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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 - Anti-biotic - page 2 of 3
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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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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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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Other Names: , Vaccinium, var Region:
Description: Contains Arbutin which is both an Antibiotic and a Diuretic. Also contains compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the Bladder.
Uses: Lowers incidence of e. coli in bladder & tubes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Blueberry leaf
Other Names: American blueberry, bush blueb, Vaccinium various Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Antiseptic. Astringent. Anti-oxidant. American Indians used blueberries for medicinal uses & also created a jerky called Sautauthig (saw'-taw-teeg), which was made with dried blueberries/meat. Contains Arbutin which is both an antibiotic & a diuretic. Recent studies cite blueberries improving memory & reversing age-related loss of physical coordination. Protects blood vessels, contracts varicose veins. Nourishing to pancreas,kidney & gallbladder. Reduces inflammation of kidney, bladder and prostate. Reduces vaginal discharge. Also used in longterm treatment for high blood sugar levels & other diabetic conditions including eye retinopathy. Contains compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Lowers incidence of e. coli in bladder & tubes. Treats inflammation of the kidney, bladder and prostate. Remedial in cases of diarrhea & dysentery, soothing for sore throats & ulcerations of the mouth & throat. Parts used: root, leaf and fruit. Biochemical ingredients: Anthocyanosides, tannins, Quercetin, catechins, tannins, iridoids, & acids.
Uses: For urinary tract infections, infections of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and tubal structures within the urinary system. Combats edema in lower exremities by acting as a diuretic. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Snakeroot, Eupatorium perfoliatum Region:
Description: Whole herb is used. Enhances the Immune System. Good for the Stomach, Liver, Intestines & Circulation. Considered one of the best Fever busters, Aids in reducing symptoms of Colds & Flu. Helps reduce stones in kidneys & bladder. Vitamin C, B-complex, calcium, maganesium & potassium.
Uses: Alternate name shows use by American Indians as remedy against snakebite venom. Herbal Actions
Warnings: MUST be processed before use as all parts of plant contain tremetone which is toxic & can be fatal i
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Other Names: , Agathoma cranulata Region: African
Description: Extremely expensive South African herb. Leaves used. One of the BEST herbs used to combat Urinary Tract, Bladder & Kidney Infections. Soothes Enlargement of the Prostate gland, & Irritation of the Urethral Membrane. Decreases inflammation of the colon. High in Calcium, Potassium, Sodium along with Trace Minerals of Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc & Selenium.
Uses: Improves appetite, relieves nausea and gas, is a diuretic and diaphoretic. It is principally used in chronic diseases of the urino-genital organs, as in cases of chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bladder, irritable conditions of the urethra, in urinary discharges with increased deposit of uric acid, and in incontinence connected with prostate abnormalities. Specific Indications: Abnormally acid urine, with constant desire to urinate. Buchu has been used to treat gout and rheumatism.Also used as a tea to combat Cystitis, Urethritis & Painful Urination. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Chai Hu, Bupleurum falcatum Region: Asian
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Tea made to Reduce Stagnation in Liver & Circulation system. Helps moderate Emotional Stability. Reduces Abdominal Bloat, Menstrual Pain, Hemorrhoids, Herpes, & Malaria.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bur Marigold
Other Names: Water Agrimony, Pot Marigold, Bidens pilosa Region: Asian
Description: Chinese TCM ingredient for flu, colds fever, sore throat, gastroenteritis & malarial infections. Whole plant utilized for tea or syrup or tablet. arigolds/pot marigolds have many uses: Soothes Inflammation of the digestive system, reduces irritation and infections of Skin, Helps to slow heavy bleeding, Reduces menstrual discomfort and treats yeast infections.
Uses: sterols, mucilage, carotenes, glycosides, resins, triterpenes, flavonoids. Because of the liver and gallbladder cleansing and detoxifying effects; it helps to clear acne and exzema. Marigold is also used to treat fungal, bacterial and viral infections of the body. It can be used to heal wounds in both internal & external applications. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Burdock, Japanese
Other Names: Gobo, Niu bang zi, grass burdo, Arctium lappa "Takinogawa Long Region: Asian
Description: cocklebur, personata, clotbur, burr seed, lappa, thorny burr, love leaves Blood Purifier. Tea made of roots useful for skin disorders - such as exzema, psoriasis, etc. Fresh bruised leaves are used to remedy poison oak, & ivy. Mixed with the white of an egg; one can use it to reduce burns caused by fires. Mixed with honey it will induce the flow of urine & ease bladder pains. Anti-Tumor properties being evaluated.
Uses: Applications: Diuretic/Antibacterial/Antifungal Diuretic: The Burdock root is a primary source to treat rheumatism, gout and& dropsy. Also useful to treat diabetes & as a blood purifier for Kidneys. Antibacterial: Poultices made from Burdock are used in the treatment of bruises & burns. Lactone is the active ingredient in Burdock when used as an antibacterial ointment. Acne is also said to improve with use of Burdock. Antifungal: Burdock is used to treat skin diseases & fungal infections. It can be effective when applied to skin tumors. Psoriasis & eczema symptoms are lessened by the use of a Burdock preparation. Burdock is also used as an antibiotic & antiseptic - It is very helpful when disorders of this nature are due to toxicity. New research shows promise as an anti-tumor medication. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Can be used as fresh green herb but not after 4 days of diarrhea.
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Cajeput, Oil Of
Other Names: Tea Tree, White Tea Tree, Sw, Malaleuca leucadendron var min Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Additional Alternative Name: Swamp Tea Tree. This is the ORIGINAL Australian & Far East origin of the TEA TREE OIL as we have come to know it in the rest of the world. It is one of the most powerful plant based Antiseptics or germ killers in the world. Volatile oil is distilled from the runoff of leaves.
Uses: A few drops on the tongue of a person who has fainted will bring him/her around. Used full strength to rid oneself of insect bites, snake bite, & as an emergency rub for frostbite. Mixed with cream or oil to reduce chance of irritating the skin when applying to scratches, burns, scrapes, itches, open wounds & abrasions. Rubbed on the outer areas of the forehead & temple; it will reduce headache. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cherry, Black
Other Names: , Purnus seotina Region: Arabic
Description: Bark & Fruit used. High in Vitamin C & benzaldehyde which is a natural anti-flu fighter.
Uses: Tea & standardized extract in capsule format used mostly. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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