47 Simple Herbal Remedies: Part 1
47 HERBAL REMEDIES: Part 1. INTRODUCTION: In recent years the issue of Alternative Healing has skyrocketed to the forefront of the medical field. A 2004 government survey concluded that more than one-third of adults use alternative medicine and healing.
In recent years the issue of Alternative Healing has skyrocketed to the forefront of the medical field. A 2004 government survey concluded that more than one-third of adults use alternative medicine and healing.
One facet of this burgeoning interest in Herbal Medicine.
While it may seem “trendy” to some, Herbal Medicine has been around for thousands of years. Many of the familiar pharmaceutical medications we use today were created from “natural” ingredients. Drugs like opium (from poppies), aspirin (from willow bark), digitalis (from foxglove), and quinine (from the cinchona tree.)
Interestingly, the synthetic version of “aspirin” is credited with the beginning of the pharmaceutical industry.
A chemist working for the Friedrich Bayer Company in Germany created the synthetic. The company registered the term “aspirin” as a trademark but Bayer lost the patent rights when the Allies seized and resold its foreign assets after World War I.
The right to use the term “aspirin” in the United States was purchased by Sterling Drug in 1918. But even before the patent expired in 1917, Bayer had been unable to prevent its formula from being copied. Hence, the term “aspirin” has been a generic term in the U.S. ever since.
It would be impossible to cover this topic adequately in one volume. What we will endeavor to do with this ebook is provide you with an overview of herbal remedies and subsequently give you an in-depth look at 47 simple herbal remedies to common, everyday ailments.
Please remember that there is no substitute for advice from a medical practitioner. The contents provided here should not replace a health and fitness program and are provided for educational purposes only. You should consult your medical practitioner before embarking on any program that affects your health and well-being.
HISTORY OF HERBAL MEDICINE
Herbal Medicine is the use of botanicals (plants) either singularly or in combination to prevent and treat certain ailments and illnesses.
People native to different geographical locations have long used plants and plant extracts to cure specific maladies. Sometimes referred to as “folk” medicine, it is generally recognized that there are three schools of research one can follow about the history of these treatments.
There is the study of medicines based on Greek, Roman, and medieval sources which is largely used by Western schools of thought, Ayurvedic which comes from India, and the Eastern tradition of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Rather than separation, these different schools of thought provide more commonality than division.
It stands to reason that most ancient peoples used plants that were native to their geographical location which provides sound reasoning as to why different schools of thought exist.
All three of these modalities at one time included both philosophical and spiritual aspects along with the scientific knowledge that existed within a specific time frame. While we are not here to render an opinion, one fact does remain. In the same study that determined one-third of Americans used alternative therapies, the same number surveyed showed a dramatic increase in positive results to more than 60% when “prayer” was included in the mix.
Ayurvedic loosely translates to “knowledge of life.”
Dating back to more than 6,000 years ago, Ayurvedic Medicine practiced not just Herbal Medicine, but some of the earliest surgical procedures as well as inoculation. Over the years Ayurvedic Medicine became increasingly more symptomatic as opposed to treating the root cause of disease which originally was steeped in strengthening the immune system.
With all our so-called advancements in the medical field, it’s interesting that physicians are still treating “effect” rather than “cause.” The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more true. This is especially true when it comes to natural remedies.
Most natural remedies are botanical.
Singularly or in combination, the number of herbs available is astounding. We will barely scratch the surface in this guide and we encourage further research and study.
While this is a presentation on “herbs,” we have included other natural, organic contents. Many of the combinations include both herbs and other sources such as tree bark, alfalfa, and rhubarb.
Because there are so many botanicals and combinations, we are using the most common and should not be construed as the ONLY use for a specific herb.
Additionally, please note that we use the “common names” throughout, as opposed to the more confusing, Latin words.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC HERBS AND THEIR USES
Algae from seaweed is a gelatinous natural thickener and is a natural laxative.
A valuable remedy for the digestive system it stimulates the digestive and liver secretions. It is also the herb of choice for appendicitis. Also treats incontinence, sore throats, and laryngitis. Like a salve, it will aid in healing wounds and bruises.
