Herbal Medicine Cabinet:
Traditional Herbal Remedies To Keep On Hand
By: Dr. Rita Louise
Around the world, there are hundreds of herbs and medicinal plants that are currently being used improve health. If you have never worked with traditional herbal remedies before, it is best to start off with a few herbs, work with them for a while and then expand your repertoire over time. To help you get started, I have provided you with a number of traditional herbal remedies that can be used to meet many health conditions you may experience. This should get you well on your way to working with herbs and herbal remedies.
The gel, Aloe vera, is considered one of the most effective healing agents for the treatment of burns and injuries. It is also considered one of the best herbal laxatives available. Its soothing, cleansing properties help the body to maintain healthy tissues.
Buchu is often used to treat inflammation of the urethra, blood in the urine, bladder infections and other chronic urinary tract disorders.
Cascara Sagrada is a popular herbal treatment for chronic constipation because it is not habit-forming. It is used to increase the secretion of digestive fluids, create large soft bowel movements, and stimulate the peristaltic action of the colon.
Chamomile is best known as relaxing tonic for jangled nerves. Its oils also contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in persons sensitive to ragweed or daisies.
Clove oil is highly antiseptic and is a time-honored herbal remedy for toothache. It is also used to stop vomiting. It also has a history relieving indigestion, controlling diarrhea and healing cuts and bites.
Dandelion has helped serious liver conditions such as hepatitis, jaundice and cirrhosis by stimulating the liver and eliminating toxins from the blood. Dandelion has also helped strengthen the kidneys and is used in combinations for high blood pressure and water retention.
The traditional herbal usage of Echinacea is as a topical agent to help the body repair skin wounds, and internally to enhance the immune system and stimulate the activity of white blood cells, which destroy bacteria, viruses, other foreign invaders.
Eyebright has antibacterial and astringent properties that make if useful for cleansing the eye both internally and externally as an eyewash. It can improve vision; relieve intra-ocular pressure and protect the optic nerve in early stages of glaucoma.
Fenugreek is one of the oldest herbal medicinal plants and is known for its ability to sooth inflamed tissues and improve mucus and lymph system flow. It can be taken for bronchitis or fevers and gargled for a sore throat.
Garlic is one of the most important herbs; it has a broad range of well-documented healing properties. It fights bacteria, fungi and worms. Garlic supports the circulatory system by fighting against blood clots. It also stimulates bile, lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves the bloods LDL/HDL ratio.
Ginger root stimulates the circulatory system. It acts directly on the stomach and liver to reduce nausea and vomiting and is more effective than Dramamine for motion sickness. The therapeutic properties of ginger can prevent the onset of migraine headaches, especially if they start with strong nausea or vertigo.
Goldenseal‘s numerous herbal uses are attributed to its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It soothes irritated mucus membranes aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat and been used to help reduce fevers, and relive congestion and excess mucous. Golden seal should be used with caution by hypoglycemic because it is known to lower blood sugar levels.
Gotu Kola is used for ailments of the nervous system. It builds circulation in the brain and lower limbs and is often used to help improve memory. Gotu Kola also exhibits antibiotic properties, where it helps to break down the cell walls of invaders so that the body’s immune system works more effectively.
Licorice root feeds and activates the adrenal glands for a higher, more even level of energy. Licorice root helps to destroy viruses and to stimulate and clear the lymphatic system. This herb can also be used by hypoglycemics to improve blood sugar regulation.
Milk Thistle is among the most ancient herbal remedies used for liver complaints. It is used to improve liver function, protect against liver damage and enhance the regeneration of damaged liver cells and is often used in cases of cirrhosis, toxic liver and other chronic liver conditions.
Oregon grape is a powerful antibiotic herbal remedy that is best known as a lymphatic and liver-stimulating blood cleanser. It is particularly effective for skin diseases, which often occur when metabolic acids build up in the body. Oregon grape can be used as a substitute for golden seal.
Red Raspberry has a wide reputation as a female tonic for relieving excess menstrual bleeding. It strengthens and normalizes female organs. Pregnant women can use the herb red raspberry thought out the entire term of their pregnancy, where it is used to relieve nausea, prevent spotting, tone the uterus in preparation of childbirth and reduce false labor. It can also be used to lessen the pain and bleeding of child-birth and increase milk production.
The traditional herbal remedies slippery elm bark is a contact healer that coats, soothes and heals irritated or inflamed tissues including hemorrhoids, ulcers, burns and sore throats. It is a mild bulk laxative that absorbs toxins from the bowel.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is known for its soothing, anti-depressant properties. This herbal remedy is often used to help improve the irritable, stressed disposition of individuals trying to break their addiction to tobacco and alcohol. St. John’s Wort may cause photosensitization so be cautious of overexposure to sunshine. Persons taking antidepressant prescription drugs should not take St. John’s Wort at the same time.
Turmeric may be the most highly studied herbs and has been judged to be one of the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. It has been shown to have major benefits for your body and brain and may help reduce depression symptoms. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing characteristics and can increase the antioxidant capacity of the body.
White Willow Bark is best known for its ability to alleviate pain and reduce fever and can be thought of as an herbal Aspirin Pain Substitute. White Willow Bark is also beneficial for infections, heartburn, cancer, and neuralgia.
Yarrow has been used extensively to stop bleeding of all kinds. It can be used externally and internally for wounds, sores, rashes and piles. Yarrow encourages sweating which can reduce fevers and take pressure off the kidneys and help remove toxins from the body. Yarrow can produce darkened urine.
Before you run down to the store and stock up on a bunch of traditional herbal remedies, it is important to realize that herbs have powerful ingredients and must be used appropriately. Although traditional herbal remedies are less likely than conventional medicine to cause side effects, herbs nevertheless can be very potent.
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