The herbs listed in this guide have a myriad of uses the world over. This listing is by no means a complete one, but it can help you with quick references when needed. Here, we will list just the most common herbs and the uses of each. Obviously, most of these herbs have a much longer list of uses, and there are thousands of healing herbs around the world, but this is meant to be QUICK! My book and others can give you more complete information on each herb listed here.
HERBAL AND DIETARY SUGGESTIONS FOR HEALTH AND REJUVENATION By Legion of Light
ACIDOSIS – Yellow dock root, alfalfa, apples, cucumber, golden seal, peppermint, fennel, potato peeling broth (high in potassium which is alkalizing for the body). Drink distilled water. Eliminate meats, dairy products, coffee, and refined foods.
ACNE – Alfalfa, kelp, Echinacea, dandelion root, burdock root, chaparral, valerian, gentian, yellow dock root, capsicum (cayenne), lecithin, aloe vera gel. Also refer to herbs for “BLOOD PURIFICATION”.
ALLERGIES – Bee pollen, raw honey, blessed thistle, marshmallow, black cohosh, skullcap, comfrey, royal jelly, fenugreek, thyme. Avoid wheat, dairy products, refined foods and chemical additives.
ANEMIA – Chlorophyll (liquid form or from fresh green vegetables), dry beans and peas, yellow dock root, red clover blossoms, comfrey, dandelion, red beets, burdock root, nettle, mullein leaves, kelp, dulse, alfalfa, raspberry leaves, blackstrap molasses, bee pollen. Eat grapes, prunes, raisins, dates, apricots, and sesame seeds (these foods are high in iron) Almond mild (almonds blended with water then strained)
ARTERIOSCLEROSIS / ATHEROSCLEROSIS - Capsicum (cayenne), hawthorn berries, chickweed, garlic, motherwort, rosemary leaves, gentian root, fenugreek, rose hips, lecithin. Use kelp or sun dried sea salt instead of refined salt. Avoid red meat, dairy products, white flour, and sugar. Also refer to herbs for “HEART PROBLEMS.”
ARTHRITIS – Yucca, alfalfa, Brigham tea, comfrey (root and leaves), horsetail, chaparral leaves, black cohosh, celery seed, valerian root, burdock root, skullcap, wormwood, kelp, cayenne, sarsaparilla root, angelica. Use distilled drinking water. Drink broth made from potato peelings (for high potassium content).
ASTHMA – Comfrey, fenugreek, lobelia, juniper berries, horsetail, licorice root, horehound, ginger, wild cherry bark, pleurisy root, black cohosh, coltsfoot, royal jelly, mullein, chickweed, saw palmetto berries, chamomile, slippery elm bark, kelp, oranges. Eliminate pasteurized dairy products. BAD BREATH – Alfalfa, chlorophyll (liquid or from vegetables), peppermint, rosemary, sage, myrrh, acidophilus. This condition can indicate that the body needs to be cleansed through fasting and /or an improved diet.
BLADDER PROBLEMS -- marshmallow, ASParagus, corn silk, horsetail, white oak bark, burdock root, golden seal, parsley, Dandelion, fennel, uva ursi, slippery elm, chamomile, rose hips, juniper berries. Eat watermelon and the seeds. Drink plenty of liuids. Cranberry and apple juices are excellent. Eliminate coffee.
BLOOD PRESSURE – HIGH- Cayenne, garlic, Siberian ginseng, black cohosh root, kelp, alfalfa, gotu kola, hawthorn berries, myrrh, angelica, evening primrose oil, wheat germ, lecithin. Eat watermelon and the seeds. Eliminate animal products and salt. LOW – Parsley, dandelion, angelica, shepherd’s purse, golden seal root, ginger, garlic, ginseng.