Use leaves for swelling. Especially helpful in easing the pain of swollen breasts or burning and aching feet. Should be avoided if pregnant.
A highly nutritive herb, good for the pituitary gland, it alkalizes the body rapidly and detoxifies the liver. Essential in rebuilding decayed teeth and helps with arthritic and rheumatic pain.
Such as Aloe Vera, are good for burns. While this is a well-known treatment, what you may not know is that aloes are also helpful in treating cancer and stomach ailments.
Use both the root and seed. Roots and leaves are used medicinally, and the stems and seeds are used in confectionery. This herb is a useful expectorant for coughs, bronchitis, and pleurisy, especially when they are accompanied by fever, colds, or influenza.
Use the dried fruit. The strong oil in Aniseed provides the basis for its internal use to ease griping, intestinal colic, and flatulence. It also has an expectorant and anti-spasmodic action and may be used in bronchitis, tracheitis where there is persistent irritable coughing, and in whooping cough. The oil itself can be the base for an ointment to help control lice and the oil can be used directly in the control of lice.
Use the bark to create a tonic that will treat gravel in the bladder and also aid in reducing fever.
Not to be taken internally, this is an excellent treatment for bruises and sprains. Will also help relieve rheumatic pain as well as pain and inflammation of phlebitis.
Use as a demulcent and nutritive food for urinary and bowel affections in infants and invalids in convalescence.
Widely used in Chinese Medicine, it boosts the immune system. Use for anything from the common cold to cancer.
Also known as Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm, or Melissa. Using the green leaves and flowers, the balm is a natural deterrent to perspiration, will also bring boils to a head, and is useful for stings and toothache as well as flatulence and digestion.
Balm of Gilead
Also known as Poplar buds and Balsam Poplar. Bark and leaves are used to alleviate the discomfort of cough colds, lung trouble, and kidneys. Secondary, the buds can be used as a tea for gargling making it an excellent remedy for sore throats, coughs, and laryngitis.
Also known as Bitter Herb, Snake Head, Turtle Head, or Turtle Broom. Good for the liver, and stomach and used in the treatment of eczema. Also used in the treatment of gall stones, inflammation of the gall bladder, and jaundice. It stimulates the appetite, eases colic, dyspepsia, and biliousness, and is helpful in debility.
Use to correct liver function and promote the flow of bile. Also effective for the inflammation of the gall bladder due to gall stones.
Yes, this is the same basil that you use in cooking. Create a tea from the dried herb to treat nausea.
Create a tonic from the leaves for strength. Also aids in digestion and cramps.
Also known as Candleberry, Waxberry, and Wax Myrtle. Use bark, leaves, and flowers. For treatment of sore throat, piles, and bleeding of the stomach, lungs, bowels and very effective as a douche.
Good for allergies. Excellent as an energy food. Aids in radiation sickness, the kind people get when they undergo radiation therapy for cancer.
Beet Root (Red)
A liver and spleen cleanser. It reactivates a sluggish liver. Should be taken in small amounts.
Useful for soothing the stomach and flatulence.
Useful as a blood purifier, also effective for epilepsy, jaundice, and colic.
Leaves are an effective treatment for cystitis and other urinary infections. Also good for gout, arthritic pain, and rheumatism.
Use the root for fever, liver problems, bowels, gallstones diabetes, and ailments involving mucous membranes.
Use root and twig for purifying blood, and treating ailments of the liver, pancreas, spleen, glandular organs, piles, jaundice, burns skin, and fever.
Use the bark of the root and rhizome. A safe, gentle remedy that can be used for diarrhea, dysentery, and externally for skin eruptions and burns.
Effective treatment for diarrhea, dysentery, and as a local application for sore mouths and gums.
Also known as Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Squawroot. The dried root is the part used. This is a powerful relaxant as well as being extremely effective in easing painful menstrual cramps. Ovarian cramps will be relieved as well as bringing on a delayed menstrual cycle. It is also effective in the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain, and neurological pain. In small doses, appetite and digestion are greatly improved and are very beneficial for the nervous system in general.
