Herbs and Their Many Uses
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are the categories and benefits each "herb" group provides.
(The complete list of "individual herbs" and benefits
are also listed below these categories. (You
can quickly find a herb by using the letter links above.)
These herbs have immune system enhancers
which help the body adjust to change, regulate stress and restore
natural immune resistance. Herbs which are used for this purpose
include echinacea, garlic, gingko
biloba, ginseng, goldenseal, pau d'arco and suma.
Herbs with alterative properties stimulate
gradual changes in metabolism and tissue function in
acute and chronic conditions and increase overall health, energy,
vigor and strength. Alternatives are similar to tonics, which
help both the overall systems as well as aiding particular organs,
tissues and cells. alterative herbs, include aloe
vera, black cohosh, blue cohosh, blue vervain, capsicum, cascara
sagrada, chamomile, damiana, dandelion, echnicacea, fenugreek,
garlic, gentian, ginger, gingko biloba, goldenseal, hawthorn,
horsetail, milk thistle, red clover, red raspberry, schizandra,
suma, yarro and yellow dock root.
Analgesic herbs are used to relieve pain
without loss of consciousness. Some of the herbs commonly used
as analgesics include feverfew,
lobelia, mullein, pau d'acro, skullcap, willow bark and wood betony.
Anesthetics are used for their ability to cause
physical insensitivity. Examples of herbs with this property
are caraway, kava and tea tree.
Herbs with this property have the ability to soothe
and reduce the intensity of pain. Herbs with
this ability include anise, chamomile,
cloves, juniper, pleurisy root and rosemary.
Anorectic herbs help to reduce appetite.
Herbs with this asset include chickweed,
ephedra, fellel, garcinia and guarana.
An antacid is used to neutralize acids in
the stomach and intestinal tract. Herbs used for this
include dandelion, fennel, ginger,
kelp, Iceland moss and slippery elm.
Herbs with anthelmintic agents either expel
or destroy worms in the body. Other similar terms to
describe such agents include vermifuge, mermicide and taeniacide.
Herbs with these fighting abilities include black
walnut hull, black cohosh, blue walnut, gentian, goldenseal, mandrake,
prickly ash, pumpkin seed, wormwood and senna.
Anti-asthmatics are used to help relieve
the symptoms associated with asthma. Some of the anti-asthmatic
herbs are elecampane, ephedra, gotu
kola, lobelia, prickly ash, wild cherry and yerba santa.
Antibacterial herbs are those that fight
and destroy bacteria and include alfalfa,
basil, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, parsley, peppermint,
rhubarb, tumeric, uva ursi and yucca.
Herbs that work as natural antibiotics help the
body's immune system destroy growths of micro-organisms.
Some herbs commonly used as natural antibiotics include buchu,
chaparral, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, myrrh, red clover and
These are herbs which help dissolve and
eliminate, as well prevent the formation of mucus
and inflammation of the mucus membrane. Herbs that are
considered to be anticatarrhal include comfrey,
elecampane, ephedra, funugreek, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow,
mullein and wild cherry.
Anticoagulant herbs help the body prevent
clotting of the blood. Herbs with this constituent include
garlic, turmeric and yellow melilot.
Antiemetics prevent vomiting, and
herbs with this ability include clove,
Iceland moss, raspberry and spearmint.
Antifungal agents act against and destroy
various fungi. Herbs in this category include alfalfa,
cinnamon, cloves, garlic, kava kava, kombucha, parsley, St. John's
wort, skullcap, thyme and turmeric.
Herbs with this property work opposite to herbs
with galactagogue (A galactagogue is anything that excites lactation.
In other words, any thing that increases milk production.) Sage
and black walnut are examples of herbs in this
Histamine is a chemical, which is involved in our local immune response as well as regulating physiological function in the gut, acting as a neurotransmitter. During the time of seasonal allergies, the body’s immune system sees pollen as an invader. In an allergic reaction, our body produces histamine, as a defense mechanism. This inflammatory chemical attaches the cells in our body and causes irritation. It is the deficiency of this enzyme that triggers an allergic reaction as histamines gathers in the synapses. These herbs have an effectiveness as an antihistimine: Basil, Chamomile, Jewelweed, Papaya, Stinging Nettle, Echinacea, Fennel, Ginger, Reishi, and Thyme.
Antihydrodics reduce levels of perspiration.
Herbs with this ability include astragalus
Herbs with this ability reduce inflammation
in the body without acting directly on the cause of the
inflammation. Herbs in this category include chicory,
cranberry, elder flowers, eucalyptus, fennel, feverfew, ginger,
licorice, marshmallow, papaya, passion flower, peppermint, pine
tree bark, queen of the meadow, rhubarb, rosemary, safflower,
turmeric, wild yam and witch hazel.
Antilithic herbs work to prevent the formation
of stones in the gall blader and kidney, as well as aiding
the expulsion of those already formed. Antilithics are similar
to lithotriptics. Some herbs used for this purpose are buchu
leaves, hydrangea and uva ursi leaves.
Antimicrobials helps the body destroy microbes
by affecting their growth and multiplication, Herbs with this
ability include fennel, fevergfew,
myrrh, pau d'archo, rhubarb, tea tree and uva ursi.
Herbs with this quality destroy, inhibit
and prevent tumors. Herbs in this category include aloe
vera, black walnut, burdock, cat's claw, chickweed, flaxseed,
garlic, hops, horsetail, ho-sho-wu, irish moss, mistletoe, pau
d'arco, periwinkle, pine tree bark, rhubarb, saffron, St. John's
wort, slippery elm and turmeric.
Antioxidant herbs counteract the negative
effects of oxidation on body tissues. Included in this
category are barley, billberry,
cat's claw, chaparral, gingo biloba, milk thistle, pine tree,
rosemary, sage and turmeric.
