Home Herbal Remedies Valerian Valeriana officinalis has a long history of use for insomnia and nerves. It is just one of the herbal remedies we look at in this section. This is valerian in the ACHS Botanical Teaching Garden. Image by American College of Healthcare Sciences. ©2009

These home herbal remedies emphasize readily available herbs and household items.

Remember, these remedies are never intended to replace care from a licensed medical professional.

Always see a doctor for any undiagnosed or serious condition.

Abcesses

  • Use a hot poultice of crushed nasturtium majus seeds.
  • Use fomentations of burdock minus, elderflowerS. nigra leaves and berries, goldenseal H. canadensis, myrrh C. myrrha, thyme T. vulgaris, or valerian V. officinalis.
  • Apply poultices of comfrey officinale, garlic A. sativum, or thyme T. vulgaris. The fresh leaves can be wrapped in sterile gauze and applied to abscesses and sores. Renew the dressing every three to six hours.

Aches and Pains

  • Rub with hot castor oil, or peanut oil, mixed with one to two drops of peppermint ×piperita essential oil.
  • Take catnip cataria tea or alfalfa M. sativa tea.
  • Rub the area with lavender angustifolia essential oil diluted in a carrier oil (use one teaspoon of essential oil in one tablespoon of carrier oil, such as sweet almond).
  • Add five drops of lavender angustifolia essential oil to a warm bath and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Apply cayenne annuum liniment (recipe follows).

Anesthetic

  • Ice cubes are the most effective. Useful for sprains, splinters, and bruises. Be sure to wrap the ice in a towel or cloth, do not apply directly to the skinwithout covering.
  • Use valerian officinalis or St. John’s wort H. perforatum ointment topically.
  • Apply peppermint ×piperita, lavender L. angustifolia, and clove S. aromaticum essential

Arthritis

  • Follow an alkalizing diet.
  • Use alfalfa sativa, celery A. graveolens, and nettleU. dioica infusions regularly.
  • Take cayenne annuum capsules.
  • Get regular exercise.

Asthma

  • Lay thin slices of onion on a plate and cover with honey. Cover and leave overnight, then drink the juice.
  • Add horseradishArmoracia rusticana (G. Gaertn. et al.) to the diet.
  • Take horehound vulgare and peppermintM. ×piperita teas.
  • Have an allergist conduct allergy tests to determine what could be causing attacks. Common culprits are house dust mites. (To alleviate, use duvet covers rather than quilts and wash bed linens each week in hot water with one teaspoon of eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus (Labill) essential oil. Add eucalyptus oil to your water when mopping the floor and to the vacuum cleaner bag.)

Bad Breath

  • Eat fruit and raw vegetablesfor dinner for a week.
  • Increase the fibercontent of your daily diet to between 25 to 35 grams daily.
  • Take teas and infusions of alfalfa sativa, anise seed P. anisum, lemonCitrus limonum (Risso) peel, and peppermint M. ×piperita.

Bee Stings

  • First, scrape the sting out.
  • Apply ice until the pain and swelling have gone.
  • Rub honey or onion on the site and press sting with a metal coin to release the poison.
  • Rub with crushed plantain major leaf.
  • Apply calendula officinalis, garlic A. sativum, honey, hyssop H. officinalis, lemonjuice, parsley juice, ripe tomato pulp, rue R. graveolens, St. John’s wort H. perforatum, vinegar, or witch hazel H. virginiana.

Bladder Tonic

  • Parsley Petroselinum crispum is a bladder tonic and mild diuretic. It can be included regularly in the daily diet and included in a tea.
  • Take parsley crispum tea every day.
  • Drink barley water.
  • Follow an alkalizing diet and increase raw food intake.

