Herbalists’ Favorite Herbs

Discover outstanding herbs for a wide range of health concerns with these recommendations from five herb experts.

Compiled and edited by Mother Earth Living staff

May/June 2016

We asked some of our favorite herbalists to name their favorite herbs for a variety of maladies. The result is a list of five herbs that can come in handy in any medicine cabinet. In fact, many of these herbal stars can be taken on a long-term basis to support our overall health.

Dawn Combs

Dawn Combs An ethnobotanist, educator and Mother Earth Living contributor, Combs’ experiences supporting her own health and that of her family have led to the practical education she provides online at heallocal.com; in her classes at Mockingbird Meadows; and through her nationally recognized product line of botanical supplements. She believes that everyone can take charge of their health by reclaiming the knowledge of our ancestors, using modern medicine wisely and connecting with the natural world. She is the author of Conceiving Healthy Babies and Heal Local.

ASHWAGNDA FOR IMMUNITY: Ashwagndha (Withania somnifera) is my favorite herb for anyone who needs a stronger immune system. Common plants such as ginger and garlic are there for us when we’re sick, but with an adaptogen like ashwagandha we can build our health and reduce the negative effects of stress to the point that we need intervention less.

USAGE: The root of this tropical plant from the tomato family (Solanaceae) can be decocted for a tea, tinctured, or used in capsule form by anyone who is not pregnant or hyperthyroid.

ground ashwagndha 

Chris Kilham

Chris KilhamMedicine hunter Chris Kilham is a TV personality and author who has conducted medicinal plant research in more than 40 countries, helping popularize medicinal plants globally through media. He is the author of 15 books, including The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook and the best-selling yoga book The Five Tibetans.

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