Medicinal plants of the world

Medicinal plant use


What are medicinal plants?

Medicinal plants are those containing principles that can be used in curing diseases.

Since ancient times man has experimented with different parts of herbs, shrubs or trees to find a solution to his health problems.

Through this experimentation and, over the centuries, ancient tradition and modern investigation have been able to create a “healthy herbal” with many solutions to the ailments that afflict us.

Most of the specimens that have been considered medicinal have been proved to possess curative properties when they have been subjected to modern studies.

The healing and toxic power of medicinal plants

Knowing which medicinal plants can be used in a particular disease and which can not be used is fundamental, since medicinal plants are not harmless and a misuse of them may be ineffective or, wat is worse, counterproductive.

Medicinal plants contain active ingredients that are responsible for their healing power, but at the same time, misused can cause health problems. Such is the case, for example of garlic, a food medicine, widely used in herbal medicine as a natural antibiotic, as an antioxidant, to improve circulation or simply to erradicate warts.

Garlic makes blood flow

Garlic, so appreciated in the kitchen, can become a personal enemy for people taking medicines to improve blood circulation. For these people, eating a lot of garlic is NOT convenient because it can potentiate too much the anticoagulant medicines they are taking and cause blood spills due to problems of lack of coagulation.

What to take into account with medicinal plant use

Therefore, when consulting a particular medicinal plant, it is important to take the following considerations into account:

To consult its properties, to see what the plant in particular.

How to apply it

What is the appropriate dose

What contraindications, what side effects or what toxicity it can have.

Foods like medicinal plants

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates was a doctor of ancient Greece, considered the father of modern medicine, who made this famous quote with which we identify.

The relationship between the food we eat and our health must be closely linked. We have already seen the role of garlic as a medicine-food or a food-medicine, according to the quote of Hippocrates.

Very used Medicinal Plants

Te verde

Green tea (Camellia sinensis)

áloe vera

Aloe (Aloe vera)


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)


Mint (Mentha X piperita)


Oregano (Origanum vulgare)


St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)


Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

aguacateAvocado is a food-medicine, capable of providing high quality vegetable fats and lots of vitamin E. At the same time, because of its high content in essential fatty acids, it is a very effective remedy against cardiovascular diseases

What does garlic do? Does it heal more than it feeds or does it feed more than heals? The question is very simple to answer if we follow the thinking of Hippocrates, who was born more than 2800 years ago: Both things, because good foods, natural foods, those born directly from the earth should be just that, food and medicines.

Therefore, we have included in our list of medicinal plants, a lot of plant foods that we consider essential to keep us healthy. Sometimes the reader will have doubts as to whether what he is reading are nutritional properties or therapeutic indications. The truth is that the difference between one approach and another is minimal, it is only a a nuance of meaning.

Do you know that a good dish of lettuce in the evening meal will help you sleep as much as a sleeping pill? What do you prefer to combat your constipation a spoonful of laxative or a dish of steamed broccoli with almonds and a dash of virgin olive oil. In our section or constipation recipes, you will find wide range of “vegetarian recipes” that will help you solve your problem in a more appetizing and natural way.


Drawing of diuretic

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

9 January, 2022

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