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Herbal Treatments
Acne
Burdock root and red clover are powerful blood cleansers. Milk thistle aids the liver in cleansing the blood. 
A poultice using chaparral, dandelion, and yellow dock root can be applied directly to the skin with acne. 
Lavender, red clover, and strawberry leaves can be used as a steam sauna for the face. Simmer 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts or water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a thick potholder on a table, and sit with your fact at a comfortable distance over the steam for 15 minutes. You can use a tower to trap the steam if you wish. After 15 minutes, splash your face with cold water. Caution: If acne is extensive or badly inflamed, do not use steam treatments, as this may worsen the condition. 
Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. Dab full-strength tea tree oil sparingly on blemishes three times a day, or add 1 dropperful of tea tree oil to ¼ cup warm water and pat it on the affected area with a clean cotton ball. 
Other beneficial herbs include alfalfa, cayenne, dandelion root and echinacea.


ADD
Valerian root extract has been used for this disorder with dramatic results and no side effects. Mix the extract in juice (as directed on the product label according to age) and drink the mixture two or three times a day. 
Other herbs that may be beneficial for hyperactivity include catnip, chamomile, hops, lobelia, passionflower, skullcap, thyme, and wood betony. Caution: Do not use chamomile or lobelia on an ongoing basis. Avoid chamomile completely if you are allergic to ragweed.


Age Spots
Burdock, milk thistle, and red clover aid in cleansing the bloodstream. 
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and is a potent antioxidant. 
Ginseng and licorice are also beneficial for age spots. Caution: Both of these herbs can elevate high blood pressure and should not be used if you have high blood pressure without physicians approval.


Aging
Burdock root and red clover cleanse the bloodstream. They can be used separately or in combination. 
Echinacea helps to boost the immune system. 
Garlic helps immune function and protects the heart. 
Ginseng and ginkgo biloba extract are good for giving extra energy, improving brain function, and increasing circulation. Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure. 
Horsetail, taken in tea or extract form, is an excellent source of silica, a form of the trace mineral silicon. Silicon is important for maintaining the strength of bones and connective tissue, and possibly the walls of blood vessels. 
Licorice root is an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic agent that supports the organ systems. Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. 
Milk thistle promotes good liver function. 
Nettle is full of vial minerals and is good for hypoglycemia, allergies, depression, prostate and urinary tract disorders. 
Valerian root is valuable as a sleep aid and tranquilizer. 
Wild yam contains natural steroids that have a rejuvenating effect. Steroids are what help exercise to melt off more weight and build muscle. This hormone is found in the human body as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Take larger amounts Ė 2400 mg. daily, dropping to 1600 mg. daily Ė for two weeks, then stop for two weeks.


AIDS
Aloe vera contains carrisyn, which appears to inhibit the growth and spread of HIV. Use a pure, food-grade product. Take two cups twice daily. If diarrhea occurs, reduce the dosage. 
Black radish, dandelion root, and silymarin (milk thistle extract) protect and aid in repairing the liver, and also cleanse the bloodstream. Use these extracts as directed on the product label. 
Burdock root, echinacea, mullein, red clover and suma are good for viral and bacterial infections and for boosting the immune system. Cayenne (capsicum) may also be helpful. 
Catís claw enhances immune function, and has been shown to be helpful for people with AIDS and AIDS-related cancers. Caution: Do not use catís claw during pregnancy. 
The seeds and peels of the Chinese cucumber inhibit cancer. The root is currently being used in AIDS research. 
Essiac teas, available in health food stores, is a combination herbal tea that has been used in cancer treatment with good results. 
Ginkgo biloba extract is good for the brain cells and circulation. 
For mouth sores, place alcohol-free goldenseal extract on a pure cotton ball or piece of gauze and apply the cotton to the gums or mouth sores before going to bed. Leave on overnight; sores and inflammation should heal in a few days with this treatment. 
Licorice and wild yam root are good for endocrine gland function. Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, or if you have high blood pressure. 
St. Johnís Wort contains hypericin and pseudohypericin, that inhibit retroviral infections and could be useful in treatment of AIDS. 
Siberian ginseng helps bronchial disorders and boosts energy. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.


Alcoholism
Alfalfa is a good source of needed minerals. 
Burdock root and red clover cleanse the bloodsream. 
Dandelion root and silymarin (milk thistle extract) help to repair damage done to the liver. 
Valerian root has a calming effect. It is best taken at bedtime. 


Allergies
Goldenseal root aids absorption of nutrients. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctorís supervision. 
Other herbs that can be beneficial for allergies include burdock, dandelion, and echinacea.


Alzheimer's Disease
Ginkgo biloba extract, taken in liquid or capsule form, acts as an antioxidant and increases blood flow to the brain. Studies have shown that it can improve brain function. Take 100 to 200 mg. of ginkgo biloba extract three times daily.


Anemia
Alfalfa, bilberry, cherry, dandelion, grape skins, hawthorn berry, nettle, red raspberry and yellow dock are good for anemia. 


Anxiety
When the body is under stress, it is more vulnerable to free radical damage. Bilberry, ginkgo biloba and milk thistle are rich in flavonoids that neutralize free radicals. 
Catnip, chamomile, kava kava, hops, motherwort and passionflower promote relaxation and aid in preventing panic attacks. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis as ragweed allergy may result. Kava kava can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce dosage. 
Skullcap and valerian root can be taken at bedtime to promote sleep and aid in preventing panic attacks at night. 
Avoid ephedra (ma huang), as it can aggravate anxiety.


Arteriosclerosis
People with cardiovascular disease may benefit from suma tea. Take 3 cups of this herbal tea daily with ginkgo biloba extract as directed on the product label. 
Other herbs beneficial for cardiovascular disorders include barberry, black cohosh, butcherís broom, cayenne (capsicum), dandelion, ginseng, hawthorn berries, and valerian root. Caution: Do not use barberry or black cohosh during pregnancy. Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure. 
Avoid the herbs ephedra (ma huang) and licorice; they can cause a rise in blood pressure.


Arthritis
Alfalfa contains all the minerals essential for bone formation, and may be helpful for arthritis. It can be taken in capsules or in whole, natural form.
Catís claw and feverfew are helpful for relieving arthritis pain and soreness. 
The hot peppers known as cayenne (capsicum) contain capsaicin that relieves pain. Capsaicin can be absorbed through the skin; mix cayenne powder with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply it to painful joints, or use cayenne peppers in a poultice. Capsaicin causes a stinging sensation when first applied to the skin. Cayenne can also be taken in capsule form. 
Other herbs that can be beneficial for arthritis include brigham tea, buchu leaves, burdock root, celery seed, corn silk, devilís claw tea, horsetail, nettle, and parsley tea and yucca.


