Herbal Remedies Extract

Symptoms Guides
herbalHere is a list of common ailments, and the herbal remedies that are often used to combat them. If you have been diagnosed with a certain disease or disorder, you may be able to try an herbal remedy.
Make sure you check with a doctor or herbalist if you are already taking a prescription drug, because certain prescription drugs can have interactions with herbal remedies. Also, do not substitute herbal cures for prescription medications unless your doctor has cleared you to do so.
Certain ailments, such as heart problems, require specific continued doses of prescription medication. If you are currently being treated by a physician for a medical problem and you would like to try an herbal remedy, consult your doctor. Explain your desire to try to treat your condition with herbal remedies and ask for his help in figuring out how best to go about it.
That being said, many herbal cures are available for common ailments, especially those you don’t normally see a doctor for, such as sunburn and upset stomach. Many herbal remedies are safe to use if you are not already on a prescription drug.

Acne

Some acne usually occurs in teenagers, although many adults have occasional bouts of acne as well. There are many factors that contribute to acne. Keratin is a protein that is produced by the skin cells, and too much of it can form clumps that block oil ducts. When this happens, bacteria can form, causing a pimple. Another possible cause of acne in teen girls is hormonal changes. Other theories about acne have little foundation to back them up. For example, certain foods have been said to cause acne, such as chocolate or French fries. These claims are unfounded. There is no evidence that foods cause acne. There are drug treatments available for the treatment of acne. The most common are topical treatments, which often contain antibiotics.
Herbal remedies for acne include:
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil comes from this Australian tree. Used as a topical treatment, in studies it was found to be as effective as benzoil peroxide but with fewer side effects. To use, first gently cleanse the skin and pat dry. Apply diluted tea tree oil to the problem areas and let dry. You can purchase tea tree oil already diluted or you can dilute yourself using jojoba oil with 5 to 15% tea tree oil. Use the mixture twice a day. Test a small spot first to ensure that you do not get a rash. Some people with sensitive skin can have a small reaction to tea tree oil. Do not take internally.
Lavender – Lavender essential oil is often used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It is also astringent. It is good on minor skin irritations and burns. To use, dot lavender essential oil onto blemishes individually using a cotton swab. Used once or twice per day on mild acne, this will help dry up the blemishes.
Burdock – Burdock is often taken internally as a tea. The leaves, roots and stems of the burdock plant are rich in minerals that promote sweating and urination (a natural diuretic). For the treatment of acne, use burdock topically, as a face wash. Apply cooled tea to the skin with a washcloth and rinse with cool water.
Calendula – Used as a remedy for many skin ailments, calendula has antibacterial and calming properties. Calendula is often found as a tea. To use, make the tea and allow cooling. Then apply to the face with a cotton ball or cloth. There are also calendula creams available that can be found at your local natural food store. These creams are usually too thick in consistency to help with acne, however, they can be used lightly.
Chamomile – This flowering herb is often found in teas. It contains a natural anti-inflammatory called azulene. Chamomile is used as a skin wash in the treatment of acne. To use, steep chamomile tea and allow cooling. Apply to the skin with a cotton ball or washcloth. You can also dab the mixture onto blemishes. There are also skin care products available with chamomile.
Rose – Rose essential oil has soothing antiseptic properties. It also smells wonderfully. Find rosewater that is made from essential oil. Put some into a spray bottle and spritz onto the face whenever you want.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – The seeds of grapefruit have been found to have potent micro bacterial properties. Mix 5 drops of extract with ½ cup water to dilute and use as a face wash.
Aloe – Aloe has long been known to be a soothing anti-inflammatory with anti-bacterial properties. Use in the gel form for best affects. Use topically by applying directly to the blemish spots.

