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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 ]

Herbs Listing for - ALL - page 19 of 28
Herb Robert
Other Names: , Geranium robertianum Region: European
Description: British herb/flower used. Tea helps treat some forms of cancer. Herb Robert is mysteriously found to thrive in high radiation zones. Thought of a pernicious weed in the northwest American lands, it is an herb with hundreds of years of documented Benedictine medicinal uses.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ho Shou Wu - Fo Ti
Other Names: Fo-Ti-Tieng, herb of long life, Hydrocotyle asiatica minor Region: Asian
Description: See Fo Ti Tieng or Chinese Knotweed. Linament for muscles, bruises, backache. Should be used in the processed or cooked root format for best results. a TCM herbal supplement for long life. "...This name is in reference to the Chinese herbalist, Li Ching Yuen, who allegedly consumed fo-ti daily and lived until the age of 132 years—or 197, or 256, depending on which version of the story you care to subscribe to. Although it is clearly established that Li left this world on May 6, 1933, exactly how long he inhabited remains a mystery. Some Imperial Chinese government records show his birth occurring in 1677, although Li maintained that he wasn’t born until 1736. Yet, the man was photographed while visiting the home of Chinese General Yang Sen in 1927, which prompted the general to record the event in a document titled, “A Factual Account of the 250 Year-Old Good-Luck Man.”..."
Uses: Normally found brewed as a tincture or used in strong decoctions & tea mixtures. Taken on a daily basis as a tincture is the best way to use this product. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Holly Hocks
Other Names: Purple/ Blue Malva, Alcea rosea Region: European
Description: British herb/flower used. Tea helps treat irritated mucus membranes. Sore throat, bothersome teeth, bronchial complaints; urinary problems & diarrhea. When reduced to a powder after drying; it can be boiled in wine & given to children to kill worms.
Uses: The flowers boiled in wine can be given in small doses to prevent miscarriage. Currently the flowers are used in cosmetics. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Honey. The variety produced by honey bees (the genus Apis) is the one most commonly referred to.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Bee flower, Bee vine, Lonicera caprifolium Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Bee plant. Whole plant used in various formats. Aromatherapy scent. Flowers are used in perfume. Decocted into a syrup can be taken for respiratory complaints as well as asthma. Also to be used to reduce nervousness. The American Indians wove the vines for baskets as well as using the leaves boiled in water as a wash for sores & used the root well pounded as a poultice for swellings all over the body.
Uses: The leaves can be tinctured into oil & can be taken for cramps from eating or the menses. The bark can be boiled in water & the liquid can be used with hand cream to help itchy skin & acne as well as other skin afflictions. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Humulus lupulus Region: European
Description: Helps combat insomnia, calming effect when dried herb is stuffed into pillows & used whenever a nap is needed or more deep sleep required. Herb is also one of several main ingredients in beer where the all female plants produce herb that adds the bitterness & umami to beer from America to Germany & around the world
Uses: Unflowered buds are mainly used although herb is both buds & leaves. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hops, Japanese -
Other Names: Lucao, Humulus japonicus Region: Asian
Description: Used as a Tonic for urinary & genetalia. TCM herb for TB, Typhoid, mastitis, tonsillitis. Anti-bacterial, Diuretic. Also helps reduce effects from dysentry, premature ejaculation, malaria & cystitus..
Uses: Distilled into a tincture, used as a tonic, brewed as a tea & used in ground formats in TCM pills. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Marrubium vulgare Region: European
Description: Once the standard remedy for coughs, cattarh & bronchial issues, now is mostly found in nostalgic renditions of stick candies & old fashioned cough medicines, drops & losenges. Green herb with honey used for upper respiratory complaints as far back as the Middle ages. One of the five bitter herbs eaten by the Jewish at Passover. Noted in Benedictine writings for treating the windy ailments. Soothing as a Tea for lack of appetite, persistant bronchitis, coughs or throats.
