Fall is finally upon us, and with it brings the breathtaking views of the seasonal foliage. New plant life begins to emerge and much of the country enjoys a crisp cooldown from the summer heat. Unfortunately, it’s also the season that brings its fair share of ailments.
There are a lot of meds out there to combat being sick this autumn, but if antihistamines and cough syrup doesn’t sound like a fun time, we’ve put together a list of 6 Fall plants that boast natural healing properties.
Ginkgo – Circulation and Blood Flow
The gingko family of trees has existed for the past 200 million years and there are loads of scientific studies to back its many benefits. When the weather starts to cool down this season, ginkgo can help to increase blood circulation and improve respiratory problems. Ginkgo is most commonly found an capsule form at your local drugstore.
John’s Wort – Seasonal Depression
Sure, very few of us like the bitter cold. But seasonal depression is not only a very real thing, but affects millions of people on a deeper level. Not only have multiple studies backed the use of this yellow flower to aid in depression, but the side effects are very minimal. You can buy this herb in capsule or tincture form, or if you’ve got the plant handy, dry it up for a nice herbal tea.
Elderberry – Flu
Multiple parts of the elderberry plant have been used for a variety of illnesses, but with flu season in full swing, we recommend the black elderberry. Concentrated into a tincture or brewed as a tea, this berry (associated with the honeysuckle family) helps to attack cold-like symptoms and also assists in breaking a fever brought on by a flu.
Siberian Ginseng – Low Energy
It happens to everyone. The weather gets a little cooler, suddenly warm beds and blankets sound more appealing, and lethargy hits you like a ton of bricks. If you’re looking for a natural way to boost your energy, look no further than Siberian Ginseng. It’s totally safe, and is an excellent replacement to caffeine and sugary energy drinks. You can also find this at your local drugstore or at a specialty store as a dried root for tea.
Red Clover- Coughs and Colds
Red Clovers were originally only found in Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia, but once the uses of their reddish and pink blossoms became known, they became more readily available worldwide. They have been known to help combat your seasonal cold and also act as an excellent blood detox. Picking the blossoms and drying them makes it perfect for an herbal tea.
Feverfew – Migraines
We recommend trying this in place of your traditional anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. It possesses similar properties and is used most effectively to treat bad migraines, especially those brought on by seasonal allergies. Feverfew isn’t that hard to grow yourself and can be chopped up and added to any salad or sandwich.
(It should be noted that while herbal remedies can be effective for many people, replacing otherwise prescribed medication without consulting your doctor is not advised.)