Building an herbal medicine chest takes some time and thought as to what size it needs to be and what you will be placing in it. There are many herbs out there, but take time to learn what each is for and don’t take something if you don’t need its healing value.
The first thing to do is make a list of the medicines and herbs you take on a daily basis and those you take when you need them.
Make a note of your symptoms, what works to help them, and what you might need to ask your doctor about taking them. Also, try to list if they are elixirs, tinctures, or tablets. Some herbs run by season and some you can get year round.
Some doctors don’t like their patients using herbal remedies. Sometimes people don’t know enough about the herb, and it actually makes them sicker. Read the labels carefully. Discuss side effects and if the doctor tells you not to take the specific herb, then don’t. It may lead to more problems down the road for your health.
How much to take also needs to be addressed. Discuss the dosages with your doctor and obtain a herb guide to look up anything you don’t know. Being a well informed patient helps you and your doctor take great care of your health.
Here is a list of a few herbs and illnesses:
Alcohol Abuse: Milk Thistle
Arthritis: Devil’s Claw
Blood Purification: Dandelion
Brain Food: Ginkgo
Breathe Easy: Licorice
Calming Agent: Valerian
Cleanse and Detox: Milk Thistle
Circulation: Hawthorn Berries
Cough Calmer: Eucalyptus
Depression: St. John’s Wort
Heart Support: Hawthorn Berries
Mood Support: St. John’s Wort
Stress: Kava Kava
Water Retention: Dandelion Leaf