Herbs: A Pocket List of Conditions and Major Herbs That Support Healing

 

The world of herbs, herbal medicine and alternative medicine is daunting.  Even more so if one has very little or no background in the understanding of plants, their usage and effects on the human body.

The use of herbal medicine has been available for thousands of years.  In the beginning, before traditional medicine, herbal and natural medicine were the only alternatives and widely accepted in use and practice.  Some of this knowledge has been passed down generation to generation; some of it has been documented; some of it has been lost; some of it is being researched. 

Herbal treatments for common ailments can be found in most herbal stores, and in some speciality sections of larger grocery chains.  When I have looked upon the store shelves that are stocked with hundreds of varieties of herbs, I become confused as to what herb I should use for a particular condition.  There are knowledgeable staff working in the store, but it’s still important to understand and know what herb or herbs you are seeking for the specific ailment.  But, where do you start?  And how do you start?  Those are two good questions.

I have composed a short list of conditions listed alphabetically for ease of reference.  Across the name of the condition is the major herbs which support the treatment, prevention and maintenance of healthy of the condition.  This compilation includes only the most common herbs used for treating these symptoms and conditions.  This list is not all inclusive and there are omissions.  If there are other herbal remedies that you have heard of, or found through research, it is best to discuss this with your naturopath or homeopath and medical doctor.  Also, please contact me and I will update this list.

In many cities and countries, the melding of alternative and traditional medicine has begun providing the benefit of both worlds.  As such, it is important to speak to your medical doctor, homeopath and/or naturopath before changing, altering or adding to your medical treatment.  The purpose of this list is to provide an organized and easily understandable reference for you, the consumer, to go forward with in meeting with your naturopath or homeopath.  I, again, stress that it is important for you to keep the lines of communication open between you, your medical doctor, naturopath and homeopath to ensure the greatest level of support that you can achieve.  As a team, they will provide the necessary guidance and support that you will require. 

Conditions (A-C) and Major Supporting Herbs

Abscesses

    Astragalus, Echinacea

AIDS

    St. John’s Wort

Alcohol Abuse

    Kudzu, Milk Thistle (Silymarin)

Alzheimer’s Disease

    Ginkgo

Anal Fissures

    Gotu Kola

Anxiety

    Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Passion Flower, Valerian

Arthritis

    Angelica, Astragalus, Boswellia, Cayenne,

    Cilantro and Corriander, Devil’s Claw, Juniper,

    Licorice, Meadowsweet, Oil of Evening Primrose,

    Tumeric

Asthma

    Astragalus, Coffee, Eucalyptus, Kola

Athlete’s Foot

    Goldenseal

Bacterial Infections

    Clove, Dill, Echinacea

Blood Clots

    Garlic, Ginseng

Blood Pressure

    Garlic, Hawthorn

Bronchitis

    Coffee, Eucalyptus

Bruises

    Allspice, Chamomile

Burns

    Aloe, Astragalus, Echinacea, Gotu Kola,

    Marsh Mallow, Peppermint, St. John’s Wort

Cancer

    Angelica, Astragalus, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada,

    Garlic, Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Rosemary (tea), Turmeric,

    White Willow

Canker Sores

    Goldenseal

Chest Congestion

    Coffee, Eucalyptus, Peppermint (tea)   

Cholesterol

    Cayenne, Celery Seed, Garlic, Ginseng, Gugulipid

Circulation (Poor)

    Cayenne, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Gotu Kola, Hawthorn

Colds or Flu

    Allspice, Angelica, Astragalus, Coffee, Echinacea,

    Garlic, Goldenseal Root, Peppermint (tea)

Cold Sores

    Balm, Cascara Sagrada, Peppermint

Colic

    Cilantro and Corriander, Dill, Fennel

Colon Cancer

    White Willow

Constipation

    Aloe, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Psyllium,

    Senna

Coughs

    Angelica, Licorice, Marsh Mallow, Mullein,

    Thyme, Wild Cherry Bark

Cuts

    Aloe, Cilantro and Coriander, Clove, Eucalyptus,

    Marsh Mallow, Sage, Thyme

Conditions (D - H) and Major Supporting Herbs

Depression (Mild)

