The body is quite a wonder. Nourish it, and it will grow. Feed it certain things while leaving out others, then you get the potential for deficiencies. These deficiencies, as well as the presence of microbes in the environment have been known to make the body stop functioning as it should, or alter how it functions.
At this point, it is considered that one is sick. At the same time, man’s penchant for experimentation meant that they had to try something to save their loved ones. From the various effects that were noted when plants are consumed, it was found that some could act as healing agents for the body.
Here are medicinal plants popular during the Victorian era.
This is a plant that is aptly named. It has a variety of protective hairs that act as needles whenever a predator tries to attack it. Those hairs will inject a histamine into the body, causing a stinging sensation in the area that came into contact with the hairs.
Stinging nettle was brewed with tea and it has a variety of medicinal benefits. The foremost use of this plant is to help treat gastrointestinal disturbances. From there, it was also found to be a good treatment for urinary tract infections, as well as help with treating muscle and joint aches and pains.
Here is a flower that has been cultivated widely all across Europe that it’s absolutely difficult to try and find its origin. A beautiful yellow flower that is quite easy to cultivate, the Pot Marigold was discovered to not only be a good garnish for dishes, but also to hold some medicinal value.
Pot Marigold, also known as Calendula, is well known for be an anti-inflammatory agent. It can be applied on the skin to help reduce swellings as well as to help wounds that are healing poorly, such as leg ulcers. But that’s not all it can do.
Calendula has also been known to help with treating sore mouth and throat as well as help with muscle spasms. It can also help with starting menstrual periods, and then deal with menstrual cramps as they arise.
Just from the name, one would expect something that is white, almost being the color of snow. But that’s not it. It’s actually an evergreen plant that is found all throughout Europe, to West and Central Asia. The white comes from the whitish of the undersides of the leaves.
This little mishap with the naming does not stop it from being what it can be. And it actually is a very good herb. In certain situations, aspirin can be an allergen. But you can rely on the bark of a willow tree to provide you with pain relief, whether headaches, menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis among many others.
Aside from these, the white willow is also an excellent treatment for a spinal condition known as Ankylosing Spondylitis. It was also used to treat the common cold and the flu, as well as to help with weight loss.