There are many benefits of using homemade natural remedies instead of the mass-produced chemical alternatives. Herbs are commonly used cosmetically for their natural tonifying, rejuvenative, and antibacterial properties.
The body tends to heal itself if given the right support. Herbs are a gentle way to promote healing. The following is a list of general signs and symptoms of ailments and injuries with their corresponding herbal remedies.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. If irritations result from the use of herbal remedies, discontinue use.
Abscess: Hot Onion Poultice
Abscess in the Mouth: Herbal tinctures of burdock, chapparal, oregon grape root, red clover and myrrh.
Abrasions: Kloss's Herbal Liniment
Acne: Essential oils of Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sage, Tea Tree Oil,
Rosacea acne: Eat bland foods, eliminate fried foods, spicy foods and citrus fruits.
Age Spots: Mix onion juice and raw apple cider vinegar and rub on spots.
Allergies: Chinese Skullcap, Evening Primrose, Ginkgo, Goldenrod
Anxiety: Essential oils of Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Valerian - Ylang Ylang. (Can be diffused)
Arteriosclerosis: Essential oils of Birch, Ginger, Juniper, Lemon, Rosemary, Thyme.
Arthritis: Essential oils of Birch, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir, Ginger, Lavender, Hyssop, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spruce.
Asthma: Essential oils of Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir, Frankincense, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Oak Moss, Oregano, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
Vitamin B-6- 50 mgs daily
Asthma attack: Put hands in hot water (not scalding).
Asthma Formula: 4 parts Eucalyptus, 2 parts Lavender, 2 parts Myrrh, 3 parts Roman Chamomile - diffuse or add carrier oil and apply to chest.
Athlete's Foot: Antifungal Foot Bath
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Calendula, Garlic, Goldenseal, Laender, Lemongrass, Thyme
ADD-Attention Deficit Disorder:
Back Pain - Lower: One of the world's most effective anti-pain medications is pure water. Simple dehydration is one of the biggest causes of chronic back pain - spongy spinal disks literally dry out. This is a problem, especially with older people, who may only get thirsty long after they're clinically dehydrated.
Bad Breath: Indicates toxic system - Do a cleanse, chew on juniper berries, caraway seeds, fennel seeds or parsley.
Baldness: Essential oils of Cedarwood, Rosemary, Sage.
Bed Sores: Cold compress of Garlic Vinegar (Apple cider vinegar with garlic).
Bee Stings: Plantain Poultice, Papain Powder, Baking Soda, Echinacea Tincture, Honey.
Herbs: Bee Balm, Calendula, Dandelion, Lavender, Parsley, Plantain, Summer Savory
Black Eyes: Arnica Ointment - Keep out of the eye.
Bleeding: Direct pressure on the wound helps stop the blood flow in addition to styptic herbs such as Cayenne, Calendula, Horsetail, and Yarrow.
For internal bleeding try Sheperd's Purse or the above herbs in capsules, tincture or teas. Consult a medical practitioner.
Bloody Nose: Tip the head back and apply pressure to the bridge of the nose or stuff the nose with Calendula, Horsetail or Yarrow.
Broken Bones: Comfrey. Use fresh leaf, root powder, tea or tincture. The root is generally used as an external poultice if fresh leaves are not available. Use the tea or tincture to help speed healing from the inside.
Bruises: Arnica Liniment or Oil, Hypericum (St. John's Wort) Liniment or Oil, Kloss's Herbal Liniment.
Herbs: Arnica, Bay, Borage, Calendula, Caraway, Cornflower, Feverfew, Hydrangea, Hyssop, Lavender, Plantain, Sage, St. John's Wort, Rosemary
Burns: Immediately immerse the burned area in ice water or apply ice. Then treat with Aloe Vera, Christopher's Burn Ointment or Vitamin E. Raw grated potato can be used as a poultice.
Medicated Honey Salve: 1 cup room-temp honey, 1 T. tea tree oil,
1 t. grapefruit seed extract, 1 T. essential oil of lavender. Apply to burns or abrasions. Great for your pets wounds too.
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Calendula, Chamomile, Echinacea, Eucalyptus, Hydrangea, Lavender, Onion, Plantain, St. John's Wort, Yarrow
Colds & Flu:
Cold & Flu Bath
Cold Sores: Apply lavender or tea tree oil directly to sore.