BLOOD PURIFICATION – Red clover, burdock root, garlic, yellow dock root, dandelion, licorice, Echinacea, chaparral, barberry, sarsaparilla, yarrow, comfrey, golden seal. Also lemon, beet, and carrot juices. Green vegetable juices. Apples and grapes. BONES (STRENGTHEN /REBUILD) – Alfalfa, arnica, comfrey leaves, horsetail, oat straw, kelp, parsley, burdock root, chaparral, slippery elm bark, Irish moss, almonds, sesame seeds, chlorophyll, spirulina, fresh ground coconut. Eat leafy greens (high calcium content).
BRONCHITIS – Golden seal, coltsfoot, comfrey root, myrrh, chickweed, mullein, slippery elm, Irish moss, ginger, elecampane, red sage, yerba santa, pleurisy root. Eliminate pasteurized dairy products. Also refer to herbs for “ASTHMA”.
BURNS/SCALDS – Burdock, chickweed, comfrey. Apply aloe vera (fresh or bottled gel) or comfrey poultice, vitamin E oil or linseed oil, or calendula (marigold) cream.
CANCER – Red clover blossoms, burdock root, yellow dock root, golden seal, parsley (fresh), onions (fresh), blue violet, myrrh, Echinacea, slippery elm, comfrey, poke root, dandelion root, rock rose, agrimony, pau d’arco, chickweed, sorrel, chlorophyll (preferably wheat grass juice), bee pollen. Eliminate animal products. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
CHILDBIRTH (TO EASE) – Black cohosh, blue cohosh, squaw vine, red raspberry leaves, shepherd’s purse, spikenard, passion flower, licorice root, comfrey root, kelp.
CHOLESTEROL (TO LOWER) – Hawthorn berries, cayenne, garlic, golden seal, kelp, black cohosh root, apples, lecithin, pectin (found in fruits and vegetables). Eliminate red meat, animal products, salt, fried foods, and coffee. Learn relaxation techniques.
CIRCULATION (TO IMPROVE) – Blessed thistle, cayenne, garlic, ginger, black cohosh, gentian, chickweed, blue vervain, comfrey, golden seal, rose hips, horseradish, vitamin E, lecithin. Also refer to herbs for “HEART PROBLEMS”
COLITIS – Yarrow, slippery elm, yellow dock root, burdock root, ginger, peppermint, psyillium husks, cayenne, chamomile, papaya, comfrey. Drink cabbage, carrot, and aloe very juices. Eat fresh raw foods (liquefied in a blender).
COLON CLEANSING/LAXATIVE – Red clover, barberry bark, psyillium husks, ginger root, chlorophyll, cascara sagrada, slippery elm, aloe vera juice, butternut bark, rhubarb root, Irish moss, garlic, buckthorn bark, golden seal, cayenne, lobelia, fresh fruits (especially apples, figs, grapes, prunes), acidophilus. Eat fresh, raw, high-fiber foods. Drink lemon juice, also green vegetable juices. Eliminate animal protein, pasteurized dairy products, and white flour products.
DANDRUFF – Burdock, kelp, sage, nettle, yarrow, bayberry, chamomile, yucca. Rub jojoba oil into scalp. Use natural hair products.
DEPRESSION – Gotu kola, kelp, spirulina, bee pollen, ginger, black cohosh, evening primrose oil. Daily exercise is very beneficial for this condition.
DIABETES – Ginseng, spirulina, garlic, huckleberry leaves, golden seal, parsley, gentian root, licorice root, dandelion root, blueberries, raspberry leaves, juniper berries, kelp, bladderwrack, yarrow, uva ursi, comfrey root, marshmallow root, buchu leaves, lecithin. Avocados, almond milk (almonds blended with water then strained) Eat more fresh, raw green vegetables.
DIARRHEA – Red raspberry leaves, comfrey, slippery elm bark, psyillium husks, kelp, ginger, cayenne, coltsfoot, chamomile, marshmallow, mullein, St. Johns wort, bayberry bark, cranesbill root, bananas.
DIGESTION – Papaya leaves, papaya, peppermint leaves, ginger root, catnip, comfrey, fennel seeds, safflower, cayenne, dandelion. Note: For good digestion and assimilation, it is very important learn the principles of proper food combining.
