Herbs

herbs

Herbs have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties and have become increasingly popular in modern times. With a wide range of health benefits, herbs can be a natural and effective way to support the body’s overall health and well-being. From reducing inflammation to aiding digestion and promoting relaxation, herbs can help address a variety of health concerns. This list of popular herbs includes information on their properties and benefits, making it a useful resource for those interested in incorporating herbs into their daily routines.

HerbProperties
Aloe veraAids in digestion, relieves constipation, and helps with skin issues.
BasilAnti-inflammatory, antiviral, and aids in digestion.
Bay leavesAnti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and helps to regulate blood sugar.
CalendulaAnti-inflammatory, antifungal, and helps to heal wounds.
CamomilePromotes relaxation, aids in digestion, and helps to relieve anxiety.
CarawayHelps to alleviate bloating and gas.
CardamomAids in digestion and helps to reduce inflammation.
CatnipHelps to reduce anxiety, promotes relaxation, and aids in digestion.
Cayenne pepperHelps to reduce pain, promotes weight loss, and improves circulation.
ChamomilePromotes relaxation, aids in digestion, and helps to relieve anxiety.
ChervilHelps to relieve bloating, gas, and aids in digestion.
ChivesHelps to lower blood pressure, and aids in digestion.
CilantroHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has anti-microbial properties.
CinnamonHelps to regulate blood sugar, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
ClovesHelps to relieve pain, has antiseptic properties, and aids in digestion.
ComfreyHelps to soothe sore muscles and joints, and promotes wound healing.
CorianderAids in digestion and helps to reduce inflammation.
CuminHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, and aids in digestion.
DandelionHelps to detoxify the liver, aids in digestion, and has diuretic properties.
DillHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, and aids in digestion.
EchinaceaBoosts the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to relieve pain.
ElderberryBoosts the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to relieve pain.
FennelHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
FenugreekHelps to regulate blood sugar, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
GarlicHas antimicrobial properties, helps to reduce inflammation, and aids in digestion.
GingerHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has anti-nausea properties.
Ginkgo bilobaHelps to improve cognitive function and has antioxidant properties.
GinsengHelps to reduce stress, improves cognitive function, and has antioxidant properties.
GoldenrodHelps to reduce inflammation and has diuretic properties.
HawthornHelps to regulate blood pressure, improves circulation, and has antioxidant properties.
Holy basilHelps to reduce stress, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
HopsPromotes relaxation, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
HorsetailHelps to improve bone health, has diuretic properties, and promotes wound healing.
JasmineHelps to reduce stress, promotes relaxation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
LavenderPromotes relaxation, has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to relieve anxiety.
Lemon balmPromotes relaxation, aids in digestion, and has antiviral properties.
Lemon verbenaHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
Licorice rootHelps to soothe sore throats, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
MarjoramHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Milk thistleHelps to detoxify the liver, has antioxidant properties, and helps to reduce inflammation.
MintHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
MulleinHelps to soothe sore throats, aids in respiratory issues, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
MustardHelps to alleviate muscle pain, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
NettleHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in detoxification, and has diuretic properties.
OreganoHas antimicrobial properties, helps to reduce inflammation, and aids in digestion.
ParsleyHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
PassionflowerPromotes relaxation, helps to reduce anxiety, and aids in sleep.
PeppermintHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
PlantainHelps to promote wound healing, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in respiratory issues.
Red cloverHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in detoxification, and has diuretic properties.
Rose hipsHas antioxidant properties, aids in immune function, and helps to reduce inflammation.
RosemaryHelps to improve cognitive function, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
SageHas antimicrobial properties, helps to reduce inflammation, and aids in digestion.
Saint John’s wortHelps to reduce anxiety and depression, has anti-inflammatory properties, and aids in sleep.
Saw palmettoHelps to improve prostate health and aids in hair growth.
Slippery elmHelps to soothe sore throats, aids in digestion, and promotes wound healing.
SpearmintHelps to alleviate bloating and gas, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Stinging nettleHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in detoxification, and has diuretic properties.
ThymeHas antimicrobial properties, helps to reduce inflammation, and aids in respiratory issues.
TurmericHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
Uva ursiHelps to promote urinary tract health, has diuretic properties, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
ValerianPromotes relaxation, helps to reduce anxiety, and aids in sleep.
White willow barkHelps to reduce pain and inflammation.
Wild yamHelps to alleviate menstrual cramps, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
YarrowHelps to reduce inflammation, aids in wound healing, and has diuretic properties.
Yellow dockHelps to detoxify the liver, aids in digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Yerba mateHelps to boost energy, aids in digestion, and has antioxidant properties.
YuccaHelps to alleviate joint pain, 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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