Herbs and Their Uses
I would like to take a moment to share a bit of my own philosophy about herbs and their medicinal and Ancient Ways uses.
From the time that man began using herbs to cure diseases, ease pain and enhance his surroundings with sweet smelling herbs, they seemed to have a "magical" or Ancient Ways property to them. As man's intellect began expanding taking in the more scientific aspects of the herbal uses and remedies, the Ancient Ways/magic became medicine and still today, there is still a bit of "magic" in the medicine.
We have all experienced the miraculous recovery from some sort of illness or dis-ease of the body and call it medicine. I would like to give both properties of the herbs. Some of you may not agree with it, some of you may think it is bad to present the Ancient Ways aspects of an herbal use. I choose to simply state the properties naming neither as "good" or "bad".".
With that being said, please feel free to read, explore, chuckle or learn from the following list of herbal properties and uses, both medicinal and Ancient Ways. Respecting both sides of the coin, for there are still today, those who follow the old ways and are quite successful in their healing arts.
This is by no means a complete listing of all the herbs and their properties. There will always be updates to this page, as I continue researching and finding more properties to list with these herbs. Please remember in your uses, Hypocrites' oath..."do as you will, with harm to none."
Medicinal ~ jaundice and other liver ailments,. diuretic. ulcers, diarrhea, and skin problems, athlete's foot, sores, slow-healing wounds, and insect bites.
Medicinal ~ Diuretic, relieves urinary and bowel problems, anemia, fatigue, kidneys, peptic ulcers, pituitary problems, and for building general health.
Ancient Ways ~ protect from poverty and hunger.
Medicinal ~ relieves toothache, use as a mouthwash to freshen the breath.
Ancient Ways ~ Healing, money and luck..
Medicinal ~ Laxative, wound-healing, general tonic or cure-all.
Ancient Ways ~ Grown in the house to guard against evil influences and prevents household accidents.
Medicinal ~ Gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn. It is often used to stimulate circulation in the pelvic region. For this reason, Angelica should not be used if pregnant or diabetic.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection and healing.
Medicinal ~ Used for indigestion, coughs, colic and gas.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection and meditation.
Medicinal ~ Good for topical application to bruises, aches and sprains.
Medicinal ~ Increases metabolism, helps to strengthen the immune system, and is used in the healing of wounds.
Balm of Gilead Buds
Ancient Ways ~ Carry the buds of the balm of Gilead to mend a broken heart or to attract a new love.
Barberry Root Bark
Medicinal ~ Use as a topical application for bruises, aches and sprains.
Medicinal ~ Stomach cramps, vomiting, fevers, colds, flu, headaches.
Ancient Ways ~ The smell of fresh basil causes sympathy between two people.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection and purification.
Bayberry Root Bark
Medicinal ~ Sore throat gargle.
Medicinal ~Nausea and vomiting, blemishes, coughs, fevers, depression and stress.
Ancient Ways ~ Money
Medicinal ~ Diarrhea.
Medicinal ~ Herbalists recommend its use as an astringent, diuretic, anti-diarrhea, and cough suppressant. It should not be used during pregnancy.
Medicinal ~ Black Haw contains a uterine relaxant which helps relieve menstrual cramps and miscarriage. Because it contains an aspirin-like substance it is also good for fever and pain relief. However, because aspirin has been linked to some birth defects it is recommended that pregnant women should not take this.
Medicinal ~ The leaves can be used in teas to relieve diarrhea. It can also be used as a mouthwash for sore mouth and sore throat.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection and money.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection at Sea
Medicinal ~ Appetite stimulant, heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs.
Medicinal ~ Is used in some commercial products to treat plaque and gingivitis.
Ancient Ways ~ Love, protection.
Medicinal ~ It is used to regulate menstrual flow and to help relieve pain during childbirth. Should not be taken during pregnancy.
Medicinal ~ Tonic, antiseptic, stimulant.
Medicinal ~ Is used for treating high fevers and flu.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection
Ancient Ways ~ Carry the fresh blossoms to strengthen your courage.
