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7 Underrated Medicinal Plants

Health Benefits of Medicinal Plants

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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the world’s population still uses traditional remedies, including plants, as their primary health care tools
  • The majority of new drugs (70 percent) introduced in the US are derived from natural products, primarily plants
  • Ginger may help relieve headaches, joint pain, motion sickness, and nausea while lavender is anti-fungal with calming properties
  • Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral, and may help boost your immune function, while peppermint is a decongestant that may help clear your respiratory tract

By Dr. Mercola

Before there was modern-day medicine and its pharmacopeia of synthetic drugs, there were plants, and ancient civilizations knew how to use them strategically to treat common ailments and even life-threatening diseases.

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