Herbs And Their Uses
These herbs have immune system enhancers which help the body adjust to change, regulate stress and restore natural immune resistance. Herbs which are used for this purpose include echinacea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, goldenseal, pau d’arco and suma.
Herbs with alterative properties stimulate gradual changes in metabolism and tissue function in acute and chronic conditions and increase overall health, energy, vigor and strength. Alternatives are similar to tonics, which help both the overall systems as well as aiding particular organs, tissues and cells. alterative herbs, include aloe vera, black cohosh, blue cohosh, blue vervain, capsicum, cascara sagrada, chamomile, damiana, dandelion, echnicacea, fenugreek, garlic, gentian, ginger, gingko biloba, goldenseal, hawthorn, horsetail, milk thistle, red clover, red raspberry, schizandra, suma, yarro and yellow dock root.
Analgesic herbs are used to relieve pain without loss of consciousness. Some of the herbs commonly used as analgesics include feverfew, lobelia, mullein, pau d’acro, skullcap, willow bark and wood betony.
Anesthetics are used for their ability to cause physical insensitivity. Examples of herbs with this property are caraway, kava and tea tree.
Herbs with this property have the ability to soothe and reduce the intensity of pain. Herbs with this ability include anise, chamomile, cloves, juniper, pleurisy root and rosemary.
Anorectic herbs help to reduce appetite. Herbs with this asset include chickweed, ephedra, fellel, garcinia and guarana.
An antacid is used to neutralize acids in the stomach and intestinal tract. Herbs used for this include dandelion, fennel, ginger, kelp, Iceland moss and slippery elm.
Herbs with anthelmintic agents either expel or destroy worms in the body. Other similar terms to describe such agents include vermifuge, mermicide and taeniacide. Herbs with these fighting abilities include black walnut hull, black cohosh, blue walnut, gentian, goldenseal, mandrake, prickly ash, pumpkin seed, wormwood and senna.
Anti-asthmatics are used to help relieve the symptoms associated with asthma. Some of the anti-asthmatic herbs are elecampane, ephedra, gotu kola, lobelia, prickly ash, wild cherry and yerba santa.
Antibacterial herbs are those that fight and destroy bacteria and include alfalfa, basil, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, parsley, peppermint, rhubarb, tumeric, uva ursi and yucca.
Herbs that work as natural antibiotics help the body’s immune system destroy growths of micro-organisms. Some herbs commonly used as natural antibiotics include buchu, chaparral, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, myrrh, red clover and yellow dock.
These are herbs which help dissolve and eliminate, as well prevent the formation of mucus and inflammation of the mucus membrane. Herbs that are considered to be anticatarrhal include comfrey, elecampane, ephedra, funugreek, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow, mullein and wild cherry.
Anticoagulant herbs help the body prevent clotting of the blood. Herbs with this constituent include garlic, turmeric and yellow melilot.
Antiemetics prevent vomiting, and herbs with this ability include clove, Iceland moss, raspberry and spearmint.
Antifungal agents act against and destroy various fungi. Herbs in this category include alfalfa, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, kava kava, kombucha, parsley, St. John’s wort, skullcap, thyme and turmeric.
Herbs with this property work opposite to herbs with galactagogue (A galactagogue is anything that excites lactation. In other words, any thing that increases milk production.) Sage and black walnut are examples of herbs in this category.
Histamine is a chemical, which is involved in our local immune response as well as regulating physiological function in the gut, acting as a neurotransmitter. During the time of seasonal allergies, the body’s immune system sees pollen as an invader. In an allergic reaction, our body produces histamine, as a defense mechanism. This inflammatory chemical attaches the cells in our body and causes irritation. It is the deficiency of this enzyme that triggers an allergic reaction as histamines gathers in the synapses. These herbs have an effectiveness as an antihistimine: Basil, Chamomile, Jewelweed, Papaya, Stinging Nettle, Echinacea, Fennel, Ginger, Reishi, and Thyme.
Antihydrodics reduce levels of perspiration. Herbs with this ability include astragalus and sage.
Herbs with this ability reduce inflammation in the body without acting directly on the cause of the inflammation. Herbs in this category include chicory, cranberry, elder flowers, eucalyptus, fennel, feverfew, ginger, licorice, marshmallow, papaya, passion flower, peppermint, pine tree bark, queen of the meadow, rhubarb, rosemary, safflower, turmeric, wild yam and witch hazel.
Antilithic herbs work to prevent the formation of stones in the gall blader and kidney, as well as aiding the expulsion of those already formed. Antilithics are similar to lithotriptics. Some herbs used for this purpose are buchu leaves, hydrangea and uva ursi leaves.
Antimicrobials helps the body destroy microbes by affecting their growth and multiplication, Herbs with this ability include fennel, fevergfew, myrrh, pau d’archo, rhubarb, tea tree and uva ursi.
Herbs with this quality destroy, inhibit and prevent tumors. Herbs in this category include aloe vera, black walnut, burdock, cat’s claw, chickweed, flaxseed, garlic, hops, horsetail, ho-sho-wu, irish moss, mistletoe, pau d’arco, periwinkle, pine tree bark, rhubarb, saffron, St. John’s wort, slippery elm and turmeric.
Antioxidant herbs counteract the negative effects of oxidation on body tissues. Included in this category are barley, billberry, cat’s claw, chaparral, gingo biloba, milk thistle, pine tree, rosemary, sage and turmeric.
This constituent counteracts the effects of periodic diseases (intermittent) like malaria. Herbs in this category include blue vervain, boneset, eucalyptus, golden seal and willow.
