Many common illnesses don’t require a trip to the pharmacy, or – in some cases – even a trip out of the house. For generations, we’ve been perfecting the use of common herbs, oils, and spices to treat our maladies. You can find some of these herbs at your grocery store, or even in your spice rack, but when using herbal remedies and supplements it’s important to know the source, strength, and purity of the herbs you’re using. Herbs used for medicinal purposes rather than cooking need to be carefully selected for purity and prepared properly, so it’s important to source your herbs and herbal remedies from a provider you trust that has prepared them specifically for that purpose.

Here are just a few of the simple herbal treatments that can help with the symptoms of your common ailments.

Mint – Pain and Digestion

Over the generations, mint has been used for everything from tea to bug repellant to sunburn treatment. Mint is one of our oldest, most time-tested home remedies. It’s been used for centuries to treat pain and stomach issues. The trick is to use the right kind of mint for your needs.

Peppermint is commonly used for irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other issues like diarrhea, cramps, and gas. You can use the leaf for this, but for the best results, you should find peppermint oil. You can mix it into water or tea for a quick, easy treatment. It’s also best if used with fiber. We offer peppermint preparations as an essential oil, a loose leaf tea, a bulk dry herb or liquid extract, and as part of two tea blends to support sleep and liver care.

Wintergreen mint has methyl salicylate, which makes it great for treating pain. You can apply this oil to the skin of burns, cramps, or muscle strain to alleviate some of the pain from that spot.

Lavender – Anxiety and Migraines

The smell of lavender is commonly used for relaxation, but studies have shown that when directly administered, lavender can have a real impact on anxiety. This powerful herb can be ground into a tea or inhaled in times of high anxiety as aromatherapy. Other studies have shown that the same treatment can provide safe, quick relief for migraines. Salem Botanical offers bulk lavender for use in any recipe.

Chili Peppers – Pain and Soreness

Of all these cures, chili pepper is probably the most common. This has been used in folk medicine for years as a treatment for muscle and body pain. The ingredient capsaicin can be found in this pepper, which is used medically for pain relief. For a low dose, you can administer this by eating or chewing the pepper. If you have a bit of time, you can also whip up a useful topical cream. You’ll just need a bit of coconut or coconut oil.

First, mix 3 teaspoons in with a cup of coconut and heat them until they simmer and melt. Stir the mixture thoroughly for 5 minutes, and then pour the mixture into a bowl. After it cools and firms up, you can massage it onto the skin of your pained area. Salem offers high-quality dry bulk chili pepper for use in any recipe.

To get the most out of these herbs, you need professional expertise. We synthesize these natural, time-tested cures into powerful modern treatments. With years of experience and scientific expertise, we connect the worlds of traditional treatments and modern medicinal standards to provide only the finest products.