- Alfalfa Leaf (Medicago sativa)
- Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica)
- Ashwagandha Root (Withania somnifera)
- Astragalus Root (Astragalus membranaceus)
Alfalfa is a health and structural strengthener. As one of the oldest cultivated plants, people have used it in both hay for animals and as a popular food item in modern cuisine. It has major minerals, trace minerals, and all known vitamin precursors.
Angelica root is a circulatory stimulant and blood purifier. It supports digestion and encourages menstruation. As a member of the carrot family, Angelica root has a long history of use in herbalism, having been cultivated as a food and medicinal plant in Europe as early as the 10th century.
Ashwagandha is a nutritive adaptogen (helps body to adapt to stress), benefiting the nervous system. It has been the main herb used for over 3,000 in Indian Ayurveda for strengthening health. Revitalizes and rejuvenates many conditions of weakness, exhaustion and deficiency. Latin name somnifera means ‘sleep inducing’.
Astragalus strengthens and builds immune response and stimulates white blood cells production; acts as an energy tonic (strengthening and invigorating), supports digestion. Primary energy tonic herb from traditional Chinese medicine.
- Barberry Root (Berberis vulgaris)
- Bilberry Fruit (Vaccinium myrtillus)
- Black Cohosh Root (Actaea racemosa)
- Black Cumin Seed (Nigella sativa)
- Black Walnut Hull (Juglans nigra)
- Blessed Thistle Herb (Cnicus benedictus)
- Blue Cohosh Root (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
- Blue Flag Root (Iris versicolor)
- Blue Vervain Herb (Verbena hastata)
- Bugleweed Leaf (Lycopus virginicus)
- Bupleurum Root (Bupleurum chinense)
- Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Barberry is immune activating, and it clears and cools gallbladder and kidneys. Has similar actions to goldenseal, Oregon grape root, and turmeric, making this an immune stimulating herb. Used for centuries and traces back to ancient Egypt.
Bilberry fruit is an antioxidant herb; gently supports & builds the immune system, kidney/urinary tract, pancreas, digestive system; may benefit night vision; supports healthy blood sugar levels and strength of veins and capillaries. European origin, related to American blueberry.
Black cohosh helps alleviate menstrual complaints, menopausal hot flashes, temporarily relieves minor headaches, calms bronchial system, helps lift mood. One of the most commonly used herbs for women’s natural health. Native to the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, was commonly used by native peoples and then by American settlers.
Black cumin strengthens the immune system, cleanses the body, purifies the blood, supports health and longevity. Digestive stimulator, cools tissues, reduces digestive complaints. Native to southeast Asia, it was also found in ancient Egypt and surrounding Arab countries, and it is valued for health and flavoring.
Black walnut is one of the best known of all detoxifying herbs. Supports thyroid, cleans intestinal tract. Native to eastern North America.
Blessed thistle is an excellent female corrective. Helps maintain female reproductive system, enhances lactation (breast milk production). Liver tonic (strengthening)/blood cleanser. Digestive aid bitter herb. Native to the Mediterranean region.
Blue cohosh is a uterine tonic (strengthening) and stimulant. Temporarily relieves menstrual, general abdominal, and joint discomfort. Helps with childbirth when taken during the last 3-4 weeks of pregnancy. Native to eastern North America, used by Native peoples and early midwives for contraceptive purposes.
Blue flag root soothes the digestive system, purifies blood, promotes healthy fluid dynamics, loosens bowels. Iris plant that is native to North America.
Blue Vervain has a wide variety of beneficial uses. Helps reduce tension and stress, settles over-active digestion, and soothes bladder and gallbladder. Gently helps lift mood, supports lactation in nursing mothers. Common plant native to North America.
Bugleweed is an HPA (Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal) axis calmer. Helps calm oversensitive thyroid and pituitary glands. Native to North America.
Bupleurum is a traditional cooling liver tonic from China that maintains the circulatory system and supports cholesterol levels.
Burdock is a blood and lymphatic system purifier, helps clear minor skin irritations, supports fluid dynamics and joint health. It’s a common weed named for its prickly seed burrs.
- Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis)
- California Poppy Flower (Eschscholzia californica)
- Cascara Sagrada Bark (Frangula purshiana)
- Cat’s Claw Bark (Uncaria tomentosa)
- Catnip Leaf/Stem (Nepeta cataria)
- Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
- Chamomile Flower (Matricaria recutita)
- Chanca Piedra Herb (Phyllanthus niruri)
- Chaparral Leaf/Stem (Larrea tridentata)
- Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus)
- Chinese Cinnamon Cassia Bark (Cinnamomum cassia)
- Cilantro Leaf (Coriandrum sativum)
- Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
- Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
- Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)
For internal use, calendula soothes and supports the stomach lining, tones the circulatory system, cools tissues, and gently clears liver congestion. Calendula flower is highly nutritive and is cultivated widely throughout the world.
