Disclosure: This is not medical advice, but only what our family uses or likes. Check with your doctor especially if on medicine.
#1 Virus (i.e. stomach bug) - Oregano Oil aids digestion and often eliminates symptoms of viruses such as the stomach bug. This works for our family consistently! Common Use: Take in pill form (Oreganol) because undiluted oil burns tongue.
#2 Stomach cramps and nausea - Peppermint Tea aids digestion and helps eliminate stomach cramps and nausea. We grow peppermint tea in our garden. Common Use: Drink 1 cup daily or as needed or use peppermint oil. Cinnamon oil ( a few drops in warm water) helps upset stomach, gas, and diarrhea.
#3 Cold, Cough, Flu - Eucalyptus Oil helps clear congestion and clogged nasal passages. This is in many over-the-counter medicines. Common Use: 1 to 5 drops in vaporizer. Fenugreek tea is a good expectorant & soothes sore throats. Chicken Soup is a mild antibiotic and decongestant*.
#4 Fever Reducer and Headaches- Feverfew is an old-time remedy to bring down fever and helps prevent migraines. Common Use: 1 to 3 capsules. White willow bark helps to break fever and is an excellent aspirin substitute. It is also antiinfalmmatory and used to relieve musle aches, sprains, and arthritis; 2 pills every 3 hours as needed.
#5 Sore Throat - Raspberry tea relieves pain due to sore throat and Herbal Coughdrops (we like the Ricola brand or try your own homemade cough drop recipe).
#6 Gas and Indigestion - Basil helps with gas; steep like tea (we grow this in our herb garden). Caraway is a time-tested remedy for indigestion; mix 3-4 drops in 1 cup liquid or try Chamomile tea which also helps to calm and can aid with sleep.
#7 Constipation - Cascara in pill form is an excellent laxative. Follow directions on bottle as well as prune juice.
#8 Diarrhea and cramping - a grated raw apple (with skin) or grated raw carrat helps releive diarrhea or try Catnip tea.
#9 Diuretics (Water Retention)- Alfalfa (tea or tablet) is a mild diuretic that is safe and gentle; also 10 drops of Juniper berry in water.
#10 Skin Issues (Sunburn, Minor Burns, Irritations) - Aloe Gel promotes healing of minor burns and skin irritation. Common Use: Apply gel like a lotion as needed.
You can take this list to your local health & wellness store to quickly build an herbal medicine cabinet, and don't forget your Chicken Soup and the Apple a Day.
Do you have a trusted, go-to herb? Please share!
*New England Journal of Medicine