Nothing in the makeup of a plant tells us in what way and what condition we should use it best. There are over a half million known herbs with potential use as a remedy. In China, The Chinese Herbalist practitioners have over 2,000 that are readily available in their pharmacies.
Herbal remedies around the globe vary in strength from very mild, gentle treatments that we even use as food to potential poisons if taken at the wrong dose.
Folk use of herbal remedies is familiar to all of us in some form or another. Rightly so, because this is how these remedies are learned. They are passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, that is what fuels the fire of the scientific community and their disdain. It is their loss because generations of experience and knowledge should not be so readily dismissed. In fact, many of our current pharmacological concoctions have their roots in herbal medicine.
Remedies and recipes for herbal teas are handed down from generation to generation and are still remembered and used to this day. Thankfully, the current changes in the world toward the traditional remedies is changing and changing for the better.
Choosing The Right Herb
As we stated earlier, there are countless numbers of herbal combinations that are useful for specific ailments. Additionally, certain herbs are recommended to target individual body parts, and we will list them here:
- Arteries – Kelp, Hawthorne Berries, Wheat Germ Oil, Garlic. Bioflavonoid herbs such as Ginkgo, Buckwheat and Lime Blossom are especially useful in strengthening blood vessels.
- Bladder – Juniper Berries, Buchu plant, Wild Carrot Seed, Gravel Root
- Hypertension – European Mistletoe, Apple Bark
- Bones – Comfrey, Horsetail Grass
- Brain – Lily of the Valley, Ginseng, Gotu Kola
- Circulation System – Cayenne (most powerful), Ginger, Bayberry Bark, Prickly Ash
- Digestive System – Hops, Papaya, Mustard Seed, Centaury, Gentian, Agrimony, Oregon Grape Root, Wormwood
- Ears – Eyebright, Golden Seal
- Endocrine Glands – Ginseng, Sarsparilla, Yarrow, Licorice, False Unicorn Root, True Unicorn Root, Pumpkin Seeds, Kelp
- Fertility – Sarsparilla, False Unicorn Root, Damiana, Licorice
- Gall Bladder – Olive Oil, Bayberry Bark, Comfrey
- Hair – Rosemary, Sage, Henna
- Heart – Wheat Germ, Hawthorne Berry, Tansy
- Kidneys – Dandelion Root, Uva Ursi, White Poplar Bark, Sandalwood, Parsley
- Large Intestine – Cascara Sagrada Bar, Squaw Vine for transverse colon
- Liver – Oregon Grape Root, Dandelion, Mandrake, Maple Bark
- Lungs – Comfrey, Mullein, Lobelia, Oat Straw, Pleurisy Root, Lungwort, Garlic
- Mouth – Tincture of Cayenne, Bayberry Bark, Oak Bark
- Nervous System – Skullcap, Valerian, Hops, Lobelia, Ladies Slipper Root, Passion Flowers, Linden Flowers
- Nose – Bayberry Bark, Golden Seal (Snuff: 1 part Bayberry Bark 2 parts Golden Seal)
- Pancreas – Cedar Berries, Yarrow, Periwinkle, Dandelion
- Prostate – Pumpkin Seeds, Echinacea, Saw Palmetto Berries, Uva Ursi, Gravel Root
- Respiratory – Cayenne, Lobelia, Hyssop, Oat Straw, Garlic, Mullein, Elecampane, and Coltsfoot.
- Skin – Chickweed, Walnut Shell tincture
- Small Intestine – Rhubarb Root, Slippery Elm
- Spleen – Maple Leaves and Bark, Hyssop Tea with Steamed Figs, Bayberry Bark, Angelica
- Stomach – Raspberry Leaf, Dandelion Root, Angelica, Centaury, Agrimony, Calamus, Wormwood, Oregon Grape Root
- Throat – Mullein, Sage, Golden Seal, Slippery Elm, Eucalyptus, Bay, Poppy Seeds, Yerba Santa, Blood Root, Hyssop, Elecampane
- Urinary – Dandelion Root, Parsley Root, Wild Carrot Seed, Juniper Berries, Uva Ursi and Corn Silk are useful.
- Uterus and Vagina – Squaw Vine, Dong Kwai, Golden Seal Root, Oak Bark, White Pond Lily, Trillium, Beth Root, Uva Ursi, Angelica, Myrrh, Yarrow, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Saw Palmetto Berries.
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