Herbs have been used for centuries by many cultures for healing the body. Many believe that herbs can be just as effective as drugs, without the side effects. However, if you are considering using herbs for medicinal purposes it is advised that you seek out the advise of an herbalist and consult with your doctor to make sure the choices are right for you.

Below is a list of some herbs and their benefits

Bay berry - Helps clear congestion, aids circulation and can help reduce fever.

Black walnut - aids in digestion and promotes healing of the mouth and throat sores.

Cats claw - cleanses the intestinal tract and acts as an anti-oxidant.

Celery - reduces blood pressure, relieves muscle spasms and improves appetite.

Cranberry - acidifies the urine and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder.

Dandelion - cleanses the bloodstream and liver and may aid in the prevention of age spots.

Elder - builds the blood and eases constipation.

Flax - promotes strong bones, nails, teeth and healthy skin.

Ginger - a strong anti-oxidant.

Green tea - combats mental fatigue.

Juniper - acts as a diuretic and help to regulate blood sugar levels.

Milk thistle - contains a potent liver protection substance.

Parsley - helps prevent the multiplication of tumor cells.

Primrose - aids in weight loss.

Sage - stimulates the central nervous system and digestive tract.

Thyme - eliminates gas and can help reduce fever.

Willow - relieves pain, such as headaches.

Yucca - acts as blood purifier.


  This article is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. You should promptly seek professional medical advice if you have any concern about your health or physical condition, and you should always consult your physician before following the recommendations presented here.  

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