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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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Barley Grass
Other Names: , Hordeum leporinum Region: European
Description: Cultivated for thousands of years as a food source. Written to be a main food crop for gladiators in Rome; used for strength & endurance. Contains up to 45% protein, by being a vegetable it is also low in fat. Can benefit those suffering from Allergies, Asthma, Migraines, Arthritis, Skin & digestive disorders. Contains water soluable fiber known as beta-gloucan which can help lower Serum Cholesterol. In 2002 a Chinese health study reported in "Diabetes Metabolism"; people who supplemented their diets with Barley were able to see significant reduction in bad Cholesterol levels.
Uses: Young tender shoots are the most prized for their protein content & they enhance cellular metabolism. Contains a potant anti-oxidant: superoxide dismutase which can repair damaged DNA & help combat free radical damage that comes with aging, inflammation & some cancers. Barley is high in several enzymes, 18 amino acids & Chlorophyll which helps the body rid itself of Toxins. Barley grass is also rich in iron, folic acid, beta-carotene, & Vitamins E, B1, B2, B3, B6, & B12. Barley contains 11 times more calcium & 30 times more vitamin B1 than cow’s milk, 5 times more iron than spinach, and about 7 times more vitamin C than an orange. Barley grass is best consumed in an extract/ powder or juice form, but can also be supplemented in capsules. Barley grass is one of the most bio-available proteins in nature. Americans' over consumption of processed foods & red meat are a huge pre-courser to inflammation. The magnesium, calcium & potassium contained in barley grass helps to reduce or rid the body of the acids in those foods. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Basil, Camphor
Other Names: , Ocimum minimum Region: Mediterranean
Description: East African native. Commercial source for Camphor. Leaves used.
Uses: Infusion in tea relieves stomach & cold symptoms. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Basil, Indian
Other Names: Sugja, Barbari Tulsi, Ocimum basilicum Subja Region: Asian
Description: Seeds are used in beverages. Allowed to soak in water & form a gel. Stirred into milk with rose syrup & crushed ice, they boost body strength & reduce heat. Used in Unani medicine to control intestinal worms.
Uses: Has religious significance to Muslims ever since the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb decreed that this basil be planted on his tomb. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Basil, West African
Other Names: Adefetue, Ocimum viride Region: Mediterranean
Description: In Ghana, the Ewe people call this adefetue. Used throughout Africa to reduce fevers, diarrhea & to repel insects. Leaf oil is extremely antiseptic.
Uses: Used as a gargle, dressing for wounds & as a treatment for conjunctivitis. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Basil, Wild
Other Names: , Clinopodium vulgare Region: Mediterranean
Description: Helps overcome stomach issues as a tea, good to help with wound healing & to use as a skin aid. Sweet spice, nervous disorders, digestive, anti-bacterial, reduces swelling from bee stings.
Uses: A decoction with honey & nutmeg along with basil will ease diarrhea. Leaf wine is an aphrodisiac, also are mosquito-repellant expel worms & treat ringworm, snake bite, insect bites & acne. As such it is a drawing agent. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bay Leaves
Other Names: Sweet Bay, Laurel, True Laurel, Laurus nobilis Region: African
Description: (Alt. Bay Laurel) Said to purify food, aid in digestion, mildly narcotic. Strewn on the floor of houses & pet pens, they will chase fleas away.
Uses: A leaf decoction may be used as a soak for sprains & rheumatic joints -may irritate skin. American Indians used Bay leaves in a hot bath to combat Arthritis, placed the hot wet leaves on their heads to help reduce headaches & place a piece of leaf inside the nostrils to help clear them. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Wax Myrtle, Candleberry, Myrica cerifera, pensylvanica Region: Mediterranean
Description: Native to the Maritimes. Reduces diarrhea & hemorrhages, used as a gargle, helps soothe sore throat. Root Bark and/or berries used. Boiling berries in water will cause a waxy substance to float, gathering it when it hardens; you may make candles from it. Good for Skin, Circulation, Stomach, Cleanses Intestines, Aids in Digestion, Clears Toxic Mucus in Female Tracts.
Uses: Excellent as a gargle made from tea from the leaves for colds, coughs & jaundice. Leaves are aromatic & a stimulant. Bark is used for diarrhea & dysentery. A wash or poultice of the leaves/ bark can be used for sores, boils & carbuncles, powdered bark may be applied directly to wounds to aid in healing. High in Vitamin C & calcium. Trace elements: phosphorus, potassium & zinc. B1, B2, niacin & vitamin A. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Gum bdellium, Commiphora africana Region: West African
Description: True source of gum bedellium mentioned in Old Testament. Tribal ritualistic herb used by Arabic cultures. Carminative, Stomach relief, & to help relieve congestion in colds/bronchial problems.
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Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Penstemon barbatus Region: Amer_Indian
Description: American Indian "life medicine". Alleviates Menstrual & Stomach pain.
Uses: Helps to draw wounds, Reduce swelling & help reduce irritation from coughs. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bedstraw, Yellow
Other Names: Lady's Bedstraw, Cheese rennet, Galium verum Region: European
Description: (alt. Cleaver's Vine, Maid's Hair) Herb used in King Henry's day to dye hair. The folk of cheshire, a cheese making area in Britain, use the herb in their rennet, a substance used to first curdle the cheese proteins from the whey which adds a rich taste.
Uses: American Indians used it as a healing agent for burns, nosebleeds, to quell internal bleeding. Bedstraw may help to reduce kidney stones & urinary diseases. A decoction or syrup is useful for bladder or kidney complaints Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bee Balm
Other Names: Bergamot, Oswego Tea, Monarda didyma Region:
Description: Tea materials are the leaves/ flowers. Source for alternative tea during the Boston Tea party. The Shakers (A Quaker subgroup, known for its medicinal records) used beebalm for colds & sore throats. It is also a stimulant, carminative & a rubefacient. Honeybees & humingbirds & humans will be drawn to its citrus like scents in the garden. Great as an addition to potpourries. Red & off red colors as well as yellow have been recorded. All are medicinal. Good to reduce menstrual cramps, colds, nausea, fevers.
Uses: Beebalm can be harvested twice, once after it blooms & again after the second blooming. As a perennial every three years the roots should be pulled & the outer ones resown, the inner ones may be composted. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bee Pollen
Other Names: , Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Bee Pollen - Allergies, quick energy, slows down aging process
Uses: Used in Anti-Allergy products like Energy & Endurance II, as well as in Anti-Aging teas, tinctures & tablets. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Beet, Sugar
Other Names: , Beta vulgaris, "Saccherifera" Region: African
Description: Used to produce sugar & sugar substitutes. Two large roots will yeild about a cup of sugar & half a cup of blackstrap molassas. A six month plant, most temperate zones may be able to double crop this plant to produce a re useable energy source. Sows in May, roots are pulled in October which concentrates their sugar content. This is the crop that can lower our corn costs & create a renewable energy source for cars/ vehicles.
Uses: Fuel Additive plant with 50% more available Ethanol content than corn products can create. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Desmodium styracifolium Region: Asian
Description: Asian Vine. Fruits used. Small loose fruits cling to clothing. Chinese medicine for treating kidney stones. Japanese clinical studies on gallbladder & kidney stones show vine fruits help body to excrete excess calcium in the urine.
Uses: Can be used as a helper herb for ridding the system of oxalic acid a precourser to gout. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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