California poppy is a calming nervine (soothes and calms the nervous system), helps with occasional sleeplessness, temporarily relieves exertion-related aches and pain. Native to North America and used medicinally by native peoples.
Cascara Sagrada is a bowel relaxing and loosening herb used for centuries by Native Americans. Helps reduce indigestion; supports liver tissue. For occasional use only. Native to western North America.
Cat’s claw supports fluid dynamics in joints and connective tissue. Antioxidant, immune strengthening, digestive system building, cooling to tissues. Native to South and Central America, used by native peoples for over two centuries.
Catnip dispels gas and flatulence, reduces stomach spasms, aids digestion, helps relieve temporary stress and anxiousness, and gently helps with occasional sleeplessness.
Cayenne pepper fruit tones circulation, stimulates blood flow, strengthens peripheral nerves, encourages sweating, stimulates digestion. Native to South and Central America.
Chamomile calms the stomach and nerves. Helps with occasional sleeplessness, teething, motion-caused nausea. German chamomile variety. Originated in Mediterranean area and was used medicinally by ancient Egyptians.
Chanca piedra, “stone-breaker,” helps clear gallbladder and kidneys. Supports the hepatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. Native to South America.
Chaparral is a blood purifying, liver cleansing herb which benefits joints and loosens bowels. Native to the deserts of western North America and was used medicinally by native tribes in the Southwest.
Chaste tree is a pituitary gland and general hormone balancing herb that supports female reproductive health. Native to the Mediterranean region and used since ancient Roman times.
Cassia strengthens digestion and stomach tissue. Reduces gastrointestinal gas and supports intestinal flora. Supports heart function and healthy blood sugar balance. Native to China. Used in traditional Chinese herbalism for many centuries. Most cinnamon bark available in the culinary market is actually cassia bark.
Cilantro is a digestive builder. Reduces gas and acid distress. Supports the body’s natural ability to remove heavy metals. Native to southern Europe, North Africa and southwestern Asia.
Cinnamon is a heating digestive remedy. Relieves flatulence, circulatory stimulant. Originally from Sri Lanka and surrounding region, used in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Highly prized spice for many centuries. (Most culinary cinnamon available is Cinnamomum cassia, not Cinnamomum verum)
Clove gives a strong cleaning action in the body. Warming, improves digestion, settles upset stomachs and nausea, clears gas. Slightly numbing in the mouth. Native to Indonesia, used in cuisines throughout the world.
Cramp bark is astringent (drying), relaxes intestines and bronchioles. Helps reduce menstrual and labor tension, soothes nervous symptom. Native to Europe, northern Africa and central Asia.
- Damiana Leaf (Turnera diffusa)
- Dandelion Leaf (Taraxacum officinale)
- Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)
- Devil’s Claw Root (Harpagophytum procumbens)
- Dong Quai Root (Angelica sinensis)
Damiana leaf supports female hormonal balance, helps reduce hormonally driven moodiness, supports sexual energy in both sexes. Strengthens the nervous systems. Native to southwestern Texas, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Dandelion leaf stimulates urinary function, helps flush toxins from the body, supports liver/gallbladder clearing and function. Very nutritious. Native to Eurasia, now found throughout the world.
Dandelion root is a liver conditioner and builder. Alleviates joint issues from exercise or exertion, has a mild kidney flushing action. Native to Eurasia, now found throughout the world.
Devil’s claw cools tissues, relieves general exertion-related aches and pains; supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol. Calming. Helps support digestion and address minor stomach acid issues. Native to southern African.
Dong quai helps reduce female menstrual complaints and hot flashes. Benefits circulation, blood pressure and immune system. Helps reduce fatigue. Antioxidant. Native to China.
- Echinacea Angustifolia Root (Echinacea angustifolia)
- Echinacea Purpurea Root (Echinacea purpurea)
- Elder Berry (European Elder) (Sambucus nigra)
- Elder Flower (European Elder) (Sambucus nigra)
- Elecampane Root (Inula helenium)
- Eleuthero Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
- Epimedium Leaf (Horny Goat Weed) (Epimedium sagittatum)
- Eyebright Herb (Euphrasia stricta)
Echinacea angustifolia is an immune activator; activates white blood cell levels. Helps maintain upper respiratory health. Native to North America, used medicinally by many Native American tribes.
