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Practicing natural health principles - such as understanding herbs and their uses, using essential oils, or eating a whole foods diet - are a great way to create a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
But sometimes it's really confusing. Where do you start? Especially with herbs and essential oils - there are so many choices, how do you know which ones you need on a regular basis and which ones will only be necessary for a rare, leap year-only concoction?
As I began learning about essential oils and herbs and their uses, I went a little overboard. My dad is a manager for a wholesale herb company, meaning I have access to a lot of great stuff at a great price. (Next on my list is to grow my herbs - I just have to keep them alive). So I bought bags of herbs and bottles of essential oils...and many of them are still sitting in boxes in my attic.
Fortunately, when I started decluttering my home and taking a more minimalist approach to life, I realized that the same principles could be applied to my health as well.
I don't need a lot of "stuff" to be happy, and I don't need a lot of remedies to be healthy.
With that mindset, I began simplifying my herbal medicine chest after noticing that I use a small percentage of my herbs most of the time, and came up with this simple herbal medicine cabinet.
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Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and astringent.
Medicinal Properties: Antihistamine, high in nutrients, chlorophyll and digestive enzymes.
Alfalfa should NOT to be used by anyone with lupus, AIDS or by pregnant or nursing women! Alfalfa has been known to aggravate autoimmune disorders, and therefore should not be used by anyone with an impaired immune system.
Medicinal Properties: Carminative, antispasmodic, expectorant, diuretic, diaphoretic, aromatic, pectoral, emmenagogue, stimulant, tonic, anti-inflammatory.
Do NOT use if pregnant or nursing! Angelica is a powerful emmenagogue. Also, because angelica has the potential to increase sugar in the urine, diabetics and hypoglycemics should avoid this herb. Large doses can affect blood pressure, heart action and breathing. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Medicinals Properties: Antispasmodic, galactogogue, carminative, expectorant, mild sedative.
Medicinal Properties: Relaxant, sedative, antispasmodic, antibacterial, pain-relieving.
This powerful herb should not be taken by pregnant women or nursing mothers, or by anyone who has any type of chronic disease.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-spasmodic, sedative, hypotensive, astringent, nervine.
Medicinal Properties: Stimulant, sudorific, parturient, emmenagogue.
Do NOT use if pregnant or nursing!
Medicinal Properties: Bitter, purgative, diuretic, emetic.
Do NOT use laxative products when abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are present or for a period longer than 1 wk, unless directed by a doctor. If you have noticed a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 wks, consult a doctor before using a laxative. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after using a laxative may indicate a serious condition; discontinue use and consult your doctor.
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, diuretic, bitter, laxative, tonic, vulnerary, antibacterial and antifungal.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory
Medicinal Properties: Stimulant, carminative, tonic, sialagogue, rubefacient, anti-catarrhal, anti-emetic, anti-microbial, diaphoretic.
Should not be used by anyone with a hiatus hernia or any gastrointestinal problems.
Medicinal Properties: Sedative, anti-inflammatory & antispasmodic.
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, seasoning, anti-inflammatory.
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, demulcent, anti-microbial, anti-lithic, tonic.
Medicinal Properties: Hepatic, aperient, diuretic, depurative, tonic, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, stomachic.
Medicinal Properties: Alterative, antiseptic, tonic, depurative, maturating, febrifuge.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, antispasmodic, anti-coagulant, reduces high blood pressure, stimulates liver regeneration, and anti-arthritic.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, anti-inflammatory.
Medicinal Properties: Carminative, aromatic, anti-spasmodic, stimulant, galactogogue, rubefacient, expectorant, anti-emetic, diaphoretic, hepatic.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, vasodilatory, relaxant, digestive bitter, uterine stimulant.
Medicinal Properties: Diet aid, fat burner, reduces cholesterol, appetite depressant.
Medicinal Properties: Antiseptic, anti-microbial, diaphoretic, cholagogue, hypotensive, anti- spasmodic, alterative, anthelmintic, anti-catarrhal, carminative, expectorant, pectoral, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic vulnerary.
Medicinal Properties: Bitter, gastric stimulant, sialagogue, cholagogue, anti-microbial, emmenagogue, hepatic, tonic.
Medicinal Properties: Stimulant, pungent, carminative, sialagogue, condiment, diaphoretic.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-asthmatic, anti-depressant, antibiotic, stimulant, circulatory, increases blood flow.
Medicinal Properties: Adaptogen, vasodilator, stimulant, strengthens the body under stress, also for endurance and resistance to infection.
