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Herbal & Home RemediesHerbs have been with us since the beginning of time.

We've used herbs to treat illnesses for thousands of years.

And as time goes on more and more people still continue to use herbs for the benefit of their bodies. They put the body in tune with nature as God intended.

The bible tells us many times to use herbs for the benefits of the body's health.

Home health remedies and herbal remedies was all man could depend on prior to the days of modern medicine.

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Brief History - Herbs

For hundreds of years, Indian tribes relied on many kinds of herbs and plant roots whenever they became ill. In more severe cases, their witch doctor or medicine man was called in.

Our early explorers and fur traders were often helpless when stricken with some unknown disease and many perished because little was known to combat their illness. Some of the more dreaded diseases of the world during past centuries were smallpox, diphtheria and cholera.

Thousands of Indians died from different smallpox epidemics of the past years, especially during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a dreaded disease, one very hard to control. It spread very rapidly, wiping out entire families.

Many of our early explorers and fur traders died from scurvy. For many years the cause of scurvy was unknown. Later it was established that a lack of vitamins, mainly Vitamin C, contributed to this illness. The entire crew of the Franklin expedition of 1845-48 perished from this disease.

Dysentery was common in the United States and Canada during the early years. It was a communicable disease and due, for the most part, to bad sanitation and the eating of spoiled foods which resulted in bad cases of diarrhea. Many inmates of jails and soldiers fighting the early wars fell victim to this disease.

Diphtheria was another serious disease. It was a dangerous, infectious disease of the throat, usually accompanied by a high fever.

Although there were some cases of cholera in North America, it was a much greater problem in India and Pakistan. This was an acute disease of the stomach and intestines. Very little in the way of home remedies was effective with any of these dreaded diseases.

Our pioneers, many of whom lived in remote areas, were able to overcome certain illnesses by the use of home health remedies. Some of the remedies were proven while others were questionable. A severe chest cold required a hot mustard plaster applied to the chest. A bee or wasp sting was treated with baking soda applied to the area of the sting with a damp cloth - a mixture of mud also had the same results. A sore throat was treated by gargling a solution made up of salt and water.

Our early pioneers had health remedies for stopping nose bleeds, removing freckles, treating bad sprains, curing pimples, sunstroke, colds and hoarseness. There were many other home health remedies as well. A novel health cure for relieving asthma called for a muskrat bide applied to the chest with the fur side facing the skin.

Early pioneers believed certain foods helped to ward off illnesses. They believed spinach bad a direct effect upon complaints of the kidneys. Many thought that dandelion greens were good for the kidneys as well. Asparagus was known to purify the blood, they believed celery acted admirably upon the nervous system, that tomatoes were good for the liver and onions and garlic were good for the circulatory system. White onions were recommended as a remedy for insomnia.

During the last century, especially in the United States, snake oil salesmen made their rounds selling fake medicine. They traveled in a buggy van which carried a large supply of bottled medicine. They always attracted a large crowd by first performing a sideshow. At the conclusion of their show, some long winded snake oil salesman would then address the large gathering, bragging of the many illnesses his snake oil would cure. In many cases his bottled medicine was nothing more than colored water spiked with alcohol. Once the throng was relieved of their money for this useless medicine, the snake oil salesman would leave town and go through the same procedure in another nearby town.

Today, very few home health cures are used. Now people visit a doctor and he writes out a prescription for different pills or medicine which can be picked up at a nearby drugstore.

People have always used plants, minerals and whatever else was at their disposal for medical purposes.

They had to experiment and try new things in order to find out what worked best.

Many cures were specific to the location in which they existed. When the pilgrims began to colonize the states they brought with them many plants and seeds from Europe.

They also used native plants and took instruction from the Native Americans about their use. Among the duties of a wife and mother was having knowledge of herbs and how to use them as medicine for her family.

The LDS pioneers brought herbs with them as they traveled to the Salt Lake valley. They continued the tradition of using their gardens as “medicine cabinets”.

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Herbal Remedies used by the Ancient Egyptians


Acacia (acacia nilotica) vermifuge, eases diharea and internal bleeding, also used to treat skin diseases.

