Western Herbs

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Western herbs are a diverse group of plants that have been traditionally used for medicinal, culinary, and spiritual purposes in Europe and North America. Many of these herbs have been extensively studied for their therapeutic properties, and are widely used today in various forms, including teas, tinctures, capsules, and essential oils. Some of the most popular Western herbs include chamomile, echinacea, garlic, and peppermint, among many others. These herbs offer a range of health benefits, from immune system support to digestive aid, and can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle in a variety of ways.

HerbProperties
AshwagandhaAdaptogenic, supports cognitive function and stress reduction, may help with anxiety and depression
AstragalusAdaptogenic, immune-boosting, may help with fatigue, stress, and respiratory infections
BasilAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports cardiovascular health, may help with anxiety and stress
Black cohoshSupports menopause symptoms, may help with menstrual cramps and arthritis
Black elderberryImmune-boosting, may help with cold and flu symptoms and respiratory infections
Black pepperAnti-inflammatory, supports digestive health, may help with pain relief and improve nutrient absorption
CalendulaAnti-inflammatory, supports skin health, may help with wound healing and skin irritations
California poppyCalming and soothing, promotes relaxation, may help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia
CatnipCalming and soothing, supports digestive and respiratory health, may help with anxiety and insomnia
ChamomileAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, promotes relaxation and sleep, supports digestive health
DandelionSupports liver and digestive health, may help with detoxification and improve skin health
DillSupports digestive health, may help with bloating, gas, and colic
EchinaceaImmune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, promotes wound healing
ElderflowerSupports respiratory health, may help with colds, flu, and allergies
EleutheroAdaptogenic, supports cognitive function and stress reduction, may help with fatigue and respiratory infections
EucalyptusAnti-inflammatory, supports respiratory health, may help with coughs, colds, and congestion
FennelSupports digestive health, relieves bloating and gas, may help with menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms
GarlicAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports immune and cardiovascular health, may help with high blood pressure
GingerAnti-inflammatory, supports digestive health, may help with nausea and vomiting, and reduce muscle pain and soreness
Ginkgo bilobaSupports cognitive function and blood flow, may help with memory and concentration
Gotu kolaSupports cognitive function and skin health, may help with anxiety and stress
HawthornSupports cardiovascular health, may help with high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
JuniperSupports urinary and digestive health, may help with bloating, gas, and urinary tract infections
LavenderCalming and soothing, promotes relaxation, may help with anxiety and stress, supports healthy skin
Lemon balmCalming and soothing, promotes relaxation and sleep, supports cognitive function and digestive health
Lemon balmCalming and soothing, promotes relaxation and sleep, supports cognitive function and digestive health
Lemon peelHigh in vitamin C, antioxidants, and essential oils, may help with digestion, skin health, and immune system support
Lemon thymeAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports respiratory and digestive health, may help with coughs and colds
Lemon verbenaCalming and soothing, supports digestive and respiratory health, may help with anxiety and insomnia
LicoriceAnti-inflammatory, supports respiratory and digestive health, may help with sore throat and coughs
LobeliaSupports respiratory health, may help with coughs, asthma, and smoking cessation
Marshmallow rootSoothes digestive and respiratory tracts, may help with sore throat and dry cough
Milk thistleSupports liver health, protects against liver damage, may help with detoxification and improve skin health
MilkweedSupports respiratory health, may help with coughs, bronchitis, and asthma
MotherwortCalming and soothing, supports women’s health, may help with anxiety, stress, and menopause symptoms
MulleinSupports respiratory health, may help with coughs, congestion, and asthma
NasturtiumSupports immune and respiratory health, may help with colds, flu, and sinus infections
NettleAnti-inflammatory, supports respiratory and urinary tract health, may help with allergies and hay fever
OreganoAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports immune and digestive health, may help with respiratory infections
ParsleySupports urinary and digestive health, may help with bad breath and menstrual cramps
PassionflowerCalming and soothing, promotes relaxation, may help with anxiety, stress, and insomnia
PeppermintSupports digestive health, relieves nausea and vomiting, may help relieve headaches and menstrual cramps
Red cloverSupports women’s health, may help with menopause symptoms and hot flashes
Red raspberrySupports women’s health, may help with menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms
Red rootSupports lymphatic system health, may help with inflammation and lymphatic congestion
RosemaryAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports healthy digestion and cognitive function, may help improve memory
SageAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports healthy digestion and cognitive function, may help relieve menopause symptoms
SageAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports healthy digestion and cognitive function, may help relieve menopause symptoms
SagebrushAnti-inflammatory, supports respiratory and digestive health, may help with sore throat and menstrual cramps
Saw palmettoSupports prostate health, may help with urinary tract infections and hair loss
SkullcapCalming and soothing, promotes relaxation, may help with anxiety, stress, and nervousness
Slippery elmSoothes digestive tract, may help with inflammatory bowel diseases and heartburn
St. John’s WortMood-supporting, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports healthy skin, may help relieve mild-to-moderate depression
ThymeAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports respiratory health, may help with coughs and colds
TurmericAnti-inflammatory, antioxidant, supports cognitive function and cardiovascular health, may help with arthritis
Valerian rootPromotes relaxation and sleep, reduces anxiety and stress, may help with menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms
White willowAnti-inflammatory, may help with pain relief and headache
Witch hazelAnti-inflammatory, supports skin health, may help with wound healing and skin irritations
YarrowAnti-inflammatory, supports digestive and menstrual health, may help with wound healing and skin irritations
YarrowAnti-inflammatory, supports digestive and menstrual health, may help with wound healing and skin irritations
Yellow dockSupports liver and digestive health, may help with constipation and skin conditions
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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