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Herbs of the Healing Garden
Throughout history people gathered what was grown around them not only for food but for medicine. They would eat what was in season which helps to keep the body in balance. In today's global market we have diversity like never before though finding what grows local without pesticides and chemical fertilizers would be the best option. We are also blessed with today's innovative ways to grow some of our own food using containers, raised beds, pouches and hanging gardens to name a few.

We've gathered some of the most common fruit and vegetables that have medicinal qualities as well as vitamins and minerals for overall health. We hope you'll find this helpuful and invite you to visit this website often as we are continuing to add information that will help you along your healing journey.
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace."
~ May Sarton

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Agrimony (Agrimonia Eupatoria)
Agrimony
The dried above ground parts are used as a medication to treat sore throat, upset stomach, mild diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, gallbladder disorders, fluid retention, cancer, tuberculosis, bleeding, corns, and warts; and as a gargle, heart tonic, sedative, and antihistamine.

It can be applied directly to the skin as an astringent and for mild skin redness and inflammation. Additionally, chemicals extracted from this plant have anti-viral properties.
Arnica (Arnica Montana)
Arnica Montana
It has been used to treat sore muscles, reducing inflammation and healing wounds.

When brewed as a tea, it relieves stress, eases sleeping problems and helps people cope with emotional trauma.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha
The root and berry are used as a medication to treat arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, leukoderma, bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, liver disease and as an adaptogen, which helps the body develop a resistance to physical, chemical, and environmental stress and as a general tonic.

Some people use it for improving mental acuity, decreasing inflammation and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used to treat fertility issues and as an aphrodisiac.

It can also be applied to the skin directly to treat wounds and general joint or muscle aches and pains.
Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus)
Astragalus
The extracts can increase immune system efficiency by increasing immune activity. It can increase the impaired immune function of blood cells up to and sometimes beyond normal cell ability.

Astragalus helps strengthen digestion, raise metabolism, strengthen the immune system and promote wound healing. It can also treat chronic weakness of the lungs, shortness of breath, low energy, prolapse of internal organs, spontaneous sweating, chronic lesions and deficiency edema.
Bilberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus)
Bilberry
It's a strong antioxidant that benefits the circulatory system, eyes, heart and brain, and helps generate overall good health. Bilberry fruit contains a type of flavonoid called anthocyanosides, which are responsible for increasing flexibility of capillaries and increasing blood flow.

The extract can enlarge the range of vision and improve the sharpness of images, thus reducing blurred vision, eyestrain and nearsightedness. Bilberry extract also helps strengthen coronary arteries and helps prevent atherosclerosis and venous insufficiency, which causes swollen ankles and feet.
Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa)
Black Cohosh
The root is used for relieving menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, irritability, mood swings and sleep disturbances.

It is an excellent remedy to provide comfort during times of hormonal changes and menstrual periods. It has sedative effects, making it useful for calming nerves, and has been used for assistance during childbirth, which is a particularly high-energy, depleting and traumatic time for the body.
Boneset (Eupatorium Perfoliatum)
Boneset
It is used to treat the symptoms of influenza, and helpful for treating aches and pains and fever.

Occasional use of boneset leaves brewed as a tea helps detoxify the body, removing excess uric acid.
Borage (Borago Officinalis)
Borage
The flowers, leaves and oil made from the seeds are used as medications. The flower and leaves are used for fever, cough, and depression. It's also used to solve certain hormone problems, as a blood purifier, as a diuretic, as an anti-inflamitory targeting the lungs, to aid sweating,as a sedative, to increase breast milk production and to treat bronchitis and colds.

The oil extracted from the seed contains gamma-linolenic acid, which is used to treat skin disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, stress, PMS, diabetes, ADHD, ARDS, alcoholism, inflammation, and for preventing heart disease and stroke.
Burdock (Arctium Lappa)
Burdock
The root, leaf, and seeds are used medicinally to increase urine flow, kill germs, reduce fever, and to purify their blood. It is also used to treat anorexia, bladder infections, colds, cancer, gout, rheumatism, stomach complaints and syphilis. It's also used to treat high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and liver disease and even to increase sex drive.

