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New to plant medicine? Here are the best herbs for beginners!

In this era of the internet, where the information is easily accessible, there is a flood of information and recommendations regarding the herbal products. We suggest that you continue reading this article in order to find out which herbs you need to try, especially if you are a beginner.

We all know that herbs are very useful when it comes to the treatment of some kinds of diseases, and serious chronic health problems. When it comes to serious problems, it is better to seek out a trained herbalist, which will make an in-depth assessment of the situation, and you can also ask them about the herbs and the dosing.

If you are curious to explore herbs on your own, it is very important to consider the herbs that are around you, as oftentimes plants that have potent medicinal properties are growing in your own backyard. We suggest that you try the following ones:

Stinging nettle

Nettle contains high amounts of minerals like iron, protein, calcium, and vitamin A. It is a very nourishing and nutritive herb. According to some studies, nettle can supply our body with 90 to 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. It is a great ally for people that are suffering from seasonal allergies.

How to use it:

You can drink nettle as a tea, and the best method is to make an infusion by pouring boiling water over the dried nettle leaves. Then cover it, and let the tea steep overnight. This herb can also be used as a tincture, or it can be purchased in capsule form, and even as a food. You just need to make sure that you process it by blending it or cooking it, in order to break down the stinging hairs.

Dandelion

Dandelion is considered by many people to be one of the most maligned weeds in the world. It is one of the most versatile and beneficial herbs in existence! You can use all parts of the plant. The flowers can be used to make a lovely wine, the leaves can be used in a salad, and the root can be boiled and used as a substitute for coffee. The root and the leaves possess a diuretic quality, and the root is packed with high levels of fiber and inulin. Inulin is an amazing prebiotic, and it feeds the beneficial bacteria in our gut. The root is also great because it has the ability to cleanse our liver and kidneys.

How to use it:

The best advice that we can give you is to experiment and experience the whole plant.

Calendula

Calendula is a gorgeous-looking flower, and it is considered to be a powerhouse herb. It is orange and bright yellow, and these flowers contain a high amount of flavonoids and healing resins. They have been shown to be antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, and they also have wound-healing properties.

How to use it:

Calendula shines as a topical remedy, and it is a very common ingredient in skin care products that are based on herbs.  Calendula oil is an extremely effective and gentle remedy, that can help you treat burns, acne, scars, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, skin infections, diaper rash, and sties. It is also safe to use for nursing mothers and babies.

Elderberry

This is your go-to herb for immunity. Elderflower and elderberry are wonderful remedies for flu, fevers, colds, viruses, and acute respiratory issues. Elderberries have potent antiviral properties, and they contain a high amount of bioflavonoids. If you take elderberry at the first sign of a cold, they will boost your whole immune system, and they will reduce the duration and the severity of the cold. There is a study that suggests that patients that were given elderberry extract, four times a day, for 5 days, had full relief from symptoms of influenza.

How to use it:

Both elderflower and elderberry can be made into a tasty syrup, gummies, cough drops and teas. This one is especially good for kids.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a great soothing herb, that is often times served as tea before going to bed, and the reason for that is because it can induce sleepiness and calm an upset stomach. But, at the same time, it is so much more than that. It can also treat hay fever, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, rheumatic pain, ulcers, inflammation, and hemorrhoids.

How to use it:

As we mentioned, chamomile is often times brewed as a tea, but it can also be taken as a tincture, with honey, or as a syrup. It can be also used externally. When applied topically, chamomile can be used to treat chickenpox, diaper rash, eye and ear infections, conjunctivitis, and blocked tear ducts.

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