Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies are a safe and effective alternative for treatment of a range of conditions. It's estimated that nearly 80 percent of the world's population use herbs for some aspect of primary health care; explore our library of botanicals, herbs and remedies.

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Witch hazel can be used in herbal remedies to relieve hemorrhoid and bruise pain, and internally to treat varicose veins and laryngitis. Learn how to use this helpful herb and about witch hazel herbal tea.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Wormwood is used in herbal remedies to kill parasites and stimulate the digestive system. The bitter taste triggers release of bile from the gallbladder. Learn more about wormwood and making wormwood herbal tea.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Yarrow is used in herbal remedies for bleeding ulcers, heavy menstrual periods, uterine hemorrhage, blood in the urine, or bleeding from the bowels. Yarrow compresses can help treat bleeding hemorrhoids. Learn more about yarrow.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

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Yellow dock is used as a laxative for those with maldigestion and low stomach acid. It is also used to improve side effects from a sluggish digestive system. Learn more about yellow dock.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Saw palmetto is a palm tree often used in herbal remedies for incontinence, kidney stones, and impotence. Learn more about using saw palmetto in herbal remedies to improve bladder and male performance issues.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Shepherd's purse is used in many herbal remedies to stop heavy bleeding. It is often used for the treatment of chronic uterine bleeding disorders. Learn about shepherd's purse in herbal remedies to treat bleeding issues.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Skullcap is used in herbal remedies to quiet nervous tension and ease muscle spasms. It also induces sleep and may help lower blood pressure. Learn about using this calming herb and making skullcap herbal tea.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

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Thyme is used in many herbal remedies for coughs, bronchitis, and common colds. Its ability to relax bronchial spasms makes it effective. Learn more about thyme and how to make thyme tea.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Uva ursi is used in herbal remedies that treat urinary problems, including bladder infections. The herb is disinfecting and promotes urine flow. Learn about uva ursi and how to make uva ursi herbal tea.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Valerian is commonly used for tension, stress, anxiety, and nervous tension, as well as more severe cases of hysteria, hyperactivity, heart palpitations, insomnia, and tension headaches. Learn more about valerian and making valerian herbal tea.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Wild yam's anti-inflammatory properties make it a useful ingredient in herbal remedies to treat stomach and intestinal cramps. Wild yam also relieves flatulence and PMS. Learn about using wild yam as a herbal remedy.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

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The pain of arthritis limits the movement and lives of many older individuals. Fortunately, there are herbal remedies for arthritis that offer safe, natural relief from pain and inflammation.

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A potent antioxidant, milk thistle is used in herbal remedies for liver health. Learn how milk thistle can help treat liver disorders and protect liver health, and check out a recipe for milk thistle-seaweed garnish.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Motherwort is used in herbal remedies for mothers -- from conditions related to childbirth, to menstrual cycle regulation, to menopausal symptoms. Learn how motherwort can also benefit people with hypertension and lung problems.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Myrrh has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, making it versatile for many herbal remedies. Learn how myrrh helps heal infections of the throat and mouth, and check out instructions for a sore throat-soothing myrrh gargle.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

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Nutrient-rich nettles have immune-stimulating properties and are used in several herbal remedies. Learn how nettles can treat eczema, arthritis, bladder infections and much more.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

There are more to oats than you know. Learn how oats are used in herbal remedies for skin and body, helping to heal wounds, treat rashes, soothe dry, flaky skin, and lower cholesterol.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Oregon grape is used in herbal remedies that promote liver health and fight infections like the cold and flu. Learn how the oregon grape is also used topically to treat eczema, acne, herpes, and psoriasis.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Commonly called hardening of the arteries, arteriosclerosis is a group of diseases characterized by thickened and hardened arteries. There are some herbal remedies that can keep this condition under control. Learn about herbal remedies for arteriosclerosis.

By Gayle A. Alleman

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Slippery elm is often used in herbal remedies to heal internal mucosal tissues. It's often recommended as for people suffering from prolonged stomach upset and chronic indigestion. Learn more about how to take slippery elm.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Cherished for its sweet, relaxing perfume, lavender is also used in herbal remedies. Find out how lavender can ease tension and anxiety, and learn how to use calming lavender essential oil around your home.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Sharp and vibrant, the lemon balm plant is used in several herbal remedies. Find out how lemon balm can alleviate anxiety and stress, and check out a recipe for refreshing lemon balm sorbet.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Licorice is used in herbal remedies for a vast array of illnesses. Learn how the anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties of licorice are used to treat ulcers, cold sores, flu and much more.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

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Marshmallow has been used in several herbal remedies for centuries. Learn how the roots, leaves and flowers of the marshmallow plant can treat bladder infections, sore throats, bronchitis and more.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.

Also known as scouring rush, horsetail is a primitive plant used in a variety of herbal remedies. Learn how horsetail can help treat bladder infections and bladder weakness, and strengthen bone, hair, and fingernails.

By Jennifer Brett, N.D.