• Herbal Remedies for Common Ailments

    Medicinal herbs can provide natural, safer remedies to dozens of common ailments. This chart shows you more than 75 herbal remedies that do just that.

    As with any health issue, always be sure to talk to your doctor before trying a new medicine  including herbal medicines  or other remedy. In conjunction with a discussion with your primary healthcare provider, you can find more safety and usage information on the herbs below in Micheal Castleman’s The New Healing Herbs and in  Dr. James A. Duke’s book, Dr. Duke’s Essential Herbs.

    Ailment  Herb
    Acne Calendula, aloe, tea tree
    Alcoholism Evening primrose, kudzu
    Allergy Chamomile
    Alzheimer’s disease Ginkgo, rosemary
    Angina Hawthorn, garlic, willow, green tea
    Anxiety and stress Hops, kava, passionflower, valerian, chamomile, lavender
    Arteriosclerosis Garlic
    Arthritis Capsicum, ginger, turmeric, willow, cat’s claw, devil’s claw
    Asthma Coffee, ephedra, tea
    Athlete’s foot Topical tea tree oil
    Attention-deficit disorder Evening primrose oil
    Bad breath Parsley
    Boils Tea tree oil, topical garlic, echinacea, eleutherococcus, ginseng, rhodiola
    Bronchitis Echinacea, pelargonium
    Burns Aloe
    Cancer Bilberry, blackberry, cocoa (dark chocolate), green tea, garlic, ginseng, maitake mushroom, pomegranate, raspberry, reishi mushroom
    Cankers Goldenseal
    Colds Echinacea, andrographis, ginseng, coffee, licorice root (sore throat), tea (nasal and chest congestion)
    Congestive heart failure Hawthorn
    Constipation Apple, psyllium seed, senna
    Cough Eucalyptus
    Depression St. John’s wort
    Diabetes, Type 2 Garlic, beans (navy, pinto, black, etc.), cinnamon, eleutherococcus, flaxseed, green tea
    Diabetic ulcers Comfrey
    Diarrhea Bilberry, raspberry
    Diverticulitis Peppermint
    Dizziness Ginger, ginkgo
    Earache Echinacea
    Eczema Chamomile, topical borage seed oil, evening primrose oil
    Fatigue Cocoa (dark chocolate), coffee, eleutheroccocus, ginseng, rhodiola, tea
    Flu Echinacea, elderberry syrup (also see “Colds”)
    Gas Fennel, dill
    Giardia Goldenseal
    Gingivitis Goldenseal, green tea
    Hay fever Stinging nettle, butterbur
    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, flaxseed, soy foods, green tea
    Hot flashes Red clover, soy, black cohosh
    Impotence Yohimbe
    Indigestion  Chamomile, ginger, peppermint
    Infection Topical tea tree oil, astragalus, echinacea, eleutherococcus, garlic, ginseng, rhodiola
    Insomnia  Kava, evening primrose, hops, lemon balm, valerian
    Irregular heartbeat Hawthorn
    Irregularity Senna, psyllium seed
    Irritable bowel syndrome Chamomile, peppermint
    Lower back pain Thymol, carvacrol, white willow bark
    Menstrual cramps Kava, raspberry, chasteberry
    Migraine Feverfew, butterbur
    Morning sickness Ginger
    Muscle pain Capsicum, wintergreen
    Nausea Ginger
    Premenstrual syndrome Chasteberry, evening primrose
    Ringing in the ears Ginkgo
    Seasonal affective disorder St. John’s wort
    Shingles Capsicum
    Sore throat Licorice, marshmallow, mullein
    Stuffy nose Echinacea
    Tonsillitis Goldenseal, astragalus, echinacea
    Toothache Willow, clove oil
    Ulcers Aloe, licorice
    Varicosities Bilberry, horse chestnut
    Yeast infection Garlic, goldenseal, Pau D’arco


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