Herbal Remedies

Herbal Remedies

For thousands of years plants have been used to ease the suffering from every kind of ache and pain. In modern times this practice is known by many names: herbalism, traditional medicinal, folk medicine, botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy.

This chart shows which herbs have been used successfully for common ailments.

Herbal Remedies

Click the name of the herb for cautions.

Common Ailments Herbal Remedies
Acne Calendula, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree
Alcoholism Evening Primrose Oil, Kudzu
Allergies Chamomile
Alzheimer’s Ginkgo Biloba, Rosemary
Angina Hawthorn, Garlic, Willow, Green Tea
Anxiety Chamomile, Hops, Kava, Lavender Oil, Passionflower, Valerian
Arteriosclerosis Garlic
Arthritis Capsicum, Ginger, Turmeric (Tumeric, Curcumin), Cat’s Claw, Devil’s Claw, Willow
Asthma Coffee, Ephedra, Tea
Athlete’s Foot Tea Tree Oil
Attention-Deficit Disorder Evening Primrose Oil
Bad Breath Parsley
Boils Tea Tree Oil, Topical Garlic, Echinacea, Ginseng, Rhodiola
Bronchitis Echinacea, Pelargonium
Burns Aloe Vera, Bearberry
Cancer Bilberry, Blackberry, Calendula, Coco (dark chocolate), Green Tea, Garlic, Ginseng, Maitake Mushrooms, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Reishi Mushrooms
Cankers Goldenseal
Colds Echinacea, Andrographis, Coffee, Ginseng, Licorice Root (sore throat), Green Tea
Congestive Heart Failure Hawthorn
Constipation Apple, Psyllium seed, Senna
Cough Eucalyptus
Depression St. John’s Wort
Diabetes (type 2) Beans (navy, pinto, black, etc.), Cinnamon, Garlic, Flax Seed, Green Tea
Diabetic Ulcers Comfrey
Diarrhea Bilberry, Raspberry
Diverticulitis Peppermint
Dizziness Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba
Earache Echinacea
Eczema Chamomile, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil
Fatigue Cocoa (dark chocolate), Coffee, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Tea
Fever (reduce) Calendula
Flu Echinacea, Elderberry syrup (See Colds)
Gallbladder disorders Calendula
Gas (flatulent) Fennel, Dill
Giardia Goldenseal, Green Tea
Hay Fever Stinging Nettle, Butterbur
Hemorrhoids Calendula
Herpes Topical Lemon Balm, Topical Comfrey, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginseng
High Blood Pressure Garlic, Beans, Cocoa (dark chocolate), Hawthorn
High Blood Sugar Fenugreek
High Cholesterol Apple, Cinnamon, Cocoa (dark chocolate), Evening Primrose Oil, Flax Seed, Soy foods, Green Tea
Hot Flashes Red Clover, Soy, Black Cohosh
Impotence Yohimbe
Inflammation Angelica, Bay Leaf, Buckthorn, Calendula, Cayenne Pepper, Castor Oil, Cat’s Claw, Chaparral, Chondroitin, Cinnamon, Cucumber, Devil’s Claw, Eucalyptus, Evening Primrose, Fenugreek, Ginger, Grape Seed, Juniper, Kelp, Milk Thistle, Nettle, Parsley, Poplar, Quinine, Rosemary, Sam-e, Turmeric, Wintergreen Oil
Indigestion Chamomile, Ginger, Peppermint
Insomnia Kava, Evening Primrose Oil, Hops, Lemon Balm, Valerian
Irregular Heartbeat Hawthorn
Irregularity Senna, Psyllium seed
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Chamomile, Peppermint
Leg ulcers Calendula
Lower Back Pain Thymol, Carvacrol, White Willow Bark
Menstrual Cramps Calendula, Kava, Raspberry, Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste tree)
Migraine Feverfew, Butterbur
Morning Sickness Ginger
Motion Sickness Ginger
Muscle Pain Capsicum, Wintergreen
Muscle spasms Calendula
Nausea Ginger
Premenstrual Syndrome Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste tree), Evening Primrose Oil
Ringing in Ears (Tinnitus) Ginkgo Biloba
Seasonal Affective Disorder St. John’s Wort
Shingles Capsicum
Sore Throat Licorice, Marshmallow, Mullein
Stress Chamomile, Hops, Kava, Lavender Oil, Passionflower, Valerian
Stuffy Nose Echinacea
Tonsillitis Astragalus Root, Goldenseal, Echinacea
Toothache Willow, Clove Oil
Ulcers Aloe Vera, Licorice
Varicosities (swollen veins) Bilberry, Horse Chestnut
Yeast Infection Garlic, Goldenseal

If you are taking any prescription medication for the above ailments talk to your doctor before using herbal remedies.

For questions and answers about the side effects of herbs see the Herb Forum

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