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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".

Categories

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

Herbs Listing for - ALL - page 23 of 28
Lemon Vervain-
Other Names: , Verbena officinalis Region: European
Description: Indigestion, Antispasmodic
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lemon-
Other Names: , Citrus limon Region: Arabic
Description: Dried peel used. Helps to reduce varicose veins & kidney stones. Used & known since the 11th century. Originally from the Arabian coast. Rind, steeped in vinegar & rubbed on warts may remove them. With glycerin, the juice can be applied to chapped lips. The juice can whiten skin, bleach stains, relieves sunburn & can help reduce the size of corns. Excellent in reducing coughing.
Uses: High in Vitamins C & K as well as bioflavinoids. Bioflavinoids are helpful as a reactant against radiation poisoning & radioactive fallout. Dried lemon powder can help draw & close wounds as it is a clotting agent. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Leopard Lilly-
Other Names: She-gan, Belamcanda chinensis Region: Asian
Description: Chinese TCM herb. Cough & other bronchial conditions.
Uses: Roots used. External use only.. Ground into capsules, tablets, caplets, pills, plasters. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lespedeza-
Other Names: Round headed Bush Clover, Lespedeza capitata Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Lowers blood cholesterol. American Indian medicinal. dried stems ashed on skin to aid in reducing bursitis and or muscle pain..
Uses: Teas, Tinctures, Plasters, Cough Drops, Syrups. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lettuce, wild-
Other Names: , Lactuca virosa Region: American
Description: Dried & smoked like opium. used for nervousness, as a Sedative & a hypnotic milder than opium but just as dreamy. Provided that you could obtain a large quantity of this herb; dry & then crush it, you would be left with a decent hallucinagen.
Uses: Ground & used in capsules, tinctures & teas against Insomnia, Nervousness, Anxiety. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lettuce-
Other Names: , Lactuca sativa Region: American
Description: Domestic lettuce mixed with milk was thought to soothe & reduce the pain from skin burns and as a cure for arthritis. Eaten before bedtime it will help reduce insomnia & induce sleepiness. Good for the dieter as it contains much Calcium, Silica & water, but little in the way of calories. Eaten by nursing mothers it will increase lactation.
Uses: A decoction of the leaves makes a drying face wash. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Licorice -
Other Names: Sweet root, liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabr Region: Mediterranean
Description: Found in great quantities in King Tut's tomb; the herb licorice has been around for eons. Dug in its fourth year the rhysome is at its best. Most sugars increase thirst. This sugar relieves it. Contains estrogenic properties & is used to combat the effects of menopause. Also used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, it sooths coughs & throat, reduces hoarseness & adjusts blood sugar. Provides quick energy by boosting adrenals.
Uses: ground into paste, added to flour & sugar to make candy licorice, added to medicines to sweeten them in both TCM & European preparations, used as a flavoring for hot & cold beverages including liquors Herbal Actions
Warnings: Too much can cause irritability, Insomnia
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Licorice, Chinese -
Other Names: Gen-cao, Clycyrrhiza uralensis Region: Asian
Description: Principle TCM or Chinese medicine ingredient. Aids in taste of medicine as well as benefits all systems.
Uses: Ground & used in capsules, tinctures & teas Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lime
Other Names: , Citrus limetta Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: Another Latin Name for this herb:Citrus aurantifolia. Columbus brought this tree to the East Indies to be cultivated. Flowers act as a nervine. Fruit & juices used as a cooling drink & flavoring.
Uses: Both peel & juices used in various preparations of both sweet & tart products. Citric acid prepared from peel to give tart citruis taste to products without calories or raising glycemic levels. Used to scent makeup. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Linden -
Other Names: Lime, Tilia x eropeaea Region:
Description: Linden flowers are fragrant & smell like honey. Frequently considered a fine Bee Plant. Inner tissues of the tree were used by ancient peoples as a wound binder which helped to heal wounds. Flowers are used as a nervine in bath herbs to promote sweating & to cool the head.
Uses: A Body Tonic; it is used to calm restlessness & hysteria. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lion's Ear -
Other Names: , Leonotis nepetfolia Region: African
Description: African folk remedy. Stimulant. Euphoric
Uses: Tea or beverage made of herb along with other herbs during ceremonial events. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lotus Seed
