Key Herbs to Know

KEY HERBS TO KNOW

Healing Herbs used in the Certified Organic* Tonic Herbals

 

Alfalfa*       in Essential Tonic, Daily Puritea

Medicago Sativa (leaf):  Mineral-rich nutritive tonic and superlative restorative tonic.  Alfalfa is high in easily assimilable nutrients, especially calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, trace minerals, beta carotene, vitamins C, D, E and K and folic acid. An excellent recuperative aid, alfalfa helps one to build and regenerate normal strength and vitality.   Alfalfa is beneficial for chronic and acute digestive weaknesses, as well as chronic illnesses such as rheumatism, arthritis, colitis, ulcers, anemia.  A cooling yin tonic, alfalfa allieves acute and chronic inflammatory symptioms and is very beneficial to drink when antibiotics are taken.  Energetics:  Neutral to cool, sweet

Burdock*       in Daily Puritea

Arctium Lappa (root):  A blood cleansing “alterative” tonic, burdock purifies and cleanses the tissues and blood when taken over a period of time and is rich in minerals, especially iron, making burdock a good blood tonic.   It is a mild diuretic, beneficial for chronic, non-acute skin diseases and conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis and very beneficial for chronic conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.    Also a food, it is commonly eaten as a carrotlike vegetable by the Japanese, who call it “gobo”.  Burdock is one of the four main herbs in Essiac Tea, a reputed cancer treatment.  Energetics:  Cool, bitter, slightly sweet

California Poppy*       in Calm Unitea

calendula

California Poppy

Eschscholzia californica (flower)A mild sedative with gentle effects,  California poppy is also analgesic (pain-relieving) and antispasmodic in action.  A somewhat distant relative to the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), it does contain some sedative alkaloids, but contains no real opium.  Used for treating various physical and psychological conditions including anxiety, stress, nervous tension and insomnia –  even gentle enough for children.  It’s analgesic and antispasmodic properties are useful in the relief of acute nerve and muscular centered pain, and it has been used as a remedy in cases of high fever, rapid pulse and persistent spasmodic cough.  Energetics:  Neutral to cool

Catnip*       in Celebritea

Nepeta cataria (leaf):  Famous for it’s mild sedative effects on the nervous system. Gently relieves the “congestion” affecting the nerves as a result of built-up emotional tensions. Diaphoretic, nervine, sedative and carminative, catnip is useful for insomnia, fevers, colds and flu, dispels gas and is a good treatment for diarrhea. Both mild and gentle, an excellent herb for nervousness and hyperactivity in children.  Best taken as a tea.  Energetics:  Spicy, bitter, cool

Chamomile*       in Moondance, Minty Belly Balm, Sweet Surrender

Chamomile-MatricariaMatricaria chamomilla (flower):  A soothing, digestive aid, calmative, nervine and antispasmodic.  Chamomile is a mild bitter tonic and famous remedy for digestive upsets, which also relaxes muscle spasms and cramps and has a sedative action on the nerves. One of the most widely used herb teas, chamomile is a good remedy for a number of dis-eases ranging from the common cold and flu to digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, nervousness and insomnia. Chamomile is also anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, anti-microbial, wound-healing, and anti-fungal (especially thrush). Chamomile, with it’s highly assimilable calcium content, is particularly useful for restless nights or hyperactive children.  Energetics:  Neutral, bitter, spicy, aromatic

Cinnamon*     in Cold Comfort, Daily Puritea, Dreamers Chai, EarthDrumElderberry Wisdom, Goddess Chi

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamomum verum (bark):  Warm and balancing, sweet and spicy inner bark of a beautiful tree.  True cinnamon, a spice once more valuable than gold, has multiple health benefits.  Rich in calcium, magnesium and manganese, numerous studies have shown that cinnamon can regulate blood sugar levels, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike, or anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.  Cinnamon contains natural anti-infectious compounds, shown to be effective again ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens.  It has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels, the harmful cholesterol, thereby helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Other studies have shown that cinnamon is pain-relieving, reducing cytokines linked to arthritic pain and may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells, holding promise for cancer prevention and sufferers of the disease.  Taste is not the only reason to love true cinnamon!   Energetics:  Warm to hot, sweet.

Dandelion*    in Daily Puritea (leaf and root), EarthDrum (roasted root), (Serendipitea soon!)