Aloe vera - worms, relieves headaches, soothes chest pains, burns, ulcers and for skin disease and allergies.

Basil (ocimum basilicum) - excellent for heart.

Balsam Apple (malus sylvestris) or Apple of Jerusalem - laxative, skin allergies, soothes headaches, gums and teeth, for asthma, liver stimulant, weak digestion.

Bayberry (Myrica cerifera) - stops diarrhea, soothes ulcers, shrinks hemorrhoids, repels flies.

Belladonna - pain reliever; camphor tree - reduces fevers, soothes gums, soothes epilepsy.

Caraway (Carum carvi; Umbelliferae) - soothes flatulence, digestive, breath freshener.

Cardamom (Eletarria cardamomum; Zingiberacae) - Used as a spice in foods,digestive, soothes flatulence.

Colchicum (Citrullus colocynthus) - also known as "Meadow Saffron", soothes rheumatism, reduces swelling.

Common Juniper tree (Juniperis phonecia; Juniperus drupacea) - digestive, soothes chest pains, soothes stomach cramps.

Cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba; Piperaceae) - urinary tract infections, larynx and throat infections, gum ulcers and infections, soothes headaches.

Dill (Anethum graveolens)- soothes flatulence, relieves dyspepsia, laxative and diuretic properties.

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) - respiratory disorders, cleanses the stomach, calms the liver, soothes pancreas, reduces swelling.

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) - throat and larynx infections, stops bleeding, cuts phlegm, asthma, stops vomiting.

Garlic (Allium sativa) - gives vitality, soothes flatulence and aids digestion, mild laxative, shrinks hemorrhoids, rids body of "spirits" (note, during the building of the Pyramids, the workers were given garlic daily to give them the vitality and strength to carry on and perform well).

Henna (Lawsomia inermis) - astringent, stops diarrhea, close open wounds (and used as a dye).

Honey was widely used, a natural antibiotic and used to dress wounds and as a base for healing unguants, as was castor oil, coriander,beer and other foods.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra - mild laxative, expels phlegm, soothes liver, pancreas and chest and respiratory problems.

Mustard (Sinapis alba) - induces vomiting, relieves chest pains.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) - stops diarrhea, relives headaches, soothes gums, toothaches and backaches.

Onion (Allium cepa) - diuretic, induces perspiration, prevents colds, soothes sciatica, relieves pains and other cardiovascular problems.

Parsley (Apium petroselinum) - diuretic. Mint (Mentha piperita) - soothes flatulence, aids digestion, stops vomiting, breath freshener.

Sandalwood (Santallum albus) - aids digestion, stops diarrhea, soothes headaches and gout (used, of course, in incense).

Sesame (Sesamum indicum)- soothes asthma. Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)- laxative.

Thyme (Thymus/Thimbra) - pain reliever. Tumeric (Curcumae longa) - closes open wounds (also was used to dye skin and cloth).

Poppy (papaver somniferum) - relieves insomnia, relieves headaches, anesthetic, soothes respiratory problems, deadens pain.

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Herbal Remedies used by the Native Indians

Asthma Skunk cabbage was used by the Winnebago and Dakota tribes to stimulate the removal of phlegm in asthma.

The rootstock was official in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1882 when it was used in respiratory and nervous disorders and in rheumatism and dropsy.

Mullein was Introduced by Europeans. The Menominees smoked the pulverized, dried root for respiratory complaints while the Forest Potawatomis, the Mohegans, and the Penobscots smoked the dried leaves to relieve asthma. The Catawba Indians used sweetened syrup from the boiled root, which they gave to their children for coughs.

Backache Arnica was introduced by the Catawba Indians. They used a tea of arnica roots for treating back pains. The Dispensary of the United States (22nd edition) states this drug can be dangerous if taken internally and that it has caused severe and even fatal poisoning. Also used as a wash to treat sprains and bruises.

Gentian was introduced by the Catawba Indians. They steeped the roots in hot water and applied the hot fluid on aching backs.