DIURETIC -- Garlic, dandelion root, kelp, marshmallow root, alfalfa, parsley, corn silk, watercress. Watermelon (and the seeds), lemon juice. Eliminate salt and caffeine. Eat fresh, raw foods.
EAR ACHE – Chickweed, black cohosh root, golden seal root, lobelia, skullcap, angelica, Brigham tea, licorice root, yellow dock, mullein, hops. Put a little warm olive oil or garlic oil in the ear.
ENERGY/VITALITY/STRENGTH/ENDURANCE – Licorice root, Siberian ginseng, foti, dandelion, peppermint leaves, ginger root, garlic, parsley, gentian root, red clover blossoms, yellow dock, gotu kola, kelp, bee pollen, damiana, acacia, spirulina, pumpkin and sesame seeds. Proper diet and exercise are also necessary. Eat more fresh, raw foods.
EYES – Evening primrose oil, eyebright, golden seal, bayberry bark, red raspberry leaves, angelica, alfalfa, spirulina (high in vitamin A). Eat carrots, yams, and green leafy vegetables. Drink carrot juice. For a soothing eyewash, make a tea from eyebright, borage flowers, golden seal root, red raspberry leaves, and rosemary. Strain the tea well, and let it cool before use.
FASTING – Licorice root, spirulina, bee pollen, fennel, hawthorn, fruit and vegetable juices, distilled water. Get plenty of rest.
FEMALE PROBLEMS – Squaw vine, blessed thistle, false unicorn, uva ursi, ginger, marshmallow, raspberry leaves, cramp bark, golden seal root, black cohosh, lobelia, queen of the meadow, dong quai.
FEVER -- Sage, peppermint, valerian, vervain, dandelion, chamomile, fenugreek, lobelia, yarrow, angelica, wintergreen, nettle, parsley. An enema can be very beneficial to help lower a fever. (Do not use tap water for an enema! Use distilled or spring water.)
FINGERNAILS (TO STRENGTHEN) – Horsetail, Irish moss, comfrey, kelp, dulse, oat straw, alfalfa, chlorophyll, spirulina. Also refer to herbs for “BONES”.
FOOD POISONING -- Charcoal tablets, lobelia tea, elecampane, wheat bran, apples, alfalfa, kelp, fennel, broth made from potato peelings. These suggestions are for mild cases. Contact your physician in an emergency.
FRACTURES/SPRAINS – Refer to herbs for “BONES”.
GALL BLADDER – Horsetail, dandelion, parsley, peppermint, ginger root, red clover, milkweed, golden seal, fennel, barberry, cramp bark, garlic, horseradish, hydrangea. Use beet and apple juices. Use three tablespoons of unrefined olive oil mixed with lemon juice (to cleanse the gall bladder). No animal protein or fried foods.
GLANDS -- Garlic, fo-ti, Siberian ginseng, black cohosh, licorice root, mullein, lobelia, parsley, kelp, saw palmetto berries, alfalfa, yellow dock, Echinacea, slippery elm, dandelion, oat straw, figs, raisins, sunflower seeds. Also refer to herbs for “BLOOD PURIFICATION” GUMS -- White oak bark, oat straw, comfrey root, peppermint, lobelia, cloves, horsetail, myrrh, golden seal. Brush with baking soda and a little hydrogen peroxide as an addition to your regular dental routine.
HAIR – Horsetail, alfalfa, sage, rosemary, nettle, Indian hemp, spirulina. Eat dulse and kelp (high in vitamins and minerals). Use only natural hair care products. Also refer to herbs for “FINGERNAILS”.
HAY FEVER – Comfrey, yerba santa, parsley, Mormon tea, mullein, lobelia, chaparral, burdock root, marshmallow, bee pollen, raw honey.