It can also be applied to the skin for dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula
This is one of the most widely used herbs for relieving an upset stomach, ulcers, menstrual cramps and is known for having anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects.

The most helpful use of calendula is as a tincture made from leaves or flowers, used as soak for poultices to help heal wounds. It is a great, natural antibacterial agent.
Cat's Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa and Uncaria Guianensis)
Cat's Claw
Medications are extracted from the root and bark of these two species. It is most commonly used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis or to assist with wound healing. It is also used for various digestive inflammation problems, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, leaky bowel syndrome.

It has also been tried as treatments for various viral infections including cold sores, shingles and AIDS/HIV. In addition it is also used to treat chronic fatigue, parasites, Alzheimer's disease, asthma, hay fever, cancer, gonorrhea, dysentery, birth control, bone pains, and for flushing the kidneys.
Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)
Catnip
It has a long history of being used as a digestive aid. It's a natural sedative that also helps to ease digestion, colic and diarrhea. Dehydration caused by diarrhea, and high body temperatures caused by fevers can be life-threatening.

A tea brewed from its leaves may help alleviate these symptoms and it helps calm the nerves during stressful situations.
Cayenne (Capsicum Annuum)
Capsicum
This is a powerful pain reliever when applied topically, and is used to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, shingles as well as nerve pain resulting from diabetes and HIV, other types of nerve and back pain, and to relieve muscle spasms.

It helps with seasickness, toothache, alcoholism, malaria, fever and it is also said to help those who have difficulty swallowing. It is an effective treatment for stomach upsets, intestinal gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and cramps.

It's also used for heart and blood vessels conditions including poor circulation, excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol, and as a heart disease preventative. Some people report using a gargle for laryngitis and others stick it up the nose to treat hay fever, migraines and sinus infections.

Interestingly, it is also used in pepper sprays. It is easy to grow, and versatile in use, so it should be a staple of the survival medicine kit.
Chamomile: Roman (Anthemis Nobilis) and German (Matricaria Chamomilla)
Chamomile
There are two major varieties of Chamomile that are used as herbal home remedies and for essential oils: Roman or English chamomile, and German or Hungarian chamomile. German Chamomile is the stronger of the two species but they both have virtually the same medicinal properties.

Roman Chamomile is one of the oldest and favorites in any herb garden for its soothing power and calming effect is also known to prevent nightmares. Use a tea brewed from the leaves and flowers of chamomile to help ease stress, including anxiety and panic attacks and to promote overall health and strength.

German Chamomile has a higher concentration of chamazulene, an active chemical constituent, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that has proven highly effective as an herbal remedy for conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism and gastritis.
Chicory (Cichorium Intybus)
Chicory Root
The root was traditionally used as an additive to coffee, or as a substitute for coffee. It's a natural sedative and anti-inflammatory that treats jaundice, helps the body resist gallstones and liver stones, and aids in reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. This herb is particularly useful to rid the body of parasites, which are held mostly at bay by modern medicine. The flowers, used as a poultice, help with wound healing.
Chive (Allium Schoenoprasum)
Chive
This is the smallest of all edible onions and it's found all across Europe, Asia and North America.

The plant has low-strength properties similar to garlic so is not used medicinally very often. However, some people use the green parts of Chive in large quantites to expel parasitic worms.
Chrysanthemum (Anthemis Grandiflorum)
Chrysanthemum
The flowers are used medicinally to treat angina, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache, dizziness, and swelling.

In combination with other herbs, it's used to treat prostate cancer and is often consumed as a refreshing beverage.
Coltsfoot (Tussilago Farfara)
Coltsfoot
The leaf is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough as well a treatment for a sore throat and hoarseness.

It can be inhaled to suppress coughs and wheezing.
Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale)
Comfrey
It's used as a first aid treatment for minor external wounds and to reduce inflammation associated with sprains and broken bones. Keep this herb growing in the garden so it is readily available for external salves and poultices to help broken bones heal faster.

