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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 - Expectorant - page 1 of 2
Other Names: Archangel, Angelica anrhangelica Region: European
Description: Roots & fruit are used in perfumes & to flavor liquors. Practically the whole plant is useful at all times of its growing cycle. Good for the circulation of blood & bodily fluids. Relieves symptoms of cystitis, reduces inflammation from Arthritis & Bursitis. Expectorant & Anti-spasmodic.Aids in reducing bronchial problems {however, it can make you sun sensitive}. Angelica contains 15 compounds which act as Calcium channel blockers. These blockers can aid in treating mild Angina.
Uses: Tender shoots are used for sweetmeats & are also eaten as a vegetable. Taking a powder of the seeds mixed with hot water, while fasting will guard the person from infection. Stems are usually candied. Eases upset stomaches, gastric ulcers & reduces stress. Drunk as a tea it supposedly brings on menstruation in women suffering from lack of their periods & also after childbirth to help expel the afterbirth. A compress of the hot herb can be used to sooth gout. It can be used externally in sweat baths & lodges & also as a poultice for the eyes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: If taking MAOI's please check with your doctor before using as a medicinal
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Other Names: Devil's Dung, Food of the Gods, Ferula asa-foetida or F. rubic Region: Asian
Description: Excellent to reduce Cholesterol to healthy levels. Main ingredient in Worchestershire Sauce. Anti-Tussive: helps calm the spasms that produce painful coughing during upper respiratory conditions such as bronchitis. Reduces Irritable Bowels Syndrome by reducing the gas caused by ingesting plant materials into your system. When the gas is absorbed back into your system, you don't have as much pain & discomfort. Originally Persian & Indian. Gummy dried juice of 4 year old non flowering plant roots makes up the spice. Used to combat nervous disorders & hysteria.
Uses: Expectorant & a Stimulant. Stimulates the mucus membranes to treat digestive/ respiratory complaints. Native to Afghanistan, Iran & Turkestan. Can expel parasites in body caused by ingestion of raw or undercooked products. Topically used in a null cream to help chase bitey bugs. Also good to calm skin after being bitten by bitey bugs. Originally used in up to the 1950's as a Calmnative for nerves & to reduce cholesterol in the blood serum. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Should not be taken by pregnant women, May cause miscarraige.
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Balm of Gilead, American
Other Names: Tacomahaca, Mecca balsam, Bals, Populus balsamifera, Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Also known as Latin: Populus candicans or Alt. Balsam. Not the herb of the bible. American Indian herb. Tincture used for chest congestion, stomach & kidney complaints as well as rheumatism. Stimulant, Expectorant, Tonic & Diuretic.
Uses: Steeped in rum, the buds will help to heal cuts & bruises. Ointment made with oil or creme base is useful for bruises & swellings, sunburn, skin infections & nasal salve for dry passages. 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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Blood Root
Other Names: , Sanguinaria canadensis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Lowers High Pulse, High Blood Pressure. Expectorant for Bronchial complaints.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Blue Vervain
Other Names: , Verbena officinalis Region: European
Description: The whole herb is used. Circulation, lungs, nerves, spleen & bowels. Promotes sweating - diaphoretic & expectorant- helps reduce mucus from flu or colds. Moderate amounts of Vitamins C, E, Calcium & maganese.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Burrage, Common bugloss, Buglo, Borago officinalis Region: European
Description: Energy source in a tea form. Contains a large amount of Potassium & should be taken by anyone taking a water pill. The seeds & leaves may Increase Milk for Nursing Mothers.Stimulant, can Reduce Post Partum Depression. Great for cleansing the Liver naturally. Expectorant, used to treat Lung Issues such as Bronchitis. The leaves can be made into an eyewash for reddened or tired eyes. German Commission E reccomends a tea made of the flowers to reduce fevered colds. Active Compounds: Intermedine and Acetyl derivatives, Mucilage, Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (includes lycopsamine), Tannins, Supinine, Amabiline, Choline.
Uses: Known as the Herb of Gladness with an exhilerating effect via tea. Can be drunk as tea or taken as tincture. Leaves & Flowers may be served in salads as they are cucumber-like in taste. Ashes of the herb are boiled in wine & honey to be used as a gargle for sore throats. Tonic/Diuretic//Emollient/Stimulant Borage is used for respiratory ailments and as a demulcent. Some use it for sore throats and skin difficulties, such as eczema. As aTonic: Assists the adrenal glands when used with steroids or cortisone. As a Diuretic: Borage helps activate the kidneys because of its saline constituent. As an Emollient: Borage can be used to aid inflammations such as pleurisy or swelling. As a Stimulant: Used for nursing mothers to stimulate the flow of milk. Borage also helps treat premenstrual symptoms. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Do not take Borage for a long period of time. Since pyrrolizide is toxic, you should consult your do
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Other Names: , Petasites hybridus Region: European
Description: Migraine reducer. Relieves respiratiory ailments. Reduces mucus & is used as a cough medicine since the middle ages. Non drowsy symptom reducer for hayfever & allergies as per new American clinical studies.