Used the dried root. A powerful relaxant for the uterus is used to assist in threatened miscarriage as well as false labor pains. Also good for reducing blood pressure
Relieves liver congestion, jaundice, and an inflamed gallbladder.
Black Walnut Hulls
Expels parasites and tapeworms. Rich in manganese which is important for nerves, brain, and cartilage. Also used for many kinds so skin diseases.
Excellent for hormone balance. Helps in all types of female disorders. Good for migraine headaches by improving on taking oxygen to the brain.
Also known as Red Root, Red Indian Paint, and Tetterwort. The part of the plant that is used is the dried rhizome (root). It is effective for the treatment of bronchitis easing the bronchial muscles. Also proven effective in the treatment of asthma, croup, and laryngitis.
Also known as Papoose Root or Squawroot. Use the root and rhizome. Interesting that the secondary names pertain to women and children. This is an excellent tonic for the uterus and may be used wherever there may be a weakness. Because it has an anti-spasmodic action, it will ease false labor pains. When labor does ensue, using Blue Cohosh shortly before birth will help in easy delivery.
The part of this plant to use is the root. It is active for cancer, rheumatism, blood impurities, skin, land, and ever, and is a good laxative.
Useful for treatment of rheumatism, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Also has a stimulating effect on the walls of the colon and digestive juices.
Boneset is one of the best remedies for the relief of symptoms that come with the flu. It will quickly relieve the aches and pains as well as help to reduce fever.
Effective treatment for kidneys, ringworm, mouth sores, and the blood. It is highly recommended after any treatment with cortisone or steroids as it will revive and renew the adrenal glands over time.
Use the leaves to treat urinary ailments as well as kidney, bladder, perspiration, and prostate illness.
Bugleweed is specific for over-active thyroid glands where there is tightness of breath, palpitations, and shaking. Good for the central nervous system.
Acts as a mild, yet reliable and effective laxative. It also works again gout and dropsy.
Also known as Lappa and Beggars Buttons. The part of the plant that is used is the rhizome. This is a bitter herb, but very effective for the treatment of skin diseases such as dry and scaly skin and when used over a long period can be helpful in the treatment of psoriasis.
Also known as Butternut, White Walnut, Lemon Walnut, and Oilnut. It influences, with great energy, the liver, small intestines, colon, and rectum, causing increased manufacture and elimination of bile, as well as increased activity of the glands of the intestinal tract.
Use the root to treat fever, stomach ailments, sores, burns, and ulcers. Also known to destroy a taste for tobacco!
You probably know this as Marigold. Use the whole flower tops or just the petals. One of the best herbs for treating local skin problems and may be used wherever there is an inflammation on the skin.
Use dried aerial parts. A non-addictive alternative to the Opium Poppy. Used as a sedative for children where there is over-excitability and sleeplessness.
The part of this to use is the seeds. A calming herb that will help to ease flatulence. This use is particularly helpful in children. It also stimulates the appetite and because it is also an astringent it will help laryngitis, bronchitis, and bronchial asthma.
Also known as Sacred Bark, Chittem Bark, and Cascara. The part to use is the bark after aging. The best use is for chronic constipation.
Also known as Catmint and Catnip. This is a traditional cold and flu treatment. Can also use it to drive your cat crazy!
Also known as Capsicum, Chili or Chili Pepper, Hot Pepper, and Tabasco Pepper. This is an effective treatment for pleurisy, kidney problems, skin, and colds.
Use dried ripe fruits to use as an anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, diuretic, or anti-spasmodic. Great for treating rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.
The total list of benefits and treatments for Chamomile is huge. Just a few come to mind, insomnia, anxiety, menopausal depression, loss of appetite, dyspepsia, diarrhea, colic, aches, pains of ‘flu, migraine, neuralgia, teething, vertigo, motion sickness, conjunctivitis, and inflamed skin. This may seem too good to be true, but it reflects the wide range of actions in the body.