Medicinal ~ Used for inflammation and excessive secretions of mucus in the bladder.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, Luck.
Medicinal ~ Sedative, astringent and mildly narcotic.
Medicinal ~ Is used as a diuretic and diaphoretic, blood purifier.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, healing.
Ancient Ways ~ Purification, protection.
Ancient Ways ~ Healing, luck.
Medicinal ~ Infection, skin conditions.
Medicinal ~ Indigestion and abdominal distress.
Ancient Ways ~ Fidelity, love, memory.
Ancient Ways ~ Love
Medicinal ~ Is used to relieve constipation.
Ancient Ways ~ Legal matters, money and protection.
Medicinal ~ It is also known as "catmint". It is used as a medicinal tea for colds and fever. It is useful in treating colds as it produces free perspiration, without raising the temperature of the body. It is also good in relieving restlessness, colic, and nervousness.
Ancient Ways ~ Given to your cat, catnip creates a psychic bond between the two of you...it is also intoxicating to the cat. Catnip is used in love sachets with rose petals. Grown near the home, catnip attracts good spirits along with all the cats in the neighborhood.
Medicinal ~ Enhanced immunity, viral infections, inflammatory diseases.
Medicinal ~ It acts on the liver and kidneys, purifies the blood, and is an excellent tonic.
Ancient Ways ~ Snake repellent.
Medicinal ~ Aids digestion, anti-inflammatory, an antispasmodic, It has a soothing, sedative and absolutely harmless effect.
Ancient Ways ~ Money, sleep, meditation.
Chaste Tree Berries
Medicinal ~ Is used for the relief of paralysis, pains in the limbs, and weakness.
Medicinal ~ Fresh leaves have been used as a poultice for inflammation and external abscesses.
Ancient Ways ~ Love
Medicinal ~ Chicory works much the same as Dandelion, its action being tonic, laxative and diuretic.
Ancient Ways ~ Removing obstacles
Medicinal ~ Carminative, astringent, stimulant, antiseptic, it stops vomiting, and relieves gas.
Ancient Ways ~ Healing, money, stimulates psychic powers and protective vibrations.
Medicinal ~ Nausea, digestion, slow indigestion.
Ancient Ways ~ Money, protection and purification
Medicinal ~ Coughs and bronchial congestion.
Ancient Ways ~ Peace and tranquility.
Medicinal ~ expectorant, diarrhea and dysentery.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection
Medicinal ~ digestion, gas, stimulant and aromatic.
Ancient Ways ~ Healing
Medicinal ~ Stimulant, diuretic, cystitis, bladder irritation.
Medicinal ~ Cramps and spasms of all kinds.
Medicinal ~ Cranberry juice or powder is useful in treating and preventing urinary tract infections.
Medicinal ~ Diarrhea
Ancient Ways ~ Protection
Medicinal ~ Diuretic and tonic, kidney and liver disorders.
Ancient Ways ~ Life span.
Deer antler velvet
Medicinal ~ Is said to increase energy, reduces pain and swelling due to arthritis
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, love.
Medicinal ~ Is used to increase the bodies resistance to infection.
Medicinal ~ Elderberry wine and Elderflower Tea, chill, colds and flu.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, luck
Medicinal ~ Ephedra is a nerve stimulant resembling adrenaline.
Medicinal ~ Colds and flu, is an antibacterial treatment for minor cuts and scrapes.
Ancient Ways ~ Healing
Medicinal ~ It is still recommend by herbalists for its use in diseases of the sight, weakness of the eyes.
Ancient Ways ~ Clarity, memory
Medicinal ~ Indigestion, gas and bloating, menstrual cramps.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, healing, purification.
Medicinal ~ It has been used to reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and relieve sore throats,
Ancient Ways ~ Money.
Medicinal ~ Is used for migraines, and digestive problems.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, health
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, rituals
Medicinal ~ Antibiotic, helps reduce cholesterol.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, healing, anti-theft
Medicinal ~ Gentian has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid, arthritis, menstruation promoter.