Asthma
Ginkgo biloba, an herb containing the active ingredient ginkgolide B, has shown good results in many studies. 
Other herbs beneficial for asthma include echinacea, goldenseal, horsetail, juniper berries, licorice root, and slippery elm bark tablets. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a regular basis for more than one week at a time and do not use during pregnancy; if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use only under supervision. Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.


Backaches
Horsetail is a good source of silica, which is necessary for bones and connective tissue. 
Other herbs recommended for backache include alfalfa, burdock, oat straw, slippery elm, and white willow bark. They can be taken in capsule, extract, or tea form.


Bad Breath
Alfalfa supplies chlorophyll, which cleanses the bloodstream and colon, where bad breath often begins. Take 500 to 1000 mg. in tablet form or 1 tablespoon of liquid in juice or water three times daily. 
Gum disease is a major factor in bad breath. If infection is present, place alcohol-free goldenseal extract on a small piece of cotton and place the cotton over infected gums or mouth sores. Do this for two hours per day for three days. It should quickly heal the infected parts. 
Use myrrh to brush our teeth and rinse your mouth. 
Chewing a sprig of parsley after meals is an excellent treatment for bad breath. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll, the active ingredient in many popular breath mints.


Bladder Infection
Cranberry is the best herbal remedy for bladder infections. Quality cranberry juice produces hippuric acid in the urine, which acidifies the urine and inhibits bacterial growth. Drink 1 quart of cranberry juice daily. Purchase pure, unsweetened juice; but avoid commercial cranberry juice cocktail products because these contain relatively little pure cranberry juice and have a high amount of fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners. If pure cranberry juice is not available, cranberry capsules may be substituted. Always take these with a large glass of water. 
Birch leaves are a natural diuretic and reduce some of the pain associated with bladder infections. 
Dandelion tea or extract acts as a diuretic and liver cleanser and aids in relieving bladder discomfort; hydrangea is good for stimulating the kidneys and flushing the system. Combinations of these herbs are often most effective in flushing the kidneys and aiding in reducing the urgent need to urinate. 
Buchu is good for a bladder infection with a burning sensation upon urination. 
Marshmallow root increases the acidity of urine, inhibiting bacterial growth. Drink 1 quart of marshmallow root tea daily to help strengthen and cleanse the bladder. 
Other beneficial herbs include burdock root, juniper berries, kava kava and rose hips.


Blood Pressure
Use cayenne (capsicum), chamomile, fennel, hawthorn berries, parsley, and rosemary for high blood pressure. (Caution: If you are allergic to ragweed, avoid chamomile.) 
Hops and valerian root are good for calming the nerves. 
Drink 3 cups of suma tea daily. 
Avoid the herbs ephedra (ma huang) and licorice, as these herbs can elevate blood pressure.


Bone Spurs
Use arnica and chamomile to bathe the foot. You can also wrap the herbs in a cloth and apply it to the affected area as a poultice.


BPH(benign prostatic hypertrophy)
Saw palmetto is the premier herbal remedy for prostate problems. It reduces the amount of testosterone that is transformed into dihydrotestosterone, thus helping to fight prostate enlargement. In one study, saw palmetto decreased nighttime urination by 45 percent, increased urinary flow rate over 50 percent, and reduced the retention of urine in the bladder by 42 percent. 
Pygeum has notable anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful for enlargement and/or inflammation of the prostate. It has become a primary therapy for these conditions in Europe. 
Catís claw enhances the immune response and has antibacterial properties that make it helpful for prostatitis. (Do not use catís claw if you are an organ-transplant recipient. Use it with caution if you are taking an anticoagulant; i.e., a blood thinner.) 
Nettle root has been used for over 200 years in Europe for prostatitis and BPH. 
Chinese ginseng is beneficial for prostate health and sexual vitality.


Bronchitis
Black radish, chickweed, ginkgo biloba, lobelia and mullein improve lung and bronchial congestion and circulation. 
Boneset contains immunostimulatory polysaccharides that are good for inflammation of the mucous membranes. Caution: Do not use boneset on a daily basis for more than one week, as long-term use can lead to toxicity. 
Coltsfoot, slippery elm bark, and wild cherry bark soothe the throat and are good for a cough. 
Alcohol-free echinacea and goldenseal extract helps fight viruses and bacteria and boosts the immune system. At the first sign of illness, put ½ dropperful in your mouth and hold it there for ten minutes, then swallow. Do this every three hours until symptoms are relieved (but not for longer than one week at a time.) 
Horsetail, taken in extract form, is a good source of silica, which has anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, and also reduces coughing. 
Siberian ginseng is especially good for the lungs. It clears bronchial passages and reduces inflammation.


Cancer
Include some of the following in your cancer prevention or cancer therapy program: dandelion, echinacea, green tea, red clover, and suma. 
Catís Claw enhances immune function and has anti-tumor properties. (Caution: Do not use during pregnancy.)


Candidiasis
Goldenseal, Oregon grape and barberry contain berberine, which has been proven beneficial as an anticandida agent. 
Other antifungal and antibacterial herbs include German chamomile, aloe vera, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, licorice and tea tree oil. Fennel, anise, ginseng, alfalfa, and red clover are also effective.


Canker Sores
Use burdock, goldenseal, and red clover to cleanse the bloodstream and decrease infection. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctorís supervision. 
Goldenseal extract or tea tree oil, applied gently on the sore twice during the day and again at bedtime, helps to speed healing. To use these as mouthwashes, add three drops to 4 ounces of water. Add a drop or two to your toothpaste before brushing. Use alcohol-free goldenseal extract. 
Red raspberry tea contains valuable flavonoids and is very helpful.


Cardiovascular Problems
People with cardiovascular disease may benefit from Suma tea or herbal capsules. Take 3 cups of this herbal tea or capsule doses daily with ginkgo biloba extract as directed on the product label. 
Other herbs beneficial for cardiovascular disorders include barberry, black cohosh, butcherís broom, cayenne (capsicum), dandelion, ginseng, hawthorn berries, and valerian root. Caution: Do not use barberry or black cohosh during pregnancy. Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure. 
Avoid the herbs ephedra (ma huang) and licorice; they can cause a rise in blood pressure.


