Asian Herbs

Asian herbs have been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine, particularly in China, Japan, India, and Korea. With a long history of herbalism, these cultures have developed a deep understanding of the healing properties of plants and have used herbs to treat a wide range of ailments. Asian herbs are known for their unique flavors and aromas and are often used in culinary dishes as well as for their medicinal properties. Some of the most popular Asian herbs include ginger, turmeric, ginseng, and garlic, which have gained popularity around the world due to their numerous health benefits. Today, many people turn to Asian herbs as a way to support their health and wellness, and research has shown that these natural remedies can be incredibly effective for a range of conditions.

HerbProperties
AshwagandhaHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, improves brain function, and aids in reducing inflammation.
AstragalusBoosts the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in digestion.
BasilHas antimicrobial properties, aids in digestion, and helps to reduce inflammation.
CardamomAids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to alleviate bad breath.
CinnamonHelps to regulate blood sugar levels, has antioxidant properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
ClovesHas antimicrobial properties, aids in digestion, and helps to alleviate toothaches.
CorianderHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
CuminAids in digestion, has antioxidant properties, and helps to reduce inflammation.
FenugreekHelps to regulate blood sugar levels, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
GarlicBoosts the immune system, has antimicrobial properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
GingerHelps to alleviate nausea, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
GinsengBoosts energy levels, aids in reducing stress and anxiety, and helps to improve cognitive function.
Gotu kolaAids in reducing anxiety and depression, has anti-inflammatory properties, and promotes wound healing.
Green teaHelps to boost metabolism, has antioxidant properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
Holy basilHelps to reduce stress and anxiety, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Licorice rootHelps to soothe sore throats, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
MoringaHelps to boost energy, has antioxidant properties, and aids in reducing inflammation.
NeemHas antimicrobial properties, aids in detoxification, and helps to reduce inflammation.
PeppermintHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Reishi mushroomBoosts the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in reducing stress and anxiety.
RosemaryHelps to improve cognitive function, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
SaffronHelps to improve mood, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
SageHas antimicrobial properties, helps to reduce inflammation, and aids in digestion.
Shiitake mushroomBoosts the immune system, aids in reducing inflammation, and has anti-cancer properties.
Star aniseAids in digestion, has antimicrobial properties, and helps to alleviate coughs and colds.
TarragonHelps to alleviate menstrual cramps, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
TurmericHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
Vietnamese corianderHelps to alleviate stomach pain, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
White mulberryHelps to regulate blood sugar levels, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
Yellow gingerHelps to alleviate nausea, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
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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