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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 - Digestif - page 1 of 1
Anice
Other Names: , Pimpinella anisum Region: European
Description: Also known as pimpinellum diotica. Aids in soothing indigestion & calms coughing. The oil from the seeds can help to expel flatulence. Flavoring herb in both eastern & western cooking/ pharmaceuticals.
Uses: Tincture - As a calmnative for overindulgence in eating Adding fresh or dried leaves into hot tea, soups or salad dressing can help reduce Flatulence after eating gas inducing produce. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cilantro
Other Names: Kotambri-breeja, Hu Sui, Coriandrum sativum Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Leaves used. Additional Alternative Names: Chinese Parsley, Coriander, Coriander cultive, Kusbara, Dhanyaka, Dhana, Gemeiner coriander, Dhane, Dhano, Haveeja, Kishniz, Dhanyak, Dhania, Koriyun, Kothimbir, Nau-nau Kotimiri, Kustumbari, Kottamalli, Kushniz Kottampalari, Kottumbari, Kottmir. Cilantro is found in many Peruvian dishes, and is still used as a bitter herb in Passover, a tradition passed down from the ancient Hebrews. Hippocrates, among other ancient physicians concocted medicines with Cilantro. The Romans included it in vinegars used to preserve meat. Pliny named it after a bedbug that emits an aroma similar to the herb. There are references from 16th century literature of using Cilantro seed in bread for treatment of Saint Anthony's Fire, or impetigo. Coriander gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac in the tale The Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Today it is primarily used as a flavoring in liquors and foul-tasting medicines. Active compounds: Volatile oil contains borneol, coriandrol, camphor, p-cymene, geraniol, limonene, and alpha-pinenes; trans-tridec-2-enale is responsible for the distinctive aroma. The main fixed oils are linolenic acid, petroselic acid, and oleic acid. Other components include the hydroxycoumarins scopoletine and umbelliferone.
Uses: Leaves in tea or mixed with food act as a Digestive. Appetite Stimulant. Reduces stomach spasm. Used for treatment of windy colic, a condition in horses and livestock. Chewing the seeds or drinking infusions made from seeds may sooth stomach disorders and aid digestion. This application is also credited with freshening breath. Cilantro promotes gastric secretions and stimulates appetite. It can be added to perfumes as a fragrance, and medicines to improve flavor. Other uses for Cilantro are as: a genital deoderant, for bladder disorders, coughs, headaches, diuretic, tonic, relief of rash and rheumatism. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cumin, Seed
Other Names: Black Cumin, , Cuminum cyminum Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Ancient healing spice since before Spice Caravans started plying their trades. The plant is native to Egypt and is grown mostly in Egypt and Asia. Cumin is an herb that is mentioned in the Old and New Testament of the Bible and was popular for use during that time period. In Egypt, it was used to treat tooth decay and digestive problems. It was also used for respiratory illnesses and as a pain reliever. Active compounds: aldehydes, pinene, alpha-terpineol, flavanoids.
Uses: Cumin relieves gas and bloating in the digestive tract. Cumin is used to stimulate digestion and improve overall digestive health. Cumin can be mixed with onion juice into a paste. The paste can be placed on scorpion stings to relieve pain and swelling. Cumin can be a powerful stimulant for the production of breast milk. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dill Weed
Other Names: Garden dill, dilly, dill seed,, Anethum graveolens Region: European
Description: Increase milk production, reduce colic & child/adult stomach disorders. High in carvone, flavonoids, coumarins, triterpenes, xanthones. This is an aromatic herb that is grown all over the world. It's often used as a cooking spice. In Greece, people once placed dill over their eyes to help them fall asleep. Ancient documents from Egypt call for dill to be used as a pain reliever. In witchcraft, Dill has been used to prevent thunder and clear storms. This was done by burning the plant.
Uses: Antiflatulent/Antispasmodic/Diuretic Dill weed is primarily a remedy for digestive problems. Digestion: Dill weed is an antispasmodic that relieves cramping and relieves stomach pain. Gas: Dill weed's antispasmodic effects help to relieve bloating and gas. Diuretic: The diuretic properties of dill can help to relieve symptoms associated with cough and cold. Women's Health: Dill can help to reduce the pain of menstruation. It also increases breast milk production. In addition, when nursing mothers use dill they can reduce the symptoms of colic in their babies. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Grape Vine
Other Names: , Vineferis officialis Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Leaves & Stems used. Good for the bladder, kidneys & digestive system in general. Helps eliminate excess water, reduces dropsy/edema along with regular exercise. Helps flush kidney stones.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hyssop
Other Names: , Hysoppis officinalis Region: European
Description: Mainly used as a digestif. Used for thousands of years. Digestive. Blood Cleanser, most quoted herb in Bible for cleansing lepers by the ancient Hebrews & for purification rites mentioned in the scriptures(which most likely was actually a caper bush {Caparis spirosa} instead), colds, fevers, sore throats & bronchitis. Decoction of the leaves used for skin irritations, burns & bruises.
Uses: Bitter leaves are chopped & used in salads or brewed into tinctures for digestion. An oil of the leaves is said to be a vermifuge, it will kill worms in both adults & children, applied to the head, it will kill lice as well as helping to reduce head itch. Hyssop leaves have been laid on wounds to promote healing & reduce infection. Penicillin mold thrives on hyssop leaves. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Labrador Tea-
Other Names: , Ledum groenlandicum Region: American
Description: Aromatic shrub found in North America. Was used to substitue during Boston Tea party for tea drinking. Tea is also useful for reducing headaches, asthma, colds & stomach issues.
Uses: Brewed into Tea, Tonic & Tincture. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lemon Vervain-
Other Names: , Verbena officinalis Region: European
Description: Indigestion, Antispasmodic
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Thistle, Blessed
Other Names: , C\nicus benedictus Region: European
Description: Improves the circulation which strengthens the brain & memory. Used as a tonic for the digestive tract after the holidays to stimulate digestion & flush the system of rich foods.
Uses: Tea, Tincture, Salad dressings, Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Sweet Annie
Other Names: Sweet Annie, Artemisia annua Region: Asian
Description: TCM herb used as an Anti malarial due to the compound artemisinin.
Uses: Tea, Tincture, decoction. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Tree
Other Names: , Artemisia arburescens Region: Mediterranean
Description: Ingredient in Swedish bitters, as a digestif & stomach aid.
Uses: as a bitters ingredient, tea or tincture. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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