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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.


ALL PROBLEMS relating to the kidneys or any other major organ should be referred to a medical professional.


  1. Combine 1 part Rhubarb root, 1 part Restharrow and 2 parts Sticklewort. Steep 1½ tsp in ½ cup of boiling hot water for 8 minutes and take ½ cup before breakfast and 1 cup more during the remainder of the day.
  2. Combine 1 oz of Bearberry leaves, ¾ oz couch grass, ¾ oz Buchu, ½ oz Button snakeroot, ½ oz Pipisissewa, ½ oz Juniper berries, 1/8 oz celey seed, 1/8 oz lovage root. Simmer 1½ tsp of the mixture in 2 cups of water for 2 to 3 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes more and strain. Take 1 cup, morning and evening, sweetened if desired.
  3. Combine 1 oz Birch leaves, ¾ oz Bearberry leaves, ½ oz Dandelion root and leaves, ½ oz Rose hips, ½ oz Goldenseal, ½ oz Kidney bean pod, 1/8 oz Hibiscus flowers (NOT to be used longer than 3 months at most). Use 1 tsp per cup of boiling water steeped 10 minutes.

Combine equal parts of Plantain, Parsley root, Marshmallow root and ½ part Echinacea. Make a tea using 1 tsp per cup of boiling water steeped 10 minutes. Taken ½ cup every 2 hours.


  1. Combine ½ oz Gravel root, ½ oz Parsley root, ½ oz Marshmallow root, 1/8 oz Lobelia, 1/8 oz Ginger root. Place in a wide-mouthed jar with 2 cups of 100 proof vodka and allow to steep for 2 weeks. Strain and bottle. Dose is 15 drops, 3 times daily.
  2. Drink Rose hip tea regularly.
  3. Combine equal parts of Stone root, Gravel root, Corn silk, Wild yam and Black haw. Use 2 tsp to 1 cup of boiling water steeped for 10 minutes. Taken 1 cup 3 times daily.

1 oz Dandelion root
1 oz Parsley root
½ oz Marshmallow root
¼ oz Ginger root

Combine herbs. Simmer 1 oz of the herbs in 1 pint of water for 30 minutes. Dose is 1 cup taken 3 times daily.

(and diuretic)

½ oz Buchu
½ oz Bearberry
½ oz Parsley root
½ oz Cleavers
½ oz Juniper berries
½ oz Marshmallow root
1 tsp Ginger

Combine herbs. Simmer 1 oz of the herbs in 1 pint of distilled water for 20 minutes. Dose is 1/2 cup of the tea 4 times a day, after meals and before going to bed.

©1998 by Ernestina Parziale, CH