This constituent counteracts the effects
of periodic diseases (intermittent) like malaria. Herbs
in this category include blue
vervain, boneset, eucalyptus, golden seal and willow.
Herbs with antitussive agents are cough
suppressants. Herbs in this category include coltsfoot,
comfrey, borehound, mullein and wild cherry bark.
Antivenomous agents counteract venom,
as from a snake bite. Herbs with this quality include
pennyroyal and plantain.
Antiviral agents act to destroy viruses
in the body. Herbs with antiviral qualities include garlic,
st.johns wart, aloe vera, astragalus, barley, boneset, calendula,
echinacea, licorice, maitake, pau d'arco, red raspberry and turmeric.
An aphrodisiac is used to help restore normal
sexual potency and function and improve sexual
desire. Some herbs used as aphrodisiacs include astragalus,
damiana, false unicorn, fenugreek, ginseng, kava kava and saw
An astringent acts to contract and tighten,
similar to styptic. This constricting action can help
eliminate secretions and hemorrhaging. Some herbs with
astringent actions are amaranth,
blackberry root, black walnut, capsicum, elecampane, ephedra,
fenugreek, horsetail, hydrangea, mullein, oak bark, queen of the
meadow, St. John wort, slippery elm and witch hazel.
An agent that acts on the mucous membranes in the
mouth to promote appetite and encourage digestion.
Herbs in this category include alfalfa,
blackberry, blessed thistle, bugleweed, chaparral, chinchona,
eyebright, feverfew, gentian, licorice, quassia, watercress, wild
cherry and wild lettuce.
Agents that clean and remove impurities
from the blood, similar to depurative. Examples of blood
purifiers include birch, buckthorn,
calendula, dandelion, plantain and watercress.
Herbs which can help eliminate gas from
the stomach and intestine are considered carminatives.
Some of the herbs commonly used are angelica
root, capsicum, caraway seeds, catnip, chamomile flowers, echinacea,
fennel, ginger, hops, lemon balm, parsley root, peppermint, saffron
This herb property increases
the flow of bile which aids digestion, as well as acting
as a mild laxative. Herbs which are used for
this purpose are aloe vera,
barberry, dandelion, goldenseal, hops, licorice, Oregon grape
root and wild yam.
An agent that relieves congestion in the
upper respiratory tract. Herbs with decongestant properties
include ephedra, lobelia, pennyroyal,
valerian and yerba santa.
These herbs work internally to help soothe
and protect the mucous membranes in the body. Some herbs
with this property are aloe vera,
burdock, chickweed, comfrey, echinacea, fenugreek, flaxseed, Irish
moss, kelp, licorice, marshmallow, mullein, oatstraw and psyllium.
Diaphoretic herbs help the body produce
perspiration to help the skin eliminate toxins,
similar to sudorific. Herbs with diaphoretic properties include
angelica, blue vervain, boneset,
borage, butchers broom, capsicum, catnip, chamomile, elder flowers,
elecampane, ephedra, garlic, hyssop, lemon balm leaves and yarrow.
Digestives promote or aid in the digestion
process. Such herbs include anise,
capsicum, centaury, echinacea, garlic, horseradish, mustard, papaya,
safflower and sage.
A diuretic is used to increase the flow
of urine to relieve water retention. Some herbs used
for this purpose are alfalfa, blue
cohosh, buchu leaves, burdock, butchers broom, damiana, dandelion,
devil claw, false unicorn, fennel, hawthorn, horsetail, hydrangea,
juniper berries, lily-of-the-valley, marshmallow, parsley, queen
of the meadow, saw palmetto and uva ursi.
An emetic is used to induce vomiting. Emetic
herbs include bayberry, boneset,
buckthorn, culver, false unicorn, lobelia, mandrake, mistletoe,
mustard seed, pleurisy, quassia, rue and senega.
Herbs with emmenagogue properties promote
menstrual flow. Some herbs which help with this situation
are angelica, aloe vera, black cohosh,
blue cohosh, gentian, ginger, goldenseal, horsetail, juniper berries,
mistletoe, myrrh, pennyroyal and saffron.
Estrogenic herbs promote or produce estrus. Herbs
with estrogenic properties include blue
cohosh, dong quai, false unicorn, fennel and licorice.
Expectorants help the body expel mucus from
the lungs, nose and throat. Herbs used for this purpose
include anise seed, annatto, blue
cohosh, blue vervain, comfrey root, elder flowers, elecampane
root, ephedra, flaxseed, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, horehound,
hyssop, Irish moss, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow, mullein leaves,
slippery elm, wild cherry bark and yerba santa leaves.
Herbs with this property help reduce fevers,
similar to refrigerant and antipyretic. Some febrifuges are bilberry,
boneset, borage, buckthorn, catnip, chamomile, elder flowers,
fenugreek, garlic, gentian, ginger, hyssop, pleurisy root, sarsaparilla,
white willow bark and wormwood.
Herbs with galactagogue properties stimulate
lactation in women. Herbs in this category include anise,
basil, blessed thistle, borage, fenugreek, horsetail and vervain.
Germicides are known for their ability to destroy
germs and other microorganisms. Herbs in this category
include cloves, eucalyptus and
These herbs help to strengthen, tone, and
increase bile flow to promote normal liver function.
Some herbs with hepatic properties are barberry
bark, cascara sagrada, dandelion root, gentian, goldenseal, horseradish,
mandrake root, milk thistle, olive oil, Oregon grape, parsley,
queen of the meadow and rhubarb.
Hemostatics stop blood flow by
acting as antihemorrhagic agents. Herbs in this category include
bistort, blackberry, bugleweed,
calendula, nettle, periwinkle, shepherds purse and witch hazel.
Immunostimulants enhance or boost the body's
natural defense against illness and disease. Herbs with
this ability include astragalus,
barley, dong quai, kombucha, maitake, queen of the meadow, reishi
Insecticides are used to kill insects.
An example of an herb with this ability is bayberry.
