What did we use to get better in the days when the air and the oceans were clean, the earth was full of nutrients and working in the fields was all the exercise we needed? Plants, of course.
Nature’s superfood healers - their roots, fruits and vegetables, dried, raw or boiled, as oils, tinctures or teas, were what we relied on for centuries - and still can.
Where are you off to this year? Unusual countries have unusual cures. Pick up a few tips on your travels this summer...
Healing Herbs - a glossary of traditional and natural remedies from around the world
Serbia - helichrysum - healing and anti-ageing properties, lowers blood pressure
Russia - Willow herb - tea that reduces fever, boosts energy and relieves headaches
Balkans - Coltsfoot tea - clears mucus and helps asthma, coughs, bronchitis
Italy - Thyme - wipes out bacteria
Australia - Eucalyptus - contains condole which eases coughs and soothes sinuses
Australia - Tea tree - improves acne, eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections
Middle East - Liquorice root - calms inflammation, fights off lung infections
Turkey and Lebanon - Oregano oil - decongestant, eases joint pain
Spain - Lemons - use the juice to test your stomach acid levels
Germany - Cabbage - Sauerkraut contains natural digestive enzymes to sort indigestion, bloating and gas
Barbados - Grapefruit seed - extract wipes out candida
Iran - Raw garlic - for fungal infections
Mexico - Papaya and pineapple - full of bromelain and papain, natural digestive enzymes to help with digestion
Greece - Gum from the mastic tree - dissolves mucus
Canada - Slippery elm tea - relieves IBS
England - Apple cider vinegar - anti microbial and alkalises your body
South East Asia - Ginger tea - effective against viruses and microbes
Russia - Hypericum - boosts kidneys, heals wounds and cuts
Central and South Americas - Mimosa pudica powder - wipes out parasites
Philippines - Coconut oil - anti-fungal
India - Turmeric - anti parasite anti-inflammatory, helps painful joints, improves liver function
Eastern North America - Slippery elm - for constipation
Canada - Goldenseal - heals the pancreas and lowers blood sugar levels
Colombia - Coffee - for detoxification, liver boosting and bile release
Amazon rainforest - Chanca piedra - for strengthening your kidneys and dissolving kidney stones
Angola - Borututu bark - boosts liver function, good for indigestion and fatigue
Germany - Beetroot juice - improves bile flow
Greece - Olive leaf - strengthens the thymus, anti-cold and flu remedy also good for gout and arthritis
Amazon rainforest - Pau d’arco - fights candida, arthritis and prostrate inflammation. Boosts thymus
China - Green tea - strengthens the spleen, speeds up metabolism, calms the brain
Bhutan - Ginseng - boosts energy, lowers blood sugar and boosts male libido
India - Ashwaganda - lowers cortisol and stress levels, helps memory
Sri Lanka - Cinnamon - balances blood sugar levels, halts sugar cravings
Spain - Chaste berry or agnus castus - regulates hormones and lessens hot flushes. Reduces female sexual desire
Asia - Gotu kola - relieves fatigue, anxiety and depression
Italy - Valerian – nature’s alternative sleeping pill
Brazil - Açai berry - reduces high blood pressure
Mongolia - Astragalus - anti-ageing, immune system booster
Costa Rica - Cacao - eaten raw it boosts endorphins
Guatemala - chia - an energy giving Mayan grain, high in protein and omega 3s
Tibet - Goji berries - anti-ageing and good for eye health
Peru - Maca - good for bones and menopause
Siberia - Rhodiola - regulates stress, increases serotonin, good for depression
America - Wheatgrass - alkalises the body and stimulates thyroid and metabolism
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Written by health advocate Sara Davenport, founder of one of the UK's leading breast cancer charities, Breast Cancer Haven. With over twenty years' experience in holistic health, Sara's digital dose of wellness teaches you to listen to your body, tweak your lifestyle and improve your health.
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