Do NOT consume if pregnant or nursing! Should not be used by anyone with LUPUS. If you have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this herb. Long-term use of large amounts of ginseng should be avoided.
Medicinal Properties: Tonic, astringent, anti-catarrhal, laxative, oxytocic, bitter, alterative, anti-bilious, cholagogue, emmenagogue, expectorant, hepatic, pectoral, antibiotic, vulnerary.
Goldenseal stimulates the involuntary muscles of the uterus, and should be avoid during pregnancy. Do not use goldenseal if you have a potential for, or a history of, high blood pressure.
Medicinal Properties: Antibiotic, circulation
Do NOT use if there is a history of cancer or if using tranquilizers or sedatives. If a skin rash develops, discontinue use. Do NOT use if pregnant or nursing.
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, antilithic, anti-rheumatic, tonic.
Medicinal Properties: Antispasmodic, sedative, tonic.
Medicinal Properties: Antiseptic, astringent, analgesic, bitter, nervine, sedative, hypnotic.
Medicinal Properties: Astringent, diuretic, vulnerary
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, anti-lithic, tonic.
Medicinal Properties: Aperient, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, fungicide.
Medicinal Properties: Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, rubefacient, anti-emetic, nervine.
Medicinal Properties: Respiratory stimulant, anti-asthmatic, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, emetic, nervine, sedative.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary, anti-microbial, cholagogue, emmenagogue, tonic and febrifuge.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, anti-emetic, astringent, aromatic.
Uses in Folklore: The emperor Charlemagne (742 - 814) highly esteemed marshmallow, and ordered its cultivation for use as a tonic. A confection made from the herb was the inspiration for the candy called marshmallow. Medicinally the plant is rich in mucilage and good for soothing internal and external inflammations. Marshmallow is a soothing, healing demulcent, considered valuable for all lung ailments, including asthma. It has been used for centuries to soothe sore throats, ease a cough, and treat ulcers and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. It is particulary useful against irritations caused by diarrhea and dysentery. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory that helps relieve swollen and irritated joints. Marshmallow is mild in action and free of unwanted side effects.
Medicinal Properties: Rubefacient, irritant, stimulant, diuretic, emetic, carminative, tonic.
Medicinal Properties: Sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic, anodyne, nervine.
Medicinal Properties: Antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, anticancer, tumor inhibiting and virus killer.
Medicinal Properties: Carminative, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, analgesic, anti-catarrhal, anti-microbial, emmenagogue, rubefacient, stimulant.
Medicinal Properties: Pungent deobstruent alternative, tonic, stimulant for blood circulation, blood purifier, sialagogue, nervine.
Medicinal Properties: Carminative, anti-coagulant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, anti-tumor & antioxidant.
Medicinal Properties: Catarrh, demulcent, diuretic and anthelmintic.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, anodyne, cholagogue.
Medicinal Properties: Nutrient, mild laxative, mild diuretic, astringent.
Medicinal Properties: Aromatic, pungent, tonic, emmenagogue, stimulant, antispasmodic.
Do NOT use if pregnant or nursing!
Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, urinary antiseptic, endocrine agent.
Medicinal Properties: Antispasmodic, nervine, tonic, diuretic.
Medicinal Properties: Mucilaginous, demulcent, emollient, nutritive.
Uses in Folklore: Slippery elm is an old-fashioned remedy, said to have many wonderful uses. It is very nutritious, and soothing to the stomach. Indian medicine men found slippery elm to be effective in treating diarrhea, bowel, bladder and kidney troubles, as well as bronchitis. Slippery elm will stay on an ulcerated and cancerous stomach when nothing else will. Research has established that it does have the demulcent (soothing to the mucous membranes) and emollient (skin-softening) properties that have been ascribed to it in folk medicine.
Medicinal Properties: Anthelmintic, anti-periodic, anodyne, diaphoretic, emetic, febrifuge, stimulant, tonic.
Uses in Folklore: American Indians used spicebush for treating coughs, cramps, delayed menses, dysmenorrhea, hives, croup, measles and as an anodyne. The Creek bathed in a tea made from spicebush and willow to relieve the pain and swelling of rheumatism. It is also an excellent insect repellent.
Medicinal Properties: Immunostimulant, antiviral, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory.
Uses in Folklore: Used for treating nervous disorders, anemia, bedwetting, uterine cramping and to expel intestinal parasites. At one time, the leaves, soaked in wine or brandy, were drunk to counter melancholy and madness. The mood-altering effects of St. John's wort have been substantiated. German research has confirmed that it also has anti-bacteria properties. Herbalists consider this herb useful in treating AIDS, though not a cure. Suggested for improving the immune system.