Herbs with antitussive agents are cough suppressants. Herbs in this category include coltsfoot, comfrey, borehound, mullein and wild cherry bark.
Antivenomous agents counteract venom, as from a snake bite. Herbs with this quality include pennyroyal and plantain.
Antiviral agents act to destroy viruses in the body. Herbs with antiviral qualities include garlic, st.johns wart, aloe vera, astragalus, barley, boneset, calendula, echinacea, licorice, maitake, pau d’arco, red raspberry and turmeric.
An aphrodisiac is used to help restore normal sexual potency and function and improve sexual desire. Some herbs used as aphrodisiacs include astragalus, damiana, false unicorn, fenugreek, ginseng, kava kava and saw palmetto.
An astringent acts to contract and tighten, similar to styptic. This constricting action can help eliminate secretions and hemorrhaging. Some herbs with astringent actions are amaranth, blackberry root, black walnut, capsicum, elecampane, ephedra, fenugreek, horsetail, hydrangea, mullein, oak bark, queen of the meadow, St. John wort, slippery elm and witch hazel.
An agent that acts on the mucous membranes in the mouth to promote appetite and encourage digestion. Herbs in this category include alfalfa, blackberry, blessed thistle, bugleweed, chaparral, chinchona, eyebright, feverfew, gentian, licorice, quassia, watercress, wild cherry and wild lettuce.
Agents that clean and remove impurities from the blood, similar to depurative. Examples of blood purifiers include birch, buckthorn, calendula, dandelion, plantain and watercress.
Herbs which can help eliminate gas from the stomach and intestine are considered carminatives. Some of the herbs commonly used are angelica root, capsicum, caraway seeds, catnip, chamomile flowers, echinacea, fennel, ginger, hops, lemon balm, parsley root, peppermint, saffron and valerian.
This herb property increases the flow of bile which aids digestion, as well as acting as a mild laxative. Herbs which are used for this purpose are aloe vera, barberry, dandelion, goldenseal, hops, licorice, Oregon grape root and wild yam.
An agent that relieves congestion in the upper respiratory tract. Herbs with decongestant properties include ephedra, goldenseal, lobelia, pennyroyal, valerian and yerba santa.
These herbs work internally to help soothe and protect the mucous membranes in the body. Some herbs with this property are aloe vera, burdock, chickweed, comfrey, echinacea, fenugreek, flaxseed, Irish moss, kelp, licorice, marshmallow, mullein, oatstraw and psyllium.
Diaphoretic herbs help the body produce perspiration to help the skin eliminate toxins, similar to sudorific. Herbs with diaphoretic properties include angelica, blue vervain, boneset, borage, butchers broom, capsicum, catnip, chamomile, elder flowers, elecampane, ephedra, garlic, hyssop, lemon balm leaves and yarrow.
Digestives promote or aid in the digestion process. Such herbs include anise, capsicum, centaury, echinacea, garlic, horseradish, mustard, papaya, safflower and sage.
A diuretic is used to increase the flow of urine to relieve water retention. Some herbs used for this purpose are alfalfa, blue cohosh, buchu leaves, burdock, butchers broom, damiana, dandelion, devil claw, false unicorn, fennel, hawthorn, horsetail, hydrangea, juniper berries, lily-of-the-valley, marshmallow, parsley, queen of the meadow, saw palmetto and uva ursi.
An emetic is used to induce vomiting. Emetic herbs include bayberry, boneset, buckthorn, culver, false unicorn, lobelia, mandrake, mistletoe, mustard seed, pleurisy, quassia, rue and senega.
Herbs with emmenagogue properties promote menstrual flow. Some herbs which help with this situation are angelica, aloe vera, black cohosh, blue cohosh, gentian, ginger, goldenseal, horsetail, juniper berries, mistletoe, myrrh, pennyroyal and saffron.
Estrogenic herbs promote or produce estrus. Herbs with estrogenic properties include blue cohosh, dong quai, false unicorn, fennel and licorice.
Expectorants help the body expel mucus from the lungs, nose and throat. Herbs used for this purpose include anise seed, annatto, blue cohosh, blue vervain, comfrey root, elder flowers, elecampane root, ephedra, flaxseed, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, horehound, hyssop, Irish moss, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow, mullein leaves, slippery elm, wild cherry bark and yerba santa leaves.
Herbs with this property help reduce fevers, similar to refrigerant and antipyretic. Some febrifuges are bilberry, boneset, borage, buckthorn, catnip, chamomile, elder flowers, fenugreek, garlic, gentian, ginger, hyssop, pleurisy root, sarsaparilla, white willow bark and wormwood.
Herbs with galactagogue properties stimulate lactation in women. Herbs in this category include anise, basil, blessed thistle, borage, fenugreek, horsetail and vervain.
Germicides are known for their ability to destroy germs and other microorganisms. Herbs in this category include cloves, eucalyptus and tea tree.
These herbs help to strengthen, tone, and increase bile flow to promote normal liver function. Some herbs with hepatic properties are barberry bark, cascara sagrada, dandelion root, gentian, goldenseal, horseradish, mandrake root, milk thistle, olive oil, Oregon grape, parsley, queen of the meadow and rhubarb.
Hemostatics stop blood flow by acting as antihemorrhagic agents. Herbs in this category include bistort, blackberry, bugleweed, calendula, nettle, periwinkle, shepherds purse and witch hazel.
Immunostimulants enhance or boost the body’s natural defense against illness and disease. Herbs with this ability include astragalus, barley, dong quai, kombucha, maitake, queen of the meadow, reishi and shiitake.
Insecticides are used to kill insects. An example of an herb with this ability is bayberry.
