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This is the Online WorldHerbs® Formulary (and also my "thesis" for my doctoral work in Naturopathic Medicine). This has been an ongoing lesson herbal lore that has been in the works for over 10 years. This site is FREE for private/ commercial research. Contact us if you would like to use any content for use other than printing sections to show your physician. I´ve included herbs found in American, American Indian, Ayurvedic/ Indian, Asian, TCM, African, Australian / New Zealand native medicinals, Pan Asian, German Commission E recommendations & advisories; & all other countries´ /cultures´ formulae. If I´ve missed any, if there are other names that you know these herbs by; in ANY language; or you know of one or another that I should address. Please please email the herbalist.

Herbs are used to aid in the healing of wounds, illness; they serve as a preventative to sickness as well as to maintain human & animal well being. More herbs are added every few weeks. Come back & visit us. Definitions can also be found at ebay on our storefront to explain the various ingredients in the products.

Herbs tend to fall into categories which describe general attributes. I will try to keep these general attributes close to the front of each definition. Note The herbs themselves may treat something in exact opposite of their general category...such as a Stimulant that is also a Nervine due to its Diuretic nature.

Be advised that if an herb is normalized to Africa; the listing will mention that. If it is an herb found in certain "old fashioned" country names; I will put what I knew to be their names when I initially found the herb...However in today´s rapidly changing political scene; you may have to be somewhat forgiving about the place names.

Chinese Herbs (Asian): Will include the Chinese/Asian names plus our latin name plus where & what it benefits -No Asian Herbs should be taken without the advice of either a registered TCM or Asian Herbal Pharmacist´s advice. These herbs treat the whole body in a completely different medical mindset. See TCM for more details on this truely Alternate Therapy.

» There are many references to "TCM" which is an abreviation for "Traditional Chinese Medicine".


[ Anti-biotic ]   [ Anti-Inflam. ]   [ Astringent ]   [ Calmnative ]   [ Digestif ]   [ Diuretic ]   [ Energizer ]   [ Expectorant ]   [ Nervine ]   [ Tonic ]   [ TCM ]

