Ailments

Have something gross going on with your body and not sure where to start? Find your issue in the left column (they’re roughly grouped by body systems), check out the “action needed” on the curative properties page, and then read about some of the suggested plants to figure out what you want to try. Because healing is as much an art as a science, there’s no way I could include everything you need to know here. Consider this page a starting point.

As a general guideline, you should use the ailments (this page), curative properties, and specific plant pages together and only as starting points. For example, I’m not the sort who would try to fix high blood pressure herbally, but I do find it useful to know that rosemary oil – while helpful with coughs – should be avoided by people with high blood pressure as it can exacerbate hypertension.

*I write about uses for plants as a novice brujita, not a doctor or scientist; this isn’t medical advice. If you want to use plant-based remedies, find a doctor you trust and respect who also trusts and respects you so that you can work together to make sure you’re the healthiest version of you.

Bones/Joints

Sprains
  • Analgesic

Circulation

Bleeding
  • Astringent
  • Hemostatic
  • Styptic
  • Vulnerary
Bruises
High blood pressure
Inflammation
    • Analgesic
    • Anti-inflammatory
Low blood pressure
Poor circulation
Varicose veins
  • Astringent

Digestion

Abdominal pain
  • Alterative
  • Analgesic
  • Mucilaginous
Bloating
  • Alterative
  • Diuretic
Constipation
  • Alterative
  • Diuretic
  • Mucilaginous
Diarrhea
  • Astringent
Indigestion
  • Alterative
  • Diuretic
  • Mucilaginous
Irritable bowels
  • Mucilaginous
Nausea
Urinary retention
  • Alterative
  • Aromatic
  • Diuretic
Vomiting
  • Astringent

Female Reproductive System*

Late period
  • Emmenagogue
Menstrual cramps
  • Analgesic
  • Clary sage

*I’m looking for a better way to describe the system that comprises the uterus, ovaries, vagina, etc. that people of all genders have

Immune System

Allergies
Canker Sores
Cold
  • Diaphoretic
Cuts
  • Antibacterial
  • Astringent
Fever
  • Diaphoretic
Flu
  • Diaphoretic
Infection
  • Diuretic
Inflammation
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Swelling
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Swollen lymph nodes
  • Alterative
  • Aromatic
  • Diuretic
  • Mucilaginous
Wounds
  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Astringent

Mind/Body

Depression
  • Nervine
Itch
  • Analgesic
  • Astringent
Fainting
  • Nervine
Hangover
  • Nervine
Headache
  • Nervine
Insomnia
  • Nervine
Memory loss
  • Mental stimulent
  • Nervine
Migrane
  • Nervine
Motion sickness
Nausea
Pain
  • Analgesic
  • Mucilaginous
  • Nervine
Stress
  • Adaptogen
  • Nervine

Muscles/Tendons

Cramps
  • Analgesic
  • Mucilaginous
Soreness
  • Analgesic
  • Mucilaginous

Non-Body

Bacteria
  • Antibacterial
Infection
Insects
Fungus
Odor
  • Deodorant
Parasites
Pests
Souring
  • Preservative

Respiratory System

Allergies
Asthma
Bronchitis
  • Mucilaginous
Cold
  • Diaphoretic
  • Mucilaginous
Congestion
Cough
  • Mucilaginous
Flu
  • Diaphoretic
Sinusitis
Throat infection

Skin and Hair

Acne
  • Astringent
Athlete’s foot
  • Anti-fungal
Bites, insect
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Blisters
Bruises
Burns Mucilaginous
Cuts
  • Analgesic
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Dandruff
Dry scalp  
Dry skin Mucilaginous
Eczema
  • Alterative
  • Analgesic
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Fungal infections
  • Anti-fungal
Hair loss
Itch
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Lice
Oily scalp/ hair
  • Astringent
Psoriasis
  • Alterative
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Rash
  • Analgesic
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Rough skin
  • Mucilaginous
Scars
Stings
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Swelling
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous
Warts
Wounds
  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Astringent
  • Mucilaginous

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