Herbs for Health and Healing
Agar Agar. An algae from seaweed, it is a gelatinous natural thickener and is a natural laxative.
Agrimony .A valuable remedy for the digestive system it stimulates the digestive and liver secretions. It is also the herb of choice for appendicitis. Also treats incontinence, sore throats, and laryngitis. As a salve, it will aid in healing wounds and bruises.
Alder Tree .Use leaves for swelling. Especially helpful in easing the pain of swollen breast or burning and aching feet. Should be avoided if pregnant.
Alfalfa .A highly nutritive herb, good for the pituitary gland, it alkalizes the body rapidly and detoxifies the liver. Essential in rebuilding decayed teeth and helps with arthritis and rheumatic pain.
Aloes. Such as Aloe Vera is good for burns. While this is a well-known treatment, what you may not know is that aloes are also helpful in treating cancer and stomach ailments.
Angelica. Use both the root and seed. Roots and leaves are used medicinally, the stems and seeds are used in confectionery. This herb is a useful expectorant for coughs, bronchitis, and pleurisy, especially when they are accompanied by fever, colds or influenza.
Aniseed. Use the dried fruit. The strong oil in Aniseed provides the basis for its internal use to ease griping, intestinal colic and flatulence. It also has an expectorant and anti-spasmodic action and may be used in bronchitis, in tracheitis where there is persistent irritable coughing, and in whooping cough. The oil itself can be the base for an ointment to help control lice and the oil can be used directly in the control of lice.
Apple Tree. Use the bark to create a tonic that will treat gravel in the bladder and also aid in reducing fever.
Arnica . Not to be taken internally, this is an excellent treatment for bruises and sprains. Will also help relieve rheumatic pain as well as pain and inflammation of phlebitis.
Arrowroot. Use as a demulcent and nutritive food for urinary and bowel affections in infants and invalids in convalescence.
Astragalus . Widely used in Chinese Medicine, it boosts the immune system. Use for anything from the common cold to cancer.
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