Carpal Tunnel Sydrome
Butcherís broom, aloe Vera, devilís claw, yarrow and yucca are helpful for restoring flexibility and reducing inflammation. 
Capsicum relieves pain and is a catalyst for other herbs. 
Ginkgo biloba is beneficial for improving circulation and also aids nerve function. 
St. Johnswort stimulates circulation and helps to restore local nerve impulse transmission. 
Skullcap relieves muscle spasms and pain. 
Wintergreen oil aids in pain relief and circulation to the muscles.


Cataracts
Bilberry extract has been shown to improve both normal and night vision. 
Eyebright is beneficial for the yes. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Eyebright tea can also be used as an eyewash. 
Bayberry bark, cayenne (capsicum), and red raspberry leaves, taken by mouth, are beneficial.


Cellulite
Combine equal parts of horse chestnut bark and gotu kola tinctures and take one-half teaspoonful three times a day. 
Topically apply a compress made with white birch oil morning and evening or apply an ointment or lotion made from horse chestnut twice a day.


Cholesterol
Cayenne (capsicum), goldenseal, and hawthorn berries help to lower cholesterol. (Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Astragalus and echinacea enhance immune function and are good for cold and flu symptoms. (Caution: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever.) 
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and brain function. 
Teas brewed from burdock root, dandelion, and red clover promote healing by cleansing the blood and enhancing immune function. Combine or alternate these herbal teas, and drink 4 to 6 cups daily. 
Asian ginseng and Siberian ginseng may also prove helpful as a tonic to combat lack of energy and in stimulating the immune system. 
Use Goldenseal to control infection. (Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctorís supervision. 
Licorice root supports the endocrine system. (Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.) 
Milk thistle protects the liver. 
St. John Wort has antiviral properties. 
Skullcap and valerian root improve sleep.


Circulatory Problems
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation in general, seeming to improve the oxygen supply to the heart, the brain, and other organs. 
Other herbs that support the heart and circulatory system include cayenne (capsicum) hawthorn berries, horseradish, and rose hips. 


Cirrhosis
Silymarin (milk thistle extract) has been shown in scientific studies to repair and rejuvenate the liver. 
Alfalfa helps build a healthy digestive tract and is a good source of vitamin K. It helps to prevent bleeding as a result of vitamin K deficiency, which is common with cirrhosis. 
Aloe vera helps to cleanse the digestive tract. Drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice every morning and evening. It can be taken in a cup of herbal tea.


Colds
At the first sign of a cold, use an alcohol-free echinacea and goldenseal combination extract to boost your immune system and keep the virus from multiplying. For adults, place a dropperful in the mouth every three hours for three days. Hold the drops in your mouth for five minutes before swallowing. For children, place 8 to 10 drops in the mouth every two hours for three days. Then take 8 to 10 drops in liquid daily until symptoms are gone. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctorís supervision. 
Make an herbal tea by pouring a cup of hot water onto a few tablespoons of fresh, shredded ginger. Ginger helps reduce pain and fever, suppresses cough, has antiviral compounds, and a mild sedative effect that encourages rest. 
Eucalyptus oil is helpful for relieving congestion. Put 5 drops in a hot bath, or put 6 drops in a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam.


Cold Sores
Applying black walnut or goldenseal extract to the affected area may help. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and can also be taken in capsule or tea form. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Herpes treatment should include cayenne (capsicum) echinacea, myrrh, red clover, and St. Johnswort. 
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural antiseptic. During a herpes outbreak, dab it lightly on the affected area several times a day, either full strength or diluted with distilled water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. Do not get tea tree oil close to the eye area.


Constipation
Aloe vera has a healing and cleansing effect on the digestive tract and aids in forming soft stools. Drink l/2 cup of aloe vera juice in the morning and at night. It can be mixed with a cup of herbal tea. 
Other herbs recommended for constipation are cascara sagrada, senna, and rhubarb.


Cramps,  Muscle
Alfalfa, don quai, ginkgo biloba, and horsetail grass are good for circulation. 
Taking valerian root at bedtime helps to relax the muscles.


Crohn's Disease
Aloe vera is beneficial for Crohnís disease because it softens stools and has a healing effect on the digestive tract. Drink l/2 cup of aloe vera juice three times daily. 
Other herbs that are good for Crohnís disease include burdock root, echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, marshmallow root, pau díarco, red clover, rose hips, silymarin (milk thistle extract) and slippery elm. For best results, use these herbs on an alternating basis.


Cystic Fibrosis
Alfalfa extract supplies vitamin K and necessary minerals, which are often deficient in those with cystic fibrosis due to absorption problems. It is also a good source of chlorophyll. 
Other beneficial herbs for cystic fibrosis include echinacea, ginger, goldenseal and yarrow tea.


Depression
St. Johnís Wort acts in the same way as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors do, but less harshly. 
Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression. Caution: This herb can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce the dosage. 
Ginger, ginkgo biloba, licorice root, oat straw, peppermint, and Siberian ginseng may be helpful. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Do not use Siberian ginseng if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.


Diabetes
Cedar berries are excellent nourishment for the pancreas. 
Ginseng tea is believed to lower the blood sugar level. (Caution: Do not use this herb if you have high blood pressure. 
Huckleberry helps to promote insulin production. 
Other herbs that may be beneficial for diabetes include bilberry, buchu, dandelion root, goldenseal, and uva ursi. (Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctorís supervision.)


Digestion Disorder/Gas - Flatulence
Alfalfa supplies needed vitamin K and trace minerals. Take in liquid or tablet form. 
Aloe vera is good for heartburn and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Take ¼ cup of aloe vera juice on an empty stomach in the morning and again at bedtime. 
Ginger is a time-honored remedy for nausea. 
A few sprigs of fresh parsley, or ¼ teaspoon of dried parsley, taken with a glass of warm water, can help relieve indigestion. 
Catnip, chamomile, fennel, papaya and peppermint are all good for indigestion.


Dizziness
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and improves brain function by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain. 
Butcherís broom and cayenne (capsicum) help improve circulation. 
Dandelion tea or extract is very good for high blood pressure. 
Ginger relieves dizziness and nausea.


