The Wonderful World of Medicinal Plants and Their Value in Our Lives (Part II) The Wonderful World of Medicinal Plants and Their Value in Our Lives (Part II)

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa is also referred to as ‘Lucerne’ in many cultures has been used as a food source for millennia, both for humans as well as domesticated animals. It is naturally high in many essential minerals and vitamins. So much so that the term “Alfalfa” stems from classical Arabic and the name itself is a derivation of the phrase ‘al-fac-facah’, which literally means “Father of all foods. It is so called due to its high nutrient value.


Fights Cholesterol

Studies have shown that Alfalfa seeds lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol levels significantly when being part of a daily diet and taken on a regular basis.

Diuretic properties

Alfalfa may help in flushing the intestines of lethal toxins. It is also being used as a diuretic agent that helps in frequent urination and so cleanses the system of urinary tract infections.

Minerals and vitamins

Alfalfa is choke full of minerals and vitamins not just A, C, D & K but also the full spectrum of the Vitamin B family. Additionally it’s also high in Calcium. Potassium, Folic acid, Magnesium and a veritable host of other minerals that is crucial to our health.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile, or ‘ground apple,’ has been around for thousands of years and has been consumed by Romans, Greeks and even the ancient Egyptians. chrysin, chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or its close cousin Matricaria chamomilla) offers multiple health benefits


Small cuts and burns

An infusion of chamomile tea has been used to treat cuts and small burns since time immemorial. And it is widely touted to aid in the healing of superficial injuries, chiefly due to its antimicrobial properties.

Treatment of infections

Since it’s an antibacterial agent drinking chamomile tea often help not only in the treatment of the common cold as well as related ailments but also aids in their prevention too.

Helps cure Insomnia

Drinking chamomile is an effective remedy for Insomnia and has been used as such in ages past, this is because it acts as a relaxant and helps sooth the nervous system of stress and worries.


Organic chamomile has also been used to treat digestion related problems. For instance: Bloating, flatulence heartburn, nausea, abdominal pain amongst others.

 Muscle cramps

Organic Roman chamomile is imbued with anti-spasmodic properties and has been widely recommended to help treat anything and everything from muscular aches to menstrual cramps.

Written By: Encea Zahid

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