View Full Version : Medicinal Uses of Herbs - Lesson One, Part Four

May 31st, 2004, 06:18 PM
Below are the medicinal uses for some herbs that were listed in the previous thread. I am continuing to work on the list, and will continue adding to it as often as I am able, so please check back.

Herb: Aloe
Uses: In small doses, increases menstrual flow; externally can be used for minor burns, sunburn and insect bites
Preparation: For internal use, take .1 to .3 grams of the juice. External, apply the gel to the afflicted area
Warnings: Will induce uterine contractions - should avoid taking internally while pregnant and if breast feeding.
Parts used: Gel or liquid from the leaves

Herb: Aniseed
Uses: May be used to ease intestinal colic and flatulence. Also used for irritable and persistent coughing
Preparation: Infusion or oil
Parts used: Seeds

Herb: Borage
Uses: Revive and renew the adrenal glans after medical treatment with cortisone or steroids. Also may be used in the treatment of fevers.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Dried Leaves

Uses: Useful in cold and flu remedies; upset stomachs, colic, and diarrhea in children.
Preparation: Infusion or tinctures
Parts used: Leaves and flowering tops

Herb: Chamomile
Uses: Useful for relaxation, anti-inflammatory, gentle sedative for children; use for anxiety and insomnia. Used as a mouthwash, helps sooth gingivitis. As a gargle, helps sore throats. Indigestion and gastritis can also be soothed with chamomile.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Flowers

Herb: Cinnamon
Uses: Relieves nausea and vomiting; also helps against diarrhea
Preparation: Infusion
Parts used: Dried inner bark of the shoots

Herb: Comfrey
Uses: Useful in healing wounds, both inside and out. Helfpful in healing or soothing ulcers. Helps slow hemorrhaging; helpful to reduce scarring.
Preparation: Decoction or tincture
Parts used: Roots and leaves

Herb: Cramp Bark
Uses: Helpful in relaxation and reducing muscle tension. Good for relieving menstrual cramps. Also can be used to protect from threatened miscarriage.
Preparation: Decoction or tincture
Parts used: Dried bark

Herb: Dandelion
Uses: Excellent natural source of potassium. Used as a diuretic; valuable as a general tonic.
Preparation: Decoction or tincture
Parts used: Roots and leaves

Herb: Dill
Uses: Excellent for use as a remedy for flatulence and colic. Also stimulates flow of milk in nursing mothers; chewing seeds will clear up bad breath
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Seeds

Herb: Elder
Uses: Leaves may be used for bruises, sprains, and wounds. Flowers may be used for colds and flu. Berries may also be used for colds and flu, as well as rheumatism. Bark is used as a purgative.
Preparation: Infusion, juice, ointment, or tincture
Parts used: Leaves, berries, bark, flowers

Herb: Garlic
Uses: Attacks bacteria in the body. Helpful in treatment of recurring colds and the flu. Helps reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. Used externally for the treatment of ringworm.
Preparation: Clove (eating)
Parts used: Bulb

Herb: Ginger
Uses: Stimulant for peripheral ciculation; used to reduce fever; for relief of sore throats, and treatment of sprains.
Preparation: Infusion, decoction, or tincture
Parts used: Rootstock

Herb: Ginseng
Uses: Generally increases vitality and physical performance; will raise lowered blood pressure to a normal level; affects depression, especially when due to exhaustion; may be used as an aphrodisiac.
Preparation: Eating the root; making a mixture out of the powdered root
Warnings: Occasionally produces headaches
Parts used: Root

Herb: Goldenseal
Uses: Useful in all digestive problems; Used externally for itching, ringworm, and earaches.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Warnings: Should be avoided during pregnancy, as it stimulates the muscles of the uterus.
Parts used: Root and rhizome

Herb: Lavender
Uses: Useful for treating headaches, especially when they are the result of stress; clearing depression; strengthening of the nervous system; soothes and promotes natural sleep. Externally, oil may be used to help east the aches and pains of rheumatism.
Preparation: Infusion; Oil should not be taken internally, but can be inhaled, rubbed on skin, or used in a bath
Parts used: Flowers

Herb: Linden
Uses: Remedy for nervous tension; used against the development of hypertension. Can be used to treat high blood pressure; useful in the treatment of some migraines; valuable for use with colds and flu that are accompanied by a fever.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Dried flowers

