Herbs have been around since the beginning of time, and this can be verified in Godís Word in the very first chapter:
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a
tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. (Genesis 1:29)
As I searched through books and the Internet, I found there doesnít appear to be a definitive definition on just what exactly an herb is. Here are
some that I did come across:
a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a
any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine or perfume
any plant material thatís used to alleviate unwanted symptoms or boost overall health
I believe we have been given herbs to prevent and cure most ailments known to man. But unfortunately, just like anything
natural that is good for you, they have been labeled as alternative medicine. Some in the medical profession may ďgive inĒ a little and
admit there may be some benefits to herbs, but if you are really sick, then only drugs can help. Those who scoff at herbal therapy are
really just mocking these miracle foods that have been given to us by the Creator Himself.
Herbs can be taken in a variety of methods. Teas, tablets, tinctures (the herb has been soaked in a liquid to release its medicinal compound),
salves, sprays, lozenges, etc. A naturopath can help you choose the correct method and dosage.
So here is just a small sampling of some common ailments, in no particular order, and some herbs known to be effective in treating them. Keep in mind
ďtreating themĒ can mean making the ailment more bearable, or perhaps curing the problem altogether.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): In most cases, UTI is caused by a bacterial infection. It is most common with women, and
studies indicate that a high percentage of women will encounter a UTI at some point in their lifetime. A burning sensation while urinating is a common symptom.
Herbs: stinging nettle, uva ursi, corn silk, goldenrod, marshmallow
Stress: Stress causes so many health problems, and most of us encounter stressful situations on a daily basis. When stress reaches a point
where it is overbearing, it is time to take action.
Herbs: chamomile, Siberian ginseng, St. Johnís Wort, lavender, milk thistle
Headaches: There are headaches, then there are migraine headaches. Those who have migraines claim it is just like having your head in a
vice. They are most commonly caused by a narrowing of the arteries in and around the brain, resulting in insufficient blood flow. Headaches
are frequently the symptoms of a deeper problem.
Herbs: ginger, feverfew, yarrow, peppermint, cayenne pepper, valerian root
Fatigue: It is normal to be fatigued; perhaps youíve been working extremely long hours on a project. It is not normal to be fatigued on a
daily basis. Many factors can contribute to fatigue, poor diet being one of the main culprits.
Herbs: licorice root, rosemary, codonopsis, gotu kola
Arthritis: The older we get, the more aches and pains we encounter. Thatís just a fact of life. The pain from arthritis occurs due to
inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease and daily wear and tear of the joints. The medical profession claims
there is no known cure for arthritis, only temporary relief. Those in the profession of alternative medicine know otherwise.
Herbs: devilís claw, green tea, turmeric, yucca, willow, boswellia
Sinusitis: Sinusitis occurs when there is some sort of interference with the normal flow of mucus. Colds and allergic reactions are sometimes
the cause. This results in an accumulation of mucus, frequently resulting in an infection.
Herbs: garlic, saw palmetto, ginger, goldenseal, xanthium, cayenne pepper
High Blood Pressure: In a normal healthy body, the heart routinely pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout the arteries out to the bodyís tissues.
The heart continuously adjusts the required amount of pressure to pump the blood. Occasionally this blood pressure is elevated, and
can remain symptomless for many years, damaging vital organs in the process.
Herbs: garlic, hawthorn, dandelion, ginseng, cinnamon, butcherís broom
Hay Fever, Allergies: Itís that time again, one that allergy sufferers could do without. All of that sneezing and sniffling can certainly
take its toll on you. Because of our overall poor diets, hay fever is becoming more common, especially in the younger generation, worldwide.
Herbs: stinging nettle, ephedra, peppermint, licorice root, astragalus
Eczema: Many ailments are the result of some sort of blockage of elimination of toxins. Some skin disorders such as eczema are a classic
case of the body being forced to use the skin as a means of elimination. Therefore you canít cure eczema simply by treating the skin condition.
You must get to the root of the problem.
Herbs: burdock, yellow dock, dandelion, gotu kola, Echinacea, goldenseal
There is an excellent website called ďHerb ReferenceĒ; its address is www.herbreference.com. Just as
the name suggests, it is an excellent resource for hundreds of health conditions, along with the herbs and natural foods that would be most beneficial
to treat them.
Just remember, before you begin using herbs, you first might want to consult the advice of a naturopath, especially if you are on any medication, are
pregnant or nursing.