Healing Herbs, Plants and Spices and their therapeutic uses

It’s no secret, there are tons of herbs and natural remedies out there claiming to prevent and treat all sorts of conditions.  And many of them are not only effective, but they’re better for your health, wallet and our environment. So how do you know which herbs to use?  It can definitely be overwhelming.  So we did the hard work for you! The following list* ** of herbs should help you through your journey of healing your body from the inside out.

Although we’ve done lots of research and use many of these remedies in our home, GreenDesert is not licensed to give medical advice.  So find your condition below and use it as a reference, not a diagnosis or cure.  Consult a licensed health care professional about use and dosage, and be sure to inform them if you’re taking other remedies and/or medication.

Abrasion, Cuts, Sores

      Aloe Vera
      Calendula
      Yarrow

Aches (stomach)

     Anise
     Black pepper essential oil
     Chamomile
     Fennel
     Ginger
     Lemon
     Marshmallow root
     Papaya
     Peppermint
     Slippery elm root

Allergies

      Aloe Vera
      Nettles
      Eyebright
      Horse radish
      Ephedra
      Licorice

Antioxidant 

     Bilberry
     Dandelion
     Cacao
     Gingko
     Grapes and grape seed
     Hibiscus
     Pomegranate
     Rosemary
     Willow bark
     Moringa
     Jiaogulan
     Purslane

  

   

Anxiety/Nervousness

     Bilberry
     Broccoli
     California poppy
     Gingko
     Grapes and grape seed
     Oats
     Lavender
     Rose
     Lemon balm
     Passion flower
     Chamomile
     Dandelion
     St. John’s wort     
     Cacao
     Hops
     Kava
     Frankincense
     Valerian

Arthritis

     Arnica
     Black cohosh
     Cat’s claw
     Cayenne
     Frankincense
     Ginger
     Stinging nettle
     Turmeric
     Willow bark

Asthma

      Aloe Vera
      Elderberry
      Eucalyptus
      Frankincense
      Lobelia
      Grindelia
      Khella

Back Pain

     Willow bark

Bone Health

     Spinach
     Moringa
     Yogurt

Bronchitis

     Butterbur
     Juniper
     Mullein
     Pelargonium
     Rosemary

 

Bruises

     Arnica

     Corn silk
     Frankincense

Burns

      Aloe Vera

Circulation

     Ginkgo
     Horse chestnut
     Jiaogulan
     Rosemary

Cognition

     Bacopa
     Ginseng
     Rosemary
     Purslane         

Colds, Flu

     Astragalus
     Echinacea
     Elderberry
     Eucalyptus
     Fennel
     Garlic
     Ginger
     Hibiscus
     Mullein
     Moringa
     Pelargonium
     Sage
     Thyme
 

Cold Sore

     Lemon balm
     Red hot chili peppers
     Licorice root
     St. John’s wort
     Fennel
     Garlic
     Ginger
     Hibiscus
     Mullein
     Moringa
     Pelargonium
     Sage
     Thyme
 
Constipation
 

     Psyllium     

Cough

     Butterbur
     Echinacea
     Fennel
     Ginger
     Licorice
     Marshmallow root
     Peppermint
     Sage
     Slippery elm
     Thyme
 
Dermatitis
     
     Avocado
     Calendula
     Coconut oil
     Grindelia
     Oatmeal
     Slippery elm
     
Depression
 
    Earthing/Grounding
    Sun exposure
    Cacao
    Ginkgo
    Rosemary
    Lavender
    St. John’s wort
    

Diabetes

     
      Aloe Vera
      Asian ginseng
      Cinnamon
      Jiaogulan

Diarrhea

     Barberry
     Chamomille
     Fennel
     Goldenseal
     Peppermint

Diuretic

     Corn silk
     Dandelion
     Hibiscus
     Parsley

Eczema

     Avocado
     Calendula
     Chamomile
     Coconut oil
     Slippery elm
     Witch hazel     

Fever

     Elderberry
     Yarrow
     Feverfew
     Peppermint
     Lemon balm
     Willow bark
     Catnip

Fungal Infection

      Tea tree oil
      Usnea tincture
      Lavender oil
      Neem oil
      Aloe Vera

Gas

     Charcoal 
     Peppermint
     Anise
     Fennel
     Spearmint

Heart health

     Cacao
     Garlic
     Grapes and grape seed
     Hawthorn
     Hibiscus
     Moringa
     Pomegranate
     Psyllium
     Jiaogulan
     Dandelion           

High blood pressure

     Grapes and grape seed
     Parsley
     Yarrow
     Immortality plant
     Dandelion
     Garlic
     Society Garlic
     Passion flower
     Moringa
     Cacao
     Jiaogulan
     California poppy       

Indigestion

     Anise
     Cardamom
     Chamomile
     Fennel
     Ginger
     Goldenseal
     Hops
     Juniper
     Lemon balm
     Peppermint
     Shatavari

Inflammation

     Cacao
     Calendula
     Comfrey
     Frankincense
     Ginger
     Tea
     Turmeric
     Witch hazel
     Yarrow

Insomnia

     Hops
     Lavender
     Lemon balm
     Valerian
     California poppy
     Chamomile
     Kava
     Passion flower
     Skullcap          

Lice

     Neem oil
     Tea tree oil

Menopause

     Black cohosh
     dong quai
     Hops
     Kava
     Sage
     Shatavari     

Menstrual cramps

     Ginger
     Valerian
     Kava
     Motherwort

 Migraine headaches

     Butterbur
     Feverfew
     Honeysuckle
     Lavender

     Dong quai
     Khella
     Ginger

Nausea

     Ginger
     Lavender
     Peppermint
     Cinnamon

Premenstrual syndrome

     Black cohosh
     Chaste tree
     Dong quai
     Shatavari     

Prostate health

     Pomegranate
     Pygeum
     Saw palmetto
     Spinach
     Stinging nettle
     Tomato   

Psoriasis

      Aloe Vera
      Coconut oil
      Tea tree
      Burdock
      Milk thistle     

Reproductive health (Female)

     Dong quai
     Motherwort
     Moringa
     Raspberry leaf
     Soy     

Reproductive health (Male)

     Broccoli
     Horny goat weed
     Moringa     

Sore throat

     Hibiscus
     Licorice
     Marshmallow root
     Sage
     Slippery elm     

Urinary Tract health

     Cranberry
     Juniper
     Parsley
     Uva ursi     

*National Geographic, “Nature’s Best Remedies” 2015
**Herbal Remedies, ” Best 100 herbs for healing ” 2016