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Herbs are used in daily life more than we may realize.  By knowing more about them and their uses, we can enhance our health and avoid health hazards.  Here are some common herbs around us that are beneficial.

Burdock Root – Burdock is very common and easy to identify.  It is a blood purifier and has been used to neutralize and eliminate toxins in the system. It is one of the best herbs for chronic skin problems. It increases flow of urine, and is excellent for gout, rheumatism, canker sores, syphilis, leprosy. Can make a salve and apply externally for skin eruptions, burns, and wounds.

Dandelion Root a great herb for the liver, as it increases its activity and helps to detoxify it. Dandelion root also increase the flow of urine and is slightly laxative. It has been used to aid digestion, and is useful in all kinds of kidney trouble, diabetes, dropsy, and inflammation of the bowels, and has beneficial effect on female organs. 

Basil – Basil contains two important antioxidants that help protect white blood cells responsible for immune function, as well as cellular structures where DNA is stored.  It is anti-inflammatory which is the root of most diseases.  It is also an adaptogen and helps the body adapt to stress and is considered to be an anti-depressant since it can positively impact brain function within the adrenal cortex, helping stimulate neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for making us happy and energetic.

Rosehip – Rosehips are not only high in vitamin C, but there are also a lot of other health benefits.   It is said to help regulate blood pressure and enhance blood circulation.  It is also good for the heart and treats inflammation.  It has shown to help arthritic conditions and help reduce pain in joints and hips.

Plantain an old-fashioned herb that is readily available. It practically grows all over the United States.  It is a low growing herb like dandelion and easy to identify.  It has been a long-time remedy for external infections and inflammation.  It is very effective in pulling out toxins and poisons and has been used for poisonous insect bites, snake bites, boils, tumors and more.    


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Amy Willis M.H., CTN

Master Herbalist, Board Certified Naturopath
Amy is the Owner and Founder of Herbs4You. She is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing, and Board Certified Naturopath from the American Naturopathic Medical Association. Amy has 30 years experience with herbs and 15 years experience muscle testing.