Ancient Ways ~ Love and Power.
Medicinal ~ Nausea, indigestion and abdominal cramping, ulcers, arthritis, colds and flu.
Ancient Ways ~ Love, money, success, power
Medicinal ~ Improves memory, recovery from stroke, helps prevent blood clots, helps relieve impotence, an anti-depressant related sexual problems.
Medicinal ~ Improves general well being, increases energy, enhances athletic performance, mental function and immunity.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, love, wishes, healing, beauty.
Medicinal ~ Aromatic, stimulant, urinary tract problems.
Ancient Ways ~ money, divination.
Medicinal ~ Immunity, infection and stimulates bile secretions helping the body digest fats.
Ancient Ways ~ Money, protection.
Medicinal ~ Heart functions..
Ancient Ways ~ Fertility, chastity, fishing magic and happiness.
Ancient Ways ~ Lust, Love and protection.
Medicinal ~ Used as a cough remedy and helps with digestive problems.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, increase mental powers, and aid in healing.
Medicinal ~ Stimulant, diuretic and antiseptic. It acts as an excellent digestive aid.
Ancient Ways ~ Purification.
Medicinal ~ Nothing much is known of any medical properties, however it makes a wonderfully soothing tea.
Ancient Ways ~ Love, prophetic dreams, money.
Medicinal ~ Juniper berries are used as a diuretic, eases indigestion, relieves gas and used in the treatment of diseases of the kidney and bladder.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection.
Kava Kava root c/s
Medicinal ~ Is used to treat stress and anxiety
Ancient Ways ~ Long used in Hawaiian and Polynesian rites to offer protection against evil and invite good luck. Is also used to promote visions.
Ancient Ways ~ Kelp is believed to protect those going on long sea journeys.
Medicinal ~ Is strongly astringent and drying. Has been used for excessive menstruation.
Ancient Ways ~ Love.
Medicinal ~ Reduces anxiety, overcomes insomnia, has anti-microbial properties which help with wound healing, is used as a digestive aid and insect repellent.
Ancient Ways ~ Love, sleep, happiness, peace and protection.
Medicinal ~ Infections in wounds, relieves insomnia, and digestive problems.
Ancient Ways ~ Purification, fidelity and long friendships.
Medicinal ~ Lemon Verbena's properties are similar to those of mint, aiding with indigestion, gas.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, purification, love.
Ancient Ways ~ Psychic powers.
Medicinal ~ Cold, cough and sore throat reliever.
Ancient Ways ~ Is believed to have protective power, and aids with sleep.
Medicinal ~ diminishes inflammation and pulmonary complaints.
Ancient Ways ~ Psychic powers, mental powers
Medicinal ~ Used to induce vomiting and a purgative.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, fertility, money, love, health
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, love, happiness, health, money
Medicinal ~ cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns, respiratory problems, enhanced immunity
Medicinal ~ Pain, fever, inflammation, colds, diarrhea, urinary tract infection
Ancient Ways ~ Love, divination, peace, happiness
Medicinal ~ Liver protector, hepatitis, mushroom poisoning, cirrhosis, drug-induced liver damage, toxin-induced liver damage.
Medicinal ~ Regulates blood pressure, enhanced immunity
Ancient Ways ~ Protection. love, hunting, fertility, health, exorcism
Medicinal ~ Hear disease, insomnia and anxiety, encourages uterine contractions.
Ancient Ways ~ Strength, psychic powers, protection, prophetic dreams, healing, astral projection
Medicinal ~ Urinary tract infection, congestive heart failure, PMS, benign prostate enlargement, hay fever, arthritis
Ancient Ways ~ Exorcism, protection, healing, lust
Ancient Ways ~ Luck, money, health, fidelity
Ancient Ways ~ Love, divination, luck, money
Medicinal ~ Colds, flu, fevers, respiratory ailments.
Ancient Ways ~ Love, protection, divination
Medicinal ~ digestive problems (papaya is used as a meat tenderizer, therefore helping to digest meat), ulcers,.
