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Adaptogenic Herbs
These herbs reduce the effects of stress by acting on signals from the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which trigger the production of stress hormones from the adrenal gland. By reducing the production of stress hormones from the adrenals, adaptagens giving the adrenal glands a much needed rest.
Alfalfa Extract
Traditionally used to help with cholesterol regulation, alfalfa is also sometimes used to control blood sugar levels.
Andrographis Extract
Used historically in epidemics to stop the spreading of disease, Andrographis, useful in immune support, is commonly used today as a treatment of colds.
Arjuna is a ayruvedic herb traditionally used for heart health.
Many herbalists consider Arnica to be a specific remedy for bruises, sprains, and sore muscles.
Artesmisia Annua Extract
Artesmisia Annua Extract was used by Chinese herbalists in ancient times to treat fever. Today, this herb is used most commonly to treat parasites, malaria, and cancer.
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A powerful adaptogen, Ashwagandha is offered as a stand alone herb and also as part of adaptogenic formulas.
Asthma Herbs
These herbs have a history of traditional use for relief of asthma.
Astragalus Root
Known traditionally for its immune stimulating properties, Astrqagalus is offered here as a stand alone herb.
Ayurvedic  Herbs
These herbs have a history of traditional use in the Indian system of ayruvedic medicine.
Available here as a single herb, Bacopa is used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for memory function.
Bayberry Bark
Bayberry is offered in liquid extracts and powder and is traditionally used as a stimulant and an astringent, drying and tightening the tissues. It also has been used traditionally to induce perspiration.
Bilberry offered here as a singular herb is traditionally used to strengthen eye sight.
Bitter Melon
Bitter Melon is an herb traditionally used for weight loss and to control blood sugar.
Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh is an herb traditionally used to treat menopausal hot flashes.
Black Cohosh Root
Black Cohosh is an herb traditionally used to treat menopausal hot flashes.
Black Haw Extract
Black haw has been used to ease the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Black haw has also been used for false labor pains and in threatened miscarriage. In addition, it has been used to lower blood pressure in hypertension and as an anti-spasmodic.
Bladderwrack is a seaweed that has been used in connection with constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, hypothyroidism, indigestion, Iodine deficiency, wound healing (topical).
Blessed Thistle
Blessed thistle is used to stimulate secretion of gastric juices and saliva, to increase appetite and facilitate digestion, and to stimulate the flow of bile.
Bloodroot Extract
Bloodroot is used in herbal medicine in very small doses, mainly for bronchial problems and severe throat infections.
Blue Cohosh
Tincture or tea made from dried Blue Cohosh root is used in herbal medicine as a uterine tonic, and as an aid in difficult menstruation. Native Americans used Blue Cohosh to induce labor. It should not be used in pregnancy prior to the ninth month.
Blue Flag Extract
Blue Flag increases secretions of salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and intestines. Blue Flag promotes excretion of metabolic wastes, and corrects faulty, retrograde metabolism and associated blood, lymphatic and glandular toxicity.
Blue Vervain
The leaves and roots of Blue Vervain are useful in intermittent fevers, ulcers, pleurisy, scrofula, gravel, easing pain in the bowels and expelling worms.
Boneset Extract
Boneset is a Native American remedy for colds and fever. The name refers to the plants use to treat breakbone fever, a viral infection that causes such intense muscle pain that sufferers feel their bones will break.
Boswelia is an ayruvedic herb traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Bugleweed Extract
Bugleweed is a specific for over-active thyroid glands and may safely be used where palpitations occur that are of nervous origin. Bugleweed will aid the weak heart where there is associated build-up of water in the body. As a sedative cough reliever it will ease irritating coughs, especially when they are of nervous origin.
Burdock Root
Burdock has been traditionally used as a "blood purifier" to clear the bloodstream of toxins, as a diuretic (helping rid the body of excess water by increasing urine output), and as a topical remedy for skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
Butcher's Broom
Butcher's Broom is historically noted as a laxative, diuretic, and a phlebotherapeutic (beneficial to veins) agent. Extracts of Butcher's Broom may induce vasoconstriction and therefore might have use in the treatment of circulatory diseases. Novel uses for this plant have included its use as an anti-inflammatory agent and to prevent atherosclerosis.
