Herbs and Ailments

Last modified: Friday, 9. April 2010 - 9:27 am

Herb Ailments Historically Used for…
Alfalfa Arthritis, bursitis, rich in minerals; tooth decay, gout, ulcers, nutritional deficiencies (feeds), deodorizes, allergies, anemia, mild diuretic, kidney cleanser, radiation damage, fatigue
Algin Radiation, heavy metal poisoning, detoxing
Aloe vera Burns (all types), digestive disorders, gastritis, ulcers, arthritis, laxative, scar tissue, deodorant, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, wrinkles, heartburn
Arnica Bruises, pain, shock, trauma, distress, injuries
Bayberry Diarrhea, indigestion, infections, jaundice, hemorrhage, goiter, prolapsed uterus
Bee pollen Allergies, asthma, hayfever; immune system stimulant; provides nutrients for survival; nutritional deficiencies, anti-aging, hypertension, radiation sickness, anemia, increases fitness
Bilberry Eyesight; improves night blindness; strengthens blood vessels; works as an antioxidant; varicose veins, kidney problems, light sensitivity
Black cohosh Bites and stings, female disorders, menstrual pain, menopause, PMS, lungs (expels mucus), high blood pressure, relaxes nerves, eases hot flashes, stimulates estrogen production
Black currant oil Multiple sclerosis, immune system disorders, female disorders, eczema, mental disorders, obesity, provides essential fatty acids, alcoholism, cholesterol, high blood pressure, hair loss
Black walnut Fungus, parasites, eczema, pimples, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, jock itch, cold sores, constipation, worms, skin infections of all types; anti-bacterial; dries up breast milk; regulates blood sugar; removes plaque from teeth
Boneset Measles, fever (induces sweating to break), colds, respiratory congestion, flu, arthritis, rheumatism, coughs, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, mumps
Buchu Urinary tract problems, prostate trouble; works as a diuretic; strengthens the bladder; dropsy, yeast infections, bed wetting
Bugleweed Nosebleeds, coughs, indigestion, pain, excess menstruation, irregular heart beat, overactive thyroid, multiple sclerosis, heart palpitations
Burdock root Acne, fungus or bacterial infections, skin ailments, eczema, psoriasis, pimples, arthritis, gout, kidney problems, rheumatism, urinary tract; works as a blood cleanser, liver cleanser
Butcher’s broom Hemorrhoids, arteriolosclerosis, varicose veins, brain circulation, heavy feeling in legs
Calendula Shingles, indigestion, cuts, wounds, chicken pox, rashes, burns, diaper rash; prevents pus/infections; beauty aid used topically
Capsicum Shock, trauma, stroke, heart and circulatory ailments; provides pain relief; stops bleeding when applied locally to cuts; increases circulation; improves digestion; helps with gas; increases vitality; reduces pain when applied to sore muscles or joints
Cascara sagrada Constipation, gallbladder problems, gallstones, hemorrhoids, liver, jaundice, spleen problems, worms, high blood pressure; tones bowel
Cedar berries Pancreas trouble, incontinence, gout, dysentery, TB, diarrhea, diabetes, fungus, hemorrhoids, dandruff
Chamomile Stress, nervousness, colic, stomach cramps, ulcers, drug withdrawal; improves appetite, insomnia, indigestion, nervousness; externally used for sunburn, cuts, scrapes, hemorrhoids, teething, blond hair highlights
Charcoal, activated Poisoning; absorbs toxins; absorbs body odor; eliminates bowel toxins
Chickweed Weight loss, ulcers, obesity; works as an appetite suppressant; acts as a blood purifier; dissolves fatty tumors; cancer preventative, water retention, blood purifier
Chlorophyll, liquid Bad breath; purifies blood; deodorizes; builds blood count; rich in minerals, protects against pollution
Cloves Teething, toothaches; works as a pain reliever; gets rid of parasites; repels bugs
Comfrey Joint injuries, sprains, ulcers, wounds; heals bones; promotes new cell growth; arthritis, bruises, blood cleanser, burns; dislodges mucus
Cranberries Bladder infection, kidney problems; works as a diuretic; prevents urinary system infections
Damiana Frigidity, hormone balance, menopause, bronchitis, emphysema, exhaustion; works as an aphrodisiac for men and women
Dandelion Hepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems, congestive heart failure, PMS, joint pain, blood pressure; cleanses the urinary tract; works as a diuretic; aids digestion
Devil’s claw Neuritis, arthritis, swollen knees, diabetes, kidney problems, rheumatism; strengthens bladder; cholesterol (regulates)
Dong quai Infertility, female disorders, PMS, heart palpitations; improves poor circulation; eases tension, nourishes brain, reduces hot flashes, eases menopausal symptoms
Dulse Thyroid problems, leg cramps, ulcers
Echinacea Colds, earaches, immune system problems, flu, infection, gingivitis, swollen glands, tonsillitis, laryngitis, diabetes, blood purifier
