Herbs and Ailments

HerbAilments Historically Used for…
AlfalfaArthritis, bursitis, rich in minerals; tooth decay, gout, ulcers, nutritional deficiencies (feeds), deodorizes, allergies, anemia, mild diuretic, kidney cleanser, radiation damage, fatigue
AlginRadiation, heavy metal poisoning, detoxing
Aloe veraBurns (all types), digestive disorders, gastritis, ulcers, arthritis, laxative, scar tissue, deodorant, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, wrinkles, heartburn
ArnicaBruises, pain, shock, trauma, distress, injuries
BayberryDiarrhea, indigestion, infections, jaundice, hemorrhage, goiter, prolapsed uterus
Bee pollenAllergies, asthma, hayfever; immune system stimulant; provides nutrients for survival; nutritional deficiencies, anti-aging, hypertension, radiation sickness, anemia, increases fitness
BilberryEyesight; improves night blindness; strengthens blood vessels; works as an antioxidant; varicose veins, kidney problems, light sensitivity
Black cohoshBites and stings, female disorders, menstrual pain, menopause, PMS, lungs (expels mucus), high blood pressure, relaxes nerves, eases hot flashes, stimulates estrogen production
Black currant oilMultiple sclerosis, immune system disorders, female disorders, eczema, mental disorders, obesity, provides essential fatty acids, alcoholism, cholesterol, high blood pressure, hair loss
Black walnutFungus, 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
BonesetMeasles, fever (induces sweating to break), colds, respiratory congestion, flu, arthritis, rheumatism, coughs, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, mumps
BuchuUrinary tract problems, prostate trouble; works as a diuretic; strengthens the bladder; dropsy, yeast infections, bed wetting
BugleweedNosebleeds, coughs, indigestion, pain, excess menstruation, irregular heart beat, overactive thyroid, multiple sclerosis, heart palpitations
Burdock rootAcne, 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 broomHemorrhoids, arteriolosclerosis, varicose veins, brain circulation, heavy feeling in legs
CalendulaShingles, indigestion, cuts, wounds, chicken pox, rashes, burns, diaper rash; prevents pus/infections; beauty aid used topically
CapsicumShock, 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 sagradaConstipation, gallbladder problems, gallstones, hemorrhoids, liver, jaundice, spleen problems, worms, high blood pressure; tones bowel
Cedar berriesPancreas trouble, incontinence, gout, dysentery, TB, diarrhea, diabetes, fungus, hemorrhoids, dandruff
ChamomileStress, nervousness, colic, stomach cramps, ulcers, drug withdrawal; improves appetite, insomnia, indigestion, nervousness; externally used for sunburn, cuts, scrapes, hemorrhoids, teething, blond hair highlights
Charcoal, activatedPoisoning; absorbs toxins; absorbs body odor; eliminates bowel toxins
ChickweedWeight loss, ulcers, obesity; works as an appetite suppressant; acts as a blood purifier; dissolves fatty tumors; cancer preventative, water retention, blood purifier
Chlorophyll, liquidBad breath; purifies blood; deodorizes; builds blood count; rich in minerals, protects against pollution
ClovesTeething, toothaches; works as a pain reliever; gets rid of parasites; repels bugs
ComfreyJoint injuries, sprains, ulcers, wounds; heals bones; promotes new cell growth; arthritis, bruises, blood cleanser, burns; dislodges mucus
CranberriesBladder infection, kidney problems; works as a diuretic; prevents urinary system infections
DamianaFrigidity, hormone balance, menopause, bronchitis, emphysema, exhaustion; works as an aphrodisiac for men and women
DandelionHepatitis, jaundice, gallbladder problems, congestive heart failure, PMS, joint pain, blood pressure; cleanses the urinary tract; works as a diuretic; aids digestion
Devil’s clawNeuritis, arthritis, swollen knees, diabetes, kidney problems, rheumatism; strengthens bladder; cholesterol (regulates)
Dong quaiInfertility, female disorders, PMS, heart palpitations; improves poor circulation; eases tension, nourishes brain, reduces hot flashes, eases menopausal symptoms
DulseThyroid problems, leg cramps, ulcers
EchinaceaColds, earaches, immune system problems, flu, infection, gingivitis, swollen glands, tonsillitis, laryngitis, diabetes, blood purifier
