Health / Herbs Glossary
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa): A blood purifier that reduces and prevents symptoms caused by arthritis, bursitis, and gout9, and also lowers cholesterol10. Contains natural fluorides, preventing tooth decay and helps rebu . . . View Full Definition
Angelica (Angelica sinensis): Helps regulate menstruation, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant for coughs, bronchitis and pleurisy, particularly when symptoms are accompanied by fever, colds, or influenza, relieves gas, c . . . View Full Definition
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus): An immune stimulant thought to inhibit tumor growth and often used to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. It supports the production of interferons (proteins our cells produce to f . . . View Full Definition
Bayberry (Myrica ceriferea): Astringent in diarrhea, reduces secretions, used also in colds and chills, relaxes nervous tension which may be cause colic.
Black Cohosh (Cimacifuga racemosa): An emmenagogue, assists in balancing female hormones and regulating menstrual periods, used as an anti-inflammatory in arthritis, helps lower high blood pressure, sometimes induces labor and . . . View Full Definition
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium): Believed to tone the female reproductive system, helps prevent threatened miscarriage, contains uterine muscle relaxants.
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra): Used in gargles for sore throat, a vermifuge, a blood purifier, and lowers blood pressure.
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalactroides): Antispasmodic (an agent that relaxes nervous tension that may cause colic), emmenagogue, used to diminish menstrual cramps, used for uterine inflammation and uterine toning, assists in false . . . View Full Definition
Boneset (Eupatorium perfolatum): Diaphoretic, helps reduce fevers, bitter action for liver, gall bladder, and bowel.
Borage (Borago officinalis): Lactagoge, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, lowers fevers during convalescence.
Buchu (Barosma betulina): Diuretic, reduces inflamed mucous membranes that cause a mucous discharge, helps heal cystitis (infection of the urinary bladder and tract) and prostatis (infection of the prostrate gland), . . . View Full Definition
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa): Stimulates appetite and digestion, reduces arthritic pain, blood purifier, treats scrofula, and other cankerous skin conditions, Burdock root also combined with dandelion and yellow dock can . . . View Full Definition
Butternut Bark (Juglans cinera): Eliminates intestinal worms, a mild laxative, increases secretion of bile and activity of glands in the walls of the intestinal tract.
Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana): The bark a gentle laxative especially helpful for the elderly, particularly in cases of chronic constipation, antispasmodic, and strengthens the liver, a chelating agent to prevent the forma . . . View Full Definition
Catnip (Nepeta cataria): Associated with stomach discomforts, carminative (an agent use to relieve gas and sharp pain in the bowel region), antispasmodic, relieves cold and flu symptoms, a diaphoretic, a mild antimi . . . View Full Definition
Cats Claw (Uncaria tomentosa): Detoxifier
Cayenne (Capsicum annum): A blood purifier, lowers blood cholesterol levels, helps reduce blood pressure, improves circulation and respiration.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): The flowers reduce stomach problems, helps relieve cancer of the liver, mouth, skin and brain, applied internally as well as externally, calms anxiety, stimulates the expulsion of parasitic . . . View Full Definition
Chestnut (Castanea Sativa): Contracts body tissue and blood vessels, helps in convulsive coughs and other irritable conditions of the respiratory organs.
Chickweed (Stellaria media): Reduces internal inflammation, and external swelling, soothes coughs, colds, sore throats, and flus, effective against certain respiratory pathogens.
Cloves (Caryophyllum aromaticus): Antiseptic, reduces vomitting.
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara): Soothes coughs and colds, expectorant, stimulates the immune system.
Comfrey Leaf powder (Symphytum officinale): Impressive in speeding wound healing and guarding against scar tissue, soothes irritated surfaces, helps hemorrhages wherever they occur, internally or on the skin.
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus): Relaxes muscle tensions and reduces spasms, relaxes the uterus and relieve painful menstrual cramps, helps to prevent menstrual excessive blood loss, protects from threatened miscarriage, sedative.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Treats liver infections and breast cancer, helpful in detoxifying the liver.
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