"The term "herb" has more than one definition. Botanists describe an herb as a small, seed bearing plant with fleshy, rather than woody, parts (from which we get the term "herbaceous"). The term also refers to a far wider range of plants. In addition to herbaceous perennials, herbs include trees, shrubs, annuals, vines, and more primitive plants, such as ferns, mosses, algae, lichens, and fungi. Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and in some cases spiritual usage. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (and cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant. Culinary use of the term "herb" typically distinguishes between herbs, from the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), and spices, from other parts of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, root and fruit.
Peppermint Tea Pu'erh Tuo-Cha Black Tea Bundles
Honey bush TeaPeppermint TeaPu'erh Tuo-Cha Black Tea Bundles
Honeybush tea is another popular caffeine free drink of South Africa. It is beneficial for treating mild depression, anxiety, stress, headache and sleeping difficulties. Honeybush tea contains a type of modified sugar known as piniton. Piniton...Our peppermint tea has a pleasant flavor and aroma like menthol. Tangy and refreshing, well known for its relaxing propertiesAn ancient Chinese tea that has been used throughout the ages as a powerful digestive aid and natural cholesterol lowering brew.
Wild Lettuce Yerba Mate Butcher's Broom
Wild LettuceYerba MateButcher's Broom
Wild Lettuce can be used Capsules, teas, tinctures. Fresh green leaves are sometimes added to salads. 1 Ounce bagYerba Mate is a lightly stimulating beverage from South America that has a mild amount of caffeine with just the right kick. Our Yerba Mate is organically grown and produces a light green beverage, with its characteristic sharp flavor.Butcher's Broom is a mild diuretic, and may serve as a supportive therapy for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (related to varicose veins).
Bilberry Blue Vervain Bupleurum
BilberryBlue VervainBupleurum
The European bilberry bush is a close relative of American blueberries, cranberries, and huckleberries. The bilberry has a long history of medicinal use.Blue vervain is a diuretic used to treat bladder infections, an analgesic tea for hemorrhoid sufferers (usually drunk but also useful as a wash), an expectorant used to treat chronic bronchitis, and used to relive joint pain.Conditions treated by Bupleurum include chronic hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and liver cirrhosis. The bitter, acrid, cooling root of the Bupleurum plant has a Chinese name that literally means "kindling of the barbarians."
Burdock Root California Poppy Catnip
Burdock RootCalifornia PoppyCatnip
There is considerable evidence in the scientific literature that burdock root tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy. Its numerous antioxidants protect the liver from toxic chemicals.The advantage of California poppy is relief from tension without morning grogginess, nausea, vomiting, or constipation.Taken orally, catnip is most commonly used in connection with anxiety, insomnia, and nervousness. It contains a substance, known as nepetalactone, which has a sedative effect in humans.
Celadine Chamomile Chaste Tree Berry
CeladineChamomileChaste Tree Berry
Celandine is most often used for treating gallbladder problems.The traditional use of chamomile tea is to induce a deep sleep, an effect confirmed in a study of patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. Chamomile stops spasms in the smooth muscles lining the stomach and intestines, and contains chemicals...Usually used as a tincture, however may be cracked and sprinkled on food, producing a slight pepper taste or as a tea infusion.
Dandelion Echinacea Eleuthero Root- Siberian Ginseng
DandelionEchinaceaEleuthero Root- Siberian Ginseng
Dandelion is an agent for stimulating the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder. The herb is used to support treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder disorders, especially the incomplete digestion of fats.Echinacea is herbal medicines first choice of treatment for colds. Stimulating the immune system, the herbs can also be used to treat chronic yeast infections in women and to prevent urinary tract infections in both sexes.Eleuthero Root is an Adaptogen Herb
Epimedium-Horney Goat Weed Eyebright Feverfew
Epimedium-Horney Goat WeedEyebrightFeverfew
For when you want to get frisky... Legend has it that a goat herder discovered the properties of epimedium by observing his billy goats uncontrollable sexual appetites after they grazed on the herb.This herb is used for eyestrain, and to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, and sore throat. Traditionally, herbalists have also used it for hay fever and nasal decongestion.The herb has shown to be helpful for migraine sufferers and those who suffer allergies or asthma.
