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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 ]

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Benzoic Acid
Other Names: , Region:
Description: Occurs naturally in prunes & cranberries. Organic chemical used as a preservative, prevents the growth of yeasts, molds & retards racidness in oils. Cosmetic uses include keeping products from darkening.
Uses: Tincture is used for poultices, medicines, dyes, plastics & insect repellants. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Benzoin Gum
Other Names: Herb Benjamine, Styrax benzion Region: West African
Description: Antiseptic. Anti-pyretic. (Alt. Benjamin) A resin gotten from the trees from the group called Styrax. Reduces incontinence in both sexes. Anti-fungal, Expectorant - clears the lungs & creates spit in the human body. As it most likely voids from the body through the kidneys & bladder, it will disinfect as it travels through that system. Tincture is used for poultices & skin problems.
Uses: Used in Poporries. Used as a fixative for perfume & incense. Mixed with glycerin, it will reduce chapped hands & is good for nursing mothers to smooth skin on their nipples Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bergamot
Other Names: Bee Balm, Citrus aurantium var.bergamia Region: Amer_Indian
Description: A small tree that resembles the lemon tree. The flowers have a wonderful odor & the fruit is pale yellow in color. The rind yields an oil that is used for perfumes & as a sleep inducer.
Uses: To make a sleep pillow; mix rose leaf, rosebuds, geranium leaf as well as small piece of cottoon scented with the essential oils of lavendar, bergamot & cinnamon. Can also relieve symptoms of headache, migraine. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bergamot, Wild
Other Names: Horsemint, Bee Balm., Monarda fistulosa, Monarda pun Region: Amer_Indian
Description: M. fistulosa is citrus scented. M. Punctata is mint scented. Leaves, stems & flowers used as well as an oil. Rind has oil that will Aid in Breaking Insomnia. Can be taken for flatulence, nausea , diarrhea or rheumatism. Normally even if you order garden or domesticated bergamot; you will usually receive wild bergamot instead. Principle flavoring of Earl Grey tea. Fights bad breath.
Uses: The Winnebago Indians use a decoction of the leaves to help cure Pimples & Skin Growths. Omaha Indian braves use an oil of the leaves as a pomade for their hair. Vinegar of bergamot can be used as a rinse to rid oneself of dandruff. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Betal
Other Names: Ba an, Piper betle Region:
Description: Betal - {Piper betle} (alt. Baan), Stimulant herb chewed in a packet with slaked lime & other ingredients by millions of Asian Indians in the Pacific. The packets are chewed to freshen the breath.
Uses: In Vietnam the leaf is used as a conversation starter. it is also a symbol of love & marriage & is used at introductory rituals throughout Asia. Somewhat addictive. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bethroot
Other Names: Red Trillium, Birthroot, Waker, Trillium erectum Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Bethroot -{Trillium erectum} (alt. Red Trillium, Birthroot, Wakerobin) American Indian herb. Root tea used for menstrual problems. Also used as an aphrodisiac.
Uses: Induces labor; reduces pain associated with menopause. Helps coughs, bowel problems & lung disorders. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Betony
Other Names: Wood Betony, Stachys officinalis, S. betoni Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Also Latin: {Betony officinalis} Asthma, Bronchitis, Heartburn & Kdne. Used as a Tonic; it can Relieve Headache & Migraine. Can be used with your normal pain medications for Migraine just like Feverfew & the two can be mixed in a TEA. {See Headache/Migraine Tea} Wood Betony tea is supposed to keep dreamers from having nightmares, & useful towards all diseases & afflictions of the head; including: Ear Aches, as well as Watering Eyes.
Uses: The root tastes terrible & has been used as a way to make children vomit if necessary. Tincture of betony is used to combat Hayfever & other Upper Respiratory allergies. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Betony, Water
Other Names: , Scrophidatia aquatica, Betonic Region:
Description: Aids in reducing Asthma, Bronchitis, Heartburn & Kidney {see also wood betony}
Uses: Used as a tonic it can also relieve symptoms of headache, migraine. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bilberry
Other Names: Black Whortleberry, Huckleberr, Vaccinnium myrtillus Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Also (Alt. Hurlberry, Winberry, Wineberry, Dyeberry) Fruit used. Reduces Varicose Vein appearance. Rebuilds Retina Purple Pigments in the Eyes- Helps Night Vision & Light Sensitive Eyes. Bilberries inhibit or kill fungi, bacteria & protozoans. Contains compounds known as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have a cholesterol lowering effect. Because of its laxative effect, is used as a stool smoother.
Uses: Vasodialator - opens blood vessels & lowers blood pressure. Also help prevent formation of blood clots that can trigger a heart attack. Helps varicose veins. High in Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Pro-Vitamin A, Tannins, Acids, Manganese, phosphorus, iron & zinc. Trace elements: calcium sodium & silicon Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Birch, White
Other Names: , Betula alba, Betula spp. Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Analgesic. Antiseptic. Bruised twigs smell like wintergreen. Commercial birch oil is marketed as wintergreen oil. As an antiseptic it is good for skin afflictions & can be added to ointments & creams & rubbed into the skin, joints, muscles & bones. Good to reduce effects of Gout, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Dropsy & Edema. In combination with citronella; the twain make a good insect repellant that isn't irritating to the skin if oil of almond or olive is added as well. Some North American Indians used the peeling bark from this tree to create canoes.
Uses: A tea of the leaves will help break up kidney stones & will reduce the soreness of the mouth as well as dry canker sores. Birch leaf can also be used as a sedative. Brew in tea form. Birch essense is used to create the soda called Birch beer; which is an alternative to Root beer and/or Cream soda. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bistort
Other Names: , Polygonum bistorta Region: European
Description: Rhizomes are Astringent. Soothing & cooling. Used to reduce inflammation.
Uses: Helps control woes from dysentery. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bittersweet
Other Names: , Sclanum dulcamera Region: European
Description: External use. Helps reduce swelling, bruises & corns.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Black Cherry
Other Names: , Prunus sectina Region: Amer_Indian
Description: High in Vitamin C & benzaldehyde which is a natural anti-flu fighter.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Black Cohosh
Other Names: Squaw Root, Sheng Ma, , Cimicfuga racemosa Region: Asian
Description: American Indian AND Asian Woman's Herb. Other Alt names: (Black Snake Root. Rattle Root. Bugbane, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Rattlesnale's Root, Richweed, Cimicifuga, Chinese Black Cohosh) Estrogenic. Woman's herb. Root used. Tonic; Strengthens Uterine Wall for future contractions in child birth. Nervine; acts directly on the spinal cord as a relaxant. Rich in Phosphorus, Calcium & Selenium.
Uses: Helps reactivate menses in women who's periods have stopped prior to menopause. Stimulates natural estrogen production in women, hormone balancer, clears mucus from bronchial tubes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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