Very useful in cases of acne, arthritis, chronic backache, and skin conditions of warts, and blotches. Also one of the best cancer herbs.
Use the bark to treat phlegm in the throat, tuberculosis, coughs, bronchitis, heart, and blood pressure.
Use inner bark and leaves to treat colds and liver ailments.
Makes a great antiseptic and use to treat colds.
Also known as Coughwort, Horsehoof, and Foals Foot. Use the dried flowers and leaves. There are useful levels of zinc in the leaves of this herb, which has been known to have anti-inflammatory results. Use for coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma.
Also known as Knitbone. Comfrey has high levels of allantoin which is a healing chemical that stimulates cell growth. This makes it wonderful for internal and external use. Works well for gastric ailments including duodenal ulcers and colitis. Is also beneficial for bronchitis.
Excellent for stomach trouble, prostrate, and any urinary ailments.
Use the stigmas from the female flowers to use as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, or tonic. Corn Silk will help in any irritation of the urinary system.
Excellent strengthening energy to nerves and limbs, Damiana has a reputation as a great sexual rejuvenator, particularly in the lethargy of the sexual organs. Whether that old wives tale is true or not, it does have a definite positive effect on the central nervous system and the hormonal system as well as being useful as an anti-depressant.
The user is either the root or leaf. Useful as a powerful diuretic, it is a good source of potassium. Help in fighting anemia, also used for fever, liver, skin, and urinary ailments.
Very effective in arthritis as well as liver and kidney problems.
It is the seeds that are used for treatments. An excellent remedy for flatulence and colic, it also helps to soothe the nerves.
Also known as Purple Coneflower, this is probably one of the most widely recognized herbal treatments available today. While most people know its usefulness for fighting colds flu and infections, it is an excellent blood cleanser. It also clears up carbuncles, boils, and blood poisoning.
Treatment for coughs, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, mucous, kidney, and bladder stones.
Also known as Blue Gum. The leaves and bark are used. Excellent treatment for fever, bronchitis, and asthma.
This is the main herb for protecting and maintaining the health of the eye. Acts as internal medicine for the constitutional tendency to eye weakness. Will also remove cysts that have been caused by chronic conjunctivitis.
Use the seeds. Excellent for obesity because it helps take away the appetite. Aids indigestion when uric acid is the problem. Is also good for gas acid stomach, gout and colic in infants.
Use the seed. Excellent treatment for swellings, fever, blood poison prevention, and as a tea for sore throat.
Use the leaves to treat migraine headaches, arthritis, dizziness, and tinnitus.
For treatment of sore throat and mucous membranes.
Excellent for mental depression. Has been used to help memory.
Garlic is one of the few herbs that have universal recognition and uses. It stimulates the activity of the digestive organs. It is used to emulsify the cholesterol and loosen it from the arterial walls. Proven useful in asthma and whooping cough, it is also valuable in intestinal infections and effective in reducing high blood pressure.
An excellent tonic and blood purifier. Treats the liver, worms, fever, and colds. It is also very effective for snake bites due to its equality with quinine.
Useful in all painful spasms of the bowels and stomach. Taken hot, it is excellent for suppressing menstruation. A catalyst from the pelvic area down.
The root is used. Excellent for low blood pressure. Increases the capillary circulation of the brain and also helps with nervous exhaustion. Useful for chest troubles, cold stomachs, and lungs.
Use the root. A powerful agent used in treating ulcers, diphtheria, tonsillitis, and spinal meningitis. It is one of the best substitutes for quinine. It acts like insulin.
Contains remarkable rejuvenating properties. Is known as “The Secret of Perpetual Youth.” It strengthens the heart, memory, and brain.
Known as the heart herb. It is used to dilate the coronary blood vessels mildly and restore the heart muscle wall.
Use the leaves and roots. Effective treatment for liver and skin infections.
Has a remarkable relaxing effect on the central nervous system. It is also effective for anemia and restoring the appetite.
A stimulant used to treat colds coughs, and sore throat.
