Herbal Information

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Herbal information

  

BUTTERBUR (Petasites Hybridus) 


  • Migraine headaches in children and adults
  • Relieve coughs, congestion, and asthma
  • Reduce smooth muscle constriction in the lungs and shrink swollen nasal membranes, 
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Migraine prophylaxis 


SAFETY: Only purchase high-quality free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.

In pregnancy is unknown


CHAMOMILE FLOWERS (Matricaria Recutita) 

Roman (Chamaemelum Nobile) 

German (Matricaria Recutita) – each have different chemical compositions. 


Tasty chamomile tea: 


  • Used to calm the nerves, 
  • Ease spasms of the gut
  • Soothe inflammations of the skin
  • Gastrointestinal tract 
  • Soothing to the tummy and the nerves of children
  • Relieving infant colic, add fennel seed and lemon balm
  • child hood eczema
  • Anxiety generalized anxiety 
  • Depressive symptoms


SAFETY: German chamomile is considered safe to use while pregnant or breast-feeding. (ROMAN is NOT SAFE to use WHILE PREGNANT). When used as eyewash it might induce allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic reactions, although rare, have occurred with both internal and topical use. 


DONG QUAI ROOT (Angelica Sinensis) 

  • A tonic for those with fatigue or low vitality
  • Recovering from illness
  • Relieve pelvic pain 
  • Regulate the menstrual cycle
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Antispasmodic 


SAFETY: SHOULD NOT be used in pregnancy or while breast-feeding, women with heavy menstrual periods, women with breast cancer.


GINGER RHIZOME (Zingiber Officinale)

  • Highly valued as a spice, flavoring agent and medicine
  • Antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, carminative, and warning agents
  • Excellent for drelieving intestinal gas, bloating and menstrual cramps.
  • Relieving morning sickness, motin sickness, and postoperative nausea. (dried roots) 
  • Anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, improving symptoms of arthritis when consumer regularly. 
  • Fresh or dried can relieve a sore throat
  • Can fend off cold viruses


SAFETY: DO NOT exceed doses of 1,000 to 1500 milligrams of dried ginger a day during pregnancy. Doses greater than 3 grams of dried ginger a day may interact with blood-thinning/anticoagulant medications and may cause digestive upset and heartburn.


LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 

  • Licorice has been held in high esteem as a medicinal agent since ancient times. 
  • The roots have potent anti-inflammatory activity and are widely used for digestive, respiratory
  • Treat and heal stomach and duodenal ulcers – 
  • When deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) 380 milligrams 3x a day 
  • Also used for gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Soothe sore throats
  • Promote thinner mucus and ease chest congestion and relieve cough. 
  • Activity against numerous respiratory viruses


Safety: pregnancy or with liver disease kidney disease, high blood pressure, limit long term use of no more than 100 milligrams of glycyrrhizin a day (DGL) does not have these safety concerns.


OREGON GRAPE ROOT BARK (Mahonia aquifolium) 

  • Related to barberry
  • Treat skin, gastrointestinal ailments, fever and infection
  • Psoriasis
  • Rich in alkaloids the dominant one being berberine – inhibit many of the bacteria and parasites that can cause intestinal infections, including the diarrhea-producing VIBRIO CHOLERA, ESCHERICHIA COLI, GIARDIA LAMBLIA, and ENTAMOEBA HISTOLUTICA.
  • Anti-fungal against variety CANDIDA species remedy for vaginal yeast infections. 


Safety: not recommended for internal use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. 

Receipt for vaginal yeast infection: Two teaspoons of the root bark are simmered in three cups of water for 20 minutes, strained, and allowed to cool.  Once a day for five days / prepare fresh daily. 


PEPPERMINT LEAVES (Mentha x piperita) 

  • Relaxes the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract and improves the flow of bile form the gallbladder 
  • Helping the body to digest fats. 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Can thin mucus, help loosen phlegm, break up a cold. 
  • Mild anesthetic and cooling properties 
  • Soothing a sore throat 
  • Reduces inching caused by bug bites or poison ivy and relieves minor aches and pains, 
  • Muscle cramps, arthritis, and headache. 


Safety: Do not use if you have GERD, can worsen heartburn. NEVER apply peppermint or mentholated oil to the face of an infant or child under the age of 5, may cause spasms that inhibit breathing. 


SAGE LEAVES (Salvia Officinalis) 

Salvia from the word salvere “to Save” 

  • To clear the mind 
  • Improve memory 
  • Associated with wisdom or being a wise elder
  • Improve mood and cognition in both healthy adults and those with ALZHEIMER’s dementia. 
  • Sore throats, aid digestion, stimulate digestive enzymes, and alleviate intestinal cramping. 
  • Has antibacterial activity.

Green Sage – edible 

White Sage 

Black Sage 

Purple mountain Sage 

German Sage 


Safety: the essential oil is high in thujones, which can be toxic if taken in sufficient quantity


St. John’s Wort Herb (Hypericum perforatum) 

  • Treat mental, menstrual disorders, nerve pain and stomach ulcers and topically for the healing of wounds, burns, insect bites. 
  • ANTI-DEPRESSION  mild to moderate depression 
  • Herpes simples1 – cold sores and fever blisters. 


Safety: interact with many medications. Internally 


THYME HERB (Thymus vulgaris) 

  • Upper respiratory, cough, congestion, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and congestion of the upper respiratory tract. 
  • Antitussive, expectorant, antimicrobial, and it spasmodic due to flavonoids and the volatile oils thymol and carvacrol. 
  • Antiseptic, anti fungal


Safety: ok to use as seasoning during pregnancy. Should not use medicinal doses while pregnancy


VALERIAN ROOT (Valeriana officinalis)

  • Ease anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, sedative
  • Continuously use - combination with hops and o lemon balm use 2-3 weeks 


Safety: do to the sedative effects, shouldn’t drive or operate heavy machinery or take with other sedatives. 

Infusions are also recommended for roots like valerian and osha that are high in volatile or aromatic oils, which can be destroyed by prolonged heat. 

Some herbs, however, are rather unpleasant tasting, recommended for capsules, tinctures, honeys or glycerites.