There are many wonderful uses for plants, beyond looking great on your windowsill or helping provide clean air in your office environment. Here are just a few amazing plants and herbs that have incredible healing properties.
This beautiful plant not only looks great in your home or office, but it has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Native to North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands, Aloe Vera grows in tropical climates worldwide.
Some studies show that Aloe Vera extract can be an effective alternative to chemical based mouthwashes. The plant can block plaque but also provide relief for sore gums.
Because the plant lives in unstable climates, the leaves of the aloe store water to survive and this moisture can make an effective facial moisturiser and pain reliever.
Aloe Vera gel contains powerful antioxidants which can help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections. It is most commonly used as a topical medication to treat sores and burns.
Compared with antibiotics which kill off bacteria, Echinacea works by stimulating your immune system, enabling it to deal with infections and viruses better.
It is commonly used as a primary therapy for colds, flues, infections and for it's immune-boosting properties.
It also has anti-inflammatory effects, making it extremely useful when used externally against skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Echinacea can be taken in many ways but most commonly in liquid extracts, tablets or capsules, and as a tea.
There are many different species of chamomile, they have been used for years for their calming and anti-inflammatory properties.
Chamomile can be used externally to treat rashes, chicken pox, ear and eye infections.
In the form of an aqueous extract Chamomile has been frequently used as a mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce anxiety, nightmares and insomnia.
Chamomile has long been valued as a digestive relaxant and has been used to treat various gastrointestinal problems.
And here from those clever people at infoplease.com - a list of many more herbs and plants with wonderful helpful qualities!
Plants are amazing! Of course we use plants every day to improve indoor air quality and the overall health and wellbeing of office workers. You can read more about that here!