Colic: Essential oils of Bergamot, Chamomile, Fennel, Ginger, Marjoram, Peppermint.
Herbs: Bee Balm, Echinacea, Green Tea, Hyssop, Lavender, Uva Ursi
Constipation: Drink lots of water. Prune juice, Cascara Sagrada capsules, Senna, raw food and whole grain fiber.
Herbs: Basil, Chicory, Dandelion, Violet
Two teaspoons of salt in a quart of warm water taken in the morning upon rising, then fast until the bowels evacuate - usually in a few hours
Convulsions: B&B Tincture, Black Cohosh, Lobelia Tincture.
Corns and Bunions: Goldenseal Salve
Coughs: Lemon & Honey Cough Syrup , Black Cherry Cough Syrup, Slippery Elm Lozenges, Cayenne Tincture, Oxymel Lozenges.
Cradle Cap: Brush the scalp gently in a circular motion with a wet baby brush dipped in shampoo. Rinse out scales as you loosen them. Rinse with Figwort or Chamomile tea, supplement the diet with Nettle tea or tincture.
Dandruff: Rub Tea Tree Oil on scalp, can be diluted with a carrier oil.
Herbs: Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Cedar, Cypress, Lavender, Marigold, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Stinging Nettle,Thyme
Diaper Rash: Clay Poultice, Comfrey Salve, Hypericum (St. John's Wort) Salve, Prickly Poppy Tea, Chamomile Tea, Grindelia Tincture, Glycerin with 25% water,
Herbs: Calendula, Lavender, Plantain,
Essential oils of Chamomile, Lavender, Birch in Olive oil.
Diarrhea: As with vomiting, let the body heal itself. Only if the patient becomes too weak or is losing too much fluid and becoming dehydrated should you intervene. Replenish fluids as much as possible.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea or Tincture, Nettle Tea or Tincture - to replace lost nutrients, Yarrow Tincture, White Oak Bark Tincture or Tea. Wild Geranium Root Tea or Tincture, Potato Peeling Broth, Miso, Blackberry or Black Cherry Juice for iron.
Herbs: Borage, Chamomile, Goldenseal, Ground Ivy, Plantain, St. John's Wort, Summer Savory, Thyme, Uva Ursi, Valerian, Yarrow
Earaches: Garlic-Mullein Ear Oil , Hypericum (St. John's Wort) Oil, - warm the oil, drop into the ear and put a little piece of cotton in the ear to keep the oil from running out.
- Babies Earaches: Essential oils of Lavender, mullein or garlic in olive or almond oil. (may combine and use any combination) (1 drop essential oil in 1/4 cup carrier oil).
Equal parts of apple cider vinegar and Everclear Grain Alcohol: warmed, 1-2 drops in each ear.
Ear Infections: Hot Onion Poultice , Oil of Oregano.
Eczema: Comfrey, Horsetail, or Chamomile Tea or Tincture.
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Bee Balm Chervil, Goldenrod, Plantain, Rosemary
Fever: Water internally & externally - nothing will decrease a temperature as quickly as water.
Herbs: Bee Balm, Borage, Calendula, Cayenne, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Oxalis, Plantain, Radish, Tansy, Yarrow
Elder/Peppermint/Yarrow Decoction - drink as hot as you can stand it.
Catnip/Red Raspberry Tincture - in warm water for children, Feverfew Tincture, Cool Catnip Enema, Ginger Bath, Ginger Tea or Tincture, Cold Sheet Treatment.
Eyes - Sore, Strained, Sties, Unclear Vision: Eyewash Formula, Eyebright Tea
Foreign Particles in the Eye: Put a flax seed in the corner of the eye, the mucilage formed will carry out the particle.
Fungal Infections: Black Walnut Tincture, Tea Tree Oil, Thuja (Cedar Leaf) Oil, Antifungal Foot Powder, Antifungal Foot Bath
Gas: Peppermint or Papaya Leaves - taken in tea or tincture, Carminative Tincture
Herbs: Anise, Celery Seed, Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, Licorice, Lavender, Nutmeg, Peppermint,Sage, Tarragon
Gastric Ulcer: Doctors now know that a bacterial infection or some medications — not stress or diet — cause most peptic ulcers.
