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One Long List of Herbs and How to Use Them

One Long List of Herbs and Their Uses, via SustainableBabySteps.com

Complementary herbal medicine is more complex than reading a long list of herbs or a short list of their uses. But although it's a complex science with its own precautions to learn, that doesn't mean you can't learn it. You don't have to be an expert to benefit for herbal uses. You just have to use some common sense, have a few references, and know when to seek medical attention. (Don't try to treat a gunshot wound with herbs, mkay?)

The handy part of learning to use herbs is both their versatility and their long, documented history of effectiveness. Herbal medicine has used for eons, from Native American to ancient Egyptian, and is still commonplace in most areas of the world. Hippocrates said it well, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food." Before modern medicine, we had to learn how to get these organic bodies to function properly using the organic plants and foods in our natural environment. Now that we have science to back us up, we not only have treatments for scary-deadly issues, like diabetes (which used to just randomly kill a kid without warning), we have have a deeper knowledge of how plant's work and how to use them to promote our health and well-being. In fact, many doctors now see the benefits of a list of herbs, nutrition, essential oils, chiropractic, and more whenever possible and leaving the Big Pharma guns in the holsters until they're really needed.

When you're new to herbs and their uses, this can all feel really overwhelming. My suggestion? Look through this list of herbs, start with what sounds familiar, get a couple good books on the topic for more-in-depth learning, find an herbalist when it's called for, and just stay curious. Natural solutions are not exactly a "baby steps", so take your time. And share your knowledge with others, too! We could all use better alternatives.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Herbal Medicine Cabinet

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Practicing natural health principles, understanding herbs and their uses, using essential oils, or eating a whole foods diet, is a great way to create a sustainable healthy lifestyle. Simplifying your medicine cabinet makes it easy to use. Below is a list of articles on various herbal topics for your viewing pleasure.

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The Long List of Herbs

As this section grows you can expect to see articles on some of this list of herbs (maybe even all of them, if I feel really intrepid). Please note that each herb may come with its own precautions, so don't go popping something in your mouth without learning more about it. I'm not responsible for your health here. You are. ;)