LITHOTRIPTIC (Eliminates stones)
These are herbs which help dissolve and
eliminate urinary stones from the body. They include
buchu leaves butchers broom, cascara
sagrada, cornsilk, dandelion devils claw, horsetail, marshmallow,
parsley, queen of the meadow, uva ursi and white oak bark.
Herbs that are considered mucilants have mucilage
properties which have a soothing and demulcent effect. They coat
and protect mucous membranes from irritations. Mucilants
have a wide variety of applications including coughs, sore
throats, and irritated stomach bowels, bladder and kidneys.
They can also be used for laxatives, cream and ointments
because of their soothing effects. Mucilant herbs include aloe
vera, chickweed coltsfoot, comfrey, flaxseed, Iceland moss, marshmallow
plantain, psyllium seed and slippery elm.
Herbs with narcotic agents can be used to soothe
intractable pain or to induce anesthesia. Herbs with
these agents should be used carefully. They include bugleweed,
guarana and wild lettuce. Herbs that can be used
to counteract narcotic effects include alfalfa
(for addiction) and marjoram and
mustard (for poisoning)
These are used in healing kidney problems.
Herbs with nephritic properties include buchu
leaves, couch grass root, goldenseal, horsetail, hydrangea, juniper
berries, Oregon grape and queen of the meadow root.
Nervine herbs help soothe, calm and nourish
the nervous system. Some of the nervine herbs are black
cohosh, blue vervain, boneset, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark.
damiana, gotu kola, hops, lady's slipper, lemon balm, lobelia,
oatraw, passion flower, skullcap, valerian root and wood betony.
Nutritive agents nourish the body.
Herbs with nutritive properties include alfalfa,
amaranth, barley, bee pollen, chickweed, comfrey, guarana, Iceland
moss, Irish moss, kelp, marshmallow, nettle, oatstraw, papaya,
pumpkin, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm, suma, watercress
and yellow dock.
These are herbs which help stimulate uterine
contractions to assist and induce a safe labor and delivery.
Herbs with oxytocic properties are black
cohosh, blue cohosh, pennyroyal and red raspberry.
Parasiticidic herbs are those that destroy
parasites in the body. Herbs with parasticidic agents
include chaparral, feverfew, figwort,
horseradish, mandrake, papaya, parsley, peach, pennyroyal, plantain,
pumpkin, rhubarb, sage, thyme, vervain, wild cherry and wood betony.
Pectoral agents give relief and remedy pulmonary
and other respiriatory conditions. Examples of pectorals
are chickweed, coltsfoot, couch
grass, hyssop, Iceland moss and wild cherry.
A cathartic or purgative herb is used for purging
and stimulating the action of evacuating the bowels.
They are similar to laxatives, which are mild purgative used to
relieve constipation. Herbs considered to be purgative included
aloe vera, barberry bark, boneset,
buckthorn bark, cascara sagrada, elder flowers, goldenseal, mandrake,
Oregon grape root, psyllium, rhubarb root and senna leaves.
Herbs with rubefacient properties are reddening
agents that help to increase the flow of the blood to the surface
of the skin to aid in healing in cases such as sprains
and muscle soreness. Some herbs used for this purpose
include camphor, capsicum, cloves,
eucalyptus, garlic, ginger, horseradish, mustard seed, peppermint
oil, pine oil, stinging nettle and thyme oil.
Sedative herbs are used to relieve irritability
and promote calm and tranquil feelings. Some
are catnip, chamomile, cramp bark,
dong quai, hawthron, hops, kava kava, lady's slipper, lobelia,
passion flower, red clovers, St. John's wort, schizandra, skullcap,
valerian and wood betony.
Herbs with this property help to promote
the flow and secretion of saliva to aid in the digestion
of starches. Some herbs include bayberry,
capsicum, echinacea, gentian, ginger, horseradish, hydrangea,
licorice, prickly ash, rhubarb and yerba santa.
These herbs help to increase the function
of the body energy levels, circulation, and help eliminate toxins.
Herbs with stimulant properties are angelica,
boneset, capsicum, damiana, devil's claw, echinacea, elder flowers,
elecampane, ephedra, false unicorn, garlic, gentian, ginger, ginkgo
biloba, ginseng, ho-shou-wu, milk thistle, prickley ash bark,
saffron, sarsaparilla root and suma.
Stomachics strengthen and tone the stomach.
Herbs in the stomachic category included agrimony,
anise, barberry, basil, caraway, celery, chinchina, cloves, dandelion,
gentian, ginseng, gymnema, hops, horseradish, papaya, peach, pennyroyal,
quassia, rhubarb, rosehips and watercress.
Herbs with vasoldilating agents expand the
blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Herbs in this
category included fever few, hawthorn
Herbs with vulnerary properties are used to help
promote the healing of wounds, cuts and abrasions.
some used are aloe vera, black
walnut, burdock, capsicum, fenugreek, flaxseed, garlic, gentian,
goldenseal, hops, horsetail, mullein, oatstraw and plantain leaves.
Here are the herbs, listed in alphabetical
order to make it easier for you to find the herb you're looking
for quickly. If you
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Acerola- Has antioxident, antifungal and astringent properties.
Helps support the liver and hydrate the skin. Useful against diarrhea
Alfalfa- Alkalizes and detoxifies
the body. Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol reducer, hormonal
balancer, antifungal. Enhances the function of the pituitary gland.
Helpful for anemia and ulcers, and also disorders related to:
bleeding, bones and joints, colon, digestive, skin.
Aloe Vera- Used topically, heals
burns and wounds; stimulates cell regeneration; and. Has astringent,
emollient, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties. Used
internally, soothes stomach irritation, aids in healing, and has
Anise- Indicated for respiratory infections such
as sinusitis. Combats infection and relieves mucus from air passages.
Good digestion aid. Helpful during menopause. Increases milk production
in nursing mothers.
