Most Common Helpful Herbs

There are many herbs that are beneficial to our health, temperament and well being. For a newcomer, this can be overwhelming. I mean there are literally dozens if not hundreds of herbs that you should become associated with. Here is a list of some of the most common herbs on the market and what they are good for.

Chamomile

One of the most common herbs that you will see recommended. Chamomile is  known for its relaxing and sedating properties. This makes it a good herb to treat anxiety and stress. The most common method for using this herb is in a tea but compresses have also been used.  It has been known to increase the sedating power of other medicines so be sure to tell your doctor if you plan to use it while taking prescription medications.

Garlic

Garlic has a number of uses. It has been shown to lower cholesterol and can contribute to lowering blood pressure. It is considered safe by the FDA and is even being researched for anti cancer properties. One caution with garlic is that is has some anti clotting characteristics which means you should be careful consuming it with drugs like warfarin.

Echinacea

This is an herb that is used to treat colds, flu and infections. While no official studies have shown the ability for this herb to reduce the length of a cold, anecdotal evidence suggest that it helps the immune system. It is not recommended to take Echinacea with drugs that can cause liver damage.

GINGKO

This herb has been around for a long time and has helped people treat problems such as asthma, bronchitis,  fatigue, and tinnitus, among other things. It should not be used with anticoagulants because it may increase the risk of bleeding.

Milk Thistle

The herb is much better than its name would suggest. It is commonly used to help conditions such as liver problems and high cholesterol levels.

Saint Johns Wort

This is an herb very commonly used as an antidepressant. There is no hard and sure research to suggest that it has a great impact on the condition but there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that there is something there. Interactions with commonly used medicines has been shown, so be sure to tell your doctor if you plan to use this herb while taking other drugs.

Valerian

This is an herb that can help treat anxiety and can help with achieving sleep. Studies have proven that Valerian root has some help with sleep. Consult your doctor if you want to take Valerian on a consistent basis while taking other drugs.

Saw Palmetto

This herb is used to treat urinary symptoms in men caused by an enlarged prostate. It is also supposedly helpful with pelvic pain, reduced sex drive and migraine headaches. As with most herbs, inform your doctor about your usage while taking other prescription drugs.