Flax Seed Frankincense Fumitory
Flax SeedFrankincenseFumitory
Since 80% of Americans may be deficient in the omega-3 essential fatty acids that flax provides, flax is one of the most important and most widely accepted of the herbal health foods.Frankincense and the oil produced from it has been known for its healing powers and its ability to improve communication with the creator.Fumitory is taken internally to treat acne, eczema, and indigestion, and used in eyewashes to treat conjunctivitis.
Ginger Root Ginkgo Leaf Hibiscus
Ginger RootGinkgo LeafHibiscus
Ginger is the most widely used and available herbal remedy on the planet. A tropical perennial growing to a height of two feet, ginger has lance-shaped leaves and bears stalks of white or yellow flowers.Ginkgo is an approved therapy for the treatment of memory loss in conditions such as Alzheimer's, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and poor circulation in the lower legs resulting in pain during walking.The tropical hibiscus bears red flowers used in a tart tea, a caffeine-free refreshing drink Regular consumption of hibiscus teas often lowers blood pressure.
Horehound Horsetail (Shavegrass) Jamaican Dogwood Bark
HorehoundHorsetail (Shavegrass)Jamaican Dogwood Bark
Horehound is usually used as a tea, also used in infusions, tinctures, and encapsulations. It also has historically been made as a candy or confection. It is used to make cough medicines for people whose upper respiratory symptoms are caused by...The primary use of the herb, is as a diuretic. Gently stimulating increased urinary flow, horsetail helps "flush" infectious bacteria out of the bladder without altering the body's balance of electrolytes. When taking horsetail for its diuretic...Jamaican Dogwood is considered a relatively powerful remedy for migraine and neuralgia. The herb is also used to treat ovarian and uterine pain. The main use of the herb, however, is to treat insomnia caused by nervous tension or pain.
Juniper Berries Lavender Flowers Lemon Balm
Juniper BerriesLavender FlowersLemon Balm
Juniper berries are found on the evergreen juniper shrub, which grows widely throughout the Northern Hemisphere. These berries are antiseptic and promote proper kidney function and flow of digestive fluids. The berries may help cleanse the...Lavender flowers have been used to treat digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness.Lemon Balm tea is believed to contain antibacterial compounds and antiviral properties, as demonstrated by the herbs ability to combat viruses like the Herpes Simplex virus (cold sores).
Lemon Grass Lemon Peel Licorice Root
Lemon GrassLemon PeelLicorice Root
As a medicinal herb, lemon grass is mildly diuretic and a stimulant tonic. The herb promotes digestion of fats, and in Ayurvedic medicine a preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. The herb...Lemon Peel can be used in teas or aqueous extracts for flavorThe most common use of licorice world-wide is to treat coughs and colds. Licorice is especially useful for treating coughs with sticky phlegm, or for treating colds that accompany stomach upset. Chinese medicine also uses licorice to treat...
Marshmallow Root Meadowsweet Leaf Milk Thistle Seed
Marshmallow RootMeadowsweet LeafMilk Thistle Seed
Marshmallow root has a long history dating back thousands of years as an herbal remedy for cough, sore throat and other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and whooping cough (pertussis). This is due to the large amounts of mucilage found in...Meadowsweet has a long tradition of use in folk medicine as a treatment for coughs and colds. Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid, the main constituent in aspirin, and has its analgesic and fever-reducing properties. Meadowsweet is also...It helps with congestion of the liver, spleen, and kidneys. The milk thistle extract silymarin, for instance, has proven usefulness in treating liver disease. The drawback to using silymarin is that, if the doctor prescribes other drugs, such as...
Myrrh Gum Resin Nettle Leaf Oatstraw
Myrrh Gum ResinNettle LeafOatstraw
Many ancient texts extol the healing properties of Myrrh as a cleansing, purifying agent and it continues to be a proven and popular remedy today. In the early 20th century myrrh was still being used in hospitals to treat bed sores.Nettle's purported anti-inflammatory effects have been repeatedly confirmed by modern research over the past ten years. It is particularly effective in treating allergic rhinitis, relieving nearly all the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing...In addition to its recognition and value as a stable food crop, oat straw is also used in the treatment of a number of human maladies, ailments or discomforts. It has been purported to help with the lowering of cholesterol naturally, increasing...