Dandelion

Dandelion

Taraxacum officinalis (root and leaf):  Dandelion is nature’s great medicine.  An “alterative”, a deep-acting blood and tissue cleanser and digestive aid, the main benefit of this great herb are upon the liver, as well as it’s affiliated organs.  Dandelion is an invaluable blood purifying herb, with the capacity to clear obstructions and stimulate and aid the liver to eliminate toxins from the blood.  The root is a mildly, laxative bitter tonic, valuable for stimulating the liver and gallbladder,  increasing the flow of bile and balancing enzymes that simultaneously benefit digestion, assimilation and elimination.  The root can also used to treat or alleviate hepatitis, hypoglycemia, hypertension and anemia, supplying many nutritive minerals.  The leaves are a powerful diuretic, however, it’s known as a superior “aquaretic”, since the mineral-rich leaves and potassium content replaces that which the body loses. Dandelion leaf and root are also useful in the treatment of skin diseases and rheumatism.  Energetics:  Leaves – cool and bitter, Root – cool, bitter and sweet (varies a little on time of year harvested)

Echinacea*       in Cold Comfort

Echinacea augustifolia or purpurea  (flowering tops and root):  The wonder herb for all acute inflammatory condition, echinacea is a sacred healing herb of the Plains Indians, became widely prescribed by the Eclectics through turn of last century, and is still widely prescribed in Europe. The herb of choice for all infections and inflammatory conditions, from chronic to acute, echinacea is beneficial for any viral diseases, an alterative cleanser of the lymphatic system, also widely used as a purifying, immune stimulant for the first stages of cold and flu.  As a cold and flu preventative, it is most effective taken at the first signs of cold or flu, in small regular doses.  Useful for many chronic conditions, echinacea is also effective for acute arthritic diseases, certain cancers and various viral diseases, possibly even AIDS.  Energetics:  Cool, bitter, pungent

Elder*       in Elderberry Wisdom (berry), Cold Comfort (flower)

elderSambucus nigra (flower and berry): Both flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. A good old fashioned remedy for colds, sore throats and asthma, an almost infallible cure for an attack of influenza in its first stages.  Promotes expectoration of lung congestion; is gently laxative and induces perspiration. Flowers are commonly used in bronchial and pulmonary affections, bronchitis, scarlet fever, measles and other eruptive diseases. Elder flower is also good for inflammation of the eyes (cold) and as a splendid spring medicine, considered an excellent blood purifier. Elder berries have been used for making preserves, wines, winter cordials, and for adding flavor and color to other wines. Juice of Elderberries, high in vitamin C, simmered and thickened with sugar, form an invaluable cordial for colds and coughs.  Only of late years has science proved that Elderberries furnish viburnic acid, which induces perspiration, and is especially useful in cases of bronchitis, colds, flus and similar troubles.  Energetics:  Flowers- Cool, acrid, bitter, Berries – Neutral

Fennel*       in Calm Unitea, Minty Belly Balm

Foeniculum vulgare (seed): Nutritive, digestive tonic. Fennel has been used as a food and medicine since ancient times. Fennel is soothing to digestion, aids assimilation, calms heartburn, relieves spasms and reduces bloating and gas.  A natural diuretic, fennel is useful in the treatment of gravel and urinary stones. Fennel also promotes the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers and is good for colic in babies.  Energetics:  Cool, pungent, sweet

Ginger*       in Cold Comfort, Daily Puritea, Dreamers Chai, Goddess Chi, Gypsy  Lemon Peace, Minty Belly Balm

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Zingiber officinale (root):  Known as “the universal medicine” and very therapeutic all on its own, ginger is an important “adjuvant” herb, supporting and increasing the beneficial effects other herbs in a blend, or formula.  A warming, circulatory stimulant, ginger promotes digestion and circulation, which aids nutrient absorption. Very effective for nausea, motion sickness, indigestion, colic, even morning sickness, ginger is a well-known digestive aid.  Also great for colds and flu, ginger dispels congestion and has a warming expectorant action on the lungs.    Energetics:  Warm, pungent, sweet