  • Acerola: Aging, respiratory support, immune support, infertility, etc
  • Acorus: Withdrawals, seizures, heart palpitations, etc
  • Agrimony: Type 2 diabetes, jaundice, bladder irritation, etc
  • Alfalfa: Cancer, diabetes, menopause, nosebleeds, etc
  • Aloe: Burns, wounds, Crohn's, hangover, etc.
  • American Ginseng: Blood pressure, diabetes, sex drive, stress, etc
  • Andiroba: Cuts, scrapes, arthritis, dermatitis, etc
  • Andrographis: Heart attack, cold, flu, digestive issues, etc
  • Angelica: Blood pressure, digestive issues, respiratory support, etc
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  • Anise: Congestion, bad breath, flu, colic, etc
  • Arjuna: Heart issues, gonorrhea, digestive issues, etc
  • Arnica: Infections, injuries, pain, bruising, etc
  • Artemisia: Infections, UTIs, constipation, diarrhea, etc
  • Asafoetida: Coloc, cholesterol, IBS, nerves, etc
  • Ashwaganda: Memory, sex drive, weight loss, arthritis, etc
  • Astragalus: Heart concerns, cancer, burns, diabetes, etc
  • Avena: ADD, eczema, menopause, anxiety, etc
  • Balsam of Tolu: Injuries, ringworm, respiratory issues, etc.
  • Barberry: Burns, cuts, gallstones, yeast infections, etc
  • Bee Pollen: Allergies, hay fever, BPH, prostatitis, cancer, etc
  • Bilberry: Atherosclerosis, gout, eye health, joints, etc
  • Birch: Arthritis, PMS, UTIs, warts, cellulite, etc
  • Bitter Melon: Chronic fatigue, herpes, parasites, etc
  • Bitter Orange: Digestion, anemia, weight loss, etc.
  • Black Cohosh: Menopause, PMS, fibroids, infertility, etc
  • Boswellia: Arthritis, skin health, colitis, etc.
  • Brahmi: Alzheimer's, ADD, anxiety, IBS, etc
  • Bromelain: Atherosclerosis, bruises, respiratory, HIV, etc
  • Bupleurum: Allergies, kidneys, circulation, etc
  • Burdock: Gout, sciatica, dandruff, liver issues, etc
  • Butcher's Broom: Carpal tunnel, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, etc
  • Cajueiro: Parasites, diabetes, etc
  • Calendula: Allergies, conjunctivitis, skin issues, etc
  • California Poppy: Anxiety, restless leg syndrome, inflammation, etc
  • Cardamom: TB, urinary incontinence, digestion, etc
  • Catnip: Flu, insomnia, insect repellant, crack for cats, etc
  • Cat's Claw: Arthritis, bowels, cancer, AIDS, Lyme, etc
  • Catuaba: HIV/AIDS, impotence, infection, etc
  • Cayenne: Diabetes, food poisoning, lung cancer, migraine, etc
  • Chamomile: Allergies, anxiety, diaper rash, eczema, etc
  • Chanca Piedra: Diabetes, bloos pressure, kidney stones, etc
  • Chaparral: Carpal tunnel, arthritis, HIV, tumors, etc
  • Chen-Pi: Allergies, digestion, nausea, low blood pressure, etc
  • Chinese Senega Root: Hangover, seizures, respiratory support, etc
  • Chiretta: Diabetes, parasites, nausea, digestion, etc
  • Cinnamon: Fibroids, menstruation, liver cancer, yeast infection, etc
  • Clove: Bell's Palsy, chronic fatigue, toothache, food poisoning, etc
  • Codonopsis: Cancer, headache, Lupus, vomiting, etc
  • Coix: Inflammation, viral infections, mastitis, etc
  • Coleus: Asthma, Eczema, high blood pressure, antihistamine, etc
  • Coltsfoot: Bronchitis, cough, pneumonia, etc
  • Comfrey: Insect bites, rash, eczema, psoriasis, skin tags, etc
  • Copaiba: Arhritis, eczema, herpes, psoriasis, etc
  • Coptis: Cancer, eye disorders, parasites, tuberculosis, etc
  • Cordyceps: Cancer, cholesterol, tinnitus, exhuastion, etc
  • Corn Silk: Potassium, urinary support, carpal tunnel, etc
  • Corydalis: Anxiety, insomnia, restless leg, cataracts, etc
  • Couch Grass: Bronchitis, laryngitis, kidney stones, etc
  • Damiana: Sexual function, depression, menopause, UTI, etc
  • Dan Shen: Angina, stroke, chronic fatigue, fibroids, etc
  • Dandelion: Anemia, bladder infections, constipation, indigestion, etc
  • Devil's Claw: Carpal tunnel, gout, tendonitis, etc.
  • Dioscorea: Diabetes, high cholesterol, ovarian pain, dysmenorrhea, etc
  • Dong Quai: Heart attack, high blood pressure, infertility, leukemia, etc