Bleeding

  • If there is a cut or wound that has stopped bleeding, swab the area with diluted calendula C. officinalis tincture and apply a sterile pad. If the wound is bleeding extensively, apply witch hazel H. virginiana extract on a cloth and hold over the wound.
  • If the blood is bright red and spurting, it is coming from an artery. Call for emergency services immediately. This bleeding must be stopped quickly. If possible, raise the affected area above the head and apply pressure directly with a pad soaked in witch hazel H. virginiana. Otherwise, use any available cloth and apply pressure until emergency services arrive.
  • If you have any of the following herbs on hand, bruise the leaves and place them over the wound: Blackberry (Rubus villosus (Thunb) is American blackberry; R. fruticosus is European blackberry), cayenne C. annuum, comfrey S. officinale, plantain P. major, self heal P. vulgaris, sage S. officinalis, shepherd’s purse C. bursa-pastoris, nettle U. dioica, witch hazel H. virginiana, or yarrow A. millefolium. All of these herbs are styptics and will help to stop the bleeding and encourage the healing process.
  • Arnica 1m every half-hour will help stop bleeding.

Boils

Poultice with:

  • Chopped garlic sativum.
  • Hot bread and milk: Use white bread (it has more drawing power). Before going to bed cut a piece of bread larger than the boil. Heat a small amount of milk until it is as hot as you can stand it. Dip the bread in the milk and put it over the boil. Cover with a piece of gauze and then wrap it with adhesive so that it will stay in place overnight. Remove the next morning. Repeat next night if needed.
  • Mustard Brassica nigra (L.) paste: Take a strip of clean linen or cloth and heat, either with an ironor in the microwave. Make a paste with dry mustard and hot water. Apply to the boil directly and wrap the hot linen over it. Wrap with another dry cloth to keep in the heat.
  • Slippery elm rubra powder as a hot poultice.

Blood Pressure (High)

Garlic Allium sativum is a specific tonic for the cardiovascular system. Image is copyright free.

  • Eat raw foods.
  • Take garlic, two to three cloves chopped per day, or an odorless supplement.
  • Modify sodiumintake to no more than 2,400 milligrams and preferably 1,500 milligrams per day.
  • Adopt stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, and regular exercise.

Bruises

  • Drink alfalfa sativa, nettle U. dioica, and rose hipRosa canina (L.) teas if bruising continually.
  • Apply arnica ointment topically.
  • Apply iced or cold water.
  • Apply the bruised leaves of comfrey officinale, hyssop H. officinalis, or rue R. graveolens.
  • Apply witch hazel virginiana lotion.
  • Apply peppermint ×piperita essential oil (dilute three drops of essential oil in one-half ounce of base oil, such as sweet almond or olive).

Burns and Scalds

Burns are classified as either first-, second-, or third-degree burns:

  • First-degree burns: The skinis red and stings, as a scald.
  • Second-degree burns: The skinis blistered.
  • Third-degree burns: The skinis brown or black and the underlying tissues are affected.
  • First-degree burns can be helped with Urtica Urens 30c internally and Urtica Urens tincture applied topically. First, immediately run the affected area under the cold tap until the sting has gone (for at least 10 minutes), and then apply lavender L. angustifolia oil or vitamin E oil. Raw potato can be peeled and crushed into a soft pulp, then applied directly to a scald or first-degree burn and covered completely. Bind the potato on with a soft cloth soaked in cold water or tea. As the potato absorbs the warmth from the burn, apply a fresh layer.

Second-degree burns need specialized treatment, especially if the burned areas involve the face, hands, feet, genitals, or cover a large area. Before help arrives, you can immerse the burned area in cold water; ensure that the cold water completely covers the affected area. The person will be suffering from shock, so administer Arnica 30c or 200c, or Rescue Remedy every five minutes. Aloe vera A. barbadensis gel[1], burdock A. lappa leaves, comfrey S. officinale, geranium P. graveolens, calendula C. officinalis leaves and flowers, violet V. sororia, yellow dock R. crispus, pulped cucumber, or strawberries will all soothe and heal. Apply lavender L. angustifolia oil topically. Use infusions of calendula C. officinalis, comfrey S. officinale, and elderflower S. canadensis as a wash. Use vitamin E oil internally and topically. Third-degree burns are a medical emergency that result in extensive loss of body fluid and a great risk for infection. Call an ambulance immediately. Administer Arnica 30c or Rescue Remedy. If the person is unconscious, moisten his or her lips with the remedy. Keep calm and do not move the person unless necessary. If the person is conscious, encourage him or her to relax.