Herb: Mallow
Uses: Useful for stomach ulcers, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, abscesses, boils, and minor burns. Similar to Marshmallow, but generally inferior.
Preparation: Infusion, compress, or tincture
Parts used: Flowers and leaves

Herb: Mistletoe
Uses: Used as a relaxant for the nervous system. Quiet, soothes, and tones the nervous system. Reduces blood pressure, and may relieve headaches due to high blood pressure
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Warnings: DO NOT use the berries
Parts used: Dried, leafy twigs

Herb: Mugwort
Uses: Digestive stimulant; aiding in depression and easing tension; can be used as an aid for a normal menstrual flow.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Leaves and roots

Herb: Mullein
Uses: Beneficial to most respiratory conditions; useful in treatment of bronchitis; externally is useful in soothing and healing any inflamed surface.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Dried leaves and flowers

Herb: Myrrh
Uses: Stimulates the production of white blood corpuscles; has direct anti-microbial effects. Useful in treatment of gingivitis, sinusitis, repiratory problems, and the common cold. Externally can be used for cuts and abrasions.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Gum resin

Herb: Oats (Oat Straw)
Uses: Useful in strengthening the nervous system. Also useful as a remedy in treating skin conditions, especially for external applications
Preparation: May be made into a porridge or gruel; fluid extract; add to a bath
Parts used: Seeds and whole plant

Herb: Parsley
Uses: Rich source of vitamin C. Helps rid the body of excess water; stimulates menstrual flow; eases flatulence and colic pains
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Warnings: Do not use when pregnant, as there may be excessive stimulation of the womb
Parts used: Tap root, leaves, and seeds

Herb: Passion Flower
Uses: Sedative; Hypnotic. Useful in treating insomnia; may be used as an antispasmodic, and useful in cases of seizures and hysteria.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Dried leaves

Herb: Peppermint
Uses: Helps relieve feelings of nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness. Helpful in treatment of migraine headaches that are associated with the digestion. Relieves menstrual pain and tension. May be used externally to relieve itching and inflammation
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Aerial Parts

Herb: Plantain
Uses: Soothes inflamed and sore membranes; aids in threatment of diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and cystitis.
Preparation: Infusion, ointment, and tincture
Parts used: Leaves and aerial parts

Herb: Rose Hips
Uses: Source of vitamin C; helps protect against colds and infections; useful as a remedy for exhaustion and constipation.
Preparation: Decoction, syrup, tincture
Parts used: Fruit (hips) and seeds of the Dog Rose

Herb: Rosemary
Uses: Circulatory and nervous system stimulant; anti-depressant, antiseptic; Useful where psychological tension is present. Acts as a stimulant to hair follicles, and may be used in cases of premature baldness
Preparation: Infusion, tincture, or oil
Parts used: Leaves and twigs

Herb: St. Johnís Wort
Uses: Useful as a sedative and pain reducer. Useful in healing bruises, varicose veins, and mild burns when used as a lotion. Used for healing sunburns in oil form. Useful for addressing irritability and anxiety associated with menopause.
Preparation: Infusion, external, and tincture
Warnings: Not recommended for use in persons with marked depression.
Parts used: Aerial parts

Herb: Thyme
Uses: Aid in digestion, respiratory and digestive infections. Eases pain from laryngitis, tonsillitis, sore throats, irritable coughs. Gentle enough to be used for children with diarrhea, and in cases of bed wetting.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Leaves and flowering tops

Herb: Valerian
Uses: Sedative and hypnotic. Useful in treating insomnia, cramps, migraines, arthiritis, and rheumatic pain. Also relieves pains associated with tension.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Rhizome and roots

Herb: Vervain
Uses: Strengthens the nervous system, relaxes tension and stress. Can be used to ease depression and melancholy. Helful in cases of seizure and hysteria.
Preparation: Infusion or tincture
Parts used: Aerial parts

Herb: Witch Hazel
Uses: Astringent. Used for reducing itching, in cases of bleeding - internally or externally. Helpful in controlling diarrhea.
Preparation: Infusion, ointment, and tincture
Parts used: Bark or leaves

Herb: Yarrow
Uses: Useful aid for dealing with fevers. Stimulates digestion and tones blood vessels. Useful in cases of cystitis.
Preparation: Infusions or tinctures
Parts used:Aerial parts