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Herbal remedies

Some common ailments respond very well to the treatment with herbal remedies, but must not be seen as an replacing conventional medicine.

herbal remedies

Herewith some ailments, and the corresponding herbal remedies - as infusions - that may be helpful with the particular problem, but when in doubt, please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

We refer to any drink made by infusing botanic material (be that leaves, seeds, flowers, roots etc) as a "herbal tea".

To be totally correct you would break this down to

A tea is a tisane (infusion) made from the tea bush (Camellia sinensis) and any herbal infusion is then really a tisane or ptisan.

A herbal tea can be made from fresh or dried botanic material - be that leaves, flowers, seeds or roots and is made by pouring boiling water over the material and letting it steep for a few minutes.

The seeds and roots normally require the mixture to be boiled to release the ingredients. The "tea" infusion or tisane is then strained, sweetened with honey if so desired, and served.

A decoction normally involves mashing the botanical material first and then boiling it in water to extract the organic compounds and differ from tisanes or herbal teas in that they are normally boiled.

For more on how to prepare herbal teas and use of specific herbs.

Also note that this is just a small reference and that many more herbs could be used for ailments, and the list must not be seen as complete and exhaustive.

These remedies are proposed as herbal teas - decoctions - and are made as follows:

  • They are made by using 2.5 oz (60 g) of fresh herbs or 1.25 oz (30 g) of dried herbal material and simmering it in 18 fl oz (500 ml) of water for at least 20 minutes. Bark and root are very suitable types of material to use when making a decoction. The decoction must be used the same day it is made and excess should be discarded.

Please note

The SA Medical Council and the USA FDA have not evaluated any of these statements about products and health conditions, as listed on this page.

Herbal remedies - the list of ailments and infusions used

Aching joints

celery, comfrey, rosemary, St John's Wort

Aching muscles

chamomile, ginger, marjoram, rose-scented geranium


chamomile, fennel, mint


buchu, calendula, chamomile, cloves, comfrey, parsley, rosella

Adaptogen herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

basil, gotu kola


echinacea, garlic, goldenseal


alfalfa, melissa, milk thistle



Alzheimer's disease



buchu, clover, cloves, lavender




borage, celery, lemon thyme, alfalfa, pennywort


chamomile, echinacea, stinging nettle


calendula, cinnamon, lavender, marjoram, turmeric


buchu, echinacea, alfalfa, rosemary, sage


clover, lemon, gotu kola, turmeric


turmeric, pennywort


jasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, melissa, oat straw, rose hip, rosemary, St Johns wort


basil, bergamot, chamomile, clover, echinacea, ginger, lemon, rose hip, rosemary, yarrow


lemon, turmeric


borage, chamomile, comfrey, gotu kola


bergamot, calendula, cloves, ginger, lavender, rose hip, yarrow


anise, basil, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, cloves, lemon thyme,, lemon verbena, marjoram, melissa, rose hip, rosemary, St Johns wort, yarrow

Antiviral herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

echinacea, melissa, rose hip, St john's wort


lavender, alfalfa, marjoram, mint, oat straw, rose-scented geranium


cardamom, ginseng, tribulus terrestris, muira puama

Appetite poor



catmint, celery, clover, comfrey, devils claw, elderflower, ginger, lemon grass, alfalfa, parsley, pennywort, stinging nettle, strawberry, turmeric


anise, cardamom, chamomile, cinnamon, echinacea, lemon thyme, maidenhair fern, stinging nettle, turmeric


calendula, lemon, rose hip, rosella, sage, strawberry, yarrow

Athletes foot

buchu, calendula, marjoram, gotu kola

Bad breath

anise, caraway, cardamom, parsley, mint




catmint, horsetail, marjoram

Bladder problems

borage, buchu, cardamom, celery, fennel, goldenrod, maidenhair fern, parsley


anise, buchu, caraway, chamomile, fennel, lavender, marjoram, mint, nutmeg, peppermint