Catarrh

  • Drink teas of calendula officinalis, dandelion T. officinale, elder S. nigra leaves and berries, horseradish C. armoracia, hyssop H. officinalis, lemon C. limonum, rose hips R. canina, or yarrow A. millefolium.
  • Drink yarrow millefolium tea with a pinch of ginger Z. officinale and cayenne C. annuum—sweeten with honey.
  • Eat garlicand onions.
  • Gargle with lemonjuice or sage officinalis tea.

Chapped Fingers

  • Apply calendula C. officinalis ointment.

Chest (Weak)

  • Practice deep breathing exercises.
  • Inhale essential oilsof cajuput Melaleuca leucadendron (L.) var. cajuputi and eucalyptus globulus.

Chilblains

  • Chilblains are red, hot, itchy areas on toes and fingers produced by cold, damp weather or mild frostbite.
  • Take one teaspoon wheat germ oil and one cup of raspberry idaeus leaf tea daily.
  • Cover with eucalyptus globulus essential oil (dilute three drops of essential oil in one-half ounce of base oil, such as sweet almond or olive).
  • Cover with garlic sativum juice and nettle U. dioica juice.
  • Use rue graveolens and nettle U. dioica ointment.
  • Drink nettle dioica tea.
  • Chickweed media ointment is cooling.

Colds

  • Drink lemon and honey drinks. Keep warm and get plenty of rest.
  • Drink sage officinalis, elderflower S. nigra, ginger Z. officinale, yarrow A. millefolium, or thymeT. vulgaris tea.
  • Take a preparation of crushed garlic sativum, dash of cayenneC. annuum pepper, ginger Z. officinale, honey, and lemon juice in the early stages to help throw off a cold.
  • Take echinacea angustifolia tincture or capsules, zinc, and vitamin C.

Cold Sores

  • Take garlic sativum: One or two cloves per day divided into three or more doses.
  • Drink teas made from bay nobilis leaves, cinnamon C. zeylanicum, elderflower S. nigra, ginger Z. officinale, horehound M. vulgare, horseradish C. armoracia, hyssop H. officinalis, lemon C. limonum, lemongrass C. citratus, marjoram O. majorana, mustard B. nigra, nettle U. dioica, peppermint M. ×piperita, sage S. officinalis, thyme T. vulgaris, and yarrow A. millefolium.
  • Apply calendula officinalis ointment, aloe vera A. barbadensis gel, or Epsom salts solution topically.
  • Drink lemongrass citratus tea.
  • Take vitamin C and zinc.
  • Take echinacea angustifolia to boost your immune system.

Colic

  • Take teas of catnip cataria, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, clove E. caryophyllata, dill A. graveolens, fennel F. vulgare, ginger Z. officinale, and peppermint M. ×piperita.
  • Take charcoal tablets.
  • Take one drop of fennelessential oil in one-quarter cup of water or milk, three times a day.

Constipation

  • Eat raw foods—try to get at least 50% of your daily diet raw.
  • Drink plenty of fresh water—at least eight glasses (64 ounces) per day.
  • Take one tablespoon of whole flaxseed usitatissimum soaked overnight in a small amount of water—drink water and seeds.
  • Drink oatstraw sativa and raspberryR. idaeus leaf tea.
  • Drink a glass of warm water and lemon limonum juice one-half hour before breakfast.
  • Increase dietary fiberintake and exercise.

Coughs

  • Drink thyme vulgaris and sage S. officinalis tea.
  • Drink elderflower nigra and peppermintM. ×piperita tea. Take horehound vulgare cough syrup (try one of the recipes below).
  • Drink hot black currant nigrum drinks.
  • Take an infusion of mullein thapsus, thyme T. vulgaris, yarrow A. millefolium, and horehound M. vulgare as a blend.

