CHOOSING THE RIGHT HERB
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HERB. What are herbs? Nothing in the makeup of a plant tells us in what way it would be used the best. There are over half-million known herbs that could be used as possible remedies. In China, The Chinese Herbalist practitioners have over 2,000 that are readily available in their pharmacies.
Herbal remedies around the globe vary in strength from very mild, gentle remedies that we even use as food to potential poisons if taken at the wrong dose.
Folk use of herbal remedies is familiar to all of us in some form or another.
Rightly so, because this is how these remedies are learned. They are passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, that is what fuels the fire of the scientific community and their disdain. It is their loss because generations of experience and knowledge should not be so readily dismissed. Many of our current pharmacological concoctions have their roots in herbal medicine.
Remedies and recipes for herbal teas are handed down from generation to generation and are still remembered and used to this day. Thankfully, the current changes in the world toward the traditional remedies are changing and changing for the better.
As we stated earlier there are countless numbers of herbal combinations that are useful for specific ailments.
What are the 20 commonly used herbs in the kitchen?
Uses of herbs
Additionally, certain herbs are recommended to target individual body parts and we will list them here:
How do I know which herbs to use? green herbs list-
Kelp, Hawthorne Berries, Wheat Germ Oil, Garlic. Bioflavonoid herbs such as Ginkgo, Buckwheat, and Lime Blossom are especially useful in strengthening blood vessels.
Juniper Berries, Bochum, Wild Carrot Seed, Gravel Root
Blood Pressure –
European Mistletoe, Apple Bark
Comfrey, Horsetail Grass
Lily of the Valley, Ginseng, Gotu Kola
Circulation System –
Cayenne (most powerful), Ginger, Bayberry Bark, Prickly Ash
Digestive System –
Hops, Papaya, Mustard Seed, Centaury, Gentian, Agrimony, Oregon Grape Root, Wormwood
Eyebright, Golden Seal
Endocrine Glands –
Ginseng, Sarsparilla, Yarrow, Licorice, False Unicorn Root, True Unicorn Root, Pumpkin Seeds, Kelp
Sarsparilla, False Unicorn Root, Damiana, Licorice
Gall Bladder –
Olive Oil, Bayberry Bark, Comfrey
Rosemary, Sage, Henna
Wheat Germ, Hawthorne Berry, Tansy
Dandelion Root, Uva Ursi, White Poplar Bark, Sandalwood, Parsley
Large Intestine –
Cascara Sagrada Bar, Squaw Vine for transverse colon
Oregon Grape Root, Dandelion, Mandrake, Maple Bark
Comfrey, Mullein, Lobelia, Oat Straw, Pleurisy Root, Lungwort, Garlic
Tincture of Cayenne, Bayberry Bark, Oak Bark
Nervous System –
Skullcap, Valerian, Hops, Lobelia, Ladies Slipper Root, Passion Flowers, Linden Flowers
Bayberry Bark, Golden Seal (Snuff: 1 part Bayberry Bark 2 parts Golden Seal)
Cedar Berries, Yarrow, Periwinkle, Dandelion
Pumpkin Seeds, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto Berries, Uva Ursi, Gravel Root
Cayenne, Lobelia, Hyssop, Oat Straw, Garlic, Mullein, Elecampane, and Coltsfoot.
Chickweed, Walnut Shell tincture
Small Intestine –
Rhubarb Root, Slippery Elm
Maple Leaves and Bark, Hyssop Tea with Steamed Figs, Bayberry Bark, Angelica
Raspberry Leaf, Dandelion Root, Angelica, Centaury, Agrimony, Calamus, Wormwood, Oregon Grape Root
Mullein, Sage, Golden Seal, Slippery Elm, Eucalyptus, Bay, Poppy Seeds, Yerba Santa, Blood Root, Hyssop, Elecampane
Dandelion root, Parsley Root, Wild Carrot Seed, Juniper Berries, Uva Ursi, and Corn Silk is useful.
Uterus and Vagina –
Squaw Vine, Dong Kwai, Golden Seal Root, Oak Bark, White Pond Lily, Trillium, Beth Root, Uva Ursi, Angelica, Myrrh, Yarrow, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Saw Palmetto Berries.
- HerbMed® – an interactive, electronic herbal database – provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource provided by the nonprofit Alternative Medicine Foundation, Inc. http://www.herbmed.org/
- MedlinePlus – A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
- American Botanical Council – Online resource for herbal news and information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html