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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.

A disease, borne by mosquitoes, which responds to treatment for Intermittent Fever. Of especial help is Alstonia bark, which many herbalists considered superior to quinine for the condition. Also Sweet Annie (Artemesia annua) shows great promise as well.

(reproductive system)
  1. Combine tinctures of the following: 2 parts Saw palmetto, 2 parts Hydrangea, 1 part Sarsaparilla, 1 part Damiana, 1 part Corn silk, 1 part Bearberry. Take 1 tsp 3 times daily.
  2. Combine 1 part Licorice, 1 part Black cohosh, 1 part Sarsaparilla, 1 part Dong quai, 1 part Ginseng, 1 part Kelp, ½ part Goldenseal, 1 part Ginger root, ½ part Lobelia. Powder herbs and fill size "00". Take 2 capsules 3 times daily.
  3. Powder equal parts dried Ginseng root, Licorice root and Sarsaparilla root. Sift together and combine with honey or glycerin until it reaches a sticky paste. Store in covered container out of direct light, OR: small pills can be made by making a thicker paste and rolling into small pill shapes. Dose is 1 tsp daily or its equivalent in small pills.
  4. Mallow syrup.

  1. Drink tea 3 times daily comprised of equal parts Saw palmetto, Echinacea, Nettle, Horsetail, Buchu, Corn silk. Use 1 tsp combined herbs per cup of boiling hot water, steeped 8 minutes.
  2. The herb Pygeum africanum taken in extract form.
  3. Add pumpkin seeds to the diet for zinc.

(to dissolve kidney stones and clean out sediments and infection in the prostate)
Combine 1 part Gravel root, 1 part Uva ursi, 1 part Parsley root, 1 part Goldenseal root, 1 part Cayenne, 1 part Juniper berries, 1 part Marshmallow root, ½ part Licorice. Powder herbs and fill size "00" capsules and take 2 capsules morning and night.

The herb of choice is Saw Palmetto.


Make a decoction of 1 part Gravel root, 1 part Bearberry, 1 part Echinacea, 1 part Parsley root (or Couch grass), ¼ part Ginger root, ¼ part Lobelia. Use 1 oz of herbs per pint of water steeped 10 minutes and drink 3 or 4 cups of this tea daily till relief is obtained.

Ginseng is widely used in Asia to stimulate testosterone production.

If taking any, avoid St. Johnswort, alcoholic beverages, anything that is smoked or pickled, any cold or hayfever remedies, amphetamines, narcotics, tryptophan and tyrosine. It is not yet clearly established if St. Johnswort works in the same manner as an MAO inhibitor.

Soak 1 oz of marshmallow root in a little cold water for half an hour; peel off the bark, or skin; cut up the roots into small shavings and put them into a jug to stand for a couple of hours. The decoction must be drunk tepid and may be sweetened with honey or sugar and flavored with orange flower water or with orange juice. Marshmallow water may be used for deep coughs and catarrhs.

2 oz. marshmallow root (sliced), ½ to 1 cup sugar, 1 cup distilled water. Soak marshmallow root in water for 12 hours; add sugar and heat to a boil, cool and strain through cheesecloth. Bottle and store in refrigerator. Use ½ to 1 tsp 4 times daily.

NOTE: Plastic bottles with squirt top dispensers make perfect containers for storing and dispensing massage oils. They are available from herbalware suppliers.

  1. Blend together 4 oz Sweet almond oil and ½ tsp your favorite essential oil. Bottle, store and shake well before using.
  2. Combine ¼ oz essential in 12 to 16 oz of vegetable oil, Sweet almond oil, or Sweet almond oil and Olive oil combined.
  3. Add 15 to 30 drops of essential oil to a base of 2 fluid oz of Sweet almond oil and add a few drops of Wheat germ oil to preserve freshness.
  4. 1/3 cup Safflower or Sunflower or Sweet almond oil; as many dried Calendula petals as will fit in a glass container; 12 drops essential oil of Rose geranium; 12 drops essential oil of Lavender; 10 drops essential oil of Pine or Cypress. Place oil in a jar and add as many Calendula petals as will fit. Cap and place in the sun for 4 to 5 days, then strain and squeeze petals. Add essential oils, bottle and store.
  5. Healing and useful for itching, wounds, scratches and back problems. Use dried Juniper berries or fresh ripening berries. Soak 2 cups Juniper berris a small amount of water overnight to get them mushy. Put the water aside and simmer the berries and 2 cups of peanut oil together. Do NOT allow to burn. Strain out berries and use the oil. This can also be made into a Salve/Ointment
  6. Rosemary for sore muscles: 2 cups Peanut (or other) oil, 1 tbsp hydrous lanolin, 1 tbsp vitamin E oil, 1 tbsp dried Lavender flowers, 1 tbsp dried Rose petals, 1 tsp dried Chamomile flowers, 3 tbsp dried Rosemary flowers. Combine oil and herbs in jar and allow to steep for 1 week out of direct light. Strain and add remaining ingredients.

also useful for animals
Stir ½ cup powdered marshmallow root into 1 quart of distilled water in a saucepan. Brint to boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Soak cloth in mixture and apply to affected breased as hot as can be tolerated, then cover with plastic wrap and a towel to retain heat. Repeat 3 times for each breast affected.