Cuts and Wounds

  • Apply aloevera barbadensis gel, calendula C. officinalis, St. John’s wort H. perforatum, and marshmallow A. officinalis. (See Bleeding.)
  • Use infusions of calendula officinalis, comfrey S. officinale, daisyB. perennis, honey, St. John’s wort H. perforatum, parsley juice, or yarrow A. millefolium as a wash or apply as a poultice.
  • Remember: Do not use calendula officinalisif there is any infection as it will heal over the wound too

Dandruff

  • Use rosemary officinalis essential oil diluted in jojoba oil and apply directly to the scalp.
  • Apply nettle dioica and rosemary R. officinalis infusions as a final rinse.
  • Use apple cider vinegar in the final rinse.
  • Add tea tree New Zealand scoparium essential oil to your regular shampoo (10 drops to a bottle) and use daily.

Diaper Rash

  • You can use aloe vera A. barbadensis gel, apricot kernel Prunus armeniaca (L.) oil, avocado oil, calendula C. officinalis ointment, marshmallow A. officinalis ointment, and castor oil ointment.
  • Expose the affected area to 15 minutes of sunshine each day (remember sun block for both the child and mother).
  • Ensure the child’s zinc intake is adequate. Ensure foods that provide zinc are included in the diet. Focus on natural, unprocessed foods, such as: Oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, eggs, nuts, green leafy vegetables, lima beans, lentils, beef, lamb, salmon, barley, bulgur wheat, milk, and yogurt. Grind seeds and add them to cereal. Add foods gradually to an infant’s diet, following the advice of your pediatrician. Nuts are a good source of zinc, but most pediatricians now recommend avoiding nuts until children are three years old to avoid potential allergies. An excellent book for all parents is Super Baby Foods by Ruth Yaron[2].

Diarrhea

  • Use teas of basil basilicum, blackberry R. fruticosus leaf, calendulaC. officinalis flowers, nettle U. dioica, plantain P. major, raspberry R. idaeus leaf, rosemary R. officinalis, sage S. officinalis, and slippery elm U. rubra powder.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Fast and avoid milk products.
  • Make a tea with one teaspoon of cloves aromaticum in two pints of water.

Earache

  • Note, it is important to treat both ears, even if only one is troublesome.
  • Rinse out ears with a warm, carefully strained infusion of horehound vulgare.
  • Drop a few drops of warm mullein thapsus oil in each ear.
  • Drop a few drops of warm, infused garlic sativum oil in each ear.
  • Drink teas of lemon balm officinalis, hyssop H. officinalis, and yarrow A. millefolium.

Eczema

  • Drink teas or infusions of blackberry fruticosus leaves, burdockA. lappa root and leaves, calendula C. officinalis, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, chickweed S. media, dandelion T. officinale, garlic A. sativum, goldenseal H. canadensis, lemongrass C. citratus, nettle U. dioica, or plantain P. major.
  • Use infusions topically as a wash.

Eye Trouble

  • For strain or inflammation: Use infusions of chamomile German recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, chickweed S. media, eyebright E. officinalis, fennel F. vulgare, hyssop H. officinalis, lemongrass C. citratus, mullein V. thapsus, thyme T. vulgaris, and violet V. odorata as eyewash.
  • Place a tannin tea bag, soaked and wet, over closed eyes.
  • Place a slice of cucumber over closed eyes.
  • Bathe eyes with fresh milk diluted with water.

Festering Sores

  • Apply comfrey officinale, echinacea E. angustifolia, garlic A. sativum, goldenseal H. canadensis, myrrh C. myrrha, nettle U. dioica, St. John’s wort H. perforatum, or salt and a boiled water wash.

Fevers

  • Drink teas of borage officinalis, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, elderflower S. nigra, feverfew T. parthenium, hyssop H. officinalis, horehound M. vulgare, lemon C. limonum, lemon balm M. officinalis, lemongrass C. citratus, peppermint M. ×piperita, rosemary R. officinalis, sage S. officinalis, thyme T. vulgaris, or yarrow A. millefolium.
  • Sponge with cold water.
  • Treat for constipation.

