HERB: HARMFUL EFFECTS AND THINGS TO AVOID | QUICK FACTS AND TIPS. Herbs are good medicine.  There is no doubt about that fact.  However, there are over 300,000 higher plant species.   A good herbalist may know of one or two thousand of them.  This means that even an experienced herbalist can make mistakes.  Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems.

What is the means of herbs?

Pregnant women should avoid barberry root bark, cascara sagrada, feverfew, juniper berries, mugwort, pennyroyal, pokeroot, rue, senna, southernwood, tansy, thuja, and wormwood.  All of those herbs can increase the risk of miscarriage.  Safe herbs during pregnancy would be Manna, Butternut Bark or Root, Flax Seed, Slippery Elm, and Lemon Verbena.

No matter what herb(s) you are taking, be mindful of anything unexpected.  Stop taking whatever it is and consult an expert you can trust.

Make certain you have the correct diagnosis.  Diagnosis is not easy and sometimes doctors make mistakes.  Generally, however, a doctor is much better equipped to diagnose.  Discuss any planned herbal discipline you plan to undertake with your physician.

Watch for any allergic reactions. 

Even though you may have never had any allergies in the past if you are embarking on an herbal journey, watch carefully for any adverse reactions.  If you experience difficulty in breathing within 30 minutes of trying a new herb, food, or drug, call 911 immediately!  You may be having an anaphylactic reaction which is the most severe form of allergic reaction.  This condition can quickly become fatal unless treated promptly.  This reaction is rare, but you need to be careful and aware.

Watch for any interactions.  

Medicines often interact negatively with one another.  So do herbs.  Always be careful when taking more than one drug or herb or a combination of both.  If you suspect an interaction consult your physician or pharmacist.

One interaction that you should be aware of is Antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors.  They interact badly with wine, cheese, and many other foods.  St. John’s Wort is also an MAO inhibitor so the same food restrictions apply.  If you plan on using St. John’s Wort, discuss it with your physician or pharmacist.

Lastly, make certain that both your physician AND your herbalist are fully aware of all medications and/or herbal treatments you are using.

What are 5 types of herbs?

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Uses of herbs:



Cayenne will stimulate circulation.  Nettles and Irish Moss increase blood circulation.  A potato suppository (raw potato) inserted overnight brings healing to hemorrhoids.  Slippery Elm or Flax Seed will do the same.


Barley or rice water stops diarrhea.  Boil one cup of rice or barley in 8 cups of water for an hour.  Celery juice, coconut milk, or lime juice can be added to the cool colon.  Blackberry root, Bush Monkey Flower, and White Oak are antiseptic herbs.


3 parts Confrey, 1 part Lobelia and 1 part Cayenne.


Externally for skin disorders such as ringworm, scabies, and lice.  Make a strong tea 3 times a day for 2 weeks to ingest.

Syrup of Garlic for catarrh, asthma, tuberculosis, regulating blood pressure, heart weakness, and internal ulceration.

To cover the odor or taste of Garlic, use Oil of Anise, Caraway, Fennel Cinnamon, or Peppermint.

Golden Seal:

Removes B Vitamins from the body.


1 ounce Bayberry Bark, 2 ounces Ginger, 1 ounce White Pine, 1 dram Clover, 1 dram of Cayenne.  Mix all together under stress.  Put one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.

Antispasmodic Tincture:

1-ounce Lobelia Seed, 1-ounce Skullcap, 1-ounce Skunk Cabbage Root, 1-ounce Black Cohosh, ½ ounce Cayenne.

The ad above to one pint of boiling water for ½ hour.  Add 1 pint of Apple Cider Vinegar and bottle for use.   Dose:  8 to 15 drops in a cup of hot water every hour.  For shock, cramps, epilepsy, hysteria, locked jaw, poisonous bites, and stings.

Homemade Toothpaste:

1 pinch powdered Sage

1 ounce powdered Myrrh

1 pound powdered Arrow Root

20 drops of Oil of Clover

12 drops of Oil of Bergamot

½ ounce powdered chalk

3 ounces powdered Oris Root

4 teaspoons tincture of Vanilla

15 drops of Oil of Rose Geranium

Add honey to get the desired consistency

Nerve Tonic:

1 part Black Cohos Root

1 part Cayenne

1 part Hops

1 part Ladys Slipper Root

Powder and mix. Place in gelatin capsules.  Take two capsules three times a day.

First Aid Kit:

Charcoal for the external drawing of poisons

Oil of Garlic

Antispasmodic tincture

Peppermint Oil for nausea

Sweating Herbs – ½ Elder Flower and ½ Peppermint


2 ounces powdered Myrrh

1 ounce powdered Golden Seal

½ ounce Cayenne

1 quart Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix, shake each day for seven days then strain and bottle.


Eat a minimum of four ounces of fresh Bing Cherries each day.  If fresh cherries are not in season drink bottled or buy the concentrate and have one tablespoon three times a day.


Rub a wedge of lemon in each armpit.

Migraine Headache:

At the first sign, dip a toothpick in Cayenne Pepper and sniff in each nostril. 

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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