Thyme

Thymus vulgaris Also, Known As: Black Thyme Common Thyme English Thyme French Thyme Garden Thyme German Thyme Serpyllum Thyme Tomillo Winter Thyme Thyme is a common name given for all the herbs belonging to the plant species called Thymus. The Thymus is indigenous to Europe and Asia and all plants belong to this species are … Continue reading Thyme

Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis)

Evening Primrose Oil Benefits Evening Primrose Oil has been called the most sensational preventive discovery since vitamin C. It contains the pain-relieving compound phenylalanine and is increasingly being used to treat chronic headaches. It is currently being studied all over the world as a treatment for aging problems, alcoholism, acne, heart disease, hyperactivity in children, … Continue reading Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis)

Yerba Mansa

Anemopsis californica Also, Known As: Lizard's Tail Queue de Lézard Swamp Root Yerba Mansa Yerba Manza Usually, the yerba mansa, scientific name Anemopsis californica, is depicted as a perennially growing herb. Native to the United States, this herb grows most actively during the spring and summer. The foliage of this plant is green and it … Continue reading Yerba Mansa

Vetiver {Vetiveria zizanioides}

Also, Known As: Cuscus Khas Khas Vetiver Vetivert Vetiver (botanical name Vetiveria zizanioides) belongs to the grass family, which also includes sorghum, maize, sugarcane as well as lemongrass. This plant has had an irregular history, as it was given no less than 11 names in four dissimilar genera at one time. The generic name ‘Vitiveria’ is derived from the … Continue reading Vetiver {Vetiveria zizanioides}

Vitex

Also, Known As: Chaste Tree Chaste Berry Vitex agnus-castus Family: Lamiaceae Even though it's sometimes considered a classic "women's herb," the Renaissance name for vitex fruits was "monk's pepper," so called for their ability to decrease the libido of the abbey's residents when sprinkled on their food. Since they probably needed it often, the monks … Continue reading Vitex

Building Immunity

The last decade alone has seen an influx of infectious diseases and virulent strains increasingly unaffected by conventional treatments. Overuse and abuse of antibiotic medicines and antibacterial products have turned the war on germs into a war on humankind as once-common bacteria and viruses mutate to new levels of resistance. According to an article in … Continue reading Building Immunity

Chemistry Of Herbs

A herbalist should be fully aware of details about the pharmacology of herbs, a basic understanding of it. Herbs are used for healing the human body, they are considered to be holistic agents, and they are used on a physical and biochemistry level. Many pharmacologists try to find out the constituents of herbs, place them … Continue reading Chemistry Of Herbs

Vervain

Verbena Officinalis Also, Known As: Herb-of-the-cross Ma Bian Cao Pigeon's Grass Verbena Vervain The ancient Romans held all species of the vervain in admiration and used the ‘sacred' herb to sanitize their homes and temples. In addition, they knew several therapeutic advantages of the herb and used it to treat numerous disorders. Incidentally, despite its … Continue reading Vervain

Chamomile

German Chamomile - Matricaria chamomilla Roman Chamomile - Anthemis nobilis The chamomile herb is another well-known plant, used in making effective herbal remedies for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. The herb has a great relaxant action on the nervous system and the digestive system. The herbal remedies made from this plant are considered … Continue reading Chamomile

Crampbark

Viburnum opulus Also, Known As: Crampbark Cranberry Bush Cranberry Tree Guelder Rose Pembina Pimbina Whitten Tree Crampbark (botanical name Viburnum opulus) is basically a shrub that is indigenous to Europe as well as North America and is also found growing in the northern regions of Africa and Asia. The US National Formulary documented crampbark as … Continue reading Crampbark