LITHOTRIPTIC (Eliminates stones)
These are herbs which help dissolve and eliminate urinary stones from the body. They include buchu leaves butchers broom, cascara sagrada, cornsilk, dandelion devils claw, horsetail, marshmallow, parsley, queen of the meadow, uva ursi and white oak bark.
Herbs that are considered mucilants have mucilage properties which have a soothing and demulcent effect. They coat and protect mucous membranes from irritations. Mucilants have a wide variety of applications including coughs, sore throats, and irritated stomach bowels, bladder and kidneys. They can also be used for laxatives, cream and ointments because of their soothing effects. Mucilant herbs include aloe vera, chickweed coltsfoot, comfrey, flaxseed, Iceland moss, marshmallow plantain, psyllium seed and slippery elm.
Herbs with narcotic agents can be used to soothe intractable pain or to induce anesthesia. Herbs with these agents should be used carefully. They include bugleweed, guarana and wild lettuce. Herbs that can be used to counteract narcotic effects include alfalfa (for addiction) and marjoram and mustard (for poisoning)
These are used in healing kidney problems. Herbs with nephritic properties include buchu leaves, couch grass root, goldenseal, horsetail, hydrangea, juniper berries, Oregon grape and queen of the meadow root.
Nervine herbs help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system. Some of the nervine herbs are black cohosh, blue vervain, boneset, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark. damiana, gotu kola, hops, lady’s slipper, lemon balm, lobelia, oatraw, passion flower, skullcap, valerian root and wood betony.
Nutritive agents nourish the body. Herbs with nutritive properties include alfalfa, amaranth, barley, bee pollen, chickweed, comfrey, guarana, Iceland moss, Irish moss, kelp, marshmallow, nettle, oatstraw, papaya, pumpkin, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm, suma, watercress and yellow dock.
These are herbs which help stimulate uterine contractions to assist and induce a safe labor and delivery. Herbs with oxytocic properties are black cohosh, blue cohosh, pennyroyal and red raspberry.
Parasiticidic herbs are those that destroy parasites in the body. Herbs with parasticidic agents include chaparral, feverfew, figwort, horseradish, mandrake, papaya, parsley, peach, pennyroyal, plantain, pumpkin, rhubarb, sage, thyme, vervain, wild cherry and wood betony.
Pectoral agents give relief and remedy pulmonary and other respiriatory conditions. Examples of pectorals are chickweed, coltsfoot, couch grass, hyssop, Iceland moss and wild cherry.
A cathartic or purgative herb is used for purging and stimulating the action of evacuating the bowels. They are similar to laxatives, which are mild purgative used to relieve constipation. Herbs considered to be purgative included aloe vera, barberry bark, boneset, buckthorn bark, cascara sagrada, elder flowers, goldenseal, mandrake, Oregon grape root, psyllium, rhubarb root and senna leaves.
Herbs with rubefacient properties are reddening agents that help to increase the flow of the blood to the surface of the skin to aid in healing in cases such as sprains and muscle soreness. Some herbs used for this purpose include camphor, capsicum, cloves, eucalyptus, garlic, ginger, horseradish, mustard seed, peppermint oil, pine oil, stinging nettle and thyme oil.
Sedative herbs are used to relieve irritability and promote calm and tranquil feelings. Some are catnip, chamomile, cramp bark, dong quai, hawthron, hops, kava kava, lady’s slipper, lobelia, passion flower, red clovers, St. John’s wort, schizandra, skullcap, valerian and wood betony.
Herbs with this property help to promote the flow and secretion of saliva to aid in the digestion of starches. Some herbs include bayberry, capsicum, echinacea, gentian, ginger, horseradish, hydrangea, licorice, prickly ash, rhubarb and yerba santa.
These herbs help to increase the function of the body energy levels, circulation, and help eliminate toxins. Herbs with stimulant properties are angelica, boneset, capsicum, damiana, devil’s claw, echinacea, elder flowers, elecampane, ephedra, false unicorn, garlic, gentian, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, ho-shou-wu, milk thistle, prickley ash bark, saffron, sarsaparilla root and suma.
Stomachics strengthen and tone the stomach. Herbs in the stomachic category included agrimony, anise, barberry, basil, caraway, celery, chinchina, cloves, dandelion, gentian, ginseng, gymnema, hops, horseradish, papaya, peach, pennyroyal, quassia, rhubarb, rosehips and watercress.
Herbs with vasoldilating agents expand the blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Herbs in this category included fever few, hawthorn and ho-shou-wu.
Herbs with vulnerary properties are used to help promote the healing of wounds, cuts and abrasions. some used are aloe vera, black walnut, burdock, capsicum, fenugreek, flaxseed, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, hops, horsetail, mullein, oatstraw and plantain leaves.
Here are the herbs, listed in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to find the herb you’re looking for quickly. If you need to find out if there are any possible “reactions” with any drugs you may be taking, click here.
Acerola– Has antioxident, antifungal and astringent properties. Helps support the liver and hydrate the skin. Useful against diarrhea and fever.
Alfalfa– Alkalizes and detoxifies the body. Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol reducer, hormonal balancer, antifungal. Enhances the function of the pituitary gland. Helpful for anemia and ulcers, and also disorders related to: bleeding, bones and joints, colon, digestive, skin.
Aloe Vera– Used topically, heals burns and wounds; stimulates cell regeneration; and. Has astringent, emollient, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties. Used internally, soothes stomach irritation, aids in healing, and has laxative properties.
Anise– Indicated for respiratory infections such as sinusitis. Combats infection and relieves mucus from air passages. Good digestion aid. Helpful during menopause. Increases milk production in nursing mothers.