Immune activator; activates white blood cell levels. Helps maintain upper respiratory health. More gentle than Echinacea angustifolia. Known to gardeners as purple coneflower. Native to North America, used medicinally by many Native American tribes.
Elder berry helps maintain upper respiratory tract health. Builds immune system. Naturally cooling, maintains joints and the immune system. Has antioxidants and minerals. Native to Europe and western Asia and has been used medicinally for centuries.
Elder flower helps support respiratory health; activates circulation, encourages sweating, has antioxidants. Native to Europe and western Asia and was used medicinally for centuries.
Elecampane is a respiratory relaxant, soothes tissues, stimulates digestion. Supports respiratory, pancreatic and liver function. Native to Europe and Asia.
Eleuthero is an endocrine and immune building adaptogenic (helps body to adapt to stress) tonic; supports recovery, endurance, memory, emotions and nerves. Native to Northeastern Asia.
Epimedium increases the sensitivity of peripheral nerve endings. Dilates capillaries, supports healthy blood pressure levels, tonifies (strengthens) liver. Native to China and Asia.
Eyebright is excellent for mucous membranes, supports eye muscles, respiratory tract; mild tissue cooling action. Native to old-world alpine meadows.
- Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
- Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
- Feverfew Herb (Tanacetum parthenium)
Fennel relieves gas, abdominal discomfort and motion-based nausea; helps balance appetite cravings, benefits the eyes, supports menstruation as well as milk production in nursing mothers. Native to the Mediterranean area.
Fenugreek supports respiratory/sinus health, supports healthy blood sugar, insulin and cholesterol levels; supports the liver, helps increase lactation (breast milk production). Soothes bronchial tissues. Use of Fenugreek dates back to 4,000 BC in Iraq.
Feverfew herb has a long history of being used for temporary relief for minor headaches, and gives its best support when used regularly. A cooling herb, it helps reduce heat in the body (Feverfew’s name means ‘fever reducer’ in Latin) and supports digestion. Native to Eurasia.
- Garcinia Fruit (Garcinia indica)
- Garlic Clove (Allium sativum)
- Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)
- Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo biloba)
- Ginseng Root American (Panax quinquefolius)
- Ginseng Root Asian (Panax ginseng)
- Goji Berry Fruit (Lycium barbarum)
- Goldenrod Leaf (Solidago virgaurea)
- Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis canadensis)
- Gotu Kola Herb (Centella asiatica)
- Graviola Leaf (Annona muricata)
- Green Coffee Bean (Coffee arabica)
- Green Tea Leaf (Camellia sinensis)
- Guarana Seed (Paullinia cupana)
- Gymnema Leaf (Gymnema sylvestre)
Garcinia fruit is a digestive and metabolism support. Used in India as a food ingredient in many curries and condiments. Helps burn carbs, improve digestion and creates a sense of ‘fullness’. A good herb for weight loss support. Supports serotonin levels, healthy cholesterol levels, and overall heart health. Native to India.
Garlic is an immune activator. Helps maintain respiratory health. Supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels, protects the cardiovascular system. Native to central Asia.
Ginger is one of the best herbs to relieve motion and pregnancy based nausea; aids digestion, supports healthy cholesterol levels. Warming to digestive tissues, promotes perspiration, detoxifying. One of the most widely used herbs in the world. Ginger is native to southern Asia.
Ginkgo leaf benefits brain function, memory, concentration; cardiovascular tonic (strengthens heart), enhances oxygenation of the blood, slows aging processes; lifts mood. Oldest living plant on earth, more than 225 million years old. Widely used worldwide. Native to China.
American ginseng root is a rejuvenating herb, helps build energy and vitality, reduce exhaustion, strengthen the immune system, slow aging. Is cooling, not heating like Asian ginseng. Used by Native American tribes. Best results when taken daily for several weeks for rejuvenation. Native to North America.
Asian ginseng root is a rejuvenating herb, helps build energy and vitality, reduce fatigue, strengthen the immune system, enhance endurance, slow aging. Supports all body organs. Used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to improve circulation and restore strength and balance. Heating adaptogen. Best used daily for several weeks, then discontinue for a while. Native to eastern Asia.
Goji builds general health and immune function. Has antioxidants and many other health building nutrients. Considering a cooling tonic in traditional Chinese medicine, clears vision, strengthen kidneys, nourish the liver. Native to Asia.
Goldenrod is a kidney/urinary system invigorating and strengthening tonic, supports healthy vein. Cools tissues, helps support respiratory health. Used widely by Native Americans and early American colonists. Native to North America.