Ancient Ways ~ Love, protection
Medicinal ~ high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, bad breath, suppressed menstruation, allergies, fever
Ancient ways ~ lust, protection, purification. (ever wonder why you have that sprig of parsley on your plate at a restaurant? Its to protect the food from contamination).
Medicinal ~ Stress, anxiety, insomnia, digestive aid, wounds.
Ancient Ways ~ peace, sleep, friendships
Medicinal ~ Stimulates appetite, sleep and anxiety
Ancient Ways ~ money, fertility, lust
Medicinal ~ Insect repellant, congestion and coughs, digestive aid
Ancient Ways ~ Strength, protection, peace
Medicinal ~ Aids digestion, arthritis
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, exorcism
Medicinal ~ Digestive aid, irritable bowel syndrome, pain, congestion, coughs, infections, headaches. *because peppermint relaxes the smooth muscles, pregnant women should only take in a weak tea infusion.
Ancient Ways ~ Purification, sleep, love, healing, psychic powers.
Ancient Ways ~ Fertility, love, sleep, money, luck, invisibility
Medicinal ~ Rheumatism, blood purifier, skin disorders
Ancient Ways ~ Love
Queen of the Meadow (aka Gravel root)
Medicinal ~ Kidney stones and gravel
Medicinal ~ morning sickness, uterine irritability, diarrhea, disease prevention, anti-oxidant
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, love
Medicinal ~ colds and flu, mouth sores,
Medicinal ~ Food poisoning, infections, digestive problems, congestion.
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, love, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth
Medicinal ~ Excessive perspiration, wounds, food poisoning, digestive problems, sore throats
Ancient Ways ~ Love, healing, happiness, lust, strength, psychic powers
Ancient Ways ~ Love
Medicinal ~ High blood pressure, congestive heart failure, PMS (diuretic)
Ancient Ways ~ Love, money
Ancient Ways ~ Health, money
Medicinal ~ Expectorant, insect bites
Ancient Ways ~ Mental powers
Medicinal ~ Prostate
Medicinal ~ Insomnia and anxiety
Ancient Ways ~ Love, fidelity, peace
Medicinal ~ Constipation (however, produced intestinal cramps)
Ancient Ways ~ Love
Medicinal ~ Wounds, coughs, sore throats and digestive problems,
Ancient Ways ~ Halts gossip
Medicinal ~ Alleviates external itching
Medicinal ~ Same as Peppermint
Ancient Ways ~ Healing, love, mental powers
St Johns Wort
Medicinal ~ Depression, infections, wounds
Ancient Ways ~ Health, protection, strength, love, divination, happiness
Medicinal ~ Internal parasites
Ancient Ways ~ Health, Longevity
Medicinal ~ Toothache, infections
Medicinal ~ (Green Tea) cancer, heart disease, respiratory problems, diarrhea, tooth decay
Ancient Ways ~ Riches, courage, strength
Medicinal ~ Infections, coughs, Digestive problems, small amounts can alleviate menstrual cramps
Ancient Ways ~ Health, healing, sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, courage
Medicinal ~ Enhanced immunity, wounds, food poisoning, digestive problems, scabies, arthritis, cataracts, cancer, heart disease, liver damage
Ancient Ways ~ Purification
Medicinal ~ Insomnia, high blood pressure
Ancient Ways ~ Love, sleep, purification, protection
Medicinal ~ Fever, pain, inflammation, heart attack and stroke,
Ancient Ways ~ Love, Love divination, protection, healing
Medicinal ~ Coughs
Medicinal ~ Colic, morning sickness
Medicinal ~ Hemorrhoids and skin problems, sunburn
Ancient Ways ~ Protection, chastity
Medicinal ~ Sore, stiff muscles, liver, gallbladder
Ancient Ways ~ Psychic powers, protection, love, calling spirits
Medicinal ~ Wounds, digestive problems, menstrual cramps, stress, anxiety and insomnia
Ancient Ways ~ Courage, love, psychic powers, courage