The Black pepper is a herbal medicine(remedy) for so many ailments. It is commonly available. A good variety of Black pepper may cost about a Dollar per 100gm. It can be used as a powder or as a whole (In any rice dishes) and has tremendous benefits-
1) Gastric Problem: In a cup of water (125ml), put juice of half a lemon, add half tsp of black pepper power and add some rock(Black) salt and drink like a medicine. The gastric (Gas in stomach) problem will be over.
2) Indigestion: Almost same as above, but no water. Cut a lemon in two pieces. On one half pour black pepper powder and some rock salt. Chew it and soon it will give a big relief from indigestion
3) Cough(Wet cough):
In about 5ml of Honey, mix two pinches of black pepper powder and take 2 to 3 times in a day. It will give relief to your cough.
4) Cold and feverish condition: 4 to 5 pieces of black pepper, 2 cloves, small piece of ginger, Tulsi leaves (If available) and one cardamom. Boil in some water. Add hot and boiled milk and drink about 100 ml, two to three times in a day. The cold and fever will subside.
It is said that the black pepper powder mixed wiith honey and Tulsi leaves is a good medicine of Malaria.
6) Pain and swelling of Gums:
If some one is disturbed with Tooth gum pain and swelling, Boil about 150ml water with black pepper (10-15 pieces) . Bring to luke warm condition. Do Gargle. The pain and swelling will go.
Herbalism is one of the oldest ways of treating ailments and is said to have been around since the mankind came on the earth. Early civilisations would eat many plants for their medical properties and this knowledge has been passed down through the ages.
The first written records of the benefits of herbal use was put down by the ancient Egyptian priests who practised herbal medicine.
Records have been found which date back to 1500 BC and list herbs like caraway and cinnamon.
The ancient Greeks and the Romans also used herbs for their healing and medical uses. The Romans carried their knowledge with them as they invaded new lands they brought the herbal remedies and introduced new plants to other countries.
The Chinese have a history of using herbal medicines too as well as the Indians and the British whos monasteries grew them in herb gardens.
Over the years more records were set down and the first herbals were written. There were many famous herbalist in the 15th century who wrote books and became famous for their knowledge of herbs and the medical uses of them. Lots of people have heard of Nicholas Culpepper who wrote one of the most famous books on herbs which is called. The Complete Herbal and English Physician.
This can still be found and is a very useful book to have on your book shelf as it lists the herbs with pictures, descriptions and how to use the herb for which ever ailment your looking to cure. Other famous herbalists who have written books are John Parkinson and Henry Potter who then began a business to sell herbs and to supply them.
It was in the 15th century that scientific work was at one of its heights with conventional medicine top of the list of things to study and with this came the decline in herbal medicines, there were still the country folk and the traditional herbalists in rural were still practicing, but with the popular interest and more discoveries and breakthroughs with other medicines, herbal medicine was discarded and more conventional medicines became widely used, but over the last twenty years or so herbal medicine has been making a come back.
More people are looking for an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, which have bad side effects and sometimes get withdrawn from the market ten years down the line.
Herbalism is a more natural was to treat your ailments and people are becoming more self aware and confident in the old ways which have always been there but have been left behind with progress and evolution.
The knowledge has to be brought back from the past as it is part of our heritage and culture which has been forgotten.
Herbal medicines are a natural effective method of treating illness and have been proven to sometimes be more efficient than prescription medicine especially in problems relating to stress, anxiety, tension and depression.
Herbs are free from toxicity and are not habitual because they are organic substances and therefore are extremely good for balancing the nervous system and helping us to relax.
Herbal medicine can be administered in a few ways.
The capsule is a gelatine container which can hold oils or balsams that are difficult to swallow or might taste horrid. These can be bought from the health shop usually in bottles of 30, things like slippery elm or St Johns Wort would come in capsule form.
A Decoction is made by preparing the root or bark of a plant, put it in a bowl and pour over hot water, leave it to stand for around twenty minutes and then let cool, once it has been strained it can be drank.
A Herbal Dressing can be made by soaking cloth or cotton wool in a cold or warm herbal decoction, these can be made out of dried herbs as well as fresh ones. A poultice which is the bruised leaves or root of herbs put straight onto the skin, or a paste made from ground up herbs dampened then put onto the skin. Things like comfrey leaves can be good in a dressing to help reduce bruising.
An Infusion is a hot drink made with hot water poured onto the herb and strained, drink when cool.
Pills can also be bought from the health shops for various herbs, having a good look at whats on offer is good as sometimes the health shops do the buy one get one free offer, or promote a certain herb now and then.
A Tincture is made with alcohol and the herbs are chopped and dried then added to a little alcohol, this is then left for about two weeks and the mixture can then be racked into another bottle and used as required.
Different herbs fall into different categories and some herbs can be used for the same action.
They can be used as an antiseptic, astringent, tonic, stimulant, sedative and of course an aphrodisiac. As well as having other properties too.
If you were looking for an Antiseptic herb you would choose the garlic, sandalwood, woundwort, olive, thyme, camphor, bergamot or beech as well as some others which are to many just to jot down.
I will list a few in each category to give you an idea if your looking for something with a certain action.
Tonic - Dandelion, Lemon, Golden Seal, Chamomile, Motherwort and Woodruff as well as numerous others.
Stimulant - Coriander, Raspberry, Peppermint, Valerian, Marigold and Ginseng.
Sedative - Belladonna, Clover, Poppy, Verbena and Hemlock.
Aphrodisiac - Celery, Damiana, Gurana and Musk seed.
These are just a few in each category, but please make sure you find out what dosage you have to take before just treating yourself with any remedy.As some herbs are not good to take if your pregnant or breast feeding.
There are so many herbs and ways to administer them that it is good to seek advice first before just jumping off the deep end so to speak, as with all ailment if the symptoms persist for more than a few days then you should go to a doctor.
I love to use herbal remedies, its a form of treatment I can enjoy as well being confident that I know what I am taking and that the side effects are minimum.I have been into herbal medicines for years and all my family take them too. We are registered at the local doctors surgery but never seem to have to go for any of the ailments like flu, headaches, sore throats or stress related illnesses as we take herbs instead.
I can also enjoy growing herbs in my garden and can pick and dry them for when I need the remedies. If you suffer from stress or anxiety like most of us do from time to time then here are a couple of my favourite herbal remedies for you to try.
A Calming Tea for the Nerves.
1 teaspoon of grated valerian root
1 teaspoon of dried mint.
Half a teaspoon of dried camomile.
Half a teaspoon of lavender flowers.
600ml ( 1 pint ) of boiling water.
Infuse the herbs in the water and leave for ten to fifteen minutes, strain the liquid and drink, this can be taken every day for three weeks and you will see an improvement. You can add a little honey to sweeten if you like.
A Tonic to help with Stress and Anxiety
1 teaspoon of fresh dandelion and nettle tops.
1 Teaspoon of fresh baccarat and borage leaves.
600ml (1 pint) of boiling water.#
Again seep the herbs in the water but only for five minutes this time, then sweeten with lemon and honey. I like the teas as they do help to keep you relaxed and calm, they do take a little while to get used to the taste but the overall effect of the teas will be very noticeable.
I hope you have enjoyed this review.