For many of us, popping prescription, and over-the-counter medications can become costly, ineffective, and even cause unpleasant side-effects. Herbal, or homeopathic medicines can, and in many cases have been proven to, work just as effectively as their pharmaceutically-produced counterparts, with less side effects, and less of a burden on your wallet.
As with all herbal supplements, teas, and tinctures, try to opt for the highest quality so as to avoid unnecessary additives, such as sugars or flavorings.
Always talk to your doctor or specialist before making any changes to your daily intake of anything with medicinal properties.
Hibiscus tea: Drink to treat high blood pressure. This fruity tea is readily available, and inexpensive, in most supermarkets, and it grows very well in certain climates, so growing your own blood pressure medicine could be on the cards for you!
Green tea: An abundance of health benefits, all researched and evidence-based, suggest that as well as the high amount of antioxidants, green tea can also reduce the risk of certain cancers by over half. Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancers have been studied in people who drink this tea, with surprising results.
Chamomile tea: Extremely soothing for upset stomach, gas, bloating, and other gastrointestinal discomfort. Use also for anxiety, insomnia, and nervousness. Drink regularly when you have a cold, and it may just lessen the length and severity of the infection.
Raspberry Leaf Tea: Used for centuries (and longer!) for all things pregnancy/fertility-related. The tea can increase fertility, as well as ease morning sickness, and even labor pain!
Ginger tea: One of the best cure-all teas out there, ginger tea can help relieve/cure gastrointestinal upset, menstrual cramps, stop nausea, improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and fight respiratory illnesses.
Peppermint tea: Fantastic for upset tummy, nausea, and all gastro problems. Avoid if you suffer heartburn or indigestion.
Milk Thistle tea: A proven liver cleanser, this tea gently helps the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity. This tea is extremely beneficial to people on prescription painkillers, and other narcotics, including alcoholism.
Nettle tea: Aids in relieving, curing, and preventing a number of ailments, including high blood pressure, arthritis, rheumatism, inflammation, and coughs/colds.
St. John's Wort tea: Also available in capsule/supplement form, this wonder herb has been used for centuries to treat mild to moderate depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).