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A-Z of Herbs

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Alfalfa- Medicago sativa
Excellent for bad breathe, has a high chlorophyll content.
Aloe - Aloe Vera
Juice of this plant helps reduce pain, gel from plant helps prevent infection and speeds healing of burns, drink helps reduce size of kidney stones and is cooling for those with perimenopausal symptoms.
Angelica -Angelica archangelica L
Contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Relaxes the windpipe - may be useful for asthma sufferers.
Artichoke - Cynara scolymus L.
(The flower or head) enhances sexual desire, never scientifically proven. relieves excess water gain, reduces cholesterol, improves liver function.

 B

Balm (Lemon)  -Melissa officinalis L.
Tranquilizer, sedative.
Barberry -Berberis vulgaris L.
Contains substance called berberine that possesses infection-fighting properties. Stimulates the immune system, treats pink eye, urinary tract infections.
Basil - Ocimum bacilicum L
Good for acne, has anti-bacterial properties.
Bayberry - Myrica cerifera L
Treats diarrohea.
Black Haw -Viburnum prunifolium L.
Bark of this North American native contains a chemical called salicin which is closely related to salicyclic acid (the main ingredient in Aspirin) as a result can be used to relieve arthritis inflammation and pain.
Bladderwrack -Fucus versiculosis L.
(Kelp:a common seaweed) helps goiter caused by under active thyroid gland.
Boneset -Eupatorium perfoliatum L
Excellent for the flu.
Buchu -Barosma betulina L.
Excellent diuretic, relieve bloating in PMS. (Pregnant or Nursing Women should not use Buchu)
Bugleweed - Lycopus Virginicus
Treat overactive thyroid glands especially when symptoms include tight chest and nervous palpitations.
Burdock -Arctium Lappa
Purifier, increases flow of urine and promotes sweating which rids the body of toxins.
Butchers Broom -Cytisus scoparius L
Plant contains steroid like compounds that can relieve arthritis inflammation and pain.

 C

Calendula -Calendula Officinalis L (Marigold, Gold-bloom)
Helps relieve diaper rash (ointment), mild germ killing action makes it good for earaches.
Cascara Sagrada - Rhamnus purshiana (Sacred Bark)
Helps relieve constipation.
Catmint - Nepeta cataria
Reduces fever.
Catnip -Nepeta cataria
Contains chemicals called nepetalactone isomers, that are cousins to chemicals found in valarian. sedative, helps with anxiety.

Cayenne -Capsicum annuum
Stimulate the circulatory system. Pain relief.

Celery Seed - Apium graveolens
Increases the elimination of uric acids.

Chamomile -Anthemis nobilis L. (Roman) -Matricaria chamomilla (German)
Relaxant, great bedtime drink, slows down central nervous system.

Chickweed - Stellaria media
Good for itchy skin, soothes a rash (ointment)

Chives -Allium schoenoprasum L
Rich in vitamin C and Iron, helpful in treating anemia.

Cleavers - Galium aparine (Goosegrass, Catchweed, Cleavers Goosegrass, Zhu Yang Yang
Reduces inflammation and tones the lymphatic system.

Cloves -Syzygium aromaticum
Clove oil is rich in eugenol,dentists use eugenol as a local anesthetic. Help reduce tooth ache pain.

Coltsfoot - Tussilago farfara (Horsehoof) -Soothes a cough, fight bronchial infections.

Cramp Bark (Black Haw) -Viburnum prunifolium L.
Muscle relaxant, reduces menstrual cramps.

D

 
Dandelion -Taraxacum officinale L.
Gentle laxative, well recognized liver remedy, rich in minerals and iron, helps to prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Devil's Claw -Harpagophytum procumbens
Anti-inflammatory and arthritis relief. (Do not take Devils Claw during pregnancy)

Dong Quai -Angelica sinensis
Gynecological and menstrual problems, regulates menstrual cycle, eases cramping and suppresses PMS. Rich in Vitamins A, B12 and E. May help to prevent anemia.

 E


 
Echinacea -Echinacea Angustifolia
Stimulates the immune system, great for bacterial and viral infections. relieves laryngitis.

