Common Herbs and Their Uses

Common herbs have many uses. They can be grown in your own garden or purchased in health food stores. Some can be toxic if used in the wrong amount so be careful how you use them.

Herbs can be used in ointments, lotions,oils, poltices, and syrups.  They can be used as steam in breathing treatments. Steeping herbs in boiling water can make healthful teas. They can be fused in alcohol and used as tintures.  Always store your herbs in tightly closed containers  in a cool, dry place.There are books for sale that will tell you everything about herbs and how to use them.

Common herbs and their uses

Golden Seal treats internal infections and ulcers.

Parsley is a diuretic, useful for treating the gall bladder and expelling kidney stones.

Ginseng improves circulation and sexual function.

Sage treats sore throat and mouth sores.

Ginger relieves bowel and stomach spasms,and nausea.

Aloe Vera helps heal burns, cuts, and skin rashes.

Peppermint aids digestion and reduces fever.

Valerian root relieves nervousness and aids sleep disorders.

White willow bark relieves arthritis and other types pain.

Fennel reduces flatulence, aids digestion, and relieves colic.

Chamomile smooths the nerves.

Jojoba soothes skin and scalp problems.

Anise relieves digestion discomfort.

Echinacea treats fever and infections.

Bayberry bark relieves sore throat and congestion.

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  1. Very informative article

  2. The like button is not working, but definitely I’ll always love one of your posts. Another great article, Ruby!

  3. Another outstanding article, Ruby.

  4. Excellent article Ruby some great information here

  5. The like button worked twice for me. I love herbs and spices and am always on the look for more info. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I much prefer herbal/natural remedies, thank you for this informative article.

  7. Great article and very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for the tips.

  9. excellent article… i used some of them…

  10. I am amazed at the properties of herbs. They can cure so many ills. Another very good article, Ruby.


  11. Hi Ruby, another great article, thanks for the tips!

  12. Great information! Enjoyed it!

  13. I’m definitely going to put these to the test. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Hi Ruby,

    Nice job on the article; I like your different tips for herb usage–very useful!

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to reading your articles; I’ve had so much to do in so little time that it all began/begins to add up…

    Thanks for the advice in your message you sent me by the way!

    See you around,

    -Fresh Writing

  15. Sounds like you can have the pharmacy in your back yard :) Seriously, many people know that herbs can cure but we still need to learn a lot about it, thanks.

  16. Thanks, Ruby. My wife loves her Chamomile Tea. It really works to relax her.

  17. Excellent and useful tips.

  18. Good to know these things, thanks, Ruby.

  19. very informative article ruby! :) thank you for this one.

    it’s just sad that some of these, i think, doesn’t naturally grow in my country and when you purchase it, it’s a bit expensive.

  20. Thanks to you guys, I love everything natural and if a herb will do the job I’m all for it. If we can get away from chemicals I say that’s the way to go.

    jhenz, Most of these herbs cost very little here, and you can also grow most of these yourself. I also used to go into the woods to gather golden seal and wild ginger for my grandmother. Haven’t done that in a long time. I don’t knowif I would recognise it now.

  21. I just mentioned on another page how Ayurvedics say that God created the medicine and stored it in the vegetation of the world prior to man coming along and creating disease. Very relevant article. Thanks for posting it!!

  22. very interesting article!

  23. HEYYYYYYYY I was going to write an article like this lol You beat me to it. Very well done :)

  24. Informative article with lot of useful tips..

  25. Thanks Ruby for sharing this very informative and helpful article. My wife will surely love it too.

  26. loved this Ruby – there are many on your list that I haven’t heard of so thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  27. Ruby,

    As usual, you are right on time with your informative articles. I am sitting here coughing my head off and a chest full of phlem, and a sore throat. I will certainly try the sage tea, before I go to work tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Thank you for this information. I never heard of white willow bark and its benefit before. A very helpful article for everyone.

  29. Interesting article and informative.

  30. This is very good information. I have also done a page on Jamaican herbs at Sometimes we would be much better using some herbs. We spend so much money visiting doctors when all we need to do is to study how to use herbs and use them.

  31. Very useful info maam.

  32. Nice and informative article

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