Herb Profiles

Introduction

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Flora Pilkington

Plants are an integral key to the health of ourselves and our world and we wouldn’t be here without them. Plants are not only necessary and capable of keeping us healthy physically but can also be used to heal emotionally and to reconnect with our true selves, a deeper and more primal self. Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world and herbal knowledge has traditionally been passed down from generation to generation orally via the indigenous tribe’s healers. These were known as the Medicine man or woman, Shaman, Mudang, Miko, Seidhr, Kahuna, Witch or Druid to name a few.

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William Affleck

Over the last hundred years, we have en masse cut ourselves off from our innate connection with nature, plants and animals. We can reconnect by learning herbalism, about plant allies and how to grow them or source from cultivated and sustainable suppliers. I believe it’s time that we restore our collective knowledge about herbs and their medicinal qualities so that we can feel empowered and heal on a deeper level as individuals, as families and as a human society…

Each herb and plant I list will have an introduction and history as well as interesting facts, its benefits with cited evidence based studies, methods of use and considerations, how to grow and harvest successfully as well as at least one easy recipe. I have included the most popular medicinal herbs from around the world including but not limited to those of ancient Europe, China, India, Native Americas and Africa.

You may be interested to also read: (Coming soon…)

Essential Medicinal Herbs for Common Ailments

Essential Children’s Herbs

Essential Celtic Herbs

Essential Herbs to Support Women

Essential Herbs to Support Men

Easiest Herb Plants to Grow

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Helen Allingham

My personal focus is on native Celtic or European herbs but I respect and honor the use of herbs worldwide from all cultures and belief systems. I give credit where credit is due to each culture that discovered and cultivated their herbal allies by trial and error over hundreds, possibly thousands of generations.

In addition to herbs, I’ve included bushes, trees and fungi that are at minimum harvested as a wild or cultivated edible. In regards to wild edibles I focus on those mostly in the United States or British Isles simply because those are the ones I’m familiar with but I’m always expanding! The wild and wonderful edibles available around the world are endless! Click on the links at your convenience! 

● Each topic links back to my patreon account where access hinges on a minimum monthly donation of $1 a month through paypal. Please bear with me while this list is under construction and evolving. I’ve provided free examples using two of my favorite herbs Yarrow  and Calendula.

● No statements here are aimed to diagnose or treat any illness. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a homeopath. I’m not suggesting use of any specific herb or food to cure any specific diagnosis or illness. I’m simply an herbalist, who has organized and shared information about herbs, food, scientific studies and culinary recipes that are otherwise publicly available. Many herbs and foods in general interact negatively with medication and independent research and discussions with our doctors are critical. Remember that often, and out of necessity, scientific studies go where the financial support exists. Perspective and context is important. Many studies may be biased based on financial interest, were conducted on animals and not on humans as of yet or have a small sample size. Most medicinal herbs and some foods are not recommended during pregnancy or nursing due to lack of sufficient studies.

● As a general reminder, where we get our herbs or food is incredibly important. It’s best to grow our own but when we can’t, it’s important to make sure we’re purchasing from sustainable and cultivated sources. Many plants are suffering from over harvesting or increased disease caused by mass production.

● Everything here is my original written words and not to be copied or reproduced without my permission. Thank you for respecting my time, years of research and work that went into herbalism and the capability of being able to share it with you.