(The plant contains high levels of nitrogen so it can also be used as a natural fertilizer.)
Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum )
Coriander - Cilantro
It is often referred to as Cilantro and it's used to treat an upset stomach, loss of appetite, hernia, nausea, diarrhea, bowel spasms, and intestinal gas. It is also used to treat measles, hemorrhoids, toothache, worms, and joint pain, as well as bacterial and fungal infections.

Some breast-feeding women use it to increase milk flow.
Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
Dandelion
It is frequently used for loss of appetite, gastric problems, gas, gallstones, joint and muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. It is also used as a diuretic and laxative. It is also used as skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic.

Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections, and cancer.
Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum Procumbens)
Devil's Claw
The roots and tubers are used to treat atherosclerosis, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, gastric problems and heart burn, fever,migraine headache and chest, muscle and back pain. It has also been used to help with birthing difficulties, menstrual problems, allergic reactions, loss of appetite, and kidney and bladder disease.

It can also be applied directly on the skin to treat injuries and various skin conditions.

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Echinacea (Echinacea Angustifolia)
Echinacea Angustifolia (Echinacea Purpurea)
Also known as the Purple Coneflower, it is used to treat infections, wounds, even malaria, blood poisoning and diphtheria.

Drinking tea from Echinacea helps the body regain strength, and helps rid the body of the common cold up to three times faster than doing nothing. Growing your own is a perfect alternative to paying for expensive over-the-counter remedies.
Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)
Elderberry
The berries are used to help fight influenza, HIV/AIDS and chronic fatigue by boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, sciatica, back and nerve pain.

Some people use elderberry to treat cancer or hay fever, as a laxative or diuretic, and to promote sweating.
Elecampane (Inula Helenium)
Elecampane
The root is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough. It is also used to supress coughing caused by tuberculosis and as an expectorant and to treat nausea and diarrhea and to kill hookworm, roundworm, threadworm, and whipworm.

It can also be used to promote sweating.
Ephedra (Ephedra Distachya)
Ephedra
It's commonly used in cold formulas as a decongestant. It is an excellent bronchial dilator and helps asthma sufferers by opening the sinus passages. It also has an antihistamine effect which aids chronic and acute allergies.

Ephedra also acts as a circulatory stimulant to the blood pressure and heart function; it elevates blood pressure. Ephedra's main constituent is ephedrine, which increases adrenaline secretion in our bodies. The boost you get from ephedra stimulates certain glands, muscles and tissue functions, while it suppresses others.
Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis)
Evening Primrose
This is used to treat eczema, dermatitis and skin allergies. It is also able to reduce inflammation, ease bloating and menstrual discomfort, and also strengthen liver function.

One of the most interesting uses of evening primrose is to help alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis and other nerve disorders because it is one of the few herbs that can help with nerve problems.
Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)
Fennel
It has been used to treat hernia, indigestion and abdominal pain. Adding fennel to tea or to a recipe that could cause digestive upset can prevent the digestive upset.

Tea brewed from the fennel plant alleviates chronic coughs. It can also act as a cough syrup and an expectorant to help clear mucus from the lungs. Oil of fennel can be used as an external pain reliever for sore muscles.
Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium)
Feverfew
The migraine-relieving activity is believed to be due to parthenolide, an active compound that helps relieve smooth muscle spasms.

In particular, it helps prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain (one of the leading causes of migraine headaches). Medicinally use the feverfew leaves, but all parts of the plant that grow above ground may also be used for medicinal purposes.
Garlic (Allium Sativum)
Garlic
It is used regularly for the prevention of cardiovascular disease by raising protective HDLs (high-density lipoproteins), while lowering harmful LDLs (low-density lipoproteins) and triglycerides (blood fats).

Garlic is also known to help lower high blood pressure and it aids in cancer prevention by raising the body's level of glutathione transferase, a liver enzyme known to detoxify the body of carcinogens.

Researchers found that gastric cancer is reduced where garlic intake is high and have noted improved helper/suppressor ratios of T-cells in AIDS patients who take garlic. It is known to be antifungal and antiviral and has proven effective against various micro-organisms including bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger
This is both a spice and a medicine that can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as an oil or juice. It's commonly used to treat stomach problems, such as motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

It is known to contain chemicals that reduce nausea and inflammation but some researchers think that it may also control nausea by having a direct effect on the brain and nervous system. This would explain pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, upper respiratory tract infections such as cough and bronchitis or menstrual, chest, lower back and stomach pain.

