Herbs For Specific Diseases And Complaints


Here’s a list of herbs for specific diseases and complaints. Some herbs will have a link to a full description and write up of health benefits and background information. As this website grows, I hope one day to have a something for every herb listed here. You’ll also see a lot of the same herbs for different complaints; most herbs have many medicinal uses and can treat many ailments.

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All diseases/complaints are in alphabetical order.

Aches: Skullcap, motherwort, valerian, catnip, peppermint, angelica

Anemia: Comfrey, dandelion, fenugreek, barberry bark, agrimony, centaury, raspberry leaves, quassia chips.

Apoplexy (Stroke): Masterwort, black cohosh, hyssop, vervain, blue cohosh, catnip, antispasmodic tincture, skullcap.

Appendicitis: Buckthorn bark, vervain, water pepper, lady’s slipper. Care from a doctor is necessary too.

Asthma: Black cohosh, comfrey, coltsfoot, horehound, hyssop, lobelia, masterwort, milkweed, mullein, myrrh, pleurisy root, prickly ash, saw palmetto, skunk cabbage, thyme, vervain, wild cherry, flaxseed, balm of Gilead, red root, red sage, boneset, cubeb berries, elecampane

Backache: Nettle, pennyroyal, tansy, uva-ursi, buchu, wood betony

Bed Sores: Plantain, balm of Gilead, bayberry bark, bloodroot, witch hazel, goldenseal

Bed-wetting: Plantain, st. john’s wort, buchu, corn silk, cubeb berries, fennel seed, milkweed, wood betony, mullein, willow, hops, fennel

Bleeding: Self-heal, mullein (stops bleeding from the lungs), shepherd’s purse (for lungs, stomach, kidneys, and bowels), wild alum root, goldenseal, blackberry leaves, comfrey, bayberry, uva-ursi, yellow dock.

Blood poisoning and infections: Chickweed, plantain, echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh, burdock, bloodroot, water pepper (smartweed) and charcoal (poultice).

Boils: Balm (poultice), powdered bayberry bark (poultice), burdock, chickweed, comfrey, coral, flaxseed, hops, lobelia, origanum, slippery elm, sorrel, St. John’s wrot, turkey corn, white clover, white water lily, wintergreen, wood sage, echinacea, birch (bark or small twigs), plantain, wild cherry (bark or small twigs).

Bowel trouble: Water pepper, white pond lily, wintergreen, dandelion, wood sanicle, bethroot, chickweed, myrrh, witch hazelm echinacea, bayberry bark, birch, bitterroot, blue violet, caraway seeds (expels gas) catnip (for acid), chickweed, comfrey, coriander, cubeb berries, fenugreek, goldenseal, gum arabic, hyssop, magnolia, masterwort, milkweed, mugwort, mullein, origanum, pilewort, rhubarb, rue, sage, sanicle, sassafras, slipper elm, spearmint, strawberry, sumach, berries, tansy, vervain, marshmallow.

Breasts (Sore, swollen, or caked): Comfrey, parsley, St. John’s wort, poke root for treating caked breasts.

Bright’s (Kidney) Disease: Goldenseal (combined with peach laves, queen of the meadow, clover, and corn silk), saw palmetto berries, uva-ursi, wild alum root, yarrow, peach (leaves, blossoms or twigs), peppermint.

BronchitisChickweed, coltsfoot, cubeb berries, goldenseal, lungwort, mullein, myrrh, white pine, pleurisy root, sanicle, saw palmetto berries, skunk cabbage, slippery elm, white pond lily, yerba santa, bloodroot, ginger, blue violet, bethroot, red root, red sage, elecampane, horehound, black cohosh

Bruises and cuts: Bugleweed (for internal bruises), comfrey, hyssop, lobelia, mugwort, giant Solomon’s seal, St. John’s wort, bittersweat (combined with camomile as an ointment), pennyroyal tansy, balm of Gilead, burnet.

Burns: Aloes, bittersweet, burdock, calamus, chickweed, elder, poplar, onions (bruised), comfrey. Put burned part in very cold water and keep the water cold by changing and adding ice or more cold water. Keep the burned part covered with water until all of the heat is drawn out and no blisters will form.

Cancer: Blue violet (whole plant, with rock rose ad red clover blossoms), chickweed, cleavers, coral, red clover (combined with blue violet, burdock root, yellow dock root, dandelion root, rock rose, and goldenseal) rock rose, slippery elm, sorrel, virgin’s bower, willow, wood sage,  yellow dock, poplar, goldenseal, pole root (poultice, also tea), bloodroot, dandelion root, African cayenne, agrimony, and wild Oregon grape.