Hawthorn*       in Calm Unitea (leaf and flower)

hawthorn-berriesCrategus laevigata (flower, leaf and berry): Single most important heart and circulation tonic, extremely well-studied and found to be very safe. Used by Greek Physicians since the 1st century A.D., used widely in medical practices in Europe today. Provides slow and gentle tonifying action for the heart, dilating blood vessels, increasing blood supply to the heart muscle, and improves pumping. Adaptogenic effect: normalizes and balances the heart, strengthens heart weakness, while it decreases it’s excessive functions, regulates both high and low blood pressure. Paradoxical effect: stimulates heart circulation, while easing the intensity of heart overactivity. Takes weeks or months to work, yet benefits are well-maintained. Ideal for early stages of heart disease, excellent preventative for degenerative disorders of the heart. Indicated for weakened heart function, early stages of congestive heart failure, slows progression of heart disease, treats arrhythmia, tachycardia, and slow pulse. Reduces potential for heart spasms, angina, and shortness of breath. Not solely used for advanced stages, or overt heart disease.  Energetics:  Warm, sour, sweet

Hibiscus*       in Elderberry Wisdom, Goddess Chi

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus sabdariffa (flower):  The wine-red color of the flower is a key to high level of antioxidants – including anthocyans, delphinidins and cyanidins – and as a tea also yields mucilage and pectins. The Journal of Human Hypertension in 2008 published an article that showed drinking Hibiscus Tea can lower blood pressure, may help control high cholesterol and is especially good for people with type 2 diabetes. A folk medicine noted in 16th century herbals, hibiscus is the main ingredient in wonderfully refreshing teas around the world.  Energetics:  Cool, sweet, sour

Honeybush*       in EarthDrum, Elderberry Wisdom

Cyclopea intermedia (leaf):  Native only to the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, honeybush is similar to, but earthier than rooibos (red bush), with a slightly sweet, honey taste.  Naturally caffeine-free, it also rich in antioxidants with multiple vitamins, minerals and nutrients, similar to rooibos.  Energetics:  unknown

Kava Kava (grown without chemicals)   in Kavalander, Sweet Surrender

kavakavaPiper methysticum (root):  A wonderful stress-relieving, anti-anxiety root.  Kava kava is extremely useful for any times of stress, anxiety or panic. It is also pain-relieving and muscle-relaxing. Not to be consumed in excess, kava is best used in moderation (i.e., tea) and is very useful for tension headaches, muscle tension and irritable coughing associated with bronchitis and asthma.  It is also useful for painful urinary tract infections.  Energetics:  Neutral, drying, pungent

Lavender*       in Celebritea, Kavalander, Moondance

Lavender

Lavender

Lavender officinalis (flower): A gently soothing relaxant and nervine, lavender is especially good for soothing the nerves and calming the mind.  An important nervine and antidepressant, lavender has sedative properties, good for calming anxiety and tension, treats emotional upsets, as well as nervous depression.  It also calms and relaxes spasms of the digestive tract.  Traditionally used to treat chest infections, colds and headache, lavender also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.  Energetics:  Cool, spicy, fragrant, mildly bitter.

Lemon Balm*    in Celebritea, Elderberry Wisdom, Gypsy Lemon Peace, Kavalander, Moondance, Minty Belly Balm

Melissa officinalis (leaf):  Gently calming, lemon balm is an antidepressant and tonic for the nervous system.  It is said to “remove surface tension from the body”, bringing comfort and joy.  It was an important ingredient in medieval cordials, distilled to “strengthen the heart and lift the spirits”.  Lemon balm is useful for melancholy and depression and is an excellent herb to soothe digestion and relax muscles. Lemon balm’s gentle anti-viral properties assist colds and flu and it is a gentle, calming congestion remedy for children.  Energetics:  Cool, sour, spicy

Lemongrass*       in Celebritea, Gypsy Lemon Peace

Lemon-Grass-in-KannurCymbopogon citratus (leaf) : Lemongrass grows wild in Indonesia, Indochina, and tropical Australia, and has been cultivated in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka as a culinary herb and in India as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. It was considered by Paracelsus to be a cure-all and was his favorite and most revered herb. With its lemony scent and hint of rose aroma, lemongrass is an essential ingredient in Thai and Indonesian cooking, beneficial for the digestive system and gently, calming to the nerves.  Lemongrass has many health benefits and healing properties containing many compounds, volatile oils, minerals and vitamins that are known to have anti-oxidant and disease preventing properties.  The primary chemical component in lemongrass is “citral” which has strong anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.  Lemongrass  contains many antioxidant minerals and vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, folic acid, potassium, zinc, calcium, iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.  Lemongrass tea can act as a diuretic and is highly effective in flushing toxins and waste out of the body; improving the function of many different organs including the liver, spleen and kidneys.  Many people use lemongrass as a calmative agent; to help them deal with anxiety and nervousness, and insomnia.  Lemongrass may also have effects on cancer cells. There are many studies online and in medical journals illustrating how lemongrass kills cancer cells without harming normal cells.  Energetics:  Cool, sweet, pungent.