Elderberry Influenza, colds, flu, sinus congestion, allergies, asthma, mononucleosis, ear infections; boosts immune system
Elecampane Lupus, parasites, bacterial and amoebic infections; works as a strong internal cleanser; supports the immune system
Ephedra, Chinese Asthma, allergies, all respiratory ailments, congestion; increases energy; increases blood pressure; activates heart; speeds metabolism
Evening primrose oil Cold sores, PMS, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory diseases of the immune system, eczema
Eyebright Eye problems, eye infections, pink eye, colds, nasal congestion; strengthens, soothes, and reduces redness and inflammation; improves eyesight
Fennel Intestinal gas, indigestion, colic, bronchitis; works as an appetite suppressant
Fenugreek Bronchitis, mucus problems, allergies, asthma, stomach problems, cholesterol (dissolves); reduces fever; eliminates water retention
Feverfew Migraines, inflammation, arthritis, tinnitus; thins blood; reduces fevers
Garlic Regulates blood pressure, respiratory congestion, immune system problems, asthma, ear infections infections (kills), parasites, fungus, high cholesterol; stimulates lymphatics; works as an antiviral agent, cancer preventative
Gentian Jaundice, hepatitis, STDs; strengthens and warms the body; promotes bile production; increases appetite; tonic; physical exhaustion (improves)
Ginger Nausea, car sickness, motion sickness, morning sickness, menstrual cramps, colds, flu, blood pressure, gas, stomach cramps; aids digestion
Ginkgo biloba Alzheimer’s disease, vertigo, memory, tinnitus, atherosclerosis, headaches, depression, blood clots; improves memory; aids brain function; improves concentration
Ginseng Infertility, depression, fatigue; boosts immune system and vitality; helps body adapt to stress; increases mental and physical efficiency
Golden seal Diabetes, sinus congestion, infections, gum problems, mouth sores, allergies, liver problems, ulcers; works as an antibiotic
Gotu kola Tinnitus, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, memory loss, mental fatigue, physical fatigue, senility; increases circulation; promotes longevity; increases vitality
Guggal lipid High cholesterol; strengthens the heart; supports lymph system and builds the immune system; stimulates gradual weight loss
Hawthorn High blood pressure, angina, heart palpitations, inflammation of the heart, kidney problems; nourishes the heart and nerves
Hops Anxiety, headaches, hyperactivity, pain, insomnia, nervousness; works as a diuretic; stimulates appetite
Horseradish Pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, flu, hay fever, worms, sinus congestion, lymph congestion, colds
Horsetail Nail biting, brittle hair, structural system weakness, bladder and kidney problems, joint pain, ulcers, immune and nervous system problems; improves condition of nails
Hydrangea Kidney problems, kidney stones, bladder stones, arthritis, gallstones, gout
Irish moss Ulcers, thyroid problems, dry skin, itchy skin
Jojoba Dandruff, flaky skin; softens skin
Juniper berries Edema, bladder infections, cystitis, indigestion, menstrual irregularities, high blood pressure, PMS, dropsy, pancreas problems, water retention; works as an antiseptic
Kava kava Hyperactivity, insomnia, tension, anxiety, stress
Kelp Thyroid problems, low blood pressure, goiters, radiation exposure, heavy metal poisoning or exposure, metabolism (helps body to regulate)
Lemongrass Tendonitis, immune system problems, backaches, sprains
Licorice root Hypoglycemia, coughs, Addison’s disease, stomach ulcers, arthritis, congestion, female complaints, sore throat; nourishes adrenal glands; boosts energy and endurance
Lobelia Food poisoning, coughs, pneumonia, fungus infections; helps in quitting smoking; relaxes nerves; clears lungs and mucus
Marshmallow Ulcers, tonsillitis, being underweight, sore throat, coughs, colds, sinus congestion, allergies, peptic ulcers, gastritis, colitis, bladder infections, kidney problems; soothes membranes, absorbs and draws out impurities from body
Milk thistle Environmental allergies, jaundice, hepatitis, gallbladder, psoriasis; rebuilds liver; protects from alcohol damage
Motherwort Uterine trouble, menstrual cramps, late periods, high blood pressure, epilepsy
Mullein Mumps, hemorrhoids, all respiratory ailments, allergies, sinusitis, stomach cramps and diarrhea, whooping cough
Myrrh Gingivitis, sinusitis, asthma, coughs, colds, congestion; used as a mouthwash or gargle for gum problems, tooth pain, throat infection, and mouth ulcers
Nettle Osteoporosis, hypoglycemia, rheumatism, rickets, TB, gout, infertility, urinary tract problems, food allergies, kidney inflammation, jaundice, hemorrhage, PMS, palsy, enriches breast milk
Olive Leaf Anti-viral, antibacterial, AIDS, cancer, Epstein-Barr, Candida, yeast infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, parasites, arthritis, colds, diabetes, fungal infections (including toe fungus), hepatitis, high blood pressure, infections, shingles, herpes (both types), and worms
