Herbology 101 - Herbal Remedies and Herb Information
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Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
- Part used: rhizome.
Also known as: Grapple plant, wood spider
A South African plant with large tuberous roots that are used medicinally to reduce pain and fever, and to stimulate digestion. European colonists brought devil's claw home where it was used as a decoction to treat a (more info - Devil's Claw)
WARNING: Consult a qualified medical practitioner if you are taking heart medication or blood thinners.
- May cause diarrhea, possible bradycardia
- Do not take if you have duodenal or gastric u...more
- A thorny spring-flowering shrub or small tree (of the genus Crataegus oxyacantha), having deeply lobed, shining leaves, small, roselike, fragrant flowers, and a fruit called haw. It is much used in Europe for hedges, and for standards in gardens. The American hawthorn is Crataegus cordata, which has (more info - Hawthorn)
WARNING: Overdose can cause cardiac arrhythmia and dangerously lower blood pressure. Milder side effects include nausea and sedation.
- 1. Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Corylus bearing edible nuts enclosed in a leafy husk;
2. The nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus;
Also known as a cob nut or filbert.
Hazelnuts are rich in protein and unsaturated fat. They also contain si (more info - Hazelnut)
Heart Ease, Pansy (Heart Ease, Pansy)
Hemp (Cannabis sativa)
- See marijuana.
Henna (Lawsonia inermis)
- 1. A thorny tree or shrub of the genus Lawsonia (L. alba).2. the leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them; a reddish brown dye used especially on hair;3. [v] to apply henna to one's hair; "She hennas her hair every month."
The powdered leaves of the henna (more info - Henna)
WARNING: The name is misused for other skin and hair dyes, such as black henna or neutral henna, which are not derived from the plant, so beware that you are getting true henna from a reputable source.
- A genus of plants (herbs, shrubs, or trees), some species of which have large, showy flowers. Some species of hibiscus (kenaf, Hibiscus cannabinus) are cultivated in India for their fiber, which is used as a substitute for hemp. The genus also includes Althea, Hollyhock, and Manoe.
Dr (more info - Hibiscus)
Himalayan Viagra (Ophiocordyceps sinensis)
- A fungus that parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body valued as a herbal remedy.
O. sinensis is known in the West as a medicinal mushroom, and its use has a long history in Traditional Chinese medicine as well as Traditional Tibetan medicine. The hand-collected (more info - Himalayan Viagra)
Ho Shou Wu (Ho Shou Wu)
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
- Hardy perennial vines of Europe, North America and central and eastern Asia producing a latex sap; in some classifications included in the family Urticaceae. Thtey produce twining perennials having cordate leaves and flowers arranged in conelike spikes, which are used chiefly to flavor malt liquors. (more info - Hops)
WARNING: Dermatitis sometimes results from harvesting hops. Although few cases require medical treatment, an estimated 3% of the workers suffer some type of skin lesions on the face, hands, and legs.
PET WARNING: Hops are toxic to dogs, resulting in life-threatening hyperthermia.
Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
- Common across North America, this nut is a member of the Sapindaceae family and not a true chestnut. The nuts are also poisonous to horses (and most mammals) when raw.
Quercetin 3,4'-diglucoside, a flavonol glycoside can also be found in horse chestnut seeds. Leucocyanidin, leucodelph (more info - Horse Chestnut)
WARNING: Raw Horse Chestnut seed, leaf, bark and flower are toxic due to the presence of esculin and should not be ingested. Horse chestnut seed is classified by the FDA as an unsafe herb. The...more
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
- A coarse Eurasian plant cultivated for its thick white pungent root; the root of the horseradish plant, typically grated or ground and used for seasoning. Sometimes classified as Cochlearia armoracia, horseradish is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family, and a relative to mustard, wasabi, bro (more info - Horseradish)
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
Hovenia (Hovenia dulcis)
- Also called: the oriental raisin tree
Hovenia dulcis grows in Southern and Eastern Asia, from Japan, over Eastern China and Korea to the Himalayas (up to altitudes of 2,000 m), growing preferably in a sunny position on moist sandy or loamy soils.
The tree has been intro (more info - Hovenia)
Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens)
- Also called: Seven Barks.
A shrub native to the southern USA, Hydrangea is used in the treatment of inflamed or enlarged prostate glands, and urinary tract problems. Also thought to help relieve lower back pain caused by kidney inflammation, and/or kidney stones.
It is a bitte (more info - Hydrangea)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
- Use: leaves, flowers
Hyssop leaves were traditionally ground into a paste and used as a poultice for treating scrapes and bruises, or drank as a tea to cure a multitude of other ailments.
Its fragrance is much like that of camphor, and as such has a reputation for curing respiratory ai (more info - Hyssop)
Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus)
- A valuable fiber plant of the hibiscus family native to the East Indies now widespread in cultivation. Kenaf is considered a hardy plant that requires a minimum of fertilizers, pesticides and water in comparison to conventional row crops. Products made from this crop include paper from the fibres, a (more info - Kenaf)
Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.)
- Also called sea buckthorn, seabuckthorn, sandthorn or seaberry.
Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious, though very acidic (astringent) and oily, unpleasant to eat raw, unless 'bletted' (frosted to reduce the astringency) and/or mixed as a juice with sweeter substances such a (more info - Sea-buckthorn)
St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)
- Any of numerous plants of the genus Hypericum having yellow flowers and transparently dotted leaves; traditionally gathered on St John's eve to ward off evil.
H. perforatum is sometimes called common St John's wort to differentiate it.
Also called Goatweed, Klamath Weed.
(more info - St. John's Wort)
- Do not drink teas made of the flowers. May result in photosensitivity (and cause skin burns).
- St John's wort is "associated with aggravating psychosis in schizophrenia"more
Sweetgrass (Hierochl÷e odorata)
- Also called: "Hair of the Earth Mother".
A plant used in Aboriginal smudging ceremonies, the smoke of this herb is used to help purge grief. Sweetgrass is a northern plant found in both North America and Europe (circumpolar), which has led to some interesting speculation as to how it was sp (more info - Sweetgrass)
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)
- 1. any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion.
2. lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant (Hamamelis Virginica), which blossoms late in autumn.
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