Uses: An infusion of the herb, made from leaves, stems & flowers strengthens a weak stomach while boosting appetite & helping to reduce persistant bronchitis. For smoker's throat tea add coltsfoot, marshmallow root, diced, horehound & hyssop in equal parts to water & simmer for at least 20 minutes if not an hour, let cool & then drink at room or warm temperature several times a day & STOP smoking! Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Horehound, Black
Other Names: Stinking horehound, Ballota nigra Region: European
Description: Controls nausea, vomiting, morning sickness.
Uses: Distilled into a tincture, used as a tonic, brewed as a tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Horney Goat Weed
Other Names: , Epimedium macranthum Region: European
Description: Usually found in tincture format, also found in herbal teas to help with the stiff stuff.
Uses: Good for both men & woman, has some wound healing capabilities but mostly for kick starting the touchy feely feelings in both sexes after sex has become an afterthought. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Horse Chestnut
Other Names: Buckeye, Aesculus Hippocastanum Region: European
Description: Horse chestnut is a tree in the soapberry family that is native to the Balkans. Later introduced to Europe in the mid-16th century. Because English children utilized horse chestnuts in a game called conkers, the tree is sometimes called the conker tree. Like its close relative, the Ohio buckeye, horse chestnut produces nuts that are toxic to some animals, especially horses. The Horse chestnut shell is green & spiky which contains usually one if not two nut like seeds. These are the seeds called conkers. Active compounds include: Flavonoids, Coumarins, Triterpenoid saponins, Aescin. I
Uses: Similarly, even though the bark and fruit are traditionally used to make infusions and tonics, modern use of this herb is generally limited to external uses. In tincture format Horse Chestnut has been found to reduce plaque in Veins as well as cleanse the capillaries that tend to swell & become Varicose veins. Herbal Actions
Warnings: If you have liver or kidney disease, you should not use. Do not put lotion or gel on broken skin.
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Other Names: HorseMint, Monarda, various species} Region: European
Description: Mint. Contains thymol, menthol or menthone & Carvacrol. Carvacrol helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine which is a deficiency found in people with Alzheimer's disease. Some horsebalm compounds can cross the blood/brain barrier. Anti-blood clotting, blood thinners.
Uses: You can add tincture of horsebalm to your shampoo to gain benefits of this herb. Another herb for a tea brewed with cloves for pre-trip preventatives for altitude sickness. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Armoracia rusticana Region: European
Description: Anti-allergy. A few spoonfuls a week should be enough to quell most nasal allergy symptoms. Active compounds include: Vitamin C, Asparagine, Resin, Glucosinolates, Allyl isothiocyanate.
Uses: Usually found in ground, mixed with vinegar or sugar in various formulations either kept cold or cured enough to be found in dry stores areas of your food mart. The less sugar involved with the making of your horseradish the more strong it will be. Taking it plain on a thin line of cured ham is the most powerful ear & sinus cleanser that we know, even better than adding it to cocktail sauce & watching the sweat stand out on the forehead before eating the fish that's supposed to go WITH the cracker & cocktail sauce! Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Horsetail grass-
Other Names: Scouring Rush, Equisetum arvense Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Fern like plant. Looks like asparagus. Mid-Paleozoic plant survivor from 350 million years ago. High in Silica. Old time remedy for fractures. Calcium fixative for bones, torn ligaments & other connective tissues. Reduces excessive menstrual flow, aides in healing ulcers & other skin ailments. Aids in absorbtion of calcium supplements. Increases Silicone content of bone, cartilage, nails, hair, teeth & skin. Aconitic acid is a compound in the plant & it has been used since the Romans during the 17th century to stop internal & external bleeding. The young plant has been eaten by American Indians in the 19th & 20th centuries to combat weak nails, hair & skin & to combat soft bones & teeth.
Uses: Conatains high amounts of Silicone & Calcium. Dried & burned the ashes have been used by the Nevada Indians for sore mouth. A decoction of the herb was used to cleanse the urinary tract. Frequently found in natural products to help strengthen bones/teeth/nails & hair; along with aid in the uptake of calcium supplements. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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