While pharmaceutical remedies are often the port of call for many ailments, sometimes an herbal remedy is cheaper and more effective. Herbs have been used as medicinal remedies for generations.
With their non-invasive and non-addictive results, many herbs can often provide the same relief as their pharmaceutical counterparts. However, knowing which herb to use and when to use it can be a bit of a minefield if you are new to the world of alkaline herbs.
That’s why we have put together a list of 10 fantastic alkaline herbs (see also ‘15 Best Herbs For Love To Add To Your Collection‘) you need in your life right now.
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that can be found in Asia and Africa. It contains chemicals that can aid calming the brain, reduce swelling, lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system. This natural calming agent can often be named winter cherry.
However, it is important not to confuse Ashwagandha with Physalis alkekengi which can also be called winter cherry. It is commonly taken as a tonic or tea that can be taken once or twice a day.
Ashwagandha is often used to help destress the mind and body in times of anxiety and to help boost the immune system.
When consuming Ashwagandha as a tea it is important to be careful of milk sedation and the potential to stimulate thyroid hormones. This can cause you to either gain or lose weight in quick succession.
Calendula is a popular herb which has been used to relieve inflammation of the mouth, throat and stomach through long periods of history. It may also be known as pot marigold, however, it is not the same as the marigold you may find in your vegetable garden.
Native to Asia and southern Europe, Calendula is often used as a topical cream or ointments to help reduce swelling and aid in new tissue growth in wounds. It can also help to soothe rashes and irritation.
If you often find yourself with small scrapes you may apply a small amount of a Calendula ointment to the affected arena 2 to 3 times a day, until it is healed. This is a herb that you will want to keep close for you and your loved ones.
You may know Catnip as a plant which is often used in calming feline house pets. However, it can be consumed, applied directly to the skin or inhaled depending on the condition. Catnip is mainly used to help soothe an upset stomach and to help reduce anxiety.
While cats can simply inhale the plant, we recommend preparing as a tea when it comes to human consumption. It is common for Catnip to be served with a spoonful of honey or sugar to help sweeten the taste.
The added benefit of honey can also help soothe an upset stomach and reduce anxiety and stress. There is also the added benefit of the oils of Catnip having insect repellent effects which can be useful when spending a lot of time outdoors in the summer months.
If you or a close loved one are prone to suffering with intense PMS symptoms, then you may want to have a healthy stock of Chasteberry close by. The Chasteberry plant or Chaste Tree can be found in the Mediterranean region and Asia.
It has been said to promote ‘chasity’ as Monks in the Middle Ages used the plant to decrease their sexual desire. In modern times it is used to help relieve premenstrual symptoms.
Chasteberry supplements are popular among menstruating women or those suffering with breast pain that is connected to their menstrual cycle.
It is suggested that a Chasteberry supplement is taken twice per day with water consistently to see the proper effects of the alkaline herb.
Yes, even Cranberry is an alkaline herb which can help heal your body. It is no secret that Cranberry is an excellent home remedy for a mild urine infection.
Cranberries are grown in North America and are now a highly under consumed fruit throughout the US. However, it is commonly consumed in hopes to relieve the pain of a UTI.
Whether consumed fresh or as a juice, Cranberries will prevent the pain or burning sensation which is felt when suffering from a urine infection. However, Cranberry will not treat the bacteria which is the main cause of a bladder infection.
When consuming Cranberry as a medicinal herb, it is important to only consume small amounts. As a juice you should only consume a half or quarter cup twice per day. As a capsule, it should only be taken twice per day.
Elderberry is a dark purple berry which is harvested from the European elder tree. This is not to be confused with American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder. Elderberry is used to treat the common cold, the flu, and swine flu.
It can also be used for sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS and is great for boosting the immune system. You may find that Elderberry works great for hay fever symptoms which can be highly useful during the spring.
Elderberry is often consumed as a tea. This is done by pouring 1 cup of boiling water of 1-2 tsp of Elderberry. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
Add honey or sugar to sweeten to taste and drink hot 2-3 times per day. If treating inflammation of the mouth, Elderberry should be rubbed straight onto the gums.
Both American and Asian Ginseng have been known to boost energy, lower blood sugar, reduce stress, treat diabetes, and manage sexual dysfunction in men.
It is important that when you are purchasing Ginseng that you are buying from a reputable supplier and that the ingredients are pure.
Ginseng is a great product for boosting the immune system and warding off any flu like symptoms, however, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of long term use.
Many have been found to suffer from headaches, skin reactions, and digestive problems. Ginseng can be consumed as a tea which includes 1 tsp of dried and sliced root in 1 cup of water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and drink 1-2 cups a day.
Hops or Humulus lupulus is an excellent sleeping aid. As the pressures of everyday life continue to increase, sleep is often sacrificed. Hops is a fried flowering part of a plant which is used to help relax those dealing with various issues.
It acts as a calming agent in those with anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You can also find Hops in your skin cream and lotion as it works as an antibacterial agent on the skin.
The extracts and oil are used as flavorings in foods and beverages. Beer is brewed with hops as well. Whether you are brewing your own beer or in desperate need of a good night’s sleep, Hops is an excellent herb to have on hand in the home.
The Piper methysticum plant is used to make the beverage or extract known as kava. It’s a well-liked beverage that is used to unwind at rituals in the South Pacific.
Kava can be found under many names including ava pepper, tonga, and yagona. It is often used for treating anxiety disorders and muscle relaxation. It offers relief from migraines, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, and benzodiazepine withdrawal.
When using Kava for its relaxation purposes, it is important to be wary of the doses you are consuming. The safest option is to prepare Kava as a tea and drink 1-2 cups a day. You can also take an extract of the root. You should never exceed 210 mg per day of kavalactones.
You should not use Kava for medicinal purposes if you have liver disease, frequently drink alcohol, or are taking prescribed medications.
10. Lemon Balm
For when your little ones have an upset stomach or are suffering from toothache, lemon balm is a great alkaline herb. The lemon scented herb is from the mint family and is native to Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. It has also been known to grow in other areas of the world.
This refreshing herb is often used to scent foods and drinks, even produce a delightful aroma around the home. Lemon balm is best prepared as a tea and can be consumed by all ages to help ease tension.
There you have it! 10 alkaline herbs that you need in your home today. Whether you are wanting to have a good night’s sleep, treat anxiety symptoms or gain some relief from PMS symptoms, alkaline herbs are great natural remedies.
A lot of these herbs have been used for generations, however, it is important to consult your doctor if your symptoms continue to get worse.
For a simple pain relief or to help relax the mind, prepare a tea with your preferred alkaline herb and relax as nature takes its course. Or you can purchase alkaline herbs in the form of supplements for easy consumption.