The oil can beapplied to the skin to relieve pain and freshly made juice is used to treat minor burns. It is frequently used as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages, or as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)
Ginkgo Biloba
The extract has been shown to benefit vision by improving microcirculation to the eyes and has shown to be an important treatment for senile macular degeneration, which is a reasonably a common condition.

In nearly 300 scientific studies ginkgo extract has been shown to have a wide range of benefits. It prevents and or benefits ailments such as vertigo, tinnitus, inner ear disturbances, memory impairment, ability to concentrate, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, senility and circulatory disorders as well as edema and Raynaud's disease.

It is so beneficial because it increases the quantity of capillary circulation, thus increasing blood flow to the brain, heart and tissues in organs and glands. In addition, the flavonoids present in ginkgo are potent free radical scavengers.
Ginseng: American (Panax Quinquefolium) Korean (Panax Ginseng) Siberian (Eleutherococcus Senticosus)
Ginseng
They more or less have the same properties but the Siberian variety matures in 2 years, which is faster than its North American (4 years) and Korean (6 years) counter-parts. The other important difference is that Siberian Ginseng medications are made from the above ground parts and it's milder than the other two, which are made from the plant root.

Over 3,000 scientific studies have shown that ginseng improves circulation, which helps to increase memory and learning.

It's also been shown to reduce cholesterol and protect the liver from toxins, strengthen the lungs, nourish body fluids and calm the spirit. It may be used for shock, collapse and heart weakness, as well as for promoting longevity and increasing resistance to disease.

One Japanese study demonstrated that cancerous liver cells could be reverted back to normal cells in a Petri dish culture when treated with Panax ginseng extract. In addition, Siberian ginseng has been identified as a stimulant for the immune system.
Hawthorn (Crataegus Cuneata)
Hawthorn
The berries are used for the heart because it aids the heart's pumping action by opening the coronary arteries to nourish the heart muscle. The herb can also slow a rapid heart rate and strengthen a failing heart.

It takes at least six months for Hawthorn to work so it should be taken regularly over a long period to ensure that you get the result required.
Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum)
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
It is used to promote health and counter day-to-day stresses. The leaves, stems, and seeds are all used medicinally and in cooking.

It is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds and influenza, diabetes, earache, fever, headache, heart disease, malaria, stress, stomach upset, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis. It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.

Holy Basil oil is applied to the skin for ringworm and its antioxidant properties may slow some cancers, according to researchers.
Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis)
Hyssop
It is an expectorant and stimulant. It is also frequently used for relief of muscular rheumatism, for bruises and contusions.

Tea made from the flowers of this herb is good to have on hand for people lungs, and can be helpful for asthmatics.

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Jasmine (Jasminum Officinale)
Jasmine
The flowers are used medicinally to treat hepatitis, liver pain due to cirrhosis, and dysentery. It is also used as a sedative, as an aphrodisiac and in cancer treatment.

It is also used to flavor beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings and to add fragrance to creams, lotions, and perfumes.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis)
Juniper
The berry is used medicinally to treat digestion problems including upset stomach, gas, heartburn, bloating, loss of appetite, stomach infections and worms. It is also used for urinary tract infections and kidney and bladder stones. Other uses include treating diabetes, cancer and snakebites.

It can be apped directly to the skin to treat wounds and to ease joint and musclular pain and can be inhaled to relieve the symptoms of bronchitis.
Kava Kava (Piper Methysticum)
Kava Kava
The root is used as a medication to calm anxiety, stress, restlessness, and insomnia. It's also used to help with ADHD, epilepsy, psychosis, depression, migraines and other headaches, chronic fatigue, cold and influenza, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis, muscle pain, and cancer prevention. It has also been used to treat various infections, to control pain, to reduce inflamation.