  • Echinacea: Acne, infected nails, cancer, Lyme, infections, etc
  • Elderberry: Asthma, sinusitis, HIV, herpes, etc
  • Elecampane: Bronchitis, congestive heart failure, parasites, asthma, etc
  • Ephedra: Weight loss, asthma, colds, flu, allergies, etc
  • Epimedium: Diarrhea, gonorrhea, high blood pressure, impotence, etc
  • Espinheira Santa: Pain, arthritis, cancer, gastritis, etc
  • Eucalyptus: Allergies, cold, cough, respiratory, insect bites, cuts, etc
  • Eyebright: Conjunctivitis, bloodshot eyes, eye inflammation, etc
  • Fennel Seed: Asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, colic, dermatitis, etc
  • Fenugreek: Liver and pancreas support, diabetes, mastitis, etc
  • Feverfew: Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, dysmenorrhea, etc
  • Fritillaria: Cough, flu, immune support, lupus, mucus, etc
  • Garlic: Atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, UTI, strep, yeast infection, ear infection, etc
  • Gentian: Cataracts, gallstones, indigestion, vision problems, etc
  • Ginger: All things digestive, allergies, joint pain, cholesterol, morning sickness, etc
  • Ginkgo: Memory loss, Alzheimer's, depression, ADD, cancer, cataracts, heart issues, etc
  • Ginseng: Anxiety, cancer, chronic fatigue, cognitive, hangover, impotence, etc
  • Goldenseal: Heartburn, Meniere's, infections, periodontal disease, etc
  • Gotu Kola: Memory, cellulite, varicose, wounds, scarring, etc
  • Green Tea: Asthma, breast cancer, high cholesterol, cirrhosis, etc
  • Guggul: Acne, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, obesity, etc
  • Hawthorn: Angina, Alzheimer's, arrhythmia, joint issues, ADD, diabetic retinopathy, etc
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  • Ho She Wu: High cholesterol, insomnia, infertility, etc
  • Hoelen: Kidney disease, Lupus, blood sugar, etc
  • Hops: Anxiety, insomnia, hormone balance, digestion, weight, etc
  • Horehound: Bronchitis, cold, sinuses, indigestion, etc
  • Horse Chestnut: Bruises, cellulite, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, etc
  • Horsetail: Bone issues, hemorrhoids, bed-wetting, emphysema, etc
  • Iporuru: Gout, impotence, infertility, high blood sugar, etc
  • Jambul: Caner, diabetes, enlarged spleen, digestion, etc
  • Kava: Anxiety, insomnia, restless legs, calming, toothache,etc
  • Khella: Angina, asthma, kidney stones, vitiligo, etc
  • Kudzu: Alcoholism, Bell's Palsy, fibrocystic breasts, glaucoma, etc
  • Lavender: Anxiety, insomnia, burns, gas, allergies, yeast, skin, etc
  • Lemon Balm: ADD, heart attack, Graves' disease, herpes, IBS, cold sores, etc
  • Licorice: Lupus, Meniere's, vitiligo, Lyme, canker sores, Celiac, hepatitis, etc
  • Maitake: Chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, AIDS, cancer, Lyme's, etc
  • Marshmallow Root: Laryngitis, Crohn's, peptic ulcer, psoriasis, eczema, etc
  • Mate: Constipation, overweight, cholesterol, PMS, etc
  • Milk Thistle: Acne, constipation, IBS, hepatitis, gallstones, ovarian cysts, etc
  • Morinda: Depression, menstrual issues, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues, etc
  • Motherwort: Hyperthyroidism, PMS, headache, congestive heart failure, etc
  • Muira Puama: Impotence, sex drive, trauma, male pattern baldness, etc
  • Mullein: Cuts, ear infection, hemorrhoids, respiratory issues, sore throat, etc
  • Myrrh: CAncek sores, gingivitis, strep throat, congestion, etc
  • Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPCs): Allergies, ADD, macular degeneration, Parkinson's, etc
  • Olive Leaf: Fibromyalgia, herpes, heart disease, high blood pressure, yeast infection, ets
  • Oregon Grape Root: Acne, allergic rashes, eczema, psoriasis, gastritis, etc
  • Osha: Arthritis, carpal tunnel, respiratory issues, flu, sinusitis, etc
  • Papain: BPH, bruises, sprains, soreness, Celiac, shingles, etc
  • Passionflower: High blood pressure, anxiety, thyroid cancer, insomnia, etc