Goldenseal is an immune stimulant; supports seasonal respiratory health, supports digestive and urinary systems. Goldenseal is very astringing on the mucous membranes of the body. Has similar actions to Oregon grape root and barberry root bark. This strongly bitter herb has a long history in Native American medicine and became very popular in the 1700s. Native to eastern North America.
Gotu Kola is an Ayurvedic, adaptogenic (helps body to adapt to stress) and longevity herb. Strengthens the immune system. Helps improve oxygenation in the brain, supports memory, and maintains connective tissue structure. One of the most important Ayurvedic herbs in India and widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Native to India and parts of Asia.
Graviola is good for supporting healthy cell function and is immune strengthening. Used traditionally for its high nutritional content in antioxidants and minerals, as well as taking care of problems that arise seasonally and with crowded conditions. It is also known for helping people keep normal in their bowel movements. Graviola is great for maintaining normal blood pressure. Graviola is a cardiac tonic (strengthens heart), supports healthy blood pressure levels, helps reduce stress and strengthen nerves, Native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
Great for complimenting a healthy lifestyle that is calorie-reduced with regular physical activity for those who are on a weight management program. Helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels and support normal cardiovascular health. Unroasted, the coffee beans have more of the delicate nutrients that roasting destroys. Has naturally occurring caffeine. The coffee tree originated in Ethiopia where originally the leaves and fruit were eaten and prepared into drinks.
Green tea is known for its great antioxidants, supports the cardiovascular system, temporary relief for minor headaches, helps cool the urinary tract. Native to China where it has been used to benefit health for more than 4,000 years.
Guarana is a strong adrenal stimulant, has natural caffeine. Enhances mental alertness, stamina and endurance. Helps give temporary relief for minor stress headaches. Rainforest herb from South American Amazon that has been used for centuries as an energy enhancing drink to stimulate the digestive system. Has 2.5 times more caffeine than coffee but releases more slowly and his better tolerated by the body. Native to Brazil.
Gymnema supports healthy insulin and blood sugar levels. Temporarily blocks sweet tastes in the mouth. Helps reduce sugar cravings. Ayurvedic herb that was used for centuries as the “destroyer of sugar.” Native to India.
- Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus laevigata)
- Heal All Leaf (Prunella vulgaris)
- Hibiscus Flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
- Holy Basil Leaf (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
- Hoodia Cactus Herb (Hoodia gordonii)
- Hops Flower (Humulus lupulus)
- Horsetail Herb (Equisetum arvense)
Hawthorn berry is a cardiac tonic (strengthens heart) that helps improve circulation and oxygenate heart tissues; supports maintaining healthy blood pressure. One of the most popular herbs in Europe, used for many centuries, especially for building heart function. A health building herb that gives best results when taken daily for several weeks at a time. Native to Europe.
Heal all is a tonic herb that helps balance and strengthen general health. Highly nutritious. Heal all, one of the most commonly used herbs throughout the world, is well known for the support in strengthening and building tissues. It helps stimulate the liver/gallbladder, strengthens the heart, supports healthy blood pressure levels, helps clear the respiratory system. It also known to help cool the body, support fluid dynamics, and enhance urination. This is truly an herb for all seasons and for all reasons!
Hibiscus flower is an antioxidant, cooling, maintains urinary health and supports digestive and seasonal respiratory health. Soothes nerves. Native to warm, tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates throughout the world.
Holy basil is an ayurvedic herb, general health tonic (strengthens and invigorates) adaptogen and immune strengthener for all ages. Benefits respiratory, immune, and digestive systems. Helps address flatulence, female imbalances, and seasonal health. Used for thousands of years in India, one of their most revered herbs. Native to India.
Hoodia cactus is an excellent weight loss support herb. Used by the San tribe in Africa to reduce appetite while sustaining energy levels. Benefits digestion. Native to southern Africa.
Hops flower calms the nervous system, helps with occasional sleeplessness, supports digestion and colon health. Used for thousands of years in beer making, it has just as long of a history as a health-supporting herb. Originated in China.
Horsetail leaf is a structural builder, supports joints, bones and muscles. Helps cool and astringe the kidney/urinary system. An ancient plant native to the Northern Hemisphere.
- Jiaogulan Leaf (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
- Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Jiaogulan leaf is an adaptogen (helps body adapt to stress) that supports the immune system. Helps enhance strength and boost energy. Supports healthy blood sugar, insulin, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Native to southern Asia.