    St. John’s Wort, Valerian

Detoxification

    Milk Thistle (Silymarin)

Diabetes (High Blood Sugar)

    Cinnamon, Garlic

Diaper Rash

    Chamomile

Diarrhea

    Astragalus, Cilantro and Coriander, Cinnamon,  Clove, Dill, Fennel, Ginger,

    Goldenseal, Kola, Meadowsweet, Peppermint

Digestion (Poor)

    Allspice, Cayenne, Chamomile, Cilantro and Coriander, Clove, Dill, Fennel,

    Ginger, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage

Dizziness (Chronic)

    Ginkgo

Drowsiness

    Coffee, Kola (tea)

Ears (Ringing In)

    Ginkgo

Epilepsy

    Gotu Kola

Esophageal Cancer

    White Willow

Fatigue

    Angelica, Coffee, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Panax Ginseng

Fever

    Balm, Black Haw, Meadowsweet, Turmeric, White Willow

Flu

    Angelica, Coffee, Echinacea, Ginger, Meadowsweet (tea)

Foot Pain (In Diabetes)

    Cayenne

Fungal Infections

    Cinnamon, Garlic, Goldenseal

Gas (Flatulence)

    Allspice, Cilantro and Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Peppermint

Gum Disease

    Cinnamon

Headache

    Black Haw, Cayenne, Coffee, Kola, Meadowsweet, White Willow

Heart Disease

    Cayenne, Garlic, Tea, Turmeric

Hemorrhoids

    Horse chestnut, Mullein, Witch Hazel (topical)

Herpes

    Balm, Cascara Sagrada, Ginseng, Licorice

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

    Celery Weed, Feverfew, Garlic, Juniper, Valerian

Hyperactivity

    Gotu Kola

 

Conditions (I - P) and Major Supporting Herbs

Impotence

    Ginkgo

Immunity (Lowered)

    Angelica, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Marsh Mallow

Indigestion

    Allspice, Balm, Chamomile, Cilantro and Coriander, Cinnamon, Dill,

    Feverfew, Peppermint, Thyme

Infections

    Aloe, Astragalus, Cilantro and Coriander, Echinacea, Eucalyptus,

    Goldenseal, Thyme

Inflammation

    Chamomile, Cilantro and Coriander, Gotu Kola, Licorice, White Willow

Insect Bites and Stings

    Balm, Clove, Mullein

Insomnia

    Gotu Kola, Hops, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Valerian

Irritable Bowel Movements

    Peppermint

Jet Lag

    Coffee

Joint Pain

    Allspice, Cayenne

Liver Dysfunction

    Ginseng, Milk Thistle (Silymarin), Turmeric

Memory Loss (Forgetfulness)

    Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola

Menstrual Irregularity and PMS

    Allspice, Angelica, Balm, Black Haw, Chamomile, Don Quai, Feverfew,

    Juniper, Meadowsweet, Oil of Evening Primrose, Rosemary, Thyme, Valerian

Migraines (Headaches)

    Feverfew, White Willow

Morning Sickness

    Ginger

Motion Sickness

    Ginger

Muscle Cramps or Spasm

    Valerian

Muscle Soreness

    Allspice, Cayenne, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Peppermint

Nausea

    Ginger, Chamomile, Peppermint

Nervousness

    Astragalus, Balm, Chamomile, Valerian

Numbness (In Legs)

    Gotu Kola

Pain

    Allspice, Black Haw, Cayenne, Kola, Meadowsweet, Peppermint, White Willow

Perspiration Problems

    Sage

Prostate Enlargment (Benign)

    Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle Root

Conditions (Q - Z) and Major Supporting Herbs

Rectal Cancers

    White Willow

Respiratory Problems

    Angelica (tea)