Altitude Sickness

If you are unaccustomed to higher altitudes, you may have feelings of sickness. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may feel like a cold or flu. You may get a headache, nausea, weakness and may have trouble sleeping. A headache is the most common complaint associated with altitude sickness. At higher altitudes the amount of oxygen mixed into the air is less. This drop of oxygen can affect the heart, muscles, lungs and nervous system. It can affect anyone, even those in good physical condition. After one to five days the body will begin to adjust and altitude sickness will subside.
The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to ascend slowly. You should also drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol, because this can add to your symptoms. There are some herbs you can take to help prevent altitude sickness as well as lessen the affects on your body. Begin taking these herbs from one to three days before you leave for the higher altitude.
Ginkgo – Ginkgo helps improve circulation and therefore helps improve the body’s tolerance to low levels of oxygen. Scientific studies have confirmed these results in humans. Take 120 to 150 milligrams daily. These are usually in the form of capsules. Although not common, side effects are possible. These include headaches and upset stomach.
Reishi – This is an ancient Chinese remedy that helps to improve oxygenation to the blood. Take up to 1,000 milligrams in capsule form each day or two teaspoons of tincture three times per day. Herbalists suggest you take the dosage while at a higher elevation and continue taking it for several days after.
Ginseng – Ginseng has been shown to help improve blood oxygenation and respiratory function. It is also used in treating asthma and bronchitis. Take up to four 500-milligram capsules daily while symptoms persist. Do not combine ginseng with caffeine, antidepressants or blood thinners, and do not use if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure.
Siberian Ginseng – Well known as a tonic herb, Siberian ginseng helps improve overall health when taken long-term. Begin taking a few days before ascending for maximum effect. Take up to nine 500 milligram capsules per day or up to 20 drops of tincture up to three times per day.
Ginger – Ginger is an old cure used for nausea. It can be used for altitude sickness as well as motion sickness. It comes in various forms such as tea, tincture, capsules or raw. Take up to eight 500 milligram capsules daily or ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground root per day or 10 to 20 drops of tincture per day. Dilute tincture in water to drink. Do not take ginger if you have gallbladder disease.

Anxiety

Anxiety is extreme stress, sometimes panic. It can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath along with feelings of doom. You can experience anxiety when your body reacts to signals it thinks are threats. Your heart rate goes up and you start to sweat.
Other causes of anxiety can be classified as phobias, such as fear of flying or fear of heights. Herbs can be an easy way to help ease anxiety naturally. If you are taking anti-depressant drugs, however, do not try to substitute herbal remedies. Talk to your doctor before taking herbal remedies.
When treating anxiety, start with the mildest remedy in the mildest dosage and go from there. Many of the herbs used to treat anxiety are safely compatible.
Oats – Oat seeds are calming and soothing and are helpful for those suffering from daily stress or who feels frayed. Tea is the common method of taking oats. Steep 1 to 2 tablespoons of seeds in a cup of hot water for ten minutes. You can drink a cup of tea every two hours as needed. Tincture is also available and you can take up to 3 teaspoons every two hours. Oats are also available as capsules.
Chamomile – Used often as tea, chamomile has a very soothing and calming effect on you. It helps relax the muscles and also helps ease a tense stomach. Drink one cup of tea every two hours or up to 3 teaspoons of tincture every two hours. Chamomile is readily available as tea at most supermarkets, but it’s a good idea to keep some on hand.
Linden – Linden gently relaxes and eases muscle tension, and is also used as a remedy for high blood pressure. Linden also makes a good all-around remedy for helping keep the cardiovascular system functioning well. It is most often used in tea, and you should drink one cup of tea every two hours as needed. Tincture is also available as well as capsules.
Vervain – Vervain is an herb that soothes and calms the nervous system as well as helps with depression. Often found as a tea, drink one cup of tea every two hours. It is also available as a tincture and in capsules.
Motherwort – This old-time remedy is useful for the cardiovascular system in general. It can help calm nerves and aids in soothing anxiety that can cause a rapid heart rate. Drink one cup of Motherwort tea every two hours. It is also available as a tincture and as capsules. Consult your doctor before taking Motherwort if you are currently taking any cardiac drugs.
Lavender – Lavender is relaxing and uplifting. It is fragrant and offers relief for anxiety and depression. Lavender essential oil is used diluted in bath water or can be inhaled. To use in a bath, add 10 to 12 drops to a full tub. You can also dilute it with oil to use as massage oil. It should not be taken internally.
St. John’s Wort – Commonly used to treat depression, St. John’s Wort is an overall health booster that helps the nervous system. As a tonic, take up to 3 teaspoons every two hours. It is also available in capsule form.
Skullcap – Used for anxiety and hormonal mood swings, skullcap is relaxing to the nervous system. It can be taken as a tea, a tincture or in capsule form. To make tea, steep one or two teaspoons of dried herbs in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink one cup of hot tea every two hours as needed.
Kava-Kava – This is an anti-anxiety herb that originated in the South Pacific islands. It works similarly to Valium, working with the part of the brain that controls the nervous system and emotions. It does not cause addiction nor does the body build up a tolerance to it. It also doesn’t impair thinking the way drugs may. In fact, in studies it was shown to improve brain function and memory. It is a good solution to treat anxiety on a short-term basis. The standard form is in capsules. Do not take with alcohol.
Valerian – Valerian is considered a strong anti-anxiety herb. Similar to Valium, it works with the central nervous system; however it does not cause dependence. It is also used to improve sleep as well as a muscle relaxant. It is taken in capsule form. Note – a small percentage of users indicate an increase in anxiety when taking this herb. If that happens, discontinue use.
Passionflower – Passionflower is a strong herb used primarily for calming and treating insomnia. It can also be used to help calm daytime anxiety. It is most commonly used as a tea. To make the tea, steep one to two teaspoons of dried herbs in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink one cup every two hours.
Siberian Ginseng – This herb helps restore adrenal glands that are overstressed. It is a good choice for those who are chronically overstressed, and is taken as a tonic. It has a cumulative effect, meaning that it may take several weeks or even months to see results from taking the tonic.