Dry Skin
Used topically, aloe vera has excellent soothing, healing and moisturizing properties. Apply aloe vera gel topically on affected areas as directed on the product label. 
Almost all skin types benefit from lavender. Spray an herbal or floral water mist on your skin throughout the day to replenish lost moisture. You can purchase lavender water already made, or you can make your own by adding a few drops of essential oil to 4 ounces of distilled water, or by making an infusion of fresh lavender leaves and flowers. 
A weekly facial sauna using chamomile, lavender and peppermint is good for dry skin. Simmer 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried or fresh herbs in 2 quarts of water. When the pot is steaming, place it on top of a trivet on a table and sit with your face at a comfortable distance over the steam for fifteen minutes. Then splash your face with cold water and allow your skin to air dry or pat it dry with a towel. Then either apply a good natural moisturizer or facial oil, or apply a clay mask (see under Recommendations below). After the sauna, you can allow the herbal water to cool and save it for use as a toning lotion to be dabbed on your face with a cotton ball after cleansing.


Edema/Water Retention
Alfalfa is a good source of important minerals. It also contains chlorophyll, a potent detoxifier. Take 2000 to 3000 mg. daily, in divided doses. 
Dandelion leaf is an effective diuretic herb and is also a rich source of potassium. Take one teaspoonful of the tincture three times a day, or an infusion of the fresh leaves three to five times a day. 
Parsley tea has a mildly diuretic effect. Brew two teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water and steep for ten minutes. Drink up to three cups a day.


Emphysema
Licorice extract increases energy levels and helps to improve organ function. Use an alcohol-free extract. Caution: If overused, licorice can elevate blood pressure. Do not use on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. 
Coltsfoot tea is effective in helping raise and eliminate mucous. 
Anise oil mixed with honey is very beneficial taken before each meal. 
Ephedra tea quiets bronchospasms. Caution: Do not use ephedra if you suffer from anxiety, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug for depression. 
Comfrey, alfalfa, mullein tea, fennel seed, rosehips and rosemary are other beneficial herbs which can be used.


Eye Problems
Bilberry extract has been shown to improve both normal and night vision. 
Eyebright is beneficial for the yes. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Eyebright tea can also be used as an eyewash. 
Bayberry bark, cayenne (capsicum), and red raspberry leaves, taken by mouth, are beneficial.


Fibromyalgia
Astragalus and echinacea enhance immune function. 
Black walnut and garlic aid in removing parasites. 
Teas brewed from burdock root, dandelion, and red clover promote healing by cleansing the bloodstream and enhancing immune function. Combine or alternate these herbal teas, and drink 4 to 6 cups daily. 
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and brain function. 
Licorice root supports the glandular system. (Caution: If overused, licorice can elevate blood pressure. Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it if you have high blood pressure.) 
Topical applications of cayenne (capsicum) powder mixed with wintergreen oil can help relieve muscle pain. Use 1 part cayenne powder to 3 parts wintergreen oil. Cayenne can also be taken orally, in capsule form. 
Milk thistle protects the liver. 
Skullcap and valerian root improve sleep.


Flu
At the first sign of the flu, use an alcohol-free echinacea and goldenseal combination extract to boost your immune system and keep the virus from multiplying. For adults, place a dropperful in the mouth every three hours for three days. Hold the drops in your mouth for five minutes before swallowing. For children, place 8 to 10 drops in the mouth every two hours for three days. Then take 8 to 10 drops in liquid daily until symptoms are gone. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctorís supervision. 
Make an herbal tea by pouring a cup of hot water onto a few tablespoons of fresh, shredded ginger. Ginger helps reduce pain and fever, suppresses cough, has antiviral compounds, and a mild sedative effect that encourages rest. 
Eucalyptus oil is helpful for relieving congestion. Put 5 drops in a hot bath, or put 6 drops in a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam. 
Cayenne (capsicum) helps to keep mucus flowing, aiding in preventing congestion. Add a bit of cayenne powder to soups and other foods. 
For cough and sore throat, mix 1 tablespoon of slippery elm bark powder with a cup of boiling water and l/2 cup of honey. 


Fungal Infection
Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal for external use. It can be applied to the affected area several times a day, either full strength or diluted with water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. 
Drink 3 cups of pau díarco tea daily. 
For toenail or fingernail fungus, soak nails in a mixture of pau díarco and goldenseal. Make a tea with 6 teabags in a gallon of water. Bring to a boil and then allow to cool slightly. Add the contents of 4 capsules of goldenseal. Soak your feet or hands in this mixture for fifteen minutes twice a day. 


Glaucoma
Bilberry contains flavonoids and nutrients needed to protect the eyes from further damage. Fresh blueberries and red raspberry leaf can also be used. 
Eyebright is good for all eye disorders. 
Eye baths using warm fennel tea, alternating with chamomile and eyebright, are helpful. Caution: Do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. 
A combination of ginkgo biloba extract and zinc sulfate may slow progressive vision loss. 
Rose hips supply valuable flavonoids and vitamin C 
Avoid ephedra (ma huang) and licorice.


Gout
Alfalfa contains all the minerals essential for bone formation, and may be helpful for arthritis. It can be taken in capsules or in whole, natural form.
Catís claw and feverfew are helpful for relieving arthritis pain and soreness. 
The hot peppers known as cayenne (capsicum) contain capsaicin that relieves pain. Capsaicin can be absorbed through the skin; mix cayenne powder with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply it to painful joints, or use cayenne peppers in a poultice. Capsaicin causes a stinging sensation when first applied to the skin. Cayenne can also be taken in capsule form. 
Other herbs that can be beneficial for arthritis include brigham tea, buchu leaves, burdock root, celery seed, corn silk, devilís claw tea, horsetail, nettle, and parsley tea and yucca.


Gum Disease
Goldenseal destroys the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Place a dropperful of goldenseal extract in your mouth, swish it around for three minutes, then swallow. For inflamed gums, place a dropperful of the extract on a piece of gauze or pure cotton and place this on the inflamed area. Do this immediately whenever mouth sores or inflammation starts. In severe cases, it may take three to five nights for sores to heal. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, as it may disturb normal intestinal flora. Do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Applying aloe vera gel directly to inflamed gums eases discomfort and soothes the tissues. 
Clove oil is good for temporary relief of tooth and/or gum pain. Rub a drop to two of clove oil on the affected area. If the oil is too strong, it can be diluted with a drop or two of olive oil.


Hair Loss
Use apple cider vinegar and sage tea as a rinse to help hair grow. 
Horsetail is a good source of silica, necessary for strong, shiny hair.


