Giant List Of Basic Herbs And Their Typical Uses (You Will Want To Print This!)

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If you have ever had a sore throat, nagging cough, or relentless back pain and wondered which herb would work best for you, this is the list you have been needing.

Although herbal medicine is a complex science, this doesn’t mean you can’t use common herbs to treat common problems.

Of course, always use common sense and know when something is seriously wrong or when something isn’t working for you and that you need to seek medical help.

Most of the herbs on this list have a long, documented history of working effectively for certain problems. From the Native Americans to the Ancient Egyptians, herbs have been a source of healing. If you are new to herbs, the list might seem overwhelming, but if you take some time to familiarize yourself with the list, you should be able to find the herbs you want for the problem you are having pretty quickly.

Please take your time and be certain that you are using the correct herb for your particular problem. Never stop taking medications or start consuming herbs if you are currently taking prescription medications without speaking to your doctor. If you are pregnant or nursing, please consult with your doctor before consuming any herbs, no matter how mild they might seem.

Also, give herbs time to work. Many of us have become accustomed to our “instant on” world, but herbs work slowly and gently, allowing the body to time to heal and revitalize itself. Be patient.

One last note; many herbs have their own precautions or special notes (such as possible toxicity if consumed in large quantities or interactions with other drugs). If you are not certain about a particular drug or if you have any concerns at all, do more research about the herb you wish to use or speak with your doctor.


List of Commonly Used Herbs

  • Acerola: Respiratory support, immune system support, anti-aging
  • Acorus: Heart palpitations, seizures, withdrawal symptoms
  • Agrimony: Jaundice, bladder irritation, liver support
  • Alfalfa: Menopause symptoms, frequent nosebleeds, cancer, diabetes
  • Aloe Vera: Burns, wounds, digestive problems
  • American Ginseng: Energy, stress, sex drive, blood pressure
  • Andiroba: Cuts, dermatitis, wounds, scrapes
  • Andrographis: Cold, flu, digestive problems
  • Angelica: Respiratory support, blood pressure, digestive problems
  • Anise: Flu, colic, bad breath, head congestion
  • Arjuna: Digestive problems, gonorrhea, heart problems
  • Arnica: Pain, bruises, infections, painful joints
  • Artemisia: UTI’s, constipation, diarrhea, infections
  • Asafoetida: Colic, IBS, nervous problems
  • Ashwagandah: Memory problem, sex drive, weight loss, arthritis
  • Avena: Menopause problems, anxiety, ADD, eczema

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  • Balsam of Tolu: Ringworm, respiratory problems, skin injuries
  • Barberry: Cuts, burns, gallstones, yeast infections
  • Bilberry: Gout, joint problems, eye health, atherosclerosis
  • Birch: PMS, UTI’s, cellulite, arthritis
  • Bitter Melon: Internal parasites, herpes, chronic fatigue
  • Bitter Orange: Weight loss, anemia, digestive issues
  • Black Cohosh: Menopause symptoms, infertility, PMS, fibroids
  • Boswellia: Colitis, skin problems, arthritis
  • Brahmi: ADD, IBS, anxiety attacks, Alzheimer’s
  • Bromelain: Digestive issues, atherosclerosis, HIV, respiratory problems
  • Bupleurum: Kidney problems, allergies, blood circulation
  • Burdock Root: Liver problems, dandruff, sciatica, gout
  • Butcher’s Broom: Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, carpal tunnel syndrome



  • Cajueiro: Parasites
  • Calendula: Skin problems, conjunctivitis, allergies
  • California Poppy: Inflammation, restless leg syndrome, anxiety attacks
  • Cardamom: Urinary incontinence, digestive problems, TB
  • Catnip: Sedative, flu, insomnia, insect repellant
  • Cat’s Claw: Cancer, AIDS, bowel issues, arthritis
  • Catuaba: AIDS, infections, impotence
  • Cayenne Pepper: Food poisoning, migraines, joint pain, lung cancer
  • Chamomile: Allergies, eczema, insomnia, anxiety attacks
  • Chanca Piedra: Blood pressure, kidney stones, diabetes
  • Chaparral: HIV, tumors, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chen-Pi: Digestive problems, nausea, low blood pressure
  • Chinese Senega Rot: Respiratory support, seizures, hangover symptoms
  • Chiretta: Nausea, indigestion, internal parasites
  • Cinnamon: Menstruation problems, liver cancer, fibroid tumors, yeast infections
  • Clove: Chronic fatigue, toothaches, Bell’s Palsy, food poisoning
  • Coleus: High blood pressure, antihistamine, eczema
  • Coltsfoot: Cough, bronchitis, pneumonia
  • Comfrey: Bug bites, eczema, psoriasis, rash
  • Cordyceps: Tinnitus, exhaustion, cancer, cholesterol
  • Couch Grass: Kidney stones, laryngitis, bronchitis



  • Damiana: Menopause symptoms, UTI, depression, sexual function
  • Dandelion: Bladder infection, indigestion, detox, anemia
  • Devil’s Claw: Gout, tendonitis, carpal tunnel
  • Dong Quai: High blood pressure, leukemia, infertility, heart issues