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Fever

Note that in some circumstances[3], a fever can indicate a serious illness that requires medical attention. Always go to the emergency room or urgent care immediately if:

  • A child has a temperature of over 101ºF.
  • An adult has a temperature of over 103ºF.
  • You have a severe headache, neck stiffness, drowsiness and vomiting, and normal lights hurt your eyes as you may have a serious infection around the brain called meningitis.
  • You have stomach pain, nausea, and/or vomiting as you may have a severe medical problem, such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, or colitis.
  • You have an open sore, a wound that is red and sore, or a streak on your arm or leg as you may have an infection of the skin or lymph system, such as cellulitis or lymphangitis.
  • You have shortness of breath or are coughing mucus as you may have pneumonia or pulmonary embolus. Pulmonary embolus is a medical emergency.
  • You have been in extremely hot weather and are hot but not sweating (and possibly have some confusion) as you may have heat stroke.

See your doctor if you have the following symptoms and are not better within 48 hours:

  • A sore throat and headache as you may have a viral illness or Strep throat. Seek medical
  • attention if you are not better after 48 hours.
  • Your ear hurts deep inside or when you pull on your earlobe as you may have a middle ear infection (otitis media) or an outer ear infection (swimmer’s ear or otitis externa).
  • Fevers that come and go, night sweats, or swollen lymph nodes, as this could be a sign of tuberculosis or other serious illnesses.
  • Mild fevers that have come and gone for weeks, along with sore throat and tiredness, as this could be a sign of a prolonged viral illness such as mononucleosis.

Flatulence

  • Take charcoal and papaya papaya tablets.
  • Take garlic sativum.
  • Take teas of peppermint ×piperita, anise seed P. anisum, and thyme T. vulgaris.
  • Take a tea made of one drop of peppermint ×piperita essential oil in hot water up to three times a day.

Fleas

  • Rub fresh pennyroyal pulegium herb on the area. Peppermint ×piperita, cajuput M. leucadendron, and fennel F. vulgare essential oils will repel fleas.
  • Be careful when using essential oils around cats.
  • They are not able to eliminate essential oils effectively.

Flies

  • Hang tansy vulgare in the kitchen.
  • Essential oils of eucalyptus globulus, lavender L. angustifolia, or peppermintM. ×piperita in a saucer can repel flies, or you can hang the whole herb in the window or above the stove.

Gallstones

  • Take blackberries and plenty of leeks in the diet. Drink lemongrass citratus tea.

Gums (Ulcerated and Inflamed)

  • Apply aloevera barbadensis gel.
  • Chew leaves of common lawn daisy perennisand drink infusion.
  • Drink sage officinalis tea. Use goldenseal canadensis and myrrh C. myrrha as a mouthwash.
  • Massage gums with lemon limonum juice.
  • Use three drops of tea tree New Zealand scoparium essential oil in one-quarter cup of warm water as mouthwash.

Hay Fever

  • Drink teas of anise seed anisum, cleavers G. aparine, eyebright E. officinalis, fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum (L.), garlic A. sativum, horseradish C. armoracia, lime flowers (Tilia), or nettle U. dioica.
  • Inhale eucalyptus globulus and peppermintM. ×piperita essential oils and put one drop of peppermint oil on the tip of the tongue up to three times per day.

Headaches

Figure 64: Peppermint Mentha piperita essential oil is a powerful headache reliever. Be careful not to get it into the eyes or mucous membranes. Image by Steven Foster. Reproduced with permission.

  • Drink teas of catnip cataria, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, elderflower S. nigra, feverfew T. parthenium, garlic A. sativum, hops H. lupulus, lavender L. angustifolia, lemon balm M. officinalis, lime blossoms (Tilia), peppermint M. ×piperita, rosemary R. officinalis, sage S. officinalis, thyme T. vulgaris, valerian V. officinalis, or violet V. odorata.
  • Use a cold compress on the forehead and back of neck. At the same time, use a hot mustard nigra footbath.
  • Add a few leaves of fresh feverfew parthenium to your daily diet.

