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If you look two thousand years in the past, you will see that then there were no pharmacies, no drugs, pills and injections. People in the past used organic herbs to heal themselves, they prepared mixtures and drinks from several plant, or their roots and leaves, to improve their health. Today this type of medicine is called alternative medicine and in this article we will present you some of the most powerful medicinal plants.

Cannabis

Because of its psychoactive constituent tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabis is illegal in most of the countries in the world. Despite its classification as a hard drug, this plant has remarkable positive effects on human health. Heath benefits are well documented, from depression, anxiety relief, reduced blood pressure, pain alleviation and even glaucoma treatment. It does not kill brain cells and is not a “gateway” drug – in fact, when pot is more available, studies show that the use of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine actually decreases.

Lady Ferns

Grab some and roll it up between your palms. The juices released will quickly ease stinging burns and can also ease minor cuts and burns. Bracken fern are similar to lady fern and will work as well.

Tansy

In the past Tansy was used as an old-world aster and remedy, used for flavoring beer and stews as well as repelling insects. Rubbing the leaves on the skin provides an effective bug repellent, but tansy can also be used to treat worms. It is said to be poisonous when extracted, but a few leaves are not harmful if ingested.

Mint

Mint’s delightful scent is a natural relaxant perfect for aromatherapy. That same aroma makes it a great way to kill bad breath or even body odor. Likewise, it can help to soothe nausea and is used as a remedy for morning sickness. Mint tea is taken for all sorts of stomach disorders and can likewise curb the appetite so that we eat less-a great diet aid.

Alfalfa

This plant is incredibly rich in minerals and health-promoting nutrients and compounds. With roots that grow 20 to 30 feet deep, alfalfa is considered the “father of all plants”. It can treat morning sickness, nausea, kidney stones, kidney pain and urinary discomfort. It is a powerful diuretic and has a bit of stimulant power, helping to energize after a bout with illness. It’s a liver and bowel cleanser and long-term can help reduce cholesterol.

Sage

Sage is an incredibly useful herb, It is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antifungal, aids digestion, relieves cramps, reduces diarrhea, dries up phlegm, fights colds, reduces inflammation and swelling and kills bacteria. Sage apparently even brings color back to gray hair.

Red Clover

The plant’s reddish pink blossoms can be used for coughs and colds, but they are an excellent detoxifier and blood cleanser as well.