Lemon Myrtle*       in Gypsy Lemon Peace

Backhousia citriodora (leaf):  Gentle Australian leaf tea, the key ingredient in lemon myrtle is the high concentration of “citral” in its leaves.  Citral is a molecular compound that gives lemons their fresh citrus smell.  And lemon myrtle contains about 20 times more citral than a lemon.  Similarly present in lemongrass – it is anti-fungal, antimicrobial and high in antioxidants.   The list of reputed health benefits of lemon myrtle tea is voluminous. Some of the disorders it is said to relieve include muscle cramps, spasms, rheumatism, headaches and fevers. Scientific studies have indicated that citral can inhibit the growth of the pathogen which is one of the causes of many gastrointestinal diseases, including ulcers.  It is also said to aid in the reduction of cellulite and the antioxidants in citral help boost the immune system.  Energetics: Cool, similar to lemongrass

Lemon Peel*       in Gypsy Lemon Peace

Citrus limon (fruit peel): Although orange peel is more commonly prescribed in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, lemon peel also stimulates the digestive system by encouraging the release of gastric juices, and helps provide vitamin C. Added to herbal teas for natural citrusy aroma, and delicious taste enhancement.

Licorice*

Glycyrrhiza glabra (root): Detoxifying, demulcent (protective gel-coat) and hormone balancing. Licorice assumes a hormone-like activity in the body by prolonging the activity of some steroidal hormones (aldosterone, cortisol, and progesterone), diminishing the actions of enzymes that break these hormones down in the liver.  As a result, there is an increased activity of hormones in the body.  Licorice supports liver detoxification, strengthens the adrenals and is somewhat anti-allergenic.  A soothing demulcent and digestive aid, licorice also lowers stomach acid levels, heals ulcers, neutralizes toxins, increase the flow of bile and lowers blood cholesterol. One of the most healing herbs of all times, licorice contains phytoestrogens and has a balancing effect on estrogens and other hormones.  It is a commonly used herb because of its sweet ability to harmonize other herbs.  Licorice is not recommended if you are prone to high blood pressure. An excellent anti-inflammatory, licorice seems to prevent damage of the liver by certain toxic chemicals (particularly useful in viral hepatitis, because licorice is also antiviral). Its anti-inflammatory action, along with its ability to stimulate repair mechanisms and mucus production, has a profound effect on healing ulcers and other inflammatory conditions in the gastrointestinal tract.  Energetics:  Neutral-cool, moist, bitter

Linden*      in Celebritea, Calm Unitea, Moondance, Sweet Surrender

Linden

Linden

Tilia cordata (flower and leaf): Gently, calming, sedative and relaxant, soothes and calms the heart, relieves tension and anxiety. Good for tension headaches, depression, anxiety, irritability and insomnia. Relaxant effects combined with bioflavonoids make an excellent remedy to dilate the blood vessels, relax coronary arteries, ease palpitations, reduce high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. Beneficial remedy for colds, flu, fevers, headaches, sore throats and colitis – the mucilage in the flowers coat mucous membranes to soothe inflammation and irritation.  LInden is one of the most popular everyday tisanes (teas) in continental Europe, and deserves consideration as a major herb. Linden’s heart-shaped leaves are a sure signature to denote its helpfulness in both physiologic and emotional heart spheres. Its June blossoms exude an exquisite aroma, and honey from these inconspicuous flowers is world-renowned.   Energetics:  Cool

Marshmallow*       in Minty Belly Balm

Althea officinalis (root): Soothing demulcent. Marshmallow’s high mucilage content defines it as a demulcent, making it especially useful for treating inflammation and ulceration of the stomach and intestines. A mild expectorant, marshmallow is also soothing and healing to the respiratory tract, and as a mildly, soothing diuretic, promotes healing of the urinary tract, as well.  Energetics:  Cool, moist, sweet

Motherwort*        in (Soul Mother Sage soon!)

