The following is an excerpt from the article Herbal Mastermind by Beth Davis. It features a bio of David Winston, one of the premier herbalists in the country. For more information go to HerbalTherapeutics.net.
Ginger. Its multitude of uses makes this a favorite. It helps with gas, bloating and upset stomach. Steam and inhale to help with allergies. Combine with honey and lemon for an excellent sore throat remedy.
Fresh Garlic. This strongly antibacterial herb helps kill the bacteria that cause gastric ulcers, can mildly lower blood pressure and VLDL cholesterol levels and can thin blood.
Cinnamon. Another antibacterial herb, cinnamon can be used as a gargle for gum disease and sore throats. It mildly lowers blood sugar levels, enhances digestion and improves peripheral circulation.
Turmeric. As a strong anti-inflammatory herb, turmeric is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also help relieve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel disease.
Sage. Contains a variety of antioxidants and antioxidant phytochemicals. Combined with echinacea sage can help with a viral or bacterial sore throat. It enhances cognitive function and is effective for relieving some symptoms of menopause, especially when combined with the herbs chaste tree and Motherwort.