Camilla Nichols, J.D., M.S. is our Resident Nutritionist here at Peaceful Warriors Wellness Center. She provides Holistic Wellness Nutritional Counseling as well as Reiki here in the office. Her goal is to help you become your own best detective with your body and health through nutrition and home cooking. Here is a list of Medicinal Plants that you can grow at home for your meals to benefit your body and its needs!
aids digestion, rheumatoid arthritis, and IBS. Fights free radicals,
improves gut health, may aid in depression, helps the liver detoxify, anti-nausea. One
tablespoon of sweet basil contains Vitamins A and K, Calcium, Iron, and Manganese.
It can be used to make a tisane. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.
aids digestion and is useful to treat anxiety and stress. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-anxiety.
Aids in the prevention of osteoporosis has anti-cancer properties and may aid in memory. Good source of vitamins and minerals including folate, calcium, potassium, Vitamins K, C, and A. Antioxidant
aids digestion, helps remove harmful metals, fights free radicals, aids with relief of allergy symptoms.
high in antioxidants, anti-microbial, improves oral health, relieves
All parts of the plant are edible. Vitamins A, B and C, and minerals
potassium, iron, zinc. Aids digestion and improves liver function, natural diuretic.
aids with brain and nervous system, helps metabolism of sugar and fat, used
to treat colic in infants, digestive and bone health. Sources of Vitamin A and C,
manganese, folate, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
aids with toothache, sore throat, stomach aches, headaches;
strengthens immune system; promotes skin health. Anti-inflammatory.
boosts and stimulates immune system; protects against free radicals; reduces risk of stroke and heart disease; reduces high blood pressure, reduces LDL (aka lousy) cholesterol and increases HDL (aka healthy) cholesterol; lowers blood sugar; and reduces duration of respiratory ailments. Anti-fungal, antioxidant, expectorant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory
aids in digestion, stomach cramps, morning sickness and cold/flu symptoms as well as muscle and joint pain. It is said to be beneficial for heart disease and headaches. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
GOTO KOLA –
improves cognitive function, diuretic, anti-bacterial, supports
aids digestion and good for oral health (mouth and breath), reduces
Aids with coughs and congestion (expectorant). Anti-bacterial
NETTLE (Stinging) –
Natural diuretic, joint pain, relieves allergy symptoms, anti-inflammatory.
PARSLEY – aids in improving potassium function in the body; improves function and
elasticity of blood vessels. It also thins mucus and is helpful with cough and
congestion. It is a digestive stimulant and can even be used on the skin for insect
bites (as well as basil). This herb packs more vitamin C than an orange. It is also
high in Vitamin A, chlorophyll, folic acid and amino acids. Diuretic, antioxidant,
aids with mild pain relief, headaches, gut health; stimulates both
the brain and nervous system. Some studies have shown that consuming rosemary
reduces incidences of several cancers (skin, colon, lung and breast) almost by half.
Circulatory stimulant, diuretic, stimulant, anti-cancer properties.
SAGE – Aids in inflammation and fights free radicals. Tea or tisane which great for
infections, coughs, sore throat and fever (promotes sweating when drank hot). It
also acts as an aid to mental and cognitive function if consumed regularly. Can be
used externally for insect bites, mouth sores and skin infections. Antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antihistamine, antibiotic, antimicrobial.
St. John's Wort
ST. JOHN’S WORT. Aids in treatment of anxiety and depression, PMS and hormonal balance.
THYME – aids with respiratory illnesses including colds, flu, cough and sore
throat. May help reduce asthma symptoms (consumed fresh and in a tisane). It also
helps with headaches (and rumor has it hangovers). Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic.
TUMERIC – aids joint arthritis; good for heart health; may aid in reducing or reversing certain brain age- related decrease in brain function. Studies have shown turmeric may contribute to the death of cancerous cells, reduce growth of new blood vessels in tumors (angiogenesis) and reduces the spread of cancer (metastasis). Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
VALERIAN ROOT – aids sleep, reduces anxiety
YARROW – aids digestion and reduces gastrointestinal irritation. Antiinflammatory.