Annatto- Diuretic, antioxident,
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Helps
protect the liver and kidneys. May reduce blood sugar levels.
Good for indigestion, fever, coughs, burns, skin problems and
Ashwagandha- Rejuvenates and energizes
the nervous system. Helps prevent stress related disorders and
stress related depletion of Vitamin C and cortisol. Increases
physical endurance and improves sexual function. Has anti-inflammatory
and anti-aging effects. (Has stimulated immune function in laboratory
Astragalus- Tonic to the immune,
adrenal, and digestive system. Raises stamina and energy to fight
fatigue. Stimulates metabolism, produces spontaneous sweating,
promotes healing. Good for colds, flu, and immune-deficiency related
problems, including AIDS, cancer, tumors as well as chronic lung
weakness. If you have a fever,
do not use.
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Barberry- Reduces heart rate, breathing, bronchial
constriction. Do not use if pregnant. Promotes intestinal movement.
Kills bacteria on skin.
Bayberry- Indicated for circulatory
disorders, fever, hypothyroidism, ulcers, eyes and immune system.
Clears congestion, assists circulation, lowers fever. Astringent.
Helps stop bleeding.
Bilberry- Helps control insulin levels. Diuretic.
Antiseptic for the urinary tract. Indicated for: hypoglycemia,
inflammation, stress, anxiety, night blindness, cataracts. Strengthens
connective tissue. When taken internally can interfere with iron
Birch- Diuretic, anti-inflammatory,
pain reliever. Helpful in joint pain and urinary tract infections.
Used externally, good for boils and sores.
Black Cohosh- Indicated for: blood pressure,
cholesterol, mucus production, cardiovascular & circulatory
disorders, arthritis, poisonous snake bites, relieving hot flashes,
menstrual cramps, morning sickness, pain. Induces
labor and aids in childbirth, so should
not be used during pregnancy until needed for delivery.
Black Walnut- Assists digestion
and healing of mouth or throat sores. Cleanses the body of many
parasites. Also indicated for bruising, fungal infection, herpes,
poison ivy, and warts.
Blessed Thistle- Anti-inflammatory, circulatory
aid, blood purifier, liver healer, and heart strengthener. Increases
appetite and stomach secretions. Has been recommended as a brain
food. Good for female disorders and increases milk flow for nursing
Blue Cohosh- Indicated for memory
problems, menstrual disorders, nervous disorders, and muscle spasms.
Helpful for childbirth as it stimulates uterine contractions.
Do not use in first sixth months
Boldo- Acts as a diuretic, laxative, antibiotic,
liver tonic and anti-inflammatory. Aids in the excretion of uric
acid and stimulates digestion.
Boneset- Laxative. Anti-inflammatory.
Indicated for bronchitis and fever-induced aches and pains. Helps
clear congestion, loosen phlegm, reduce fever, increase perspiration,
and calm the body. Can become toxic with long-time use.
Borage- Tonic for adrenals. Balances
glands. Contains valuable minerals and essential fatty acids helpful
to cardiovascular function and healthy skin and nails.
Boswellia- Acts as an anti-inflammatory,
anti-arthritic, antifungal and antibacterial. Topically used for
pain relief. Lowers cholesterol and protects the liver. Useful
for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis, and fibromyalgia.
Helps repair blood vessels damaged by inflammation. Used as a
remedy for obesity, diarrhea, dysentary, pulmonary diseases, ringworm
Buchu- Anti-inflammatory for the
colon, gums, mucous membranes, prostate, sinuses, and vagina.
Indicated for bladder and kidney problems, diabetes, digestive
disorders, fluid retention, and prostate disorders. Particularly
helpful for bladder infections.
Burdock- Blood purifier, restores
liver and gallbladder function, stimulates immune system. Good
for skin disorders (i.e. boils and carbuncles). Relieves gout
Butcher's Broom- Anti-inflammatory. Good for
bladder, kidney, and circulatory disorders. Indicated for carpal
tunnel syndrome, edema, Meniere’s disease, obesity, Raynaud’s
phenomenon, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, and vertigo.
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Calendula- Anti-inflammatory. Reduces fever.
Indicated for neuritis and toothache. Assists in regulating the
menstrual cycle. Useful for skin disorders, such as rashes, sunburn,
Cascara Sagrada- Colon cleanser. Laxative. Indicated
for colon disorders, constipation, and parasitic infestation.
Catnip- Reduces fever (catnip tea enemas work
especially quickly). Stimulates appetite, digestion and sleep;
relieves stress, anxiety, inflammation and pain. Indicated for
colds and flu. Cats love it of course.
Cat's Claw- Intestinal cleanser,
antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, enhances white blood cell action.
Indicated for intestinal problems and viral infections. May be
helpful for AIDS, arthritis, cancer tumors or ulcers. Do
not use when pregnant.
Cayenne- Helpful for digestion, circulation,
arthritis, rheumatism, colds, sinus infections, and sore throats.
Stops bleeding from ulcers. A tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs,
pancreas, spleen, and stomach. Good for pain when applied topically.
Enhances the effect for other herbs.
Cedar- Antiviral, antifungal, stimulates immune
system, increases venous blood flow. Expectorant, lymphatic cleanser,
urinary antiseptic. Use externally for warts.
Celery- Antioxidant, sedative, reduces blood
pressure, relieves muscle spasms, improves appetite. Recommended
for arthritis and kidney problems. Use
sparingly while pregnant.
Chamomile- Anti-inflammatory, diuretic. Stimulates
appetite, digestion, and sleep. Indicated for colitis, diverticulosis,
fever, headaches, and pain. Has a long history of use for stress
and anxiety, indigestion, and insomnia. Can be used as a nerve
tonic. Caution: Should
not be used for long periods of time. Could result in a "ragweed"
allergy. Don't use with sedatives or alcohol.