Contains a great deal of silica, which helps keep the elasticity in the skin. Also an effective diuretic and helps with kidney stones.
Use dried roots, and rhizomes. The greatest use for Hydrangea is for treating enlarged prostate glands. It is also effective for urinary infections like cystitis, including stones.
A body cleanser is also effective for nervousness and recovering from colds.
Excellent for kidney and bladder problems relating to the pancreas and adrenal glands. Works well for dropsy and leucorrhea.
As we mentioned earlier, we will include descriptions that are not necessarily herbs. This is one of them. Kelp is excellent for the thyroid gland and goiters. Has a remedial and normalizing action on the sensory nerves. Good for nails and hair and cleanses radiation from the body.
Effective treatment for internal bleeding and swollen glands.
Use the flowers. This is a beautiful herb and is widely used. Many do not realize that it is an effective treatment for headaches related to stress. Also good for depression.
Natural cortisone. Used for hypoglycemia, adrenal glands, and stress. Also for coughs and chest complaints, gastric ulcers, and throat conditions.
The most powerful relaxant. Reduces palpitations of the heart. Strengthens muscle action. Fine treatment for fevers, pneumonia, meningitis, pleurisy, hepatitis, and peritonitis.
Excellent to bathe sore and inflamed eyes. Also good for lung trouble, hoarseness, catarrh, diarrhea and dysentery, and all kidney diseases. Also good for a vaginal douche.
Can be used to increase the secretion of bile from the liver and gallbladder. Use as a liver tonic and is useful for gallstones, stomach, and urine.
Use the flowers. Good for the skin, and the heart.
Effective for the treatment of nervous disorders. Also good for digestion.
Effective treatment for the stomach and gout.
Very effective use for respiratory conditions like hard coughing, bronchitis, and hay fever.
Valuable for bronchial and lung diseases. Excellent for pyorrhea. Removes halitosis or bad breath when taken internally. Excellent remedy for ulcers, piles, and hemorrhoids.
The Nettle is another one of those “universal” plants. They are found all over the world and they strengthen the entire body. Rheumatism, arthritis, eczema, nosebleeds, arteries, and lessened blood pressure are just a few applications. Nettles contain calcium, chlorine, iron, potassium, silicon, sodium, and sulfur.
Use the root and rhizome. Similar to both Golden Seal and Barberry. The main use is in the treatment of chronic, scaly skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Also effective for the liver, and gall bladder and as a laxative for chronic constipation.
Pansies contain Vitamins A, B, and C, niacin, chlorine, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon, and trace minerals. Effective for treatment of the bladder and kidneys.
Aids digestion. Effective in relieving allergies by its ability to denaturize proteins.
Known to be rich in Vitamin B and potassium, numerous cells cannot multiply in potassium. An excellent diuretic and one of the most excellent herbs for the gallbladder as it expels gallstones.
Used as a sedative. Gives a calming effect helping headaches, neuralgia, hysteria, and high blood pressure caused by mental attitude.
This is a valuable remedy for women during menopause. It should not be used by pregnant women because it will bring on suppressed menstruation. Also good for fevers, colds, and phlegm in the chest and lungs.
Combats flatulence, it is used to relieve colic, nausea, and the desire to vomit. Also good for travel sickness.
Will stop bleeding from wounds, and treats eczema and burns. Also good for coughs and mild bronchitis.
Effective against respiratory infections where it assists expectoration. Use to treat pleurisy, pneumonia, and influenza (flu).
Excellent colon cleanser cleans out compacted pockets on the colon. Creates bulk and relieves auto-intoxication.
As a tea, it is excellent for morning sickness in pregnancy. Aid in preventing miscarriage, it strengthens the uterine walls before giving birth.
A good blood purifier. It is an antidote to cancer, containing lime, silica, and other earthy salts. Relaxing to nerves and the entire system.
Very good to increase the muscular action of the bowels. Also will relieve headaches.
Contains a great deal of vitamin C, ranging from 10 to 100 times greater than any other known food. Therefore, it is used as an infection fighter. Also helps with physical stresses and pollution. Also contains Vitamins, A, B1, B2, E, K, P, niacin, calcium, iron, and phosphorous.
