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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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Thistle, Silver
Other Names: Carline Thistle, Calina acaulis Region: European
Description: Root usedas a tonic for the liver, gall bladder & Kidneys.
Uses: Ingredient in Swedish Bitters. Extracts used to reduce skin rashes & conditions from herpes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Thyme, Wiild
Other Names: Mother-of-thyme, Thymus praecox Region: European
Description: Clears the mucous system as well as drops congestion.
Uses: Leaves & plants used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Indian Saffron, curcuma, Curcuma longa Region: Asian
Description: Ayurvedic & cooking herb. Root used. Anti-Inflammatory. Tumeric provides the golden color of both dhal - a lentil preparation & curries. Tumeric is also featured in chutneys, picalilli, & kegegree. Yellow on the body: A Hindu tradition. This spice invokes fertility in Ayurvedic philosophy. The pre-wedding tradition known as the celebration called Gaye Holud: is where family & friends paint elaborate designs on the bodies of both the husband & wife to be by using tumeric paste. It literally means "yellow on the body" & it illuminates the skin of the bride & groom with a golden stain for the 2 to 3 days before the actual wedding ceremony. During the actual wedding ceremony: Brides wear a thread around their necks which are imbued with a paste made from tumeric when the marriage vows are made. Historic Chemistry uses:In the 1870's, chemists discovered tumerics orange-yellow root powder turned to brown when exposed to alkaline chemicals. This led to the production of tumeric paper, which were thin strips of paper brushed with tumeric liquid & dried. Tumeric paper was used in the 19th century in worldwide laboratories to test for alkalinity. It was eventually replaced with the more commonly known Litmus paper that we use today.
Uses: Tastes peppery, spicy & a bit like aged wood. Herbalists & holistic doctors still use tumeric but not for testing purposes; but to aide in warming muscles prior to exercise, to heat muscles after exercise to rid the body of toxins caused by traumatic injury & to rid the body of toxins produced while exercising. Tumeric is also used to give the beautiful color to Buddhist monk robes. It is also known as Natural Yellow No. 3 in the commercial production of mustard, orange juice & processed cheese {when not using annatto, a like colored herb}. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Wild geranium, Pelargonium sidoides Region: African
Description: South African Antibacterial Medicinal geranium, Root used for acute infections of the throat, nose & external ears. It reduces sinusitis, bronchitis & tuberculosis.
Uses: Whole plant used. Tea, Tincture, salad ingredient. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Uva ursi
Other Names: Kinnikinnik, Bearberry, Arctosphylas uva ursi Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Stimulates the bladders & kidneys to create urine to expel uric acid from the body along with other waste minerals. Anti-septic. Aids in reducing bacterial levels in urine.
Uses: Reduces urethra infections as well as bladder & kidney. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Valerian, Anthos
Other Names: , Vereriana officinalis Anthos Region: European
Description: Sedative properties reduce insomnia & help de-stress & relax.
Uses: whole herb, tea, decoction, tincture & oil. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Vanilla Grass
Other Names: Sweet Vernal grass, Anthoxanthum oderatum Region: European
Description: Scent similar to woodruff. Pollen may cause hay fever but tea or tincture made from its flowers; reduces it.
Uses: leaves, flowers & pollen Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Verbena, Lemon
Other Names: , Aloysia triphylla Region: European
Description: Tea conponent for its sweet & strong lemon flavor which helps many herbal teas to come together in a healthful blend.
Uses: Whole herb, leaves, flowers. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Verbena officianlis Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: TCM herb. Europeans used it as a magical herb which aided in reducing insomnia & helping digestion.
Uses: tea, tincture, oil, essential oil (external), smudge. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Vervain, Blue
Other Names: , Verbena hastata Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Used by American Indians for its tranquilizing effects of whole herb. Reduces insomnia & other nervous conditions.
Uses: Tincture, tea, smudge & cream. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Vicks plant
Other Names: , Plectranthus pupuratus Region: European
Description: Leaves, split & gel removed helps reduce inflammation, congestion, muscle & tendon pain.
Uses: gel, fresh leaves. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Honeyplant, Ammi visnaga Region: Asian
Description: Angina calmnative. Seeds used. Contains visnadin, khellin which help to reduce muscle spasm, painful menstruation and bronchial asthma
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Leaf Ginseng, Surinam Spinach, Talinum triangulare Region: Asian
Description: Edible Houseplant from the Asian Pacific. Wholeherb tonic herb.
Uses: Leaves & stems used in salads, soups. Can be parboiled, steamed or sauteed. Used like a fresh ginseng by Indonesians. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Triticum aestivum Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Freshly sprouted wheatgrass juiced is a powerhouse of nutrients, enzymes & live factors that can be readily absorbed to jumpstart the body. Used as an adaptogen; it replenishes a body starved by years of poor diet. Wheatgrass helps the body to boost the immune system & fight diseases; especially cancer.
Uses: Squeezed as a juice, dried & ground or freeze dried & ground; then reconstituted. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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