Annatto– Diuretic, antioxident, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Helps protect the liver and kidneys. May reduce blood sugar levels. Good for indigestion, fever, coughs, burns, skin problems and weight loss.
Ashwagandha– Rejuvenates and energizes the nervous system. Helps prevent stress related disorders and stress related depletion of Vitamin C and cortisol. Increases physical endurance and improves sexual function. Has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. (Has stimulated immune function in laboratory studies.)
Astragalus– Tonic to the immune, adrenal, and digestive system. Raises stamina and energy to fight fatigue. Stimulates metabolism, produces spontaneous sweating, promotes healing. Good for colds, flu, and immune-deficiency related problems, including AIDS, cancer, tumors as well as chronic lung weakness. If you have a fever, do not use.
Barberry– Reduces heart rate, breathing, bronchial constriction. Do not use if pregnant. Promotes intestinal movement. Kills bacteria on skin.
Bayberry– Indicated for circulatory disorders, fever, hypothyroidism, ulcers, eyes and immune system. Clears congestion, assists circulation, lowers fever. Astringent. Helps stop bleeding.
Bilberry– Helps control insulin levels. Diuretic. Antiseptic for the urinary tract. Indicated for: hypoglycemia, inflammation, stress, anxiety, night blindness, cataracts. Strengthens connective tissue. When taken internally can interfere with iron absorption.
Birch– Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever. Helpful in joint pain and urinary tract infections. Used externally, good for boils and sores.
Black Cohosh– Indicated for: blood pressure, cholesterol, mucus production, cardiovascular & circulatory disorders, arthritis, poisonous snake bites, relieving hot flashes, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, pain. Induces labor and aids in childbirth, so should not be used during pregnancy until needed for delivery.
Black Walnut– Assists digestion and healing of mouth or throat sores. Cleanses the body of many parasites. Also indicated for bruising, fungal infection, herpes, poison ivy, and warts.
Blessed Thistle– Anti-inflammatory, circulatory aid, blood purifier, liver healer, and heart strengthener. Increases appetite and stomach secretions. Has been recommended as a brain food. Good for female disorders and increases milk flow for nursing mothers.
Blue Cohosh– Indicated for memory problems, menstrual disorders, nervous disorders, and muscle spasms. Helpful for childbirth as it stimulates uterine contractions. Do not use in first sixth months of pregnancy.
Boldo– Acts as a diuretic, laxative, antibiotic, liver tonic and anti-inflammatory. Aids in the excretion of uric acid and stimulates digestion.
Boneset– Laxative. Anti-inflammatory. Indicated for bronchitis and fever-induced aches and pains. Helps clear congestion, loosen phlegm, reduce fever, increase perspiration, and calm the body. Can become toxic with long-time use.
Borage– Tonic for adrenals. Balances glands. Contains valuable minerals and essential fatty acids helpful to cardiovascular function and healthy skin and nails.
Boswellia– Acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, antifungal and antibacterial. Topically used for pain relief. Lowers cholesterol and protects the liver. Useful for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis, and fibromyalgia. Helps repair blood vessels damaged by inflammation. Used as a remedy for obesity, diarrhea, dysentary, pulmonary diseases, ringworm and boils.
Buchu– Anti-inflammatory for the colon, gums, mucous membranes, prostate, sinuses, and vagina. Indicated for bladder and kidney problems, diabetes, digestive disorders, fluid retention, and prostate disorders. Particularly helpful for bladder infections.
Burdock– Blood purifier, restores liver and gallbladder function, stimulates immune system. Good for skin disorders (i.e. boils and carbuncles). Relieves gout symptoms.
Butcher’s Broom– Anti-inflammatory. Good for bladder, kidney, and circulatory disorders. Indicated for carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, Meniere’s disease, obesity, Raynaud’s phenomenon, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, and vertigo.
Calendula– Anti-inflammatory. Reduces fever. Indicated for neuritis and toothache. Assists in regulating the menstrual cycle. Useful for skin disorders, such as rashes, sunburn, diaper rash.
Cascara Sagrada– Colon cleanser. Laxative. Indicated for colon disorders, constipation, and parasitic infestation.
Catnip– Reduces fever (catnip tea enemas work especially quickly). Stimulates appetite, digestion and sleep; relieves stress, anxiety, inflammation and pain. Indicated for colds and flu. Cats love it of course.
Cat’s Claw– Intestinal cleanser, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, enhances white blood cell action. Indicated for intestinal problems and viral infections. May be helpful for AIDS, arthritis, cancer tumors or ulcers. Do not use when pregnant.
Cayenne– Helpful for digestion, circulation, arthritis, rheumatism, colds, sinus infections, and sore throats. Stops bleeding from ulcers. A tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. Good for pain when applied topically. Enhances the effect for other herbs.
Cedar– Antiviral, antifungal, stimulates immune system, increases venous blood flow. Expectorant, lymphatic cleanser, urinary antiseptic. Use externally for warts.
Celery– Antioxidant, sedative, reduces blood pressure, relieves muscle spasms, improves appetite. Recommended for arthritis and kidney problems. Use sparingly while pregnant.
Chamomile– Anti-inflammatory, diuretic. Stimulates appetite, digestion, and sleep. Indicated for colitis, diverticulosis, fever, headaches, and pain. Has a long history of use for stress and anxiety, indigestion, and insomnia. Can be used as a nerve tonic. Caution: Should not be used for long periods of time. Could result in a “ragweed” allergy. Don’t use with sedatives or alcohol.