HEADACHE -- Basil,blessed thistle, ephedra, ginger, wild lettuce, valerian, peppermint, thyme, rosemary, white willow bark, wood betony. Also refer to herbs for “PAIN” and “COLON CLEANSING/LAXATIVE.” Toxicity in the colon can cause hedaches. (An enema can be very helpful in this condition. Do not use tap water for an enema! Use distilled or spring water.)
HEART PROBLEMS – Hawthorn berries, cayenne, garlic, ginseng, lecithin, motherwort, rosemary leaves, borage, blue cohosh, blessed thistle, angelica, valerian root, dandelion, barberry, evening primrose oil, dulse, kelp, bananas. Vitamin E. No fried foods, salt, red meat, or dairy products. Eat more fresh, raw foods. Use unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in a drink or on salads (high in potassium which strengthens the heart.)
HEMORRHOIDS – Bee pollen, comfrey, collinsonia root, parsley, aloe vera, bistort root, buckthorn bark, myrrh, burdock, uva ursi, cayenne, garlic, red and green cabbage. Apply vitamin E oil. Exercise and eat more raw foods.
HYPOGLYCEMIA (Low Blood Sugar) -- Spirulina, bee pollen, royal jelly, licorice root, Siberian ginseng, ginger, gotu kola, safflower, horseradish, cedar berries, uva ursi, cayenne, mullein. No white sugar or refined foods.
IMMUNE SYSTEM – Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, golden seal, myrrh gum, yarrow, cayenne, rose hips, watercress, garlic onions, spirulina, bee pollen, green vegetables.
INDIGESTION – Peppermint tea, angelica, caraway seeds, comfrey, ginseng, chamomile, fennel, gentian. For proper digestion it is important to learn the principles of proper food combining.
INFECTIONS – Echinacea, golden seal root, taheebo (pau d’arco), comfrey root, marshmallow, yarrow, cayenne, lobelia, bugleweed, plantain, black walnut, myrrh gum, blue vervain, cinchona, garlic, kelp, watercress, onions, bee propolis (a natural antibiotic), chlorophyll (from green vegetables or supplements).
INSOMNIA – Valerian root, hops, scullcap, catnip, lady’s slipper, passion flower, celery juice, raw honey. Avoid eating late at night. Also refer to herbs for “STRESS/ TENSION”.
KIDNEY PROBLEMS – Uva ursi, juniper berries, nettle, parsley, marshmallow root, apples, chamomile, alfalfa, ginger. Eat watermelon with the seeds. Drink distilled water. Cranberry and apple juices are excellent. Reduce protein intake form animal sources.
LIVER – Dandelion, apples, red beet, onions, horsetail, angelica, goldenrod, lobelia, liverwort, parsley, celandine, Oregon grape, comfrey, blessed thistle, wild yam root, carrot juice, grapes, apricots. Mix apple juice, cayenne, lemon juice and two to three ounces of olive oil into a drink for cleansing the liver.
NERVES – Valerian root, passion flower, lady’s slipper, rosemary, wood betony, mistletoe, agrimony, skullcap, shite willow, lettuce, celery, ginger. Also refer to herbs for “STRESS/TENSION.”
NURSING – TO STIMULATE MILK PRODUCTION: Fennel, blessed thistle, horsetail, borage, dandelion, alfalfa, red raspberry, spirulina, almond milk (almonds blended with water then strained). Drink plenty of pure water. NURSING – TO DRY UP MILK: yarrow, parsley, sage, black walnut bark, wild alum root. OSTEOPOROSIS – Kelp, horsetail (for the silicon content), alfalfa, oat straw. Also refer to herbs for “BONES”. Eat plenty of leafy greens. Greatly reduce or eliminate your intake of animal protein and pasteurized dairy products. NOTE: It has been well established that this condition is related more to an excess of dietary protein (animal protein) than to actual calcium deficiency. The more animal protein one eats, the more calcium the body will lose, regardless of how much extra calcium is taken.
