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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: Cat mint, Catnip Leaf, Nepetar cataria Region: Mediterranean
Description: The whole herb is used. Calmative for stomach, colon, nerves. Expectorant for coughs. Helps curb cigarette cravings. Introduced to the Americas, catnip became an important commercial crop in the United States by 1796. Fresh leaves were chewed to relieve headache. Catnip was combined with damiana leaf and the smoke inhaled to produce euphoria with visual hallucinations (partially due to the nepetalactone content of Nepata cataria.) Active compounds: Volatile oils, sterols, acids, and tannins. Nepetalactone, nepetalic acid, nepetalic anhydride, citral, limonene, dispentine, geraniol, citronella, nerol, -caryophyllene, and valeric acidnepetalactoneRich in iron & selenium. High in potassium, maganese, Vitamins A & C.
Uses: Tincture, softgel of powder, essential oil. Before tea was brought over from China with the sea trades, Catnip was the preferred choice for Britain's tea cravings. In Peter Rabbit: Peter’s mother gives him a tea of fennel, catnip and chamomile, to soothe his stomachache. Catnip is combined with rose petals in love sachets. Catnip, in combination with Eugenia caryophyllata, and Sassafras albidum, was used as poultice for aching teeth by those in America's Ozark Mountain region. Catnip alone was sometimes smoked to relieve respiratory ailments. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Catnip, Japanese
Other Names: Jing Jie, Shizonepeta tenuifolia Region: Asian
Description: Chinese TCM herb. Expels wind and promotes eruption. Helps lower temperatures & promote sweating. Good to treat colds, chills, sore throat and/or headaches. Antibacterial.
Uses: Made into tea, into "tea pills" and used via tincture for most products. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Cedar of Lebanon, Thuja occidentalis, Cedrus Lib Region:
Description: Some cedar trees live to be over 2,000 years old. The Cedar of Lebanon was known for its extremely fragrant bark. The aromatic wood is used for furniture, cabinets, closets & coffins. It is a great insect repellent.
Uses: Created by chopping bark into chips & ground into popouriie. Used to repel insects in chip & cut/sifted forms. 1-5 drops onto textiles in a hidden location instead of a public one, just in case mottling or staining might happen due to the tints in cedar which are red to begin with. DO NOT USE other than TOPICALLY. NOT TO BE TAKEN orally or ingested in any way. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Chelidonium majus Region: European
Description: Older form of celery, slighter stalks with refined taste.
Uses: Juice makes a latex. Mixed with vinegar; it may remove warts & corns. Brewed into a tea; it will aid in reducing output from the bile duct & relieves stomach pains. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: celeri, selinon, Apium graveolens Region: European
Description: Reduces blood pressure, improves appetite. Contains butylidenephthalide; which helps to restart menses or periods in women too young to have started menopause. High in Vitamins A, B, and C, zinc, calcium, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potash, potassium, volatile oils, flavonoids, coumarins, and linoleic acidalpha-linolenic-acid, beta-eudesmol, and boron. Used as medicine since ancient times, with possible origins in the Indian Ayurvedic system. The English word celery is from celeri, a French word derived from an ancient Greek word. The plant is mentioned as selinon in Homer's Odyssey (850 BC.) American introduction in 17th century with several cultivated varieties available through Burpee et al as of 1806. Used as a treatment for brain and nervous system conditions, as a mild tranquilizer, to treat alcoholism, anxiety, depression, neuralgia, ardiovascular conditions, cold, bronchitis, flu, and pulmonary catarrh. Lowers high blood pressure, increases menstrual flow, promotes the onset of menstruation.
Uses: Used to treat muscular conditions, muscle spasms, cystitis, gout, urinary tract and kidney inflammation and infection. Reduces inflammation in the following conditions: arthritis, rheumatism, liver conditions. Preventive in liver damage caused by toxic chemicals. Corrects acid-based metabolism imbalance. Used as a remedy for skin problems, deficiency diseases, to prevent and diminish cancer and tumors, spleen disorders. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Centaurium erythaea Region: European
Description: European herb. Appetite, Digestive & lower bowel Stimulant.
