Common Herbs and their Uses

Herbal Uses 3.

Common Herbs and their uses have been relied upon by many cultures through the centuries for their healing powers.

The herbal essential oils containing the medicinal properties go back to the ancient Egyptians whose priests routinely practiced herbal medicine.

Of course it is easier to get over the counter drugs, but finding common herbs and their uses for natural healing is becoming more and more popular, as people are starting to return to the basics.


Medicinal Properties of Nasturtium

  • vulnerary
  • demulcent
  • antimicrobial
  • antibacterial
  • expectorant

Common Herbs and their Uses - Nasturtium


Medicinal Properties of Nettles

Uses for Common Herbs - Nettles


Medicinal Properties of Nutmeg

  • antispasmodic
  • stimulates the mind
  • analgesic
  • anti-rheumatic
  • antiseptic

Medicinal uses for Nutmeg

  • aching joints
  • stimulates the circulation
  • aches and pains
  • benefits the heart
  • alzheimers
  • improves memory
  • aphrodisiac
  • asthma
  • toothache
  • anxiety and depression
  • impotence
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  • diarrohea
  • dysentery
  • indigestion
  • Colic Remedies
  • incontinence
  • premature ejacualtion


Medicinal Properties of Origanum

  • anti-fungal
  • antibacterial
  • disinfectant

Uses for Herbs - Origanum

  • aching muscles
  • itchy scalp
  • parasitic infections
  • tonsillitis
  • painful menstruation
  • calms children
  • bruising
  • flatulence
  • bloating
  • anxiety

Oregon Grape

Medicinal Properties of Oregon Grape

Uses for Herbs - Oregon Grape

Passion Flower

Medicinal Properties of Passion Flower

Uses for the herb Passion Flower

  • insomnia
  • muscle tension
  • anxiety
  • reduces spasms
  • headaches


Medicinal Properties of Parsley

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • digestive aid
  • diuretic
  • laxative
  • muscle relaxant

Uses for Common Herbs and Parsley


Medicinal Properties of Peppermint

  • antacid
  • antibacterial
  • antidepressant
  • antispasmodic
  • carminative expectorant
  • muscle relaxant
  • promotes sweating

Common Herbs and their uses -  Peppermint

  • coughs
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  • headaches
  • candida
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • reduces gas
  • itching
  • migraines
  • morning sickness
  • motion sickness
  • nausea
  • anxiety
  • insomnia

Raspberry Leaf

Medicinal Properties of Raspberry Leaf

  • astringent
  • diuretic
  • parturient
  • uterine tonic

Uses for herbs -  Raspberry leaf

  • female reproductive system

Red Clover

Medicinal Properties of Red Clover

  • antifungal
  • antispasmodic
  • depurative
  • diuretic
  • expectorant

Uses for the Herb Red Clover

  • acne
  • eczema
  • loosens phlegm
  • menopause symptoms

Red Sage

Medicinal Properties of Red Sage

  • disinfectant
  • anti-microbial
  • antibacterial
  • astringent

Use for Red Sage

  • cleanse and tone scalp
  • darken hair
  • spots
  • blemishes
  • stimulates blood circulation
  • under arm wash
  • colds and flu
  • coughs


Medicinal Properties of Rooibos

Medicinal Uses for Rooibos


Medicinal Properties of Rosemary

  • antibacterial
  • antidepressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • carminative
  • circulatory stimulant

Herbal Healing and Rosemary


Medicinal Properties of Rue

  • analgesic
  • antispasmodic
  • emmenagogue
  • nervine
  • rubefacient
  • vermifuge

Medicinal Uses for Rue

  • colds and flu
  • eyecare
  • migraines
  • arthritis
  • varicose veins
  • excellent for keeping flies away

Saw Palmetto

Medicinal Properties of Saw Palmetto

  • sedative
  • diuretic
  • expectorant
  • aphrodisiac
  • tonic herb

Common herbs and their uses - Saw Palmetto

  • urinary and reproductive system problems
  • under developed breasts
  • increase lactation
  • reduce prostate symptoms
  • hormone enhancer
  • frequent urination


Medicinal Properties of Sarsaparilla

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • appetite suppressor
  • depurative tonic
  • blood purifier

Herbal Healing with Sarsaparilla

  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • dermatitis
  • leprosy
  • arthritis
  • rheumatism
  • syphilis
  • STD's

St. John's Wort

Medicinal Properties of St John's Wort

  • analgesic
  • antibacterial
  • antidepressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-viral
  • astringent

