An Attaché Case of Essential Herbs

In a nation full of pharmaceutical delights that could cost you your life, or at the very least make it extremely miserable, it is comforting that God, Mother Earth, the Jetsons or some other super-clever and creative alien species had such a generous spirit to leave us with an abundance of herbs for our health…most of which don’t have a list of side effects that could grow you an extra limb out of your arse, and more often than not, will actually aid in the overall good health of the body you’re carrying around until some blessed spirit says “enough”, and takes your spirit, soul, or attaché to the great beyond.

Imagine not having to take a loan out, or max out a credit card for natural goodness, both for the body and mind.  Hard to imagine, indeed, with the brainwashing from the past 50+ years that allopathic medicine is the only available option for our health.  Guys and gals in white coats are considered the gods of medicine that we’re suppose to entrust with our health. Some are skilled geniuses, most are chaps with above average intelligence that seem to have the uncanny ability to memorize what pharmaceutical drug will treat (not cure) that which ails us, along with wonderful side effects that will require another guy or gal in a white coat to check in with his/her encyclopedic mind for drugs that will treat the side effects.  It’s enough to make one eye spin clockwise – the other counter-clockwise.

Though certainly not an all-inclusive list, the following herbs have helped me tremendously over the years, so much so that I must include the standard, obligatory medical disclaimer, lest the medical busy-bodies have a cow.

Medical Disclaimer:

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be used in place of the advice of a healthcare professional. Always consult a doctor or your trusted health guru if you have health concerns.

Hawthorn – An herb for the overall health of the heart that I take every day.  Good for the treating  preventing heart attack, normalizing blood pressure and regulating the heart beat.

Marshmallow – Not the sugar delights that you roast over an open fire, but the actual plant.  Best if brewed as a tea.  Check out what this wonderful herb can help with:  colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer, cystitis, inflammation of mouth and throat, inflamed hemorrhoids, inflamed wounds, burns, scalds, bedsores, abscesses, boils and ulcers. Miraculous!

hans-vivek-251456Mullein – Dr. John Christopher, one of the strongest advocates of Mullein states: “It is the only herb known to man that has remarkable narcotic properties without being poisonous or harmful. It is a great herbal pain killer and nervous soporific, calming and quieting all inflamed and irritated nerves. In wasting diseases, the weight steadily increases, expectoration becomes easy, cough calms, and the general condition is improved.  Mullein soothes and strengthens the bowels and renal system, and is one of the most important for the glands and serous and mucous membranes. It stops the escape of fluids from ruptured vessels, and eliminates toxins.” Another miracle.

Rosemary – When you catch a scent of Rosemary, you’re reminded of the Thanksgiving holiday, if you’re fortunate enough to have the means to supply the feast.  But this aromatic herb has many more benefits than adding flavor to a holiday feast.  It can be used for nervous disorders, upset stomach, headaches, arthritis, pain, strains and bruises.

Stinging Nettle – Yes, if you come in contact with this plant it will sting you, and yes, it does hurt.  But nature always gives one an out, and by rubbing the juice from the Nettle plant itself, the sufferer will be afforded instant relief.  The dried herb, easily found in capsules at your local health food store, or nettle tea can provide a host of benefits, including, but not limited to: increasing the efficiency of the liver and kidney’s. Nettle also helps in clearing away various disorders in the respiratory system and in the treatment of a variety of catarrhal congestion and is an effective remedy in relieving the symptoms of various allergies such as those that come on during hay fever and in asthmatic attacks. The remedies made from the nettle also help in healing disorders affecting the digestive tract; it is an effective remedy against cases of diarrhea, in the treatment of excess gas, and to treat the various inflammation and ulcerations affecting the digestive tract in different people. via

Echinacea – This wonderful herb can help in so many ways.  Fighting against the common cold, upper respiratory infections, to enhance and boost the immune system – it is an herb that has many beneficial uses, particularly before the onset of a cold or flu.

Fennel – My favorite herb. Saint Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine abbess, (1098 – 1179) combined a spiritual and cosmic understanding of the world through art, music, medicine and religion. She thought fennel to be the best of all herbs. 

Hildegard writes:

anurag-arora-193335“Even eaten raw fennel does not harm the body in any way. In whatever form one eats fennel, it makes us happy, gives us a good skin color and body odor and promotes good digestion.  Fennel seeds are particularly beneficial to health; they can be added to other remedies. Whoever eats fennel or fennel seeds daily on an empty stomach (I prefer using only fennel tablets), will neutralize bad juices and pus, take away bad breath and brighten the eyes……Whoever eats fried fish or meat and experiences pain because of it, should quickly take fennel and that person will feel better.”

Fennel is a universal remedy which immediately helps halitosis, body odor, gas, heart burn, the digestion of fatty foods and helps the digestive system after dietary mistakes. Fennel is one of the few 100% healthy types of vegetables which may even be eaten raw. Fennel cleans the intestines so that slackage may be expelled in a natural way. Fennel tablets are the anti-acid treatment of Hildegard medicine and alleviate gastrointestinal pains, gastritis and ulcers. – via

Elderberry – The one herb I won’t go into the Winter months without.  You can make an elderberry wine, elderberry syrup, elderberry tincture…it all works.

A variety of herbal medications are derived from different parts of the elder plant, for example the mucous lining of the inner nose and throat is toned by a remedy made from the flowering tops of the plant. This treatment leads to a better resistance from infection in these areas of the body. The herbal remedy made from the flowering tops of the plant are used in the treatment of disorders and complaints such as chronic congestion in the respiratory tract, they are used in the treatment of different types of allergies, they are used in the treatment of all kinds of ear infections, in the treatment of fungal diseases such as candidiasis and in the toning of mucous linings in the respiratory system. The flowering tops of the elder are also used in the preparation of herbal infusions along with other beneficial herbs; these combination treatments can reduce the severity of allergenic reactions during hay fever when they are taken as a precautionary measure some months prior to the onset of hay fever season during a year.

The detoxification of the body is also achieved by taking the herbal remedies made from the flowering tops of the elder flowers, this remedy promotes perspiration and the production of urine in the affected individual, as a general remedy, the flowering tops of the elder aid the rapid elimination of metabolic waste products from the body – for this reason, arthritis patients often receive great benefits by taking the remedy. via

And finally, Colloidal Silver.  Obviously, it’s not an herb, but I cannot count the number of times colloidal silver has kept me from the ER or the local guy-in-white-coat’s office. From cuts, skin irritations and infections, to even gastronomical upsets, infections, disease, viruses and other harmful bacteria that any doctor would subscribe antibiotics for in a blink of an eye – it has helped.

There are so many more wonderful herbs that I’ve taken from time to time when warranted:  Lemon Balm, Valerian root, Lavender, Lobelia and many more.  All have been beneficial.  All I am grateful for.

So, heading into Autumn and Winter, with all the health issues that we might encounter, maybe remember these and partake of the abundance that we have been provided with. Doctors are often times just as bewitched, bothered and bewildered by what ailments come our way as we are.  The thing is, it is our body…and we know it well.  It’s up to each of us to do our best to take care of it.  Adding a knowledge of herbs will serve each of us well.

Some good resources:

Mountain Rose Herbs – Choice organic herb offerings, plus much, much more.

Books:  The Green Pharmacy Herbal HandbookRosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs; and  Prescription for Herbal Healing   – just a few of the many available

 “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” Linda Ronstadt/Nelson Riddle


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