Herbal Remedies for Common Complaints

Author: Sudha & Stewart   Date Posted:13 August 2018 

Herbal Remedies for Common Complaints Some of the natural way of treating many of the common complaints we suffer from.

Herbal medicine has been around, probably, since the dawn of time, as it relates to human beings. It is the natural way of treating many of the common complaints we suffer from, even now, in the 21C. Sourcing your herbal remedy from a trusted manufacturer remains an important factor when it comes to the safety and efficacy of treatments. In this article, we will be listing some herbal remedies for common ailments. I would like to acknowledge the use of Thorsons Concise Encyclopaedia of Natural Health, as a source for some of the information contained within this article.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Starting with an ‘A’ and another substance that has been with humankind from the very beginning, alcohol. Imbibing alcohol has been a part of a rich tradition in the history of human beings. Of course, too much of a good thing can be problematic for our health, and the wellbeing of ourselves and our relationships. Here are some herbal helpers to be aware of.

Evening Primrose Oil for its Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA): can assist with liver damage and mood swings. GLA is a rare anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid

Milk Thistle, Skullcap, Motherwort, and Lavender can assist those who are having a break from alcohol by reducing withdrawal symptoms.

Eating a healthy diet, high in fresh vegetables and fruit, is always advisable. Zinc via chicken, fish or meat, or a supplement, can, also, be helpful for those drinking too much alcohol. Vitamin B and C are a must for drinkers.

Allergies or Hay Fever

Feverfew has anti-inflammatory properties, which can assist in reducing the symptoms of allergic reactions.

Wild Cherry Bark is another botanical with anti-inflammatory properties and has been traditionally used to treat coughs and respiratory issues.

Fenugreek is a multitasking medicinal herb, which has traditionally been employed to aid with digestion, reducing stomach inflammation.


Haemorrhoids or piles are common in the west, due to the prevalence of low fibre and processed foods in our diets. Piles are, often, the result of constipation, pregnancy, and straining on the toilet. Herbal remedies for this common complaint include:

Witch Hazel lightly sponged onto the anus in a solution can reduce bleeding.

Pilewort ointment applied twice daily can assist in the treatment of these protruding veins around the anus.

Drinking plenty of fresh water every day, 8 glasses are recommended, and eating more high fibre foods like wholegrains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and pulses, will help this condition. Avoid spicy foods, coffee, beer and soft drinks, which will increase the irritation down there.



Difficulty sleeping is an increasingly common complaint in our 21C world. A digital world that never sleeps, and which is forever blinking out information and entertainment toward our tired brains. Anxiety and overstimulation are the main causes of insomnia. There are several herbal treatments you can consider for this condition:

Valerian tea is a natural sedative for those wishing to avoid pharmaceutical sleeping tablets. Drink prior to bedtime. Do not combine Valerian tea with other prescribed medications.

Lavender infusions in a bath or via another form of aromatherapy can help with relaxation.

Lifestyle choices can help reduce insomnia. Regular exercise will assist in reducing anxiety and tempering overstimulated minds. Don’t work on the computer in the evenings, and especially not, just, prior to bedtime. Reduce your intake of stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. 

Skin Conditions

There are many types of skin problems, which can range from minor irritations to psoriasis. Herbal remedies can assist in the treatment of many skin issues.

Aloe Vera is a great topical remedy for many minor skin irritations. This natural gel soothes and softens skin, whilst accelerating healing. Aloe Vera is the number one proven herbal medicine in terms of efficacy.

Arnica is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, usually found in an ointment or cream formula. 

Comfrey is another excellent topical herbal treatment for rashes and skin irritations. Do not use on open wounds for longer than 48 hours, as it can lead to toxicity.

These are but a few of the many wonderful herbal remedies for common complaints. Remember to always source your herbal medicines from a quality manufacturer to ensure the safety and efficacy of the treatment.


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