Canker sores in mouth: Bayberry bark, bistort (combined with equal parts of red raspberry leaves), goldenseal, gold thread, myrrh, pilewort, red raspberry, rock rose, self-heal, sumach berries, white pond lily, wild alum root, birch, burdock, pennyroyal, rosemary, prickly ash, hemlock, wood sanicle, red root.

Chills: Cayenne pepper, bayberry bark tea with pinch of cayenne, myrica, peppermint, willow, peach, sage, catnip, antispasmodic tincture (lobelia).

CholeraBistort root, cayenne, colombo, elder, fire weed, fleabane, peppermint, prickly ash, wild alum root, wild yam, ginger, water pepper (smartweed), red clover, geranium.

Colds: Bayberry bark with yarrow, catnip, sage, peppermint, wood betony, angelica, blue violet, butternut bark, ginseng, lungwort, nettle, white pine, pleurisy root, prickly ash, rosemary, saffron, summer savory, sweet balm, tansy, valerian, vervain, water pepper, wood sage, yarrow, bloodroot, elder, ginger, gentian, goldenseal, hyssop, masterwort, pennyroyal, sarsaparilla, saw palmetto berries, spikenard, wild cherry, horehound.

Colic: Blue cohosh, caraway seed, carrot seed, catnip, dill, fennel, masterwort, origanum, pennyroyal, peppermint, prickly ash, rosemary, rue, sassafras, spearmint, summer savory, wintergreen, wood betony, wood betony, flaxseed, valerian, fringe tree, angelica, motherwort.

Constipation: Balmony, buckthorn bark, cascara sagrada, chickweed, ginger, fennel seed, origanum, psyllium, white ash, elder, blue flag, wild Oregon grape, rhubarb root, butternut bark, licorice, calamus root, aloes.

Convulsions and spasms: Black cohosh, catnip, fit root, rue, skullcap, self-heal, skunk cabbage, valerian, gentian, pennyroyal, misletoe, antispasmodic tincture, wild yam, lady’s slipper, peppermint, fennel seed, sweet balm, sweet weed, hyssop

Corns and callouses: Bittersweet and camomile combined into an ointment, herbal liniment.

Cough: Blue violet, comfrey, coltsfoot, ginseng, horehound, hyssop, lungwort, myrrh, origanum, white pine, water pepper (smartweed), black cohosh, bloodroot, borage, flaxseed, marjoram, rosemary, spikenard, balm of Gilead, bethroot, red sage, tansy, wild cherry bark, mullein, goldenseal, red clover blossoms, cubeb berries, skunk cabbage.

Cramps: Blue cohosh, cayenne (stomach cramps) coral, fennel, motherwort, rue, thyme, twin leaf, wood betony, masterwort, pennyroyal, peppermint, balm.

Croup: Mullein, white pine, antispasmodic tincture (lobelia).

Dandruff: Burdock, nettle, sage

Deafness: Chickweed, origanum, marjoram, angelica, oil of wintergreen, rosemary, oil of sassafras, oil of hemlock, tincture of myrrh, tincture of lobelia, mullein.

Delirium tremens: Motherwort, vervain, wood betony, misletoe, hops, lobelia, skullcap, lady’s slipper, hyssop quassia chips, black cohosh, valerian, antispasmodic tincture (for quick relief).

Diabetes: Beech, blue cohosh, goldenseal, white pine, opplar, queen of the meadow, saw palmetto berries, sumach berries, uva-ursi, wild alum root, wintergreen, yarrow, buchu, (first stages of diabetes), dandelion root (especially good), bittersweet, red root, blueberries and blueberry leaves, (especially good), raspberry leaves (very good). pleurisy root, white pine combined equal parts of uva-ursi, marshmallow and poplar bark.

Diarrhea: Bayberry bark, birch, bistort root, comfrey, colombo, elder, marshmallow, mullein, nettle, peppermint, pilewort, poplar, red raspberry, rhubarb, St. John’s wort, slippery elm, strawberry, thyme, white pond lily, witch hazel, wild alum root, yarrow, wormwood, ginger, rock rose, hemlock, bethroot, cinnamon, sherpard’s purse, plantain, blackberry root, cranesbill, one heaping teaspoonful of powdered charcoal every two hours.