ElderberryInfluenza, colds, flu, sinus congestion, allergies, asthma, mononucleosis, ear infections; boosts immune system
ElecampaneLupus, parasites, bacterial and amoebic infections; works as a strong internal cleanser; supports the immune system
Ephedra, ChineseAsthma, allergies, all respiratory ailments, congestion; increases energy; increases blood pressure; activates heart; speeds metabolism
Evening primrose oilCold sores, PMS, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory diseases of the immune system, eczema
EyebrightEye problems, eye infections, pink eye, colds, nasal congestion; strengthens, soothes, and reduces redness and inflammation; improves eyesight
FennelIntestinal gas, indigestion, colic, bronchitis; works as an appetite suppressant
FenugreekBronchitis, mucus problems, allergies, asthma, stomach problems, cholesterol (dissolves); reduces fever; eliminates water retention
FeverfewMigraines, inflammation, arthritis, tinnitus; thins blood; reduces fevers
GarlicRegulates 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
GentianJaundice, hepatitis, STDs; strengthens and warms the body; promotes bile production; increases appetite; tonic; physical exhaustion (improves)
GingerNausea, car sickness, motion sickness, morning sickness, menstrual cramps, colds, flu, blood pressure, gas, stomach cramps; aids digestion
Ginkgo bilobaAlzheimer’s disease, vertigo, memory, tinnitus, atherosclerosis, headaches, depression, blood clots; improves memory; aids brain function; improves concentration
GinsengInfertility, depression, fatigue; boosts immune system and vitality; helps body adapt to stress; increases mental and physical efficiency
Golden sealDiabetes, sinus congestion, infections, gum problems, mouth sores, allergies, liver problems, ulcers; works as an antibiotic
Gotu kolaTinnitus, depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, memory loss, mental fatigue, physical fatigue, senility; increases circulation; promotes longevity; increases vitality
Guggal lipidHigh cholesterol; strengthens the heart; supports lymph system and builds the immune system; stimulates gradual weight loss
HawthornHigh blood pressure, angina, heart palpitations, inflammation of the heart, kidney problems; nourishes the heart and nerves
HopsAnxiety, headaches, hyperactivity, pain, insomnia, nervousness; works as a diuretic; stimulates appetite
HorseradishPneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, flu, hay fever, worms, sinus congestion, lymph congestion, colds
HorsetailNail biting, brittle hair, structural system weakness, bladder and kidney problems, joint pain, ulcers, immune and nervous system problems; improves condition of nails
HydrangeaKidney problems, kidney stones, bladder stones, arthritis, gallstones, gout
Irish mossUlcers, thyroid problems, dry skin, itchy skin
JojobaDandruff, flaky skin; softens skin
Juniper berriesEdema, bladder infections, cystitis, indigestion, menstrual irregularities, high blood pressure, PMS, dropsy, pancreas problems, water retention; works as an antiseptic
Kava kavaHyperactivity, insomnia, tension, anxiety, stress
KelpThyroid problems, low blood pressure, goiters, radiation exposure, heavy metal poisoning or exposure, metabolism (helps body to regulate)
LemongrassTendonitis, immune system problems, backaches, sprains
Licorice rootHypoglycemia, coughs, Addison’s disease, stomach ulcers, arthritis, congestion, female complaints, sore throat; nourishes adrenal glands; boosts energy and endurance
LobeliaFood poisoning, coughs, pneumonia, fungus infections; helps in quitting smoking; relaxes nerves; clears lungs and mucus
MarshmallowUlcers, 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 thistleEnvironmental allergies, jaundice, hepatitis, gallbladder, psoriasis; rebuilds liver; protects from alcohol damage
MotherwortUterine trouble, menstrual cramps, late periods, high blood pressure, epilepsy
MulleinMumps, hemorrhoids, all respiratory ailments, allergies, sinusitis, stomach cramps and diarrhea, whooping cough
MyrrhGingivitis, sinusitis, asthma, coughs, colds, congestion; used as a mouthwash or gargle for gum problems, tooth pain, throat infection, and mouth ulcers
NettleOsteoporosis, hypoglycemia, rheumatism, rickets, TB, gout, infertility, urinary tract problems, food allergies, kidney inflammation, jaundice, hemorrhage, PMS, palsy, enriches breast milk