Raw cabbage juice - 6 - 8 oz. on empty stomach before meals.
Gout: Asparagus is a good diuretic, eat plenty of it. Tart Cherries have a similar affect as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Grief/Sorrow: Essential oils of Angelica, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lavender, Roman Chamomile.
Grey Hair: Indicates lack of copper. Drink - 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp honey and 3 tbsp molasses in glass of warm water each morning ,
Hay Fever: 6 oz. Vegetable or Carrot broth every 1/2 hour for 2 days.
Herbs: Chamomile, Marjoram, Plantain
Headaches: White Willow Bark Tincture, Tiger Balm or Tei-Fu Oil - rubbed on pain center
Migraines: may be clogged colon - do a colon cleanse
Heartburn: Raw potato - eat a slice,
Hemorrhoids: Aloe Vera Suppository made from the fresh plant, Goldenseal Tincture on the Hemorrhoid, Plantain, Slippery Elm, Witch Hazel, Cold - anyway you can get it on hemorrhoid
Herpes: Osha Root Tincture - applied topically and taken internally when the first tingling sensation is felt indicating an impending blister,
Hiccups: Take a full breath, then drink water continuously until you need to take another breath,
Hot Flashes: Black Cohosh Tincture or Tea, Menopause Tea
Indigestion: Peppermint Oil - 2-3 drops in a cup of water, Peppermint Tea, Fennel Tea or chew on Fennel Seeds, Ginger Tea, Papaya Leaf Tea, Yarrow Tea, Aloe Vera Juice, Slippery Elm, Burgundy Bitters, Carminative Tincture,
Infections: Echinacea, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Capsicum, Usnea Tincture, Osha Root Tincture
Insomnia: Hops, Valerian Tincture, Skullcap Tincture, Catnip, Chamomile, Ginseng, Lavender, Poppy, St. John's Wort, Violet
Menopause: Menopause Tea, Black Cohosh, Chaste Berry, Dandelion, Fennel, Licorice Root, Motherwort, Nettle, Periwinkle
Menstrual Cramps: Castor Oil Pack, Hot Ginger Fomentation, Lobelia Tincture, increase Calcium intake
Minor Cuts: Encourage initial bleeding then swab with Kloss's Herbal Liniment, Goldenseal Tincture, Echinacea Tincture, Cayenne Tincture, Calendula Tincture, or Myrrh Tincture. Do not use salve until after the wound has scabbed over, otherwise you could seal in harmful bacteria.
Motion Sickness: Ginger Tincture, Tea or Powder
Muscular Fatigue: Essential oils of Clary Sage, Lavender, Marjoram, Rosemary
Nausea: Ginger - 1 teaspoon in 1/2 cup cool water, Peppermint Oil - 1 drop in 1 cup water, Peppermint Infusion, Peppermint Extract, Cow Parsnip Seed Tincture
Pain: White Willow Bark Tincture, Valerian, Rosemary, Chamomile, Jamaican Dogwood,
Apple Cider vinegar will take more pain out of the body than anything else we know of.
1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar and 1 Tbsp honey in a glass of water to taste (like lemonade).
Eliminate white sugar, chocolate and white flour from diet (Can substitute honey, molasses, fruit sweetener, maple syrup) - absolutely no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols.
Parasites: Garlic, Wormwood, Pumpkin Seeds, Anti-parasite Formulas
Resuscitation: Tincture/extract of Cayenne - a few drops administered orally. The best and safest stimulant known to man. Later give minerals and/or blackstrap molasses (drop on tongue or in water) for strength, Safe for infants and children.
Scabies: Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil
Shingles: Caused by the Herpes zoster virus. Add powdered cayenne to creams or make a hot infused oil (2 oz chopped chili to 8 oz sunflower oil) and rub on affected area.
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Cayenne, Echinacea, Lemon Balm, Passionflower, Slippery Elm, St. John's Wort, Valerian, Vervain
Shock: Keep the victim warm. DO NOT give fluids.