Chanca piedra– Fights inflammation, bacterial and viral infections. Acts as a diuretic. Useful for kidney stones, gallstones, colds flu, digestion, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, pain relief, fever, sexually transmitted diseases and muscle spasms.
Chaparral– Free radical scavenger. Pain reliever. Protects against radiation and sun exposure. Good for skin disorders. Reduces formation of tumors and cancer cells. Used to quell gastric upset. Also used as an adjunct therapy for respiratory infections. Chaparral contains over 600 medicinally active ingredients; some of these are extremely antimicrobial against both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria.
Chaste tree– Has a calming and soothing effect. Relieves muscle cramps. Regulates and normalizes hormone levels and menstrual cycles. Increases and improves breast milk. Good for PMS symptoms and menopause.
Chickweed– indicated for bronchitis, circulatory problems, colds, coughs, skin diseases, and warts. Reduces mucus in the lungs.
Chuchuhuasi– Fights inflammation and stimulates the immune system. Supports the adrenal system and balances and regulates menstrual cycles. Good for arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, muscle spasms, fever, skin tumors, bronchitis and diarrhea.
Cinnamon– Indicated for: diarrhea, nausea, congestion, peripheral blood circulation, digestion, fat metabolism, digestive problems, diabetes, weight loss, yeast infection, uterine hemorrhaging, fungal infections. Use sparingly during pregnancy.
Clove– Antiseptic, antiparasitic, digestive aid. Essential oil (diluted) is applied topically for relief of toothaches.
Coltsfoot– Demulcent, expectorant and tonic. One of the most popular of cough remedies. It’s generally given together with other herbs possessing pectoral qualities, such as Horehound, Marshmallow, Ground Ivy, etc.
Comfrey– Helps the healing of wounds and skin conditions. Helpful for: bedsores, bites and stings, bruises, inflamed bunions, bums, dermatitis, dry skin, bleeding hemorrhoids, leg ulcers, nosebleeds, psoriais, scabies, skin rashes, sunburn. Not recommended during pregnancy.
Corn Silk– Diuretic. Helpful for the bladder, kidneys, and small intestine. Can be used with other kidney herbs to open the urinary tract and remove mucus from the urine. Useful for bed-wetting, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, obesity, premenstrual syndrome, and prostate disorders.
Cramp bark– Relieves muscle spasms and pain. Good for mentrual cramps and lower back and leg spasms.
Cranberry– Recommended in cases of urinary tract infections as it acidifies the urine and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder. Good for kidneys, bladder and skin. Has anti-cancer properties.
Damiana– Energy tonic and aphrodisiac. Stimulates muscular contractions of the intestinal tract. Brings oxygen to the genital area. Recommended for sexual and hormonal problems and as a sexual tonic for women.
Dandelion– Diuretic. Bloodstream and liver cleanser. Increases bile production. Reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid. Tonic for kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. Recommended for abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism. Has been said to help prevent age spots and breast cancer.
Devils claw– Relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Acts as a diuretic, sedative and digestive stimulant. Good for back pain, arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, allergies, liver, gallbladder, kidney disorders, arteriosclerosis, lumbago, gout and menopausal symptoms.
Dong Quai– Stimulates the effects of ovarian and testicular hormones. Recommended for female problems: premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, and vaginal dryness.
Echinacea– Anti-inflammatory. Antiviral. Stimulates certain white blood cells. Enhances immune and lymphatic system. Useful for colic, colds, flu, and other infectious illnesses. Helpful for snakebite.
Elder– Antioxidant. Cleanses the system. Recommended for: constipation, inflammation, fevers, poor circulation, respiratory problems. Helpful in building up blood, immune system, and perspiration. Flowers are useful in soothing skin irritations.
Ephedra– Decongestant, appetite suppressant. Assists in fluid elimination, relieving bronchial spasm, and central nervous system stimulation. Recommended for: allergies, asthma, colds, and other respiratory complaints, as well as for depression and obesity. May decrease and elevate mood. Not to be used in cases of panic attacks, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or in combination with MAO inhibitor drugs prescribed for depression.
Eucalyptus– Antiseptic (mild). Good for colds, coughs and other respiratory problems. Clears congestion. Reduces swelling by increasing blood flow. Relaxes tired and sore muscles. Recommended for external use only.
Eyebright– Used as eyewash. Eases discomfort from eye strain or minor irritations. Recommended for: allergies, itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose.
False Unicorn– Balances sex hormones. Recommended for: infertility, menstrual irregularities and pain, premenstrual syndrome, prostate disorders. Helpful in preventing miscarriage.
Fennel– Appetite suppressant. Eyewash. Tonic for kidneys, liver, spleen. Useful for acid stomach and clearing the lungs. Reduces abdominal pain, colon disorders, gas, and gastrointestinal tract spasms. Recommended after chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Fenugreek– Laxative. Reduces fever and mucus. Good for inflammation, lung disorders, eyes, asthma and sinus problems.
Feverfew– Increases fluidity of lung and bronchial tube mucus, promotes menses, stimulates the appetite, and stimulates uterine contractions. Good for arthritis, colitis, fever, headaches, menstrual problems, muscle tension, pain. Promotes strong bones, nails, and teeth, as well as healthy skin. Useful for colon problems, female disorders, and inflammation.
Flax– Recommended for: colon problems, female disorders, and inflammation. Good for bones, nails, teeth, healthy skin.
Garlic– Detoxification, infection protection, immune enhancement. Lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, lowers blood lipid levels. Recommended for: arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, cancer, circulatory problems, colds, flu, digestive problems, heart disorders, insomnia, liver disease, sinusitis, ulcers, yeast infections.