Headache
Burdock root, feverfew, lavender, rosemary, skullcap and thyme may relieve headache pain. 
A salve made from ginger, peppermint oil, and wintergreen oil rubbed on the nape of the neck and temples can help relieve tension headaches. For sinus headaches, rub the salve across the sinus area. 
Ginkgo biloba extract improves circulation to the brain and may be helpful for certain types of headache.


Hearing Problems
Bayberry bark, burdock root, goldenseal, hawthorn leaf and myrrh gum purify the blood and counteract infection. Caution: Do not take golden seal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use during pregnancy; also use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Echinacea aids poor equilibrium and reduces dizziness. It can be taken in tea or capsule form. 
Ginkgo biloba helps to reduce dizziness and improve hearing loss related to reduced blood flow. Other herbs that may help include butcherís broom, chamomile, ginger root, turmeric, and yarrow.


Heart Problems
People with cardiovascular disease may benefit from Suma tea or herbal capsules. Take 3 cups of this herbal tea or capsule doses daily with ginkgo biloba extract as directed on the product label. 
Other herbs beneficial for cardiovascular disorders include barberry, black cohosh, butcherís broom, cayenne (capsicum), dandelion, ginseng, hawthorn berries, and valerian root. Caution: Do not use barberry or black cohosh during pregnancy. Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure. 
Avoid the herbs ephedra (ma huang) and licorice; they can cause a rise in blood pressure.


Heartburn
Aloe vera juice aids healing of the intestinal tract. 
Catnip, fennel, ginger, marshmallow root, and papaya tea all aid in proper digestion and act as a buffer to stop heartburn.


Heel Spur
Use arnica and chamomile to bathe the foot. You can also wrap the herbs in a cloth and apply it to the affected area as a poultice.


Hemorrhoids
A paste made from powdered comfrey root can be used in a poultice to heal bleeding hemorrhoids.
An elderberry poultice can relieve the pain associated with hemorrhoids. A mullein poultice can be used as well.
Other beneficial herbs include buckthorn bark, parsley, red grape vine leaves, and stone root. These can be taken in capsule or tea form.


Hepatitis
Burdock and dandelion are important in cleansing the liver and bloodstream. 
Studies have shown licorice to be effective in treating chronic hepatitis, due to its antiviral activity. Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid if you have high blood pressure. 
Milk thistle extract contains a flavonoid that has been shown t aid in healing and rebuilding the liver. Take 200 to 400 milligrams three times daily. 
Other herbs beneficial for hepatitis include black radish, green tea, red clover and yellow dock.


Herpes Virus Infection
Applying black walnut or goldenseal extract to the affected area may help. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and can also be taken in capsule or tea form. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Herpes treatment should include cayenne (capsicum) echinacea, myrrh, red clover, and St. Johnswort. 
Tea tree oil is a powerful natural antiseptic. During a herpes outbreak, dab it lightly on the affected area several times a day, either full strength or diluted with distilled water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. Do not get tea tree oil close to the eye area.


Hot Flashes
Damiana enhances sexual desire and pleasure. 
Anise, black cohosh, alfalfa, fennel, licorice, raspberry, sage, and wild yam root are natural estrogen promoters. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder. 
Gotu kola and dong quai relieve hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression. 
Siberian ginseng aids in relieving depression and in the production of estrogen. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder. St. Johnís Wort also aids in relieving any depression that may occur. 
Chamomile and valerian root help to calm the body and promote restful sleep. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, and avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed. 
A paste made from aloe vera gel and slippery elm powder, mixed to the consistency of toothpaste and inserted into the vagina at night, can relieve vaginal dryness.


Hyperactivity
Valerian root extract has been used for this disorder with dramatic results and no side effects. Mix the extract in juice (as directed on the product label according to age) and drink the mixture two or three times a day. 
Other herbs that may be beneficial for hyperactivity include catnip, chamomile, hops, lobelia, passionflower, skullcap, thyme, and wood betony. Caution: Do not use chamomile or lobelia on an ongoing basis. Avoid chamomile completely if you are allergic to ragweed.


Hypertension
Use cayenne (capsicum), chamomile, fennel, hawthorn berries, parsley, and rosemary for high blood pressure. (Caution: If you are allergic to ragweed, avoid chamomile.) 
Hops and valerian root are good for calming the nerves. 
Drink 3 cups of suma tea daily. 
Avoid the herbs ephedra (ma huang) and licorice, as these herbs can elevate blood pressure.


Hypoglycemia
Bilberry and wild yam aid in controlling insulin levels. 
Dandelion root is an excellent source of calcium and supports the pancreas and liver. 
Milk thistle rejuvenates the liver. 
Licorice nourishes the adrenal glands. Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid if you have high blood pressure.


Impotence
Coryanthe yohimbe and ginkgo biloba are often used for the treatment of impotence due to their ability to stimulate vascular flow to the penis. Coryanthe yohimbe has also been shown to increase libido and decrease the latency period between ejaculations, as well as have a positive effect on impotence problems due to depression. Several studies have confirmed the beneficial action of ginkgo biloba. In one study, ginkgo biloba extract was found to increase penile blood flow in a group of patients who had not responded to traditional drug therapy. Half the group regained potency within six months. 
Ginseng and gotu kola are both reported to help with sexual function. 
Saw palmetto helps to normalize prostate function. 
Other herbs that may be beneficial include wild yam, dong quai, hydrangea root and pygeum. 


Indigestion
Alfalfa supplies needed vitamin K and trace minerals. Take in liquid or tablet form. 
Aloe vera is good for heartburn and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Take ¼ cup of aloe vera juice on an empty stomach in the morning and again at bedtime. 
Ginger is a time-honored remedy for nausea. 
A few sprigs of fresh parsley, or ¼ teaspoon of dried parsley, taken with a glass of warm water, can help relieve indigestion. 
Catnip, chamomile, fennel, papaya and peppermint are all good for indigestion.


Inflammation
Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and chlorophyll. 
Bilberry contains flavonoids that reduce inflammation. 
Echinacea, goldenseal, pau díarco, red clover and yucca are all good for inflammation. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Horsetail extract is a good source of silica, beneficial for healing and repair of bones and connective tissue.


Insomnia
California poppy, hops, kava kava, passionflower, skull-cap, and valerian root, taken in capsule or extract form, are all good for helping to overcome insomnia. It is best not to rely on one herb on a regular basis, but to rotate among several. Take these herbs before bedtime.
Catnip and chamomile have mild sedative properties. Drinking chamomile tea several times throughout the day helps to calm the nervous system, promoting restful sleep.