Juniper berry supports pancreas, kidney/urinary tract; supports healthy urination, moderates uric acid, encourages labor contractions. Native Americans, Europeans, and Middle Easterners have used this herb extensively for centuries. Native throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
- Kava Kava Root (Piper methysticum)
- Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum)
- Lavender Flower (Lavandula spp.)
- Lemon Balm Leaf (Melissa officinalis)
- Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)
- Lobelia Herb (Lobelia inflata)
- Lomatium root (Lomatium dissectum)
- Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii)
- Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa)
- Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
- Milk Thistle Seed (Silybum marianum)
- Motherwort Leaf/Flower (Leonurus cardiaca)
- Muira Puama Bark (Ptychopetalum olacoides)
- Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus)
- Myrrh Oleo-Gum-Resin (Commiphora molmol)
- Neem Leaf
- Noni Fruit
- Nutmeg Seed
- Olive Leaf (Olea europaea)
- Oregano Leaf (Origanum vulgare)
- Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia aquifolium)
- Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)
- Passionflower Leaf (Passiflora incarnata)
- Pau d’Arco Bark (Tabebuia impetiginosa)
- Peppermint Leaf (Mentha x piperita)
- Plantain Leaf (Plantago major)
- Prickly Ash Bark (Zanthoxylum americanum)
- Raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus)
- Red Clover Flower (Trifolium pratense)
- Red Root Bark (Ceanothus americanus)
- Reishi Mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)
- Rhodiola Root (Rhodiola rosea)
- Rose Hip (Dog Rose) (Rosa canina)
- Rosemary Leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Sage Leaf (Salvia officinalis)
- Sarsaparilla Root (Smilax aristolochiifolia)
- Saw Palmetto Berry (Serenoa repens)
- Schisandra Berry (Schisandra chinensis)
- Senna Leaf (Senna alexandrina)
- Shepherd’s Purse Herb (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
- Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes)
- Skullcap Herb (Scutellaria lateriflora)
- Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra)
- Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis)
- St. John’s Wort Herb (Hypericum perforatum)
- Stinging Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)
- Thyme Leaf (Thymus vulgaris)
- Tongkat Ali Root (Eurycoma longifolia)
- Turmeric Root (Curcuma longa)
- Usnea Lichen (Usnea barbata)
- Uva Ursi Leaf (Bear Berry) (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
- Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)
- White Oak Bark (Quercus alba)
- White Willow Bark (Salix alba)
- Wild Lettuce Leaf (Lactuca virosa)
- Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea villosa)
- Wormwood Leaf/Stem (Artemisia absinthium)
- Yarrow Leaf/Flower (Achillea millefolium)
- Yellow Dock Root (Rumex crispus)
- Yohimbe Bark (Pausinystalia johimbe)
- Yucca Root (Yucca filamentosa)
Kava Kava root helps relax muscles, alleviate tension; calming, helps with occasional sleeplessness. Non-addictive. Used for centuries in the Polynesian Islands as a relaxing ceremonial drink. Native to the Polynesian Islands, may have originated in New Guinea or Solomon Islands.
Kelp is a thyroid supporting herb. Native to the northern Atlantic Ocean. Native to southeastern China and southern Japan.
Lavender flower helps relax and soothe the nervous system. Helps reduce bloating and belching. Benefits circulation and mood. Has been used for thousands of years. First recorded by the Egyptians. Native to the Mediterranean area, now grown in Europe and the Western United States.
Lemon balm is also known as melissa (Greek for honey bee), or balm mint. A member of the mint family with a pleasant, lemony smell. Soothes digestion and nerves, helps calm overactive thyroid activity, cooling, aids sleep. Native to central/southern Europe and Mediterranean regions. Now found in the wild in North America.
Licorice root is an important adaptogenic herb with adrenal/immune tonic (strengthens and invigorates); soothes tissues, moistens mucous membranes throughout the body, soothes and strengthens digestions, helps balance female hormonal issues, benefits the liver. The name licorice has its most ‘roots’ in Greek, and translates as ‘sweet root’. One of the most widely used herbs worldwide for health, and used in traditional Chinese medicine as a harmonizer of herbs. A legume related to beans and peas, native to southern Europe and parts of Asia.
Lion’s mane is a general health balancer and strengthener that supports deep immune health, brain and nervous system function, digestive health, and tissues throughout the body.
Lobelia leaf profoundly relaxes central nervous and respiratory systems.
Lomatium is an immune system activator, supports the body with many kinds of immune challenges. Used by Native Americans. Native to western North America.
