Here is how you can best use plants to better your health and healing.
SKIN- Aloe vera gel is most commonly known to help soothe sunburn but it can do so much more than beat the heat. It contains compounds called polysaccharides that encourage skin repair, as well as a pain reliever called carboxypeptidase which may be why aloe vera is so soothing. Aloe vera has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and cell-regenerative properties which allows it to be a natural skin care treatment for minor skin irritations, abrasions, burns, ulcers, cold sores, acne, and other skin conditions. When applied directly to a wound, it can help fight off bacteria, dilate capillaries, and increase blood flow resulting in relief of pain and itching.
IMMUNE SUPPORT- Your immune system has many vital roles in the body. It is the role of your immune system to recognize and eliminate foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. The immune system responds if your body is producing cells aberrantly, or inappropriately, like in the case of cancer, or inflammatory arthritis. Inflammation that is caused by an immune response is necessary for the full complement of healing to occur, however if the period of inflammation lasts too long it becomes chronic. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Fostering optimal immune function starts with how you fuel your body. Plant-based foods tend to be anti-inflammatory, therefore consuming lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is an important aspect of good immune function. Our fuel is just one part of this: Regular exercise, restful sleep, and stress management are also essential ingredients to a strong immune system.
DETOX- Chlorella and Spirulina top the list of detoxifying greens. These algae are not only nutrient dense superfoods but they also have detoxifying properties that remove and keep heavy metals and chemicals from your body. Chlorella chelates heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and uranium. If you have had mercury fillings or consume large amounts of fish, you most likely have elevated levels of heavy metal in your body. We are also exposed to metals in our water, makeup, personal care products, and conventional produce. Spirulina, which is also very high in chlorophyll, can help remove toxins from the bloodstream while strengthening the immune system.
RESPIRATORY HEALTH- Eucalyptus has a profound effect on the health of the respiratory tract. It cleanses and drains the mucus from the lungs, thins the mucus, and lubricates the affected area of the respiratory tract. This results in the removal of any irritant from the lungs. The oils from eucalyptus plants possess the ability to reduce swelling and redness of the throat. Eucalyptus oils can work to assist the body in the removal of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
AIR FILTRATION- These three household plants are just what you need to help battle the New York City air quality. Even if you have just a few, they will drastically improve the air you breathe.
Areca palm: The living room plant. This plant produces oxygen during the day
Mother-in-law’s Tongue: The bedroom plant. This plant produces oxygen at night
Money Plant: The specialist plant. This plant is the filter that removes formaldehyde and other volatile organic chemicals from the air.