Chanca piedra- Fights inflammation, bacterial
and viral infections. Acts as a diuretic. Useful for kidney stones,
gallstones, colds flu, digestion, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea,
pain relief, fever, sexually transmitted diseases and muscle spasms.
Chaparral- Free radical scavenger.
Pain reliever. Protects against radiation and sun exposure. Good
for skin disorders. Reduces formation of tumors and cancer cells.
Used to quell gastric upset. Also used as an adjunct therapy for
respiratory infections. Chaparral contains over 600 medicinally
active ingredients; some of these are extremely antimicrobial
against both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria.
Chaste tree- Has a calming and soothing effect.
Relieves muscle cramps. Regulates and normalizes hormone levels
and menstrual cycles. Increases and improves breast milk. Good
for PMS symptoms and menopause.
Chickweed- ndicated for bronchitis,
circulatory problems, colds, coughs, skin diseases, and warts.
Reduces mucus in the lungs.
Chuchuhuasi- Fights inflammation
and stimulates the immune system. Supports the adrenal system
and balances and regulates menstrual cycles. Good for arthritis,
rheumatism, back pain, muscle spasms, fever, skin tumors, bronchitis
Cinnamon- Indicated for: diarrhea,
nausea, congestion, peripheral blood circulation, digestion, fat
metabolism, digestive problems, diabetes, weight loss, yeast infection,
uterine hemorrhaging, fungal infections. Use sparingly during
Clove- Antiseptic, antiparasitic,
digestive aid. Essential oil (diluted) is applied topically for
relief of toothaches.
Coltsfoot- Demulcent, expectorant and tonic.
One of the most popular of cough remedies. It's generally given
together with other herbs possessing pectoral qualities, such
as Horehound, Marshmallow, Ground Ivy, etc.
Comfrey- Helps the healing of wounds
and skin conditions. Helpful for: bedsores, bites and stings,
bruises, inflamed bunions, bums, dermatitis, dry skin, bleeding
hemorrhoids, leg ulcers, nosebleeds, psoriais, scabies, skin rashes,
sunburn. Not recommended during
Corn Silk- Diuretic. Helpful for
the bladder, kidneys, and small intestine. Can be used with other
kidney herbs to open the urinary tract and remove mucus from the
urine. Useful for bed-wetting, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema,
obesity, premenstrual syndrome, and prostate disorders.
Cramp bark- Relieves muscle spasms and pain.
Good for mentrual cramps and lower back and leg spasms.
Cranberry- Recommended in cases
of urinary tract infections as it acidifies the urine and prevents
bacteria from adhering to the bladder. Good for kidneys, bladder
and skin. Has anti-cancer properties.
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Damiana- Energy tonic and aphrodisiac. Stimulates
muscular contractions of the intestinal tract. Brings oxygen to
the genital area. Recommended for sexual and hormonal problems
and as a sexual tonic for women.
Dandelion- Diuretic. Bloodstream
and liver cleanser. Increases bile production. Reduces serum cholesterol
and uric acid. Tonic for kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach.
Recommended for abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, cirrhosis
of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism.
Has been said to help prevent age spots and breast cancer.
Devils claw- Relieves pain and reduces inflammation.
Acts as a diuretic, sedative and digestive stimulant. Good for
back pain, arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, allergies, liver,
gallbladder, kidney disorders, arteriosclerosis, lumbago, gout
and menopausal symptoms.
Dong Quai- Stimulates the effects
of ovarian and testicular hormones. Recommended for female problems:
premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms,
and vaginal dryness.
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Echinacea- Anti-inflammatory. Antiviral. Stimulates
certain white blood cells. Enhances immune and lymphatic system.
Useful for colic, colds, flu, and other infectious illnesses.
Helpful for snakebite.
Elder- Antioxidant. Cleanses the system. Recommended
for: constipation, inflammation, fevers, poor circulation, respiratory
problems. Helpful in building up blood, immune system, and perspiration.
Flowers are useful in soothing skin irritations.
Ephedra- Decongestant, appetite suppressant.
Assists in fluid elimination, relieving bronchial spasm, and central
nervous system stimulation. Recommended for: allergies, asthma,
colds, and other respiratory complaints, as well as for depression
and obesity. May decrease and elevate mood. Not
to be used in cases of panic attacks, glaucoma, heart disease,
high blood pressure, or in combination with MAO inhibitor drugs
prescribed for depression.
Eucalyptus- Antiseptic (mild). Good for colds,
coughs and other respiratory problems. Clears congestion. Reduces
swelling by increasing blood flow. Relaxes tired and sore muscles.
Recommended for external use
Eyebright- Used as eyewash. Eases
discomfort from eye strain or minor irritations. Recommended for:
allergies, itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose.
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False Unicorn- Balances sex hormones. Recommended
for: infertility, menstrual irregularities and pain, premenstrual
syndrome, prostate disorders. Helpful in preventing miscarriage.
Fennel- Appetite suppressant. Eyewash. Tonic
for kidneys, liver, spleen. Useful for acid stomach and clearing
the lungs. Reduces abdominal pain, colon disorders, gas, and gastrointestinal
tract spasms. Recommended after
chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Fenugreek- Laxative. Reduces fever and mucus.
Good for inflammation, lung disorders, eyes, asthma and sinus
Feverfew- Increases fluidity of lung and bronchial
tube mucus, promotes menses, stimulates the appetite, and stimulates
uterine contractions. Good for arthritis, colitis, fever, headaches,
menstrual problems, muscle tension, pain. Promotes strong bones,
nails, and teeth, as well as healthy skin. Useful for colon problems,
female disorders, and inflammation.
Flax- Recommended for: colon problems, female
disorders, and inflammation. Good for bones, nails, teeth, healthy
Garlic- Detoxification, infection protection, immune
enhancement. Lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, lowers
blood lipid levels. Recommended for: arteriosclerosis, arthritis,
asthma, cancer, circulatory problems, colds, flu, digestive problems,
heart disorders, insomnia, liver disease, sinusitis, ulcers, yeast
Gentian- Helpful for digestion,
circulation, gastric secretions, pancreatitis, and parasitic infection.
