The following is meant to be a quick guide to common herbs one might find in the home or garden and their usages. This is for general information only. As with all alternative medicines, please consult with your doctor or medic and please do not exceed the recommended dose.

AGNUS CASTUS – menstrual problems e.g. PMT, menopause

ALOE – soothing and healing, variety of uses (buy in gel form)

ANGELICA –debilitating illnesses, convalescence

ANISEED – laxative, colic, coughs

ARNICA – bruises, sprains and strains (use externally! Toxic!)

BLACK COHOSH – rheumatism, cramps, inflammation

BLUE COHOSH – menstrual problems, menopause

CARAWAY – colic, flatulence, chesty colds

CARADOM – flatulence, colic, laxative

CATMINT – colds and flu, colic, diarrhoea, fever, flatulence

CAYENNE – colds and flu, colic, dyspepsia, flatulence

CHAMOMILE – colic, diarrhoea, flatulence, nausea, period pains, insomnia

CINNAMON – dyspepsia, digestive problems

COMFREY – bruises, cuts, grazes, sprains, wounds

DANDELION – constipation, cystitis

DILL – flatulence, colic (useful for children)

DONG QUAI – menstrual problems, muscle pain

ECHINACEA – acne, cystitis, flu, laryngitis, thrush, tonsillitis

EYEBRIGHT – catarrh, conjunctivitis, eye problems

FENNEL – colic, flatulence, constipation,

FEVERFEW – headaches, migraines, digestion

GARLIC – colds and flu, catarrh, fever, circulation

GINGER – colic, flu, morning sickness, circulation, rheumatism

GINSENG – stimulant, exhaustion, stress

LAVENDER – anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, stress

LEMON BALM – anxiety, insomnia, periods

MARIGOLD – burns, cuts, grazes, ulcers

NETTLE – acne, rheumatism, skin problems, tonic

NUTMEG – nausea, colic, digestion (warning: brings on mental disorder!)

OATS – debilitating illnesses and convalescence

PARSLEY – digestion, urinary, debility

PEPPERMINT – colds and flu, digestion, nausea, periods

RASPBERRY LEAF – pregnancy, labour, periods

ROSEMARY – anxiety, hair problems, headaches, muscles

SAGE – laryngitis, sore throat, tonsillitis
SLIPPERY ELM – diarrhoea, digestion, inflammation

ST JOHNS WORT – anxiety, depression, stress

THYME – bronchitis, laryngitis, sore throats

VALERIAN –anxiety, insomnia, migraines

VEVAIN – debility, fever, migraine

WITCH HAZEL – bruises, swellings, wounds