Kidney Problems
Cranberries contain substances that acidify the urine, destroy bacteria buildup and promote healing of the bladder. Drink at least 8 ounces of cranberry juice three times daily. Use only pure, unsweetened juice (available at health food stores). Do not use commercial cranberry juice cocktail products; these contain large amounts of sugar. 
Dandelion root extract aids in excretion of the kidneyís waste products and is very helpful for nephritis.


Liver Disease
Silymarin (milk thistle extract) has been shown in scientific studies to repair and rejuvenate the liver. 
Alfalfa helps build a healthy digestive tract and is a good source of vitamin K. It helps to prevent bleeding as a result of vitamin K deficiency, which is common with cirrhosis. 
Aloe vera helps to cleanse the digestive tract. Drink ¼ cup of aloe vera juice every morning and evening. It can be taken in a cup of herbal tea.


Memory Loss
Ginkgo biloba increases blood flow to the brain. 
Other herbs that are helpful for memory include anise, blue cohosh, ginseng and rosemary. Caution: Do not take ginseng if you have high blood pressure.


Menopause
Damiana enhances sexual desire and pleasure. 
Anise, black cohosh, alfalfa, fennel, licorice, raspberry, sage, and wild yam root are natural estrogen promoters. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Do not use sage if you suffer from any type of seizure disorder. 
Gotu kola and dong quai relieve hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression. 
Siberian ginseng aids in relieving depression and in the production of estrogen. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder. St. Johnís Wort also aids in relieving any depression that may occur. 
Chamomile and valerian root help to calm the body and promote restful sleep. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, and avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed. 
A paste made from aloe vera gel and slippery elm powder, mixed to the consistency of toothpaste and inserted into the vagina at night, can relieve vaginal dryness.


Menstrual Cramps
Wild yam extract contains natural progesterone, and is helpful in alleviating cramps, headache, mood swings, depression, irritability and insomnia. 
Angelica root, cramp bark, kava kava and red raspberry may alleviate cramps. 
Peppermint, strawberry leaf, and valerian root help to stabilize mood swings and tone the nervous system.


Migraine
Burdock root, feverfew, lavender, rosemary, skullcap and thyme may relieve headache pain. 
A salve made from ginger, peppermint oil, and wintergreen oil rubbed on the nape of the neck and temples can help relieve tension headaches. For sinus headaches, rub the salve across the sinus area. 
Ginkgo biloba extract improves circulation to the brain and may be helpful for certain types of headache.


Motion Sickness
Ginger is an excellent preventive and treatment for nausea and upset stomach. Take 2 ginger capsules (approximately 1000 mg.) every three hours, starting one hour before beginning the trip. 
Peppermint tea sooths and calms the stomach. A drop of peppermint oil on the tongue provides excellent relief from nausea and motion sickness. Peppermint can also be taken in lozenge form.


Multiple Sclerosis
Alfalfa is a good source of vitamin K. It can be taken in liquid or tablet form. 
Skullcap, lobelia, and valerian root relax the nervous system. Taken at bedtime, they aid in preventing insomnia. Caution: Do not take lobelia internally on an ongoing basis. 
Burdock, dandelion, echinacea, goldenseal, pau díarco, St. Johnswort, and yarrow are effective detoxifiers. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 


Muscle Cramps
Alfalfa, don quai, ginkgo biloba, and horsetail grass are good for circulation. 
Taking valerian root at bedtime helps to relax the muscles.


Nail Problems
Alfalfa, black cohosh, burdock root, dandelion, gotu kola and yellow dock are rich in minerals, including silica and zinc, as well as B vitamins, all of which strengthen the nails. Horsetail and oat straw also are good sources of silica. 
Borage seed, flaxseed, lemongrass, parsley, primrose, pumpkin seed, and sage are all good sources of essential fatty acids, which nourish the nails. Caution: Do not use sage if you suffer from any kind of seizure disorder. 
Butcherís broom, chamomile, ginkgo biloba, rosemary, and turmeric are good for circulation, which nourishes the nails. 


Narcolepsy
Siberian ginseng helps the body adapt to stress and increases energy levels. 
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation to the brain and is a powerful antioxidant protecting cells. 
Ephedra, gotu kola, and St. Johnswort boost energy levels and possess antioxidant properties as well.


Nausea
If you are feeling sick and restless, take a cup of chamomile tea twice daily, between meals. 
Ginger is helpful for nausea, vomiting, and stomachache. Take a cup of ginger tea as needed. If the tea tastes too strong, mix it with apple juice. 
Green tea has antibacterial properties and is helpful for nausea and vomiting related to food poisoning. Take a cup of strong green tea as needed. 
Peppermint tea is an effective and safe digestive aid, especially helpful for nausea or vomiting that occurs after a heavy meal. 


Nervousness
When the body is under stress, it is more vulnerable to free radical damage. Bilberry, ginkgo biloba and milk thistle are rich in flavonoids that neutralize free radicals. 
Catnip, chamomile, kava kava, hops, motherwort and passionflower promote relaxation and aid in preventing panic attacks. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis as ragweed allergy may result. Kava kava can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce dosage. 
Skullcap and valerian root can be taken at bedtime to promote sleep and aid in preventing panic attacks at night. 
Avoid ephedra (ma huang), as it can aggravate anxiety.


Neuritis
Combine equal parts of the tinctures of St. Johnís Wort, skullcap, oat and Siberian ginseng. Take one teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. This may be made stronger if there is much pain by the addition of valerian or Jamaican dogwood. 
Peppermint oil can be applied externally as a mild local anesthetic. 
Bilberry, calendula, chamomile, marshmallow root, yarrow and yucca have anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful in the management of neuritis. 


Nicotine Dependency
Catnip, hops, skullcap and/or valerian root can be used to help reduce the nervousness and anxiety that may accompany nicotine withdrawal. 
Chewing on a small piece of fresh ginger root (about 1/8 teaspoon) can help to both fight cravings and improve breath. 
Pine-bark and grape-seed extracts have a powerful antioxidant effect. Take 50 mg. of either two or three times daily.


Night Blindness
Bilberry extract has been shown to improve both normal and night vision. 
Eyebright is beneficial for the yes. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Eyebright tea can also be used as an eyewash. 
Bayberry bark, cayenne (capsicum), and red raspberry leaves, taken by mouth, are beneficial.


