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Herbs Glossary

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa): A blood purifier that reduces and prevents symptoms caused by arthritis, bursitis, and gout9, and al
Angelica (Angelica sinensis): Helps regulate menstruation, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant for coughs, bronchitis and pleurisy,
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus): An immune stimulant thought to inhibit tumor growth and often used to help reduce the side effects o
Bayberry (Myrica ceriferea): Astringent in diarrhea, reduces secretions, used also in colds and chills, relaxes nervous tension w
Black Cohosh (Cimacifuga racemosa): An emmenagogue, assists in balancing female hormones and regulating menstrual periods, used as an an
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium): Believed to tone the female reproductive system, helps prevent threatened miscarriage, contains uter
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra): Used in gargles for sore throat, a vermifuge, a blood purifier, and lowers blood pressure.
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalactroides): Antispasmodic (an agent that relaxes nervous tension that may cause colic), emmenagogue, used to dim
Boneset (Eupatorium perfolatum): Diaphoretic, helps reduce fevers, bitter action for liver, gall bladder, and bowel.
Borage (Borago officinalis): Lactagoge, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, lowers fevers during convalescence.
Buchu (Barosma betulina): Diuretic, reduces inflamed mucous membranes that cause a mucous discharge, helps heal cystitis (infe
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa): Stimulates appetite and digestion, reduces arthritic pain, blood purifier, treats scrofula, and othe
Butternut Bark (Juglans cinera): Eliminates intestinal worms, a mild laxative, increases secretion of bile and activity of glands in
Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana): The bark a gentle laxative especially helpful for the elderly, particularly in cases of chronic cons
Catnip (Nepeta cataria): Associated with stomach discomforts, carminative (an agent use to relieve gas and sharp pain in the
Cats Claw (Uncaria tomentosa): Detoxifier
Cayenne (Capsicum annum): A blood purifier, lowers blood cholesterol levels, helps reduce blood pressure, improves circulation
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): The flowers reduce stomach problems, helps relieve cancer of the liver, mouth, skin and brain, appli
Chestnut (Castanea Sativa): Contracts body tissue and blood vessels, helps in convulsive coughs and other irritable conditions o
Chickweed (Stellaria media): Reduces internal inflammation, and external swelling, soothes coughs, colds, sore throats, and flus,
Cloves (Caryophyllum aromaticus): Antiseptic, reduces vomitting.
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara): Soothes coughs and colds, expectorant, stimulates the immune system.
Comfrey Leaf powder (Symphytum officinale): Impressive in speeding wound healing and guarding against scar tissue, soothes irritated surfaces, h
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus): Relaxes muscle tensions and reduces spasms, relaxes the uterus and relieve painful menstrual cramps,
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Treats liver infections and breast cancer, helpful in detoxifying the liver.
Dill (Anethum graveolens): Helps eliminate gas in infants, tranquilizer, softens hardened stools.
Echinacea (Echinacea Angustifolia): An immune stimulant and the liquid extract is sweet tasting.
Echinacea (Echinacea purperea): An immune stimulant by increasing phagocytosis, used to treat fevers and minor infections.
Elder berries (Sambucus nigra): Applied externally for burns, rashes, and minor skin problems.
Elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis): Releives symptoms of coughs and colds
Elecampane root (Inula helenium): Diuretic, diaphoretic, helps with coughs, and bronchitis.
False unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum): Balances hormones, diuretic, aids in delayed or absent menstruation, also helps threatened miscarria
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): An estrogenic agent, a lactagogue.
Feverfew (Tanateum parsenium): Anti-inflammatory for arthritis, remedy for migraine headaches, relieves painful and slow menstrual
Garlic (Allium sativum): Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol level, increases phagocyte and peritoneal macrophage productio
Gentian (Gentiana lutea): Increases ability to digest and assimilate food, increases sensitivity of glands and organs to adren
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Gastrointesinal, stimulates circulation, a useful diaphoretic, promoting perspiration. As a gargle i
Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo Biloba): Circulatory, brain circulation, anti-inflammatory, vasoddilatory, relaxant, has been suggested in th
Ginseng, American Wild (Panax quinquefolia): An adaptogen (helps the system adapt to a variety of changes), increases energy, decreases blood pre
Ginseng, Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus): An adaptogen, lowers stress, both raises and/or lowers blood sugar as needed. contraindicated during
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): Antimicrobial, a bitter herb whose root is an anticarrhal, tonic, used as a antibiotic, contains ber
Honeysuckle Flowers (Lonicera periclymenum): Laxative, expectorant.
Horehound (Marrubium vulgare): A cough remedy, used to facilitate healing of bronchitis and asthma, expels mucous from the lungs an
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Soothes and heals mucous membranes in the intestinal tract, treats ulcers.
