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.