Acacia

Achiote

Acorus Root

Agaricus Blazei Mushroom

Agave 

Agrimony

Ajwain

Alangium 

Alder Buckthorn

Alfalfa

Allspice

Aloe Vera 

Amalaki

American Ginseng

Amur Cork Tree

Andiroba

Anemone

Angelica 

Anise

Anise Hyssop

Arborvitae

Argan

Arjuna

Arnica

Arrowhead

Arrowroot

Artists Conk

Asafoetida

Ashwagandha

Astragalus 

Bacopa

Baikal Skullcap

Balm of Gilead

Balsam Fir

Balsam of Peru

Barberry

Barley Grass

Basil

Bayberry

Bay Laurel

Bay Rum

Bee Balm 

Bearberry

Bears Head Tooth

Bibhitaki

Bilberry

Birch Tree

Bitter Dock

Bitter Melon

Bitter Orange

Black Cohosh

Black Currant

Black Haw

Black Pepper

Black Seed

Black Walnut

Bladderwrack

Blessed Thistle

Bloodroot

Blue Cohosh 

Bluebeard

Blue Evergreen Hydrangea

Blue Vervain

Bluebell

Bogbean

Boldo

Boneset

Borage

Boswellia Seratta

Bracted Orache

Brahmi

Broadleaf Plantain

Buchu

Buckthorn

Bugleweed

Bull Thistle

Bupleurum

Burdock

Burnet

Butchers Room

Butterbur

Butterfly Weed

Calendula 

Canadian White Violet

Cannabis 

Cardamom

Cassia

Catnip

Cat’s Claw

Cattail

Cayenne Pepper 

Chaga

Chamomile 

Chanterelles

Chaulmoogra Tree

Chicken of the Woods

Chickweed 

Chicory 

Chives

Chokecherry

Cilantro

Cinnamon

Cleavers

Cloudberry

Cloves

Coffee

Coltsfoot

Comb Tooth Fungus

Comfrey

Common Morel

Coriander Seed

Corn Flower

Costus Root

Cottonwood

Cramp Bark

Creat

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Lobelia 

Crimson Clover

Crowberry

Cumin

Curry Leaf

Daisy Fleabane

Damiana

Dandelion 

Dark Stalked Bolete

Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Trumpet

Dhanyaka

Dill Weed

Downy Yellow Violet

Dryads Saddle

Eastern White Pine

Echinacea 

Elderberry 

Elecampane

Elm Oyster

Ephedra

Evening Primrose

Eyebright

False Solomon Seal

False Unicorn Root

Fennel

Fenugreek

Fern Leaf Yarrow

Feverfew

Fiddlehead

Field Pennycress

Figleaved Goosefoot

Figwort

Fingerroot

Fireweed

Forget Me Not

Fo Ti Root

Forsythia Fruit

Frankincense

Fringe Tree

Fuchsia

Fucus

Fumitory

Galangal

Garam Masala

Garcinia 

Garlic 

Garlic Mustard

Gentian

Geranium

Giant Puffball

Ginger

Ginkgo Biloba 

Ginseng

Ginseng (American)

Ginseng (Siberian)

