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Herb Education

The following traditional uses of herbs are for educational purposes only! Herbs may act differently for you. Always consult your health care provider before using herbs medicinally!

References: Plant Medicine by Richo Cech; Herbs – An Illustrated Encyclopedia by Kathi Keville; Menopausal Years – The Wise Woman Way and Healing Wise by Susun Weed; Healing with the Herbs of Life by Lesley Tierra; Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra

The FDA has not evaluated or approved this or any claims about it. This is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any medical disease.

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa, A. minus)

  • staph infections
  • impetigo
  • ulceration of the skin or mucous membrane
  • blood purifier
  • often combined with yellow dock or dandelion

Cat Nip (Nepeta cataria)

  • anti-spasmodic for relieving indigestion and gas
  • mild and specific remedy for infant colic
  • sedative for sleeplessness
  • helps dispel headache and sweating out fever
  • dispels gallbladder attacks
  • relieves cold and flu symptoms
  • fever reducer
  • for diarrhea in children
  • a warm tea will bring on a delayed menstrual period

Chamomile German (Matricaria recutita)

  • calms the stomach
  • improves digestion if taken after a meal
  • calms nervousness
  • promotes a deep sleep
  • soothes depression
  • helps with headaches, muscle pain, sciatica and menstrual cramps
  • given to children with hyperactive problems
  • discourages nightmares
  • inactivates and binds bacteria, fungus and toxins including staph and Candida
  • decreases histamine

Chickweed (Stellaria media)

  • nourishing and strengthening
  • heals wounds
  • cools fevers, infections, inflammations
  • heals eye infections and injuries
  • joint oiler
  • fat dissolver/metabolic balancer

Comfrey Leaf (Symphyton officinalis)

  • speeds healing of broken bones, bruises, pulled muscles, ligaments, sprains,
    ulcerations and shallow cuts; use internally and topically
  • use internally no longer than 3 weeks at a time
  • repairs the digestive tract lining
  • heals peptic and duodenal ulcers
  • heals colitis and hiatal hernias
  • improves digestion if taken prior to meal
  • eases stomach ulcers

Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)

  • helps indigestion and arteriosclerosis
  • spring tonic, somewhat laxative
  • improves the function of the liver
  • blood cleanser
  • diuretic

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

  • immune stimulant that increases overall resistance to disease
  • stops early phases of bacteria/viral infections
  • speeds recovery of colds, flu, and upper respiratory problems
  • not recommended for auto immune disease

reaches it's peak of potency after 2 weeks of use at a time”

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

  • great for colds and flu
  • good for sinusitis
  • great anti-inflammatory
  • high in Vitamin C
  • stimulates the immune system

Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra)

  • for colds, flus, hayfever, and sinus congestion
  • eye wash
  • makes a soothing gargle for sore throats

Ginger*Wild* (Asarum canadense)

  • calms anxiety attacks
  • digestive aid
  • reduces gas and abdominal bloating
  • helps with nerve disorders
  • energy balancer

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

  • Brain tonic
  • Enhances memory
  • Boosts oxygen levels
  • Increases blood flow
  • Lessens ringing in the ears

Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus oxyacantha)

  • for heart related illness; recuperating from heart surgery, heart attack,
  • degenerative heart disease, irregular heart beat, arteriosclerosis, weak heart muscles
  • regulates blood pressure
  • helps with circulation

Holy Basil-Krishna Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum syn-o-denuflorum)

  • adaptogenic/anti-stress/anti-fatigue
  • antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • liver protector
  • prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers
  • anti-inflammatory effect
  • anti-aging effect

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

  • nourishes hormones, heart and bones
  • stimulates fracture; mending and bone repair
  • reverses and stabilizes gum disease and loss of jaw bone
  • relieves cystitis
  • reduces bloat
  • prevents clogged arteries, strengthens veins
  • eases persistent hot flashes
  • increases energy
  • nourishes strong, healthy hair and fingernails
  • combine with stinging nettles for even better effects

Use only early spring horsetail.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

  • good for nerves
  • eases digestive tract spasms
  • mild anti-depressant properties
  • helps tension, depression, migraines, anxiety, induced palpitation
  • helps overexcitement in children
  • mild anti-viral influences
  • known to help with ADD/ADHD
  • improves taste/activity with other herbs
  • helps insomnia
  • drink to stop a crying jag

Lemongrass (cymbopogon citratus)

  • Nervous and digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Fly, flea, and mosquito repellant
  • Very fragrant-air freshner

Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)

  • mood elevator
  • aligns chakras
  • assists Kundalini energy flow up the spine
  • Gaia energy
  • mother/child bonding

Linden Flower (Tillia spp)

  • drink for nervous tension
  • helpful for some migraines
  • can help arteriosclerosis and hypertension

Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)

  • useful for chronic debilitating cough, asthma, emphysema and other lung-related
  • problems.
  • use in marshmallow tea or with demulcent tinctures
  • use only low doses diluted in a cup of water

This is on the FDA's restricted list.

 Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)

  • helps nerves
  • heart tonic
  • helps with heart palpitations due to anxiety/panic
  • regulates menstrual cycle
  • regulates hyperactive thyroid
  • calming if you need calming
  • energizing if you need energy
  • for anxiety/panic attacks

Mullein Flower (Verbascum thapsus )

  • helps upper respiratory condition such as bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough, croup
  • relieve inflammation, colitis, diarrhea, chest colds
  • soothing demulcent to upper respiratory tract; gently astringent and expectorant
  • mildly sedative

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)

  • stops excessive menstrual bleeding
  • arrests threatened miscarriages
  • helps digestion
  • promotes liver detoxification
  • kills parasites and worms
  • can be topically applied to relieve itching

(avoid large amounts over a long period of time)

Nettles, Stinging (Urtica dioica)

  • to protect cells from damage while receiving chemo and radiation
  • spring tonic, blood builder, blood cleanser
  • high in chlorophyll
  • bolsters entire body, improves resistance to allergies
  • beneficial for all varieties of eczema
  • a source of calcium
  • keeps the pineal gland healthy
  • base tea to add other herbs to for specific conditions

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

  • helps with indigestion
  • relaxes the digestive tract's muscles
  • relieves colon spasms
  • remedy for irritable bowel syndrome
  • heals ulcers and decreases inflammation
  • eases nervous headaches
  • kills bacteria, parasites, and viruses in the stomach
  • balances intestinal flora
  • destroys fungus infections and ringworm
  • destroys herpes simplex
  • energizing

Poppy Flower (Eschscholzia californica)

  • non-addictive sedative
  • works on nervous system
  • useful for anxiety/restlessness
  • pain reliever for body/head/teeth
  • mild for children, sensitive people and elderly

Red Clover Blossoms (Tri folium pretense)

  • spring tonic (blood cleanser)
  • blood thinning alternative
  • supplement to cancer
  • normalizes estrogen levels
  • helps with menopause maintenance of healthy bones, skin and arteries

Do not take if on prescription blood thinner.

Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus species)

  • uterine/pregnancy tonic herb
  • rich in nutrients
  • increases fertility in both men and women
  • eases morning sickness
  • prevents miscarriage and hemorrhages
  • reduces labor pain and after birth
  • provides a safe and speedy parturition

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinails)

  • increases circulation
  • helps headaches
  • fights bacteria/fungal infections
  • improves digestion
  • helps liver, gall bladder and intestinal tract
  • inhibits kidney bladder stone formation
  • aids in sort throat, gum problems, canker sores
  • helps with memory
  • helps low energy, low blood pressure

Sage, Garden (Salvia officinalis)

  • for anti-fungal, bacterial, viral
  • helps diminish secretions, perspiration/salvia problems
  • stimulates memory
  • well known for helping with colds/flu, laryngitis, staph infections, sore gums, sore throat
  • can be used as a natural anti-perspirant
  • helps reduce hot flashes
  • will lower blood sugar levels if drank on an empty stomach

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

  • improves digestion
  • reduces muscle spasms in the stomach
  • freshens breath
  • cures hiccups
  • mild for children

Thyme ( Thymus vulgaris)

  • useful for upper respiratory infection: viral or bacterial
  • coughs, whooping cough and bronchitis
  • clears congestion
  • gargle for sore throats and infected gums
  • destroys the shingles virus
  • improves digestion
  • destroys intestinal parasites
  • helps with menstrual cramps

Violet (Viola tricolor/odorata)

  • Upper respiratory infections and coughs in children
  • For cradle cap, hives, rashes
  • For oral cancers
  • Softens hard lumps and counteracts cancer
  • Helps with coughs and asthma

Wild Rose ( Rosa damasena)

  • Hormone balancer
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Humectant for normal to dry, mature skin
  • Mildly astringent

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)

  • Use topically for redness, rashes, itching, swelling and scaling of skin
  • Anti-inflammatory/antiseptic

Yarrow (Achillea millafolium)

  • relieves indigestion and heartburn
  • improves digestion of fatty foods
  • allays bleeding internally and externally
  • relieves urinary tract infections and stones
  • eases stomach ulcers
  • Stabilizes body fluids
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Mild antibacterial/antiseptic for skin problems

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)

  • mild laxative, useful in treating constipation and iron deficiency.
  • cleansing tonic for dispelling toxins from the system
  • improves oily skin and acne, psoriasis, eczema.

Do not take if you have a history of kidney stones


The FDA has not evaluated or approved this or any claims about it. This is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any medical disease.

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