It is applied to the skin to treat leprosy and other skin diseases. It is also known to promote wound healing and as a painkiller and can be used as a mouthwash for bad breath, mouth ulcers and toothache.
Kola Nut (Cola Vera)
Kola Nut (Cola Nut)
The Kola nut is used medicinally for the short-term relief of fatigue, depression, melancholy, lack of normal muscle tone, exhaustion, dysentery,diarrhea, weight loss, and migraineheadaches.

It is widely used in foods and very popular beverages as a flavoring ingredient due to its high caffeine content.
Kudzu (Pueraria Montana var. Lobata)
Kudzu
The root, flower, and leaf are used to treat alcoholism and to reduce symptoms of alcohol hangover, including headache, upset stomach, dizziness, and vomiting. Kudzu is also used for heart and circulatory problems, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain. It is also used to treat sinus infections, the common cold, hay fever, influenza, skin rash, itchiness, and psoriasis.

It can be used to reduce the symptoms of menopause, muscle pain, measles, dysentery, gastritis, fever, diarrhea, thirst, neck stiffness, and to promote sweating. Oral uses include treatment of polio myelitis, encephalitis, migraine, deafness, diabetes, and traumatic injuries. A chemical extract, puerarin, is delivered by IV to break up blood clots in stroke victims.

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Lambs Quarters (Trillium Erectum)
Lambs Quarters (Beth Root)
The root, underground stem (rhizome), and leaf are used by women for heavy and painful menstrual periods. It is also used for reducing swelling and for breaking up chest congestion.

It can be applied topically directly to the skin to treat varicose veins, ulcers, bruises, and bleeding hemorrhoids.
Lavender (Lavandula Latifolia)
Lavender
This is popular in soaps, shampoos and fragrances, but is also a natural remedy for insomnia, anxiety, depression and is known for its soothing effect.

It is an excellent and soothing herb and is one of the few herbs that helps combat hair loss. Essentials from the lavender plant have natural anti-depressant properties when used aromatically.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Lemon Balm
A member of the mint family, it is used to help treat sleep disorders when brewed as a tea.

Potentially, the most useful application of lemon balm in the realm of the home is that oils from the lemon plant are a natural mosquito repellant. It can be rubbed on the body as a repellent. This helps aid in comfort, but also helps to repel mosquitoes that carry infectious disease.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Uralensis)
Licorice
It is an antiviral used to treat stomach and mouth ulcers and increases bile secretion. Its soothing, anti-inflammatory and relaxing actions help smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal tract on contact.

The root has been used for chronic coughs and bronchitis as a soothing decongestant. It's also taken in small amounts to reduce sugar cravings.
Lobelia (Lobelia Inflata)
Lobelia
The above ground parts are used for breathing issues including asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, and apnea. It is also used as a sedative to aid relaxation or to increase sweating.

Lobelia is applied to the skin for bruises, muscle pain, sprains, insect bites, poison ivy, and ringworm. It may also help reduce the size of rheumatic nodules (joint lumps) associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum (Maca Root)
Maca Root
The root is used to treat anemia and, fatigue and also to boost energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause.

It's also used for osteoporosis, depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction and to boost the immune system.
Marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis)
Marshmallow
The root of this plant was traditionally used to treat asthma, bronchitis, sore throat, cough and even the common cold. It aids in production of milk for mothers who breast feed. In emergency situations, this plant has medicinal properties that help dissolve kidney stones and improve kidney functions, when a tea made by boiling the root is consumed. The roots, when boiled with onions, are also an emergency food source.
Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)
Milk Thistle
The seed extract is one of the most beneficial herbal products for liver detoxification, regeneration and protection. The stress on the liver caused by toxins from chemicals, drugs of all kinds and radiation have cumulative side effects, that can be reduced by detoxification.

Milk thistle extract regenerates, regulates and strengthens liver functions Because free radicals attack the liver, primarily the fat tissue in the liver, the antioxidant qualities of milk thistle are extremely beneficial. Milk thistle stimulates your body to produce superoxide dismutase, which is one of the two primary antioxidants that the body can manufacture.
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum Majus)
Nasturtium
The parts that grow above the ground are used to fight bacteria, fungi, viruses, and tumors when applied directly to the skin.