Leonurus cardiaca (leaf): The botanical name Leonurus refers to fanciful resemblance of leaves to a lion’s tale and Cardiaca refers to its use as a “cardiotonic” for the heart. Motherwort has many centuries of use, both east and west, as a valuable heart tonic, anxiety remedy, soothing and calming to the nervous system. Motherwort is diaphoretic, antispasmodic, tonic, nervine, and emmenagogue.  Commonly used to reduce blood stagnation by enhancing blood circulation and reducing nervous tension. Traditionally used for treatment of racing heart (tachycardia), eases heart palpitations, and has diuretic properties with a short-term ability to lower blood pressure. Long-term use may reduce the formation of clotting factors, thereby lowering total cholesterol, preventing arteriosclerosis. Very beneficial for menopause, since it helps to regulate menstrual cycle and soothe menopausal anxiety. Useful in the stimulation of delayed or suppressed menstruation, especially when prolonged emotional stress is factor, and reduces false labor pains (hence “wort for mothers”). Many folk remedies revolve around motherwort as well; it being a useful herb for the transition period of a women’s life, in fact the Chinese name for it, yi mu cao, translates to “Benefit Mother herb”.  Energetics:  Slightly cold, bitter, spicy

Nettles*       in Daily Puritea, Essential Tonic, Tai Chi

Wild Nettles leaf

Wild Nettles leaf

Urtica dioca (leaf): An energy-building, blood tonic, nettles are rich in easily assimilable vitamins and minerals, especially iron and vitamin C, which ensures the iron is properly absorbed. An excellent remedy for anemia, nettles are valuable as a food and an excellent source of chlorophyll. Nettles contain natural histamines, making it useful for allergies, but are also a very beneficial remedy for asthma and urinary tract complaints.  Nettles also increase the excretion of uric acid, making it useful for arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Blood-invigorating, yet astringent, nettles also increases the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers.  Energetics:  Cool-neutral, slightly bitter

Oatstraw*      in Daily Puritea, Essential Tonic, Goddess Chi, Moondance, Minty Belly Balm, Tai Chi

oatstrawAvena sativa (whole leaf): Rejuvenating, soothing nerve tonic. Oatstraw calms the nerves and provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals that feed a debilitated nervous system. Valuable remedy for stress, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, convalescence and insomnia, oatstraw is invaluable for symptoms of drug withdrawal.  Oatstraw also strengthens immunity, stabilizes blood sugar and thyroid function. Used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and multiple sclerosis, oatstraw is “gluten-free” since it is the whole, fresh oat picked while still green and milky, with the outer husk in tact.  A gentle, nutritive strengthening tonic for the entire body, mind and spirit.   Energetics:  Neutral-warm, sweet

Orange Peel*       in Daily Puritea, EarthDrum, Elderberry Wisdom

Citrus sinensis (fruit peel): Mild digestive stimulant, relieves congestion and stagnation of the digestive system and liver. Slightly warm, bitter energy promotes circulation of energy throughout the body, and acts as an “adjuvant” herb, supporting and increasing the beneficial effects other herbs in a blend, or formula.

Passionflower*      in Moondance, Sweet Surrender

wild passion flower

Wild Passion Flower

Passiflora incarnata (leaf): Safe, gentle tranquilizer and mild sedative. Passionflower relaxes the nervous system, with non-addictive sedative properties. It is antispasmodic and pain relieving and an important remedy for stress, anxiety, tension and insomnia. Passionflower is also reported to reduce high blood pressure and used for various neurologic disorders.   Energetics:  Cool, bitter

Peppermint*      in Daily Puritea, Minty Belly Balm, Tai Chi

Mentha Piperita (leaf): Powerhouse of menthol. Peppermint is an aromatic, mildly stimulating, digestive tonic. Peppermint stimulates the liver and gallbladder to increase the flow of bile. It also wards off colds and flu and clears congestion. It eases tension and stress and is particularly useful for headaches, stomachaches and nausea. An anesthetic for toothaches, peppermint is also antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.  Energetics:  Cool, bitter, sweet, aromatic