Linden Flowers (Tilia europaea): A nervine, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, hypotensive, diaphoretic, diuretic, astri
Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum): Antimicrobial
Marshmallow root (Althea officinalis): The root soothes mucous membranes, helps heal wounds, ointments and cremes made from the root are ef
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria): Intestinal Astringent, anti-inflammatory, carminative, antacid, anti-emetic. Protects and soothe the
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum): Liver protectant, Hepatic, galactogogue, demulcent, cholagogue. Research done in Germany is revealin
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca): Antispasm, nervine hepatic, cardiac tonic, hypotensive. The latin names of this plant show its range
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus): Helps heal respiratory problems, protects damaged tissue, reduces swelling and pain, has antibiotic
Myrrh (Balsamodendron myrrha): Increases mucous membrane activity, helps fight infection by increasing white blood cells (that atta
Nettle (Urtica dioaca): Lactagogue, diuretic and detoxifying, helps heal eczema (especially children when stress related and
Oatstraw (Avena sativa): Helps builds the outer layer of the skin, helps detoxify body.
Oregon grape root (Mahonia aquifolium): Antimicrobial, source of berberine which is an antimicrobial for several bacteria (see goldenseal fo
Osha root (Ligusticum porteri): Reduces inflammation of the throat and mucous membranes, increases elimination of toxins throughout
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata): Sedative, assists relaxation and sleep.
Pau DArco (Tabebuia impetiginosa): Retards the development of tumors, helps heal candida in adults thrush (candida in the infants mouth
Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Reduces cramps, antispasm, stimulant.
Plantain (Plantago ovaga): Alleviates skin infection and inflammation, also reduces pain and coughing.
Pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa): Remedy for colds and flus, expectorant.
Queen of the Meadow Root (Eupatorum purpureum): Also known as gravel root or Joe-Pye Weed. Diuretic, anti-lithic, urinary infections, respiratory.
Red clover (Trifolium pratense): Helps treat gout, reduces coughing, expels mucous from the lungs and throat, used to treat and preve
Red raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus): A uterine tonic, relaxes the uterus, traditionally believed to lead to an easier childbirth, midwive
Red root (Ceanothus americanus): Treats tonsil inflammations and sore throats, increases transport of nutrients from the blood across
Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma sinensis): An immunostimulant
Rhubarb root (Rheum palmateom): The root stimulates the appetite, helps stop diarrhea, inhibits bacterial growth, inhibits growth of
Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis): Treats headaches, soothes upset stomach, a muscle stimulant, soothes irritated nerves.
Saint Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum): Anti-inflammatory, treats lung diseases, urinary infections, helps reduce stress, helps heal wounds
Sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata): Root used to soothe sore eyes, wounds, and burns, antimicrobial as a result of antibiotic properties
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa serrulata): Anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant, digestive aid, diuretic, relives dysmenorrhea that results fr
Scullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora): Nervine, relaxant, sleep-inducing, relieves pain caused by spasms.
Shavegrass (Horsetail herb): Stabilizes and strengthens lung membranes, effective in healing urinary tract infections.
Shepherds purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris): Lowers blood pressure, reduces heavy menstrual flow (menorrhagia), reduces the incidence of hemorrha
Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinus edodes): Helps Immune system.
Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva): Demulcent, soothes damaged tissue, treats gastritis and ulcers, very effective for coughs, very effe
Spearmint (Mentha spicata): Antispasm, stomach.
Spikenard root (Aralia recemosa): Diuretic, relieves coughs and asthma, Native Americans used it for menstrual irregularities, helps l
Squaw vine (Mitchella repens): Relieves painful menstruation, helps prevent miscarriage, used during the last few weeks of pregnanc
Stevia Herb (Stevia rebaudiana): Digestion, herb has very sweet taste.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): Reduces bacteria growth, reduces mucous in the lungs, eliminates hookworms in the intestines, streng
Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis): Reduces stress, induces sleep, (European studies show that the major component, the valepotriates ha
White oak bark (Quercus alba): Anti-inflammatory, helps prevent diarrhea.
White willow (Salix alba): Pain reliever, relieves headaches, fevers, arthritis, sore muscles, and chills79.
Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina): Astringent, helps irritating coughs due to sedative action, anti-tussive, expectorant, Note that inh
Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa): Increases liver efficiency by lowering serum cholesterol, helps prevent miscarriage,reduces dysmenor
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens): Anodyne, astringent, diuretic, stimulant, emmenagoge, lactagogue.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Purifies the blood, reduces fever, lowers blood pressure, digestive stimulant, diaphoretic.
Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus): Clears skin problems including eczema and psoriasis, relieves glandular inflammation and swelling, e
Yucca Root (Yucca species): Anti-inflammatory for arthritis.

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