Hemorrhoids

  • Cut a piece of raw potato the size of the thumb and cover it with vitamin Eoil or cream. Insert this in the rectum overnight. This soothes the pain and reduces the swelling.
  • Cayenne annuum, plantain P. major, and witch hazelH. virginiana can be applied topically as tinctures, extracts, or infusions.
  • Apply geranium graveolens essential oil directly (dilute three drops of essential oil in one-half ounce of base oil, such as sweet almond or olive).

Hiccoughs

  • Drink spearmint spicata tea, peppermint M. ×piperita tea, or one drop peppermint M. ×piperita essential oil in water up to three times a day.

Indigestion

  • Take rosemary officinalis tea with a pinch of ginger Z. officinale.
  • Fenugreek foenum-graecum powder sprinkled on meals. Take charcoal tablets.
  • Eat papaya papaya or take papaya enzyme tablets. Take teas of alfalfa sativa, anise seed P. anisum, fennel F. vulgare, ginger Z. officinale, hyssop H. officinalis, peppermint M. ×piperita, rosemary R. officinalis, or spearmint M. spicata. See stomach troubles.

Influenza

  • See Fevers, Colds, and Catarrh. Drink elderflower nigra, peppermint M. ×piperita, raspberry R. idaeus, rose hip R. canina, and yarrowA. millefolium teas frequently. Take echinacea angustifolia tincture or capsules. Take garlic sativum cloves or capsules. Steep four teaspoons each of catnip cataria and peppermint M. ×piperita in one pint of boiling water. Strain and drink.

Insect Bites

  • See Bee Stings and Fleas.
  • Pennyroyal pulegium rubbed onto bite.
  • Wasp stings: Apply lemon limonum juice or apple cider vinegar to sting
  • Bee stings: Remove sting by scraping, apply baking soda, then crushed dock leaves.
  • Mosquito, fleabites: Apply feverfew parthenium juice or nettleU. dioica juice. Use citronella C. nardus essential oil to repel them and lavender L. angustifolia and clove E. caryophyllata essential oil near your bed[4].

Insect Repellent

  • Use cajuput leucadendron oil for fleas. (For animals also.)
  • Catnip cataria, lavender L. angustifolia, pennyroyal M. pulegium, peppermint M. ×piperita, rue R. graveolens, and wormwood A. absinthium.
  • Note: Wormwood essential oil is highly toxic; use a water extract only and observe dosage.

Infections

  • Use garlic sativum and St. John’s wort H. perforatum tinctures as a wash.
  • Propolis tincture topically and orally, salt and water solution, and vitamin C.
  • See Festering Sore.

Insomnia

  • Teas of catnip cataria, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, hops H. lupulus, lime blossoms (Tilia), passionflower P. incarnata, skullcap S. lateriflora, and valerian V. officinalis. Herb pillows of hops lupulus and lavender L. angustifolia.
  • Use five drops of lavender angustifolia essential oil in a warm bath and soak for 10 minutes before bed.

Kidney Tonic

  • Avoid tea prepared from sinensis (green or black tea), rhubarb R. officinale, and vinegar.
  • Drink infusions of barley water, basil basilicum, borage B. officinalis, couch grass E. repens, dandelionT. officinale leaves, or parsley P. crispum.

Laryngitis

  • Drink teas of chamomile German recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, fenugreek T. foenum-graecum, horehound M. vulgare, hyssop H. officinalis, flaxseed L. usitatissimum, rose hip R. canina, sage S. officinalis, or yarrow A. millefolium.
  • Take lemon limonum juice and honey. (See Coughs and Cold.)