Oregon grape Eczema, acne, liver problems, psoriasis, skin diseases, chicken pox; cleanses blood
Papaya Allergies, colon problems, gas trouble; supports digestion; supplies enzymes; juice lightens freckles
Parsley Kidney problems, kidney infections, indigestion, PMS, bladder infections, dropsy, water retention; works as a diuretic
Pau d’arco Cysts, endometriosis, bacteria, fungus, parasite infection, viruses, worms, cancer preventative; combats infections; used in Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, spleen infections, eczema, diabetes, gastritis, leukemia, polyps, rheumatism, Epstein-Barr
Peach bark Kidney problems, bladder problems, congestion, nausea, stomach problems, water retention, uterus prolapsus
Pennyroyal Promotes menstruation; works as an insect repellent; works as a diuretic; breaks fevers, promotes abortion, use with caution
Peppermint Indigestion, stomach aches, gas problems, nausea, migraines, morning sickness, colds, flu; works as a mental stimulant
Plantain Weak knees, water retention, eczema, burns, ulcers, skin ailments
Psyllium Constipation, hemorrhoids, cholesterol, diverticulitis; provides fiber; exercises and strengthens bowel for better overall function
Red clover Cancer, bronchitis, whooping cough, pimples, acne, boils, cysts, skin diseases, psoriasis, immune system problems; cleanses the blood
Red raspberry Morning sickness, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums; prevents miscarriage; tones uterus; stops diarrhea in children
Reishi mushroom Warts, immune system (strengthens), cancer, bacterial infection, high cholesterol, ulcers, longevity
Rosemary Dandruff, indigestion, tension, muscle pain; works as a decongestant
Safflower Gout, arthritis, rheumatism, indigestion; works as a diuretic; eliminates excess uric acid from the system
Sage Laryngitis, indigestion, mucus (breaks up), colds, coughs, sore throats; stops lactation
Sarsaparilla Hormone balancer, menopause, impotence; purifies blood; supports circulation; fights venereal diseases; stimulates immune system, rich in iron; used for joint aches, gas, rheumatism
Saw palmetto Prostate trouble, nasal congestion, bronchitis, sore throats, reproductive organ trouble; works as a sexual stimulant; helps the underweight gain weight
Scullcap Insomnia, tension, irritability, headaches, epileptic seizures, muscle aches, PMS
Slippery elm Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, coughs, sore throats, indigestion, ulcers; soothes irritated tissues; diarrhea, digestion, bronchitis, appendicitis, burns, lung problems
Spearmint Vomiting, nausea, indigestion, upset stomach, flatulence, heartburn, morning sickness, colds, headaches
Spirulina Underweight problems, toxic metal poisoning, diabetes; feeds the thyroid; promotes feeling of well-being; balances the body; provides nourishment; rich in protein; increases stamina
Squawvine Supports the uterus during childbirth
St. John’s wort Depression, scar tissue; heals wounds
Suma Lyme disease, immune system problems; tonifies glands; helps the body adapt to stress
Tea tree Tonsillitis, fungal infections, cuts, insect bites, acne, skin ailments; used as a vaginal douche for Candida or other yeast or bacterial infections, gargle for throat or mouth infections
Thyme Sinusitis, colds, chest congestion, nerve pain, hysteria, colic, fever; feeds the thymus to boost the immune system
Una de gato (cat’s claw) Fibromyalgia, inflammations, joint pain, muscle pain; boosts the immune system, supports digestion
Uva ursi Urinary trouble, kidney or bladder infections, menstrual bloating, bed-wetting; works as a diuretic; tones the uterus
Valerian Anxiety, insomnia, nervousness, headaches, menstrual cramps, convulsions, hysteria, shock, spasms, tension
White oak bark Swollen glands, hemorrhoids, cold sores, inflamed tissues, varicose veins, gingivitis
White willow bark Headaches, pain, gout, muscle strain, menstrual cramps, fever, inflammations
Wild lettuce Anxiety, trauma, stress, nervous disorders
Wild yam PMS, menstrual cramps, nausea, menopause, infertility, ovary pain, painful periods, lungs, urinary tract problems, rheumatism, muscle relaxer
Witch hazel Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, wrinkles, inflammations, bruises, bumps, insect bites
Wood betony Vertigo, spleen problems, immune system trouble, hysteria, nervousness, migraines; works as a mild sedative to the central nervous system
Wormwood Parasites, scabies, gallstones, bloating, arthritis, lead poisoning, fever, gas; works as an insect repellent
Yarrow Fevers (promotes sweating to break), digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, anxiety, insomnia
Yohimbe Impotence, frigidity; works as a sexual stimulant

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