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26/02/2010

Healing properties of herbs

Healing Properties of Herbs

reference: Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra

1. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) - 1 oz

Above Ground, Stomach, blood, sweet, vitamins & minerals, nutritive yin tonic, alterative, diuretic

Used for: wasting, digestion, weight gain, cystitis, prostate inflammation

2. Angelica (Angelica archangelica) - 5 g

Root, spicy, warm, lungs, stomach, intestines, blood, carminative, stimulant, emmagogue, diaphoretic, expectorant

Used for: coldness, rheumatism, digestion, menstrual irregularity, alcohol addiction, colds & flu, appetite, gout, cramps

3. Aniseed (Pimpinela anisum) - 5 g

Seeds, spicy, warm, stomach, lungs, liver, kidney, stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, expectorant, emmenagogue,

Used for: gas nausea, abdominal pain, colds

4. Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Leaf & berries, liver, astringent, refrigerant

Used for: vision, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, adult diabetes

5. Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) - 5 g

Root, sweet, slightly bitter, cool, liver, spleen, stomach, large intestine, nervous system

Used for: nervousness, spasms, neuralgia, labor, asthma, coughs

6. Blessed Thistle (Cincus benedictus) - 15 g

Aerial portion sweet, bitter, cool, liver, spleen-stomach, alterative, stomachich, astringent, antiseptic, homostatic, vulnerary

Used for: liver congestion stomach, appetite, fevers, dyspepsia, bleeding, hepatitis, jaundice, fevers, blood clots

7. Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalicroides) - 3 g

Rhizome, acrid, bitter, warm, liver, emanogogue, antispasmodic, diuretic, diaphoretic

Used for: menstrual irregularities, genito-urinary tract, worms, blood mover

8. Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) - 1 g

Above ground, cool, bitter, liver, lungs, diaphoretic, expectorant, laxative

Used for: Fever, cold, liver, abdomen, muscle relaxant, uterus, skin, thirst, rheumatism

9. Buckthorn (Rhamnus chatarctica) - 1 teaspoon soaked 12 h

Bark, cold, bitter, laxative, alterative, diuretic

Used for: Constipation, dropsy, hemorrhoids, obesity, toxins

10. Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Root, seeds, leaves, bitter, cool, alterative, nutritive

Used for: Skin blood, urinary tract, minerals, arthritis, lumbago, kidney

11. Calamus (Acorus calamus) 1 teaspoon/cup

Rhizome, acrid, aromatic, heart, liver, spleen-stomach, stimulant, expectorant, emetic

Used for: focus, stomach, acidity, quitting smoking, nerves

12. Calendula (Calendula oficinalis) - 2 g - pregnancy

Flower, spicy, bitter, liver, heart, lungs, vulnerary, diaphoretic, alterative, astringent

Used for: Bruises (Salve), injuries, shingles, skin, fever, ulcer, ear

13. Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) 1 oz

Flowers, bitter, aromatic, liver, stomach, lungs, nervine, diaphoretic, carminative

Used for: Nervousness, digestion menstruation, back pain, flu, diarrhea, insomnia, gout, calcium, hair

14. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) 20 g

Leaves, spicy, cool, lungs, liver, nerves, sedative, nervine

Used for: insomnia, fever, diarrhea, bowels

15. Cleavers (Calium aparine) 1oz

Aerial portion, bitter, cool, bladder, gallbladder, diuretic, alterative, astringent

Used for: urinary tract, venereal & skin disease, hepatitis, burns, blood, lymph

16. Coltsfoot (Tusilago farfara) 1 oz

Leaves, flowers, bitter, neutral, lungs, expectorant, demulcent, astringent

Used for: lungs, coughs, emphysema

17 Comfrey (Syogttyn oficinale) 15 g

Leaf, root, bitter, cool, lungs, stomach, kidneys, bones, muscles, tonic, expectorant, astringent

Used for: healing, lungs, bones, diarrhea, blood, protein, blood sugar

18. Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

Leaves, spicy, warm, kidney, yang tonic, aphrodisiac, nervine

Used for: libido, depression, mucus, digestion

19. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinate) 20 g

Whole plant, bitter, cool, liver, spleen, stomach, kidney, bladder, alterative, diuretic, tonic