Other Names: Tui loc, Nelumbo nucifera Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: Lotus Seed- {Nelumbo nucifera} Ancient Asian Medicinal & Beautiful flowering plant. Most long lived plant known, Seeds from a 1300 year old Chinese lake bed have revived & been able to sprout & grow. Plant is one of many that can phytoregulate its temperature. It is thought to do that to entice cold blooded insect pollinators. Plants ground themselves in lake, spring & pond beds then can stretch upwards of 3 to 5 meters to the surface of the water to spread over 3 feet in width of leaves to put forth a flower. The flower is the National Flower for both Vietnam & India.
Uses: Insomnia, Liver & Skin cleanser, Relaxant, Anti-Anxiety. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Melatonin
Other Names: , N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: "Melatonin: {Naturally occuring hormone in plants, animals, people} Anti-Oxidant, Melatonin biosynthesis in humans & some other organisms involves four enzymatic steps from the essential dietary amino acid tryptophan, {like in Roast Turkey} which follows a seretonin pathway. Chemically N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, Melatonin is a substance found in animals, plants, fungi & bacteria. In animals it is a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness; however in other organisms it may have different functions. In humans Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland which is a pea sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. During the daylight hours, the pineal gland is inactive. When darkness occurs; after sundown, the pineal gland is activate by the SCN & begins to actively produce melatonin which is released into the blood stream. Usually this occurs around 9pm in the evening. Even if the pineal gland is switched ON, it won't produce melatonin unless the person is in a dim or dark environment. Artificial light, including the blue light of electronic devices; is enough brightness to prevent the release of melatonin. Because melatonin is contained naturally in some foods, the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994; allows it to be sold as a dietary supplement (vitamins/minerals). These do not need to be approved by the FDA or controlled in any way. In humans, 90% of orally administered exogenous melatonin is cleared in a single passage through the liver, a small amount is excreted in urine, and a small amount is found in saliva. ...."
Uses: As an Anti-oxidant: Melatonin has been shown to be twice as effective as Vitamin E, believed to be the most effective liophile antioxidant available. It is the most protective against mitochondrial oixdative stress. For Anti-Insomnia: Melatonin's primary function is as a regulations of the sleep/wake cycles. Human infant's melatonin levels usually even out between 3 & 4 month's of age, with the highest levels recorded between midnight & 8 am. In adults, melatonin decreases with age. Melatonin levels rise sharply in the blood & stay elevated for from 9 to 12 hours thereafter, all through the night- before the light of the new day activates a different set of glands. Melatonin levels during the day are barely perceptible. Bright light has another effect on the body. It directly inhibits the release of the melatonin. That's why Melatonin is called "The Dracula Hormone"- It only comes out in the dark! Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Osha Root
Other Names: Empress of the Dark Forest, Lo, Ligusticum Porteri Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Osha Root (Other Alt. Names: Indian Parsely, Mountain Carrot, Wild Lovage, Loveroot, Porter's lovage, Porter's ligusticum, Chuchupate, Chuchupatle, Colorado cough root, Mountain ginseng, Mountain carrot, Nipo, Indian root, Bear medicine. Loveroot, Colorado cough root.) is a perennial herb that inhabits the mountainous regions of southwestern North America & Mexico, with a particularly wide distribution in the Rocky Mountains. As some of these names suggest, Osha is a member of the carrot and parsley family. The root has a long history of use by the Zuni tribe of North America, who chew the raw root & use it to produce infusions. Osha root is also used to make teas, tinctures & extracts. This American native herb is found in upland meadows & ravines, & thrives in many, many areas with an affinity for the southern Rocky Mountains. It was both a sacred & indispensable herb to many tribes of Native Americans including: the Zuni, Aztec, Chiricahua, Yaqui, Tarahumara, & Mescalero Apache tribes. The seed & leaf were eaten.
Uses: Osha was burned as a purifying incense. For protection from evil spirits and/or dangerous germs. Osha has been fervently used for centuries, in ways similar to Echinacea. Native American runners chewed roots for increased endurance. Attached to moccasins or tied about the ankle & it was used to protect the wearer from rattlesnakes. Flathead tribe members ritually washed freshly harvested roots in streams near plant growth locations to precipitate rainfall in times of drought. Fresh or dried root brings a tingling sensation to tongue and gums. In Tincture format it is used for Anti viral, Antibaacterial, Reduces coughs & lung congestion. It can be blended with other Antibacterial herbs to create a super antibacterial formula which can then be added to a null water based cream & used topically on unbroken skin to reduce bruising. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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