Raspberry Leaf *      in Daily Puritea, Essential Tonic, Goddess Chi, Kavalander

Red Raspberry Leaf and Berry

Raspberry Leaf and Berry

Rubus idaeus (leaf):   Nourishing, mineral-rich tonic.  The healthful properties in the leaves are so valuable, raspberry is known as the “Woman’s Herb” – although very beneficial for men, elderly and children, too!    Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, especially iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, vitamins A, B, C and E, plus important trace minerals such as manganese, zinc and chromium.  Raspberry leaf also contains volatile oils, flavonoids and tannins (i.e., like tea) and fragrine – an alkaloid that tones the tissues –  which provides both a relaxant and tonifying action on blood vessels and muscles.   A good uterine tonic and astringent, raspberry leaf tones the female reproductive system, aids with heavy bleeding, enriches and encourages the flow of mother’s milk and is known as the “pregnant woman’s herb”.   An excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps,  raspberry leaf’s astringent and tonic action also provides tone to the mucous membranes throughout the body, soothes the kidneys and urinary tract, and makes raspberry leaf an excellent treatment for bouts of diarrhea or hemorrhage.   Energetics:  Cool, mildly bitter

Red Clover*     in Calm Unitea, Daily Puritea, Essential Tonic, Elderberry Wisdom, Goddess Chi, Tai Chi

Red Clover

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense (leaf): Deep-acting, blood cleanser or “alterative”. Red clover cleanses as a diuretic, it stimulates the liver and gall-bladder to secrete bile and has a mild laxative effect. Used in deep-seated chronic conditions of toxicity, red clover thins and purifies the blood and is good for the skin problems, especially eczema, psoriasis. Mildly relaxant for the nervous system, relieving stress, tension and anxiety, red clover also treats the female reproductive system with an estrogenic action and relieves heavy or painful periods, PMS and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of hormone imbalance. An important component in the famous cancer treatment “Hoxsey Formula”, red clover inhibits growth of tumors and has been used for background treatment of cancer, particularly breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Red clover also contains beta-sitosterol, which reduces the absorption of cholesterol and is used in treatment of atherosclerosis and heart disease. With antiviral and antifungal properties, red clover is also beneficial for colds, cough, respiratory infections and fungal infections.  Energetics:  Cool, sweet, salty

Rooibos*       in Cold Comfort, Dreamers Chai

Aspalathus linearis (leaf): Known as the “wonder herb” of South Africa, indigenous to the Western Cape region. A garnet-hued, tasty, aromatic tea, rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and full of vitamins, (like vitamin C,) minerals and an excellent source of flavonoid antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals that weaken natural defenses and eventually lead to aging and the onset of disease. Powerful antioxidants help build the immune system and protect the heart. Very popular tea in Europe, rooibos is beneficial for the heart, gently calming to the nerves, treats leg cramps and muscle spasms, and even recommended for those with allergies.

Rose Hips*      in Elderberry Wisdom, Gypsy Lemon Peace

Rosehips2Rosa canina (fruit): The fruit of the rose has a long history of use in traditional medicine, especially since they are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C available, and there’s no doubt about the beneficial effects of vitamin C for the body. Also containing vitamins A, D and E, as well as the antioxidant flavonoids known as vitamin P, the various flavonoids in rose hips have potent antioxidant action, helping to protect the body from the effects of stress, aging and the environment. The iron in rose hips, plus vitamin C, make them an excellent supplement for anemia, menstruation, and any blood deficiency.

Rose Petals*      in Goddess Chi, (Marrakesh soon!)

RoseteapinkRosa damascena (flower): A gentle tonic for improving circulation, digestion, calming nervous system and especially indicated for any disorders of female reproductive system. Warm and balancing, rose brings joy and poetry to the heart, music to the soul, and has always been a symbol of love and completeness. Extraordinarily deep and harmonizing effect, especially for heart weakness and depression, working both as a tonic and a relaxant. Supremely balancing and harmonizing for the heart, considered the most powerful healer for the emotions, and the mind. Rose is a gentle, yet potent healer, especially comforting in times of sorrow and grief. Also considered a supreme aphrodisiac, affecting the heart’s energy center, and for stimulating sensuality, gentleness and sexuality.

Sage*      in Calm Unitea, (Soul Mother Sage soon!)

Sage

Sage

Salvia officinalis (leaf): Brain and nerve tonic. Species name “officinalis” indicates sage was part of the U.S. Pharmacopoeia through the turn of the 20th century. Once prescribed for depression, anxiety, nervousness, migraine, insomnia and exhaustion, ancient Arabic and Chinese herbalists believed that drinking sage tea enhanced mental and spiritual clarity. In the Middle Ages, sage had a wide reputation as a rejuvenating tonic and was a major ingredient in prescriptions for longevity and elixirs of life. Sage is beneficial to the liver, blood and nerves and was given to strengthen the mind, the memory, enliven the senses, lift dull spirits, banish lethargy and restore failing virility. Sage is also a remedy for colds, flu, sinusitis, sore throat and coughing. It is also useful for menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes and the female reproductive system.

