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Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information

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Açaí berry (Euterpe oleracea)

Also called: Assai palm, euterpe palm, palmito açai, asai, cabbage palm, assaizeiro, pina palm, palmier pinot, juçara.
Parts used: fruit, heart

The acai palm is a tall slender South American (concentrated in Brazil, Guyana, Suriname) palm grown for its fruit as well a   (more info - Açaí berry)

Acanthopanax/Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

(Formerly Acanthopanax senticosus.)
Parts used: Roots, rhizomes

Though the plant is only loosely related to Chinese ginseng (Panax), it has many similar effects and is less expensive. (It is illegal to sell it under the name Siberian Ginseng in the U.S.)

Eleuther   (more info - Acanthopanax/Siberian Ginseng)
WARNING: Studies have shown that overuse may result in: hypertension, nervousness, sleeplessness, skin eruptions and morning diarrhea. Patients with hypertension should not consume ginseng. Prolonged use sho...more

Arugula (Eruca sativa)

Also called: salad rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, colewort

An erect European annual often grown as a salad crop to be harvested when young and tender. Arugula is a member of the Brassicales making it a relative of broccoli, mustard, kale, radishes, cauliflower, watercress, and turn   (more info - Arugula)
WARNING: Raw brassica vegetables contain goitrogens, which can suppress the function of the thyroid gland and induce the formation of a goiter by interfering with iodine uptak...more

Cardamom (Elettaria, Amomum)

1. A rhizomatous herb of India having aromatic seeds used as seasoning, as a condiment, and in medicine;
2. The aromatic seeds of the herb that are used as seasoning like cinnamon and cloves especially in pickles and barbecue sauces.

Cardamom (or cardamon) refers to several pla   (more info - Cardamom)

Eclipta (Eclipta Alba, E prostrata)

Also called: Bhangra, Bhringraja, Keshraja
Parts used:
Often considered a weed, Eclipta grows in warmer climes - usually the Southern & Southeastern US (for North America), and tropical regions of the world. Eclipta is a short plant with paired leaves, white flowers, and a small brow   (more info - Eclipta)

Elder (Sambucus nigra)

The elder tree has been part of human medicinal and spiritual lore dating back many centuries. Medicinally, flowers, bark, berries (see elderberry) are used - though care must be used as raw leaves, twigs, branches, seeds and roots contain cyanide-inducing glycoside. Unripe berries are mildly toxic.   (more info - Elder)
WARNING: Do not ingest the twigs, branches, leaves, seeds or roots as they contain a glycoside that becomes cyanide as the body processes it. - Due to the possibility of cyanide poisoning, children should be ...more
PET WARNING: Keep away from pets, especially the raw wood and roots.

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Elderberries are berrylike drupes of the elder tree. They are high in antioxidants, particularly vitamin C, anthocyanins (anthocyanin glucosides), and the phenolic compounds quercetin and kaempferol.

The dark blue, purple, or sometimes deep red berries can be eaten when fully ripe but   (more info - Elderberry)
WARNING: While ripe berries are perfectly safe to eat, but do not ingest the seeds, or any raw components of the rest of the tree. Due to the possibility of cyanide poisoning, children should be discouraged f...more
PET WARNING: Do not give to pets.

Elecampane (Elecampane)

Elephant Tree (Elephant Tree)

Epimedium (Epimedium)

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Also called: Blue Gum Tree, Stringy Bark Tree, Lemon-scented gum tree, White ironbark, Red flowering gum, Spinning gum.
Parts used: sap, bark, leaves, volatile oils

1. A tree of the genus Eucalyptus.
2. The wood of any of various eucalyptus trees valued as timber.
   (more info - Eucalyptus)
WARNING: Do not use if you have high blood pressure or are diabetic. Large quantities irritate the kidneys.

Eucommia (Eucommia)

Euryale (Euryale)

Evening Primrose (Evening Primrose)

Everlasting, Life (Everlasting, Life)

Eyebright (Eyebright)

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Also called Bottlebrush, Field Horsetail. Aerial parts are used. This common perennial plant is easily recognized by its segmented and toothed stem growing to 2 feet. It is an excellent clotting agent and staunches wounds, stops noebleeds and reduces the coughing up of blood. It also has an astrin   (more info - Horsetail)
WARNING: Do not confuse horsetail with marsh horsetail (Equisetum palustre), a similar but mych larger plant containing toxic alkaloids. During pregnancy do not use for more than 6 weeks except under professi...more

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpura,angustifolia)

Use the roots and flowers. The infusions and decoctions made from this flower have astrigent properties, as well as stimulating the immune system. Many people rely on its effects when they feel a cold coming on.   (more info - Purple Coneflower)
WARNING: A recent analysis of 59 brand name echinacea products found that 48% did not contain the species of Echinacea on the label and 10% contained no measurable Echinacea. Less than half of the products met...more

Purple Viper's Bugloss (Echium plantagineum)

A genus of bristly herbs and shrubs of the family Boraginaceae (the Borage or Forget-me-not family).

Echium oil contains high levels of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA), making it valuable in cosmetic and skin care applications, with fu   (more info - Purple Viper's Bugloss)
WARNING: Due to a high concentration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the shoot, it is poisonous to grazing livestock, especially those with a simple digestive system like horses. The toxins are cumulative in the...more

Sunflower (Elettaria, Amomum)

Any plant of the genus Helianthus, so called probably from the form and color of its flower, having large flower heads with dark disk florets and showy yellow rays.

The commonly cultivated sunflower is Helianthus annuus, a native of the Americas. Both the seeds and roots of certain va   (more info - Sunflower)
WARNING: At least one study of a person with a known peanut allergy suffered an acute reaction to a "nut-free" butter containing sunflower seeds.

 

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