7 plants with powerful wellness properties
Since prehistoric times, civilizations have harnessed the healing power of nature to remedy ailments and promote wellness. Looking to Canada in particular, our Indigenous peoples have long celebrated our land for its ability to nourish, revitalize and renew.
Whether it’s to treat stress, anxiety, insomnia, pain, skin problems, indigestion or the immune system, plants and herbs possess a multitude of health properties that strengthen the body and mind.
Consider cannabis, which for millennia, has been harvested for its therapeutic properties. Dating back to 2737 BCE, the ancient Chinese were the first to recognize marijuana for its health benefits, prescribing the plant for illnesses like gout, rheumatism, malaria and poor memory.
Now, cue the modern era. From essential oils and body lotions to clean diets and household solvents, natural products are having their heyday. People are eschewing harsh synthetics and chemicals for purer, healthier and more sustainable alternatives.
If you’re looking to delve into the world of nature and plant wellness, then you’re in luck: we’ve dug up 7 herbs with unexpected rejuvenating powers for you to explore.
Sweet yet spicy, basil adds a burst of flavour to pesto dishes of all kinds. But did you know that this leafy herb is also rich in healing antioxidants and antibacterials? When distilled into an essential oil, basil can fight aging, lower inflammation and reduce stress.
From pain and insomnia to seizures and cancer, contemporary research is only beginning to uncover the healing properties of cannabis. Out of the more than 60 cannabinoids in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the best understood in modern science.
The compound CBD is non-intoxicating, with the ability to prevent inflammation, anxiety, tremors and tumors. THC, on the other hand, induces a psychological high, while also aiding sleep, relieving pain and stimulating appetite.
Chamomile is the ultimate calming remedy. As a tea, the daisy-like flower is soothing to sip on, promoting good vibes, relaxation and sleep. When used as a salve or vapour, chamomile can treat wounds, cold symptoms and asthma.
Woody and revitalizing, eucalyptus leaves are the meal of choice for koalas in their native land of Australia, and it’s no wonder why. When inhaling the plant as an essential oil, you’ll shake off sluggishness, awakening your senses and stimulating brain activity.
This bright, citrus-y fruit packs a healthy punch in breakfast bowls and juices, with plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants. As an essential oil, grapefruit’s aroma uplifts and relaxes, relieving depression and anxiety. Plus, it acts a powerful skin cleanser, antiseptic and immune system booster.
One sniff of lavender is enough to soothe anyone’s mind. The fragrant purple flower is famous for calming nerves, stress and insomnia. Native to northern Africa and the Mediterranean mountains, lavender is also known to relieve pain, wounds and hair loss.
In cooking, sage pairs beautifully with stuffing and sauces, but cultures everywhere also revere this peppery herb for its healing properties. To name only a few of its powers, the plant boosts brain function, diminishes indigestion, alleviates muscle pain and soothes sore throats.
When it comes to the healing prowess of plants, we’ve only started to unearth their magic. Modern science has a lot of ground to cover to fully understand the health effects therapeutic herbs bring.
But, it’s encouraging and inspiring to see Canadians everywhere incorporate natural products into their lifestyles. Beyond its recreational uses, cannabis is one plant that many are recognizing for its wellness properties, and we’re excited to educate our community on the herb’s benefits in an honest, mindful way.
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