Uses: Tea Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Dog-Fenneal, Chammoniles, Matricaria, chameaemelium Region:
Description: Other Alternative names: Camomile, Common Chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, Wild Chamomile, Dog-Fennel, Maruta Cotula, Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen (Saxon), Mayweed, Dog Chamomile, Maruta Foetida, German Chamomile, Chammoniles, Stinking Chamomile. Roman naturalist Pliny (23 AD) both advocated Chamomile baths and warm poultices for relief of liver, bladder and kidney disorders as well as headaches. Chamomiles were also used to refresh the air in a time when bathing was infrequent at best. Stems were strewn on the floor where they would release a pleasant fragrance when stepped on. The yellow Chamomile flower has been used to flavor Manzanilla sherry in Spain, highlight blonde hair color, and repel insects. Many different types of Chamomile grow throughout Europe, Southern Asia and North Africa, but two varieties are most sought after for their gentle healing and calming properties: German Chamomile, and Roman or Common Chamomile.wer used. Nerves, stomach, uterus & circulation. Contains trytophan; works like a natural sedative on the body. Helps with drug withdrawal. Rich in calcium and magnesium, medium amounts of potassium, phosphorus, and maganese. Volatile oil, anthemic acid (bitter), tannic acid, and a glucoside.
Uses: One of the most loved and most used herbs throughout history is the Chamomile flower. Greek physician Dioscorides (first century A.D.)gave it its name comes from the Greek “kamai melon” meaning “ground apple” due to its apple-like fragrance. Early Egyptians revered the herb for its effectiveness in curing the chills caused by malaria, or agues. Used to treat many minor illnesses and reduce fevers. Tincture is used to treat diarrhea in children. Chamomile’s effectiveness against infection is reported to be 120 times more powerful than salt water. Anti-inflammatory: Eternally used to reduce swelling and inflammatory discomfort, congested neuralgia, or facial swelling caused by abscesses. Antispasmodic: Reduces indigestion and menstrual cramps. Also used to induce menstruation. Other uses: Sedative, calms nerves, prevents nightmares, stimulates appetite and digestion, eases gout and headache, diuretic, eases delirium tremens Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Creosote Bush, Larrea tridentata Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Leaves & Stems used. American Indian medicinal herb. Rebuilds tissue, fights free radicals from Radiation, a natural detergeant for cleansing system of toxic impurities. Anti-cancer herb. High in Vitamin A, calcium & selenium, moderate amounts of Vitamin C, protein, potassium, & iron.
Uses: Used as a ground poultice, a tea or in capsule forms. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chaste Tree
Other Names: Chasteberry, Vitex, Vitex agnus-castus Region: Mediterranean
Description: Seed extract used. Regulates menstrual cycles & ovulation. Promotes milk flow. Reduces breast tenderness and infertility. Aids in encouraging menstrual flow in women who's menses have stopped before menopause. Vitex made its debut in literature during the Iliad by Homer. It was used there to ward off evil and to symbolize chastity. Use of vitex was once thought to decrease libido, hence the nickname chaste berry. Monks often used vitex in order to fight their sexual desires. In modern times, research has shown that vitex does have an affect on the body's hormones.
Uses: Can be taken in capsule format, also found in many tea products for menopausal women. Normal doseage would be 20mg per day in tincture format. Hormone regulator/Stimulates breast milk production/Progesterogenic. Vitex is primarily used to treat hormonal imbalances. Breast milk: Vitex can be used to improve the production of breast milk. Menstrual: Vitex can be used to treat PMS, irregular periods, and the symptoms of menses such as bloating, irritability, and depression. Balance: Vitex can be used to balance hormones in the female body. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cherry, Black
Other Names: , Purnus seotina Region: Arabic
Description: Bark & Fruit used. High in Vitamin C & benzaldehyde which is a natural anti-flu fighter.
Uses: Tea & standardized extract in capsule format used mostly. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cherry, Wild
Other Names: Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Wild cherry bark was once used by women of the Cherokee tribe during childbirth. It reduced the pain from contractions. It was also used to treat upper respiratory problems, diarrhea, and even hemorrhoids. It became more widely used when Europeans caught on to its properties in the 1800s. It was once an important part of most cough syrups. Now it is used to treat upper respiratory problems and some digestive problems.Bark Infusion used. American Indian medicinal herb. Controls diarrhea. Sedative.
Uses: Wild cherry bark is primarily used to treat cough and cold symptoms. Cough and Cold: Wild cherry is often used to thin mucous and relax the muscles of the chest. Diarrhea: Wild cherry bark can be used to treat diarrhea. Intestines: Wild cherry can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. As an infusion, drink 1 cup 3 times daily. As a tincture, take 1-2 ml 3 times daily. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Large doses can become toxic.
