Being healthy should be easy! There is an herbal remedy for nearly every health and wellness concern. Here are a few of the essential herbs you should have in your own herbal apothecary:

1. Garlic

Garlic cloves are antiviral, antifungal, antibiotic, and antiseptic. Garlic can help fight heart disease, hypertension, hair loss, Group B strep in pregnancy, colds and flus, foot fungus, prostate cancer, blood toxins, and even mosquitos. A bonus: it tastes great and can easily be incorporated into your cooking!

2. Ginger

Ginger has been known offer relief for gastrointestinal issues and diseases, such as intestinal gas, nausea and vomiting, and certain cancers (ovarian, colorectal), as well as arthritis, bronchitis, and muscle spasms. Ginger is an antiseptic, analgesic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.

3. Mint

Mint leaves can be used in teas to aid digestion, reduce gas, treat headaches, and fight colds and fevers. Mint has natural stimulating properties and a strong aroma that can help clear congestion and offer relief for asthma, coughs, and other respiratory issues.

4. Sage

Sage tea is often used as a remedy for sore gums and throat, skin infections, and insect bites. Sage is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and an outstanding memory enhancer. It can also help treat excessive perspiration and dry up lactation.

5. Lavender

Lavender, an antibiotic, antispasmodic, and central nervous system depressant, is most commonly known for its calming properties, and can be used to promote relaxation. It can be used to treat stress, anxiety, nervous tension, sleep problems, burns, wounds, and headaches.

6. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is another calming herb that is often used in teas, tinctures, and as an addition to baths. Use this pleasantly scented herb to unwind, and take advantage of its antibacterial, antispasmodic, and antiviral properties.

7. Aloe Vera

The leaf juice of aloe vera is used topically to treat sunburns and other minor burns, wounds, and irritated skin. It is an antiseptic, insecticidal, emollient digestive aid.

8. Calendula

Also known as marigold, calendula can be used to treat cramps, coughs, snake bites, eczema, acne, conjunctivitis, gastritis, minor burns, warts, wounds, diaper rash, and minor injuries. It is a beneficial anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antiviral in infusions, ointments, salves, and baths.

9. Chickweed

Chickweed can be used internally to relieve rheumatism pains, and externally to soothe a variety of skin discomforts such as itching, dryness, and rashes. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

10. Comfrey

Comfrey is an anti-inflammatory, astringent, and healing herb. It contains allantoin, a substance that speeds the healing of tissues, and can also help heal bruises, broken bones, and torn ligaments.

11. Goldenseal

Goldenseal’s rhizomes have been used to dye fibers and are used medicinally as a strong antibacterial. Caution should be taken when using goldenseal, as its antibacterial properties may also kill beneficial intestinal flora if used for more than three months.

12. Echinacea

Echinacea can be used to boost the immune system, fight viral infections, reduce the risks of sun damage to skin, and heal minor wounds. Its use can shorten cold symptoms, soothe sore throats, and relief aches and pains.