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Top 10 Healing Herbs

MALADY REMEDY FUNCTION DOSAGE* WARNING ALTERNATIVE
Anxiety St. John's wort
(Hypericum
perforatum)
Tranquilizer.
Alleviates moderate
anxiety and
depression.
Capsule: 370mg
3 times daily
Tincture: 2 droppers,
3 times daily
Increases
photosensitivity
and risk
of sunburn
Oats(tincture),
kava kava(tincture),
catnip(tea)
Cough Wild cherry
bark
(Prunus
serotina)
Cough suppressant,
expectorant,
mild sedative
Tincture: 3
droppers, 3 to 5
times daily
(gargle, then swallow)
Should not be
use by pregnant
women**; may cause
diarrhea
Slippery elm(lozenge, tincture,
cold tea), marshmallow (tincture,
cold tea), elecampane (tincture,
tea)
Eye Strain Eyebright
(Euphrasia
officinalis)
Eye tonic. Reduces
redness and discomfort
associated with
allergies or
overuse
Eyewash:As needed
Tincture: Take 3-4
droppers, 3 times
daily
None Fennel (cold tea
eyewash)
Fatigue American
ginseng
(Panax
quinquefolium)
Energizing tonic.
Boosts immunity;
counteracts physical/
emotional stress;
improves physical
stamina; increases
appetite
Tincture: 2 droppers
3 times daily
Tea: 1 cup daily
Do not give to
children; may cause
insomnia or
allergic reactions
Guarana (capsule, tea),
peppermint essential oil
(rub 3 drops into temples;
mist yourself with an atomizer
filled with a mix of water
and 3 to 5 drops of oil)
Headache Meadowsweet
(Filipendula
ulmaria)
Pain reliever, Contains
aspirin-precursor
salicin and buffering
components that
protect the stomach
Tincture; 3 droppers
3 times daily
Tea: 3 cups
daily
Do not give to children
under 2 or those under 16
who have a cold, fever, flu
or chicken pox-the aspirin-
like chemicals may cause
Reye's Syndrome
Lavender essential oil
(massage into neck and
temples), willow bark
(tea, tincture, capsules)
Indigestion Fennel
(Foeniculum vulgare)
Carminative. Soothes
digestive tract;
relieves gas,
bloating, and cramps
Seeds: 1/2 oz. daily
Tea: 3 cups daily
Tincture: 4 droppers
daily
None Peppermint(tea, tincture),
chamomile(tea), gentian
(tincture, use before or
with meals to stimulate
digestive fluids)
Insomnia Valerian
(Valeriana
offocinalis)
Sedative Tea: 1 strong cup
before bed
Tincture: 3 to 4
droppers before
bed
May cause stomach upset;
its pungent odor can be
offensive
Passionflower(tincture), hops
(tincture or sleep sachet
filled with flower heads),
kava kava(tincture, mixes well
with valerian)
Muscle ache Arnica
(Arnica montana)
Anti-inflammatory,
pain reliever
Topical ointment, gel
or lotion(rub into
sore muscles
May cause mild
skin rash
St. John's wort oil
(massage into skin)
Nausea Ginger Digestive aid.
Alleviates queasiness
from motion sickness,
illness, surgical
anesthesia, pregnancy
Candied ginger, tea
fresh root
as needed
Causes sweating;
may cause heartburn
Peppermint (tea, tincture)
PMS Chaste berry
(Vitex agnus castus)
Hormone balancer.
Normalizes estrogen and
progesterone levels to
relieve mood swings,
migraines, PMS-related
acne, breast tenderness
Tincture: 3-4
droppers daily
Progesterone-like qualities
may aggravate severe PMS-
related depression
Black cohosh (tincture, for cramping
with heavy flow), blue cohosh
(tincture, for cramping with
light flow), dong quai
(tincture, to balance hormones)
*Doses are based on 150-lb. person.
**If pregnant, check with your health care practitioner before using any herbal supplements.
Adapted from Vegetarian Times Pg. 90 Nov. 1998

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