Causes an abortion.
Causes heat and irritation when applied to the skin.
Helps the body 'rise' to normal stress situations, thus preventing the many chronic degenerative diseases.
An effective moisturizing ingredient when used in skincare, and its gentle, non-irritating qualities make it an excellent addition to anti-aging products for those with sensitive or easily irritated
Causes a gradual beneficial change in the body, usually through improved nutrition and elimination, without having
any marked specific action.
Numbs the feeling in a local or general area of the body.
Relieves pain. Included under Anodyne.
Reduces sexual desire.
Counters excess acidity in the stomach.
Expels parasites from the gut.
Restores the voice.
Prevents the build up of cholesterol.
Removes blood clots.
Prevents or cures skin complaints.
Helps remove bruising
Treats various fungal problems such as Candida.
Treats haemorrhoids (piles). This would probably be best added to another heading.
Treats bad breath
Reduces inflammation of joints, injuries etc.
Counteracts recurring illnesses such as malaria.
Treats itching of the skin.
Treats fevers. See Febrifuge.
A plant rich in vitamin C that is used to counteract scurvy.
Counteracts scrofula. (TB, especially of the lymph glands)
Destroys or arrests the growth of micro-organisms.
Treats muscular spasms and cramps.
Used in the treatment of cancer.
Treats addiction to alcohol
Treats virus diseases
A mild laxative.
Increases the sexual appetite.
Improves the appetite
Plants whose essential oils are used in Aromatherapy
Having an agreeable odour and stimulant qualities.
Reduces the flow of secretions and discharges of blood, mucus, diarrhoea etc.
Plants used in the Bach flower remedies.
A healing and soothing agent.
Increases the appetite and stimulates digestion by acting on the mucous membranes of the mouth. Also increases the flow of bile, stimulates repair of the gut wall lining and regulates the secretion of insulin and glucogen.
Purifies the blood.
Vitalizing the blood
Used in the treatment of cancer.
Used in the treatment of heart problems.
A tonic for the heart.
Reduces flatulence and expels gas from the intestines.
A strong laxative but less violent than a purgative.
Increases the flow of bile and its discharge from the body.
Prevents fertilization occurring in females.
Slows or controls the growth of tumours.
Destroys body cells. Used in the treatment of diseases such as cancer.
Removes phlegm and mucous, especially from the respiratory system.
Soothes irritated tissues, especially the mucous membranes.
Clears obstructions from the natural ducts of the body.
Masks smells. Is this medicinal?
Eliminates toxins and purifies the system, especially the blood.
A cleansing agent, used on wounds etc. It removes dead and diseased matter.
Used for cleaning wounds.
Promotes the flow of urine.
Restores the menstrual flow, sometimes by inducing an abortion.
Softens the skin.
Treats bed wetting.
Promoting or inducing nasal discharge
Clears phlegm from the chest by inducing coughing.
Plants that are used in various ways to treat foot problems.
Stops the flow of milk in a nursing mother.
Promotes the flow of milk in a nursing mother.
Breaks down red blood corpuscles to separate haemoglobin.
Controls internal bleeding.
Causes the mind to hallucinate.
Acts on the liver (for better or worse!).
A purgative that causes an abundant watery discharge.
Reduces the levels of sugar in the blood.
Reduces high blood pressure.
Used in problems of human fertility.
Causes irritation or abnormal sensitivity in living tissue.
Used in the treatment of kidney diseases
Stimulates bowel movements in a fairly gentle manner.
Various medicinal actions that need more clarification.
Treats problems such as mouth ulcers.
Dilates the pupils of the eyes.
Induces drowsiness and gives an artificial sense of well-being.
Stimulates and calms the nerves.
A food for convalescents to help restore strength.
Treats temporary toothache and other problems of the teeth and gums.
Treats eye complaints.
Hastens parturition and stimulates uterine contractions.
Treats external parasites such as ringworm
Relieves respiratory diseases, a remedy for chest diseases.
Used in the treatment of broken bones.
Used in the treatment of burns etc.
A drastic laxative.
Cools the body.
Breaks down tumors.
Restores consciousness or normal physiological activity.
A counter-irritant and external stimulant.
Soothes and heals damaged skin.
Gently calms, reducing nervousness, distress and irritation.
Stimulates the secretion of saliva.
Plants used in miscellaneous treatments for the skin.
Promotes sneezing and nasal discharges.
Excites or quickens activity of the physiological processes. Faster acting than a tonic but differing from a narcotic in that it does not give a false sense of well- being.
Used in the treatment of stings and insect bites.
Aids and improves the action of the stomach.
An astringent that stops bleeding by contracting the blood vessels.
Plants used in the treatment of tuberculosis
Improves general health. Slower acting than a stimulant, it brings steady improvement.
Stimulates uterine contractions.
Narrows the blood vessels, thereby increasing blood pressure.
Widens the blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure.
Used in the treatment of venereal disease
Expels internal parasites.
A blistering agent.
Used in the treatment of warts, corns etc.
A very vague title, it deals with a miscellany of problems peculiar to the female sex.
Medicinal use of White Clover:
This plant is anti-rheumatic (also known as anti-inflammatory), anti-scrophulatic (counteracts scrofula), depurative (having purifying and detoxifying effects), detergent (a cleansing agent) and tonic (improves general health). As an infusion it can be used in the treatment of coughs, colds, fevers and used as a dush for leukorrhoea (abnormal vaginal discharge). When used as a tincture the leaves can be applied as an ointment and applied for those suffering gout. As an infusion the flowers can used as an eyewash.
Medicinal use of Yarrow:
This plant can be administered both internally and externally. It is used in the treatment of a very wide range of disorders but is particularly valuable for treating wounds as astringent, stopping the flow of blood, treating colds, as a febrifuge towards fevers, kidney diseases, menstrual pain etc. The whole plant is used, both fresh and dried, and is best harvested when in flower. Some caution should be exercised in the use of this herb since large or frequent doses taken over a long period may be potentially harmful, causing allergic rashes and making the skin more sensitive to sunlight. The herb combines well with Sambucus nigra flowers (Elder) and Mentha x piperita vulgaris (Peppermint) for treating colds and influenza. The herb is antiseptic, antispasmodic, mildly aromatic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, odontalgic, stimulant, bitter tonic, vasodilator and vulnerary. It also contains the anti-inflammatory agent azulene, though the content of this varies even between plants in the same habitat. The herb is harvested in the summer when in flower and can be dried for later use. The fresh leaf can be applied direct to an aching tooth in order to relieve the pain.
Medicinal use of Horseweed:
In traditional North American herbal medicine, Canada fleabane or also called Horseweed was boiled to make steam for sweat lodges, taken as a snuff to stimulate sneezing during the course of a cold and burned to create a smoke that warded off insects. Nowadays it is valued most for its astringency, being used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal problems such as diarrhoea and dysentery. It is said to be a very effective treatment for bleeding haemorrhoids. The whole plant is antirheumatic, astringent, balsamic, diuretic, emmenagogue, styptic, tonic and vermifuge. It can be harvested at any time that it is in flower and is best used when fresh. The dried herb should not be stored for more than a year. The seeds can also be used. An infusion of the plant has been used to treat diarrhoea and internal haemorrhages or applied externally to treat gonorrhoea and bleeding piles. The leaves are experimentally hypoglycaemic. The essential oil found in the leaves is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery and internal haemorrhages. It is a uterine stimulant and is also said to be valuable in the treatment of inflamed tonsils plus ulceration and inflammation of the throat. A tea of the boiled roots is used to treat menstrual irregularities. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of haemorrhoids and painful menstruation.