Maca root is a health strengthening adaptogen herb. Enhances energy, builds blood iron levels, strengthens immune system, menstrual/menopausal support. Believed to support libido. Similar in action to ginseng. Maca root is considered a superfood because of its concentrations of nutrients. Native to the high Andes Mountains of Peru.
Maitake mushroom strengthens the immune system, supports healthy cell activity, helps maintain healthy blood sugar and blood pressure. Also known as hen-of-the-woods, grifola, sheep’s head mushroom. Has major minerals and helps enhance natural interferon production in the body. Helps support healthy blood sugar. Native to Japan and North America, has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and Japanese medicine.
Marshmallow root helps reduce irritation of mucous membranes, lungs, intestines, supports skin health. Native to Europe and western Asia, and was used widely in ancient Greek medicine. Marshmallow candy was originally made from this plant. The name Althaea comes from Greek, meaning ‘to heal.’
The premier herb for supporting healthy liver/gallbladder function, milk thistle has a unique antioxidant action that protects and builds the liver. Also known as Mary’s thistle, named for the white mottling on its leaves that was said to look like milk from Mother Mary, milk thistle has been used for liver strengthening for many centuries. Native to southern Europe and Asia, now grows throughout the world. May support already healthy blood sugar levels.
Motherwort is a heart tonic (strengthens), enhances circulation, calms nerves, anxiousness. Eases labor, menstrual discomfort, stimulates menstrual flow. Motherwort is in the mint family, used extensively to lift mood and strengthen heart in early European herbalism.
Muira pauma bark is used in South America to support sexual health and as a sexual tonic that promotes virility. A central nervous system and general tonic (strengthening and invigorating); helps lift mood and reduce menstrual discomfort. The indigenous Amazon name Muira Puama means ‘potency wood.’ Native to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.
Mullein leaf cools, soothes, moistens tissues, maintains respiratory and urinary health. Used to support health during seasonal changes. Works well with other herbs. Native to Europe, northern Africa and Asia. Now also grows in the Americas and Australia.
Myrrh is a resin made from the dried tree sap of the gym myrrh tree. Extremely cleaning and drying, immune activating of white blood cell activity. Was used over 5,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians, was greatly valued and used to anoint kings in ancient Rome. Native to the Arabian Peninsula and Africa.
Olive leaf is an immune strengthener and activator, and it helps to maintain health during the winter season. Maintains blood pressure and supports healthy blood sugar levels. A good health supporting herb to benefit all around health. Has twice more antioxidant bioflavonoids than green tea leaf (Camellia sinensis). Excellent as a tea infusion and is best taken with meals. Native to the Mediterranean regions.
Oregano leaf is a warm and cleansing bitter herb in the mind family. Used by Hippocrates, the father of modern Western medicine for respiratory, nervous, and digestive issues, and to soothe throats. Has antioxidants, phenolic acids and flavonoids. Also known as Wild Marjoram. Native to the Mediterranean regions.
Oregon grape root is a general immune stimulator; a gentle liver cleansing/blood alterative (has a conditioning effect on blood quality); supports and activates the digestive/urinary systems. Has similar actions to both goldenseal root and barberry root bark. Also known as the Oregon grape holly because of its holly-like leaves. This root is an herb and not a grape. Native to western North America.
Partridge berry is a dying, tonic herb that helps strengthens the uterus for childbirth, supports the reproductive system and urinary system, and helps to calm nerves. Partridge berry leaf has been used in Native American medicine for women’s needs for centuries. Native to North America.
Passionflower leaf is extremely supportive in calming nerves; helps reduce stress, muscle spasms, and occasional sleeplessness, may help calm overactive thyroid. It is native to the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America.
Pau d’Arco bark is a short-term use herb with tannins that help support healthy yeast in the body. It helps maintain respiratory health, strengthens the immune system, blood cleansing. Native to the Amazon rainforest.
Peppermint leaf supports digestive system health, decreases gas, relieves nausea during pregnancy and travel. Supports healthy digestive, lower bowel and gallbladder functions. Native to Europe, its use goes back to thousands of years.
Plantain leaf is a nutritive herb with a wide range of benefits that builds and tonifies the tissues of the body. Plantain helps the respiratory system and strengthen mucous membranes; helps maintain digestive tract health. It is an edible common ‘weed’ native to Europe and Asia, now found throughout the world. Native Americans called plantain ‘White Man’s Foot’ because it was brought to the Americas by early settlers and grew wherever they settled.
Prickly ash bark helps strengthen and stimulate circulation; helps reduce muscle and legs cramps from overexertion or warming; promotes sweating. Alterative (conditioning effect on blood quality), tonic (strengthening and invigorating). A bitter herb that helps digestion. Also known as toothache tree. Native to eastern and central United States and Canada.
