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3 Ancient Medicines Still Useful Today

by ARIEL MOGHADDAM |

As our world modernizes, it's easy to forget that just a few hundreds years ago we suffered from many common ailments that are gone today. Vaccines, antibiotics, and other powerful medicines have improved our lives and extended our lifespans. Yet despite this modernization, there are still plenty of medications out there still as useful to us now as they were thousands of years ago.

Olive Leaf Extract

The olive tree had so many uses for ancient Greeks and Romans, it was revered as a gift from the gods. It was fuel, food, and also medicine for people thousands of years ago. Olive leaf extract is one such medicine that came from the tree, and it is just as useful today as it was then.

The ancients used it to “restore the body” and as a dressing for wounds. Olive leaf extract is used today for similar purposes. It is packed with polyphenols that can revitalize the body in a number of ways, from removing free radicals to preventing damage to the brain. On top of this, it also has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties which make it useful in treating everything from a cold sore to arthritis.

Olive Leaf Extract is still in use today, and for good reason. It is a very useful remedy, and provides health boosting effects outside of treating symptoms of disease.

Bee Propolis

Civilizations have been harvesting from bees for centuries, and it isn't just the tasty honey or useful wax that they used. The 'glue' bees use to keep their hives together, bee propolis, has also been an essential part of ancient medicine.

The ancient Greeks used propolis to treat abscesses, and Assyrians put it on wounds and tumors to fight off infection.

Today, Bee Propolis is used as an anti inflammatory, anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-fungal and to treat allergies. Thanks to its original source of plant nectar, it is also packed with antioxidants, making it a remedy that's also good for your health. Bee propolis is very safe to use with no side effects, aside from possible allergies if you are already allergic to bees.

Echinacea

An herb native to North America, Echinacea has been used by Native American tribes for a variety of common ailments. The uses for the herb depended on which tribe was using it, but included use as an antiseptic, an analgesic, and to treat infectious diseases.

It's still used today to boost the immune system, and to reduce the symptoms of infectious diseases such as the common cold or the flu, as well as to treat general infections.

Although these herbs have been used for millenia, they are still just as useful as they were centuries ago. Best of all, these herbs often have fewer side effects than pharmaceutical medications, and provide other benefits besides relief of symptoms. If you're looking for natural remedies to real problems, these three treatments are all great options to keep in your medicine cabinet.

 

 

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