Managing the monthly cycle of hormonal ups and downs drives many to reach routinely for ibuprofen, antidepressants, sleeping pills and other drugs. And we’re just talking about the husbands. But for generations, women have been turning to the plant world for nontoxic, natural remedies for common complaints. It’s time we went back to basics and revisited those simple cures, urges Rosemary Gladstar, founder of Sage Mountain Herb Center in Barre, Vt. Given the stratospheric price of health care and the stresses of modern life, herbs are more relevant than ever, she says: “Treating yourself with home remedies is the easiest, least invasive and oftentimes most effective treatment.” Learn your cramp bark from your feverfew with this essential guide.