Herbs for Health

Using herbs as natural remedies for good health

The practice of herbal medicine dates back to the very earliest periods of known human history. There is evidence of herbs having been used in the treatment of diseases and for revitalizing body systems in almost all ancient civilizations - the Indian, the Egyptian, the Chinese and even the Greek and Roman civilizations. Plants were the mainstay of medicine and credited with mystical and almost supernatural powers of healing. So much so that in Britain herbs became a focus of superstition, reaching their peak of importance in the Middle Ages when every village had its witch, and every witch her herbs and potions. Herbs were also used to counteract the witches' powers. Garlic, hyssop and wormwood all combated witchcraft and evil spirits.


Herbs play a significant role, specially in modern times, when the damaging effects of food processing and over-medication have assumed alarming proportions. They are now being increasingly used in cosmetics, foods and teas, as well as alternative medicines. The growing interest in herbs is a part of the movement towards change in life-styles. This movement is based on the belief that the plants have a vast potential for their use as a curative medicine.

Herbs are used in many different ways. However, the ultimate objective of their use is that they should interact directly with our body chemistry. They may be used in various forms like food, medicine, cosmetics, or fragrance, but in all cases, their active constituents must be absorbed into the body for deriving the required benefits. Once they are absorbed in the bloodstream, they circulate to influence our whole system. The skill of the herbalist is to use this effect to balance and strengthen the body's own healing mechanism instead of suppressing or disturbing it, as many modern drugs tend to do.

The active constituents of the herb can enter the body in several ways. These include consuming the herb orally so as to be absorbed by the digestive system, application on skin through medicinal poultices as well as cosmetics for being absorbed in the body through the pores; application on eyes through lotions and compresses; smelling the aroma through nose to enable the essential oil being absorbed in the bloodstream.

Finally, a word of caution. While most herbs have little or no harmful side effects, some herbs may cause slightly undesirable reactions in some persons. Therefore, try only one herb at a time, beginning in small doses and wait and watch for side effects. If there are none, increase the use or dosage cautiously. Also, not all herbal applications are effective in every case in every person. And in no case should these be used as substitutes for professional medical attention in emergencies or serious chronic diseases.

  1. Arjuna

  2. Asafoetida

  3. Babul

  4. Bael Fruit

  5. Bamboo

  6. Banyan

  7. Belleric Myroblan

  8. Betel Leaves

  9. Bishop's Weed

  10. Black Nightshade

  11. Butea

  12. Caraway Seeds

  13. Cardamom

  14. Cassia

  15. Castor Seeds

  16. Celery

  17. Chebulic Myroblan

  18. Chicory

  19. Chicory - Healing properties

  20. Cinnamon

  21. Cinnamon - Healing properties

  22. Clove

  23. Clove - Healing Properties

  24. Coriander

  25. Coriander - Healing Properties

  26. Cumin Seeds

  27. Cumin Seeds - Healing Properties

  28. Curry Leaves

  29. Curry Leaves - Healing Properties

  30. Dandelion

  1. Dandelion - Healing Properties

  2. Datura

  3. Datura - Healing Properties

  4. Dill - Healing Properties

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