:

One of the most widely used herbs, Lavender is great for cuts, burns, sunburn, inflammation, skin irritation and bug bites. It works well as a treatment for fungal infections, anxiety and hair loss. This herb is best known as a stress reducer due to its calming effect.

  • Lemon:

Lemon has tons of medicinal, culinary and health benefits. It works wonders for acidity, weight loss, constipation, sore throat, fatigue, asthma, high blood pressure, immune system and arthritis. Lemon can also be used achieve a healthy glowing skin and to lighten the complexion.

Add herbs to your daily routine to experience the benefits yourself.