In combination with other herbs it is usually taken to treat urinary tract infections, swollen airways, coughs, and bronchitis.
Oatstraw (Avena Sativa)
Oats
It is used to treat influenza, coughs, bladder issues, joint pain, eye ailments, frostbite, gout, and impetigo.

Topically, oats are used to treat various skin conditions, osteoarthritis, liver disorders, and they're added to foot baths for chronically cold or tired feet.
Oregano (Origanum Vulgare)
Oregano
The leaf is used in medications for treating coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis and heartburn and bloat. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders, headaches, and heart conditions.

The oil of oregano is taken by mouth for intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, cold and flu, earaches, and fatigue. It can be applied to the skin directly to treat many skin disorders or to treat insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins.

The oil is also used topically as an effective insect repellent.

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Parsley (Petroselinum Crispum)
Parsley
The leaf, seed, and root are used in medications for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gastric complaints, constipation, jaundice, flatulence, indigestion, colic, diabetes, cough, asthma, fluid retention, osteoarthritis, anemia, high blood pressure, prostate conditions, and spleen conditions. It is also used to start menstrual flow, to cause an abortion, as an aphrodisiac, and as a breath freshener.

It can be applied directly to the skin for cracked or chapped skin, bruises, tumors, insect bites, lice, parasites, and to stimulate hair growth.
Passion Flower (Passiflora Incarnata)
Passionflower
The above ground parts are used to treat insomnia, anxiety and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal.

It's also used for seizures, hysteria, asthma, symptoms of menopause, ADHD, nervousness and excitability, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and pain relief.

It can be applied topically to treat hemorrhoids, minor burns, and inflammation.
Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Peppermint
The leaf and oil is used to treat the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, respiratory infections, all manner of digestive problems, menstrual problems, liver and gallbladder complaints, preventing spasms during endoscopy procedures, and as a stimulant.

The oil is applied topically to treat headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections and for repelling mosquitoes or the fumes can be inhaled to treat the symptoms of cough and colds, and as a painkiller.
Plantain (Plantago Major)
Plantain
There are a number of species but only 3 are used medicinally. The general suggestion is don't use them medicinally for several reasons:
  1. They are not known to be particularly effective and they have no unique properties.
  2. They are easily confused with other plants so the outcome may not be what you expect.
  3. There are other plants that are far more effective for the range of conditions they might treat.
Rhodiola Rosea (Lignum Rhodium)
Rhodiola Rosea
The root is used as a medication to increase energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity and as an adaptogen, which helps the body develop a resistance to physical, chemical, and environmental stress. It is also used as a treatment for depression, heart arrithmias and high cholesterol.

It has been used to treat cancer, tuberculosis,liver damage, and diabetes and to improve the immume system, as a disease preventative and to strengthen the nervous system.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)
Rosemary
It is used for indigestion, to treat muscle pain and arthritis, and to improve circulation.

Tea brewed from the leaves and taken internally can slow brain degeneration due to Alzheimer's disease. It can also counteract nerve degeneration due to Lou Gehrig's disease.

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St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)
St. John's Wort
Both the flowers and leaves are used in herbal medicines. It has been scientificly proven to be effective for mild to moderate depression and therefore it is usually used for conditions similar to depression such as anxiety, tiredness, loss of appetite and insomnia. It's commonly used to control the symptoms of menopause, heart palpitations, migraine and other types of headaches, exhaustion and chronic fatigue syndrome.

The oil can be applied to the skin to treat bruises and scrapes, inflammation and muscle pain, first degree burns, wounds, bug bites, hemorrhoids, and nerve pain. However, applying St. John's Wort directly to the skin can increase sensitivity to sunlight resulting in serious sunburn and blisters.
Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Sage
The leaf is used to treat digestive problems, including loss of appetite, gas, stomach pain , diarrhea, bloat, and heartburn. It is also used for reducing overproduction of body fluids and for depression, memory loss, and Alzheimer's disease.