  • Pau D'Arco: Ringworm, boils, parasitic infection, yeast infection, etc
  • Peppermint: Digestion, food poisoning, colic, motion sickness, headaches, IBS, etc
  • Polysaccharide Kureha (PSK): Atherosclerosis, cancer, immune function, hepatitis C, etc
  • Prickly Ash: Circulatory disorders, gallstones, parasites, roundworms, cramping, vomiting, etc
  • Prunella: Herpes, HIV/AIDS, liver, gallstones, hypertension, etc
  • Psoralea: Cancer, psoriasis, vitiligo, bone and joint health, eczema, hair loss, etc
  • Psyllium: Bronchitis, pneumonia, Crohn's, IBS, heart disease, etc
  • Pygeum: Benign prostate hypertrophy, prostate cancer, inflammation, etc
  • Quercetin: Allergies, emphysema, hives, viral infections, cataracts, Celiac, migraines, etc
  • Raspberry Leaf: Bd-wetting, burns, sore throat, PMS, morning sickness, etc
  • Red Wine Catechins: Prostate, breast, and bladder cancers, coronary artery disease, etc
  • Reishi: Cirrhosis, bronchitis, fibroid, high blood presure, alcoholism, etc
  • Rooibos: Allergies, HIV, stress, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, etc
  • Rosemary: Alzheimer's, circulatory issues, sore muscles, IBS, menstrual cramps, etc
  • Sangre de Drago: Cuts, scrapes, eczema, insect bites, diarrhea, vaginitis, etc
  • Sarsaparilla: Eczema, psoriasis, gout, menopause, sex drive, circulation, etc
  • Saw Palmetto: HIV, AIDS, menopause, prostate cancer, anti-inflammatory, etc
  • Schisandra: Depression, cancer, excssive sweating, skin cancer, etc
  • Schizonepeta: Boils, mastitis, fever, infections, sore throat, etc
  • Scutellaria: Asthma, pneumonia, anxiety, mono, pelvic inflammatory disease, hangover, etc
  • Shephard's Purse: Menstrual problems, nosebleeds, inflammation, retina health, uterine issues, etc
  • Shiitake: Cancer, chronic fatigue, Lyme, macular degeneration, high cholesterol, etc
  • Siberian Ginseng: liver detox, mumps, Lyme, tuberculosis, viral infections, etc
  • Slippery Elm: Crohn's, digestion, inflammation, respiratory, etc
  • Snow Fungus: High cholesterol, atherosclerosis, cervical cancer, etc
  • Soy Isoflavone Concentrate: Alzheimer's, breast cancer, fractures, menopause, hormones, etc
  • Soy Lecithin: Alcoholism, cirrhosis, liver cancer, gallstones, memory, multiple sclerosis, etc
  • St. John's Wort: Breast cancer, depression, burns, Crohn's, abrasions, mastitis, insomnia, etc
  • Stinging Nettle: Allergies, hay fever, anemia, sex drive, Lupus, etc
  • Tea tree (Melaleuca): Acne, athlete's foot, ringworm, boils, insect bites, dandruff, yeast, etc
  • Thyme: Allergies, cough, athlete's foot, respiratory issues, etc
  • Tilden Flower: Cold, flu, immune support, headache, migraines, indigestion, fever, epilepsy, etc
  • Turmeric: Eczema, pain, tendinitis, bursitis, heart attack, indigestion, halitosis, etc
  • Uva Ursi: Diuretic, bladder infections, UTI, kidney disease, prostatitis, etc
  • Valerian: Anxiety, insomnia, menopause, IBS, indigestion, stress, etc
  • Varuna: Kidney stones, urinary tract infections, BPH, etc
  • Vitex: PMS, menopause, hormone balancing, acne, endometriosis, infertility, dysmenorrhea, etc
  • Walnut Leaf: Acne, eczema, ringworm, sweating, skin parasites, cancer, constipation, etc
  • Wild Angelica: Diabetes, weight loss, bone health, disinfectant, circulation, etc
  • Willow Bark: Dry mouth, headache, osteoarthritis, toothache, pain, etc
  • Wintergreen: Carpal tunnel, joint health, pain, toothache, etc
  • Witch Hazel: Burns, cold sores, stings, Eczema, varicose veins, skin health, etc
  • Yarrow: Vision, bruises, pain, cold, flu, imune support, inflammation, etc
  • Yohimbe: Impotence, sex drive, etc

Recommended Books to Complement this List of Herbs

Use this list of herbs books to find more resources (cuz this is a topic you don't want to guess about).

What would you add to this list of herbs? Let me know in the comments below!

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

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