Horsemint was introduced by the Catawba Indians. They crushed and steeped fresh horsemint leaves in cold water and drank the infusion to allay back pain. Other tribes used horsemint for fever, inflammation, and chills.

Bronchitis Pleurisy Root was introduced by the Natchez Indians. They drank a tea of the boiled roots as a remedy for pneumonia and was later used to promote the expulsion of phlegm,Wormwood .

The Yokia Indians of Mendocino County used a tea of the boiled leaves of a local species of wormwood to cure bronchitis. Burns Yellow Spined Thistle.

The Kiowa Indians boiled yellow-spined thistle blossoms and applied the resulting liquid to burns and skin sores. Childbirth To Speed Childbirth: Partridgeberry.

The Cherokee used a tea of the boiled leaves. Frequent doses of the tea were taken in the few weeks preceding the expected date of delivery. Blue Cohosh. To promote a rapid delivery, an infusion of the root in warm water was drunk as a tea for several weeks prior to the expected delivery date.

To Speed Delivery of the Placenta: American Licorice. A tea was made from the boiled roots. Broom Snakeweed. Navajo women drank a tea of the whole plant to promote the expulsion of the placenta.

To Stop Postpartum Hemorrhage: Buckwheat. Hopi women were given an infusion of the entire buckwheat plant to stop bleeding.

Black Western Chokecherry. Arikara women were given a drink of the berry juice to stop bleeding.

Smooth Upland Sumac. The Omahas boiled the smooth upland sumac fruits and applied the liquid as an external wash to stop bleeding.

To relieve the Pain of Childbirth: Wild Black Cherry. Cherokee women were given a tea of the inner bark to relieve pain in the early stages. Cotton.

The Alabama and Koasati tribes made a tea of the roots of the plant to relieve the pains of labor.

Colds Boneset Boneset tea was one of the most frequently used home remedies during the last century. The Menominees used it to reduce fever; the Alabamas, to relive stomachache; the Creeks, for body pain; the Iroquois and the Mohegans, for fever and colds. Colic Catnip.

The Mohegans made a tea of catnip leaves for infant colic. Contraceptives Ragleaf Bahia.

The Navajos, who called the Ragleaf bahia herb twisted medicine, drank a tea of the roots boiled in water for thirty minutes for contraception purposes. Indian Paintbrush .

Hopi women drank a tea of the whole Indian paintbrush to "Dry up the menstrual flow." Blue Cohosh.

Chippewa women drank a strong decoction of the powdered blue cohosh root to promote parturition and menstruation. Dogbane.

Generally used by many tribes, a tea from the boiled roots of the plant was drunk once a week. Milkweed.

Navajo women drank a tea prepared of the whole plant after childbirth. American Mistletoe.

Indians of Mendocino County drank a tea of the leaves to induce abortion or to prevent conception. Antelope Sage.

To prevent conception, Navajo women drank one cup of a decoction of boiled antelope sage root during menstruation.

Stoneseed Shoshone women of Nevada reportedly drank a cold water infusion of stoneseed roots everyday for six months to ensure permanent sterility. Coughs Aspen.

The Cree Indians used an infusion of the inner bark as a remedy for coughs. Wild Cherry.

The Flambeau Ojibwa prepared a tea of the bark of wild cherry for coughs and colds, while other tribes used a bark for diarrhea or for lung troubles.

White Pine. Indian people as a tea for colds and coughs used the inner bark. Sarsaparilla.

The Penobscots pulverized dried sarsaparilla roots and combined them with sweet flag roots in warm water and used the dark liquid as a cough remedy. Diabetes Wild Carrot.

The Mohegans steeped the blossoms of this wild species in warm water when they were in full bloom and took the drink for diabetes. Devil's Club.

The Indians of British Columbia utilized a tea of the root bark to offset the effects of diabetes. Diarrhea Black Cherry A tea of blackberry roots was the most frequently used remedy for diarrhea among Indians of northern California.

Wild Black Cherry The Mohegans allowed the ripe wild black cherry to ferment naturally in a jar about one year than then drank the juice to cure dysentery.

Dogwood The Menominees boiled the inner bark of the dogwood and passed the warm solution into the rectum with a rectal syringe made from the bladder of a small mammal and the hollow bone of a bird.