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Other Names: Gum arabic, MIMOSAs, Acacia senegal Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Water soluable. Whole plant utilized. Glorious Fluffy Flowers. Long pod like & sometimes tire shaped seeds. Used to Reduce Excessive Mucus, Cararrh, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Gum Infection and Hemorragh. When disolved in boiling water it clarifies or becomes clear at which point it can be used as an adhesive. Edible, the gum has nutritive properties & is a Calmnative for stomach issues by Soothing Mucus Membranes. In Australia the wood of the Acacia tree is called Wattle bark. Hawaiian Acacias yield Koa wood.
Uses: Most common World Wide Acacia Useage: Amebic Dysentery. Specific breeds: Acacia anthelmintica: worms in Abyssinia. Acacia nilotica: malaria in Nigeria. Acacia polycantha: Malaria in Tanzania. Acacia gum is also used for Coughs, Bronchitis & Upset Stomach. Native to India. The bark is very rich in tannins. Most gums are used to keep pills & tablets together under pressure & as a "clumper" for capsules & soft gels. Sister/Helper Herb: Mesquite {Prosophis julifera, P pubescens} Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Acacia Flowers
Other Names: Sweet Acacia, Acacia Farnesiana Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Acacia Flowers- { Acacia farnesiana} (Alt. Sweet Acacia) The very fragrant flowers are used in many perfumes, shampoos & conditioners as well as high end hand creams. As a Calmnative for the Eyes, it keeps the eyes healthy from accumulated toxins. Current uses start with the muscilage from the seeds already made.
Uses: The Piaiute Indians use the seeds for eye inflammation by placing 4 seeds under each eyelid before going to bed. During the night the moisture from the eye will cause the seeds to swell & they accumulate all of the toxins & grit & things that can get into the eyes. In the morning the seeds & goo are removed along with all of the irritants in the eyebed itself. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Agar Agar
Other Names: Agar-Agar, Kanten (in Japanese, Gelidium amansii Region:
Description: Thickening or Jelling agent from the sea - high in minerals. Full name is Gelidium amansii if tge Rhodophyceae Family: N.O. Algae. Seaweed extracted from boiling the seaweed and drying the mucilage.Contains a powerful gelatinizing agent called glose, a carbohydrate. It contains polysaccharides such as agarose and agaropectin, which is muciliginous, meaning it's slippery when taken internally, coating your insides.
Uses: As a jelling device, better than most geletins because it is made from a seaweed, which also gives it high mineral content, while lending no taste to any cooked or cooled product. Also good for thickening medicinal liquids, salves and jellies for internal use. Agar is used as a bulk laxative because it absorbs water in the intestines and swells, resulting in increased bowel activity and elimination of waste. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Common Agrimony, Sticklewort, Agrimonia eupatoria, Garclive Region: European
Description: Anti-biotic, Tonic for congestive conditions; {ref: King Mithridates Eupator of Pontus} Ancient Greek Medicinal. Other Alt. Names: Cockleburr & Stickwort, Philanthropos, Church Steeples. Aerial portions, stem, leaves used. Assists liver functions. Stops bleeding of wounds. Underground stem has astringent properties & when boiled will yield a yellow dye. Stimulant to the bile ducts. used for healing eye problems,fighting Athlete's Foot fungus, to reduce symptoms of diahrrea,& heal old ugly wounds that defied healing in the past.
Uses: Tea is used as a blood cleanser to reduce jaundice, kidney & bladder problems. when used with any pure fat; as a poultice it will draw old, ugly sores and/or wounds that have defied healing in the past. It also levels the functions of the gallbladder, liver & kidneys. Powdered as a poultice. Tinctured as a wet compress or poultice. Cut/Sifted as a "tea" for external use. Taken Internally as a tea, provides coumarins to thin blood and, along with corn silk; can be used to treat cystitis & incontinence. As an extract in drops from 10 to 60 depending on condition. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Because agrimony contains coumarins, if you are taking blood thinners of any kind, please inform you
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Agrimony, Chinese
Other Names: Xian He, Agrimonia pilosa Region: Asian
Description: Leaves used. Chinese parasitical used externally in tincture or taken internally. Kills Tinea (versicolor or otherwise) Malaria plasmodia, & vaginal infections. Assists liver function. Used to stop bleeding & prevent infection. Reduces pain from kidney stones, Arthritis and other Rheumatism like conditions.
Uses: Astringent, it helps form clots. Antibiotic- helps wounds to heal without infection as a poultice and tea wash. Feberfuge- For centuries, American and Canadian Indians used agrimony as a tea taken internally to reduce fevers. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Agrimony, Hemp
Other Names: , Eupatorium cannabinum Region: European
Description: Agrimony, Hemp - {Eupatorium cannabinum} Leaves used. Found in marshy areas in lower Meditteranean. Alternative to Agrimony eupatoria. Smaller yellow flowers.
Uses: Tea is used as a blood cleanser & purifyer. Treats diarrhea, sore throat & restores menstrual cycles. Good for liver & to reduce jaundice Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Carum roxburgianum Region: Asian
Description: Ajmud - {Carum roxburgianum} Seeds used. Ayruvedic medicine & Indian spice. Reduces pain from bronchitus, bowels & asthma.
Uses: Digestive. Leaves also used in chutneys, curries and pickles. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Carum copticum Region: Asian
Description: Commercial Spice Crop in India. Medically used as an Ayruvedic therapy for Digestive complains as well as reducing symptoms of pain from sore throats, bronchitus & severe coughs.
Uses: Leaves & seed used in curries, pickles and chutneys. Digestive as a tea, ingredient in cough syrup, or losenge. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Alder, Common
Other Names: Black Alder, A. nigra, Alnus glutincea Region: European
