Ever wonder how pharmaceutical companies found and invented medical products to relieve physical ailments? Nature. Natural remedies derive from plants and have been used by humans for thousands of years in ointments, tinctures, steeped in tea, and other methods. The catch is medicinal herbs do not always provide instant relief from ailments and may take up to several days to feel relief. It may not produce side effects because it acts naturally with our body chemistry. Therefore, they are healthy to use.
Prescription drugs have numerous side effects that may cause more damage to your body. This is why the voice at the end of a prescription drug ad talks quickly. One, because there are generally so many side effects, it would take a long time to list them at average speed. Second, companies want you to buy the drug and hope the customer either forgets or does not hear the side effect. This is not to say that all prescription drugs are an issue, but most do not provide alternatives to prevent side effects.
This list consists of herbs to benefit the body and reduce ailments. It provides the layman’s term, and the scientific name is in parentheses. Most of these medicinal herbs are multi-purposed and may be used for numerous ailments.
17 Herbs with Healing Properties
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)– Use this whenever you have bruises, wounds, or phlebitis. It can be used as an oil. This herb may also benefit individuals who have manic or general depression. St. John’s Wort can be combined with horse chestnut, yarrow, and arnica to make Hyperisan which may help with circulatory problems. It can be used internally and externally in oil form (Vries, 2004).
Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella Bursa Pastoris)– This benefits an individual who has menstrual issues or internal bleeding (Vries, 2004).
Echina Force (Echinacea Purpurea Herba)– This pink flower may be utilized to reduce inflammation and infections. This may be an immune booster for resistance against dermatological issues and colds. This may also be used for individuals with diarrhea and catarrhal conditions. This may also help with clearing septic (Vries, 2004).
Marigold (Calendula Officinalis)– This may aid in healing wounds, act as a blood cleanser, and help with circulation. An ointment can be made to help with athlete’s foot and skin issues. It may heal ulcers, swelling, and cancerous sores. This may also benefit in reducing swelling of glands, stomach discomfort, and constipation (Vries, 2004).
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum)– This can be used as a tincture that may help with varicose veins, venous congestion, and hemorrhoids and increase overall circulation. The tincture is Hyperisan which is mentioned under the St. John’s Wort section (Vries, 2004).
Mountain Arnica (Arnica Montana)– This may benefit when individuals have minimal scrapes and cuts. It is part of Hyperisan (found in St. John’s Wart section). This may help with inflammation and circulation of the veins and high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis. It may help soothe nerves, which ultimately benefits traumatic experiences that individuals have experienced. Using a cotton ball with some Mountain Arnica may relieve a toothache. This may also help with boils or concussions (Vries, 2004).
Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium)– This herb may benefit users with vascular spasms or circulatory disorders. Yarrow may benefit users with chest pain (angina pectoris). An ointment can be used with this herb for external use to help with hemorrhoids and varicose veins. This also may benefit menstrual issues. In Hypersian (mentioned in St. John’s Wart section), it is used fresh to aid in cleansing the blood and promote blood flow and renewal of blood (Vries, 2004).
Corn Flower (Centaurium Umbellatum)– This reduces stomach issues, improves appetite, and may benefit users suffering from anorexia. This also may be used to help individuals with a sour stomach or indigestion due to helping inflammation of the mucous membranes within the stomach. This may also benefit drug users in combating side effects (Vries, 2004).
Sage– In Asia, users steep Sage in tea to benefit memory. It may help with the common cold, stomach issues, and mouthwash. Sage contains Phosphorus, which calms nerves and allows individuals with sleeping problems. It may also help women with perspiration during menopause (Vries, 2004).
Lavender (Lavandula Vera)– Lavender oil may help users with headaches or migraines. It may also be used as a tonic, carminative, or disinfectant. It may relieve digestive disorders, vertigo, and bronchial issues (Vries, 2004). Lavender also has numerous other health benefits. Check out our blog on Lavender.
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria Majalis)– This may stimulate the heart muscle, reduce high blood pressure, reduce heart complications, reduce tachycardia (speedy heartbeat), and ultimately strengthen the crucial muscle. This may also help with arteriosclerotic (Vries, 2004).
Nettles (Urtica Urens and Urtica Dioical)– This may be used as a blood cleanser and a benefit to the structure of blood by purifying blood and cleaning the urinary tract. It may reduce rheumatic pain and help with dermatitis. A combination of stinging nettle, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and other materials can produce Urticalcin, which may be used for anemia, dropsy, stomach pain, and rheumatism (Vries, 2004).
Mistletoe– In the distant past, generations used it for cramps, epilepsy episodes, and circulation issues. Today, it is utilized in cancer and iscador therapy. Mistletoe promotes cell metabolism for individuals with nervous advanced age syndrome. It may benefit blood pressure and blood diseases (Vries, 2004).
Butterbur (Petasities Officinalis)– This plant has been known to help with fevers and cancer therapy. It may help users with spastic issues, recovery from infections, poor circulation, nutritional deficits, and ulcers. Butterbur may be used as a supplement for cortisone (Vries, 2004).
Feverfew (Tanacetun Partheniun)– This may assist individuals with migraines and can be a pain reliever (without side effects). Feverfew may be used for users suffering from psychosomatic issues such as depression or suicidal ideation, pre-menstrual issues, and asthmatic problems. The leaves are bitter, but users can chew them if they can get past the taste (Vries, 2004).
Periwinkle (Vinca Minor)– This may help blood circulation in the brain, benefiting memory, concentration, communication, or behavioral issues. Periwinkle may also reduce headaches, dizziness, tinnitus, nosebleeds, acne, itching, eczema, and cradle cap (crusting with yellow or white scales on the head). This may be used as an overall skin condition and promote brain health (Vries, 2004).
Lady’s Mantel (Alchemilla Vulgaris)– This may be used for menstrual disorders and women with multiple sclerosis (precisely bladder issues). It may also help individuals with hernia issues, poor ligaments, connective tissue, and overall wounds that may be hard to heal over time. Lady’s Mantel may be found in forests, grasslands, and mountain locations (Vries, 2004).
*NOTE: Only seek these natural herbs outdoors with a professional that is extensive in plant identification. Buying them online from reliable sources will suffice and are the safer alternative. Frost Family Farm stresses this because there are plants that mimic medicinal herbs in nature. In other words, the user may mistake a look-alike for a medicinal herb, and the plant may be, in fact, poisonous. This blog is meant as a guide. Before trying them, cross reference these medicinal herbs and speak to a professional and your doctor. Medicinal herbs may cause adverse effects in combination with prescription drugs. Frost Family Farm cannot be held liable for users utilizing any or all of these herbs *
Vries, D. J. (2004, October 1). Traditional home and herbal remedies. Mainstream Publishing.