Natural Remedies: Plants that Relieve Common Health Conditions

Some of the best medicines you will ever use are free for the growing. Plants such as yarrow, pumpkin, privet, goldenseal and more have been used for centuries as natural healers.



Meadowsweet
Every time you reach for an aspirin, you owe a debt to the plant called meadowsweet, for it was this herb from which salicylic acid was first obtained. Salicylates found in the flowers of meadowsweet are the basis of its long-standing reputation as a remedy for flu, rheumatism, arthritis and fevers.
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Dr. Dickson in the field near his home.
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May apple blooms.
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Mature goldenseal leaves. Few herbs were as important to Native Americans.
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Goldenseal flowers with young leaves.
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Ipecac has been used for centuries to induce vomiting in poisoning victims.
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Yarrow flowers. A poultice of ground yarrow tips is excellent first aid for cuts.
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Willow is one of the original sources for that most famous of medicines, aspirin.
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The tropical camphor tree's leaves produce medicinal oil that is world renowned.
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Witch hazel's astringent properties make it ideal for skin care.
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