Monday, January 25, 2016

Herbs and Their Properties

Herbs and Their  Properties

Herbs are known for their properties and that is how we decide what the herb can be used for.  Following is a list I have come up with of various herbs and their medicinal properties.   The next list I will post is one that will share the nutritional value of various herbs.  Enjoy
Ashwaghanda root - tonic, sedative, antiflammatory, nervine, immune booster, aphrodisiac -
general tonic or capsule
Astragalus root - stimulant, immune booster, antioxidant, anti tumor, hepatic - capsule or tea
Balm of Gilead resinous leaf bud - expectorant for upper respiratory, salve aches, salve for skin - cough syrup or salve
Bilberry leaf and berry - astringent, hepatic, diuretic, good for eyes, helps reduce macular degeneration - pill form
Herbs and Their Properties
Burdock root, seeds, leaves - alterative, good for kidneys, diuretic, nutritive - teas and tonics
Calendula flower heads - vulnerary, emollient, antibacterial, diaphoretic, alterative, astringent - oil or salve, poultice for skin, tea, great to use for varicose veins.
Cayenne fruit - diaphoretic, expectorant, stimulant, rubefacient, anodyne, vasodilator, hypotensive, antimicrobial - food, capsule, salve
Chamomile flower heads - nervine, tonic, sedative, antispasmodic, carminative, anti-inflammatory - tea, pill, salves
Charcoal - activated - absorbent for toxins and poisons - pill, salves, or alone
Comfrey leaf and root - tonic, fast healing, bone knit, demulcent, vulnerary, astringent, expectorant - tea, capsule, or salve, used to heal deep wounds / bones - not open wounds, assists with blood clotting,
Dandelion whole plant - alterative, cholagogue, diuretic, stomachic, aperient, tonic, glactagogue, hepatic, tea for liver and organ problems and cleansing
Echinacea root and leaves - antibacterial, febrifuge, immune stimulant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, tonic, adaptogen, anticatarrhal - tea, tincture, capsule for respiratory infections and other infections also
Elderberries, berry and flowers - stimulant, anticatarrhal, antirheumatic, alterative, diaphoretic, immune stimulant - teas or tinctures for colds, flu, fevers
Eyebright, aerial portions - astringent, anti-inflammatory, expectorant - eyewash, tea for eyes and sinus
Feverfew, whole herb - analgesic, anti-inflammatory, emmenagogue, purgative, carminative - capsule or tincture daily
Garlic cloves - immune system builder, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, antifungal - capsule, tincture, cooking
Ginger, rhizome - antiviral, sedative, analgesic - tea, capsule, tincture, or cooking
Gingko Biloba leaves - vasoactive properties, cerebral, nervine, antioxidant, improves peripherial blood circulation, good for renyalds syndrome, adhd, alzheimers, etc - capsule
Ginseng Siberian - Bark of root - Eleuthero - adaptogenic energy tonic, nervine, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, mild aphrodisiac - capsule, tincture, tea used for low energy as an energy boost
Hawthorn berries, leaves, and flowers - cardiotonic, tonic, hypotensive, vasodilator, antioxidant - tea, capsule, or tincture
Kava Kava root - antispasmodic, stimulant, intoxicant, diuretic, antifungal, muscle relaxant - tincture for mild tranquilizer, not long term use
Lavender flowers - aromatic, nervine, sedative, carminative, antispasmodic, antidepressant, antispetic, vulnerary - tincture, salves, oil, lotion
Lemon Balm leaves - nervine, vulnerary, antiviral, cerebral, vasodilator, hypotensive, antispasmodic, carminative - tea, tincture for fevers, depression, nerves, digestion
Marshmallow root, leaf - emollient, demulcent, vulnerary, antibacterial - tea, poultice, capsule, tincture
Milk Thistle leaf, flower - hepatic, bitter tonic, demulcent, antidepressant - tincture, protect and regenerate liver
Mullein leaf, flower - expectorant, demulcent, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antitussive, astringent - tincture, smoke, tea, opens the bronchial tubes
Nettle leaf, stem, root - tonic, diuretic, nutrient, histamine, rubefacient, hemostatic, laxative, hypotensive, galactagogue - nutritive, tea, capsule, tincture overall health, promotes healthy
adrenal glands and kidneys, expels toxins, joint pain treatment
Passionflower leaves - sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anodyne, hypotensive - tincture, capsule, tea, for nerves or insomnia
Peppermint leaves - carminative to nerves, stimulant to circulation, antispasmodic, stomachic, rubefacient - tea, essential oils
Plantain leaves and seeds - diuretic, alterative, anti-inflammatory, aperient - tea for urinary, poultice for external wounds
Raspberry leaf - hemostatic, astringent, mild alterative, parturient - tea for pregnancy and delivery, and menstrual problems
Skullcap aerial portions - sedative, nervine, antispasmodic – tincture, tea, or capsule for nerves, insomnia, and with drawl symptoms from drugs or alcohol
St. John's Wort herb - sedative, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, astringent - tea, capsule, tincture for nerves, depression, insomnia
Stevia leaves - sweetener, reduce blood glucose levels - use as a sweetener
Usnea whole plant - antibiotic, antifungal, tuberculostatic – tincture, used as an atibiotic for fungal, viral, and bacterial infections
Uva Ursi leaves - diuretic, urinary antiseptic, astringent - tea for urinary tract infections and problems
Valerian rhizome - sedative, hypnotic, nervine, antispasmodic, carminative - tea, tincture or capsule for insomnia, stress, pain relief
Yarrow herb - diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, antipyreic, carminative, hemostatic, astringent - tea, tincture, or capsule for colds, fevers, bleeding and hemorrhoids


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