Raspberry leaf that helps tone female reproductive organs and strengthen the uterus, enriches milk supply, may help reduce minor menstrual tension issues.
Red clover flower is a blood cleansing herb, helps support healthy cellular generation; benefits fluid dynamics in tissues. Used in medieval Europe. Native to Europe, western Asia, northwest Africa, now grows in many other temperate parts of the world, including the United States.
Red root bark is a bitter root that helps support lymphatic system and respiratory system. Used as a tea substitute and as a natural dye during early American history. Used by North American native peoples for upper respiratory issues. Also known as New Jersey tea and ‘wild snowball’ for its small, white flowers. Native to North America.
Polysaccharides and other constituents in Reishi benefit energy levels support and stimulate the immune system, protect the liver, and help maintain a healthy balance of cholesterol levels. One of the earliest known mushrooms used in native medicines, Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. It is believed to bring great health and longevity. Native to China and is also found in the woodlands of the Eastern United States.
Rhodiola root is an adaptogen (helps body adapt to stress), benefits mood, energy levels and mental clarity. Similar action to ginseng but more gentle. Supports the immune and cardiovascular systems. Also known as golden root. Native to high altitudes in Europe, China, Mongolia, Russia and Tibet.
Rose hops are drying, help loosen bowels, support the gallbladder and kidneys, and especially the respiratory system and immune system. Also called ‘dog rose,’ possibly because it was used in medieval times to treat dog bites. Native to Europe and western Asia.
Rosemary leaf is a commonly used culinary herb. Rosemary is also very valuable as a healthy supporting herb. An excellent digestive builder, cleanser, and nervous system soother. Supports healthy blood pressure. Historically was used in medieval Europe to enhance memory. Native to the Mediterranean region.
Sage leaf is a commonly used culinary herb. Sage leaf is a valuable health-supporting herb. Salvia comes from the Latin name that means ‘to heal.’ Sage is a cleansing and digestive herb. It is cooling to tissues and reduces sweating. Very drying, sage helps stop lactation. Native to the Mediterranean region.
Sarsaparilla root is one of the original roots used to make root beer. Sarsaparilla root has long been used as a digestive aid and a liver and blood purifier. Used by Central American tribes as a tonic drink to strengthen and invigorate health. A helpful ‘spring cleaning’ herb. Native to South America and Mexico.
Saw palmetto berry is a nutritive herb that supports general health and is a beneficial urinary system support. Typical use in modern herbalism is in supporting prostate health. Used by Native Americans and early American settlers in the Florida area as a nutritive tonic and food source. A small palm plant native to the Southeastern United States.
Schisandra’s name in Chinese, wu wei zi, means “five flavor berry,” as it has the five tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, warm, and salty,” that are in balance to nutrify and strengthen health. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. Schisandra berry supports all organs, especially kidneys and skin, and helps calm nerves, reduce stress and anxiousness, and aids sleep. It was believed in China to ‘calm the heart and quiet the spirit,’ and used in Russia to help reduce fatigue. Native to northern China and Eastern Russia.
Senna Leaf relaxes and stimulates the smooth muscles of the bowel. Cleansing action for the lower digestive system. Native to North Africa, especially Egypt, named alexandrina because of the main trade port Alexandria in Egypt where it was traded for centuries.
Shepherd’s Purse helps support healthy cholesterol levels, drying to tissues, supports menstrual flow. Named Shepherd’s Purse because the seed pods look like a shepherd’s pouch in the Middle Ages. Shepherd’s Purse is a uterine stimulant with traditional use to stimulate contractions during childbirth. Native to Eastern Europe and Asia, Shepherd’s Purse now grows in many parts of the world, including North America.
Shiitake mushroom is an immune stimulant, supports the digestive system, circulatory system and liver, helps support a healthy balance of cholesterol levels. Used in many Asian cuisines and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 6,000 years. Native to Japan, China and Korea.
Skullcap is a calming herb that helps the body cope with stress. Helps soothe nerves and anxiousness, helps promote restful sleep. Skullcap was given this name because the tiny flowers resembled military headgear worn by early European settlers. It was used by the Cherokee and other tribes in their herbal medicines. Native to eastern North America.
Slippery elm bark is a soothing nutritive herb that helps build the digestive tract, relieves minor irritation in mucous membranes, gently draws out toxins and neutralizes excess stomach acid. Used by Native American tribes for both internal and external health support. Native to Eastern North America.