Obesity
Alfalfa, corn silk, dandelion, horsetail, and juniper berries can be used in tea form for their diuretic properties. 
Aloe vera juice improves digestion and cleanses the digestive tract. 
Cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, green tea and mustard seed are thermogenic herbs that improve digestion and aid in the metabolism of fat. 
Siberian ginseng aids in moving fluids and nutrients through the body and reduces the stress of adjusting to new eating habits. (Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.)


Osteoarthritis
Alfalfa contains all the minerals essential for bone formation, and may be helpful for arthritis. It can be taken in capsules or in whole, natural form.
Catís claw and feverfew are helpful for relieving arthritis pain and soreness. 
The hot peppers known as cayenne (capsicum) contain capsaicin that relieves pain. Capsaicin can be absorbed through the skin; mix cayenne powder with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply it to painful joints, or use cayenne peppers in a poultice. Capsaicin causes a stinging sensation when first applied to the skin. Cayenne can also be taken in capsule form. 
Other herbs that can be beneficial for arthritis include brigham tea, buchu leaves, burdock root, celery seed, corn silk, devilís claw tea, horsetail, nettle, and parsley tea and yucca.


Osteoporosis
Feverfew is good for pain and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Caution: Do not use feverfew during pregnancy. 
Alfalfa, barley grass, black cohosh, dandelion root, nettle, parsley, poke root, rose hips, and yucca help to build strong bones. 
Horsetail and oat straw contain silica, which helps the body absorb calcium.


Periodontal Disease
Goldenseal destroys the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Place a dropperful of goldenseal extract in your mouth, swish it around for three minutes, then swallow. For inflamed gums, place a dropperful of the extract on a piece of gauze or pure cotton and place this on the inflamed area. Do this immediately whenever mouth sores or inflammation starts. In severe cases, it may take three to five nights for sores to heal. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, as it may disturb normal intestinal flora. Do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Applying aloe vera gel directly to inflamed gums eases discomfort and soothes the tissues. 
Clove oil is good for temporary relief of tooth and/or gum pain. Rub a drop to two of clove oil on the affected area. If the oil is too strong, it can be diluted with a drop or two of olive oil.


PMS
Wild yam extract contains natural progesterone, and is helpful in alleviating cramps, headache, mood swings, depression, irritability and insomnia. 
Angelica root, cramp bark, kava kava and red raspberry may alleviate cramps. 
Peppermint, strawberry leaf, and valerian root help to stabilize mood swings and tone the nervous system.


Prostate Problems
Saw palmetto is the premier herbal remedy for prostate problems. It reduces the amount of testosterone that is transformed into dihydrotestosterone, thus helping to fight prostate enlargement. In one study, saw palmetto decreased nighttime urination by 45 percent, increased urinary flow rate over 50 percent, and reduced the retention of urine in the bladder by 42 percent. 
Pygeum has notable anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful for enlargement and/or inflammation of the prostate. It has become a primary therapy for these conditions in Europe. 
Catís claw enhances the immune response and has antibacterial properties that make it helpful for prostatitis. (Do not use catís claw if you are an organ-transplant recipient. Use it with caution if you are taking an anticoagulant; i.e., a blood thinner.) 
Nettle root has been used for over 200 years in Europe for prostatitis and BPH. 
Chinese ginseng is beneficial for prostate health and sexual vitality.


Psoriasis
Milk thistle contains silymarin, which acts to correct the abnormal cell replication involved in psoriasis. It also increases bile flow and protects the liver, which is important in keeping the blood clean. Take 300 mg. three times daily. If you develop loose stools, increase the amount of fiber in your diet or take a natural fiber supplement. 
Goto kola reduces inflammation and speeds wound healing. It has been used for centuries in Indian medicine for all kinds of skin conditions, including psoriasis. 
Poultices made from chaparral, dandelion and yellow dock can help psoriasis. 
To reduce redness and swelling, lightly brush off scales with a loofah and apply alcohol-free goldenseal extract.


Retinopathy
Bilberry extract has been shown to improve both normal and night vision. 
Eyebright is beneficial for the yes. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Eyebright tea can also be used as an eyewash. 
Bayberry bark, cayenne (capsicum), and red raspberry leaves, taken by mouth, are beneficial.


Rheumatoid Arthritis
Alfalfa contains all the minerals essential for bone formation, and may be helpful for arthritis. It can be taken in capsules or in whole, natural form.
Catís claw and feverfew are helpful for relieving arthritis pain and soreness. 
The hot peppers known as cayenne (capsicum) contain capsaicin that relieves pain. Capsaicin can be absorbed through the skin; mix cayenne powder with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply it to painful joints, or use cayenne peppers in a poultice. Capsaicin causes a stinging sensation when first applied to the skin. Cayenne can also be taken in capsule form. 
Other herbs that can be beneficial for arthritis include brigham tea, buchu leaves, burdock root, celery seed, corn silk, devilís claw tea, horsetail, nettle, and parsley tea and yucca.


Ringing in Ears
Bayberry bark, burdock root, goldenseal, hawthorn leaf and myrrh gum purify the blood and counteract infection. Caution: Do not take golden seal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use during pregnancy; also use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. 
Echinacea aids poor equilibrium and reduces dizziness. It can be taken in tea or capsule form. 
Ginkgo biloba helps to reduce dizziness and improve hearing loss related to reduced blood flow. Other herbs that may help include butcherís broom, chamomile, ginger root, turmeric, and yarrow.


Senility
Ginkgo biloba improves cerebral circulation, enhances brain function and memory, and destroys free radicals to protect brain cells. 
Anise and blue cohosh appear to sharpen brain power.


Shingles
Cayenne (capsicum) contains a substance called capsaicin, which relieves pain and aids in healing. Cayenne is available in tablet or capsule form. It is also the active ingredient in Zostrix, a topical cream which is helpful for postherpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin should not be applied topically until the lesions caused by shingles have completely healed, however, or extreme burning pain can result. 
Goldenseal has powerful antibiotic properties and reduces infection. 
A combination of St. Johnís wort, oat straw, and skullcap helps to reduce stress and itching. Mix equal amounts of the tinctures together and take 1 teaspoon four times daily. 
Valerian root calms the nervous system. Taken at bedtime, it acts as a sleep aid. 
Try using essential oils. Bergamot oil, calophyllum oil (related to St. Johnís Wort), eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, goldenseal oil, and lemon oil can be used singly or in combination. The best way to use them is to add a few drops of oil to a tablespoon of a carrier oil such as peanut or olive oil, and apply the mixture directly to the lesions at the first sign of an outbreak. In most instances, the lesions dry up and disappear completely within three to five days after this treatment. This treatment can also be used for herpes simplex.