Olive LeafAnti-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 grapeEczema, acne, liver problems, psoriasis, skin diseases, chicken pox; cleanses blood
PapayaAllergies, colon problems, gas trouble; supports digestion; supplies enzymes; juice lightens freckles
ParsleyKidney problems, kidney infections, indigestion, PMS, bladder infections, dropsy, water retention; works as a diuretic
Pau d’arcoCysts, 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 barkKidney problems, bladder problems, congestion, nausea, stomach problems, water retention, uterus prolapsus
PennyroyalPromotes menstruation; works as an insect repellent; works as a diuretic; breaks fevers, promotes abortion, use with caution
PeppermintIndigestion, stomach aches, gas problems, nausea, migraines, morning sickness, colds, flu; works as a mental stimulant
PlantainWeak knees, water retention, eczema, burns, ulcers, skin ailments
PsylliumConstipation, hemorrhoids, cholesterol, diverticulitis; provides fiber; exercises and strengthens bowel for better overall function
Red cloverCancer, bronchitis, whooping cough, pimples, acne, boils, cysts, skin diseases, psoriasis, immune system problems; cleanses the blood
Red raspberryMorning sickness, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums; prevents miscarriage; tones uterus; stops diarrhea in children
Reishi mushroomWarts, immune system (strengthens), cancer, bacterial infection, high cholesterol, ulcers, longevity
RosemaryDandruff, indigestion, tension, muscle pain; works as a decongestant
SafflowerGout, arthritis, rheumatism, indigestion; works as a diuretic; eliminates excess uric acid from the system
SageLaryngitis, indigestion, mucus (breaks up), colds, coughs, sore throats; stops lactation
SarsaparillaHormone balancer, menopause, impotence; purifies blood; supports circulation; fights venereal diseases; stimulates immune system, rich in iron; used for joint aches, gas, rheumatism
Saw palmettoProstate trouble, nasal congestion, bronchitis, sore throats, reproductive organ trouble; works as a sexual stimulant; helps the underweight gain weight
ScullcapInsomnia, tension, irritability, headaches, epileptic seizures, muscle aches, PMS
Slippery elmIrritable bowel syndrome, colitis, coughs, sore throats, indigestion, ulcers; soothes irritated tissues; diarrhea, digestion, bronchitis, appendicitis, burns, lung problems
SpearmintVomiting, nausea, indigestion, upset stomach, flatulence, heartburn, morning sickness, colds, headaches
SpirulinaUnderweight problems, toxic metal poisoning, diabetes; feeds the thyroid; promotes feeling of well-being; balances the body; provides nourishment; rich in protein; increases stamina
SquawvineSupports the uterus during childbirth
St. John’s wortDepression, scar tissue; heals wounds
SumaLyme disease, immune system problems; tonifies glands; helps the body adapt to stress
Tea treeTonsillitis, 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
ThymeSinusitis, 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 ursiUrinary trouble, kidney or bladder infections, menstrual bloating, bed-wetting; works as a diuretic; tones the uterus
ValerianAnxiety, insomnia, nervousness, headaches, menstrual cramps, convulsions, hysteria, shock, spasms, tension
White oak barkSwollen glands, hemorrhoids, cold sores, inflamed tissues, varicose veins, gingivitis
White willow barkHeadaches, pain, gout, muscle strain, menstrual cramps, fever, inflammations
Wild lettuceAnxiety, trauma, stress, nervous disorders
Wild yamPMS, menstrual cramps, nausea, menopause, infertility, ovary pain, painful periods, lungs, urinary tract problems, rheumatism, muscle relaxer
Witch hazelVaricose veins, hemorrhoids, wrinkles, inflammations, bruises, bumps, insect bites
Wood betonyVertigo, spleen problems, immune system trouble, hysteria, nervousness, migraines; works as a mild sedative to the central nervous system
WormwoodParasites, scabies, gallstones, bloating, arthritis, lead poisoning, fever, gas; works as an insect repellent
YarrowFevers (promotes sweating to break), digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, anxiety, insomnia
YohimbeImpotence, frigidity; works as a sexual stimulant