Arthritis

Arthritis affects more than 40 million Americans of all ages. It is the stiffening or inflammation of the joints, and can occur in any joint, but it commonly starts in the hips, fingers and knees. There are two main types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common form. It is simply the breaking down or wearing down of the joints with age and worsens over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and distortion of the joints. There is no cure for arthritis, and doctors prescribe medication to help keep inflammation and pain down.
Herbal remedies include both internal and external mixtures.
Cayenne – Cayenne and other peppers contain analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents called capsaicin. This is often used in creams and other topical mixtures to help relieve pain. Creams come in different strengths.
Evening Primrose – Taken internally, Evening Primrose helps combat inflammation. It can also help with the pain associated in particular with rheumatoid arthritis. Taken in capsule form, take up to 12 capsules per day. It can also be taken as oil, and you should take only ½ teaspoon of oil per day. Be aware that this oil can be expensive.
Green Tea – Green tea has compounds that help the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. You’ll find green tea products widely available now, and you may drink several cups of green tea per day, and black tea is also beneficial
Yucca – Native Americans have used Yucca for centuries as food and as a remedy, and recent studies have confirmed its effectiveness as a remedy for arthritis. Yucca reduces the swelling and pain of arthritis as well as helps prevent stiffness in the joints. It can be applied topically to affected joints, and can also be taken internally. Capsules are available and you may take up to four 490-milligram capsules per day.
Turmeric – Turmeric is a common Indian spice that is helpful in the treatment of arthritis, because it has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be ingested as well as used topically on affected areas. You can take 250 – 300 milligram capsules up to three times per day or up to one teaspoon per day in food. It is also available as a tincture.

Asthma

Asthma affects about 14 million Americans, many of them children. Asthma is a respiratory disorder triggered by certain allergens, and asthma attacks can come on suddenly and become very severe quickly. People with Asthma need to work closely with their doctor to find suitable remedies. The herbal remedies suggested here have been shown to help.
Ginkgo – This ancient Chinese herb has long been used to help treat asthma, and studies have shown this to be particularly effective against exercise-induced asthma. Treatments require continued use for six to eight weeks at a time for maximum effectiveness. There have been rare cases of skin rash and upset stomach associated with the use of ginkgo. Check with your doctor if you are taking any blood thinners.
Garlic and Onion – Garlic and onion have long been used to treat bronchitis and asthma, and they have been shown to inhibit allergen-induced responses. The ingredient that possesses these characteristics is called quercetin. It can be found as a dietary supplement in health food stores. Allicin, the ingredient in garlic, is available in capsule form as well.
Liquorice – This herb has anti-inflammatory properties as well as expectorant and anti-viral properties. It also has been known to stimulate the immune system, a huge factor in the treatment of asthma. Use products from the whole root, rather than the DGL form, which does not contain the active ingredient glycyrrhizin, which is necessary to get the effects desired. Do not take for longer than 6 weeks at a time. Also, do not take if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or diabetes.
Turmeric – Turmeric is one of the main spices in curry. It contains curcumin, which is known to work as an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-oxidant. You can easily add turmeric to your spice rack and use it when cooking. It is also available in capsule form and as a tincture. Do not take if you have gallstones.
Ephedra – Ephedra has been known to help with asthma, however, it is no longer a recommended remedy due to possible side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking this herbal remedy.

