Sunday, July 1, 2012

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. For more information about herbal remedies, check out 75 Safe and Effective Herbal Remedies.
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.
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

For toothache, make a paste with red pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon and apply directly to where it hurts.
For GI tract problems -- including indigestion, nausea, bad breath, mucus, cough, gas, diarrhea, flatulence, and even ulcers -- mix honey, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon into warm milk. For sore throat or headache or general aches and pains, add red pepper and turmeric to the mix.
Red pepper contains capsaicin, which numbs pain. Turmeric, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon are all highly anti-inflammatory, which reduces pain, swelling, allergies, itching, and other auto-immune responses.
Both nutmeg and cinnamon have been scientifically shown to be a potent inhibitor of prostaglandin (inflammatory agent) biosynthesis, acting like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but without the adverse side effects and toxicity of aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. The prostaglandin action is also implicated in why these spices act as a digestive tract tonic. They have for millennia been used to treat these digestive issues. Nutmeg is actually an ingredient in some commercial cough syrups and vapor rubs. Both spices also have strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and tend to enhance immunity. They have been found to be active against Candida albicans, Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers), and the bacteria responsible for halitosis (which is why they are incorporated into some toothpastes, mouthwashes, and chewing gums).
There is no need to go immediately to antibiotics in the case of strep. Strep bacteria can easily be killed with a solution of raw honey, garlic and cayenne. The ratios are: 1 Tbls honey; 1/4 tsp. cayenne; 4 cloves garlic - minced or put through a garlic press. Take 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture every 30 - 60 minutes; let it coat the throat. This remedy will generally relieve you of strep within 24 hours.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works great for athlete's foot fungus, just soak your feet in it for about a half hour or so and no more fungus. May require a second time if your fungus is very severe. Also sage tea bags work fantastic for a toothache. Put a tea bag in a small amount of hot water (as hot as you can stand) to moisten it. Then place it on your pain for as long as possible, I usually put it on my toothache and lay down and take a nap or sleep all night and when I awake, I no longer have a toothache or inflamation from it. And making a rosemary mouthwash, take Rosemary boil it in water, strain and let cool works great for gingivitis. Also makes a great hair rinse, good for helping to stop hair from falling out.

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