Geranium Chippewa and Ottawa tribes boiled the entire geranium plant and drank the tea for diarrhea.

White Oak Iroquois and Penobscots boiled the bark of the white oak and drank the liquid for bleeding piles and diarrhea.

Black Raspberry The Pawnee, Omaha, and Dakota tribes boiled the root bark of black raspberry for dysentery.

Star Grass Catawbas drank a tea of star grass leaves for dysentery. Digestive Disorders

Dandelion A tea of the roots was drunk for heartburn by the Pillager Ojibwas. Mohegans drank a tea of the leaves for a tonic.

Yellow Root The Catawbas used a tea from the root and the Cherokee as a stomach ache remedy. Fevers

Dogwood The Delaware Indians, who called the tree Hat-ta-wa-no-min-schi, boiled the inner bark in water, using the tea to reduce fevers.

Willow The Pomo tribe boiled the inner root bark, then drank strong doses of the resulting tea to induce sweating in cases of chills and fever. In the south, the Natchez prepared their fever remedies from the bark of the red willow, while the Alabama and Creek Indians plunged into willow root baths for the same purpose.

Feverwort The Cherokees drank a decoction of the coarse, leafy, perennial herb to cure fevers.

Headache Pennyroyal The Onondagas steeped pennyroyal leaves and drank the tea to cure headaches. Heart and Circulatory Problems

Green Hellebore The Cherokee used the green hellebore to relive body pains.

American Hemp and Dogbane Used by the Prairie Potawatomis as a heart medicine, the fruit was boiled when it was still green, and the resulting decoction drunk. It was also used for kidney problems and for dropsy.

Hemorrhoids White Oak. The Menominee tribe treated piles by squirting an infusion of the scraped inner bark of oak into the rectum with a syringe made from an animal bladder and the hollow bone of a bird.

Inflammations and Swellings Witch Hazel. The Menominees of Wisconsin boiled the leaves and rubbed the liquid on the legs of tribesmen who were participating in sporting games. A decoction of the boiled twigs was used to cure aching backs, while steam derived by placing the twigs in water with hot rocks was a favorite Potawatomi treatment for muscle aches.

Influenza Native Hemlock (as opposed Poison Hemlock of Socrates fame). The Menominees prepared a tea if the inner bark and drank it to relieve cold symptoms. A similar tea was used by the Forest Potawatomis to induce sweating and relieve colds and feverish conditions.

Insect Bites and Stings Fendler Bladderpod The Navajos made a tea and used it to treat spider bites.

Purple Coneflower The Plains Indians used this as a universal application for the bites and stings of all crawling, flying, or leaping bugs. Between June and September, the bristly stemmed plant, which grows in dry, open woods and on prairies, bears a striking purplish flower.

Stiff Goldenrod The Meskwaki Indians of Minnesota ground the flowers into a lotion and applied it to bee stings.

Trumpet Honeysuckle The leaves were ground by chewing and then applied to bee stings.

Wild Onion and Garlic The Dakotas and Winnebagos applied the crushed bulbs of wild onions and garlics.

Saltbush The Navajos chewed the stems and placed the pulpy mash on areas of swelling caused by ant, bee and wasp bites. The Zunis applied the dried, powdered roots and flowers mixed with saliva to ant bites.

Broom Snakeweed The Navajos chewed the stem and applied the resin to insect bites and stings of all kinds.

Tobacco A favorite remedy for bee stings was the application of wet tobacco leaves.

Insect Repellents and Insecticides Goldenseal The Cherokee pounded the large rootstock with bear fat and smeared it on their bodies as an insect repellent. It was also used as a tonic, stimulant, and astringent. Rheumatism Pokeweed Indians of Virginia drank a tea of the boiled berries to cure rheumatism. The dried root was also used to allay inflammation. Bloodroot A favorite rheumatism remedy among the Indians of the Mississippi region - the Rappahannocks of Virginia drank a tea of the root.

