Herbalism And The Use Of Herbs

What is Herbalism?

Herbalism has been around for thousands of years and laid the foundations for modern medicine, botany, pharmacy, perfumery, and chemistry. Herbs have been famous for their healing benefits for centuries. 

Herbalists used to perform experiments with plants in the past. They used intuition to document their findings and continued to spread the herbal word by teaching and sharing their knowledge. Thus, they paved the way for the herbalists of today. 

Each generation of herbalists expanded and developed from those before them, creating history thousands of years strong.

Many cultures still use native herbs to heal people. Moreover, they still practice, use and teach herbal preparations. Every culture worldwide has used plants’ healing power in some form. 

We see herbs within the Indian ayurvedic system, Chinese medicine, and the native North American culture. However, the plants used varied from country to country as it depended on what their ecosystem provided them with. Today the use of herbs for healing is again increasing in popularity due to them being: An inexpensive form of health care, completely natural, and a great alternative form of medicine.

What are Herbs Used For?

Healing medicinal herbs are used to treat an illness or disease. 

People can gather herbs from the wild or grow them for this purpose. Different plants, leaves, bark, stems, roots, seeds, and flowers are used to make herbal remedies.

For a quick guide on herbal remedies, check out the Medline 


Herbs are not limited in use. They can help to cure the following common conditions: 

Male hormonal support, Female hormonal support, Immune system defense, Low Mood/Anxiety, Pain/Anti-inflammatory relief, Digestive problems, Eye Health, and Heart and circulation Issues.


What Can these Herbs Do?

Male Hormonal

Damiana – Is an aphrodisiac, testosterone boosting, and can strengthen the male sexual system.

Saw Palmetto – Strengthens the reproductive system and boosts testosterone levels. It is also used to treat an enlarged prostate.

Tribulus -Is an aphrodisiac and can increase testosterone levels.

Female Hormonal

Red clover – Acts like the female sex hormone and can help relieve menopausal symptoms.

Raspberry leaf – Relaxes muscles during labor and relieves PMS symptoms such as cramps and mood swings.

Sage – Stimulates the muscles of the uterus and controls the symptoms of menopause sweating. Furthermore, sage also helps with hot flushes.

Evening primrose – This can help with dry eyes and nerve pain and relieve the symptoms of PMS.

Immune System Defence

Oregano – Is an expectorant for coughs, colds, flu, and chest congestion, antibacterial and antiviral.

Elderberry – Antiviral and used to treat cold and flu symptoms.

Echinacea – Can prevent infection and is antiviral/antibacterial.

Garlic – It will boost the immune system, fight off colds, flu, and infections, may act as a decongestant, and has antiseptic properties. In addition, garlic also helps to loosen a chesty cough.

Low Mood/Anxiety

Valerian – Has a calming effect and will help manage mild anxiety.

Passionflower – Used for its calming sedative effects and can help with insomnia and stress.

Lemon Balm – Good for anxiety and sedative for stress and insomnia.

St John’s wart – Used for depression and mood disorders.

Pain Relief /Anti-Inflammatory 

Devils Claw – Helps with joint pain and inflammation.

Ginger – Reduces inflammation in the body, can help relieve pain, and may reduce nausea and headaches.

Turmeric – Can help with osteoarthritis, reduce swelling, help with depression, and can help raise your mood. In addition, it can boost the functioning of the immune system.

Rosehips – Prevents infections, is a powerful pain reliever and inflammatory, is excellent for aging skin, and will boost the immune system as it contains high amounts of Vitamin c.

Digestive Problems 

Peppermint – Relaxes muscles, stimulates bile and digestive juices, and can help relieve intestinal colic. Moreover, it is helpful for indigestion and can help reduce spasms.

Marshmallow – Forms a protective layer on the lining of the digestive tract.

Aloe Vera – Acts as a laxative to help constipation, soothe the digestive system, and help with IBS symptoms.

Milk Thistle – Helps with an upset stomach caused by overindulgence in food, drink, and alcohol.

Eye Health

Blueberry – Can help prevent macular degeneration and may improve night vision, memory, and cognitive functions.

Bilberry – Improves eye disorders, including macular degeneration, reducing inflammation of the retina and retinopathy. Moreover, it may improve night vision.

Eyebright – Used to treat allergies, including hay fever, helps with inflammations such as conjunctivitis, stinging and weepy eyes.


Hawthorn – Improves blood supply, increases heart pumping force, and may limit cholesterol build-up.

Butcher’s Broom – Improves circulation disorders such as varicose veins.

Gotu Kola – This can improve circulation in the heart and limbs and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Cautions To Take

Herbs can be great at helping to relieve your symptoms and are usually safe to use. Still, individuals are different and may react differently to certain ingredients.

However, some herbs can cause unwanted side effects, so it’s always best to seek medical advice before trying a new remedy or supplement.

