Graves’ Disease Herbal Treatment

Here are the infusion and decoction recipes using all the herbs provided for Graves disease:

Herbal Infusion Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of dried bugleweed
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lemon balm
  • 1 tablespoon of dried ashwagandha root
  • 1 tablespoon of dried licorice root
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Directions:

  1. Add the dried herbs to a teapot or other heat-resistant container.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the herbs.
  3. Cover the container and let the mixture steep for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Strain the liquid into a mug and enjoy, 2 – 3 times daily.

Herbal Decoction Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of dried ashwagandha root
  • 1 tablespoon of dried astragalus root
  • 1 tablespoon of dried reishi mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon of dried motherwort
  • 4 cups of water

Directions:

  1. Add the dried herbs to a saucepan.
  2. Pour the water over the herbs.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  4. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Strain the liquid into a mug and enjoy, 2 – 3 times daily.
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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