Shingles

    Cayenne

Skin Conditions

    Calendula, Chamomile (topical), Clove, Gotu Kola, Tea Tree Oil (topical)

Skin Infections

    Clove

Skin Irritations

    Chamomile

Skin Ulcers

    Gotu Kola

Sore Throat

    Goldenseal, Licorice, Marsh Mallow, Mullein, Sage

Stomach Cancer

    Garlic, Ginseng, White Willow

Stomach Upset

    Chamomile, Cilantro and Coriander, Cinnamon, Clove, Dill, Peppermint, Rosemary

Stress and Tension

    Eleuthero, Ginseng, Kava Kava, Passion Flower, Valerian

Stroke

    Garlic, White Willow

Sunburn

    Aloe

Swelling

    Chamomile

Toothache

    Allspice, Chamomile, Clove

Tooth Decay

    Cinnamon

Traveller’s Diarrhea

    Clove

Ulcers

    Aloe Juice, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Licorice, Meadowsweet, Turmeric

Urinary Tract Problems

    Cinnamon, Cranberry, Uva Ursi

Varicose Veins

    Bilberry, Gotu Kola, Horse Chestnut, Witch Hazel (topical)

Viral Diseases and Infections

    Astragalus, Balm, Cascara Sagrada, Cinnamon, Clove, Echinacea, Eucalyptus,

    Garlic, Ginseng, Goldenseal

Water Retention

    Celery Seed, Dandelion Leaf, Tea, Uva Ursi

Wounds

    Aloe, Balm, Cilantro and Coriander, Clove, Echninacea, Goldenseal, Gotu Kola,

    Marsh Mallow, Mullein, Peppermint, Sage, St. John’s Wort

Yeast Infections

    Cinnamon

A few last words...

The information I have provided is meant to be used as the starting point for your research on medicinal herbs. I encourage you to explore all information available for a particular herb or a group of herbs before beginning treatments. You should always consult your medical doctor, homeopath and/or naturopath before beginning any herbal treatments as they are the most informed of your condition and of the herbal treatment that you are planning on following. They will also guide you in the application and usage of the herbs to provide maximum benefit to you.

Beth100

March 4, 2010

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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Bettybarnesb -- It takes time to change from western to natural medicines. Why? Because we need to research and learn before we use them. :) Take your time, be thorough and you will reap the benefits of natural medicines and herbs. Feel free to print this and keep it handy in your purse. :) Thank you very much for your supportive feedback.

Peace and light.


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada Author

Jesse - I'm glad too! The key is to be proactive. Build your immune system before the flu season hits or you will be playing behind the ball all season. Hope your season is free of flus and coughs! Thank you for your comments.


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bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Hey Beth100: I, too, believe and use herbs. Probably not as much as I need to but am improving. Will keep this article for references. Thank you very much for sharing. Very well done.

Be blessed


Jesse 5 years ago

Glad I found your list. I will try the recommendations for sore throats and coughs as it is the beginning of flu season.


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada Author

Jlbowden -- There are many different types of herbs, and this list is just a few common ones. Thank you for your comments -- I appreciate them!


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Jlbowden 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

Hi Beth:

Nicely put together article on all about Herbs and their uses. I didn't realize that there are so many herbs out their that can treat various conditions naturally. A real interesting and informative article, that many of us can benefit from. Thanks for sharing.

Jl


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Kennynext -- I grew up with alternate medicine and my grandfather was a herbologist. I was very fortunate as he administered any and everything that I needed. I am very pleased to see that the modern world is opening it's mind to alternate practices for medicine. Thank you Kenny!


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kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

Thank you Beth. Some very good stuff here and people need alternate medicine more than ever.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Granny's House -- Thank you very much!! I'm hoping that this will provide a foundation for you and other readers to build upon. Thank you for rating it up and bookmarking! :)


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

beth, i love, love ,love this hub. i can't wait to read more. Will rate up and bookmark.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Larry -- Watch it, or I'll put a hex on you! :P


King Larry 6 years ago

ask steven? why the heck do i need to ask him? I can't even stand the creep! although i do love picking on the guy though! mwahahahahaha!


