Herbs A to Z
This is an A to Z index of the herbs listed here in the Encyclopedia of Herbology. It serves as a concise look at each of the herbs and their medicinal uses. Eventually this will be a really long list. But for now, it’s a little short.
Alfalfa – Medicago sativa – cleans and tones the intestines, takes harmful acids out of the blood, benefits the urinary system and intestines and detoxifies the body; contains eight enzymes which help assimilate protein, fats, and carbohydrates; helps nursing mothers produce more milk, improves blood cell production.
Barberry – Berberis Aquifolium – treating infections, optimizing a sluggish liver, gastritis and general digestive weakness, kidney and gallbladder function, catarrhal problems, psoriasis, syphilis, haemorrhages, stomach complaints and impure blood conditions.
Bilberry – Vaccinium myrtillus – gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, circulatory problems, as vision aids, to treat diarrhea, conditions of the heart and blood vessels, hardening of the arteries, varicose veins, decreased blood flow in the veins, and chest pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, hemorrhoids, osteoarthritis, gout, skin infections, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections.
Coltsfoot – Tussilago Farfara – chronic or acute bronchitis, irritating coughs, whooping coughs and asthma, shortness of breath, can be used as an antiseptic wash for wounds and skin blemishes
Elder Tree – Sambucus Nigra – bruises, sprains, wounds and chilblains, colds and influenza, hay fever and sinusitis, a very good spring tonic and blood cleanser, used as a vehicle for eye and skin lotions
Fumitory – Fumaria officinalis – laxative and diuretic, eczema and other dermatologic conditions, good for the eyes, remove skin blemishes, skin diseases, conjunctivitis, cleanse the kidneys
Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis – has been used for centuries to help heal wounds, treat venomous insect bites and stings, induce relaxation and a sense of well being, improve appetite and aid digestion
Marsh Mallow – Althea Officinalis – cough, sore throat, mouth ulcers, respiratory problems, bronchitis, diarrhea, indigestion, weight loss, swelling, cuts, wounds, boils, eczema, psoriasis
Nasturtium – Tropacolum majus – anti-microbial, bacterial infection, respiratory infections, bronchitis, influenza, the common cold, infections of the female reproductive organs, high in vitamin C.
Oregon Grape Root – Berberis Aquifolium – treating infections, optimizing a sluggish liver, gastritis and general digestive weakness, kidney and gallbladder function, catarrhal problems, psoriasis, syphilis, haemorrhages, stomach complaints and impure blood conditions.
Peppermint – Mentha x piperita – fevers, headaches, digestive disorders (especially flatulence) and various minor ailments, fevers and especially colds and flu, eases anxiety and tension, powerfully antiseptic, eases menstrual cramps, neuralgia, rheumatism and lumbago
Queen Anne’s Lace – Daucus carota – used for urinary tract problems including kidney stones, bladder problems, water retention, and excess uric acid in the urine; and also for gout, a painful joint problem caused by too much uric acid.
Slippery Elm – Ulmus Rubra – digestive disorders, gastrointestinal conditions, sore throats, ulcers, gout, arthritis, stomach ache, intestinal worms, cough, and bronchitis, respiratory irritations, abortifacient, skin conditions, vaginitis, hemorrhoids, toothaches, spider bites
Wild Carrot – – Daucus carota – used for urinary tract problems including kidney stones, bladder problems, water retention, and excess uric acid in the urine; and also for gout, a painful joint problem caused by too much uric acid.
Yarrow – Achillea Millefolium – open wounds, nosebleeds, cuts, inflammation, hemorrhoids, headache, colds, flu, stomach ache, digestion, digestive, urinary systems, hay fever, asthma, respiratory problems, eczema, cold, flu, inflamed joints
- Jon Costa: Coltsfoot