Sedatives Wild Black Cherry The Meskwaki tribe made a sedative tea of the root bark. Hops The Mohegans prepared a sedative medicine from the conelike strobiles and sometimes heated the blossoms and applied them for toothache. The Dakota tribe used a tea of the steeped strobiles to relieve pains of the digestive organs, and the Menominee tribe regarded a related species of hops as a panacea.

Wild Lettuce Indigenous to North American, it was used for sedative purposes, especially in nervous complaints.

Thrush Geranium The Cherokee boiled geranium root together with wild grape, and with the liquid, rinsed the mouths of children affected with thrush.

Persimmon The Catawba stripped the bark from the tree and boiled it in water, using the resulting dark liquid as a mouth rinse

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Herbal Remedies used by the Romans - Greeks

The medical inheritance of ancient Egypt passed to Greece, then to Rome. The Roman empire used herbal remedies quite extensively. Mandrake herb was used in Roman times as an anesthetic.

Hypocrites, "the father of medical literature" as he is called, was so far as we know the first man to practice medicine as an art. Hypocrites believed and taught that in nature there was strength to cure disease. Often, Hypocrites used diet and herbs as the basis of treatment.

Aside from the herbs and rituals used to heal, the Romans also relied on gods to heal. Romans believed there were many gods to treat many different illnesses and health problems. There wasn?t just one so-called god of healing as one might expect. The Romans had a different god for each type of illness. They built many temples in honor of these gods. Mephitis was the goddess of putrefaction. Foul odors were invoked in her name. A temple was erected at a place where bad fumes emerged from the earth. The Romans worshipped Mannia, the goddess of insanity and Carmenta governed abnormal birth. Febris was the goddess who controlled malarial fever, which was a widespread problem at one time. An ancient sanctuary was erected to worship her on Palatine Hill. Dea Salus, whose temple was one of the summits of Quirinalis, was the deity who took the public health under her supervision.

The beliefs that herbs, baths and gods would keep everyone healthy were eventually abandoned. As disease increased, so did the need for physicians. At first doctors were not very highly regarded by Roman society. The Romans did not believe it was right to charge people for their services. The Romans did not condemn the practice of medicine, but they regarded it as highly unethical to charge fees for treating the sick. They were thought to be foreigners of the culture. This was actually the truth at first. The first doctors of Rome were actually Greek. Many Greek physicians moved to Rome for the work and to help a country in need. Most of the early medicine was borrowed from Greece. Many of these Greek physicians were prisoners of war after the fall of Corinth in 146 B.C. They were given the title medicus, which is the Greek word for physician. This term was used literally, because it applied to drug peddlers also.

Asclepiades was the first Greek physician to practice medicine in Rome. He lived in Prussa-Bithynia in Asia Minor before moving to Rome. However, it is hard for me to view him as a true physician. He used no tools for his remedies. Nor did he use drugs to cure diseases. Asclepiades remedies were aimed at the restoration of harmony. He used change of diet, frequent baths, and exercise in place of drugs. He also believed in the use of wine for healing.

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Herbal Remedies used by the Chinese

The Chinese have practiced herbal use for 5000 years. There is one Chinese medical text written 2700 BC in which thirteen herbal prescriptions were listed. The Chinese are noted for their knowledge and use of ginseng. Many Chinese believe regular use of this herb prolongs life.

For thousands of years, natural Chinese herbal remedies and herbs have been used to improve health, vitality, and overall life expectancy. The effectiveness of these herbs is continually proven as they are used to restore body functions to normal and to treat numerous illnesses.

Used to restore normal body functions and to treat sickness, Chinese medicines and herbs have been used for thousands of years and are recognized for their abilities to improve health, vitality, and life expectancy. These herbs often have few or no side effects in contrast to commercial drugs.

Differing dramatically from scientific medicine, Chinese medicine focuses on treating the entire body to promote health. The emotional and spiritual health of a patient, in addition to total wellness, are considered when treating and diagnosing conditions and problems. When illness or disease is present, the condition is considered a symptom of the person being out of balance.

Holistic and homeopathic treatments are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine including massage, stress-reduction, acupuncture, exercise, cupping, lifestyle change, moxibustion, and herbal medicine.

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