Lice (Pediculosis)

Head lice infestations (pediculosis) are prevalent worldwide. In developed countries, the infestation rate of four- to 13-year-old children remains high despite preventive efforts. The following essential oils have shown varying effectiveness against head lice: Anise P. anisum, cinnamon C. zeylanicum, eucalyptus E. globulus, marjoram O. majorana, nutmeg M. fragrans, peppermint M. ×piperita, pine P. sylvestris, pennyroyal M. pulegium, rosemary R. officinalis, thyme T. vulgaris, and tea tree Australia M. alternifolia or New Zealand L. scoparium[5].

In addition, essential oils of lavender L. angustifolia (particularly spike lavender L. latifolia), geranium P. graveolens, bay L. nobilis, pine P. sylvestris, or eucalyptus E. globulus can be used. Conduct a skin patch test to ensure that there is no irritation caused. If there is no reaction, the essential oils are most effective applied neat. If some irritation occurs in the skin patch test, dilute the oils (six drops to one tablespoon of a base oil like sweet almond) and conduct the skin patch test again. Cinnamon C. zeylanicum essential oil is also very effective, but more likely to cause irritation than the other essential oils. Be sure to conduct a skin patch test before using cinnamon C. zeylanicum oil. Use a fine comb to comb out eggs and dead lice. Hygiene is extremely important. Be sure to wash all bedding and clothing each day in very hot water. You can use the above essential oils in the wash.

Liver Trouble

  • Abolish all animal fats from your diet. Eating meat triples the work of the liver.
  • Minimize fat intake from non-animal sources.
  • Dandelion officinale leaves and dandelioncoffee are liver tonics.
  • Drink a glass of room temperature water with a squeeze of lemon limonumjuice on rising every morning.

Menstruation (Painful)

  • Use a hot footbath, add two tablespoons of mustard nigra powder, soak feet for five minutes, dry carefully, and keep warm afterwards.
  • Drink teas of catnip cataria, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, ginger Z. officinale, lime blossoms (Tilia), peppermint M. ×piperita, and red raspberry R. idaeus.
  • Take one to two calciumtablets every hour for cramps.

Nausea

  • Drink teas of basil basilicum, lemon balm M. officinalis, or ginger Z. officinale.
  • If pregnant, drink up to three cups per day of spearmint spicata or peppermint M. ×piperita tea prepared using one teaspoon of herb to one cup of water.
  • Ginger officinale has been used for morning sickness for many years; however, some authorities now contraindicate gingerduring pregnancy. If you want to try ginger, only use fresh ginger root prepared as a tea and no more than one cup per day. Do not use ginger essential oil.
  • Address any chiropractic problems, as some back problems can cause nausea. Ensure hydration is adequate.

Nerves

  • Take a tea of vervain officinalis, valerian V. officinalis, and skullcapS. lateriflora twice a day.
  • Eat plenty of onions and foods rich in the vitamin B group, for example kelp digitata, sprouted seeds, and wheat germ.
  • Take teas of borage officinalis, basil O. basilicum, catnip N. cataria, lemon balm M. officinalis, flaxseed L. usitatissimum, marjoram O. majorana, nasturtium T. majus, peppermint M. ×piperita, red clover T. pratense, rosemary R. officinalis, sage S. officinalis, or thyme T. vulgaris.

Nettle Rash

  • Use calendula officinalis ointment or nettle U. dioica ointment.
  • Rub on yellow dock crispus leaves.

Nose Bleed

  • Soak cotton wool with calendula officinalis lotion and put it up the nose.
  • Apply a witch hazel virginiana compress.

Pimples

  • Cut a clove of garlic sativum and rub it onto the pimple to dry it up. Do not leave the clove on the skin as it can burn.
  • Mix vitamin Cpowder (ascorbic acid powder) into a paste with water and apply overnight.

Poisoning

Call the Poison Control Center immediately. The appropriate action depends on the poison ingested, so follow their directions. You may need emergency services to perform a stomach pump for some poisons. For food poisoning, use charcoal caps and keep hydrated. A mixture of burnt toast, strong tea, and milk of magnesia can be used as an antidote when poisoning occurs and the type of poison is unknown. Milk of magnesia counteracts acid poisons, while the tannic acid in the tea combats the alkaline variety. The charcoal in the burnt toast will help to absorb any poisonous materials in the stomach. Proportions: Two parts burnt toast, one part strong tea, and one part milk of magnesia.