Skin Rashes: Clay Poultice, Comfrey Salve, Hypericum (St. John's Wort) Salve, Prickly Poppy Tea, Chamomile Tea, Grindelia Tincture, Glycerin with 25% water
Herbs: Aloe Vera, Bay, Borage, Calendula, Chamomile, Evening Primrose, Lavender, Oxalis, Summer Savory, Tarragon, Yarrow,
Sore Throat: Osha Root Tincture, Goldenseal Tincture, Echinacea Tincture, Cayenne Tincture, Slippery Elm Lozenges, Salt Water, Usnea Tincture, Glycero-Gelatin Pastille
Splinters: Clay Poultice, Plantain Poultice , Glycerin Poultice
Arnica Liniment or Oil - external use only
Stings: From ocean critters like Jellyfish - first urinate on the sting - the ammonia will immediately relieve the pain, then use a mucilaginous herb like Comfrey or Slippery Elm to help it heal, Aloe Vera, Plantain
Stuffy Nose: Sinus Pack, Eucalyptus Vapor Steam , Sniff Horseradish, Sinus Snuff, Heat Lamp Therapy, Salt Water Flush,
Swollen Glands: Echinacea, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Capsicum, Usnea Tincture, Osha Root Tincture
Teething Pain: Drink Chamomile Tea and rub gums with Clove Oil, Rub Osha Root Tincture or Valerian Tincture on the gums, Chamomile in carrier oil, Blue Vervain or Valerian Tincture to calm
Toothache: Rub Osha Root Tincture or Clove Oil on the gums, Take Valerian Tincture or White Willow Tincture
Ulcers: Cayenne, Comfrey, Slippery Elm
Vaginal Infections: Goldenseal, Slippery Elm, antiseptic to soothe. These can be used together in a pessary form or the Goldenseal can be used as a douche.
Increase Vitamin C intake and take infection fighting herbal tinctures, like Garlic and Echinacea
..Treatment Program: First use a Goldenseal douche, then insert a pessary and leave in overnight, douche again in the morning, if the infection is advanced insert a pessary during the day - wear a pad to prevent staining. In the evening douche with Goldenseal, then insert plain yogurt and leave in overnight. Alternate the douche and yogurt until infection is gone.
Vomiting: The body is trying to purge something it doesn't want - let it do its job.
Red Rasberry Tincture, Nettle Tincture, Ginger Tincture,Lobelia Tincture - 1-3 drops. Raspberry and Ginger will soothe the digestive system, Nettle will replenish lost nutrients and Lobelia in this small quantity will usually stop the vomiting.
To Induce Vomiting: Lobelia Tincture - 10-60 drops, depending on the patient's reaction to it and the amount of food in the stomach, the body will let you know when its had enough.
Poke Root Tincture or Tea, Syrup of Ipecac,
Varicose Veins: Essential oils of Bergamot, Cypress, Geranium, Helichrysum, Juniper, Lavender,
Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spikenard.
Spread cottage cheese, grated cabbage or head lettuce between 2 pieces of cloth and apply over varicose veins overnight until gone.
Warts: Banana Peel Poultice
Dosages vary due to metabolism, dietary habits, stress levels and other variances of our individual bodies. It is better to err on the side of insufficient dosage and trust nature, than to overdose. Try a small amount and watch for a reaction before giving more. Your body is your best judge.
For acute infections: try taking a dropperful every hour. For chronic infections: take a dropperful per day. Dosages also depend on the potency of the preparation so the variables are endless. If you have questions consult a competent holistic practitioner.
* Cowling's Rule: Divide the child's age at the next birthday by 24 to get the fraction of the adult dose. (Example for a child that will be 6: 6/24 = 1/4 the adult dosage )
* Clark's Rule: Divide the child's weight in pounds by 150 to get the fraction of the adult dose. (Example for a 50 pound child: 50/150 = 1/3 the adult dosage)
* Young's Rule: Divide the child's age by 12 plus the age. (Example for a 4 year old child: 4/12 + 4= 4/16 or 1/4 the adult dosage)
Herbs and Pregnancy
Many herbs stimulate the uterus and are unsafe for women who are pregnant. Consult your medical provider if you have concerns.
These herbs should be avoided during pregnancy:
• Aloe Vera
There are many other herbs that are known to be helpful during pregnancy and after delivery. Some are also good for the baby, such as Calendula salve for diaper rash and fennel for colic.
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