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The History and Healing Powers Of Plants

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Most of us have a crazy plant friend. There is a reason why people enjoy having plants and greenery in and outside of their homes.

history of green plants

In the next few posts, I will write about the healing powers of plants, why to have them as part of your nutrition lifestyle and dive into some specific plants that you can use for healing powers. After these posts, you'll have a better understanding of why plants are enjoyed by so many.


Small History Lesson Of Plants


Plants play an essential role in the history of human development. From medicinal

uses to skincare, plants have been remedies since ancient times.


At the time of Hippocrates (460 – c. 370 BC), St John's wort was being used to soothe burns.


You may have heard the famous quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy

food.” This was coined by none other than the Greek physician, Hippocrates.

history of the plant aloe

Even today, we utilize plants for healing! What do you reach for after a day in the sun?

Aloe! This plant produces a gel that is soothing and healing to irritated skin.


Plants have also been a significant source of nourishment throughout history. Hunting

for animal protein was challenging, and the meat was hard to come by. This meant a

bulk of ancient diets relied on PLANTS! Many cultures around the world have thrived on plant-based diets, even to this day.


Healing Powers of Plants


Plants have many different healing powers. From eating a plant-based diet to obtain the nutrients we need to the positive mental health effects we get from being in nature.


We’ve understood for a while now that plants provide nourishment for the body.


All living things require food to sustain themselves. Plants can make their food.

Humans cannot, which is why we need to eat a variety of foods throughout the day. It’s

easy to forget that food is not just about satisfying our hunger; it’s essential to our

health.

history of green plants in your home

Plants prepare food for themselves by using water, carbon dioxide, and minerals

present in their surroundings. The nutrients enable growth, support the process of repairing cellular damage, and provide energy to carry out essential life-sustaining

functions.


Different plants create different nutrients. Where they are grown also plays a key role

in the nutrients they produce. Because most plants are low in fat and calories, and

high in various vitamins and minerals, they are recommended to make up the bulk of a

healthy diet.


What are the Different Nutrient Groups?


Our bodies require specific nutrients to thrive. These nutrients are broken into two

nutrient groups, micro, and macronutrients.


Micronutrients are found in vitamins and minerals and are required in small amounts.

Macronutrients, on the other hand, are needed in larger quantities. They include

carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Fiber is another nutrient necessary for health and

provided by plants.


Micronutrients:

Minerals are inorganic substances absorbed by plants. For example, magnesium is a

mineral and is essential in the body for nerve and muscle function. Plants rich in this

mineral include whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

history of plants and nuts

Vitamins are organic substances made by plants and are also essential for everyday

functioning. For example, vitamin A, from dark leafy green vegetables, keeps your

eyes healthy.


Macronutrients:

Macronutrients include carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Carbohydrates are the primary

source of energy for all cells. This is why plant-based foods are considered healthy

macronutrients. They are high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fat.


Fiber

Fruits, vegetables, grains, and other plant foods also provide fiber, whereas meat and

seafood do not. Fiber slows digestion allowing the body to absorb micronutrients. Fiber

is also responsible for the movement of food through your digestive tract.

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