HERBAL COMBINATIONS for ILLNESSES
Healing herbs are often used in combinations when combatting an illness. Herbs are combined to give the benefits needed from each, some to give a boost to others, some to boost the body with healing energies. Below are some of the more popular herbal combinations. The herbs can be taken singly for these illnesses as well, although the suggested combinations are best. Don’t fret if you don’t have all of the suggested herbs for any given combination – use what you have, and add the rest as soon as you can. These combinations can usually be in any form you choose – teas, tinctures, capsules, etc. You will want to use equal parts of each herb, or use more of the herb most needed, with equal parts of the booster herbs.
Remember that in any herbal healing undertaken, diet is also very important. These combinations are not meant to be used in the place of a doctor’s advice. Also realize that you should not take herbs continually over a long period of time on a daily basis, as your body may build an immunity to the herb itself, or you may experience side effects. The exception to this would be when treating a chronic illness, but even then, there should be time off for your body from the herbs on a regular schedule. Herbs are medicine, and should always be treated as such.
Often, when taking antibiotic herbs, or prescription antibiotics, the natural bacteria in our digestive system is destroyed, making digestion difficult (and sometimes causing constipation) for several days to several weeks. To combat this, eat fresh real yogurt daily (not the stuff with lots of sugar and flavors, and make sure it has active cultures), or take acidophilus or probiotic capsules, to restore the natural digestive bacteria. This can also help to alleviate vaginal yeast infections in women.
When using an herb or herbal combination to combat an illness or strengthen various systems in the body, it is best to start with a small amount, and then wait a few hours to be sure you are not going to have an adverse reaction, before continuing with the therapy. Stop any ingestion of herbs at the first sign of any adverse reaction.
This is of course not a complete list, this is only to give you a general idea of what may be needed for common ailments. My book has more information on additional illnesses, and there are plenty of naturopathic doctors available, including myself, to answer questions about other ailments. This listing is not meant to diagnose, only to inform. Your body and medical history may dictate that you need very different combinations from these to treat your specific ailments.
Herbs Used: Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Dandelion, Lemon Grass Recipe for Acne Help Bring to a simmer in a non-metallic pan 2 quarts water, 3 tablespoons Witchhazel bark, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground cloves; let simmer for 5 minutes. Then add 1/2 cup chopped fresh thyme, 1 cup fresh chopped peppermint leaves, and 1/2 cup fresh chopped marjoram. Simmer 5 more minutes, set aside until cold. Mix 1/2 cup of the simmered mixture with 2 teaspoons cider vinegar, 2 ounces grain alcohol(vodka is best), 4 drops lemon oil, and enough water to make one pint. Apply with cotton to acne prone areas after washing. A good aloe moisturizer afterwards is recommended.
Herbs used: Blessed Thistle, Scullcap, Goldenseal, Cayenne, Marshmallow, Lobelia, Burdock.
Herbs Used: Red Beet, Yellow Dock, Lobelia, Burdock, Nettle, Mullein
Herbs Used: Cayenne, Garlic, Hawthorne, Parsley
Herbs Used: Yucca, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Yarrow, Cayenne, Lobelia, Burdock, Chaparral, Black Cohosh, Cat’s Claw, Lemon Grass
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Herbs Used: For the acute phase of CFS, a combination of Echinacea, goldenseal, and licorice. If this combination is needed for more than seven days, add potassium-rich foods and/or herbs to your diet. For the chronic phase, a combination of goldenseal, astragulus, licorice, ginseng, and evening primrose oil. One month on, one month off is the recommended usage frame.
Herbs used: Chamomile, Slippery Elm, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Peppermint, Sage, Lemon Grass, Rose Hips, Garlic
Herbs Used: Alfalfa, Peppermint, Fennel, Catnip
Herbs Used: Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm, Barberry
Herbs Used: Elecampane, Wild Cherry Bark, Licorice, Comfrey Root, Lobelia
Herbs Used: Chamomile, Ginseng, Licorice, Cayenne, Gotu Kola Other uses: Endurance, Energy, Memory
Herbs Used: Oil of Mullein, Garlic Oil, or Lobelia Extract drops directly into the ear.