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Other Names: , Anthriscus cerefolium Region: European
Description: Chervil appears in ancient literature as a symbol of new life. Herbalist Culpepper of the 17th century and the Roman scholar Pliny agree that it "does much to warm old and cold stomachs…" Similar in aroma and taste to myrrh, it has the blended flavors of anise and parsley. In French kitchens, it is often the unidentifiable spice of fish recipes. Chervil has been employed in treating a wide array of conditions. One adage suggests eating the whole plant to cure hiccups. Lowers high blood pressure. A good Wash for skin disorders
Uses: Stimulant/Expectorant/Digestive/Diuretic As a Stimulent it temporarily arouses physiological activity. Expectorant: Facilitates the secretion of mucus from the respiratory system. Digestive: Promotes digestion. Diuretic: Increases urine discharge. Other uses: menstrual cramps, edema, eczema, abscesses, gout stones, and scrofula Although no clinical studies support the claim, Europeans use Chervil to lower blood pressure. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chia Seed
Other Names: Pinole, Salvia Hispanic Region: South American
Description: Despite being known as the hairy stuff on Chia pet famous statues; Chia is a nutrient dense, protein packed product that should be known as a superfood just as triticale is. Tiny grains holding so much goodness. Can be sprouted or cracked for best uses. From the mint family, this seed mainly grows in the Northern south Americas & Mexico. Chemical Constituents include: linolenic acid, linoleic acid; antioxidants: chlorogenic & caffeic acids, myricetin, quercitin, & kaempferol flavonol. chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid & flavonol glycosides; mucin, fiber: A total of 8 essential amino acids. Low in sodium, non glutemic. Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, B17, C, D, E, K, Choline, Folic acid, Inositol, PABA. Minerals: boron, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulphur, zinc, amylose & electrolytes. Chia has a ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil; with 20-30% protein, 35% oil, 25% fiber. High in Boron: which is a ctalyst for the absorption of calcium. Helps with Hair, Skin, Nails, low sugar, Teeth, Bones, Immunity & Nutrition.
Uses: A huge help for Vegetarians & Vegans, Chia seed can be added to salads, salad dressings, condiments, cookies, baked goods like meatloaves, & grains as well as more exotically in sherberts & ice creams. Chia was initially domesticated in the valleys of Mexico; as early as 2700 B.C.. They were a primary staple food source. Chia seeds served as a primary staple food of the Nahuatl (Aztec), Mayan, Incan and other indigenous peoples. Because of its contituents: 1 TBSP of seed in water could supply sustenance for a day's worth of hard labor. The seeds were so highly regarded; that they were considered to be currency. Anthropologists have found that the word chia is related to the Nahuatl words Chiapan (river of chia) and chia (energy/strength.) Chia is referenced in the Florentine Codex. Traditionally & presently used by the indigenous peoples of Tarahumara & the Chumash of Chihuahua, the seed is roasted, crushed, & mixed with water to create a nutritionally dense gel; which is used as a performance fuel as well. The Hispanic populations in CA, AZ, Mexico, Guatamala & Nicaragua; chia seed is mixed with Lemonade & drunk, much like the boba is in Asian communities. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Passerina, Adder's Mouth, , Stellaria media Region: European
Description: The whole herb is used. Other alternative names: Stellaire (French), Indian Chickweed, star Chickweed, starwort, starweed, Augentrosgräs (German), satin flower, stitchwort, tongue grass, winterweed, Alsine media (Linnaeus) Blood, liver, lungs, bladder. Helps maintain a youthful appearance with skin, helps to dissolve plaque in system as well as fatty tumors. Poultices of leaves will reduce abscesses, ulcers & inflammation. High concentrations of flavonoids and vitamins are likely responsible for the beneficial effects. Contains vitamin C, flavonoids, triterpenoid saponins, carboxylic acids, and coumarins. Rich in Vitamin C, iron & zinc. High in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silicon.
Uses: Tea, Tincture, Extract, Standardized Extract. As a salve, chickweed sooths and can heal painful inflamed sores, and reduces inflammation in body. Chickweed helps to restore health in Tonic or tea format, helps to reduce fevers and upper respiratory malfunctions such as pneumonia, Other Uses: Chickweed can aid in treating insect bites and stings, Its purification & detoxification of the liver and kidneys reduces eczema, impetigo, skin burns and ulcerated sores, hemorrhoids, tumors, cancer, infections of the eye and helps to heal wounds of all types Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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