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This section is a vintage collection of opinions on natural remedies by various authors, some who have passed on. For historical reference only. These articles are old. They have not been updated since the early 2000s and are not intended to provide medical information.

Herb, Mineral, Plant and Vitamin Uses

The following table presents some of the most common herbs, plants, minerals and vitamins, as well as their primary uses in alternative medicne.   This is by no means a complete list, nor are are the items shown the only herbs, plants, minerals and vitamins with healthful properties.  However, you should find almost everything you need here, and if you would like to see something added to this list, please e-mail us and let us know.   Thanks!

Copyright 1996, 1998 by Lori Herron and Alternative Nature. 
All Rights Reserved.

Herbs and Plants


Used as an anti-inflammatory; antibiotic; astringent; also good for digestive disorders.

Alder Buckthorn

Bark can be used as a laxative.


Nutritive with high mineral and vitamin content; lowers cholesterol.


Has been used as an expectorant and as an emollient.


Used for minor wounds and burns. Dried leaves can be used as a strong laxative.


Calming digestive disturbances; stimulates the appetite; alleviates coughs.


Can be used to relieve gas pains.


Used for bladder trouble; liver; diarrhea; tooth decay; and loss of appetite.


Detoxifies the liver and pancreas.


Helps with urinary problems and fatty tumors.


Excellent liver and blood cleansers and purifier; good for nerves and anemia/

Bell Peppers

Good for eyes and indigestion.


Good for diarrhea and colon problems.


Feeds the pancreas; good for sugar problems


For vitamin C; tissue builder; removes toxins; helps with digestion.


Excellent liver and blood cleansers and purifier.


Good for complexion and digestion.


For eyes, blood, lymph, skin and digestion.

Cascara Sagrada

Purgative; laxative.


Good for arthritis; heart; indigestion; colds and skin problems.

Chaste Tree

Menstrual regulator; improves circulation and tone of female organs; promotes progesterone production.


A good blood cleanser; also used for gout.

Crab Apple

For Vertigo.


Good for kidneys and asthma.


Excellent diuretic and liver cleanser.


Expels excess liquids in the body; liver cleanser.

Dong Quai

Menstrual regulator.


For indigestion and gas pain; helps in relieving morning sickness; a general stimulant.

Ginseng, American

Used as a stimulant; can be used to prevent stress; to fight colds.

Milk Thistle

Excellent liver and blood cleansers and purifier.

Mistletoe, American

Used in folk medicine to reduce blood pressure and as a sedative.


An astringent and alkalizing diuretic; good nutritive and high mineral content.

Oregon Grape

Excellent liver and blood cleansers and purifier.


Relieves nausea and improves digestion; improves uterine tone and blood supply; increases milk production


Serves as a precursor for hormone production.

Wild Yam

Antispasmodic; relieves spasm or cramping of smooth muscle; hormone precursor.

Yellow Dock

Blood cleanser; helpful in anemia.



Vital in the formation of strong bones and teeth; also important for muscle growth and contraction; provides energy and participates in the activation of several enzymes; aids in deterring nervousness, brittle nails, hypertension, aching joints, increased cholesterol levels, and insomnia


Involved in the metabolism of glucose needed for energy; vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and protein; maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization.


Aids in the formation of bone, hemoglobin, and red blood cells; works in balance with zinc and vitamin C to form elastin; involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin coloring, and taste sensitivity; needed for healthy nerves.


Plays a roll in muscle movement and the transmission of nerve impulses; helps the body fight stress and combats depression; promotes the conversion of sugar into energy and aid digestion


Important for healthy nervous system; aid in proper muscle contraction; works with sodium to control the body's water balance; aids in maintaining blood pressure.


Keeps body tissues young and elastic; helps protect against some forms of cancer; aids in the combat against arthritis.


Crucial to the reproductive system; important in prostrate gland functioning; decreases cholesterol and aids in healing wounds.


Vitamin A

Boosts immune system; helps protect against cancer; keeps skin healthy; improves eyesight

Vitamin B's

Improves mental attitude; protects against stress; keeps muscles, the nervous system and heart functioning well; also aids in digestion; promotes growth

Vitamin C

Helps immune system fight viruses and bacteria; prevents colds; heals wounds; decreases blood cholesterol

Vitamin E

Retards Aging; prevents blood clots; helps wounds heal without scarring; lowers blood pressure; provides energy and protects against air pollution

Copyright 1996, 1998 by Lori Herron and Alternative Nature
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