Excessive or prolonged usage of St. John's Wort may cause photodermatitis, a skin allergy which becomes aggravated by exposure to the sun. Because this herb exerts a powerful antidepressant effect on its own, it should not be taken with any other antidepressants.
Medicinal Properties: Sweetener, diet supplement.
Uses in Folklore: An herb from South America, 200 - 300 times sweeter than sugar with NO calories. Recently approved in the USA as a dietary supplement. May be used instead of sugar. Does not upset blood sugar levels, and causes no cell changes. Suggested for weight loss diets, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hypertension, infections and support of the pancreas.
Medicinal Properties: Carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anthelmintic, anti-catarrhal, diaphoretic, tonic, vulnerary.
Uses in Folklore: The antiseptic and preservative properties of thyme were known to the ancient Egyptians who used the oil for embalming. The Romans valued the oil for its antiseptic properties, using it as an antidote for headaches and depression. Externally, this cultivated herb is used as a wash for scabies, gout, rheumatism, insect bites, eczema, and as a soothing skin tonic.
Do not consume if pregnant.
Medicinal Properties: Urinary antiseptic, a natural diuretic with antibacterial properties.
Uses in Folklore: Suggested by most herbalists for bladder and urinary infections. Suggested for kidney stones, diabetes, hemorrhoids, liver, spleen, pancreas, PMS, gonorrhea, and to strengthen the heart muscle.
Do NOT use if pregnant or nursing. Those with any type of heart problem should consult a health care professional before using.
Medicinal Properties: Aromatic, stimulant, tonic, anodyne, antispasmodic, nervine.
Uses in Folklore: American Indians used a boiled extract of valerian root for calming the nerves. Early settlers used it as a sedative, especially for nervousness and anxiety accompanied by insomnia. It was also mentioned as an agent that relieves muscle spasms. This calming herb has tranquilizing properties with marked sedative action, and has a soothing effect on the entire central nervous system. This herb is nature's first choice as a sleep inducer.
Medicinal Properties: Sedative, anodyne, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic, nervine.
Uses in Folklore: Traditionally used to relieve pain, this herb has mild narcotic properties. Suggested by herbalists for toothache, whooping cough, bronchitis & chronic pain.
Medicinal Properties: Anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, cholagogue, anti- bilious, hepatic.
Uses in Folklore: This valuable herb was at one time the sole source of the chemicals that were used as the raw materials for contraceptive hormone manufacturing. Contains high levels of progesterone and natural steroids. Highly recommended by herbalists for PMS symptoms, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, fibrocystic breasts, cramping, and for liver and gall bladder problems.
Medicinal Properties: Sedative, nervine, tonic, bitter, aromatic, vulnerary.
Uses in Folklore: Wood Betony feeds and strengthens the central nervous system and also has a sedative action. It finds use in nervous debility associated with anxiety and tension It will ease headaches and neuralgia when they are of nervous origin.
Medicinal Properties: Diaphoretic, hypotensive, astringent, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-catarrhal, emmenagogue, hepatic, stimulant, tonic.
Uses in Folklore: Yarrow was used in a wide variety of medicinal treatments by at least fifty eight Indian tribes. It is one of the best diaphoretic herbs and is a standard remedy for aiding the body to deal with fevers. Yarrow lowers blood pressure due to a dilation of the peripheral vessels. As a urinary antiseptic it is indicated in infections such as cystitis.
Medicinal Properties: Nervine, stimulant, blood purifier.
Uses in Folklore: This herb has been used to stimulate the mind and the nervous system to retard aging, and it works well with other healing herbs to improve their effects. Suggested for arthritis, headaches, hemorrhoids, fatigue, stress, allergies, hay fever, fluid retention, blood purifier, and to stimulate cortisone production. Yerba mate contains chlorophyll, iron, trace minerals, and the vitamins B5, C & E.
Cherokee Valley Herbs & Medicinals
P.O. Box 2771
Carbondale, IL 62902-2771
The herbs listed below reflect some of the top herb searches on Annies Remedy for the last 30 days. As the weather turns colder and the holiday season begins cold, cough and flu remedies are a top priority, as well as new ways to use traditional holiday herbs . Whatever your interest in herbs may be we hope you can find something useful here. Use the alphabetic listing above to find a herb by common name or botanical name.