Blocked ears

comfrey, echinacea, mullein, violet

Blood pressure - high

basil, celery, lemon, yarrow

Blood pressure - low


Blood sugar - lowering

basil, pennywort

Blood tonic

basil, clover, lemon, alfalfa, rose hip


comfrey, echinacea, corn silk, golden seal, gotu kola

Brain - increasing

pennywort, peppermint, sage

Breast cancer

clover, violet

Breast milk, stimulating production

caraway, alfalfa, stinging nettle

Breast milk, decreasing production


Breath sweetener

anise, caraway, cardamom, parsley, mint

Broken bones



anise, cardamom, clover, comfrey, echinacea, elderflower, ginger, mullein, violet


comfrey, lavender, marjoram


elderflower, goldenrod, maidenhair fern, violet

Chest infection

comfrey, echinacea, lemon thyme, alfalfa, mullein, violet


echinacea, ginger

Chills herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

echinacea, ginger, alfalfa

Cholesterol, high

basil, celery, fennel, parsley, turmeric

Circulation, poor

ginger, gotu kola, rosemary, yarrow


basil, celery, fennel, corn silk, parsley, stinging nettle

Cold hands

ginger, alfalfa, pennywort

Cold sores

echinacea, elderflower, peppermint


bergamot, echinacea, elderflower, ginger, lemon thyme, maidenhair fern, marjoram, pineapple sage, rose hip, rosella, sage, violet, yarrow


anise, caraway, cardamom, catmint, chamomile, fennel, lemon grass, lemon verbena, melissa, mint, peppermint, rose hip, strawberry


calendula, melissa, mint

Concentration - poor

gotu kola, peppermint, sage


buchu, comfrey, ginger, alfalfa, mullein, sage, violet


anise, bergamot, borage, buchu, clover, elderflower, ginger, lemon thyme, maidenhair fern, marjoram, mullein, rose hip, rosella, violet


lemon grass, mint, gotu kola, peppermint


borage, cardamom, goldenrod, corn silk


bergamot, comfrey, echinacea, mullein, violet


basil, calendula, celery, echinacea, mullein, violet


goldenrod, nutmeg, raspberry, rose hip, strawberry

Digestive - assisting

anise, bergamot, calendula, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, lemon grass, lemon verbena, melissa, mint, nutmeg, parsley, peppermint, pineapple sage, rosemary, turmeric

Digestive - problems

bergamot, melissa, mint, oat straw, peppermint, strawberry


lavender, lemon thyme, marjoram, sage


borage, celery, fennel, lemon, corn silk, parsley, raspberry, rosemary, stinging nettle, strawberry, yarrow

Drug addiction


Dry skin

jasmine, oat straw, pennywort, sage

Ear infection

echinacea, elderflower, alfalfa, mullein


echinacea, mullein


borage, chamomile, clover, elderflower, stinging nettle, turmeric


celery, fennel, corn silk, parsley

Energy - to get extra

alfalfa, oat straw, peppermint, rosella, rosemary


clover, oat straw, sage


chamomile, jasmine, lavender, rose-scented geranium

Expectorant herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

anise, borage, comfrey, fennel, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, mullein, violet


melissa, peppermint, rosemary


catmint, elderflower, ginger, lemon grass, melissa, yarrow

Fever blisters

echinacea, elderflower, peppermint


caraway, cardamom, catmint, lemon grass, marjoram, melissa, mint, peppermint


buchu, echinacea, ginger, lemon, melissa, sage, yarrow

Fluid retention

celery, fennel, corn silk, parsley





Fungal infections

comfrey, echinacea, turmeric

Gastric ulcer

calendula, melissa


chamomile, melissa, oat straw




clover, fennel, parsley, stinging nettle, strawberry


lavender, melissa, oat straw


anise, cardamom, caraway, melissa


catmint, gotu kola

Hay fever

bergamot, chamomile, elderflower, stinging nettle, violet


catmint, ginger, violet

Heart tonic

pennywort, rosemary


anise, buchu, caraway, fennel, lemon grass, melissa, mint, nutmeg, peppermint, pineapple sage

High blood pressure

basil, celery, lemon, yarrow

High blood sugar

basil, gotu kola


echinacea, garlic, golden seal

Hot flushes

goldenrod, sage


lavender, melissa, oat straw, rose-scented geranium

Immune system boost

echinacea, lemon thyme, sage


anise, pennywort, tribulus terrestris, muira puama


buchu, cardamom


bergamot, catmint, chamomile, ginger, lemon thyme


borage, elderflower, gotu kola (gotu kola)

