| Share: | more

Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information

Disclaimer: This content is provided here for informational purposes only.
Visit our Directories to find Canadian natural health practitioners.


Select a letter to see the herbs & descriptions:

| a | b | c | d | e | f | g | h | i | j | k | l | m | n | o | p | q | r | s | t | u | v | w | y | z

Camelina (Camelina sativa)

Annual and biennial herbs in the Brassicaceae family found from Mediterranean to central Asia. It is a cruciferous vegetable, a cousin to mustard, broccoli, canola, cabbage, cauliflower, turnip, radish, horseradish, wasabi, and watercress. C. sativa subsp. linicola is considered a weed in flax field   (more info - Camelina)

False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum)

Also called: Helonias Root, Blazing Star, Starwort
Parts used: Root
False Unicorn is a flowering plant natively found in damp areas of eastern North America. It has spiky light purple flowers.
Traditionally considered a "woman's herb" (uterine tonic), it has more recently been    (more info - False Unicorn)
WARNING: Excess intake can cause nausea and vomiting.

Fennel (Foeniculum)

Parts used: leaves, seeds, bulbous base.

Fennel is a member of the parsley family, and shares its aromatic traits. It has a soft licorice flavour that makes it an excellent culinary herb.

The name "fennel" is used for several aromatic herbs having edible seeds and leav   (more info - Fennel)
WARNING: Long term ingestion of fennel preparations by babies is a known cause of thelarche (development of secondary breasts).

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L)

Fenugreek is an annual herb found in southern Europe and eastern Asia having off-white flowers and aromatic seeds used medicinally and in curry.

Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi in Urdu/Hindi/Nepali). The leaves and sprouts are   (more info - Fenugreek)
WARNING: Do not take if you are on hypoglycemic therapy, hormonal therapy, or anticoagulant therapy. Do not take while pregnant. Excessive use (more than 100 grams per day) may cause nausea and/or intestinal...more

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Also called: Wild chamomile, Bride's buttons.
An infusion of Feverfew, or Feverfew leaves (preferably taken with bread) can be used to help alleviate headaches (including migraines), muscle tension, colds, menstrual cramps, hay fever, vertigo, tinnitus, and mild cases of neuralgia and sciatic   (more info - Feverfew)
WARNING: Do not take in conjunction with blood thinners. May cause mouth sores (the bread will help prevent that). Do not take while pregnant or while breastfeeding.

Fig (Ficus carica)

Parts used: fruit, seed oil, latex.

This tree with its edible fruit is native to the Mediterranean region, preferring semi-arid conditions. The fruit is thought to relieve constipation (although this effect can be said of most fruit in sufficient quantity). In the Bible, there are r   (more info - Fig)
WARNING: The latex has been known to cause irritation to skin.

Fishwort (Fishwort)

Flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)

Flax:
1. Plant of the genus Linum that is cultivated for its seeds and for the fibers of its stem.
2. The fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric.
Flaxseed: The seed of the flax; linseed.

Flax has a single, slender stalk, about   (more info - Flaxseed)
WARNING: Excessive consumption without liquid can result in intestinal blockage. Consuming large amounts of flax seed may also impair the effectiveness of certain oral medications, due to its fiber content,...more

Forsythia (Forsythia)

Frankincense (Boswellia cateri)

Also called: Frankincense tears, Olibanum
Parts used: resin from the tree

A fragrant, aromatic gum resin obtained from various East Indian, Arabian, or East African trees of the genus Boswellia; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation. A less valuable, com   (more info - Frankincense)
WARNING: Extracts may induce minor gastrointestinal distress.

Fringe Tree (Fringe Tree)

Fructus corni (Cornus officinalis)

A species of dogwood known also as Japanese cornel or Japanese cornelian cherry or Cornelian cherries.

In China, Japan, and Korea it is used as a food plant and as a medicinal plant-Shan-zhu-yu,(Chinese) San-syu-yu (Japanese). The plant contains oleanolic acid and ursolic acid. Ursoli   (more info - Fructus corni)

Fumitory (Fumitory)

Goat's Rue (Galega officinalis)

1. A tall bushy European perennial grown for its masses of light-textured pinnate foliage and slender spikes of blue flowers; sometimes used medicinally;
2. "Goat's rue" is also used to describe a perennial subshrub of eastern North America (Tephrosia virginiana, wild sweet pea) having downy    (more info - Goat's Rue)

Legumes (Fabaceae)

1. An annual crop yielding from one to twelve seeds of variable size, shape, and color within a pod.

2. The edible seeds of various pod-bearing plants (peas or beans or lentils etc.).

Pulses are a subset of legumes, sometimes called "grain legumes", and by UN standards    (more info - Legumes)

Strawberry (Fragaria)

Various low perennial herbs with many runners and bearing white flowers followed by edible fruits having many small achenes (seeds) scattered on the surface of an enlarged red pulpy berry.
Parts used: fruit, leaves

Strawberry fruit are an excellent source of vitamin C, and a g   (more info - Strawberry)
WARNING: Allergies to strawberries are not uncommon, with reactions ranging from the mild (hives, itchiness, nasal congestion) to the severe (burning in the lips, mouth, ears, or pharynx; laboured breathing). ...more

Teucrium polium (Teucrium polium)

Also called: Cat thyme, hulwort, mountain germander

The leaves of Teucrium polium are used in cooking and for medicinal purposes, particularly for the treatment of stomach ailments. It has also shown some promise in the treatment of visceral pain.

In traditional Persian   (more info - Teucrium polium)
WARNING: There are documented cases of chronic hepatitis, due to an abuse of this plant.

Virgin's Mantle (Fagonia cretica)

Also called 'Mantle of the Virgin', is a species of plant in the Zygophyllaceae, the Caltrop family, specifically the fagonbushes. It is a cousin to Creosote bush, the bean-caper, and caltrop.

It is native to warm arid, desert regions regions of the Old World in southern Europe, south   (more info - Virgin's Mantle)

 

Disclaimer: This content is provided here for informational purposes only. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat. Check with a qualified Health Practitioner before using any herbal treatment. Use of these reference pages signifies acceptance of this notice and our Terms and Condition.

Information on this website is for information purposes only.
Please consult a qualified health practitioner before taking any course of action.
Always check for counter-results before deciding on a course of action.

+Other NHC news:
Blog post: Understanding Our Editorial Choices, by Gisela McKay
At the computer for long periods? Find information and prevention tools
Workplace Wellness Programs: bring healthy ideas to your workplace...
Bio Intolerance Elimination: An exciting new approach to allergy relief
Read the #naturalhealth incanada Daily! [news] Click here for news, recipes, opinions from Canadian naturalhealth practitioners.


Find us:

twitter facebook LinkedIn Blog Blog Find us on Pinterest Find us on Youtube