Ancient Remedies: 10 Native Herbs or Foods to Ease Common Ailments
2. Black Cohosh
American Indians have long used the herb Black Cohosh to treat menstrual cramps, hot flashes, fever and arthritis. Recent studies prove the herb taken in pill form is truly effective in easing menopausal and menstrual disturbances, as well as cardiovascular illnesses.
As a natural alternative to hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), Dr. Linda Petter of the Auburn Reporter newspaper recommends treating symptoms of menopause with Estroven, which can be purchased over-the-counter. This product is a combination of an herb, Black Cohosh, and soy. It helps relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, and insomnia.
"Approximately 90 percent of women in my practice who have taken this medication, report significant symptom improvement," Petter said.
The fuzzy fruit that grows on palm trees native to the Pacific is believed to have migrated to North America and throughout the tropics on ocean currents prior to human intervention, reported Kew.org. Indigenous to South Asia, the coconut has numerous healing properties when eaten in raw form—whether you consume the coconut meat, water or oil.
Indigenous peoples have long used coconut oil medicinally for its anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties, states be-healthy-with-coconuts.com.
Coat cuts, scrapes, warts and insect bites with coconut oil, which forms a protective barrier between the affected area and outside contaminants, while reducing pain, itching, redness and/or swelling. It also works wonders for skin rejuvenation—from reducing the harm of ultra-violet radiation to minimizing wrinkles, restoring hydration and moisture, and calming eczema, diaper rash and acne. In sum, coconut oil repairs damaged tissue and speeds healing time. Try lathering some on the ends of your hair as an all-natural conditioner.
And perhaps one of the coconut's most amazing healing powers is found in its oil. The ketones in coconut oil are believed to help prevent, slow the progression and potentially reverse Alzheimer's and other dementia.
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