Gentian– Helpful for digestion, circulation, gastric secretions, pancreatitis, and parasitic infection. Kills plasmodia (malaria causing organisms) and worms, and stimulates appetite.
Germanium– Improves cellular oxygenation, keep the immune system functioning properly, and rid the body of toxins and poisons, improved many illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol, candidiasis, chronic viral infections, cancer, and AIDS.
Ginger– Antioxidant, antimicrobial effect on sores and wounds. Colon cleanser, reduces spasms and cramps, stimulates circulation. Recommended for: bowel disorders, circulatory problems, fever, hot flashes, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, and vomiting.
Ginkgo– Recommended for: asthma, eczema, heart and kidney disorders, depression, headaches, memory loss, and tinnitis (ringing in the ears). Increases cerebral and peripheral blood flow, circulation, and oxygenation thus improving brain functioning and relieving leg cramps.
Ginseng– Recommended for: adrenal and reproductive glands, immune function, lungs, appetite stimulation, bronchitis, circulation, diabetes, infertility, lack of energy, stress, cocaine withdrawal, protection against the effects of radiation exposure, overall body strengthening. Not suggested for people with hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or heart disorders.
Goldenrod– Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and is an excellent diuretic. It can be used in conjunction with echinacea for the treatment of nephritis (inflammation of the kidney) and cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder). Use for upper respiratory infections when there is an overabundance of mucus and postnasal drip. Goldenrod contains bioflavonoids, which strengthen the veins and is therefore indicated for varicose veins and fragile capillaries. It is also a carminative (antispasmodic against cramps of the digestive tract), and will ease colic and flatulence. Antifungal properties, qualify it’s use as a douche.
Goldenseal– Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial. Tonic for: colon, liver, pancreas, spleen, lymphatic and respiratory systems, digestion. Calms inflamed mucous membranes, boost levels of germ-fighting chemicals, and battle both viruses and bacteria directly by activating white blood cells. Recommended for disorders affecting the bladder, prostate, stomach, or vagina. Cleanses mucous membranes, and regulates menses. Decreases infection, uterine bleeding, inflammation, ulcers, and any infectious disease, lowers blood pressure, stimulates central nervous system. Good for colds, flu, or sore throat. Cleanses the body, increases the effectiveness of insulin, strengthens the immune system, stimulates the secretion and flow of bile, and can also be used as an expectorant. It also has strong activity against yeast, and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida. Goldenseal should not be used during pregnancy or by people with high blood pressure. Those with heart conditions should only use goldenseal under the supervision of a health professional.
Gotu Kola– Suggested for: Cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, heart and liver function, fatigue, connective tissue disorders, kidney stones, poor appetite, sleep disorders. Eliminates excess fluids, decreases fatigue and depression, increases sex drive, shrinks tissues, stimulates the central nervous system. May neutralize blood acids and lower body temperature.
Gravel Root– Diuretic. Helpful for: urinary tract, prostate disorders and problems related to fluid retention.
Green Tea– Reduces risk of esophageal, stomach, colon, and skin cancer, delays the onset of arteriosclerosis, offsets mental fatigue. Use sparingly during pregnancy or while nursing.
Guarana– Acts as a general tonic, stimulant and intestinal cleanser. Increases mental alertness. Improves stamina and endurance. Reduces fatigue. Useful for headaches, urinary tract irritation and diarrhea.
Hawthorn– Recommended for: anemia, cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, immune system, dilating coronary blood vessels, cholesterol, and heart muscle.
Hops– Helpful for: anxiety, cardiovascular disorders, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervousness, pain, restlessness, sexually transmitted diseases, shock, stress, toothaches, ulcers.
Horehound– Recommended for: hay fever, sinusitis, respiratory disorders, bronchial tubes and lungs. Boosts the immune system.
Horse chestnut– Protects against vascular damage, makes capillary walls less porous, shields against UV radiation damage. Good for varicose veins, reducing excess tissue fluids and easing night time muscle spasms in the legs. Used topically, reduces pain and swelling and prevents bruising.
Horsetail– Diuretic. Recommended for: arthritis, bone diseases such as osteoporosis and rickets, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, edema, gallbladder disorders, inflammation, muscle cramps, and prostate disorders. Increases calcium absorption, promotes healthy skin, strengthens bone, hair, nails, and teeth. Promotes healing of broken bones and connective tissue. Used in poultice form to depress bleeding and accelerate healing of burns and wounds. Strengthens the heart and lungs.
Hydrangea– Diuretic. Recommended for bladder infection, kidney disease, obesity, and prostate disorders. Combined with gravel root, good for kidney stones.
Hyssop– Recommended for: circulatory problems, epilepsy, fever, gout, weight problems, congestion, blood pressure, and dispelling gas. Used externally, helpful for wound healing. Poultices made from fresh green hyssop help to heal cuts.
Irish Moss– Recommended for many intestinal disorders (assists in the formation of stools). Used in skin lotions, and hair rinses for dry hair.
Jaborandi– Fights inflammation and acts as a diuretic. Helps stimulate milk production and flow in nursing mothers. Beneficial for fever, colds and flu, bronchitis, colon disorders and edema. Topically , useful for baldness and for promoting circulation in the capillaries.
Jatoba– Fights inflammation, free radicals, bacterial and fungal infection. Increases energy. Beneficial for asthma, bronchitis, bursitis, bladder infection, candida, fungal infections, arthritis and prostatitis.
Juniper– Diuretic. Recommended for: asthma, bladder infection, fluid retention, gout, kidney problems, obesity, prostate disorders, inflammation, congestion, regulation of blood sugar levels.