Rosemary is a circulatory and nerve stimulant. Has a calming effect on digestion as well as headache or depression.
Effective treatment for nervousness, hysteria, worms, convulsions, joints, and gout.
St. Johns Wort
Taken internally, has a sedative and pain-reducing effect. Use in treatment of neuralgia, anxiety, tension, and similar problems. Good for menopausal irritations.
A natural hydrochloric acid (utilizes sugar of fruits and oils), thus helping arthritics get rid of the uric acid which holds the calcium deposited in the joints. Also reduces lactic acid build-up. Good for measles, skin, scarlet fever, and perspiration.
Sage tea makes an excellent gargle for ulcerated throat or mouth. Stops bleeding of wounds and cleans old ulcers and sores. Will expel worms. Good for spermatorrhea (involuntary sexual emissions.) Also for liver and kidney troubles.
Eliminates poisons from the blood and purifies the system from infections. Is dependably useful in rheumatism, gout, skin eruptions, ringworm, scrofula, internal inflammation, colds, and catarrh.
Often called a spring medicine to purify the blood and cleanse the entire system. Valuable in colic and all skin diseases and eruptions.
Useful for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, and colds and is also a sedative. Also great for reproductive organs.
Most effective as a strong laxative.
Is more effective than quinine and is not as harmful as quinine is. Good in neuralgia, aches, and pains. It is also one of the best nerve tonics. Reduces high blood pressure, heart conditions, and disorders of the central nervous systems such as St. Vitus dance, shaking palsy, hydrophobic, and epilepsy.
Slippery Elm Bark
Use the inner portion of the bark. Very valuable for mucus inflammation of the lungs, bowels, stomach, kidneys, and bladder. Will sustain ulcerated and cancerous stomach when nothing else will.
Excellent to take during pregnancy. Used for uterine problems, urinary troubles, and other female complaints.
Can be useful for the treatment of nervous disorders, worms, and jaundice. MUST BE AVOIDED DURING PREGNANCY.
Has a high content of oil. Good for internal use for coughs, throat, and asthma as well as external use for infected wounds.
Very useful for diabetes and all kinds of kidney troubles. Excellent remedy for piles, hemorrhoids, spleen, liver, pancreas, and gonorrhea. Also good where there are mucus discharges from the bladder with pus and blood.
A nerve tonic. Used for epileptic fits and St. Vitus dance, nervous derangement, or irritations. Excellent for children with measles and scarlet fever. Promotes sleep.
Also known as Wild Hyssop. Will strengthen the nervous system while easing depression and melancholia. Good for fever and best for colds.
A primary liver herb, it acts to remove congestion from the liver allowing free flow of bile thereby helping the digestive process. Also used in the treatment of jaundice and bladder problems. Will also relieve constipation.
White Oak Bark
Good for varicose veins. Used in douches and enemas for internal tumors and swellings. One of the best remedies for piles and hemorrhoids, hemorrhages, or any trouble with the rectum. It normalized the liver, kidneys, and spleen.
Also known as Queen Annes Lace, Wild Carrot is a diuretic, that acts as a urinary antiseptic which is why it is a treatment for cystitis, kidney stones, and prostatitis. Also effective for gout and rheumatism.
Use bark and leaves. A good tonic, it aids in treating menstruation, lungs, uterus, piles, circulation, tumors eyes, and is effective as a douche.
Excellent healing herb for bronchitis, coughs, and colds. Also good for kidney and bladder. This herb helps to correct a bed-wetting problem.
A good tonic for treating liver, fever, and digestion.
A tonic for run-down conditions and indigestion. If taken freely at the beginning of a cold, it will break it up in 24 hours. Has soothing and healing action on mucus membranes.
Mineral-rich plant, especially rich in iron. Excellent as a blood purifier and tones up the entire system.
Hope for arthritics. The extract from the plant has been used with surprising success on arthritis and rheumatism sufferers.
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