For centuries, lavender has been used as a general tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, diuretic, digestive aid, and gas remedy. Lavender tea and essential oil are prescribed to treat common minor ailments such as insomnia, nervousness, fatigue, headaches, nausea, and gas. Its aroma helps to stimulate mental processes to help patients with dementia and alleviate mild to moderate depression.
Mint relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, calms smooth muscle spasms, dries dampness, expels phlegm, and clears the head. It is regarded as an excellent remedy for stomach cramps due to its ability to reduce hypercontractability of the intestinal muscles. It is often added to formulas using laxative herbs, such as cascara sagrada, to prevent intestinal gripe. Peppermint is considered the strongest mint medicinally, though the other mints have medicinal benefit as well. Peppermint has activity against a wide range of pathogens including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and candida.
Chamomile has antianxiety, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antispasmodic properties. As an antibacterial herb, chamomile may inhibit the growth of underarm bacteria, which eliminates underarm perspiration odour.
Cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for "cold" conditions, often in combination with ginger. The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for digestive problems, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, as well as for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds.
Cloves may protect the liver, reduce inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, and help with dental pain when used as a topical anesthetic. In ayurvedic medicine it is used for halitosis, eye disease, toothache, flatulence, colic, and anorexia.
Turmeric helps stabilize the body's microflora, thus inhibiting yeast overgrowth. It also sensitizes the body's cortisol receptor sites and thus is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent. It helps regulate the menses, can prevent blood clots from forming, and is restorative after childbirth.