Sleep Problems
California poppy, hops, kava kava, passionflower, skull-cap, and valerian root, taken in capsule or extract form, are all good for helping to overcome insomnia. It is best not to rely on one herb on a regular basis, but to rotate among several. Take these herbs before bedtime. 
Catnip and chamomile have mild sedative properties. Drinking chamomile tea several times throughout the day helps to calm the nervous system, promoting restful sleep.


Smoking Dependency
Catnip, hops, skullcap and/or valerian root can be used to help reduce the nervousness and anxiety that may accompany nicotine withdrawal. 
Chewing on a small piece of fresh ginger root (about 1/8 teaspoon) can help to both fight cravings and improve breath. 
Pine-bark and grape-seed extracts have a powerful antioxidant effect. Take 50 mg. of either two or three times daily.


Sore Throat
Echinacea and goldenseal stimulate the immune system and are important for helping to clear any kind of infection. Take one dose of a combination product every two hours during the acute phase. Then cut back to one dose three times a day for up to one week. 
Drink an herbal sore-throat tea containing some or all of the following: slippery elm bark, hyssop, licorice root and sage. Take a cup of the tea three times daily for a couple of days until you feel better. You can also cool the tea and use it as a gargle. (Note: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than five days at a time, as it can elevate blood pressure. Do not use it at all if you have high blood pressure.) 
Marshmallow root tea soothes a scratchy, itchy throat. Raspberry leaf tea is good for easing the pain of a sore throat as well as fever blisters. 


Stress
Bilberry prevents destruction, mutation, and premature death of cells throughout the body. 
Ginkgo biloba aids in proper brain function and good circulation. 
St. Johnís wort has valuable calming and antidepressant properties. 
Kava kava relaxes the mind as well as the entire body. 
Chamomile is a gentle relaxant. It is a good nerve tonic, soothing to the digestive tract, and a pleasant sleep aid. 
Skullcap is good for nervous disorders. It also relieves headaches and aids sleep. 
Valerian keeps the nervous system from being overwhelmed. It also is a powerful sleep aid when taken at bedtime. 
Chinese (Korean) ginseng helps the body adapt to stress, alleviates fatigue, and improves mood. Siberian ginseng has the remarkable ability to reduce the fight-or-flight response to stress and also helps prevent stress-induced damage to the thymus gland.


Thyroid Problems
Exhaustion goes hand in hand with hypothyroidism. American and Siberian ginseng help reduce fatigue and restore energy. Take 250 mg. of American ginseng or 100 to 200 mg. of Siberian ginseng extract standardized to contain 0.5 percent eleutheroside E twice daily, one-half hour before breakfast and again one-half hour before lunch. (Note: Do not use American ginseng if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or hypoglycemia.)


Tonsillitis
Echinacea fights infection and boosts the immune system. Make echinacea tea and drink as much of it as you can. 
For sore throat, take alcohol-free extract of goldenseal or St. Johnswort. Place 6 drops or l/2 dropperful of extract under your tongue and leave it there for a few minutes before swallowing. Do this four times daily for three days. 
A hot infusion made from equal parts of dried elder flower, peppermint, and yarrow eases the pain of tonsillitis. Drink this throughout the day. 


Tumor
Catís claw boosts the immune system and has anti-tumor properties. Caution: Do not use catís claw during pregnancy.


Vaginitis
Catís claw enhances the immune response and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Take 500 mg. of standardized extract three times a day until the infection clears. Note: Do not use catís claw if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you are an organ-transplant recipient. Use it with caution if you are taking an anticoagulant (blood thinner). 
An herbal douche is one of the most helpful treatments for a yeast infection. Try one of the following mixtures: 
Mix 40 drops each of liquid extract of echinacea, goldenseal and calendula and 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel in 16 ounces of water. Any of these herbs can be used separately, but they work best as a combination. 
Add 20 drops of an echinacea and goldenseal combination extract, 6 drops of tea tree oil, and 1 tablespoon of liquid calendula extract to 16 ounces of water. 
Add 1 capful of grapefruit-seed extract and 6 drops of tea tree oil to 16 ounces of water. Douche with this mixture twice a day for five days, then once a day for five days. 
Add 4 tablespoons of white or apple-cider vinegar to 8 ounces of water. This can be used as either a standard or a retention douche.


Varicose Veins
Butcherís broom increases circulation in the legs. This herb has a constricting effect on the veins, which makes it remarkably effective in improving circulation. Take 300 to 500 mg. three times daily. 
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and enhances tissue oxygenation. 
Gotu kola improves venous blood flow and speeds the healing of wounds, including skin ulcers. 
Hawthorn is high in vitamin C and the bioflavonoids, both necessary for good circulation. 
Horse chestnut improves vascular tone, reducing vascular leakage. It also helps with leg pain and fatigue. 
Pine-bark and grape-seed extract improve circulation. Take 50 mg. of either two to three times daily.


Vertigo
Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and improves brain function by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain. 
Butcherís broom and cayenne (capsicum) help improve circulation. 
Dandelion tea or extract is very good for high blood pressure. 
Ginger relieves dizziness and nausea.


Water Retention
Alfalfa is a good source of important minerals. It also contains chlorophyll, a potent detoxifier. Take 2000 to 3000 mg. daily, in divided doses. 
Dandelion leaf is an effective diuretic herb and is also a rich source of potassium. Take one teaspoonful of the tincture three times a day, or an infusion of the fresh leaves three to five times a day. 
Parsley tea has a mildly diuretic effect. Brew two teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water and steep for ten minutes. Drink up to three cups a day.


Weight Problems
Alfalfa, corn silk, dandelion, horsetail, and juniper berries can be used in tea form for their diuretic properties. 
Aloe vera juice improves digestion and cleanses the digestive tract. 
Cayenne, cinnamon, ginger, green tea and mustard seed are thermogenic herbs that improve digestion and aid in the metabolism of fat. 
Siberian ginseng aids in moving fluids and nutrients through the body and reduces the stress of adjusting to new eating habits. (Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.)


Yeast Infection 
Goldenseal, Oregon grape and barberry contain berberine, which has been proven beneficial as an anticandida agent. 
Other antifungal and antibacterial herbs include German chamomile, aloe vera, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, licorice and tea tree oil. Fennel, anise, ginseng, alfalfa, and red clover are also effective.
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