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 AilmentsHerbal Remedies
Acne Calendula, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree
Alcoholism Evening Primrose Oil, Kudzu
Alzheimer’s Ginkgo Biloba, Rosemary
Angina Hawthorn, Garlic, Willow, Green Tea
Anxiety Chamomile, Hops, Kava, Lavender Oil, Passionflower, Valerian
ArthritisCapsicum, Ginger, Turmeric (Tumeric, Curcumin), Cat’s Claw, Devil’s Claw, Willow
Asthma Coffee, Ephedra, Tea
Athlete’s FootTea Tree Oil
Attention-Deficit DisorderEvening Primrose Oil
Bad BreathParsley
BoilsTea 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
Colds Echinacea, Andrographis, Coffee, Ginseng, Licorice Root (sore throat), Green Tea
Congestive Heart FailureHawthorn
ConstipationApple, Psyllium seed, Senna
DepressionSt. John’s Wort
Diabetes (type 2)Beans (navy, pinto, black, etc.), Cinnamon, Garlic, Flax Seed, Green Tea
Diabetic UlcersComfrey
Diarrhea Bilberry, Raspberry
Dizziness Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba
Eczema Chamomile, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil
FatigueCocoa (dark chocolate), Coffee, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Tea
Fever (reduce)Calendula
Flu Echinacea, Elderberry syrup (See Colds)
Gallbladder disordersCalendula
Gas (flatulent)Fennel, Dill
Giardia Goldenseal, Green Tea
Hay FeverStinging Nettle, Butterbur
Herpes Topical Lemon Balm, Topical Comfrey, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginseng
High Blood Pressure Garlic, Beans, Cocoa (dark chocolate), Hawthorn
High Blood SugarFenugreek
High CholesterolApple, Cinnamon, Cocoa (dark chocolate), Evening Primrose Oil, Flax Seed, Soy foods, Green Tea
Hot FlashesRed Clover, Soy, Black Cohosh
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 HeartbeatHawthorn
Irregularity Senna, Psyllium seed
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Chamomile, Peppermint
Leg ulcersCalendula
Lower Back PainThymol, Carvacrol, White Willow Bark
Menstrual Cramps Calendula, Kava, Raspberry, Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste tree)
Migraine Feverfew, Butterbur
Morning SicknessGinger
Motion SicknessGinger
Muscle PainCapsicum, Wintergreen
Muscle spasmsCalendula
Premenstrual Syndrome Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste tree), Evening Primrose Oil
Ringing in Ears (Tinnitus)Ginkgo Biloba
Seasonal Affective DisorderSt. John’s Wort
Sore Throat Licorice, Marshmallow, Mullein
Stress Chamomile, Hops, Kava, Lavender Oil, Passionflower, Valerian
Stuffy NoseEchinacea
Tonsillitis Astragalus Root, Goldenseal, Echinacea
ToothacheWillow, 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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