Kills plasmodia (malaria causing organisms) and worms, and stimulates
Germanium- Improves cellular oxygenation,
keep the immune system functioning properly, and rid the body
of toxins and poisons, improved many illnesses, including rheumatoid
arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol, candidiasis,
chronic viral infections, cancer, and AIDS.
Ginger- Antioxidant, antimicrobial effect on
sores and wounds. Colon cleanser, reduces spasms and cramps, stimulates
circulation. Recommended for: bowel disorders, circulatory problems,
fever, hot flashes, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness,
nausea, and vomiting.
Ginkgo- Recommended for: asthma,
eczema, heart and kidney disorders, depression, headaches, memory
loss, and tinnitis (ringing in the ears). Increases cerebral and
peripheral blood flow, circulation, and oxygenation thus improving
brain functioning and relieving leg cramps.
Ginseng- Recommended for: adrenal and reproductive
glands, immune function, lungs, appetite stimulation, bronchitis,
circulation, diabetes, infertility, lack of energy, stress, cocaine
withdrawal, protection against the effects of radiation exposure,
overall body strengthening. Not
suggested for people with hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or
Goldenrod- Anti-inflammatory and
antiseptic properties, and is an excellent diuretic. It can be
used in conjunction with echinacea for the treatment of nephritis
(inflammation of the kidney) and cystitis (inflammation of the
urinary bladder). Use for upper respiratory infections when there
is an overabundance of mucus and postnasal drip. Goldenrod contains
bioflavonoids, which strengthen the veins and is therefore indicated
for varicose veins and fragile capillaries. It is also a carminative
(antispasmodic against cramps of the digestive tract), and will
ease colic and flatulence. Antifungal properties, qualify it's
use as a douche.
Goldenseal- Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial. Tonic for: colon, liver, pancreas, spleen, lymphatic
and respiratory systems, digestion. Recommended for disorders
affecting the bladder, prostate, stomach, or vagina. Cleanses
mucous membranes, and regulates menses. Decreases infection, uterine
bleeding, inflammation, ulcers, and any infectious disease, lowers
blood pressure, stimulates central nervous system. Good
for colds, flu, or sore throat. Cleanses
the body, increases the effectiveness of insulin, strengthens
the immune system, stimulates the secretion and flow of bile,
and can also be used as an expectorant. It also has strong activity
against yeast, and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida. Goldenseal
should not be used during pregnancy or by people with high blood
pressure. Those with heart conditions should only use goldenseal
under the supervision of a health professional.
Gotu Kola- Suggested for: Cardiovascular and
circulatory disorders, heart and liver function, fatigue, connective
tissue disorders, kidney stones, poor appetite, sleep disorders.
Eliminates excess fluids, decreases fatigue and depression, increases
sex drive, shrinks tissues, stimulates the central nervous system.
May neutralize blood acids and lower body temperature.
Gravel Root- Diuretic. Helpful
for: urinary tract, prostate disorders and problems related to
Green Tea- Reduces risk of esophageal, stomach,
colon, and skin cancer, delays the onset of arteriosclerosis,
offsets mental fatigue. Use
sparingly during pregnancy or while nursing.
Guarana- Acts as a general tonic,
stimulant and intestinal cleanser. Increases mental alertness.
Improves stamina and endurance. Reduces fatigue. Useful for headaches,
urinary tract irritation and diarrhea.
Hawthorn- Recommended for: anemia, cardiovascular and
circulatory disorders, immune system, dilating coronary blood
vessels, cholesterol, and heart muscle.
Hops- Helpful for: anxiety, cardiovascular disorders,
hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness, pain, restlessness, sexually
transmitted diseases, shock, stress, toothaches, ulcers.
Horehound- Recommended for: hay
fever, sinusitis, respiratory disorders, bronchial tubes and lungs.
Boosts the immune system.
Horse chestnut- Protects against vascular damage,
makes capillary walls less porous, shields against UV radiation
damage. Good for varicose veins, reducing excess tissue fluids
and easing night time muscle spasms in the legs. Used topically,
reduces pain and swelling and prevents bruising.
Horsetail- Diuretic. Recommended
for: arthritis, bone diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets,
bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, edema, gallbladder disorders,
inflammation, muscle cramps, and prostate disorders. Increases
calcium absorption, promotes healthy skin, strengthens bone, hair,
nails, and teeth. Promotes healing of broken bones and connective
tissue. Used in poultice form to depress bleeding and accelerate
healing of burns and wounds. Strengthens the heart and lungs.
Hydrangea- Diuretic. Recommended
for bladder infection, kidney disease, obesity, and prostate disorders.
Combined with gravel root, good for kidney stones.
Hyssop- Recommended for: circulatory problems,
epilepsy, fever, gout, weight problems, congestion, blood pressure,
and dispelling gas. Used externally, helpful for wound healing.
Poultices made from fresh green hyssop help to heal cuts.
Irish Moss- Recommended for many intestinal disorders
(assists in the formation of stools). Used in skin lotions, and
hair rinses for dry hair.
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Jaborandi- Fights inflammation and acts as a
diuretic. Helps stimulate milk production and flow in nursing
mothers. Beneficial for fever, colds and flu, bronchitis, colon
disorders and edema. Topically , useful for baldness and for promoting
circulation in the capillaries.
Jatoba- Fights inflammation, free
radicals, bacterial and fungal infection. Increases energy. Beneficial
for asthma, bronchitis, bursitis, bladder infection, candida,
fungal infections, arthritis and prostatitis.
Juniper- Diuretic. Recommended
for: asthma, bladder infection, fluid retention, gout, kidney
problems, obesity, prostate disorders, inflammation, congestion,
regulation of blood sugar levels.