Diphtheria: Goldenseal, myrrh, echinacea, lemon juice, red sage, jaborandi, eucalyptus; (red pepper, make a gargle of it, very effective); lobelia.

Dizziness: Peppermint, catnip, rue, wood belony.

Dysentery: Balm, mullein, bethroot, bayberry bark, birch, bistort, comfrey, colombo, fireweed, fleabane, magnolia, marshmallow, masterwort, nettle, peppermint, pilewort, plantain, pleurisy root, red raspberry, rhubarb, skunk cabbage, slippery elm, squaw vine, St. John’s wort, strawberry, uva ursi, witch hazel, shepard’s purse, ginger (perferably African ginseng) hemlock, geranium, white oak bark

Dyspepsia (Heartburn): Beech, buckbean, calamus, cayenne, colombo, gentian rot, goldenseal, gold thread, horehound, magnolia, origanum, peach leaves, quasia, sage, spearmint, tansy, thyme, wahoo, wild cherry, yarrow, blamony, bloodroot, camomile, bitteroot, St. John’s wort.

Earache: Hops, origanum, pimpernel, lemon juice (pure) burnet

Ears, Running: Yellow dock, lemon juice (diluted one half with water), oil of origanum, peroxide of hydrogen (put in ear warm), myrrh, echinacea.

Eczema: Balmony, beech, cleavers, dandelion, goldenseal, nettle, strawberry, strawberry leaves, willow, bloodroot, wild Oregon grape, poke root, white poplar bark, plantain, yellow dock, blue violet, origanum.

Epilepsy: Black cohosh, elder, mistletoe, Peruvian bark, vervain, valerian, skullcap, lady’s slipper, antispasmodic tincture.

Erysipelas: Chickweed, coral, elder, goldenseal, lobelia, magnolia, plantain, Solomon’s seal, giant Solomon’s seal, water pepper (smartweed), wood sanicle, echinacea, slippery elm powder (sprinkled on), cayenne pepper, myrrh, burodck.

Fainting: Lavender (prevents), cayenne, peppermint, antispasmodic tincture, motherwort.

Felons (Infection on tip of finger): Bittersweet (poultice made of berries), lobelia, origanum, wintergreen.

Fermentation – See HEARTBURN

Fever: Catnip, sage, shepard’s purse, sumach berries, sweet balm, tansy, thyme, valerian, vervain, wahoo, wild cherry bark, willow, wintergreen, wood sage, worm wood, yarrrow, borage, dandelion, Peruvian bark, apple tree bark (intermittent fever), bitterroot (intermittent fever), buckbean (intermittent fever), camomile, cinchona bark, cleavers, colombo, butternut bark (all fevers), calamus (intermittent fever) coral, elder, fenugreek, fireweed, fit root, gentian root, hyssopy, masterwort, lobelia (excellent), magnolia, mandrake, nettle, parsley, pennyroyal, peppermint, pleurisy, poplar, quassia, mugwort, cayenne, fringe tree, echinacea, angelica, yarrow (breaks up fevers in 24 hours), sarsaparilla, red sage, boneset, lily of the valley, cedron (intermittent fever), black cohosh, willow (bark of leaves).

Flooding (excessive menstrual flow): Bayberry, bark tea, ginger, cinnamon tea, yarrow, shepard’s purse, wood betony, burnet, cayenne pepper, red sage, celandine.

Gallstones: Bitterroot, cascara sagrada, milkweed, camomile, parsley, fringe tree, cleavers, marshmallow, cherry bark, rhubarb, wood betony, goose grass, sweet weed.

Gangrene: Camomile, comfrey, myrrh, willow, poplar, hemlock, echinacea. Golden seal, smartweed and pleurisy root are good when combined and used as hot fermentation.

Gas (See also heartburn): Anise, calamus, caraway seeds, catnip, dill, fennel, mint, origanum, peppermint, sage, sarsparilla, sassafras, spearmint, thyme, wild yam, wintergreen, yarrow, ginger, nutmeg, valerian, angelica, wood betony.

Gleet (Urethritis): Cubeb berries, juniper berries, wild alum root, yarrow, bloodroot, elder, plantain, yellow dock, saw palmetto, wild Oregon grape, red clover, echinacea, prickly ash, golden seal, rock rose.

Goiter: Bayberry bark, white oak bark (internally and externally), echinacea, Irish moss, poke root, seawrack.

Still finishing the list. If you have a specific question about an ailment and what herb to take, comment below.