Look at any list of medicinal herbs and you’re likely to see some familiar plants. Below are a few examples of common herbs and conditions they might be used to treat.
Blackberry – Treat sore throat
Calendula – Heal wounds
Cayenne – Prevent peptic ulcers
Chamomile – Encourage digestion, relieves colic, anxiety and tention and skin inflammations and irritations
Cleavers – Reduce inflammation
Dandelion – Diuretic
Echinacea – Stimulate immune system, relieves cold and flu symptoms
Fennel – Encourage digestion
Ginger – Treat motion sickness
Gumweed – Treat cold symptoms
Marshmallow – Treat sore throat
Peppermint – Stimulates digestion, soothes headaches
St. John’s Wort – Treat depression
Plantain – Heals wounds
Scullcap – Ease muscle tension
Valerian – Help for sleep disorders
Vitex – Treat premenstrual discomfort
Willow bark – Treat osteoarthritis
Basil – Helps with lack of appetite, cuts and scrapes and helps with flatulence
Feverfew – Eases headaches, provide relief from arthritis and skin conditions
Johnny-jump-up – Has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves eczema, skin blemishes and loosens phlegm
Lavender – Calms and relaxes, eases pain, used as an antiseptic
Lemon balm – Relieves anxiety, insomnia, heals wounds, herpes, relieves insect bites and upset stomach.
Marigold – Good for sunburn, acne and blemishes, soothes ulcers and digestive problems
Parsley – Helps with flatulence and bad breath
Rosemary – Helps memory and concentration, improves mood and sweetens breath
Sage – Relieves mouth and throat inflammations
Thyme – Used as an antiseptic, relieves coughs, congestion, indigestion and gas.
Most of these herbs you can grow in your own garden and enjoy some of the healing medicinal benefits and qualities they have.