  1. 4 tsp Safflower, 1 tsp Lemon balm, 2 tsp Licorice root, 2 tsp Elder blossoms, 1 tsp Violet leaves. Cut herbs to be suitable for a tea mix. Mix them well and divide into 10 equal portions. Add one portion to 3 cups of boiling hot water, cover and boil slowly for 2 to 3 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes more, then strain and take 1/3 cin the morning, noon and night, either before or after meals. May be sweetned to taste.
  2. Combine 1 part tincture of Echinacea, 1 part Garlic syrup, 1 part tincture of Peppermint, 1 part tincture of Lemon balm, 1 part tincture of Burdock root, 1 part tincture of Skullcap, ½ part tincture of Catnip, ½ part tincture of Elderflower. Dose is ½ to 1 tsp taken 4 times daily. Dried herbs in the same proportions can be used to make an infusion at the ratio of 1 tsp herbs to 1 cup boiling hot water, steeped 10 minutes.

Mix together ½ oz of each: Nettles, Licorice, Calendula flowers, Cleavers and Spearmint. Use 1 tbsp to 1 pint boiling hot water, steeped 10 minutes; strain and mix with 4 oz of apple juice. May be taken warm or cool several times a day.

Skin Wash to Relieve Itching
(also for chicken pox and German measles)
1 oz Burdock root, ½ oz Yarrow flowers, ½ oz Chickweed or Plantain leaves. Add Burdock root to 1 quart cold water and bring to boil; simmer 1 minute and remove from heat. Add Yarrow and Chickweed (or plantain) and steep covered for 10 min. This mixture may be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days and brought to desired temp as needed.



  1. Combine equal parts Juniper berries, Yarrow and Nettle. Steep 1 tsp in ½ cup boiling hot water for 10 minutes and take ½ to 1 cup a day in mouthful doses, sweetened with honey as desired.
  2. Combine equal parts Juniper berries, Birch leaves and Chamomile. Use 1 tsp in ½ cup boiling hot water and take ½ to 1 cup daily in mouthful doses; sweeten if desired.
  3. Combine 2 parts Alder buckthorn, 2 parts Licorice, 3 parts Dandelion roots and/or leaves, 3 parts Pansy leaves. Soak 1 tbsp in ½ quart cold water for 3 hours. Bring to a boil and steep for 5 minutes. Take in tbsp doses.

Steep 2 oz rosemary in 1 pint boiling hot water for 10 minutes; add to bath water.

IRON: Excessive iron depletes body's reserves of zinc. Abundant in Yellow dock root and Nettles (also good for anemia).
MAGNESIUM: Life essential enzymes require it as a co-factor to work. Needed for nerves, muscle relaxant, heart protective. A lack causes arrhythmias. Bone strengthening. Needed for calcium absorption.
BORON: Affects brain waves. Low intake affects response time and coordination. Abundant in apples, pears, grapes and some vegetables.
ZINC: Too much zinc can cause a drop in good cholesterol.
CALCIUM: Abundant in nettles, oatstraw, horsetail, raspberry leaves, and tahini (sesame paste).

Ginger tea, tincture or powder in capsule form eases nausea. Also see Vomiting. Also useful are the wristbands available at pharmacies.



Combine 1 part Echinacea tincture, 1 part Garlic syrup, 1 part Licorice tincture, 1 part Lemon balm tincture, ½ part Meadowsweet tincture. Dose is ½ to 1 tsp 4 times daily.

  1. Oil of Bay or oil of Wintergreen diluted in a carrier oil such as olive or sweet almond can be used as a liniment.
  2. Horseradish ointment.
  3. Elecampane ointment.
  4. See also Ointments/Salves
  5. See also Heat Lotion

  1. Take extra calcium. Be sure to take magnesium while taking calcium since both are required for proper muscle and heart action. There should always be a proper ratio of the two.
  2. Drinking Peppermint tea can also bring some relief.
  3. OINTMENT: Combine 2 drops each of Marjoram essential oil and Lavender essential oil, 1 drop Clary sage essential oil and 1 oz of Sweet almond oil. Rub into afflicted areas.



Combine 1 oz Lobelia (mixed crushed seed and powdered leaves), 1 oz Skunk cabbage, 1 oz Skullcap, 1 oz Gum myrrh, 1 oz Valerian, ½ oz Cayenne. Infuse the dried herbs for 1 week in 1 quart of brandy (capped tightly). Shake daily. Strain and press out the clear liquid and rub on affected areas.

Eliminate dairy products and possibly gluten; try to be as stress free as possible; eliminate saturated fats; use nervine tonics; evening primrose oil is believed to be helpful.

NOTE: Mustard can severely irritate skin and should probably be avoided by those with sensitive skin. Replacing the water with egg white can be of some help.

Method 1 = Mix 1 tbsp powdered Mustard and 4 tbsp whole wheat flour and enough moderately hot distilled water to make a thin paste. Spread into a soft cloth and fold up the corners to make a flat pack. Apply to area of treatment and cover with plastic wrap and then a folded towel to hold in the warmth. Should remain in place no longer than 20 minutes. Remove and clean the skin with a cotton ball dipped in olive oil to remove all traces of the mustard. Then cover the area with a clean towel and leave on overnight.

Method 2 = Combine 1 tbsp dry Mustard to 1 cup of flour. Add enough moderately hot water to make a paste. Spread over a thin soft cloth and place another cloth on top (sandwich style). Apply a light layer of olive oil to the skin. Place cloth over the oiled area then 1 layer of plastic wrap with a hot water bottle or else a heating pad (low setting) on top. Leave no longer than 10 minutes for a child or 15 min for an adult. Check often to check for irritation to the skin and remove at the first sign of trouble.

©1998 by Ernestina Parziale, CH