What Are the Side Effects?


Avoid if diabetic as it causes convulsions and allergic reactions, including swelling and difficulty breathing.

Saw Palmetto

Mild stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. It can also interfere with medications used for blood clotting.


It causes stomach pain, diarrhea, and cramping and affects blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

Red Clover 

This may affect hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer and causes muscle aches, rashes, spotting, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. However, it can interfere with several medications. Red clover is not used during pregnancy as it may disturb hormone balances. Also, avoid using birth control.

Raspberry Leaf 

Lowers blood sugar, so avoid it if diabetic. It can affect hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, and during pregnancy, only use under the supervision of your healthcare provider.

Sage Leaf

Poisonous, if too much taken, can cause liver damage and seizures, avoid high/low blood pressure, and can affect hormone-sensitive disorders such as cancer. Moreover, avoid if diabetic as it can lower blood sugar levels.

Evening Primrose 

Mild side effects include upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and headache in some people. Not to be used if you suffer from seizures. Furthermore, it can affect bleeding disorders.


It can cause stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea and interferes with blood-thinning medication. Also, avoid it if you have gallbladder problems.


It can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.

Lemon Balm 

This can cause increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dizziness.

St Johns wart 

It may interfere with several medications, such as birth control and antidepressants. It can cause difficulty sitting still, nervousness, irritability, stomach upset, tiredness, dry mouth, dizziness, headache, skin rash, diarrhea, and tingling. However, avoid it if pregnant.


It can cause allergies and may cause miscarriage – avoid it during pregnancy.


Raw and unripe fruit might cause nausea, vomiting, or severe diarrhea. It can also increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.


It can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, bad taste, stomach pain, diarrhea, sore throat, dry mouth, allergies, and headaches, interact with caffeine, and affect autoimmune disorders. Moreover, it can interfere with other medications.


It can cause bad breath, heartburn, gas, and diarrhea, affect bleeding disorders and blood pressure, and can lower blood sugar levels. However, these side effects are often worse with raw garlic.


It can cause heartburn, dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.


Can affect bleeding disorders

Aloe Vera 

Reports show it could be unsafe to use during pregnancy, aggravate ulcers and kidney problems, and affect blood sugar – avoid it if diabetic. In addition, it is not safe to use if you have gastrointestinal illnesses.

Milk Thistle 

This can cause diarrhea, nausea, intestinal gas, fullness, loss of appetite, and possibly headaches, affecting hormone-related disorders such as cancers. It can also cause allergies.


It may lower blood sugar levels and interfere with diabetic and blood-thinning medications.


This may lower blood sugar levels and interfere with diabetic and blood-thinning medications.


It can cause confusion, headache, nausea, constipation, trouble breathing, and insomnia. Also, it lower blood sugar levels.

Devils Claw 

It can cause diarrhea, skin reactions, and indigestion. Avoid if you have gallstones or have heart and circulation problems, which can interfere with other medications. Moreover, avoid if pregnant or have stomach ulcers.


It can cause heartburn, diarrhea, burping, and general stomach discomfort and interfere with heart medications and bleeding disorders. In addition, it will interfere with blood-thinning medication.


It can cause stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea and increase stomach acid. Moreover, it should be avoided if you have hormone-sensitive conditions.


This can increase the chance of getting kidney stones. It may also cause diarrhea and fatigue.


It can cause nausea, stomach upset, fatigue, sweating, headache, dizziness, nosebleeds, insomnia, palpitations, and agitation. In addition, avoid hawthorn if using heart medication.

Butcher’s Broom

This can cause upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and heartburn. Also, it can affect blood pressure and certain heart medications.

Gotu Kola 

This can cause nausea and stomach pain and rarely causes liver problems if taken by mouth.

Easy To Grow Herbs

Growing herbs can be rewarding and somewhat easy to do.

I have found a few easy tricks and tips which make growing your own a piece of cake.

Why not check them out here


The most popular and easy-to-grow medicinal herbs include:

Lavender, Mint, Chamomile, Rosemary, Dandelion, and Lemon Balm.

Moreover, you can use many more healing herbs daily in tea or tablet form.

Over at preparation.com, they give you preparation and dosage information.



Using herbal supplements can be a great way to improve your health and wellness.

They are usually more affordable and easily accessible. They may have fewer side effects than regular medication making them the popular choice amongst health conscience. Still, it’s essential to understand the risks when using herbs to decide which herbal remedies are worth taking and which are not.

However, if you are interested in using alternative medicine, speak to your doctor or healthcare provider if you suffer from a pre-existing condition.

The information in this post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice but is simply for informational purposes only. Please consult a healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment option.

The information in this post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice but is simply for informational purposes only. Please consult with a healthcare professional regarding any medical or health related diagnosis or treatment option.

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