Kava kava- Diuretic. Genito-urinary antiseptic. Recommended
for: anxiety, depression, insomnia, ,stress-related disorders,
urinary tract infections, physical and mental relaxation.
Kudzu- Suppresses alcohol cravings. Lowers blood
pressure, relieves headache, stiff neck, vertigo and tinnitus.
Useful for treating alcoholism, colds, flu and gastrointestinal
Lady's mantle- Anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-viral
aid. Helps heal mucous membranes, improve blood clotting and increase
persperation. Helps regulate menstruation, reduce excessive bleeding
and ease cramps. Good as a douche for vaginal irritation.
Lavender- Recommended for: burns,
headaches, psoriasis, skin problems, stress, depression. Beneficial
for the skin.
Lemon Grass- Astringent. Tonic.
Good for skin and nails.
Licorice- Recommended for allergic disorders,
asthma, chronic fatigue, depression, emphysema, fever, herpes
virus infection, hypoglycemia, inflammatory bowel disorders, colon
cleansing, decreasing muscular spasms, increasing fluidity of
mucus in the lungs and bronchial tubes, promoting adrenal gland
function. Has estrogen- and progesterone-like effects; may change
the pitch of the voice. Stimulates the production of interferon.
Lobelia- Recommended for asthma,
bronchitis, colds and flu, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, pain,
and viral infection. Serves as a cough suppressant and relaxant
that aids in hormone production and reduces cold symptoms and
fever. Should be used with caution.
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Maca- Increases energy and supports the immune
system. Good for anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, impotence,
menopausal symptoms and menstrual problems.
Macela- Acts as an anti-inflammatory,
antiseptic, antiviral and antiparasitic. Stimulates and supports
the immune system. Good for gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders.
Useful in treating cancer, Chrohn's disease, colds and flu, diabetes,
menstrual problems and menopausal symptoms, muscle aches and spasms.
Marshmallow- Recommended for bladder
infection, digestive upsets, fluid retention, headache, intestinal
disorders, kidney problems, sinusitis. sore throat. Soothes and
heals skin, mucous membranes, and other tissues, externally and
Meadowsweet- Tightens tissue and
promotes elimination of excess fluid. Reduces inflammation and
strengthens and tones the system. Good for colds, flu, nausea,
digestive disorders, muscle cramps and aches and diarrhea.
Milk Thistle- Antioxidant (prevents
free radical damage, protects the liver). Recommended for: kidneys,
adrenal disorders, inflammatory bowel disorders, weakened immune
system, liver disorders (such as jaundice and hepatitis, psoriasis).
Contains potent liver protecting substances. Stimulates production
of new liver cells and prevents formation of damaging leukotrienes.
Mullein- Laxative, painkiller, and sleep aid.
Recommended for: asthma, bronchitis, difficulty in breathing,
earache, hay fever, swollen glands. Used in kidney formulas to
soothe inflammation. Gets rid of warts.
Mustard- Improves digestion and
fat metabolism. Recommended (externally) for: chest congestion,
inflammation, injuries, joint pain. Can
be irritating directly applied to skin.
Myrrh- Antiseptic. Disinfectant. Deodorizer.
Fights mouth bacteria. Recommended for: bad breath, periodontal
disease, skin disorders, and ulcers.
Nettle- Diuretic, expectorant, pain reliever, tonic.
Recommended for: anemia, arthritis, hay fever and other allergic
disorders, kidney problems, malabsorption syndrome, goiter, inflammatory
conditions, mucous conditions of the lungs.
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Oat Straw- Antidepressant, restorative nerve
tonic. Recommended for: bed-wetting, depression, skin disorders,
insomnia. Promotes sweating.
Olive leaf- Fights all types of
bacteria, virisus, fungi, and parasites. Helps stave off colds
and flu. Good for virtually any infectious disease, as well as
for chronic fatigue syndrome, diarrheal diseases, inflammatory
arthritis and psoriasis.
Oregano (Wild)- Fights free radicals,
inflammation, bacterial, viral and fungal infection. Boosts the
immune system. Useful for acne, allergies, anaimal bites, arthritis,
asthma, athlete's foot, bee stings, bronchitis, chronic infections,
cold, cough, diarrhea, digestive problems, earache, eczema, fatigue,
gum disease, headache, menstrual irregularities, muscle pain,
parasitic infections, psoriasis, sinusitis, skin infections, urinary
tract disorders and wounds.
Oregon Grape- Blood purifier, liver
cleanser. Recommended for: skin conditions from acne to psoriasis.
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Papaya- Indicated for: heartburn, indigestion,
inflammatory bowel disorders, appetite stimulation.
Parsley- Recommended for: bed-wetting,
fluid retention, gas, halitosis, high blood pressure, indigestion,
kidney disease, obesity, prostate disorders, expelling worms,
relieving gas, stimulating digestive system, freshening breath.
Tonic for bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach and thyroid. Prevents
the multiplication of tumor cells.
Passionflower- Sedative. Recommended for: anxiety,
hyperactivity, insomnia, neuritis, stress-related disorders. Use
sparingly during pregnancy.
Pau D'Arco- Antibacterial, blood
cleanser, healer. Indicated for: candidiasis, smoker’s cough,
warts, infection, AIDS, allergies, cancer, cardiovascular problems,
inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatism, tumors, ulcers.
Peppermint- Indicated for: chills, colic, diarrhea,
headache, heart trouble, indigestion, nausea, poor appetite, rheumatism,
Plantain- Indicated for: (internally)
lungs, urinary tract, bed-wetting; (poultice) bee stings, insect
bites; (topically) sores, wounds.
Primrose- Recommended for: alcoholism, arthritis,
hot flashes, menstrual problems (cramps, heavy bleeding), multiple
sclerosis, weight loss, skin disorders, high blood pressure. Promotes
Pumpkin Seeds- Indicated for: prostate.
