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Herbs and Herbal Remedies

Updated on May 4, 2013

What is a herb?

Herbs are the green, parts of plants. The use of herbs is mentioned in the Bible and other historic books. Archaeologists believe man used herbs long before recorded history. Here is a list of the most popular herbs to help you understand the medicinal properties available from herbs.

Herb and Medicinal Purpose:

Basil, Sage & Mint are used to treat bowel disease and arthritis. Served in sherbets, tomato dishes, salads, stuffing, sauce & soups.

Bay leaves are used to treat high blood sugar, migraine headaches, bacterial or fungal infections, stop pregnancy & gastric ulcers. Served in soups, stews, stir-fries, sauces, meats, and desserts.

Bergamot Orange is used as a skin cleanser to treat skin infections and minor wounds Served in salads, on pork, chicken, seafood, eggs, in drinks and teas

Chervil is used to treat hiccups, as a digestive aid, and to lower high blood pressure. Served in salads, stir-fries, sauces, cheese, and as a garnish.

Chives are rich in Calcium, Vitamin A & C with trace sulfur and are used to treat the circulatory system disorders. Served in salads, stir-fries, sauces, cheese, breads, and as a garnish

Cilantro is used for the relief of anxiety, insomnia and to treat digestion issues. Served in salads, stir-fries, soups, chicken, fish, eggs, garnishes

Curry leaf is used to help hair grow in strength and luster. Served in curry, pickles, chutneys, on fish, vegetables, and in rice.

Dill is used to soothe the stomach after meals. Served in salads, stir-fries, chicken, seafood, sauces, and as a garnish.

Fennel is used to improve eyesight, act as a diuretic to relax the intestines & reduce bloating. It has been said that Fennel treats babies with colic and painful teething. Served in salads, stir-fries, eggs, seafood, sauces, soups, and with vegetables.

Garlic is used to treat parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Served in salads, stir-fries, sauces, soups, cheese, and as a garnish.

Gotu kola is used to heal wounds, improve memory & relieve hypertension. Served in salads, soups, rice, and as a garnish.

Lemongrass is used to treat cancer because the citral in lemongrass induces programmed cell death in only the cancerous body cells. Served in soups, stir-fries, beef, chicken, seafood, sauces, as a tea.

Marjoram & Oregano are used as a cooling gel, vapor steam and anti-itch medicine. They are also served in soups, stews, sauces, cheese, breads, eggs, and vegetables

Parsley is used as tonic to strengthen the bladder, control high blood pressure & as a topical anti-itch gel. Served in salads, sauces, cheese, and a garnish.

Rosemary is used to treat gout, improve memory & lowering the risk of strokes and neurodegenerative diseases (Dementia, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's). Served in stews, sauces, soups, stuffing’s, breads, eggs, and as a tea.

Thyme is used to treat respiratory infections in the form of a tincture, salve, and syrup or by steam inhalation. It is the main ingredient in "Listerine Mouthwash." Served in stews, sauces, soups, stuffing’s, breads, eggs, and in tea.

Watercress is used to treat lung cancer, thyroid problems and as an antioxidant, diuretic, expectorant & digestive aid. Served in salads, soups, sauces, eggs, and as a garnish.

WARNING: It is important to note that several of these herbs have properties that affect your health. It is important to chat with your medical doctor about your use of these herbs. They may interfere with the pharmaceutical prescriptions you are prescribed. Remember to ask what every medicine is for, how long you need to take it, and if a herbal remedy might be just as effective.:


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  • Galadriel Arwen profile image

    Galadriel Arwen 7 years ago from USA

    Thanks for your interest in my hub! Here is the information. Please note the PRECAUTIONS!



    Use Watercress fresh from your garden. Keep it fresh by refrigeration stem down

    in a glass of water covered in a plastic bag. It will keep for five days. Watercress has a peppery flavor that can be overpowering.

    PRECAUTIONS: Check with your doctor! Watercress contains an enzyme called “Cytochrome”

    that can have an adverse reaction when taken with other medicines.



    Lemongrass can be used fresh from your garden dried, ground, in any form.

    There are no precautions to the use of this herb but check with your doctor about contraindicated results before using any herb!

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    rwelton 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

    Hi- I am new to the HUB and have an interest in alternative ways to deal with Cancer and Cancer recovery. I have a pretty good sized herb garden I can see from my kitchen window. Are lemongrass and watercress herbs only effective fresh or can they be dried and saved when in season?


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    pen2010 7 years ago from India

    Nice describtion