Here are four herbal wildflower remedies that can help treat many common ailments.
The practice of using flowers and herbs as a source of wellness is nothing new. It’s something people all over the world have been doing for centuries. In many ways, it’s an “ancient” practice. And many of today’s over-the-counter remedies are inspired by or based on the effects of herbs.
That’s why many people still subscribe to herbal remedies as their first line of defense against certain ailments.
You’re probably interested in trying more natural remedies, or you’re intrigued by the healing properties of certain herbs and wildflowers. If so, it’s important to know which native varieties to choose so you can grow them or find them in nature. Let’s look at four herbal wildflower remedies and how they can help.
Please consult with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements or treatments.
Herbal Wildflower Remedies: Goldenrod for Muscle Relief
Everyone experiences muscle aches and pains from time to time. Some muscle aches are more severe than others. In the U.S., up to 2% of the population also deal with fibromyalgia, which can cause even greater pain and stiffness throughout the body. There are multiple conditions that contribute to chronic pain, including Lyme disease, diabetes, and cancer. There are plenty of over-the-counter remedies for muscle pain, and even stronger prescriptions for certain conditions. But in some cases, goldenrod might be able to provide more relief.
Goldenrod is a wildflower commonly used to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. By taking the parts of the flower that grow above the ground, you can experience temporary relief from your aching muscles. This flower also has been known to help with conditions such as:
- Kidney stones
The best way to use goldenrod is to create your own oil or tincture using the flowers. Then, rub it on the affected area whenever your muscles are feeling sore.
Black Elderberry, Echinacea, and Olive Leaf for Immune Support
Boosting your immune system is one of the best things you can do for your health. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to improve your immune system, from exercising and getting enough sleep to reducing stress and eating a healthy diet. Specific herbs and wildflowers can also offer immune support if you include them in your diet.
Black elderberry, for example, is great for daily immune support as it provides your body with antioxidants. Echinacea supports a healthy immune response and can really help your body step into action to fight off common ailments.
You’ve probably heard of some of the health benefits of olives and olive oil, especially for heart health. Olive leaf contains just as many benefits, offering immune support by boosting the healthy immune cells in your body.
Herbal Wildflower Remedies: Chamomile and Licorice Root for GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is thought to affect anywhere from 18% to almost 30% of people in the U.S. GERD contributes to these symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Throat pain
Certain lifestyle choices and food often contributes to reflux issues. Things like alcohol, caffeine, and acidic drinks or foods can make the effects of GERD worse. However, some people struggle with it no matter what they eat. Thankfully, there are certain natural remedies that can calm the effects of GERD. Try chamomile and licorice root to find some relief.
Chamomile has a calming effect on the body. When using it in a tincture or tea, it can stop the burning pain in your stomach. It can also help keep it from traveling to your chest or your throat.
Licorice root promotes mucus activity, which soothes the stomach lining and can help with symptoms like heartburn.
Whether you suffer from GERD or other reflux-related issues, these two common herbs and flowers are both great options for providing natural relief. These herbs can help replace antacids or prescription medications.
Lily-Of-The-Valley for Heart Conditions
Lily-of-the-valley is a common plant that can often be found in poor soil and ash woods. This flower is used to treat a variety of conditions and ailments, including:
- Urinary tract infections
- Kidney stones
- Eye infections
Lily-of-the-valley is commonly used to promote heart hearth. The plant contains flavonoids that stimulate the arteries and improve the overall muscular function of the heart. However, it’s important to talk to a doctor before using lily-of-the-valley for any ailment. It needs to be taken in the proper dosage and might not mix with certain over-the-counter medications.
These wildflowers are just the tip of the iceberg. When you look around at everything nature has to offer, you’ll find more medicine and health remedies in your own backyard garden than you might have ever realized. No matter what you might be struggling with, there’s likely an herbal remedy that can help.
Hopefully, we’ve sparked your interest to learn more about these herbal remedies, so you can do more research on your own to determine which wildflowers can help you find peace, comfort, and relief.
Charlie Fletcher is a freelance writer who covers environmental issues, sustainability and home décor.