Do you know which herb heals what?

By: Narra Jackson
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How much do you know about these common and uncommon herbs? Take this quiz and test your knowledge of various medicinal herbs and their traditional and popular uses.

A good herb for depression and anxiety?

Marijuana is a powerfully healing plant with a ton of different uses in not only herbal medicine but also in foods and other products. Among helping people with depression and anxiety, marijuana is known to reduce blood pressure, alleviate pain, and can be used as a glaucoma treatment. It is amazing stuff!

An herb that helps ease burning from minor cuts, stings, and burns?

Lady ferns are one of the world's oldest plants and there are multiple varieties of ferns. If you spot the soft, delicate lady fern, grab some and roll it up in between your palms into a rough mash. The juices from the leaves will quickly ease stinging nettle burns and also minor cuts, stings, and burns.

A plant that is safe to use on agitated children?

The California poppy is one of the more beautiful opioid plants, and an iconic one at that. The poppy is an effective anxiety reliever and is safe to use on agitated children. It should be made into a tea for quick relief of nervousness and tension.

A good plant if you want to puke?

The blood flower is a type of tropical milkweed with toxic milky sat that is emetic, which means it makes you throw up. It has historically been used as a heart stimulant and worm repellent.

A good herb for repelling insects?

Tansy is an old-world aster and remedy, used for flavoring beer and stews as well as repelling insects. Rubbing the leaves on the skin provides an effective bug repellent. It can also be used to treat worms. It is poisonous in large doses, but a few leaves are not harmful if ingested.

An herb that is excellent at soothing headaches?

Korean Mint does a lot more than just soothe a headache. On top of that mint is famous for fighting nausea, calling the stomach, and reducing nervousness and fatigue. It is also a pretty effective antiviral which makes it useful in fighting colds and the flu.

A leafy green herb?

Besides the fact that basil is absolutely delicious and used widely across the world, medicinally it can be used to help with flatulence, lack of appetite, cuts, and scrapes. It is an annual plant and best when harvested young.

An herb that is considered the "father of all plants."

Alfalfa is considered the "father of all plants" due to its roots which grow an incredible 20-30 feet deep. It is also incredibly rich in minerals and health-promoting nutrients and compounds.

A great herb if you want to relieve cold symptoms?

I bet you thought catnip was only for cats... think again. Catnip is great at relieving cold symptoms like fever as it promotes sweating. Catnip can also help stop excessive bleeding and swelling when applied topically rather than ingested.

An herb widely considered to be perhaps the most valuable herb?

Among many other uses, Sage is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal. It's name is derived from the Latin word salvere, which means 'to be saved'. Sage also aids digestion, relieves, cramps, reduces diarrhea, dries up phlegm, fights colds, reduces inflammation and swelling, acts as a salve for cuts and burns, and kills bacteria. That is one powerful herb!

Commonly used in tea?

Just smelling this tea is likely to make the person feel more calm and soothed. The flower heads of chamomile has been used for herbal infusions and slaves that relieve indigestion and colic, anxiety, tension, and skin inflammations and irritations.

A bright gold flower?

Marigolds just remind us of sunshine and summertime. Maybe that is why it just seems to make sense that it is an herb good for sunburns, acne, and blemishes. It also soothes ulcers and digestive problems.

A delicious berry that can be used like an herb?

Blackberries actually have tons of healing properties, which is an added bonus because they are delicious. The berries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins but the leaves and roots have value too. Native Americans have used the stems and leaves for healing, while enjoying the young shoots peeled as a vegetable of sorts. The leaves and roots can be used as an effective treatment against dysentery and diarrhea as well as serving usefulness as an anti-inflammatory and astringent.

An herb who's plant portion is not edible?

Wild quinine is potent herb that is used as an anti periodic, emmenagogue, kidney, lithontripic, and poultice. It has traditionally been used to treat debility, fatigue, respiratory infection, gastrointestinal infection, and venereal disease. Do not eat the plant however, as only the roots and flowers are edible!

An herb that is alternatively called greenthread?

Navajo tea which is alternatively called greenthread, plains tea, or coyote plant has been used for centuries by Native Americans to quickly relieve that most brutal and irritating of infections: the UTI (urinary tract infection). It is best utilized when made into a tea or decoction.

An herb native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia?

Red clover although was once only found in Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia is not ubiquitous worldwide. The plants blossoms can be used for coughs and colds but are better utilized as an excellent detoxifier and blood cleanser.

An herb used in Italian cooking?

