Living in Texas for over 40 years has allowed me to see, smell, taste and touch many medicinal plants that have amazing properties and observed health benefits. For any “Doubting Thomas” readers it is well documented that the majority of prescription and Over The Counter (OTC) medicines had their origins from observing its use as a plant-based medicine first. Scientists like to take credit for synthetic compounds that can provide some biochemical benefit, in spite of being a health hazard with adverse reactions and side effects. Our common-sense reveals that Mother Nature knows best and a full spectrum plant with the natural factors and cofactors is our best choice for medicinal benefits.
Medicinal Plants in Texas
The majority of people are not getting the quality and quantity of nutrient-dense organic whole foods their body needs. As a result, the body is missing key components needed for digestive, genetic, hormonal, immune and mitochondrial health and peak performance. While there are many reasons for this, our health and nutrition are within our control when we have helpful education. With so many people struggling with health issues it seemed like a great time to focus on medicinal plants in Texas and the United States that are relatively easy to access. This is important only if you are concerned about your long term health and well being.
Some of the top reasons people have health issues and low energy is from consuming fake, fast, fried and junk foods. Most of these Frankenfoods are made with Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) canola, corn, cottonseed, soy, and sugar (HFCS) health hazard ingredients. These GMO plants come from depleted soils that use large amounts of chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides which are serious health hazards. My goal is to help people choose nutrient-dense beverages and foods that can offer substantial levels of natural and synergistic antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, minerals, phytonutrients, trace elements, and vitamins. Eating a variety of medicinal plants which are nutrient-dense organic whole foods with minimal heating, processing and refining promote optimal health.
- Acorns are a good source of minerals, nutrients, and protein after you remove the tannins.
- Aloe vera is great for our external and internal skin lining. It also contains silica which is very beneficial.
- Amaranth also called pigweed is abundant in Texas. It can be delicious and nutritious when prepared properly.
- Blackberry is a super antioxidant and phytonutrient source. They grow wild along many fences and roads.
- Burdock root has many benefits and has used to make a healthy natural beer.
- Cactus from prickly pear fruit & pads are nutritious and provide beneficial minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. Avoid hard seeds and thorns.
- Cattail has been used as a natural root food by indigenous peoples.
- Cilantro is a beneficial herb that grows like a weed once it establishes in a great place
- Clover has been found to offer many medicinal benefits
- Dandelion flower, leaf & roots have been used for centuries as food and medicine.
- Dill is a beneficial herb that grows like a weed once it establishes in a great place
- Elderberry has been found to offer many medicinal benefits for various health issues.
- Juniper berries (eastern cedar) is believed to contain an anticancer agent, (podophyllotoxin)
- Medicinal mushrooms are tree mushrooms and have been used for many centuries by indigenous people.
- Mesquite beans are a good source of proteins and phytonutrients.
- Mint has multiple health and medicinal benefits. You can eat is cooked, raw or in a tea.
- Mustang grapes are a great source of antioxidants and high in polyphenols.
- Nettles are a beneficial herb that many consider to be a weed.
- Osage orange is an inedible fruit that has anti-oxidant and fungicidal compounds
- Palmetto berries have been used for prostate health for a long time.
- Peach pits contain vitamin B12 which many feel are important for our health and immune function.
- Pecans are a good source of good fats and also contain phytonutrients with health benefits.
- Sage has been well documents for numerous antioxidant and health benefits
- Yaupon is a medicinal plant and one of the very few native North American plants that have caffeine and is used as a coffee substitute.
Healthy Plants for People & Planet
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