Bladder Infections

Nearly half of all women suffer from a bladder infection at some time in their life. They are most common in sexually active and pregnant women. Bladder infections can become serious, so if it persists you need to see a doctor as the infection can travel to the kidneys where it can cause more serious damage.
Cranberry – Yes, the old wives tale is actually true. Cranberry juice can help prevent and cure bladed infections by acidifying the urine. In order to be effective, though, you need to drink at least 5 cups of cranberry juice per day. You can also get cranberry in capsule form, which is easier to take. To prevent infections, drink 1-½ cups of unsweetened cranberry juice per day.
Goldenrod – This herb is popular in Europe for treating bladder infections. It is one of the safest and most effective herbs for increasing urine flow and inhibiting bacteria growth. It also helps decrease inflammation. Taken as a tea, drink 2 to 3 cups of tea daily.
Oregon Graperoot – The active ingredient berberine can help kill many types of bacteria that are harmful. It also helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, thus preventing bladder infections. Available as a tincture, take one teaspoon three times per day as needed. Do not use if you are pregnant.
Echinacea – This acts as an anti-bacterial as well as an anti-inflammatory. It also is known to help pump up the immune system, which helps those with frequent bladder infections. If you have an allergy to ragweed, do not take this herb, as you could experience an allergic reaction.

Blisters

The body creates a blister to form a protective pocket of fluid to help heal certain wounds, such as burns and those caused by repeated rubbing. Whenever possible, leave the blister alone to heal. Once a blister pops, however, you need to help keep the new skin clean and free from bacteria. Herbal remedies for blisters are topical.
Calendula – This herb helps heal and has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often found as the main ingredient in crèmes or salves. Calendula is considered a safe herb.
Comfrey – Comfrey is high in allantoin, which stimulates and promotes new skin cell growth. It is available in many prepared crèmes and salves and is considered safe.
Lavender – Lavender helps to speed the healing process, and is also an antiseptic. The scent of lavender is very soothing as well. Lavender is a main ingredient in many lotions and crèmes, and is also available as an essential oil. To use the essential oil, first dilute with water, dampen a clean cloth with the mixture and apply to the blister for several minutes at a time.
St-John’s-Wort – Used topically, St-John’s Wort has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Use a clean swab and gently dab the blister with the solution.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation in the bronchi, the passageways from the lungs. It is characterized by a cough that starts dry and progresses to a mucus cough. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually the result of a cold and viral infection. Chronic bronchitis is a persistent cough that lasts more than 3 months, with air pollution and smoking contributing to chronic bronchitis. Herbal remedies can help with both types. If you are having severe symptoms such as chest pain, high fever or are coughing up blood you need to see a medical specialist immediately.
Liquorice – Liquorice soothes mucous membranes and is an expectorant. It also helps stimulate the cells to produce more interferon, the bodies own antivirus. Taken as capsules or as a tincture or tea, liquorice should not be taken for longer than 6 weeks.
Horehound – Horehound is available in syrups and also in lozenges. It soothes a sore throat and also works as an expectorant. It is also commonly available as a tea.
Peppermint – Peppermint has menthol properties that help relax airways and also helps fight viruses. It is a good thing to use as an herbal steam. Add 3 to 5 drops of peppermint essential oil to 4 cups of very hot water. Then use a towel to cover your head and tent the steam. Inhale this way until the water stops steaming.
Mullein – A tea or tincture, mullein is used to help you expel mucus. It can also help stop the pain of a raspy cough. Drink up to 6 cups of tea per day.
Wild Cherry Bark – Wild cherry bark is often mixed with other herbs. It helps to suppress coughs, and should only be used for short periods of time. It is best used on coughs that are the dry, hacking type. It is available in teas and tinctures.

Bruises

Most bruises are minor and are easily treated with herbal methods. Herbs can help reduce the swelling associated with the bruise as well as provide pain relief.
Arnica – Arnica is known for its pain relieving properties as well as its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help speed up the healing of a bruise. It is most often used topically, and you can find it as a main ingredient in many herbal salves and ointments. You can also make your own compress using dried arnica flowers. First, steep the dried arnica in hot water for ten minutes. Strain and cool the mixture, and then soak a clean towel in the mixture and apply it to the bruise for about half an hour. Repeat three times per day.
Calendula – Used as a topical anti-inflammatory, calendula also works as an astringent and is antiseptic. It can be applied to a bruise as a cream, gel, salve or compress. To use the dried herb, take the dried flowers and steep them in hot water for 10 minutes. Allow the water to cool and use as a compress on the bruise with a clean towel.
Comfrey – Comfrey contains allantoin, which helps renew skin cells. It is used topically. It is also considered an anti-inflammatory, and is often an ingredient in herbal creams and salves. You may make a compress by steeping the dry herbs in hot water for 10 minutes. Allow to cool, and then soak a clean towel in the mixture and place on the bruise. Keep the compress on for an hour at a time. You may repeat as often as needed.
St.-John’s-Wort – This is used as an inflammatory and is used topically to speed the healing process. As oil, it can be applied as needed. You may also find it as an ingredient in some crèmes or salves. Do not use St.-John’s-Wort if you are going out in the sun as skin reactions can occur when exposed to sunlight.

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