The Greeks have called Sweet Marjoram "Joy of the Mountain" and it was revered throughout the Mediterranean for its fragrance, flavor, and medicinal value. It has been used most famously as a digestive aid but can also be used as an antifungal, antibacterial, and disinfectant.

An herb who's root is used more than any other part?

Burdock is a prickly, thistle-like plant that grows commonly all over the world. It is a highly effective treatment against poison ivy and poison oak and there have been claims that it helps cure cancer (although it hasn't been studied extensively enough to make any foolproof claims).

An herb that is a natural serotonin inhibitor?

Feverfew is an anti-inflammatory can treat rheumatism, arthritis, and, most famously, migraine headaches and tension headaches. It is also great for relieving tension and general anxiety and is a natural serotonin inhibitor. It can be used to reduce swelling and bruising as well.

A delicate purple flower?

Sweet Violet is native to Europe and Asia. When brewed into a syrup the plant is effective as a treatment for colds, flu, and coughs or sore throats. However, when made as a tea it is great for relieved headaches and muscles/body pain.

Native to the Mediterranean?

Winter savory is delicious when used to add flavors to meats and stews and all parts of the plant are edible. On top of that, winter savory is your savior against insect bites and stings. It is also commonly used as an antiseptic.

A psychotropic?

Nutmeg is in fact a psychotropic and in high enough doses can cause hallucinations, delusions, and even an impending sense of doom.

Common ingredient in curry powder?

Turmeric which popularly gives curry powder its bright yellow color has been hugely effective against Alzheimer's symptoms in multiple studies, and currently out-preforms any known Alzheimer's drug.

India is this herbs largest producer

Taking fenugreek not only promotes lactation in nursing mothers but it also makes your urine and sweat smell like maple syrup. Fenugreek has also been known to reduce some biomarkers in people with diabetes and with pre-diabetic conditions.

The bud of this flower is vibrant red...

Echinacea is super tasty in tea and drinking it is especially helpful if you are suffering from a cold or the flu. The herb is also used to ease the severity of your symptoms as well as provides relief to your immune system.

This herb is one of the prettiest flowers out there

Johnny-jump-up is a very weird name for a flower as pretty as this one... It has tons of anti-inflammatory properties. It is also really good for eczema and skin blemishes and has traditionally been used to help loosen phlegm.

A relative of mint?

Yes, lemon balm is in fact a relative of mint and if you look at the pattern and shape of the leaves it is pretty obvious. Lemon balm is a versatile medicinal herb that helps relieve anxiety, insomnia, wounds, herpes, insect bites, flatulence, and an upset stomach. It also speeds up the healing of cold sores.

Good for bad breath?

Parsley is widely used in cooking for a ton of different cultures of chefs. Many times it is just used as a decorative tool. It has historical religious uses in Judaism as well. Medicinally it is loaded with nutrients and has healing powers that help with flatulence and bad breath.

A general reliever?

Yes, peppermint is an all around general reliever for a series of uncomfortable things. If you are having digestive issues or gas, sipping this medicinal tea will provide you with some relief. It has also been commonly known to relieve and soothe headaches.

Something to help sweeten your breath?

Rosemary helps with all kinds of cool things like helping to improve your memory and aid in your concentration. It also improves mood and strangely helps sweeten your breath too!

It has an earthy smell to it?

Thyme's active principal is thymol, which is a strong and effective antiseptic. If you have coughing, congestion, indigestion, or gas thyme is a great herb to make into a tea or just chew on the leaves/stems.

An herb commonly thought of as a weed?

St. Johns Wort is one of the best growing herbs out there, which is why many people think of it as an intrusive weed. Doctors love St. Johns Wort however as it is a powerful herb to use if you suffer from mild to moderate depression. The leaves and yellow flowers are this medicinal herbs active parts.

An herb also called "Indian ginseng"?

Ashwagandha is sometimes called "Indian ginseng" and has many health properties. This herb is a great one for athletes or active people that need to increase their energy, strength, and stamina. It helps to strengthen the body and increases endurance.

An herb commonly used in Vietnamese cooking?

Lemongrass is used to treat many health conditions such as cancer, stomach problems, nervous disorders, fevers, arthritis, flu, gas, pain, among many other things. If you have anxiety or trouble sleeping drink some lemongrass to help reduce anxiety and promote sleep.

Something to help with hair loss?

Saw Palmetto is actually a very popular herb with men over 40. It is used commonly to treat painful urination and the need to urinate frequently. Another common use is to help treat male pattern baldness by reducing the body's levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Too much DHT is believes to be causes hair loss.

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