Science and health: Ancient healing secrets proven effective

Ancient healing secrets

Plants have been the source of medicine since the first person became unwell. Science is still in awe of the remedies used by early humans. Highly effective and inexpensive, herbal solutions still serve a medicinal purpose today.

Tasty medicinal herbs and spices exist in favorite food recipes from around the globe. From vanilla and cinnamon to cilantro and cumin. Their unique flavor defines culinary specialties. Spices do more than delight the palate. They contribute to great health due to their nutritional value and antioxidant content. 

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We live in a world of processed herbal supplements and prescription medications to address symptoms of health conditions. What if there is an easier way to feel great and extend longevity without expensive treatment options?

Read the list below and see if you are acquainted with these plants or if they spark your interest as something new. 

Plant medicine from near and far 

Green Tea

Loose leaf green tea is the most studied plant on earth.  Green tea contains an extraordinary antioxidant known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). This compound helps lower bad cholesterol, strengthen immune response, aid in weight loss, promote longevity, and mental clarity. Combine this slightly bitter or grassy tea leaf with mint, chamomile, or cinnamon to create a soothing flavor. Green tea is the most valuable, inexpensive, fast acting, bioavailable plant substance known to man!  

White Willow Bark

Manuscripts dating more than 3,500 years old document the use of willow bark for pain, fever, and other ailments. Today’s aspirin replaces the ancient use of willow bark. Raw willow bark remains in use today in nearly every country. 

Ginkgo Biloba

The ginkgo tree is among the oldest trees to inhibit the planet. Gingko leaf improves circulation. It also improves mental clarity and cognitive function and calms anxiety. . Ginkgo is listed in 4,000-year-old Chinese medical records. 

Raw Garlic

Renowned for its heart healthy nutrients and selenium, garlic also contains antibacterial, anti-viral and antifungal properties making it worth is weight in gold. This smelly bulbous plant does much more than promote a healthy heart. It helps boost immunity, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help fight disease and boost brain power. Nearly every grocery store carries fresh or powdered garlic. A small amount can yield incredible health results when used on a consistent basis. 


The Chinese and Indians have used this root extensively for thousands of years. Its unique antioxidant and healing compounds are well documented. This potent plant helps protect all cellular function from aging, digestion, inflammation, immune response to toothache, pain, and foot fungus. Ginger root, whether fresh or dried, serves as the ultimate herb for disease and illness prevention. 

American Ginseng

Native to Eastern United States, this tiny woodland plant produces high levels of potent antioxidants. Experts recognize ginseng as an energy and immune booster, concentration aid, and protector against oxidative stress. It is prescribed as an alternative medicine in many countries.  American ginseng is the most expensive ginseng variety in the world.


Any garden variety of oregano offers superb health benefits. Its powerful antioxidants replace traditional antibiotics in organic poultry and cattle farming. A 2016 study in the European Journal of Nutrition, reported that oregano demonstrated tumor suppressive effects against breast cancer. Proven to help fight infection, enhance all body systems, reduce cholesterol, and elevate blood pH, this incredible plant deserves a place in every home.  

Affordable and Effective

Plants have inhabited the earth for millions of years. Modern prescription medications have existed since 1930. Striking a balancing between plants and medications can promote better health for all mankind. Plant based herbal remedies are affordable and effective. The World Health Organization announced in 2019 that 57% of countries still prescribe herbal medicines. Only a few herbs are mentioned in this article, but the list of medicinal plants is quite long. 

To receive herbal benefits, moderation and consistency is most beneficial. You can easily add fresh and dried herbs to meals. A dash of garlic, a sprinkle of oregano, and a dusting of turmeric is a great start. Then experiment with ginger, turmeric, cumin, fennel, paprika and anything you choose. Not a cook?  No problem. Herbs can top any restaurant take out. 

Incorporating teas, herbs and spices into your diet can provide impressive results for disease and illness prevention. The more antioxidants and nutrients the body receives, the better it can function. Ancient healing secrets remain a time honored and respected approach to human health even today. 

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Dr. DK Guyer

Dr. DK Guyer is a Wilson College alumna, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics. Furthering her education, she earned a dual doctorate in Natural Health and Nutrition and is a renown natural health expert. She is an author, speaker, educator, founder and former CEO of Gardens by Grace, LLC, an organic company. Her passion is helping people regain their health through wholesome nutrition and life style changes.

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