Medicinal Uses for St John's Wort

  • tired and aching muscles
  • adds luster to hair
  • arthritis
  • gout and rheumatism
  • nervous exhaustion 
  • attention deficit disorder
  • anxiety
  • burns
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • depression
  • menopause

Soap Wort

Medicinal Properties of Soapwort

  • cholagogue
  • depurative
  • diaphoretic
  • diuretic
  • expectorant
  • purgative

Uses for Common Herbs - Soapwort

  • revitalizes damaged hair
  • eczema
  • skin rashes and heat rashes
  • nappy rash
  • hair conditioner
  • itchy skin
  • cancer

Tea Tree Oil

Medicinal Properties for Tea Tree Oil

  • disinfectant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • analgesic
  • diaphoretic
  • expectorant
  • balsamic

Common Herbs and their Uses -  Tea Tree oil

  • acne
  • head louse
  • warts
  • sunburn
  • sores
  • boils and abscesses
  • nail fungus
  • ringworm
  • athletes foot
  • dandruff
  • scabies


Medicinal Properties of Thyme

  • astringent
  • antiseptic
  • anti-fungal

Medicinal Uses for Thyme


Medicinal Properties of Tumeric

  • antiseptic
  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • analgesic

What ailments can Tumeric be used for?


Medicinal Properties of the Watercress

Common Herbs and their Uses - Watercress

  • astringent and ceansing
  • freckles
  • spots and blemishes
  • thyroid
  • greasy skin
  • hair loss
  • ulcers
  • mouth problems
  • acne
  • hiccups
  • anemia
  • lactating mothers

White Willow

Medicinal Properties of White Willow

  • mild analgesic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-fever

Uses for White Willow

  • rheumatism
  • arthritis
  • lowers temperatures
  • abrasions
  • cuts
  • dysmehorrhea
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  • lupus
  • osteoporisis
  • weight loss
  • fibromyalgia

Wild Lettuce

Medicinal Properties of Wild Lettuce

  • analgesic
  • anodyne
  • antispasmodic
  • cancer
  • nervine
  • psychedelic
  • sedative

Uses for common herbs - Wild Lettuce

  • Restless leg syndrome
  • colic
  • muscle cramps
  • insomnia

Yellow Dock

Medicinal Properties of Yellow Dock

  • purgative
  • cholagogue
  • laxative
  • iron

Uses for  herbs - Yellow Dock

  • acne
  • skin problems
  • cuts
  • swellling
  • rashes
  • boils
  • insect bites
  • anemia
  • syphilllis
  • TB


Medicinal Properties of Yarrow

  • astringent
  • cholertic
  • antibacterial
  • antispasmodic

Common Herbs and their Uses - Yarrow

  • colds and flu
  • TB
  • earache
  • sore eyes
  • headaches
  • abscesses and boils
  • improves blood circulation to the skin
  • acne
  • promotes perspiration
  • lowers blood pressure
  • varicose veins
  • stimulates the appetite
  • aids digestion
  • measles
  • nosebleeds
  • female problems


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Herbal Actions - B to L

Herbal Actions - M to Z

Or else you can Find the Herb (sorted alphabetically).

Herbal Uses - A to D

Herbal Uses - E to M

Herbal Uses - N to Z

And now you can find the Ailment (sorted alphabetically).

Remedy List - A to E

Remedy List - F to N

Remedy List - 0 to Z

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Healthy Bulletin

Potatoes are  healthy!

Not only are they low in fat, but one medium size potato contains only one-and-a-half servings of carbohydrates (dieticians recommend 4 daily servings) - meaning they are not too high in kilojoules after all (498 kilojoules a potato).

This inexpensive vegetable provides fiber if eaten with the skin and contains high levels of chromium and potassium which aid brain function.

They don't contain wheat so are a great alternative to bread.

Tummy Quotes

"An Empty stomach is not a good political adviser."

~ Albert Einstein ~

"A fat stomach never breeds fine thoughts."

~ St Jerome ~

"I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them."

~Joan Rivers ~

"When a man's stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.

~ Euripides ~

Mountain Rose Herbs


A complete package of every class of natural cancer inhibitors known - caretenoids, terpenes and flavonoids.

Also rich in antioxidant vitamin C and beta carotene.

Oranges may help ward off asthma attacks, bronchitis, breast cancer and stomach cancer.

One little downside is, that it may cause heartburn.

A Healthy Nursery Rhyme

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.

These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.

~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990.

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