Kava kava– Diuretic. Genito-urinary antiseptic. Recommended for: anxiety, depression, insomnia, ,stress-related disorders, urinary tract infections, physical and mental relaxation.
Kudzu– Suppresses alcohol cravings. Lowers blood pressure, relieves headache, stiff neck, vertigo and tinnitus. Useful for treating alcoholism, colds, flu and gastrointestinal problems.
Lady’s mantle- Anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-viral aid. Helps heal mucous membranes, improve blood clotting and increase persperation. Helps regulate menstruation, reduce excessive bleeding and ease cramps. Good as a douche for vaginal irritation.
Lavender– Recommended for: burns, headaches, psoriasis, skin problems, stress, depression. Beneficial for the skin.
Lemon Grass– Astringent. Tonic. Good for skin and nails.
Licorice– Recommended for allergic disorders, asthma, chronic fatigue, depression, emphysema, fever, herpes virus infection, hypoglycemia, inflammatory bowel disorders, colon cleansing, decreasing muscular spasms, increasing fluidity of mucus in the lungs and bronchial tubes, promoting adrenal gland function. Has estrogen- and progesterone-like effects; may change the pitch of the voice. Stimulates the production of interferon.
Lobelia– Recommended for asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, pain, and viral infection. Serves as a cough suppressant and relaxant that aids in hormone production and reduces cold symptoms and fever. Should be used with caution.
Maca– Increases energy and supports the immune system. Good for anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, impotence, menopausal symptoms and menstrual problems.
Macela– Acts as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral and antiparasitic. Stimulates and supports the immune system. Good for gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders. Useful in treating cancer, Chrohn’s disease, colds and flu, diabetes, menstrual problems and menopausal symptoms, muscle aches and spasms.
Marshmallow– Recommended for bladder infection, digestive upsets, fluid retention, headache, intestinal disorders, kidney problems, sinusitis. sore throat. Soothes and heals skin, mucous membranes, and other tissues, externally and internally.
Meadowsweet– Tightens tissue and promotes elimination of excess fluid. Reduces inflammation and strengthens and tones the system. Good for colds, flu, nausea, digestive disorders, muscle cramps and aches and diarrhea.
Milk Thistle– Antioxidant (prevents free radical damage, protects the liver). Recommended for: kidneys, adrenal disorders, inflammatory bowel disorders, weakened immune system, liver disorders (such as jaundice and hepatitis, psoriasis). Contains potent liver protecting substances. Stimulates production of new liver cells and prevents formation of damaging leukotrienes.
Mullein– Laxative, painkiller, and sleep aid. Recommended for: asthma, bronchitis, difficulty in breathing, earache, hay fever, swollen glands. Used in kidney formulas to soothe inflammation. Gets rid of warts.
Mustard– Improves digestion and fat metabolism. Recommended (externally) for: chest congestion, inflammation, injuries, joint pain. Can be irritating directly applied to skin.
Myrrh– Antiseptic. Disinfectant. Deodorizer. Fights mouth bacteria. Recommended for: bad breath, periodontal disease, skin disorders, and ulcers.
Nettle– Diuretic, expectorant, pain reliever, tonic. Recommended for: anemia, arthritis, hay fever and other allergic disorders, kidney problems, malabsorption syndrome, goiter, inflammatory conditions, mucous conditions of the lungs.
Oat Straw– Antidepressant, restorative nerve tonic. Recommended for: bed-wetting, depression, skin disorders, insomnia. Promotes sweating.
Olive leaf– Fights all types of bacteria, virisus, fungi, and parasites. Helps stave off colds and flu. Good for virtually any infectious disease, as well as for chronic fatigue syndrome, diarrheal diseases, inflammatory arthritis and psoriasis.
Oregano (Wild)– Fights free radicals, inflammation, bacterial, viral and fungal infection. Boosts the immune system. Useful for acne, allergies, anaimal bites, arthritis, asthma, athlete’s foot, bee stings, bronchitis, chronic infections, cold, cough, diarrhea, digestive problems, earache, eczema, fatigue, gum disease, headache, menstrual irregularities, muscle pain, parasitic infections, psoriasis, sinusitis, skin infections, urinary tract disorders and wounds.
Oregon Grape– Blood purifier, liver cleanser. Recommended for: skin conditions from acne to psoriasis.
Papaya– Indicated for: heartburn, indigestion, inflammatory bowel disorders, appetite stimulation.
Parsley– Recommended for: bed-wetting, fluid retention, gas, halitosis, high blood pressure, indigestion, kidney disease, obesity, prostate disorders, expelling worms, relieving gas, stimulating digestive system, freshening breath. Tonic for bladder, kidney, liver, lung, stomach and thyroid. Prevents the multiplication of tumor cells.
Passionflower– Sedative. Recommended for: anxiety, hyperactivity, insomnia, neuritis, stress-related disorders. Use sparingly during pregnancy.
Pau D’Arco– Antibacterial, blood cleanser, healer. Indicated for: candidiasis, smoker’s cough, warts, infection, AIDS, allergies, cancer, cardiovascular problems, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatism, tumors, ulcers.
Peppermint– Indicated for: chills, colic, diarrhea, headache, heart trouble, indigestion, nausea, poor appetite, rheumatism, spasms.
Plantain– Indicated for: (internally) lungs, urinary tract, bed-wetting; (poultice) bee stings, insect bites; (topically) sores, wounds.
Primrose– Recommended for: alcoholism, arthritis, hot flashes, menstrual problems (cramps, heavy bleeding), multiple sclerosis, weight loss, skin disorders, high blood pressure. Promotes estrogen.