Rheumatism

  • Rub lemon limonum juice or cayenne C. annuum pepper in apple cider vinegar into joints.
  • Take teas of nettle dioica, alfalfa M. sativa, or chickweed S. media.

Ringworm

  • Wash with goldenseal canadensis, lemonC. limonum juice, plantain P. major, or yellow dock R. crispus decoction.
  • Paint on equal parts of iodineand liquid ammonia.
  • Cover with ordinary fountain pen ink.
  • Apply essential oils of thyme vulgaris, tea tree Australia M. alternifolia or tea tree New Zealand L. scoparium, and geranium P. graveolens. You will probably need to use the oils undiluted to impact the ringworm fungus. Skin patch test first to ensure no irritation.

Scars

  • Calendula officinalis lotion, oil, or compress made from the petals.
  • Lotion of elderflowers nigra using leaves or berries.
  • Use vitamin E, both orally and topically.
  • Rub aloevera barbadensis gel or aloe vera oil into the scars.

Sedatives

  • Drink teas of catnip cataria, chamomile German M. recutita or chamomile Roman C. nobile, hops H. lupulus, lime flowers (Tilia), peppermint M. ×piperita, valerian V. officinalis, or vervain V. officinalis.

Shock

  • Use Arnica and Bach Rescue Remedy.

Sore Throat

  • Gargle with red sage officinalis tea[6].
  • Use an onion pack around the neck.
  • Fenugreek foenum-graecum, garlic A. sativum, lemon C. limonum, and propolisare all useful.

Sprains

  • Immerse in cold water.
  • Bandage on bruised comfrey officinale leaves or crushed parsley P. crispum.
  • Apply lotion of arnica montana, calendula C. officinalis, and comfrey S. officinale.
  • Oil rub, then an ice pack.
  • A poultice of raw grated potato or onion will soothe, as will marshmallow officinalis and comfrey S. officinale.
  • In between herbal remedies, bandage with cloths soaked in vinegar.
  • Arnica tincture topically and Arnica 30c internally are effective.
  • Rest the limb and keep it raised.

Sties

  • See Eye Inflammation.
  • Hot bran poultice. Apply to the eye between two cloths to prevent the poultice material from entering the eye.
  • Apply crushed nasturtium majus seed poultice.

Stomach Troubles

  • See Colic and Indigestion.
  • Drink peppermint ×piperita tea.
  • Drink teas of dill graveolens, fennel F. vulgare, or coriander C. sativum.
  • Eat papaya papaya or take the extract.
  • Include bitter herbs such as dandelion officinale in your diet to stimulate the flow of stomach acid.

Sunburn

  • Apply aloevera barbadensis gel, elderflower S. nigra lotion, lemon C. limonum juice, lavender L. angustifolia essential oil, or milk.

Swellings

  • See Bruises and Sprains.

Toothache

  • Rub cayenne annuum pepper directly onto the tooth.
  • Clove or peppermint ×piperita essential oil rubbed directly on the tooth (use a cotton bud to allow accuracy).
  • Chew yarrow millefolium leaves to ease the pain.

Travel Sickness

  • Try candied ginger officinale or use fresh or dried ginger to make a tea.
  • Apply lavender angustifolia oil to the forehead and wrists.
  • Drink lemon limonum juice in water.
  • Drink peppermint ×piperita tea.

Wind Burn

  • See Sunburn.
  • Apply elderflowers nigra, meadowsweet F. ulmaria, pulped raw cucumber, or pulped yellow dock R. crispus leaves to cool the skin.

Wounds

  • See Cuts and Wounds, and Bleeding.
  • Also, try plantain major, geranium P. graveolens, rosemaryR. officinalis, or sage S. officinalis.

Vomiting

  • See Nausea.
  • Drink teas of basil basilicum, lemon balm M. officinalis, or peppermint M. ×piperita.

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