The root system of a plant provides it’s stems and leaves with water and minerals. Roots are necessary for a plant’s growth and survival. Roots are also very useful in traditional medicinal concoctions to cure various ailments, instead of popping pills. A lot of these plants can be grown at home so you have the comfort of preparing your own medicines whenever you want.
Licorice Root: Licorice has a broad spectrum of health benefits as well as purifying the air for other plants to grow. The root contains the medicine – it has anti-viral and immune supporting properties. It is used for irritation in the digestive tract, urinary tract and for reducing spasming due to coughing in lungs.
Passionflower: Passionflower plants produce very unique and interesting flowers but they also have medical uses. It can be drunk as a tea to reduce restlessness and anxiety, relax spasms and limit inflammation.
Marshmallow: We think smooth, white, soft sugary concoctions when we hear this word. But the marshmallow plant is also very useful in soothing stomach burns or ulcers. Add a handful of the dried / fresh root to cool water and let sit for 15 minutes and then drink.
Coconut: The coconut tree is pretty much used from leaf to root: Coconut oil, milk, water etc…We have uses for all parts of the tree. The roots are used to treat gall bladder and urinary infections. Boil four or five well-washed roots in some lightly salted water and drink when cool.
Moringa: Also known as horseradish, it is uses to treat diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and digestive disorders. The roots are used as an abortifacient, diuretic and as cardiac and circulatory tonic. A concoction of roots boiled in water can be used to soothe sores and ulcers.