Anemia

Introduction

Anemia, characterized by a lack of red blood cells or a decrease in their oxygen-carrying capacity, can lead to fatigue, weakness, and other health issues. While medical treatment is essential for severe cases, natural remedies can complement your efforts in managing anemia. In this comprehensive guide, we explore herbal solutions to address anemia and its specific types, such as anemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding. Discover the potential of herbs like gentian, wormwood, and nettle in promoting healthier blood and greater vitality.

Recipes

Herbs: Gentian (Gentiana lutea), wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

Remedy: Take 2–5 drops of either tincture with water, half an hour before meals.
Caution Do not take wormwood during pregnancy.

Herb: Chiretta (Swertia chirata)

Remedy: Take 5–10 drops of tincture with water 3 times a day before meals.


Anemia due to Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Herb: Nettle (Urtica dioica, p. 146)

Remedy: Make an infusion using 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Sip the whole dose at intervals throughout the day.

Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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