Top 5 Herbs For Health And Wellness

Herbs and natural remedies have long been used as a way to treat illnesses, prevent infections, and boost an individual’s immune system and overall health and wellbeing. While there are many different herbs and plant extracts out there which serve a wide variety of functions, the following is a look at the top 5 most common herbs used for health and wellness. If you’re just getting into natural remedies or are looking for advice on how to stock your herb cabinet, these 5 plants are a great place to start.

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Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is primarily used to ease the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort in women and to help regulate a healthy reproductive cycle. This is because the herb is excellent at regulating the hormonal changes that control a woman’s reproductive system and can help ease the natural transitions between hormonal levels for more comfortable and well-regulated cycles. This herb can also help treat or prevent acne and other hormone-related ailments. Black cohosh was originally used by Native Americans who introduced it to European settlers. This herb became a popular medicinal treatment for women in Europe in the mid-1950’s and is still a popular herbal treatment being used around the world today.


Goldenseal is famous for its supposed properties of creating a false-negative result when urine is tested for illegal drugs. This belief came from the book Stringtown on the Pike by John Uri Lloyd. Lloyd was a pharmacist who used the herb to mask the presence of poison in his story.

The truth is, this herb does not mask the presence of illegal drugs, but it is very useful for treating a variety of issues including digestive and intestinal-related problems, respiratory issues such as hay fever and the common cold, and liver disorders. Goldenseal is also often applied to wounds to prevent infections and is used to treat rashes, dry skin, acne, dandruff, and cold sores. The medicinal properties come from the dried root of the plant and can be ingested or applied topically.


Coneflowers are another herbal remedy first used by Native Americans who later introduced it to European settlers. This herb became popular in Europe in the 1700’s due to its medicinal properties. Coneflowers can be cultivated in a garden, but they also grow like wildflowers in prairies and wooded areas.

This herb is most commonly used as an antibiotic and to treat mild infections. There is scientific evidence to back up the anti-bacterial properties of this plant, and it is rising in popularity in recent years due to some concern involving the over-use of commercial antibiotics and the possibility of the public developing a resistance to them. This herb is also used to boost the immune system and treat the cold and flu. This herb can be made into a tea which can help ease sore throats and diminish the pain that comes from headaches and muscle fatigue or injuries. It can also be applied topically as an ointment to decrease itching that comes from allergic reactions and conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

Blood Root

Despite its ominous-sounding name, bloodroot is a useful herb which contains chemicals that can help fight bacteria, inflammation, and plaque. Because of this, it is often used for oral hygiene to reduce plaque buildup and promote healthy gums. It is also used to reduce the pain that comes from toothaches. Bloodroot was used in the mid-1800’s to treat tumors and is still used by people today to promote healthy skin, remove dead tissue, and promote healing. This herb can also be used as a purging agent as it can induce vomiting and voiding of the bowels. It can also be used to treat laryngitis, increase circulation, and ease the symptoms of rheumatism.

Ginseng Panax

Gindeng – or ginseng – is possibly the most popular herbal remedy in use today. Panax ginseng grows in Korea, China, and Siberia and has different properties than the ginseng found in America. This herb first became popular in Asia but has since made its way around the world. The medicinal properties come from the root of the plant which is often made into a tea – or added to teas – to help improve the immune system, cognitive functioning, emotional well-being, physical stamina, and athletic endurance.

It is also used to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments such as bronchitis, diabetes, inflammation, cancer, and cystic fibrosis. This herb is also often used for bleeding disorders, intestinal problems, gallstones, fibromyalgia, nerve, muscle, and joint pain, and headaches and dizziness. This herb is also used commercially in soaps, cosmetics, and as a beverage flavoring. It is often referred to as a well-being herb since it contains so many useful properties.


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