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

Updated on December 10, 2012


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


    Astragalus, Echinacea


    St. John’s Wort

Alcohol Abuse

    Kudzu, Milk Thistle (Silymarin)

Alzheimer’s Disease


Anal Fissures

    Gotu Kola


    Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Passion Flower, Valerian


    Angelica, Astragalus, Boswellia, Cayenne,

    Cilantro and Corriander, Devil’s Claw, Juniper,

    Licorice, Meadowsweet, Oil of Evening Primrose,



    Astragalus, Coffee, Eucalyptus, Kola

Athlete’s Foot


Bacterial Infections

    Clove, Dill, Echinacea

Blood Clots

    Garlic, Ginseng

Blood Pressure

    Garlic, Hawthorn


    Coffee, Eucalyptus


    Allspice, Chamomile


    Aloe, Astragalus, Echinacea, Gotu Kola,

    Marsh Mallow, Peppermint, St. John’s Wort


    Angelica, Astragalus, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada,

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

    White Willow

Canker Sores


Chest Congestion

    Coffee, Eucalyptus, Peppermint (tea)   


    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


    Cilantro and Corriander, Dill, Fennel

Colon Cancer

    White Willow


    Aloe, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Psyllium,



    Angelica, Licorice, Marsh Mallow, Mullein,

    Thyme, Wild Cherry Bark


    Aloe, Cilantro and Coriander, Clove, Eucalyptus,

    Marsh Mallow, Sage, Thyme

Conditions (D - H) and Major Supporting Herbs

Depression (Mild)

    St. John’s Wort, Valerian


    Milk Thistle (Silymarin)

Diabetes (High Blood Sugar)

    Cinnamon, Garlic

Diaper Rash



    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)



    Coffee, Kola (tea)

Ears (Ringing In)



    Gotu Kola

Esophageal Cancer

    White Willow


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


    Balm, Black Haw, Meadowsweet, Turmeric, White Willow


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

Foot Pain (In Diabetes)


Fungal Infections

    Cinnamon, Garlic, Goldenseal

Gas (Flatulence)

    Allspice, Cilantro and Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Peppermint

Gum Disease



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

Heart Disease

    Cayenne, Garlic, Tea, Turmeric


    Horse chestnut, Mullein, Witch Hazel (topical)


    Balm, Cascara Sagrada, Ginseng, Licorice

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

    Celery Weed, Feverfew, Garlic, Juniper, Valerian


    Gotu Kola


Conditions (I - P) and Major Supporting Herbs



Immunity (Lowered)

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


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

    Feverfew, Peppermint, Thyme


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

    Goldenseal, Thyme


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

Insect Bites and Stings

    Balm, Clove, Mullein


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

Irritable Bowel Movements


Jet Lag


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


Motion Sickness


Muscle Cramps or Spasm


Muscle Soreness

    Allspice, Cayenne, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Peppermint


    Ginger, Chamomile, Peppermint


    Astragalus, Balm, Chamomile, Valerian

Numbness (In Legs)

    Gotu Kola


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

Perspiration Problems


Prostate Enlargment (Benign)

    Saw Palmetto, Stinging Nettle Root

Conditions (Q - Z) and Major Supporting Herbs

Rectal Cancers

    White Willow

Respiratory Problems

    Angelica (tea)



Skin Conditions

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

Skin Infections


Skin Irritations


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


    Garlic, White Willow






    Allspice, Chamomile, Clove

Tooth Decay


Traveller’s Diarrhea



    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


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

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

Yeast Infections


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.


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    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      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.

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      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.

    • bettybarnesb profile image


      9 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

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      9 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.

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      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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      James Bowden 

      9 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.


    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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!

    • kennynext profile image


      10 years ago from Everywhere

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

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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 

      10 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.

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

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

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      King Larry 

      10 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!

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      Larry -- ha, ask your buddy Steven!

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      King Larry 

      10 years ago

      No, why you ask?

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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???

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      King Larry 

      10 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.

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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

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      King Larry 

      10 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!

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      King Larry -- Try it and see what happens.

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      King Larry 

      10 years ago

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

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      Steven - :) Looking forward to reading it!

    • Stevennix2001 profile image


      10 years ago

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

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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. :)

    • Stevennix2001 profile image


      10 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. :)

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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.

    • Stevennix2001 profile image


      10 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. ;)

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

      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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      10 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.

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Canada

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

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      10 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

    • Beth100 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Canada

      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!!

    • tony0724 profile image


      11 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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