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Larry -- ha, ask your buddy Steven!


King Larry 6 years ago

No, why you ask?


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Larry -- hmmmm...I think I have a special herb mixture for BAD ATTITUDE! (and that's not in the good sense either). Hey, do you have strings attached to you???


King Larry 6 years ago

What you talking about woman? I don't need that crap. I'm King Larry, and every girl wants me. hahahaha! besides, i already told you it's for my pal, stevennix2001, since we both know how sad he is. lol.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Larry -- lol If you need herbs to do that for you, then you're in trouble! SLAP! lol I'm sure they would, if the concoction is correct. Maybe you should check with the Happy-Ever-After God Mother. :D


King Larry 6 years ago

I was going to ask if any of those herbs work as an aphrodisiac to attract the ladies. lol. although I certainly don't need it as all the ladies can't help but want me. However, i was asking for my pal stevennix2001, since i know how bad he is with the women around here. lol.

I try to take the lad under my wing but like i told him, my sexiness is a talent and not a skill to learn. i can't help it that I was born this cool. mwahahahaha!


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

King Larry -- Try it and see what happens.


King Larry 6 years ago

Herbs can really do all that? i do have one question though but you might slap me though. ;)


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Steven - :) Looking forward to reading it!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

I will. I promise then. Besides, I can never turn down a request from a beautiful lady such as yourself. ;)


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Steven, consider it a request for a hub by me! I think you'll enjoy it. Let me know when you've finished the write up. :)


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

Really? Hmmm...I don't think I've seen that movie before, but I'll definitely check it out sometime then. Thanks again for the advice, Beth. :)


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Steven -- You never need an excuse, but you can always come by and leave me comments. :) Holistic medicine is very interesting and intriguing as it is an integral part of human history. We humans have been turning to nature for help with our health since the beginning of time. And, we still are. You should watch the movie Medicine Man. It provides the underlying belief of how nature holds all the cures that man requires.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

Your welcome. anytime. besides, I was just curious about it, as I know very little about it to be quite honest. lol. Plus, it gives me an excuse to talk to ya. ;)


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Steven -- I cannot say, for legalities of being held liable, that herbs can cure aids or cancer. Having said that, I personally know of several people who have been cured of cancer from taking a combination of herbs religiously to combat the disease. As of today, 60% are still cancer free due to their continued regime of following their prescribed herbs and supplements. Don't forget that holistic healing is not only based on the physical, but the mental/emotion well being too. They both have to be healed in order to achieve a healthy balance. A healthy balance, such as in chi, is what we all should be striving for. I have explained what and how chi works in my acupressure hub, if you are interested in reading more on the subject.

Thank you Steven, for asking a very good question and leaving your thoughts.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

thanks for the advice beth. some of these conditions you mentioned, I didn't even know there were herbs for them. so if someone had aids or cancer, would taking these herbs cure it? or just reduce the symptoms? I'm only asking because I'm curious, and thankfully I don't have these symptoms or anyone that I know. however, i just thought i'd ask.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

PDH -- Thank you Maita! Chamomile is terrific for the skin, and is a wonderful soothing tea before bedtime too.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

This is complete my friend, well done, I use chamomile for skin, I can see that it is there on the list, Maita


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada Author

Tony -- It's always a pleasure to have you visit! :) Arthritis can be a challenge since it comes in many forms. I am trying a new supplement and I just started the regime this week. I'd be happy to send you the info if you like. Way cool to have you as "first"!! Thank you Tony!!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Beth thank you for putting together such a comprehensive list of herbal remedies. I try to opt for those before over the counter medication. And I have an arthritic shoulder that can be so painful sometimes. So I will have to try some of this stuff. And I am the first one to comment on your hub . How cool !!:)

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