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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: Lion's teeth, priest's crown, , Taraxacum officinale Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Found all over the world in lawns, & despised but actually a medicinal plant for many with good reason. Leaves & Roots used. Liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas. Absorbs toxins from blood; relieves anemia, cleanses the blood, Current research in Germany has found that it promotes bile secretion from the gall bladder. Diuretic- Salads made with cleansed leaves help promote removal of extra fluid from the system, great for people suffering from dropsy. Used to be used as a spring tonic by grandmothers everywhere for putting back minerals lost of low winter sunshine. As a diuretic is also helps to reduce age spots. Rich in minerals to balance body & aid in healing. Also good for relieving high blood pressure. High in potassium, calcium, Iron as well as lecithin and choline - precoursers to acetlycholine which is a neurotransmitter. Deficiencies in acetylycholine can lead to Alzheimer's disease; other active compounds include: Vitamins A, B. C & D, Triterpenes, Sesquiterpene lactones, coumarins, carotenoids, taraxacoside and phenolic acids.
Uses: Diuretic: The dandelion leaf can treat water retention. This property also makes it useful for lowering blood pressure. It can also reduce swelling and bloating caused by edema. As an infusion of leaves, take 500 ml daily for water retention. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dandelion Root
Other Names: Lion's Teeth, Puffball, Blowba, Taraxacum officinale sativum Region:
Description: Leaves & Roots used. Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine your body makes. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has Antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leaves to help kidney function. Liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas. Absorbs toxins from blood; relieves anemia, cleanses the blood, Diuretic, Helps to reduce age spots. Rich in minerals to balance body & aid in healing. High in potassium, calcium, Vitamins A, C & E, Iron as well as lecithin & choline - precoursers to acetlycholine which is a neurotransmitter. Deficiencies in acetylycholine can lead to Alzheimer's; Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, & breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, & diarrhea.Today, the roots are mainly used to stimulate the appetite, & for liver & gallbladder problems. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of too much fluid
Uses: Detoxification: When the root of dandelion is taken, it can aid the liver and kidneys in the removal of toxic substances from the body. This action makes it useful for treating conditions that are caused by toxins such as acne, gout, and psoriasis. Minced dandelion root is boiled in 3 cups of water until liquid is reduced by half. Remaining liquid/root mixture is used by TCM practioners as a compress to reduce mastitis in nursing mothers. Root in particular roasted & ground to be used as a coffee substitute. High in Iron. Blood cleanser & fortifier. Source ingredient in Bitters. Gallbladder: Dandelion root can help to prevent gallstones. In someone who already has gallstones, dandelion root may help to dissolve them. Most easily taken as a tincture once a day or in the late evening. As a decoction of root, take 1/2 cup of Dandelion 3 times a day for acne. As a juice, drink 20 ml 3 times of Dandelion daily for water retention. Tablets can be taken as well for diuretic purposes. Follow the dosage on the manufacturer's label. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Asian Red Sage, Salvia Miltiarrhiza Region: Asian
Description: Hair preserver. Folklore has it that it prevents hair loss & retains hair color. Use it as a tincture added to your shampoo.
Uses: In a tincture format, use 1 dropperful in enough shampoo for two sudses and two rinses. Use three times a week for best results. More may not help. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dead Nettle
Other Names: Purple archangle, Lamium pupureum Region: American
Description: Stingless variety of nettle, hence its name. Bee & hummingbird plant. Flowers & leaves stop hemorrhages, Tea is used against chills. Acts on kidneys & induces sweating.
Uses: Steep dried leaves and flowers in boiling water for 20 minutes. Let cool to touch. Sweeten to taste with honey, turbinado or raw sugar, or agave syrup. Drink 1 cup in the morning & one before night sleep. If bedridden can be taken once in the middle of the day as well or until fever breaks. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Devil's Claw
Other Names: Devil’s Walking Stick, , Harpagophytum procumbens Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root used. Liver, stomach, joints, Used as a blood cleanser it reduces effects of Lupus, rhematoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis. Cleanses vascular walls. Rich in iron & magnesium. Related to American Ginseng, the plant has been used as a traditional medicine by Native Americans for a wide variety of ailments and ritual ceremonies because it was thought to have “magical” powers and “protective charm.” The roots and bark have been used for indigestion, stomach pains, bowel cramps, rheumatism, sores, swellings, and as a tonic and blood purifier. In Germany, devil’s claw is prescribed as an appetite stimulant and aid for stomachache pain. It’s also used to treat disorders that cause the musculoskeletal system to degenerate. You may also find that it works for you to help treat tendonitis and lower back pain. Many people also use devil’s claw to treat allergies, headache, and even blood disorders. Externally, you can use devil’s claw to treat problems such as skin irritations, boils, and ulcers.
Uses: Devil’s claw grows in a small area of southern Africa. There it’s been used for years to treat pain, digestive problems, headaches, and fever. At one time, devil’s claw was used to make skin ointments that were used to treat sores, ulcers, and other skin irritations. In modern days, devil’s claw is used throughout the world. It’s grown popular as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism. You may also want to take it as a tonic to improve your overall health. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions to take the correct dosage. You should also make sure that devil’s claw doesn’t interact with any medications you are taking – especially if you’re diabetic. In addition, pregnant women shouldn’t take devil’s claw. While it has a scary name and it’s not the most beautiful plant to look at, devil’s claw is actually a very kind herb indeed. It has many uses that may make it one of the most important herbs you encounter. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Devil's Club
Other Names: , Oplopanax horridus Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Roots & bark used. American Indian medicinal. Stomach ailments, cramps, swelling & sores. Tonic. The plant prefers moist shaded conditions, and is found growing in undisturbed Northern woodlands. The “horridus” of the name is probably inspired by the many tiny spines that cover the entire plant and break off when handled or brushed against.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dill Seed
Other Names: anethi herba, European dill, , Anaethum graveolens Region:
Description: The earliest archaeological evidence of its cultivation is during the late Neolithic period. The plant was discovered in the tomb of Amenhotep II in Egypt and in Roman ruins in Britain. Recorded use is consistent from the time of the Egyptians 5,000 years ago. Dill's use is also evidenced in the writings of Dioscorides, as Anethon, and of Pliny. Teachings of the Talmud/Shas are interpreted to require all things of the plant. The English common name origin is associated with the Ancient Norse word dilla and, also, with the Anglo-Saxon word dylle. Pillows of fragrant, dried herb were placed in cradles to lull babies to sleep.. In Earth religions it was and is used for its magical properties to prevent mischievous witchcraft. A pouch of dried dill was worn over the heart to protect and to clear the mind; To confer blessings it was placed in the home and kitchen. In the Middle Ages dill was prized for protection. It was infused in wine for increasing passion. Fructus Anethi is the name for dill seed (fruit) in medicine. High in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin A. Amino acids: threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine, arginine, histidine; Contains Apiole, powerful menses or period starter.
Uses: For hiccups, boil the seeds in wine & inhale the scent. *Warning, pregnant women should not drink dill seed tea. A dill pickle here & there is fine, but higher amounts of seeds can trigger miscarriage. Carminative to stomach. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Not for use during pregnancy
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Dill Weed
Other Names: Garden dill, dilly, dill seed,, Anethum graveolens Region: European
Description: Increase milk production, reduce colic & child/adult stomach disorders. High in carvone, flavonoids, coumarins, triterpenes, xanthones. This is an aromatic herb that is grown all over the world. It's often used as a cooking spice. In Greece, people once placed dill over their eyes to help them fall asleep. Ancient documents from Egypt call for dill to be used as a pain reliever. In witchcraft, Dill has been used to prevent thunder and clear storms. This was done by burning the plant.
Uses: Antiflatulent/Antispasmodic/Diuretic Dill weed is primarily a remedy for digestive problems. Digestion: Dill weed is an antispasmodic that relieves cramping and relieves stomach pain. Gas: Dill weed's antispasmodic effects help to relieve bloating and gas. Diuretic: The diuretic properties of dill can help to relieve symptoms associated with cough and cold. Women's Health: Dill can help to reduce the pain of menstruation. It also increases breast milk production. In addition, when nursing mothers use dill they can reduce the symptoms of colic in their babies. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dill, Indian
Other Names: Surwa, Anethum sowa Region: Asian
Description: Japanese & Indian. Foliage eaten fresh. Essential ingredient for curries. Used to combat flatulence, stomach upset & stimulate the digestion. Dill weed is an antispasmodic that relieves cramping and relieves stomach pain. Gas: Dill weed's antispasmodic effects help to relieve bloating and gas. Diuretic: The diuretic properties of dill can help to relieve symptoms associated with cough and cold. Women's Health: Dill can help to reduce the pain of menstruation. It also increases breast milk production. In addition, when nursing mothers use dill they can reduce the symptoms of colic in their babies.
Uses: Eaten in salads, most commonly found in Asian markets that carry fresh produce. Can be lightly steamed & served with sesame oil as well. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dittany of Crete
Other Names: Hop Marjoram, Origanum dictamnu Region: Mediterranean
Description: A Harry Potter herb no less! All parts of plants used. Stops excessive hemorraghing in case of serious wound. 1,001 uses in ancient medicinal & magical lore. Combats upset stomach, cough & headache. Wash or gargle will reduce throat inflammation. Greek Honey plant. Dittany of Crete is an attractive plant, bearing scented leaves and lovely purplish-pink flowers from June to August. Dittany of Crete was considered a potent healing herb by the early Greeks and has a long history in ancient writings, where it was purported to be able to expel arrows from wounds, ease childbirth and reverse poisoning. It grows wild in the mountains of Greece and has protected status there as a rare plant. Its beautiful appearance makes it an excellent choice for hanging baskets. The hairy, silvery-grey leaves can be used in salads and sauces. Extract derived from Dittany of Crete is used to flavour vermouth.
Uses: When you can get dittany Honey you are a LUCKY soul. Excellent product to keep on hand for eating out of hand, to help with sinusitis and also reducing of coughs and throat inflammation by adding to teas. Can also be decocted down into a syrup & used for more serious wound work. Flowers can be steeped to make Dittany tea, a popular drink in Greece. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Red veined dock, bloodwort, Rumex sanguineus Region: European
Description: Leaves used to reduce blood diseases, may help reduce some forms of cancer. Ointment can be made from roots boiled in vinegar & then mashed into petroleum jelly or other water based cream to help skin eruptions or itchy skin. Good for cuts, scrapes & burns.
Uses: Laxative/Digestive Stimulant/Cleansing Dock is primarily used to treat skin problems. Skin: Dock is used to treat boils, psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Laxative: Dock can be used as a mild laxative. Digestive stimulant: Dock can be used to stimulate bile production and detoxify the body. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dong Quai
Other Names: Dang Gui, Dong-quei, tang-kuei, Angelica polymorpha sinesis Region: Asian
Description: Angelica is one of the most important TCM Asian medicinal herbs. Thick Root used to lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart. Also found in diabetic herbal teas to help blood sugar levels. It is anti-bacterial, analgesic & anti-Inflammatory. Women- Helps the Uterus, blood, muscles, useful for all female problems. Men- use it for migraine headaches, liver problems heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, chronic bronchitus. Increases blood flow through heart muscles. Treatment for cyrrhosis & jaundice of liver, hepatitis, shingles & other organ/nerve ailments. Rich in Vitamin E & Iron. Moderate Vitamins A, C, B12, magnesium, potassium & niacin.
Uses: Antispasmodic/Expectorant/Stimulant/Tonic Dong Quai is primarily used for women's health issues and heart health. Women's Health: Dong Quai relieves unusual period symptoms such as pain and anemia. It also relieves menopausal hot flashes. It can help to regulate menstruation and relieve vaginal spasms. Blood: Dong Quai can be used to dissolve blood clots and thin the blood. Skin: Dong Quai can be used to treat psoriasis. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dragon's Blood
Other Names: d.draco- Canary Islands, Daemonorops draco- Indonesia Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: The actual tree is a rattan palm. (Alt Dragon's Blood;) Inert, used by many in ritual. The dragon tree bears round scaly fruits the size of a cherry. when ripe it is coated with a resin that is called dragon's blood. The resin drys & can be ground into a fine powder that when heated will turn into benzoic acid. It is astringent & can be used to heal wounds. It is also thought to be an aphrodisiac. High in benzoic acid, calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate. Dragons blood is primarily used to color varnishes, pastes, and tinctures. At one time it was thought to be a cure for syphilis because it is antiseptic. It was also once given to treat diarrhea. It tends to give solutions a very red color, probably where it gets its name. Now it is also used to promote healing and cause the blood to be invigorated.
Uses: Coagulant Dragons blood is primarily used to promote healing and treat blood disorders. Blood: Dragon's blood can be used to control hemorrhages from injury to the body. It can also be taken to invigorate the blood. Ulcers: Dragon's blood can be used to treat chronic ulcers. Herbal Actions
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Other Names: Hexepetala, Filipendula vulgaris Region: European
Description: According to Culpeper, the root powder in white wine is a good remedy for kidney afflictions. Dyers can use a copper mordant to derive a black dye from the roots, and the flowers and leaves can be dried to use in potpourris. Root powdered in white wine may be good for kidney and respiratory infections.
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