Internal bleeding


Irritable bowel syndrome

borage, oat straw

Itchy skin herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

elderflower, stinging nettle


maidenhair fern, turmeric

Kidney problems

buchu, cardamom, celery, fennel, goldenrod, parsley, rose hip

Kidney stones

fennel, goldenrod, maidenhair fern, corn silk, rose hip

Kidney tonic

cinnamon, fennel, corn silk, parsley, rose hip


alfalfa, gotu kola

Liver tonic

basil, cinnamon, gotu kola, St johns wort, strawberry, turmeric

Low blood pressure



cinnamon, alfalfa, sage, St johns wort

Memory - improving

cloves, alfalfa, peppermint, sage

Menstrual problems


Menstruation - irregular

borage, parsley, yarrow

Menstruation - painful

anise, parsley

Morning sickness

chamomile, fennel, lemon, melissa, oat straw

Motion sickness


Mouth ulcers

raspberry, sage

Multiple sclerosis

oat straw

Muscle aches

comfrey, St johns wort

Muscle building

alfalfa, rosemary

Muscle spasms

calendula, cloves, lavender, lemon thyme, nutmeg, sage

Nasal congestion

bergamot, cloves, mullein, violet


anise, bergamot, buchu, catmint, ginger, mint, nutmeg, turmeric

Nerve tonic

lemon, lemon verbena, melissa, oat straw, rosemary


stinging nettle

Oily skin

basil, bergamot, alfalfa, oat straw


comfrey, oat straw, parsley, sage

Overactive thyroid



melissa, mint, peppermint

Pain relief

chamomile, cloves, oat straw, St john wort

Pale complexion


Panic attacks

lavender, melissa, oat straw, rose-scented geranium


basil, cloves


buchu, echinacea, ginger, marjoram

Pneumonia herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

comfrey, echinacea, mullein

Poor concentration

gotu kola, peppermint, sage

Poor memory

cloves, alfalfa, peppermint, sage

Post-nasal drip

clover, maidenhair fern, sage, violet

Premenstrual tension


Prostate problems

corn silk, raspberry, stinging nettle


clover, parsley, turmeric




calendula, comfrey, elderflower


chamomile, jasmine, lavender, melissa, rose-scented geranium


buchu, catmint, celery, comfrey, nutmeg, oat straw, parsley, raspberry, strawberry

Rheumatoid arthritis

gotu kola

Scalp problems

maidenhair fern, rosemary, stinging nettle


centella, comfrey


chamomile, jasmine, lavender, melissa, oat straw, gotu kola, St johns wort

Shortness of breath

comfrey, maidenhair fern

Sinus - headaches

mullein, violet

Sinus - blocked

clover, mullein, violet

Skin cancer

gotu kola

Skin problems


Sore gums

echinacea, sage

Sore nipples

calendula, chamomile, comfrey

Sore throat

elderflower, fennel, lemon, lemon thyme, maidenhair fern, pineapple sage, raspberry, rosella, sage






cloves, rosemary

Stomach aches

buchu, fennel, ginger

Stomach - cancer


Stomach - upset

caraway, catmint, melissa


basil, jasmine, lavender, oat straw, rose scented geranium, St johns wort

Swollen joints

comfrey, turmeric

Tension herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy

basil, cloves, jasmine, melissa, mint, rose-scented geranium



Tight chest

anise, bergamot, lemon thyme, mullein

Tired eyes


Tonic - general

cinnamon, gotu kola, lemon thyme, rosemary, sage


comfrey, echinacea, marjoram



Torn ligaments

comfrey, pennywort

Urinary problems

basil, celery, cinnamon, fennel, goldenrod, parsley, rose hip

Varicose veins

gotu kola, yarrow


bergamot, lemon, mint

Warming the body


Weak pulse

alfalfa, ginger

Weight loss - helping with

celery, fennel, parsley

Whooping cough

anise, clover


anise, caraway, catmint, chamomile, lavender, mint, melissa

Wounds herbal remedies to cure ailments tea herbal remedy



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  • Healing cream
    • To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Face wash
    • This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
  • Moisturizing day cream
    • This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
  • Nourishing night cream
    • This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
  • Eye gel
    • An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
  • Mud face mask
    • With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.


Hair care

  • Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
    • Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
  • Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
    • We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.


Specialized herbal gels and lotions

  • Hand and body lotion
    • When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
  • Stretch mark gel
    • Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.


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    • This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
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    • This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.

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