Pumpkin Seeds– Indicated for: prostate. Influence the colon and spleen-pancreas; diuretic; vermifuge (expels worms-especially effective for round worm and tapeworm). Used for motion sickness, nausea, impotency, and swollen prostate with signs of difficult or dribbling urination.
Red Clover– Antibiotic. Indicated for: bacterial infections, HIV and AIDS, inflamed lung and bowel disorders, kidney, liver, skin disorders, immune system. Suppresses appetite, purifies blood, relaxes.
Red Raspberry– Recommended for: diarrhea, canker sores, intestinal spasms, female disorders (morning sickness, hot flashes, menstrual and uterine cramps, heavy menstrual bleeding, strengthening uterine walls), healthy nails, bones, teeth, and skin.
Rhubarb– Antibiotic. Recommended for: gallbladder, spleen, liver, constipation, malabsorption, parasites, worm elimination, duodenal ulcers, colon disorders. Do not use while pregnant.
Rose– Indicated for: infections, diarrhea, bladder problems.
Rosemary– Astringent, decongestant, anticancer, antitumor, stomach relaxer. Indicated for: headaches, high/low blood pressure, circulation, digestion, menstrual pain, liver toxicity. Fights bacteria.
Sage– Recommended for: central nervous system, digestion, reducing sweating and salivation, hot flashes, estrogen deficiency, mouth and throat problems (tonsillitis). Promotes hair growth. Decreases milk production in nursing mothers.
Sangre de grado– Fights free radicals, inflammation, bacterial, viral and fungal infection. Helps heal wounds and stop bleeding. Good for respiratory and skin disorders, mouth and skin ulcers, sore throat, colds and flu, candida, psoriasis, herpes and vaginitis.
Sarsaparilla– Diuretic. Hormone regulator. Recommended for frigidity, hives, impotence, infertility, nervous system disorders, premenstrual syndrome, blood impurities, low energy. Protects against radiation.
Saw Palmetto– Diuretic. Urinary antiseptic. Indicated for: poor appetite, prostate disorders, sexual function and desire.
Skullcap– Recommended for barbiturate addiction, drug withdrawal, stress, anxiety, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, headache, hyperactivity, nervous disorders, rheumatism, circulation, insomnia, muscle cramps, pain, spasms, strengthening of heart muscle.
Slippery Elm– Indicated for diarrhea, ulcers, colds, flu, sore throat, stomach, urinary tract, inflamed bowel mucous membranes.
Squawvine– Indicated for pelvic congestion, nervous system, menstrual cramps, childbirth preparation.
St. John’s Wort– Indicated for depression, nerve pain, viral infections (including HIV and herpes).
Suma (Brazilian Ginseng)- Recommended for anemia, fatigue, stress, immune system, AIDS, cancer, liver disease, high blood pressure.
Tea Tree– (also known as Melaleuca) Antibacterial, antifungal. Recommended for: disinfecting wounds, skin conditions (acne, athlete’s foot, cuts, scrapes, fungal infection, herpes outbreaks, insect and spider bites, scabies, vaginitis, warts). Diluted: gargle for colds and sore throats; douche for yeast infections. Commonly used as a general antiseptic by the aborigine tribes for thousands of years. The scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree Oil has tremendous medicinal benefits. It’s a light yellow oil that has a scent similar to nutmeg and it is produced by steaming tea tree leaves and then squeezing the oil out.
Thyme– Antiseptic. Recommended for: croup and other respiratory problems, fever, headache, liver problems, cholesterol, scalp itching and flaking caused by candidiasis. Eliminates gas and reduces mucus.
Turmeric– Antibiotic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. Indicated for: liver, cholesterol, platelet aggregation inhibition.
Valerian– Sedative. Indicated for: anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, nervousness, pain, spasms, stress, ulcers, circulation, mucus from colds.
White Oak– Antiseptic. Recommended for: bee stings, burns, diarrhea, nosebleed, poison ivy, varicose veins, teeth, skin wounds. Use in enemas and douches.
White willow– Pain reliever. Indicated for: headache, backache, nerve pain, toothache, injuries.
Wild Yam– Anti-inflammatory. Indicated for: gallbladder, hypoglycemia, kidney stones, female disorders (PMS, menopause), muscle spasms, promoting perspiration. Is said to have effects similar to progesterone hormone.
Wintergreen– Pain reliever, anti-inflammatory. Recommended for: arthritis, headache, toothache, muscle pain, rheumatism.
Witch Hazel– Astringent. Indicated for: itching, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, skin care.
Wood Betony– Recommended for: cardiovascular disorders, hyperactivity, neuritis, heart stimulation, muscle relaxation.
Wormwood– Sedative. (Caution: can be addictive.) Indicated for: vascular disorders, migraine, intestinal parasites, fever, expelling worms, increasing stomach acidity. Do not use while pregnant – can produce spontaneous abortion.
Yarrow– Anti-inflammatory, diuretic. Indicated for: fever, colitis, viral infections, mucous membranes, bleeding problems (improves blood clotting), increases perspiration.
Yellow Dock– Blood purifier/cleanser, tonic. Indicated for: anemia, liver, colon, skin disorders (eczema, hives, psoriasis, rashes.
Yerba Mate– Blood cleanser. Indicated for: allergies, constipation, inflammatory bowel disorders, nervous system, appetite control, aging, cortisone production, mind stimulation.
Yucca– Blood purifier. Indicated for: arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammation.
By combining specific herbs, based on the reason for taking the herb, the full impact of healing can be completed more effectively.