Uses: Tea made from ariel {above ground} parts of the plant. Decoction - a long simmering of woody parts plus a tea made will help reduce pain from migraine. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Cat mint, Catnip Leaf, Nepetar cataria Region: Mediterranean
Description: The whole herb is used. Calmative for stomach, colon, nerves. Expectorant for coughs. Helps curb cigarette cravings. Introduced to the Americas, catnip became an important commercial crop in the United States by 1796. Fresh leaves were chewed to relieve headache. Catnip was combined with damiana leaf and the smoke inhaled to produce euphoria with visual hallucinations (partially due to the nepetalactone content of Nepata cataria.) Active compounds: Volatile oils, sterols, acids, and tannins. Nepetalactone, nepetalic acid, nepetalic anhydride, citral, limonene, dispentine, geraniol, citronella, nerol, -caryophyllene, and valeric acidnepetalactoneRich in iron & selenium. High in potassium, maganese, Vitamins A & C.
Uses: Tincture, softgel of powder, essential oil. Before tea was brought over from China with the sea trades, Catnip was the preferred choice for Britain's tea cravings. In Peter Rabbit: Peter’s mother gives him a tea of fennel, catnip and chamomile, to soothe his stomachache. Catnip is combined with rose petals in love sachets. Catnip, in combination with Eugenia caryophyllata, and Sassafras albidum, was used as poultice for aching teeth by those in America's Ozark Mountain region. Catnip alone was sometimes smoked to relieve respiratory ailments. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Anthriscus cerefolium Region: European
Description: Chervil appears in ancient literature as a symbol of new life. Herbalist Culpepper of the 17th century and the Roman scholar Pliny agree that it "does much to warm old and cold stomachs…" Similar in aroma and taste to myrrh, it has the blended flavors of anise and parsley. In French kitchens, it is often the unidentifiable spice of fish recipes. Chervil has been employed in treating a wide array of conditions. One adage suggests eating the whole plant to cure hiccups. Lowers high blood pressure. A good Wash for skin disorders
Uses: Stimulant/Expectorant/Digestive/Diuretic As a Stimulent it temporarily arouses physiological activity. Expectorant: Facilitates the secretion of mucus from the respiratory system. Digestive: Promotes digestion. Diuretic: Increases urine discharge. Other uses: menstrual cramps, edema, eczema, abscesses, gout stones, and scrofula Although no clinical studies support the claim, Europeans use Chervil to lower blood pressure. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Tussilago farfara Region:
Description: Leaves/Stems/Seeds used. Cough & lung tonic, bronchitis. Coltsfoot has been taken for thousands of years as a cough suppressant. At one time it was smoked to ease breathing. Active compounds:flavonoids, mucilage, tannins, pyrrolizidine, zinc, vitamin C, alkaloids. As early as the 1st century, coltsfoot was recommended for dry coughs and for breathing problems by the Greek doctor Dioscorides. Coltsfoot is a popular remedy for respiratory problems throughout Europe. It is also very popular in China. In Europe the leaves are used primarily and in China the flowers are used.
Uses: It is still used as a medicinal cigarette or it can be made into a syrup. Research indicates that coltsfoot extracts can improve the function of the immune system.German commission E recommends using up to three teaspoons of Coltsfoot a day for relief from coughs & respiratory infections. Herbal Actions
Warnings: should not be taken for more than 3 weeks at any given time.
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Other Names: Arbor lignum vitae, tree or wo, Guajacum officinale, G. sanctu Region: European
Description: Wood & resin used since 16th century. Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Sold dried for tea. Treats bronchial complaints, cough & catarrh. Resin used with sarsaparilla to purify the blood & is an ingredient as an antioxidant in canned foods. Reduces aches & pains from arthritis. Expectorant, Anti-septic, Anti-inflammatory.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Horehound, Black
Other Names: Stinking horehound, Ballota nigra Region: European
Description: Controls nausea, vomiting, morning sickness.
Uses: Distilled into a tincture, used as a tonic, brewed as a tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Yellow-berried *nightshade, Solanum xanthocarpum Region: Asian
Description: Important Ayurvedic medicine in India. Coughs, asthma, chestpain, precourser to sex hormones, cortisone. Also used for flatulence, Toothache & sore throat.
Uses: Fruits used in Indian curries. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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