Some women use it to reduce the intensity of painful menstrual periods, to correct excessive milk flow during nursing, and to reduce hot flushes during menopause. It can be applied directly to the skin to treat cold sores, gum disease, sore mouth, throat or tongue and swollen, painful nasal passages.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Serrulata)
Saw Palmetto
The fruit is famed for its ability to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. It is also used, alongside other drugs to treat cancer and various infections of the prostate.

It can be used to treat colds and coughs, sore throat, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and migraine headaches. It is also used as a diuretic, as a sedative and as an aphrodisiac.
Skullcap (Scuttelaria Lateriflora)
Skullcap
The above ground parts are used to treat insomnia, anxiety, fever, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, rabies, epilepsy, nervous tension, allergies, skin infections, inflammation, spasms and paralysis caused by stroke.
Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum Multiflorum)
Solomon's Seal
is used to treat lung disorders, reduce blood sugar, reduce swelling, and to dry out tissue and draw it together.

It can be used directly on the skin to treat bruises, ulcers, or boils on the fingers, hemorrhoids, skin redness, and water retention.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
Stinging Nettle
The root is used to treat urination problems related to an enlarged prostate and joint problems. It's also used as a diuretic and an astringent.

The above ground parts are used for urinary tract infections, urinary tract inflammation and kidney stones. It's also used to treat allergies, hayfever, and osteoarthritis, anemia, an enlarged spleen, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, stomach acid, diarrhea and dysentery, asthma, lung congestion, rash and eczema, cancer, preventing the signs of aging, wound healing, and as a general tonic.

It can also be applied directly to the skin to treat muscle aches and pains, oily scalp, oily hair, and hair loss.
Suma (Hebanthe Eriantha)
Suma Root
The root is used as an adaptogen to help the body adapt to stress by improving the immune system. Suma is also used as a treatment for cancer and tumors, diabetes, and male sexual dysfunction and as an aphrodisiac.

It can be applied directly to the skin to treat wounds and skin problems.
Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Thyme
The flowers and leaves are used to treat bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach ache, diarrhea, bedwetting, dyspraxia, flatulence, parasitic worm infections, and skin disorders. It is also used as a diuretic or to disinfect urine, and as an appetite stimulant. It can also be applied directly to the skin to treat laryngitis, tonsillitis, sore mouth, and bad breath.

Thyme oil is a germ-killer used in mouthwashes and liniments. It is also in ointment form and applied to the scalp to treat hairloss or to the ears to fight bacterial and or fungal infections.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)
Tumeric
It's used for arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, bloat, loss of appetite, jaundice and liver and kidney problems.

Some people use it to treat headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, cancer, depression, Alzheimers, water retention and worms.

They also apply it to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammation, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.
Valerian (Valeariana Officinalis)
Valerian
This is used to treat insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, seizures and epilepsy. It is a natural anti-anxiety remedy. It is also useful for treating headaches, even migraines.
Violet (Viola Odorata)
Violet (Sweet Violet)
It is used for nervousness, hysteria, physical and mental exhaustion, symptoms of menopausal hot flushes, depression, and irritability. It is also used to reduce inflammation of the gut tissues, indigestion problems, flatulence, heartburn, gallbladder disorders, and loss of appetite.

It can be used for dry or sore throat, stuffy nose, coughs, hoarseness, and bronchitis as well as for treating joint pain, fever, skin diseases, headache, insomnia, and tuberculosis. It is also useful as a treatment for skin problems when applied directly to the skin and as a skin cleanser.

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Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)
Yarrow
Used to treat minor bleeding, inflammation fever and infection.

Use this herb topically to ease discomfort of hemorrhoids, stop bleeding, as an anti-inflammatory to ease swelling. Tea brewed from the flowers and leaves will help stop diarrhea, and its potentially disastrous dehydrating effects, and helps purge the body of bacterial infections.
Yerba Mate (Ilex Paraguariensis)
Yerba Mate
The leaves are used as a stimulant to relieve fatigue and for heart-related complaints including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure.

It can also be used to improve mood or to relieve aches and pains or to treat urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney stones, for weight loss or as a laxative.

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