I've found it's naturally evolved that I've got 4 storages of herbs: the cooking ones, the burning ones, the collection of ones used less often, and the medicinal ones that are like staples, used often.
I know each herbalist's list of mainstays is a little unique because everyone allies differently with different herbal 'doctors,' but for what it's worth, here are some of mine from the storage of ones that are like medicinal staples/first aid kit:
- ashwaganda: (immune system regulating adaptogen, tonic, nice in a bedtime decoction with milk & honey added mmm -- or just for pleasure, roses with mulk & honey)
- catnip: (great at night for a cold, & kitty love, also garden sage tea in the day for a cold)
- goldenseal: (natural antibiotic properties, mucous membrane healer)
- fresh garlic: (natural antibiotic properties, cloves crushed, cut up into pill size, swallowed with orange juice)
- GSE/grapefruit seed extract: (first aid for food poisoning, great for tummyaches, many many uses)
- white willow bark: (natural aspirin)
- cramp bark: (need I say more)
- dandelion root: (one cup of light decoction a month around the time of cramp bark = 'water pill'/diuretic)
- vervain: (sleepytime)
- lavender essential oil: (one sniff or a tiny touch tickled along the hairline can disappear a headache)
- arnica gel: (amazing for sore muscles, strains/sprains, bumps/bruises - they also make a spray now, very fast relief)
- comfrey salve: (sprain/muscle/tendon/broken bone healing, sore feet, skin irritations, wounds/scrapes)
- kukui nut oil (eczema, skin irritations, winter skincare against dryness)
- plantain salve: (beestings, surface wounds, skin irritations)
- goji juice: (longevity tonic, adaptogen, non-caffeinated energy booster/regulator)
- oat straw/tops: (again, non-caffeinated feeling energy boost, slightly sexual)
- moxa sticks (mugwort 'wands' used in acupuncture/acupressure/shiatsu)
- I also like ones anchasta
mentioned, damiana, and the anise & fennel, I also like charcoal capsules for gas too. You reminded me about osha, I haven't had any of that around in too long a time. And I like to keep something on hand for 'drawing' (drawing out splinters, infection) like clay (powder, whether bentonite, white or green), white pine, or goldenrod.
There are so many more I love so much, and there are overlaps between this medicinal kind of list and magickal ones, like rosemary, who wanted to be mentioned for some reason (maybe I should take her tea today!), and fenugreek seed (for certain headaches or stresses).
I really like this thread and reading others' lists, I hope lots of people will post.