Used for: liver, urinary tract, skin, stomach, breast cancer, blood, minerals, spleen, pancreas, intestines, assimilation hepatitis

20. Echinacea (Echinacea augustifolia) 15 g

Root, leaves, bitter, cool, lungs, stomach

Used for: liver inflammation, sores, venomous bites

21. Elecampane (Inula helenium) 20 g

Root, sweet, bitter, warm, tonic, expectorant, diuretic, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant

Used for: Respiration, digestion, bronchitis, asthma, mucus, assimilation

22. Ephedra (Ephedra gerardiana) 3 g

Stems, pungent, warm, lungs, bladder, diaphoretic, stimulant, decongestant, astringent

Used for: Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, allergy, hay fever, cough

23. Evening Primrose (Oenothera bienius)

Leaves, sweet, cool, liver, kidney,

Used for: Yin Tonic, inflammation, anxiety

24. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) 40 mg x 3

Leaves & Nut, bitter, astringent, lungs, kidneys, brain

Used for: circulation, coldness, senility, arthritis, congestion

25. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) 1 teaspoon/cup

Rhizome, root, bitter, cold, heart, liver, stomach, colon, alterative, antinflamatory, astringent

Used for: Digestion, female reproductive tract, skin

26. Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus) 7 g

Seaweed, sweet, salty, cool, lungs, stomach, demulcent, nutrient, emollient

Used for: Lungs, tuberculosis, ulcers

27. Juniper (Juniperus communis) 1 teaspoon/cup (Pregnancy)

Berries, spicy, sweet, warm, kidneys, stomach, diuretic, carminative, antiseptic, stimulant

Used for: Urinary tract, gout, arthritis & rheumatism

28. Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla xanthochlora) 5 g/cup

Aerial portion, bitter, cool, uterus, spleen, kidney, astringent

Used for, Menstruation diarrhea, wounds, bleeding

29. Lavender (Lavendula augustiflia) 20 g

Flowers, spicy, cool, lungs, liver, aromatic, carminative, antispasmodic, antidepressant

Used for: Insect repellant, nervine

30. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 1 oz

Leaves, spicy, cool, lungs, liver, diaphoretic, carminative, emanogogue

Used for, Fever, melancholy, digestion, depression, gas, herpes (balm)

31. Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) - 3g

Leaf, seed, bitter, neutral, liver, nerves, expectorant, stimulant, emetic

Used for: Asthma, spasm, food poisoning, catalyst

32. Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

Seeds, aerial portion, bitter, cool, liver, spleen, tonic, demulcent, antidepressant

Used for: mushroom poisoning (seed extract), Hepatitis A & B

33. Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca) 1oz

Leaves, spicy, cool, pericardium, liver, cardiac tonic, diuretic, nervine, antispasmodic

Used for: Menstruation, heart, insomnia, blood clots

34. Mugwort (Artemsia vulgaris) 1 oz

Leaves, bitter, warm, emanogogue, narcotic

Used for: shaking, insomnia, smoke, liver, bronchitis

36. Nettle (Urtica urens) 1 oz

Leaves, bitter, cool, intestine, bladder, lungs, diuretic, astringent, tonic, expectorant, nutritive

Used for: lungs, stomach, urinary tract, anemia, bleeding (powder), hair, diarrhea

37. Oak (Quercus) 1 teaspoon/cup

Bark, bitter, neutral, spleen, stomach, intestines, astringent, antiseptic, homeostatic

Used for: Diarrhea, bleeding

38. Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia aquifolum) 20 g

Rhizome, root, bitter, cool, liver, gallbladder, alterative, antinflamatory

Used for: liver, menses, skin, arthritis, cancer

39. Parsley (Petroselinum sativum) 1 oz

Leaves, seeds, fruit, root, lungs, stomach, bladder, liver, diuretic, carminative, antiseptic, expectorant, sedative

Used for: Urinary inflammation, congestion

40 Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) 1 oz

Leaves, fruit, bitter, cool, heart, liver, sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic

Used for: insomnia, nerves, Parkinson's, epilepsy, hypertension

41. Pau D'Arco (Tabebuia haptaphylla) 1oz

Inner Bark, bitter, cool, blood, liver, lungs, alterative, antifungal, tonic, antibacterial

Used for: cancer, skin, leukemia, diabetes, rheumatism, ringworm

42. Plantain (Plantago) 1 oz

Leaves, seeds, blend, cool, bladder, small intestine, gallbladder, diuretic, antinflamatory

Used for: urinary tract, hepatitis, stings, wounds, bleeding

43. Prickly Ash (Zentoxylum americanum) 1 oz

Bark, berries, spicy, warm, blood, lymph, spleen, stomach, kidney, stimulant, diaphoretic, carminative

Used for: Circulation, arthritis and rheumatism, toothache & gum

44. Red Clover (Frifolicum pratense) 10 g

Blossoms, sweet, cool, blood, liver, heart, lungs, alterative, expectorant

Used for: cancer, skin, fevers, colds, degeneration

45, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) 1 teaspoon/cup

Leaves, spicy, cool, liver, stomach, spleen, antinflamatory, nervine, astringent antiseptic

Used for: headaches, indigestion, colds, hair46. Sarsaparilla (Smilax medica) 10 g

Root, rhizome, sweet, cool, liver, stomach, kidneys, alterative, heat clearing, antinflamatory, tonic

Used for: skin, syphilis, liver, jaundice, hepatitis, gout

47. Saw Palmetto ( Serenoa repens) 7 g

Fruit, sweet, warm, kidney, spleen, liver, yin tonic, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, aphrodisiac, anabolic

Used for: wasting, underweight, prostate, impotence

48. Skullcap (Scutelaria lateriflora) 5 g

Aerial portion, bitter, cool, sedative, nervine, antispasmodic

Used for: Insomnia, withdrawal, epilepsy, nerves, detoxify

49. Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) 15 g

Inner Bark, sweet, neutral, lungs, stomach, demulcent, yin tonic, expectorant, astringent

Used for: throat, ulcers, survival food

50. Spearmint (Mentha spicata) 1 oz

Leaves, cool, spicy, lungs, liver, diaphoretic, aromatic, alterative

Used for: fevers, cold, gas, depression, cramps

51. Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

Leaves, cool, sweet, spleen, pancreas

Used for: Sweetening

52. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatus) 20 g

Herb, bitter, cool, liver, nervous system, sedative, astringent, antidepressant

Used for: nerve pain, neuralgia, depression

53. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Leaves, flowers, spicy, warm, lungs, liver, stomach, carminative, antiseptic, expectorant

Used for: cough, colds and flu, indigestion, nightmares

54. Valerian (Valeriana officilinis) 15 g

Rhizome, bitter, warm, liver, heart, nerves, sedative, hypnotic, nervine, carminative

Used for: insomnia, stress, nervousness, menstruation, pain relief, gas

55. Vervein (Verbena ofininalis) 20 g

Aerial portion, bitter, cold, liver, spleen, nervous system, nervine, emanogogue, tonic

Used for: Liver, irregular menses, cold, mother's milk

56. Wild Yam (Dioscorea paniculata) 5g

Root, sweet, bitter, warm, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen-pancreas, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, expectorant

Used for: gallstones, menstrual cramps, arthritis, abdomen, gas

57. Willow (Salix alba) 1 teaspoon/cup

Bark, bitter, cold, liver, kidneys, heart, alterative, analgesic, astringent

Used for: Aspirin, fevers, headache, arthritis, neuralgic pain

58. Wormwood (Arthemsia absinthum)

Aerial portion, bitter, cold, liver, gallbladder

Used for: Fever, Hepatitis, worms

59. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) 1 teaspoon/cup

Herb, warm, bitter, spicy, lungs, liver, diaphoretic, antiflamatory, astringent, antispasmodic

Used for: colds, menses, bleeding

60. Yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe)

Bark, bitter, warm, kidneys, adrenals, aphrodisiac

Used for: aphrodisiac



Way of Herbs, by Micheal Tierra

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