Orange Peel Pau d'Arco Bark Peppermint Leaf
Orange PeelPau d'Arco BarkPeppermint Leaf
Orange peel acts as anti-inflammatory due to the high flavonoid content, and as an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent. One of the major components of Orange Peel (d-limonene) has been reported to have anti-carcinogenic activities and further...The scientific study of pau d'arco is still very preliminary. There is a great deal of practical evidence, however, that pau d'arco can be used with success to treat colds, flu, sore throat, and yeast infections, and there is laboratory evidence...Tea is the most common and best employed use of this ingredient. The oil is used as flavoring in toothpaste, dental creams, mouthwash, cough candies, chewing gm, and baked goods.
Psyllium Husks Raspberry Leaf Red Clover
Psyllium HusksRaspberry LeafRed Clover
Use Psyllium as a tea. The ground or whole husk must always be taken with at least 1 full glass of water. May also be taken as an extract or capsule form though rare. Because of its rather neutral flavor it may be added to most food dishesRaspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant....Red clover may help reduce the effects of PMS and menopause and reduce the pain associated with menstrual periods.
Rose Hips Roses Red Sarsaparilla Root
Rose HipsRoses RedSarsaparilla Root
Rose Hips are most commonly found in tea and liquorsThe American Botanical Council reports that rose petals have sedative, antiseptic, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, laxative, cholesterol-lowering, and heart-supportive properties. Psychological studies indicate that roses can induce "sweeter...Sarsaparilla Root can be used as a tea for digestive problems and autoimmune joint disease.
Sassafras Root Bark Saw Palmetto Berry Schisandra Berries
Sassafras Root BarkSaw Palmetto BerrySchisandra Berries
Sassafras is almost always found as a beverage or tea.Saw Palmetto Berries can be used in teas, tinctures, encapsulationsSchisandra can be added to tea decoctions, herbal brews (soft simmer) and is effective as a liquid herbal extract and herbal capsule
Senna Leaf Spearmint Leaf Stevia Leaf
Senna LeafSpearmint LeafStevia Leaf
Senna encourages bowel movement by inhibiting the smooth muscles that retain stool and stimulating the smooth muscles that push stool through the intestine.Taken as a tea and added to other herbal mixtures for flavor. Also used in some culinary creations.As a tea, in food and beverages as a sweetener and sometimes in capsule or extract form
Sweetgrass Braid Uva Ursi Valerian Root
Sweetgrass BraidUva UrsiValerian Root
Sweetgrass is a sacred herb traditionally used for smudging in a ceremonyTraditionally used as a tea or tincture. Frequently combined with buchu, cleavers, dandelion leaf, parsley fruit, or juniper berries.Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer.
Violet Leaf White Sage Ceremonial Loose Leaf White Willow Bark
Violet LeafWhite Sage Ceremonial Loose Leaf White Willow Bark
The dried leaf is traditionally used as a tea, and the fresh leaf and flower is traditionally used in salads, soups, jellies and jams, as well as other food preparations. May also be taken as a liquid herbal extractWhite Sage leaves can be used as a tea, and the dried leaves on their stem as incenseMost commonly used in tea preparations, and equally convenient as a capsule or extract.
Wild Cherry Bark Wormwood Yellow Dock Root
Wild Cherry BarkWormwoodYellow Dock Root
Most commonly found in Syrup formulas, however it may be administered as a tea or extract.Wormwood can be soaked in wine or other spirits, as a tea, in some dream and sleep pillows, as a liquid herbal extract and sometimes found in capsules.Traditionally used as a tea or tincture as a laxative
Yucca Root
Yucca Root
Usually in tea, capsules and as an extract.
When our grandmothers needed to attend to the bumps, bruises, fevers and other illnesses their family suffered, they didn't have a corner drugstore. Instead these good women relied on simple wisdom and common sense, and reached into their well stocked pantries for a herbal remedy. As in modern medicine no explicit guarantee is made for the effectiveness of these herbal remedies. As always use common sense and respect for the herbs and natural plants. Note the date where noted on some of the older herbal recipes, you need to know your herbs before taking anything on faith. I am an herbalist, not a trained medical practitioner, and my interest is to preserve and practice the wise woman ways for myself, my family and friends. I do hope you find something of use for you and yours too. Assorted Herbs for healing you from the inside out. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.