Elderberry - Sambucus canadensis
Great cold remedy.. high in vitamins A B and C

Elecampane - Inula Helenium
Relieves arthritis, bronchitis, helps in expelling phlegm. Soothes the larynx and lungs.

Eucalyptus oil -Eucalyptus globulus L.
Relieves arthritis discomfort when rubbed on skin. (Do not take internally. Do not rub on broken or irritated skin)

Evening Primrose Oil
Useful to alcoholics to help prevent mood swings, anxiety and liver damage. also treats chronic fatigue syndrome.

Eye Bright - Euphrasia officinalis
Relieves sore itchy eyes due to allergies (especially hay fever) help to treat minor eye ailments (conjunctivitis).

F

Fennel - Foeniculum vulgare
Aids digestion

Fenugreek- Trigonella foenum-graecum L
Coughs and colds, sore throats, helps prevent and treat diabetes.

Feverfew - Tanacetum parthenium
Can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches. It works effectively only if taken daily. It wont help if taken once you have a migraine.

Fo-ti - Polygonum multiflorum
(Also known as ho-shou-wu) rejuvenating tonic, increases fertility, enhances strength and vitality. Protects against heart disease and prevents heart attacks by reducing blood pressure. Has anti-clotting properties.
Garlic -Allium sativum L. Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, anti-bacterial properties helps to relieve cold and flu faster. A known blood thinner.  Not to be taken with blood thinning drugs.
Ginger - Zingiber Officinale Helps colds and flu, promotes perspiration and soothes the throat.   A known blood thinner.  Not to be taken with blood thinning drugs.

Ginseng -Panax quinquefolium L.
(Siberian) regulates hormones, relieves hot flashes, vaginal dryness, reduces sweats and anxiety in menopausal women, reduces blood sugar levels.

Ginkgo -Ginkgo Biloba L.
Improves blood flow to the brain, may help prevent blood clots and mood swings, may also help relieve asthma, phlebitis and vertigo.

Goats Rue - Galega Officinalis
Increases milk production in nursing mothers.

Golden Seal -Hydrastis canadensis L.
Boost immune system and fights microbes, useful for the treatment of  diarrhea.  (Do not give to children under 2 years of age)

Gurmar - Gymnema Sylvestre
Native to India, lowers blood sugar levels in Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

H

Hawthorn Berries -Crataegus oxyacantha
Tonic for heart and circulatory system.



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Jasmine - Jasminum grandiflorum, Jasminum officinale
Calms the nerves, settles the stomach.

L

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia
Mild sedative effect, relieve gassy stomach.

Lemon Balm -Melissa officinalis L.
Calms nerves, protects from bacterial infections, can use to treat cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus.

Licorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra L.
Soothes mucous membranes, helps ulcers.
(Pregnant or nursing women as well as people who have glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes or heart disease should not use licorice

Marigold - Calendula Officinalis L
Helps relieve diaper rash (ointment), mild germ killing action makes it good for earaches.

Marshmallow Root - Althaea officinalis
Soothes inflamed or sore gums.

Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria
Reduces stomach acids, soothes the digestive tract, reduces nausea.

Milk Thistle - Silybum marianum
The chemical silymarin found in milk thistle not only shields the liver from damage but also aids in the regeneration of liver tissue. commonly used for hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Myrrh - Commiphora myrrha
Helps to fight infections in mononucleosis and mouth ulcers.
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Nettle -Urtica dioica L.
Helps to increase milk production in nursing mothers, relieves immflammation and clears up teary eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and chest congestion in hay fever.  (Do not take if you have high blood pressure)


 O

Onion - Allium cepa L.
Raises good HDL cholesterol, blood thinner.


 P

Parsley - Carum petroselinum
Diuretic (rids body of water), rich source of vitamin C.
(Do not use during pregnancy)

Passionflower - Passiflora incarnata
One of natures best tranquilizers, contains at least 3 tranquilizing or sedating compounds, relieves muscle tension, insomnia, mild headache relief.
(Not recommended for pregnant women or children under 2....Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after using passionflower)

Pau d'arco -Tabebuia impetiginosa
Immune stimulating compounds belived capable of fighting certain types of cancer, lowers blood sugar level.
(Cancer is a very serious condition, we strongly recomend that you seek the advice of your doctor)

Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium
Promotes menstral process and strengthens menstral contractions
(Do not take during pregnancy)

Peppermint -Mentha piperita L.
Aids digestion.

