Medicinal herbs are nothing new; in fact many have been used for thousands of years. They may have a long history, or be used by millions of people daily, but that does not make them one hundred percent safe for everyone.
Unfortunately there is the myth, that because most herbal supplements are available over the counter at health food stores and supermarkets, they can be swallowed like candy. Care still needs to be taken, as even popular herbal supplements like St Johns Wort and Ginseng, are known to have some side effects in certain situations. Be responsible and carefully read the labels before purchasing. If in doubt, seek advice from a health professional.
However in saying that, most medicinal herbs are reasonably safe (for most people), when taken as directed on the label. If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or are taking medicines, or have a known medical condition… then extra care and advice should always be taken.
As I said earlier, millions of people use medicinal herbs on a daily basis without any adverse reaction. Truth is; many people claim the herbs are beneficial in the treatment, prevention or control of their health condition. So, medicinal herbs have a role to play in modern heath care and general well being.
Here are 4 common health complaints and a list of medicinal herbs associated with each.
Comfrey, Burdock, Cleavers, Echinacea, Garlic, Poke Root, Nasturtium, Salad Burnet, Valerian, Wild Strawberry, and Wilde Als.
St Johns Wort, Californian Poppy, Betony, Chamomile, Cowslip, Hyssop, Hops, Lemon Balm, Motherwort, Mistletoe, Oats, Peppermint, Passion Flower, Skullcap, Valerian, and Vervain.
Alfalfa, Buck Bean, Black Cohosh, Burdock, Cayenne, Chickweed, Celery Seed, Comfrey, English Daisy, Horseradish, Juniper, Nettles, Meadowsweet, Parsley, Sassafras, Wormwood, and Yarrow.
Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Betony, Burdock, Coltsfoot, Celery, Comfrey, Elecampane, Garlic, Fenugreek, Horseradish, Horehound, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Lettuce, Lobelia, Marshmallow, Myrrh, Mullein, Nettles, Parsley, Speedwell, Saw Palmetto, Thyme, Valerian, Wilde Als, Watercress, and Yarrow.
Disclaimer: Always seek advice from a qualified medi