Herbs Used: Cayenne, Ginseng, Gotu Kola Also add: Bee pollen, bee propolis, royal jelly
Herbs Used: Goldenseal, Bayberry, Eyebright Other uses: Eyewash, Allergies, Hay fever, Cataracts
Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Ginger, Raspberry Leaf, Blessed Thistle, Dong Quai
Herbs Used: Ginger, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Licorice
Herbs Used: Comfrey, Horsetail, Alfalfa, Slippery Elm
GALL BLADDER (TO CLEANSE)
Before bed, mix together the juice of 2 lemons, 4 ounces olive oil, 6 ounces Coke Classic; drink. Upon rising, take 10 ounces of magnesium citrate (available in drug stores). Do not eat until you have had your first bowel movement. Bowel movements will continue sporadically for several hours, so do this on a day you are at home!
Herbs Used: Goldenseal, Myrrh (both internally and as a mouthwash)
Herbs Used: Hawthorne, Cayenne, Garlic Other uses: Arteriosclerosis, Cholesterol, Circulation
Herbs Used: Anise seed, Fennel seed, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Lavendar
Herbs Used: pau d’arco(taheebo), Echinacea, Burdock, Spirulina, Kelp, Cat’s Claw
Herbs Used: Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne, Myrrh
For repelling insects on skin: Mix 1 teaspoon each of essential oils of pennyroyal, citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary, and tansy. Shake oils in 1 cup of vegetable or olive oil. Store away from light in a sealed container. Use by rubbing a small amount between the palms of your hands, and then apply to any exposed skin. Avoid applying to the face to prevent eye contact. Reapply as necessary. Discontinue using if a rash develops(some people are sensitive to pennyroyal oil. Test on a small area first). Also safe for animal use. DO NOT INCLUDE THE PENNYROYAL OIL IF PREGNANT OR NURSING!!
Herbs Used: Valerian, Scullcap, Hops
Other uses: Headaches, Stress, Hyperactivity
Herbs Used: Juniper, Uva Ursi, Marshmallow, Ginger, Goldenseal, Dandelion
Herbs Used: Dandelion, Parsley, Horsetail, Blessed (or Milk) Thistle, Chamomile, Lobelia, Wild Yam, Ginger, Sassafras, Kelp
Herbs Used: Comfrey, Fenugreek, Marshmallow, Mullein, Chickweed
Herbs Used: Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Ginseng
Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Licorice, False Unicorn, Ginseng, Squaw Vine, Blessed Thistle
Herbs Used: Cramp Bark, Ginger root, Raspberry Leaf, Yellow Dock, Vitex, Wild Yam
Herbs Used: Fenugreek, Thyme, Lobelia, Wood Betony, Feverfew Other uses: Fever, Flu, Headache
Herbs Used: Wild Yam, Dandelion, Ginger, Vitex
Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Cayenne, Valerian, Ginger, St. Johnswort, Hops, Wood Betony
Herbs Used: Burdock, Mullein, Yellow Dock (bathing in a peppermint tea bath will relieve the itching as well as aid in drying up the oak/ivy)
Herbs Used: Evening Primrose Oil, Dong Quai, Vitex
Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Licorice, Kelp, Gotu Kola, Ginger, Cayenne, Juniper, Uva Ursi, Taheebo, Saw Palmetto, Cat’s Claw
Herbs Used: Chickweed, Licorice, Safflower, Echinacea, Black Walnut, Hawthorn, Papaya, Fennel, Dandelion
Damiana, Ginseng, Saw Palmetto, Gotu Kola
Hops, Scullcap, Valerian
Herbs Used: Horsetail, Sage, Rosemary
Herbs Used: Marshamallow, Fenugreek
Herbs Used: Hops, Scullcap, Slippery Elm, Valerian, Lobelia Other uses: Cough, Nerves, Stress
Herbs Used: Irish Moss, Kelp, Parsley, Black Walnut, Sarsaparilla
Herbs Used: Chaparral, Red Clover, Taheebo (Pau d’arco) Other uses: Cleansing, Blood Disorders
Herbs Used: Cayenne, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Marshmallow, Calendula
Herbs Used: Cayenne, Garlic, White Oak Bark, Marshmallow, Mullein (all mixed together and used as a bolus)