Herbal Database: A-C
Herbal Database A – C
Alfalfa – Medicago sativa
Excellent for bad breathe, has a high chlorophyll content.
Aloe – Aloe Vera
Juice of this plant helps reduce pain, gel from plant helps prevent infection and speeds healing of burns, drink helps reduce size of kidney stones.
Angelica -Angelica archangelica L
Arthritis remedy – contains anti-inflammatory compounds. Relaxes the windpipe – may be useful for asthma sufferers.
Artichoke -Cynara scolymus L.
(The flower or head) enhances sexual desire, never scientifically proven. relieves excess water gain, reduces cholesterol, improves liver function.
Balm -Melissa officinalis L.
Barberry -Berberis vulgaris L.
Contains substance called berberine that possesses infection-fighting properties. Stimulates the immune system, treats pink eye, urinary tract infections.
Basil -Ocimum bacilicum L
Good for acne, has anti-bacterial properties.
Bayberry -Myrica cerifera L
Black Haw -Viburnum prunifolium L.
Bark of this North American native contains a chemical called salicin which is closely related to salicyclic acid (the main ingredient in Aspirin) as a result can be used to relieve arthritis inflammation and pain.
Bladderwrack -Fucus versiculosis L.
(Kelp:a common seaweed) helps goiter caused by under active thyroid gland.
Boneset -Eupatorium perfoliatum L
Excellent for the flu.
Buchu -Barosma betulina L.
Excellent diuretic, relieve bloating in PMS.
(Pregnant or Nursing Women should not use Buchu)
Bugleweed – Lycopus Virginicus
Treat overactive thyroid glands especially when symptoms include tight chest and nervous palpitations.
Burdock -Arctium Lappa
Purifier, increases flow of urine and promotes sweating which rids the body of toxins.
Butchers Broom – Cytisus scoparius L
Plant contains steroid like compounds that can relieve arthritis inflammation and pain.
Calendula -Calendula Officinalis L (Marigold, Gold-bloom)
Helps relieve diaper rash (ointment), mild germ killing action makes it good for earaches.
Cascara Sagrada – Rhamnus purshiana (Sacred Bark)
Helps relieve constipation.
Catmint (Catnip) – Nepeta cataria
Reduces fever. Contains chemicals called nepetalactone isomers, that are cousins to chemicals found in valarian. sedative, helps with anxiety.
Cayenne – Capsicum annuum
Stimulate the circulatory system.
Celery Seed – Apium graveolens
Increases the elimination of uric acids.
Chamomile – Anthemis nobilis L. (Roman) -Matricaria chamomilla (German)
Relaxant, great bedtime drink, slows down central nervous system.
Chickweed – Stellaria media
Good for itchy skin, soothes a rash (ointment)
Chives – Allium schoenoprasum L
Rich in vitamin C and Iron, helpful in treating anemia.
Cleavers – Galium aparine (Goosegrass, Catchweed, Cleavers Goosegrass, Zhu Yang Yang
Reduces inflammation and tones the lymphatic system.
Cloves – Syzygium aromaticum
Clove oil is rich in eugenol, dentists use eugenol as a local anesthetic. Help reduce tooth ache pain.
Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara (Horsehoof)
Soothes a cough, fight bronchial infections.
Cramp Bark (Black Haw) -Viburnum prunifolium L.
Muscle relaxant, reduces menstrual cramps.
Please Read: Our herbal database is not to be considered medical advice. We intend it to be used only as a starting point for your research on herbs and encourage you to explore all information available about a particular herb before you begin treatments.
Always consult your doctor before beginning any herbal treatment as they are the best ones to address how these herbal treatments may effect any ongoing medical conditions you may have.
Author: PioneerThinking – Ingredient for a Simple Life