Description: Alder, Common {Alnus glutinosa } (Alt. A. nigra Black Alder) Dried Bark used. Vermifuge, kills lice, scabies & other bedbug type critters. Wards off fleas in kennels & other locations where multiple animals may gather. Can be used as an ingredient in Toothpaste to help cleanse them.
Uses: A decoction boiled with other herbs used for strengthening liver & kidneys. A decoction means that you are simmering this bark for more than an hour, different from teas where you only simmer for less than an hour or just let steep. Boiling the inner bark in vinegar & rubbing this on the body will kill lice, help reduce the symptoms of scabies, & dry up scabs. If used as a toothpaste; it will cleanse them. Place alder leaves on floor of kennel or other areas to ward off fleas.. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Use only dried bark as fresh bark will cause one to vomit.
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Other Names: Sweet Grass, Cow Munchies, Meidigo sativa Region: Asian
Description: WONDER PLANT & Supplement. Leaves & flowers used. Alfalfa is a Blood Cleanser. It binds Serum Cholesterol in the Blood & expels it from the body. 1st mention of Alfalfa was in a book of plants by the Emperor of China in 2939 B.C. A major fodder plant for meat & milk production in Europe and the Americas. Alfalfa contains Vitamins: A, E, K, D, B6, calcium & trace minerals. Alfalfa improves the appetite, as a Diuretic it helps to cleanse the bladder & kidneys. It helps Ease Arthritis, Fatigue and also helps to Re-Deposit Calcium in Teeth.
Uses: Has a stimulating effect on the connective tissues of a body helping it to heal wounds. Rich in minerals, proteins, vitamins and trace compounds for the body. Estrogenic. Mixed with teas containing mints, Alfalfa makes for a high nutrient daily drink. Contains compounds that enhance female and male hormones. Fodder plant for milk and meat producing animals all over the world. Useful as a fiber fill to combat constipation. It includes 8 digestive enzymes used in commercial food preparations even today: Lipase - a fat splitter, amylase - acts on startch, Coagulase- coagulates milk & clots the blood, Emulsin- acts on sugar, Invertase- changes cane sugar to dextrose, Peroxidase- oxidizes the blood, Pectinase- forms vegetable jelly from pectin, and Potease- digests proteins. Good to reduce endometriosis, may help in lactation for nursing mothers, allieviates symptoms caused by menopause. Alfalfa sprouts contain more protein than wheat or corn. Can be grown outdoors or in pots on windowsills for sprouts and young plants for juicing. Herbal Actions
Warnings: may trigger lupus like or lupus symptoms in sensitive individuals.
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Other Names: Anchusa, Dyer's Bugloss, Anchusa officianalis Region: European
Description: Wound healer, skin smoother, helps to sooth inflammation in skin. Also known as Bugloss, Common Alkanet, Orchanet, & Spanish Bugloss, Root decoction- simmered in water over an hour. Never boil!
Uses: Traditionally used to help heal skin inflammations such as small pox or measles. Blood Cleanser, Diuretic, Stimulates Perspiration, Kidney & Bladder Functions. Helps induce perspiration to drop fevers and strong inflammation. Once used to treat rabies in Europe. Induces perspiration, helps to expel kidney stones, reduces Jaundice in Liver, helps liver functions when taken as a tea, internally. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Possiblly linked to cancer if used over long periods of time.
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Other Names: Self Heal, Woundwort, Prunella vulgaris Region: European
Description: Excellent Astringent External & Internal Wound healer. Good for convalescence after surgery.
Uses: Infusion of whole plant used. As a tea, use for gargling for inflammed gums, or gingivitis. Can pull infection/inflammation out of wounds. For wounds, use steeped plant as a wet poultice to help heal wounds. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Almond, common
Other Names: Almond Sweet Oil, Carrier Oil, Prunis communis var. dulcis Region: Asian
Description: Sweet scented flowers used in fragrances. It can be used for cooking and polishing fine furniture. Oil of bitter almond is used to flavor essences {after the more poisonous prussic acid is removed!} & is also used to scent fine bath & cosmetic products. Contains a yellow dye & can stain. Slow to go rancid if kept under 70 degrees; it is also slowly absorbed into skin, leaving a slightly oily surface.
Uses: Ripe almonds are ground into a meal to be used in facial scrubs as they both cleanse & slightly bleach facial skin. Sweet Oil of almond {prunis amygdillis} is used in fine cosmetics, wonderful as a massage oil or as a base for other massage products. Contains Vitamin D. Contains Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid. It can be expected to sooth dry skin and irritated areas. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Oil of Bitter Almond contains prussic acid. Do not take Internally!
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Aloe Vera
Other Names: Aloe, Indian Alces, Kumari. Gh, Aloe Vera, var. A. perryi Region: Mediterranean
Description: Egyptian medicinal used by the Mahometans as a preventative to evil coming into the house. Ancient Jews adopted the practice in Cairo. Leaves are used by splitting & using the gel within or juicing the leaves to obtain the thick juice. Contains saliscylic acid which soothes & aids in the healing process for abrasions, burns, skin disorders & wrinkles, can be used externally. As a Tonic, it reduces inflammation of stomach lining from allergic reactions to food. Juice also used as a gel to sooth sunburns, burns of the skin, fine cosmetics & to help reduce the itch of insect bites.
Uses: Contains; Vitamins C, A, Niacin & Selenium. Reduces inflammation of stomach lining from allergic reactions to food. Used in place of soap in Jamaica, threads from the inside of the plant when dried can be used as a cleansing agent for bodies and pots/pans! Also has Laxative action but its extreme bitterness as well as strength means that it needs an additional carminative to bring down the reaction to aloe juice alone. Good for coating the lining of the stomach to ameliorate ulcers. May also be used as a vermifuge ie it may help to kill any worms or parasies growing in the body. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Too bitter & strong to be taken on its one. please DILUTE before using internally.
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