“Popularity,” said Will Rogers, “is the easiest thing in the world to gain and it is the hardest thing to hold.” Ask 10 herbalists to list the top 10 healing herbs and you’ll get 11 different answers. Criteria vary, and the field of natural health, as with all endeavors, is subject to fads and fashions.
Yet there are some herbs with enduring status. For instance, garlic, I hope would be on everyone’s list. So there is some confessed subjectivity in the following. In addition to their healing qualities, the following herbs have been chosen for their ready availability, their versatility (culinary and adaptogenic use), proven history versus trendiness and actual therapeutic value versus mere symptom reduction. Herbs are listed in alphabetical order: