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This is the Online WorldHerbsģ 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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Dusty Miller
Other Names: , Senecio cinararia Region: Mediterranean
Description: This popular annual bedding plant has many hidden talents. A Mediterranean native, it is naturally salt and drought tolerant, withstands heavy frost, is fire resistant, deer resistant, and attractive to bees. It is somewhat shade tolerant, but needs sun to bring out its best colour. It is easily grown from seed sown directly into the garden.
Uses: Folklore says that fresh juice dropped into the eyes may be good for helping to reduce or remove cataract. . Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Echinacea Augustafolia
Other Names: Black Sampson, Coneflower, Echinacea augustofolia, var pu Region: American
Description: American superfood & herb. Flowers, herb & root used. Antibiotic, lymph system, blood purifier, immune system, wound healer. High in iron, selenium, zinc. Medium in magnesium, potassium, niacin, Vitamin C. Echinacea has its origin in North America. Echinacea is taken as an antibiotic to fight off infection and allergies. It has long been used in Native American medicine. For example, it was used to treat snakebites and other wounds. It was also once used to treat syphilis. In the 1930's German scientists began to research its properties in the laboratory. It is now widely used to treat a multitude of conditions.
Uses: Antibiotic/Anti-inflammatory/Antiallergenic Echinacea has a wide range of uses for health and healing. It is primarily known as an antibiotic. Infections: Echinacea can be used to treat bacterial infections. It is particularly good for chronic infections. It's also used to prevent viral infections such as cold and flu. Allergies: Echinacea may be taken to reduce the symptoms brought on by allergies. It is also helpful in relieving asthma. Immunity: Echinacea generally gives the immune system a boost to help fend off all kinds of infections. It may have indications in helping patients with HIV/AIDS. Antibiotic, antibacterial. Useful at treating sore nipples and mastitis. Drunk as a tea it is a cure for dispepsia. Echinacea Dosage: As a tincture, 1/2 tsp with water 3 times a day should be taken for chronic infections. As a decoction, gargle with 50 ml 3 times a day for a sore throat. Echinacea capsules may be taken at a dosage of 500 mg, 3 times a day for cold remedy. The tablet form of Echinacea can be taken to strengthen the immune system. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Nausea can result in high doses of Echinacea. Consult your health care provider before beginning use
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Echinacea Pupurea
Other Names: Coneflower, Echinacea Pupurea Region: European
Description: Echinacea is a perennial plant that grows in the United States and is commercially grown in Europe. It grows up to 20 inches high and has purple flowers that look like daisies. The Echinacea root is is used for medicinal purposes and is harvested in the fall from plants that are 4 years old. Antibiotic, antibacterial. Useful at treating sore nipples and mastitis. Drunk as a tea it is a cure for dispepsia. Echinacea is an AmerIndian Medicinal Plant. Used as an all over antibiotic, anti-bacterial, to correct sore throats and upper respiratory ailments. The Comanche and Sioux used it primarily for treating rabies, helping to clean out & heal toothaches, Echinacea is a plant thatís native to North America, specifically the central and eastern portions. Whatís so special about this plant? Research shows that it is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and contains properties that actually help to build new white blood cells. In other words, it fights all kinds of germs and it improves your bodyís natural immunity to foreign invaders. Modern medicine would have taken centuries to come up with something that nature has provided. Today, itís used to help check infections such as colds and flu of the respiratory system. It also helps to improve immunity and can be a treatment for abscesses and skin problems. Itís used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, urinary tract infections, and even helps to prevent aging.
Uses: As a tincture, 1/2 tsp with water 3 times a day should be taken for chronic infections. As a decoction, gargle with 50 ml 3 times a day for a sore throat. Echinacea capsules may be taken at a dosage of 500 mg, 3 times a day for cold remedy. The tablet form of Echinacea can be taken to strengthen the immune system. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Nausea can result in high doses of Echinacea.
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Other Names: Mo han lian, e.prostrata, Eclipta alba Region: Asian
Description: TCM Chinese medicinal herb. Liver and kidney tonic. Helps dizzines, blurry vision, headache. Reduces premature greying of hair, may aid in replenishing hair growth. Taken internally, will blacken the hair, beard & eyebrows. Will stop bleeding if powdered dried plant used as styptic.
Uses: Found as a tincture, powdered and in capsule format. Possibly also in teapill format. Check with your TCM practioner for availability. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Leontropoduium alpinum Region: European
Description: Edelweiss - {Leontropoduium alpinum} Traditional diarrhea remedy of the Alps. Also used to treat repiratory ailments. Current studies indicate that edelweiss neutralizes free radicals which prevents the formation of superoxides; which contribute to wrinkles. High in bioflavanoids, it strenghens veins, arteries & capillaries. It can be used to treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids & may have cancer fighting properties as well. Antibiotic, antibacterial. Useful at treating sore nipples and mastitis.
Uses: Quite normally found as a cream or a salve but also as a supplement in capsule format. We'll be researching some German based phytopharmaceuticals & see if we can bring any into the country. Keep an eye on the catalog. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Elfwort, horseheal, scabwort, , Inula helenium Region: Asian
Description: Important TCM and Indian Asian medicinal product. Root used. Also known as yellow starwort, elfdock. Helps reduce coughs and bronchial problems. One of the richest sources of inulin in nature (isomeric with starch). One of the ingredients in absinthe. In Europe it is used in relieving indigestion and breaking up mucous in the body. Found in Europe it was originally one of the herbs used to treat tuberculosis. Currently it is primarily in cough medicine for whooping cough & other upper respiratory conditions. Elecampane is named after Helen of Troy. As the legend goes, she was holding elecampane in her hand when she left to live with Paris in Troy. It was used anciently by the citizens of Rome for culinary purposes as well as medication. Elecampane is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but it is cultivated all over the world. While itís not used as much in Western herbal medicine as in India, elecampane is an important part of an herbalist toolbox. It was once used mainly as an expectorant and a diuretic that helped to thin mucous and relieve the body of excess water. Now it can be used to help treat lung infections such as bronchitis and pleurisy. Itís also used for other respiratory ailments such as asthma, hay fever, and coughs. Itís typically added to compound medications and used in conjunction with other herbs. Elecampane is also used in Chinese medicine. However, in Chinese medicine itís used to treat cancers. It can also be used on the skin to heal minor irritations. In the case of facial neuralgia and sciatica, elecampane can also bring relief. For the digestive system, elecampane can help to keep your intestines running smoothly. Itís thought that elecampane helps to keep good bacteria healthy and growing in the intestine. This promotes regularity and helps to keep your digestion flowing properly. In fact, elecampane is so soothing to the digestive system that one study found it helped to reduce nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. The next time youíre suffering from a cold or allergies, reach for an herbal medication containing elecampane. It can help to soothe your symptoms and help you to feel better. It can also help you with indigestion and irregularity. Elecampane is a great addition to your cupboard.
Uses: Elecampane can be purchased in powder form. It can also be found in compound medicines in the form of lozenges, syrup, and capsules. One word to the wise, make sure that you follow the manufacturerís instructions when it comes to elecampane. CLinical research has shown that elecampane contains insulin which can provide some bronchial relief and stimulate the immune system. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Too much can cause a toxic reaction that irritates the skin and the mucous membranes of the body.
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Elder berry/flower
Other Names: Sambucu, Sambucu nigra Region: Mediterranean
Description: Contains Anti-flu compounds. Stimulates the immune system. May be utilized by patients with Eppstein-Barr & HIV as well as other viral infections. A patented Israeli drug (Sambucol) is active aginst various strains of viruses. In three days, patients taking the Sambucol after being infected with a strain of flu, 90% were reported to be completely cured. Reduces Coughs, bronchial spasms & upper respiratory infections.
Uses: Although mostly made with the elder berry, decoctions made of leaf, flower and bark have also been successful and berry wines and liquors have long been a beneficial part of many an elder aunt's medicinal cabinet. Sambucol is now being advertised in many natural health magazines for its beneficial use to ease coughs & catarrhs. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Elm, Slippery
Other Names: capestria, Ulmus rubra, Region: Amer_Indian
Description: North American tree's inner bark which becomes mucilaginous. One of the four ingredients of Rene Caisse's Essaic Teaģ which is used to reduce cancerous growths. Great for Coughs, bronchial problems, diarrhea & dysentery. Reduces indigestion, inhibits stomach ulcers. It can be taken internally or as a poultice applied externally to wounds. It was primarily used by Native Americans to treat a variety of complaints from fevers to ulcers. In modern times, it continues to be a very effective herb. It works by causing the mucous membrane tissue of the body to produce more mucus. This mucus coats the thin tissue and helps to soothe inflammation.
Uses: Found as cut & sifted, you can also buy this encapsulated and as a tincture. We carry all of these varieties as well as a formulation of the Essiac tea with the addition of another powerful cancer fighter from all of the America's called Pau D'Arco. Take a look at the catalog & you will see these products. Be welcome to carry it in your medicinal tea section or herbal stock. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Wormseed, Chenopodium ambrosioldes Region: South American
Description: Mexican & Guatemalan oil used to expel intestinal parasites. Also leaves dried/ fresh - used as a seasoning.
Uses: Found as a whole or crushed spice, in many South American herbal mixtures. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Mormon Tea, Ephedra nevadensis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Only contains traces of ephedrine. Used as a tonic, improves kidney action, relieves asthma. * Most banned ephedra products are chemically derived & thereofor much stronger than the actual herb. Relieves respiratory spasms
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Ephedra, Green
Other Names: Joint fir, Desert Tea, Ephedra viridia Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Only contains traces of pseudophedrine - used in allergy medicines & ephedrine. Folk remedy in tea format using leaves for colds, headaches, migraines, urinary & veneral diseases. * Most banned ephedra products are chemically derived & thereofor much stronger than the actual herb. Relieves respiratory spasms
Uses: Found as a tea or in a mixture of herbs for tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Eryngo, Water
Other Names: Sea Holly, Eryngium planium, e competre Region: Asian
Description: As a decoction of the root in wine; it is used as a diuretic, to treat female issues. Also used to aid in snakebite & help heal broken bones. Currently eryngo is used for bladder & uterin diseases such as fibroids. One will see results if using this herb during prolonged fasting.
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Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Blue gum tree, Eucalyptus globulus Region: Australian
Description: Eucalyptus- {Eucalyptus globulus} (Alt. Blue gum tree) Powerful antiseptic. Can be used to reduce germs on any given surface. Used as spray in steam baths & saunas to clear sinuses & congestion, opens pores. Can be used if toned down with bland hand cream on bad smelling wounds, sores & scrapes. Will change skin if left pure. Essential oil.
Uses: Sold as a tincture for EXTERNAL USE ONLY, an essential oil, FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Herbal Actions
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Evening Primrose
Other Names: , Oenothera biennis Region: European
Description: Contains an oil called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Helps to reduce effects of PMS, eczema, heart disease and cancer. Anti-clotting effect. For best effect, Evening primrose & Flax seed oil should be taken together. Particularly effective to combat the problems of poor diet, alcoholism & is being looked at as an anti-aging product. Clinical studies ongoing looking at Anti-Alzheimer's agent. For centuries, EPO has been used to provide nutritional support for women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS); it may also play a role in promoting smooth, healthy-looking skin. To combat SADD, many practitioners suggest that taking a combination of EPO and Vitamin D can help to reduce the depression that being out of the sun can cause to many people who either work or lose the ability to be IN the sun for at least 15 minutes a day with a significant portion of their clothing off of their skin.
Uses: Found in capsule form most of the time. Please see our catalog for further details. Usually either in a whole or standardized format. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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