PAIN -- Solomon’s seal, chamomile, mint, catnip, mullein, wood betony, valerian, nettle, horsetail, cayenne, wild lettuce, white willow bark, skullcap, kelp, blue vervain, angelica, wild yam. PANCREAS -- Juniper berries, mullein, comfrey, garlic, yarrow, golden seal root, licorice root, uva ursi, capsicum (cayenne), huckleberry, dandelion root. POISON OAK/IVY – Mugwort (grows near poison oak), Solomon’s seal, myrrh, Echinacea, black walnut extract. Apply aloe vera gel or vitamin E cream. PRE-MENSTRUAL TENSION – Dong quai, evening primrose oil, kelp, black cohosh, licorice root, raspberry leaves, passion flower. Exercise and proper diet are necessary. PROSTRATE – Parsley, juniper berries, gotu kola, horsetail, slippery elm bark, saw palmetto, corn silk, pumpkin seeds, kelp, golden seal root, uva ursi, gravel root, bee pollen, lecithin. Reduce or eliminate animal protein.
SENILITY – Gotu kola, Siberian ginseng, cayenne, alfalfa, kelp, pumpkin seeds, peppermint, scullcap, lecithin, nutritional yeast. Eat high-fiber, fresh raw foods. Reduce or eliminate pasteurized dairy product and refined foods. Use unpasteurized apple cider vinegar on salads or in a drink.
THYROID – Golden seal, bayberry bark, Irish moss, cayenne, gentian, black cohosh, poke root, white oak bark, molasses, parsley, dulse, kelp, watercress, black walnut, sarsaparilla, apricots, dates, raisins.
TUMORS/CYSTS – Echinacea, Oregon grape, barberry, dandelion, red clover, golden seal, bistort root, comfrey root, yellow dock, slippery elm, borage, kelp, evening primrose oil, blue violet, chickweed, red root. Eat lots of fresh, raw foods, especially grapes. No animal products or refined foods. Also refer to herbs for “CANCER”.
ULCERS – Cayenne, angelica, slippery elm, myrrh gum, Irish moss, bayberry, licorice root, golden seal root, comfrey, alfalfa, sage, blue violet, chickweed. Drink carrot, cabbage, and aloe vera juices, and broth made from potato peelings (high in potassium, which helps neutralize acids.).
WEIGHT REDUCTION – Spirulina, alfalfa, parsley, fennel, seeds, chickweed, lecithin, bladderwrack, licorice root, safflower, Irish moss, kelp, dulse, sassafras, burdock root, black walnut, papaya. Exercise and eat more raw foods.
Lecithin – acne, arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, to lower cholesterol, to improve circulation, heart problems, memory, prostrate, senility, male sexual rejuvenation, weight reduction
Lemon juice - blood purification, diuretic
Licorice - blood purification, menopause
Licorice root - to ease childbirth, diabetes, ear ache, energy/vitality/strength/endurance, fasting, glands, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), longevity, pancreas, pre-menstrual tension, male sexual rejuvenation, female sexual rejuvenation, ulcers, weight reduction
A positive and loving attitude toward yourself, others, and life, along with a healthy natural diet, is the ultimate way to prevent and overcome disease.
*** Along with using the herbs for the conditions listed, it will greatly benefit one’s health and well-being to eliminate caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, chocolate, white flour, sugar, soft drinks, refined/processed and fried foods. It is also recommended to eliminate or reduce intake of meat and pasteurized dairy products. It has become quite evident that these foods are the cause of numerous health problems. The optimum diet for human beings consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, juices, sprouts, raw nuts and seeds, who grains, and legumes.
*** The herbs suggested for the conditions listed can be used in powdered form (capsules/tablets) or made into a tea. Please consult herbal reference books for other possibilities. A qualified herbalist is your best source of information.
*** The Herbal Awareness Guide should not be used for prescribing or diagnosing. It is not a substitute for professional medical attention. Please consult a holistic doctor for treatment of health problems. The author and distributors of this guide assume no responsibility if you choose to prescribe for yourself without a doctor’s approval.