Spirulina is full of dense nutrition that makes it immune building and reinforcing. It is known as a superfood for its high level of minerals and antioxidants and proteins. Also gently cleanses and protects the liver, kidney, and testes. Supports general and long-term health.
St. John’s Wort is traditionally used to help support healthy mood and emotional well-being, especially seasonal mood dips. Helps reduce temporary anxiousness and muscle tension. Named St. John’s Wort because it flowered on St. John’s Day, June 24. Native to Europe.
Stinging nettle leaf is a very nutritive herb that has tissue building mineral electrolytes and is cooling to tissues. Used for centuries to support respiratory and urinary tract health, and as nutritive support during pregnancy and nursing. Native to Africa and western Asia, now grows in many areas of the world, including the United States.
Thyme leaf is a culinary herb commonly used to help open the respiratory tract and support the respiratory tract, respiratory system, and liver. Enhances immune action. Was used in ancient Egypt, Greek and Roman history and spread throughout Europe during Medieval times. Also known as Common Thyme, Garden Thyme, and French or English Thyme. Native to southern Europe and western Mediterranean area.
Tongkat ali root is a male testosterone supporting herb. Helps strengthen energy and vitality; supports bone density, mental function, and healthy cellular activity. An extremely bitter herb from a small evergreen tree, native names for this plant translate as “bitter medicine.” Native to Indonesia and Malaysia.
Turmeric root protects overall health, supports healthy cellular activity, stimulates immune function, benefits stomach and liver. Turmeric is in the same family as ginger and is native to tropical areas of India where it has been used for thousands of years and is used in foods, dyes, and India’s Ayurvedic medicine.
Usnea lichen benefits the respiratory system, urinary tract, and immune system. Helps clear and soothe the throat. Used for health support for over 1,500 years. Usnea grows throughout the world, especially in the Northwest United States.
Uva ursi leaf supports and helps maintain the kidney/urinary system. It has been used by Native American tribes for centuries. Grows in many areas throughout the world, especially in the Western United States.
Valerian root is a nervous system and muscle relaxant. Valerian root helps calm temporary anxiousness, and stress and helps support restful sleep and relaxation. It also helps calm the digestive system and cardiovascular system. Blends well with other calm-supporting herbs such as Hops. The root smells like ‘stinky’ socks, has a catnip-like effect on cats, and calms people. Known to have been used since Ancient Greece and Rome, it was written about by Hippocrates, the Father of modern medicine. Native to Europe and parts of Asia, now naturalized to North America.
White oak bark has tannins that help tone vein tissues and support kidney function, and has a cleansing action for respiratory and digestive systems. Used by Native American tribes and early American settlers for digestive needs. White oak is a hardwood tree that is used for furniture and to make wine barrels because it resists root. Native to eastern North America.
White willow bark helps cool the body, provide temporary relief for minor aches, pains, and headaches. Used by Native American tribes and in Europe and Asia for many centuries. Native to North America, Northern Asia, and Africa.
Wild lettuce leaf is deeply calming and soothing to the nervous system, helps provide temporary relief from minor pain, supports restful sleep. Native to England, parts of India and Australia, and grows wild in parts of North America.
Wild yam root helps relieve discomfort and minor spasms in the digestive system and is used traditionally to help soothe the respiratory system and nervous tension. This nutritive herb has important health building minerals. Despite traditional use reputation, wild yam has no progesterone. Native to North America.
Wormwood is a bitter herb that has a strong intestinal cleansing action, supports digestion and calms the nervous system. For short-term use only. Native to temperate Eurasia and northern Africa.
Yarrow is a common flowering plant that has been used for centuries in the northern half of the world for many health needs. Yarrow’s action is cooling and cleansing. It helps clear the upper respiratory system, urinary and digestive systems, and stimulates the immune system. Helps tone the female reproductive system and balance menstrual flow. Native to the northern hemisphere in North America, Europe, and Asia. Has had many common names including Soldiers, Woundwort, and Staunchweed. Named after legendary Greek hero Achilles.
Yellow dock root is a common edible weed that has been used traditionally as a general blood cleanser. It helps stimulate bile, urination, loosens bowels, and clear toxins from liver. Native to Europe and western Asia, and it now grows throughout North America.
Yohimbe bark is a peripheral circulatory stimulant for the pelvic region; for both men and women. Helps support athletic and body-building efforts, benefits mood and energy levels. Native to Central Africa.
Yucca can be considered an internal cleanser. It helps support digestion, healthy skin, and healthy levels of cholesterol. Yucca was used by Native American tribes in the Southwest to make soaps and shampoos. Native throughout the southern United States.