Influence the colon and spleen-pancreas; diuretic; vermifuge (expels
worms-especially effective for
round worm and tapeworm). Used for motion
sickness, nausea, impotency, and swollen prostate with signs of
difficult or dribbling urination.
Pygeum- Reduces inflammation congestion. Lowers
levels of inflammatory compounds in the prostate. Effective in
reducing prostate enlargement.
Red Clover- Antibiotic. Indicated for: bacterial infections,
HIV and AIDS, inflamed lung and bowel disorders, kidney, liver,
skin disorders, immune system. Suppresses appetite, purifies blood,
Red Raspberry- Recommended for:
diarrhea, canker sores, intestinal spasms, female disorders (morning
sickness, hot flashes, menstrual and uterine cramps, heavy menstrual
bleeding, strengthening uterine walls), healthy nails, bones,
teeth, and skin.
Rhubarb- Antibiotic. Recommended for: gallbladder,
spleen, liver, constipation, malabsorption, parasites, worm elimination,
duodenal ulcers, colon disorders. Do
not use while pregnant.
Rose- Indicated for: infections,
diarrhea, bladder problems.
Rosemary- Astringent, decongestant, anticancer,
antitumor, stomach relaxer. Indicated for: headaches, high/low
blood pressure, circulation, digestion, menstrual pain, liver
toxicity. Fights bacteria.
Sage- Recommended for: central nervous system, digestion,
reducing sweating and salivation, hot flashes, estrogen deficiency,
mouth and throat problems (tonsillitis). Promotes hair growth.
Decreases milk production
in nursing mothers.
Sangre de grado- Fights free radicals, inflammation,
bacterial, viral and fungal infection. Helps heal wounds and stop
bleeding. Good for respiratory and skin disorders, mouth and skin
ulcers, sore throat, colds and flu, candida, psoriasis, herpes
Sarsaparilla- Diuretic. Hormone
regulator. Recommended for frigidity, hives, impotence, infertility,
nervous system disorders, premenstrual syndrome, blood impurities,
low energy. Protects against radiation.
Saw Palmetto- Diuretic. Urinary
antiseptic. Indicated for: poor appetite, prostate disorders,
sexual function and desire.
Skullcap- Recommended for barbiturate addiction,
drug withdrawal, stress, anxiety, fatigue, cardiovascular disease,
headache, hyperactivity, nervous disorders, rheumatism, circulation,
insomnia, muscle cramps, pain, spasms, strengthening of heart
Slippery Elm- Indicated for diarrhea,
ulcers, colds, flu, sore throat, stomach, urinary tract, inflamed
bowel mucous membranes.
Squawvine- Indicated for pelvic congestion, nervous
system, menstrual cramps, childbirth preparation.
St. John's Wort- Indicated for
depression, nerve pain, viral infections (including HIV and herpes).
Suma (Brazilian Ginseng)- Recommended for anemia,
fatigue, stress, immune system, AIDS, cancer, liver disease, high
Tea Tree- (also known as Melaleuca) Antibacterial, antifungal.
Recommended for: disinfecting wounds, skin conditions (acne, athlete’s
foot, cuts, scrapes, fungal infection, herpes outbreaks, insect
and spider bites, scabies, vaginitis, warts). Diluted: gargle
for colds and sore throats; douche for yeast infections. Commonly
used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands
of years. The scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree
Oil has tremendous medicinal benefits. It's a light yellow oil
that has a scent similar to nutmeg and it is produced by steaming
tea tree leaves and then squeezing the oil out.
Thyme- Antiseptic. Recommended for: croup and
other respiratory problems, fever, headache, liver problems, cholesterol,
scalp itching and flaking caused by candidiasis. Eliminates
gas and reduces mucus.
Turmeric- Antibiotic, anticancer,
anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. Indicated for: liver, cholesterol,
platelet aggregation inhibition.
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Valerian- Sedative. Indicated for: anxiety, fatigue,
high blood pressure, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual
cramps, muscle cramps, nervousness, pain, spasms, stress, ulcers,
circulation, mucus from colds.
White Oak- Antiseptic. Recommended for: bee stings, burns,
diarrhea, nosebleed, poison ivy, varicose veins, teeth, skin wounds.
Use in enemas and douches.
White willow- Pain reliever. Indicated for: headache,
backache, nerve pain, toothache, injuries.
Wild Yam- Anti-inflammatory. Indicated for: gallbladder,
hypoglycemia, kidney stones, female disorders (PMS, menopause),
muscle spasms, promoting perspiration. Is said to have effects
similar to progesterone hormone.
Wintergreen- Pain reliever, anti-inflammatory.
Recommended for: arthritis, headache, toothache, muscle pain,
Witch Hazel- Astringent. Indicated
for: itching, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, skin care.
Wood Betony- Recommended for: cardiovascular
disorders, hyperactivity, neuritis, heart stimulation, muscle
Wormwood- Sedative. (Caution:
can be addictive.) Indicated for: vascular
disorders, migraine, intestinal parasites, fever, expelling worms,
increasing stomach acidity. Do
not use while pregnant - can produce spontaneous abortion.
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Yarrow- Anti-inflammatory, diuretic. Indicated
for: fever, colitis, viral infections, mucous membranes, bleeding
problems (improves blood clotting), increases perspiration.
Yellow Dock- Blood purifier/cleanser,
tonic. Indicated for: anemia, liver, colon, skin disorders (eczema,
hives, psoriasis, rashes.
Yerba Mate- Blood cleanser. Indicated for: allergies,
constipation, inflammatory bowel disorders, nervous system, appetite
control, aging, cortisone production, mind stimulation.
Yucca- Blood purifier. Indicated
for: arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammation.
By combining specific herbs, based on the
reason for taking the herb, the full impact of healing can be
completed more effectively.
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