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There's a herb for every ailment...

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to help common ailments: try these out for size next time you're looking for some homeopathic care

n Depression and exhaustion: Passiflora (passion flower) has a sedative effect on the central nervous system, calming you down

n Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Mentha piperita (peppermint) can reduce nausea and wind, and help with bloating and colic, plus it relieves muscle tension

n Constipation: Linseed, taken with plenty of water, will help restore your natural balance

n Allergies and hayfever: Sponge cucumber (Luffa) has none of the side effects of anti-histamine medicines, such as drowsiness and fatigue

n Water retention: Golden Rod (Solidago) is a traditional diuretic and kidney tonic, with anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antiseptic action

n Cold sores: Hypericum (St John's Wort) has an antiviral action that soothes the cold sore virus

n Eye strain: Euphrasia gives swift relief to tired, strained sore eyes

n Cystitis: Uva-ursi disinfects the bladder and helps to heal and Echinacea can clear infections and boost immunity

Some herbal remedies are not safe to take while pregnant or breast feeding. Check with your GP before taking any herbal remedy, or if symptoms persist
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 11, 2004
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