Periwinkle - Vinca minor
Aids in excessive blood loss during menstration.

Amaranth (common name: Pilewort) -Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.
Useful for hemmorrhoids..

Poke Root - Phytolacca decandra
Effective for mumps, detoxifies glands and removes phlegm.

Plantain, Psyllium - Plantago Psyllium
Lowers cholesterol

Pygeum - Pygeum africanum
Helps reduce inflammation, reduces prostate enlargement.

 R

Red Sage - Salvia officinalis var. rubia
Soothes inflamed or bleeding gums.


S

Sage - Salvia officinalis
Lowers bloid sugar levels, helpful with menopausal symptoms.

St. John's Wort -Hypericum perforatum L.
Used as a muscle relaxant to relieve menstrual problems, a mild tranquilizer, also helps treat depression and insomnia, used to treat mild earaches and infections.
(Do not use during pregnancy.)

Saw Palmetto (Sabal) - Serenoa repens, Sabal serrulatum, Sabal serulata, Sabalis serulata, Sabalis serulatae, Serenoa serrulata, Serenoa serrulatae
Remedy for reducing inflammation and fighting infections of the prostate.

Senna - Cassia angustifolia
Powerful laxative.

Skullcap - Laterifolia
Relaxes the body, good for exhaustion and depression, also menstrual cramps.

Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra
Soothes irritated mucous membranes of the intestines.

Stone Root - Collinsonia Canadensis
Treatment and prevention of bladder stones, effective in easing the stones out of the system.

Sweet Flag - Acorus Calamus
Helps relieve flatulence.

T

Tea Tree Oil - Melaleuca Alternifolia
Natural antiseptic, used for acne and skin irritations.
 
V

Valerian -Valeriana officinalis L.
Good safe alternative to prescription sleeping preparations and tranquilizers, also relieves tension and anxiety.

Vervain - Verbena officinalis
Aids digestion, natural relaxant.

 W

Wild Cherry Bark - Prunus serotina
Soothes irritating coughs.

Wild Lettuce - Lactuca virosa
Effective in calming the throat and chest and reducing coughs.

Willow Bark - Salix alba
Relieves headaches.

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana
Good for soothing mosquito bites and helps treat acne outbreaks. 

Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium
Effective remedy to treat worms and excellent digestive tonic. 

Disclaimer:   The above information is a guideline only and is not to be used for self-medication purposes.  Always consult your Medical Practitioner and a qualified Natural Therapies prior to commencing any course of treatment or when using herbal preparations.The content contained on this website is provided for general information only, any advice or information received through this website or its content should not be relied upon as being correct or accurate . It is your obligation to verify independently such matters from primary sources of information and by taking specific professional advice. You must not rely on the content or associated service of this website to do this for you.

Herbal Medicine is an effective adjunct therapy, but should not be confused with the services of, or pharmaceutical preparations prescribed by, a trained General Practitioner, Veterinary Surgeon or Health Professional..  Whilst it is recommended to use this service and the preparations offered, it is strongly advised that you follow their  advice and do not cease giving any medications prescribed by your medical professional.  It is important to advise me and your aforementioned practitioner of  any medications or treatment that may have the potential of interaction.  Clients are deemed to have used these preparations according to the advice given and at their own discretion. Check with the ruling body of your chosen sport to ensure that ingredients do not contravene their regulations.



Disclaimer:   Herbal Medicine is an effective adjunct therapy, but should not be confused with the services of, or pharmaceutical preparations prescribed by, a trained General Practitioner, Veterinary Surgeon or Health Professional..  Whilst it is recommended to use this service and the preparations offered, it is strongly advised that you follow their  advice and do not cease giving any medications prescribed by your medical professional.  It is important to advise me and your aforementioned practitioner of  any medications or treatment that may have the potential of interaction.  Clients are deemed to have used these preparations according to the advice given and at their own discretion. Check with the ruling body of your chosen sport to ensure that ingredients do not contravene their regulations.