Goats Beard

Goats Rue

Golden Larch

Goldenrod

Goldenseal

Goldthread

Gotu Kola

Gravel Root

Green Tea

Grindelia

Ground Ivy

Guarana

Guduchi, tinospora

Guggal

Gurmar

Gymnema Sylvestre

Gynostemma

Hairy Bittercress

Hardy Rubber Tree

Harebell

Haritaki

Hawthorn

Helichrysum

Henbane

Henbit

Hen of the Woods

Hepatic Liver Leaf

Herb Robert

Hibiscus 

Holly

Holy Basil

Honeybush

Honeylocust

Honeysuckle

Hoodia

Hop Clover

Hops

Horehound

Horny Goat Weed

Horse Chestnut

Horseradish 

Horseweed

Horsetail 

Hyacinth

Immortelle 

Impatiens

Indian Pipe

Indian Stringbush

Ivy Gourd

Jalap

Jamaican Dogwood

Jambul

Japanese Knotweed

Jasmine 

Jatamansi or Indian Spikenard

Jeera, cumin

Jewel Weed

Jiaogulan

Jimson Weed

Joe Pyle Weed

Jojoba OIl

Juniper 

Kava Root

Knapweed

Knotgrass

Kola Nut

Korean Mint

Kudzu Root

Kukui Nut

Labrador Tea

Ladys Thumb

Ladys Mantle

Lambs Quarters

Late Fall Oyster

Lavender 

Lemon Balm 

Lemongrass

Lemon Verbena

Licorice 

Lilac

Linden

Linseed

Lobelia

Lobster Mushroom

Long Pepper

Lotus

Lovage

Maca Root

Magnolia

Magnolia Vine

Maidenhair Fern

Maitake Mushroom

Mangosteen

Manjistha, Indian Madder

Maple

Marigold

Marjoram

Marlberry

Marshmallow 

Marsh Marigold

Mayapple

Meadowsweet 

Mica Cap

Milk Thistle 

Milkweed

Miners Lettuce

Moringa

Motherwort

Mugwort 

Muira Puama

Mullein

Mustard Seed

Myrrh

Myrtle

Nard

Naked Rue

Nasturtium

Neem Rauwolfia, Margosa 

Nepal Dock

Neroli

New England Aster

New Jersey Tea

Niaouli

Nigella Seed

Noble Dendrobium

Noni

Nutmeg

Oak 

Oak Leaf Goosefoot

Old Man of the Woods

Olive Leaf

Oolong Tea

Orange Bitter

Oregano 

Oregon Grape Leaf 

Oregon Grape Root

Orris Root

Oswego Tea

Oxeye Daisy

Oyster Mushroom

Pagoda Tree

Palmaraosa Oil

Palmers Amaranth

Paprika

Parsley

Partridgeberry

Pasque Flower

Passionflower 

Patchouli

Pau Darco

Pearly Everlasting

Peking Spurge

Pennyroyal

Peony

Peppercorns

Peppergrass

Peppermint 

Periwinkle

Peru Balsam

Peruvian Bark

Petitgrain OIl

Phaseolus Vulgaris

Pickerelweed

Pigs Ear

Pigweed

Pimento

Pineapple Weed

Plantain

Pleurisy Root

Poke Root

Poplar Buds

Poppy

Poppy of Yan Hu Sou

Prickly Ash

Prickly Pear

Primrose

Psyllium Husk

Purging Croton

Purple Deadnettle

Purple Holly

Purslane

Pygeum

Quassia

Queen Annes Lace

Quinine

Ramon Nut

Ravensara

Red Clover 

Red Root

Red Seeded Dandelion

Red Trillium

Rehmannia Root

Reishi Mushroom 

Resinous Polypore

Rhodiola

Ribwort

Rock Rose

Rooibos

Rosemary 

Rose 

Roseroot

Rue

Rugels Plantain

Safflower

Saffron

Sage 

Sarsaparilla

Salad Burnet

Sandalwood Oil

Sarpagandha, Indian Snakeroot

Sarsaparilla Root

Sassafras

Saskatoon

Satavari

Saw Palmeto

Scarlet Cup

Scarlet Pimpernel

Sceletium

Schisandra

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea Lungwort

Sea Plantain

Sea Sandwort

Self-heal 

Senna

Sesame

Shaggy Mane

Shatavari

Shatavari, Wild asparagus

Shea Nut

Sheep Sorrel

Shepherds Purse 

Shigru

Shikakai, Acacia concinna

Shilajit

Shitake

Sidewalk Mushroom

Silverweed

Skullcap

Slippery Elm 

Snakeroot

Snapdragon

Soapwort

Solomons Seal

Sorrel

Southernwood

Sow Thistle

Spearmint 

Speedwell

Sphagnum Moss 

Spiderwort

Spikenard

Spikennard

Spilanthes

Spirulina

Spotted Dead Nettle

Spring Beauty

Spruce

St. John’s Wort 

Stephania Root

Stevia 

Stinging Nettle 

Strawberry Blite

Suma Root

Supplejack Vine

Sweet Rocket

Sweet White Clover

Sweet Woodruff

Sweetfern

Szechwan Lovage

Tamanu Oil

Tamarack

Tansy

Tarragon

Tatar Aster, Tartar Aster

Tea Plant

Tea Tree

Teasel

Thimbleberry

Thorn Apple

Thuja OIl

Thyme

Tilia

Tinder Hoof

Tolu Balsam Oil

Tomcat Clover

Toothwort

Tormentil 

Tribulus Terrestris

Triphala

Trout Lily

Tulsi 

Turkey Rhubarb

Turkey Tail

Turmeric 

Usnea

Uva Ursi

Valerian 

Vanilla Extract

Velvet Leaf

Velvet Shank

Vervain

Vervain Mallow

Violet 

Virginia Waterleaf

Vitex, Chasteberry

Voswellia

Weeping Forsynthia

Water Plantain

Watercress 

White Trillium

Wild Violet

Willow

Willow Yarrow

Wintergreen

Witch Hazel 

Wolfs Claw

Wood Betony 

Wood Sorrel

Wormwood

Wu Long Tea

Yacon Root

Yarrow 

Yashtimadhu, Licorice Root

Yellow Dock

Yellow Rocket

Yellow Toadflax

Yerba Mate

Ylang Ylang

Yohimbe

Yucca Root