Herbal and Natural Medicine, Plus Some Regular First Aid

Disclaimer: This is NOT a substitute for a doctor's care and should be used under medical supervision. Do not use anything from this page as a substitute for vaccinations, antibiotics or other conventional treatments. Discuss potential treatments from this page with an M.D. before you try anything. I am not a doctor. Herbal medicine can hurt or kill you. I am not responsible for the consequences of your actions should you choose to try something from this page.

Always do a spot test of an unfamiliar herbal medicine by applying it topically, mixed with water, on the inner wrist and waiting for a response for 1 day before taking it internally. Then, take 1 sip of said medicine and wait half a day to see if there is any adverse reaction. Herbal medicines and herbs are not regulated by the FDA. Do not buy any herb or supplement from a source you are unfamiliar with because there's no telling what's in there. In my experience these brands are okay (I'm not being paid to say this): Solaray, Planetary Herbals, Living Earth Herbs, Doctor's Best, Frontier, Penzey's, Gaia. Herbal tea companies are subject to FDA regulations and therefore the quality is usually better. And the fresher the herb, the better. Home-grown will always be infinitely more effective than storebought, especially if the herbs are used fresh instead of dried. Grow your own herbs if you possibly can. The highest quality herbs are grown in real dirt, not potting soil, so try to find an allotment or plot to grow them on or at the very least ask a friend with land for some dirt to put in your containers. I like Renee's Garden for my herb seeds but herb plants are easier to transplant/grow.

I recommend you start by taking the American Red Cross's First Aid and CPR Certification Course. You can buy this for about $70 (currently these classes seem to be accessible online - 4/4/20) and it looks great on a resume. Honestly, if you don't know how to disinfect a cut or the difference between cleaning and sterilizing, you shouldn't be practicing herbal medicine, let alone any medicine. Learn the basics.

These are recipes from my 14 years of experience experimenting with this stuff on myself, my family, and my friends. I didn't just pull these from the internet randomly. I've seen them work. Things I haven't tried are also listed and labeled as such, and these recommendations are pulled from years of research from herbal medicine books.


Herbal Teas


Dangerous Herbal/Natural Medicines

General guidelines for preparing and taking herbal medicine

Categories of herbs

All herbs have different properties when dried, fresh, or processed into herbal preparations. Don't give up on using an herb simply because all you've tried were dried preparations of it such as capsules. More often than not an herb that is useless in pill form works wonders if used fresh.

Herbs that are nearly useless medicinally (compared to the fresh stuff) when dried or old and must be grown fresh for the greatest benefit:

Herbs that work okay when dried and are good to have on hand at all times:

Herbs or substances that double as common foods which are good to have on hand:

If you wish to learn more about herbal medicine, first know that it works best in tandem with regular (allopathic) medicine and that if you want to get serious with it, you'll have to actually go to medical school. To start dabbling, you can start by searching for the botanical name of an herb and reading research articles on it here: Pubmed Central. Folkloric and anecdotal stuff that can point you to herbs for research can be found in Rosemary Gladstar's as well as Lesley Bremness's work. Steven Harrod Buhner's work usually includes studies and is therefore a little more reliable. More folkloric resources for learning about herbal medicine include work by Maria Treben and John Heinerman, but be sure to temper these with common sense, experience, and the results of the best studies on herbs you can find. Always take folkloric claims for herbs with a grain of salt.

Specific good books for learning herbal medicine: Britain's Wild Flowers by Rosamund Richardson, Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal, Herbs by Lesley Bremness, Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen H. Buhner, Herbal Antivirals by Stephen H. Buhner, Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, Health Through God's Pharmacy by Maria Treben