|Anise Seed||Pimpinella anisum||Aniseed|
|Annual : Sweet and very aromatic, anise is commonly used to break up congestion, ease coughing and relieve gas and indigestion....|
|Astragalus root||astragalus membranaceus||Huang qi , yellow leader|
|herbaceous perennial : Astragalus is especially useful for strengthening the body against viral infections of the respiratory tract and heart. ...|
|Boswellia (Frankincense)||Boswellia thurifera||Olibanum, Indian Frankincense, Arabic Frankincense, and Salai guggal|
|Resinous tree : Boswellic acids are often combined with glucosamine to relieve the joint pain and inflammation of arthritis...|
|Catnip||Nepeta cataria||Catmint, Nep,Catnep|
|Perennial herb : A harmless high for felines, and beneficial for humans, Catnip leaves contain considerable quantities of vitamins C and E, both excellent antioxidants...|
|Cinnamon||Cinnamomum zeylanicum, C. cassia||Cassia Bark, Sweet cinnamon|
|Evergreen Tropical Tree : Cinnamon is recommended for treating weak digestion, low appetite and stomach upsets. It has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and may help lower blood sugar....|
|Colt's Foot||Tussilago farfara||Coughwort|
|Perennial herb : Since the days of ancient Greece and Rome, coltsfoot has been used to relieve asthma, coughs and bronchial congestion. It remains one of the most effective herbal cough medicines today...|
|Comfrey Leaf and root||Symphytum officinale|
|Perennial Herb : Comfrey salves, ointments and teas are best known for the topical treatment of burns and just about any skin irritation....|
|Echinacea||Echinacea angustifolia||Purple coneflower|
|Herb : There are dozens of dozens of biochemical compounds that act in therapeutic synergy in this complex plant that support disease resistance in several ways...|
|tree : Elderberries are used in syrup for diarrhea, colds and rheumatism. Leaves are used in an ointment that is a folk remedy for bruises, sprains, chilblains and hard-to-cure skin irritations...|
|tree : Eucalyptus is one of the best known cold and congestion remedies. Eucalyptus oil is also a good pain reliever for sore muscles and arthritis pain....|
|Garlic||Allium sativum||Poor Man's Treacle, Bawang, Bauang|
|Monocot Perennial : Readily available and inexpensive garlic may be the first line of defense in treating high blood pressure, and dealing with common skin and fungal infections....|
|Ginger Root||Zingiber officinale||Luyang Dilaw|
|Perennial Monocot reed : Ginger combines well with many herbs, improving taste and potency. Ginger speeds up the delivery of healthy plant chemicals into the bloodstream while adding a spicy, hot zest to your favorite dishes....|
|Holy Basil||Ocimum sanctum||Tulsi, Tulasi, Indian Basil|
|Herb : Holy Basil has been used for thousands of years in the traditional medicinal of India, Ayurveda. Known to Hindus as Tulsi ...|
|Horehound||Marrubium vulgare L.||White horehound, marrubio|
|Perennial Herb : Horehound contains the bitter principal marrubiin ,a potent pain reliever and nervous system stimulant. This mint relative is a cough and cold remedy, and a bitter tonic ...|
|Juniper Berries||Juniperus communis|
|tree : Juniper is used as a mild diuretic to treat to treat urinary problems. Juniper detoxifies the system and helps prevent the buildup of uric acid in cases of gout and rheumatoid arthritis....|
|Licorice Root||Glycyrrhiza glabra||Liquorice, Gan-cao|
|Perennial herb : Many herbalists regard licorice as a natural alternative to hydrocortisone and it is used in many formulations to activate and increase the effects of other herbs....|
|tree : One of the three gifts of the Three Magi, Myrrh was used in religious rituals in ancient Egypt, Myrrh's antifungal, antiseptic and astringent help treatment of infections...|
|Peppermint||Mentha piperita||Yerba Buena|
|Perennial Herb : Peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that soothes stomachaches and relieves gas. Peppermint oil is cooling and analgesic, relieving heat and inflammation while it increases blood flow to the painful area....|
|: Pomegranates are touted for their heart protective antioxidants today, but ancient Egyptians loved them for their ability to kill tapeworms and other parasites. ...|
|Woody perennial herb : Amazing, versatile rosemary is valued by cooks, herbalists, aromatherapists, and gardeners alike. Rosemary oil combats mental fatigue, increasing concentration and memory...|
|Perennial Woody Herb : Sage is a well-regarded herb for relieving the hot flashes of menopause. Sage is used both as a culinary herb and medicinal herb. Sage essential oil is used sparely...|
|Wild Cherry Bark||Prunus serotina||Black Cherry, chokecherry|
|Deciduous Tree : Wild Black cherry is a very effective herbal cough remedy. The main use of the bark is to still irritated, nagging coughs. ...|