While not too long ago only ‘hippies’ were interested in using herbal home remedies, today more of us are realizing the potential benefits we can gain from using natural products to help with our health related issues.

Virtually no matter what store you go to you can find a whole section of the store devoted to herbal remedies. Many people are looking for a more cost effective method of helping prevent and treat illnesses.

Even the medical community is awakening to the idea that there are many remedies besides just the prescription drugs we have all come to rely so heavily on.

Many people also want to save some money by growing their own herbs and using them for medicinal purposes.

No matter what your reason for exploring herbal medicine, you will be happy to learn that virtually any medical condition, from the mundane to the severe can benefit form one sort of herbal remedy or another. And since you can grow many of these herbs right at home, either in an outdoor garden, or right on your windowsill, you can make sure that all the herbs you are using are healthy and organic.

There have been many studies completed on the effectiveness of herbs for healing many illnesses. And the evidence has conclusively shown that you can get relief from using these herbs. After all, in many parts of the world these herbs have been used successfully for centuries. It’s time we start paying more attention to ‘the old ways’ and stop relying so heavily on our potentially dangerous and expensive man made alternatives.

Here are some of the most commonly used herbs for medicinal purposes:

1. Garlic. This herb is not only great for cooking, it has also been shown to help lower cholesterol levels.

2. Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving anymore. This berry has been shown to help prevent and cure urinary tract infections. Just a glass of juice daily can prevent a UTI for many people.

3. Peppermint has been shown to provide relief for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome.

4. Chamomile has long been used in to make a soothing, and relaxing tea. This herb can help relax you so it’s a great thing to take right before bed.

5. St. Johns Wort has been shown to help with depression.

6. Valerian can help you sleep. This insomnia relief has been shown to help you fall asleep.

While not new, the whole concept of using herbs to prevent or cure many common ailments is beginning to experience a resurgence. And no wonder, you can easily grow your own herbs from home, you are assured of the quality of the herbs and that they aren’t filled with a lot of dangerous pesticides and chemicals. You can save money.

With all these reasons, why wouldn’t you want to use your own herbal home remedies? It just makes sense, though it’s still important to talk to your doctor especially if you are taking other medications. You don’t want a potentially harmful drug interaction.

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