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    • Echinacea: Acne, cancer, flu virus, infections, infected nails
    • Elderberry: Sinusitis, herpes, HIV, Asthma
    • Elecampane: Asthma, bronchitis, heart failure
    • Eucalyptus: Respiratory problems. Allergies, colds, clogged nose, cough, flu
    • Eyebright: Eye inflammation, conjunctivitis, bloodshot eyes



      • Fennel Seed: Bronchitis, TB, colic, dermatitis
      • Fenugreek: Liver and pancreas support, diabetes
      • Feverfew: Lupus, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis



      • Garlic: Atherosclerosis, UTI, strep, yeast infections, ear infections, high cholesterol
      • Gentian: Gallstones, indigestion, cataracts
      • Ginger: Digestive problems, joint pain, morning sickness, allergies
      • Ginkgo: ADD, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, depression, cancer
      • Ginseng: Cancer, anxiety, chronic fatigue, hangover, impotence
      • Goldenseal: Infections, heartburn, periodontal disease
      • Gotu Koa: Wounds, varicose veins, memory, cellulite
      • Green Tea: Breast cancer, high cholesterol, cirrhosis, asthma
      • Guggul: Obesity, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure



      • Hawthorn: Alzheimer’s, joint problems, ADD, angina
      • Hops: Insomnia, hormone imbalance, digestive issues, insomnia, anxiety
      • Horehound: Bronchitis, cold, flu, sinus issues
      • Horse Chestnut: Hemorrhoids, varicose veins, cellulite, bruises
      • Horsetail: Hemorrhoids, emphysema, bone problems



        • Kava: Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, calming, anxiety
        • Kudzu: Asthma, kidney stones, angina

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      • Lavender: Insomnia, burns, skin issues, allergies, anxiety
      • Lemon Balm: IBS, Graves’ disease, cold sores, ADD, heart attack
      • Licorice: Lyme disease, canker sores, hepatitis, Lupus



      • Maitake: AIDS, cancer, HIV, Lyme’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome
      • Marshmallow Root: Crohn’s disease, laryngitis, peptic ulcer, psoriasis
      • Mate: Infertility, PMS, overweight, cholesterol
      • Milk Thistle: Liver problems, gallstones, ovarian cysts, IBS, hepatitis
      • Motherwort: PMS, headaches, heart failure, hyperthyroidism
      • Mullein: Respiratory problems, sore throat, hemorrhoids, cuts
      • Myrrh: Canker sores, gingivitis, strep throat, congestion



      • Olive Leaf: Herpes, high blood pressure, yeast infections, heart disease, fibromyalgia
      • Oregon Grape Root: Acne, psoriasis, gastritis, allergic rashes, eczema
      • Osha: Respiratory issues, flu, sinusitis, carpal tunnel



      • Papain: Shingles, bruises, sprains, soreness
      • Passionflower: Thyroid cancer, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure
      • Pau D’Arco: Ringworm, boils, yeast infections, parasites
      • Peppermint: Motion sickness, headaches, IBS, digestive issues, food poisoning
      • Prickly Ash: Gallstones, parasites, round worms, cramps, vomiting
      • Psyllium: Heart disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, bronchitis



      • Red Raspberry Leaf: Infertility, PMS, morning sickness, sore throat
      • Reishi: Bronchitis, fibroid, cirrhosis, cancer, high blood pressure
      • Rooibos: Allergies, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, HIV, stress
      • Rosemary: Alzheimer’s, IBS, menstrual cramps, circulation problems

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      • Saw Palmetto: HIV, prostate problems, menopause symptoms, AIDS
      • Shepard’s Purse: Menstrual problems, inflammation, uterine problems
      • Shiitake: Cancer, Lyme disease, macular degeneration, chronic fatigue
      • Siberian Ginseng: Liver detox, Lyme disease, TB, viral infections, mumps
      • Slippery Elm: Sore throats, Crohn’s disease, inflammation, respiratory problems
      • St. John’s Wort: Depression, breast cancer, insomnia, Crohn’s disease
      • Stinging Nettle: Detox, sex drive, lupus, hay fever, allergies



      • Tea Tree: Ringworm, boils, dandruff, yeast, acne, athlete’s foot
      • Thyme: Athlete’s foot, respiratory problems, coughs, allergies
      • Tilden Flower: Flu, fever, colds, immune support, headaches, migraines
      • Turmeric: Inflammation, tendinitis, bursitis, heart attacks, pain



      • Uva Ursi: Bladder infections, UTI, kidney disease, diuretic



      • Valerian: Insomnia, menopause symptoms, IBS, digestive problems, anxiety, stress
      • Varuna: Kidney stones, UTI, BPH
      • Vitex: Menopause symptoms, hormone balance, acne, infertility, PMS



      • Walnut Leaf: Ringworm, excessive sweating, skin parasites, cancer, acne
      • Willow Bark: Headaches, osteoarthritis, pain, toothaches, dry mouth
      • Wintergreen: Joint health, pain, toothaches, carpal tunnel
      • Witch Hazel: Skin health, eczema, cold sores, burns, varicose veins


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      • Yohimbe: Sex drive, impotence

Of course, this list is not all inclusive. There are many more herbs in this world, but these are the most common.