Herbal Remedies for Common Complaints


Haemorrhoids or piles are common in the west, due to the prevalence of low fibre and processed foods in our diets. Piles are, often, the result of constipation, pregnancy, and straining on the toilet. Herbal remedies for this common complaint include:

Witch Hazel lightly sponged onto the anus in a solution can reduce bleeding.

Pilewort ointment applied twice daily can assist in the treatment of these protruding veins around the anus.

Drinking plenty of fresh water every day, 8 glasses are recommended, and eating more high fibre foods like wholegrains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and pulses, will help this condition. Avoid spicy foods, coffee, beer and soft drinks, which will increase the irritation.


Lifestyle choices can help reduce insomnia. Regular exercise will assist in reducing anxiety and tempering overstimulated minds. Don’t work on the computer in the evenings, and especially not, just, prior to bedtime. Reduce your intake of stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine.

Lavender infusions in a bath or via another form of aromatherapy can help with relaxation.

Valerian tea is a natural sedative for those wishing to avoid pharmaceutical sleeping tablets. Drink prior to bedtime. Do not combine Valerian tea with other prescribed medications.

Difficulty sleeping is an increasingly common complaint in our 21C world. A digital world that never sleeps, and which is forever blinking out information and entertainment toward our tired brains. Anxiety and overstimulation are the main causes of insomnia. There are several herbal treatments you can consider for this condition:

Skin Conditions

Comfrey is another excellent topical herbal treatment for rashes and skin irritations. Do not use on open wounds for longer than 48 hours, as it can lead to toxicity.

Arnica is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, usually found in an ointment or cream formula.

Aloe Vera is a great topical remedy for many minor skin irritations. This natural gel soothes and softens skin, whilst accelerating healing. Aloe Vera is the number one proven herbal medicine in terms of efficacy.

There are many types of skin problems, which can range from minor irritations to psoriasis. Herbal remedies can assist in the treatment of many skin issues.