St. John’s Wort*   in Calm Unitea, Kavalander

st-johns-wort-flowerHypericum perforatum (flower and leaf): Well-known antidepressant herb, is also an important nervine and sedative primarily used to treat pains and diseases of the nervous system; neuralgia, arthritis, rheumatism and nerve injuries.  St. John’s Wort is anti-inflammatory, astringent, calming and soothing to the nerves and our largest nerve organ, the “brain”. Very beneficial for anxiety and depression, especially through process of “monoamineoxidase” (MAO) inhibition.  Energetics:  Cool, bitter

Skullcap*       in Moondance, Sweet Surrender

skullcap-herbScuttelaria lateriflora (flower and leaf):  Nervous system tonic.  Skullcap is rich in minerals to strengthen and tone nervous system.  It heals frayed nerves and is recommended for all nervous stress-related disorders. Great for treating anxiety, depression, nervous headaches and insomnia.  Useful for all neurologic disorders, skullcap is one of the most effective herbs used to withdraw from alcohol and drugs, aiding in detoxification and lessening the severity of withdrawal symptoms.   Energetics:  Cool, bitter

Spearmint*       in Celebritea, Minty Belly Balm, Tai Chi

Mentha spicata (leaf): Very similar to healing properties of peppermint, but less stimulating and strong. Good aid to digestion, like peppermint, spearmint is also beneficial for many minor acute ailments, such as colds and flu, fevers, spasms and cramps.   With a sweet, gentle, uplifting property, good for melancholy and depression.  Energetics:  Cool, spicy, bitter

Stevia*       in Goddess Chi

stevia2Stevia rebaudiana (leaf): One of the sweetest substances known in nature, with a sweetness rating of up to 300 times the sweetening power of sugar. Native to South America and used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods. A natural alternative to sugar, and artificial sweeteners, the leaf adds no calories, has no harmful side effects. Stevia has been in wide use in South America for centuries, and in Japan since the government banned the use of artificial sweeteners.

Valerian*       in Sweet Surrender

Valeriana officinalis (root): Sedative for the central nervous system, beneficial for insomnia, nervous tension and headaches. Excellent for reducing anxiety, strengthening the heart, reducing palpitations and lowering blood pressure.  Antispasmodic, this root is beneficial for any muscle spasms, nervous stomach, irritable bowel and muscle cramps.  For most people, valerian is best used in combination with other relaxing herbs to enhance it’s sedative and muscle relaxant effects.  Energetics:  Warm, spicy, bitter

Wild Cherry*       in Cold Comfort

Prunus vulgaris (bark):  Astringent, sedative and antitussive properties make wild cherry bark very beneficial for cough, asthma and calming respiratory nerves. Very beneficial for all kinds of coughts, wild cherry barks carminative properties means it is also excellent for digestive weakness, including ulcers, gastrits, colitis and gas.  Energetics:  Warm, acrid, astringent

Yarrow*       in Cold Comfort

Yarrow

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium (flowering tops): Used for a wide variety of common acute complaints.  Best known remedy for fevers, colds and flu.  Yarrow expels toxins through it’s diaphoretic properties. and is adaptogenic for the blood and circulatory system. Yarrows properties both encourages blood flow and controls heavy bleeding, internally and externally. Anti-inflammatory, beneficial for rheumatism, ulcers and abscesses.  Energetics:  Neutral, bitter, spicy

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A Modern Herbal – Maude Grieve, The Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties, Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs and Trees with Their Modern Scientific Uses.

Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants – Andrew Chevallier, A Practical Reference Guide to more tha 550 Key Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

Herbal Healing for Women – Rosemary Gladstar, Simple Home Remedies for Women of All Ages

Herbal Remedies for Women – Amanda McQuade Crawford, Discover Nature’s Wonderful Secret Just for Women

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest – Michael Moore, over 300 Species of Plants ranging from Baja to Alaska

The Compete Woman’s Herbal – Anne McIntyre, A Manual of Healing Herbs and Nutrition for Personal Well-being and Family Care

The Herbal Handbook – David Hoffman,  A User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism

The Herbs of Life – Lesley Tierra, Health and Healing Using Western and Chinese Techniques

The Way of Herbs – Michael Tierra, Complete Easy-to-Use Information on Simple Herbal Remedies-For Natural Health and Healing