Butterbur Extract
For many centuries the Butterbur plant (Petasites hybridus) was traditionally used as a herbal remedy for conditions like pain, fever, spasms and to treat skin ulcers. Today, butterbur is mainly used for migraine prevention, but also for treating headaches and asthma.
Cactus Grandiflorus
Cactus Grandiflorus has functionality as a homeopathic, used to alleviate sadness, for physical and emotional pain, weakened heart, and feelings of constriction in the chest.
Calendula, also known as marigold, has been widely used on the skin to treat minor wounds, skin infections, burns, bee stings, sunburn, and warts.
California Poppy Extract
Native Americans made use of California poppy seed extract as a painkiller, especially to treat toothaches. It was also utilized as a poultice for sores and ulcers, applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation. Some have found California poppy herb to be helpful when dealing with colic. The extract has also been reported to be used in the treatment of chronic coughs, which are a type of spasm.
Cardamom seeds are regarded as a digestive and are considered effective against flatulence and minor stomach problems and as an anti-spasmodic.
Cascara Sagrada
Cascara Sagrada contains compounds called anthroquinones, which are responsible for cascara's powerful laxative effects. Anthraquinones trigger contractions in the colon, which causes the urge to have a bowel movement. Today, it is one of the most common herbal laxatives.
Cat's Claw
Cat's Claw is a rainforest botanical that has a long history of traditional use as an immune system booster and anti-inflammatory agent.
Catnip Extract
Catnip is helpful for relieving spasms associated with afterpains (after childbirth), traditional cold and flu remedy, diaphoretic helpful in any feverish condition, especially acute bronchitis, eases any stomach upsets, dyspepsia, flatulence and colic, remedy for the treatment of diarrhea in children and has a mild sedative action on the nervous system.
Cayenne (Capsicum)
Cayenne is traditionally used to improve digestion and circulation and as a natural organ stimulant.
Celandine is promoted for use as a mild sedative, for the prevention of gallstones, and for the treatment of intestinal and digestive problems, liver disease, and eye irritation. Practitioners have used it on the skin to treat ringworm, warts, and corns. Supporters have also used celandine along with antiviral agents to treat herpes, HIV, and the Epstein-Barr virus.
Celery Extract
Celery extract is known to be used in helping relieve urinary tract infections. Celery is also used to help with rheumatic disorders (of or pertaining to arthritis and gout).
Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile is used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomnia as well as many other nervous conditions. It is nervine and sedative especially suited to teething children and those who have been in a highly emotional state over a long period of time.
Chaparral Extract
Chaparral is widely used for blood purification, expelling toxins from the blood to improve general health.
Chasteberry (Vitex)
Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry) is a well-known herb that has been used for centuries in Europe for hormonal imbalances in women.
Cherry Bark
Wild Cherry Bark has a long history of use for respiratory problems as an expectorant and remedy for all catarrhal conditions.
Chyavanprash is an ayruvedic herbal tonic that helps maintain youthfulness by renewing tissues and counterattacking degeneration.
Cilantro Extract
This herbal extract helps to remove heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum from the body.
Cinnamon Bark
Cinnamon Bark has receiving increased attention for its ability to help control and regulate blood sugar levels.
Cleaver's Extract
Herbalists have long regarded Cleavers Extract as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. Cleavers is useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood.
Cold & Flu/Allergy Herbs
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Coltsfoot Extract
Coltsfoot extract is a soothing, healing, conditioning herb. It contains silica and cystine which are important amino acids to encourage healthy skin and hair.
Applied in ointment form, Comfrey is considered an effective treatment for blunt injuries. The root portion of Comfrey is also used as a mouthwash and gargle for sore throat and gum disease. Taken internally, the root traditionally has also been used as a remedy for stomachache, ulcers, rheumatism, chest congestion, diarrhea, and inflammation in the lining of the lungs
Coptis is an east Asian relative of the American herb Goldenseal, best known for its uses in treating atherosclerosis, cancer, eye disorders, and tuberculosis.
Cordyceps has a long tradition of use in Chinese medicine where it has been shown to improve liver, kidney, cardiovascular, and respiratory functioning.
Cornsilk is a natural remedy traditionally used for kidney, bladder and prostate irritations.
Cotton Root Bark
Cotton root has the effect of shutting down the corpus luteum's ability to produce progesterone. Progesterone is essential for pregnancy, without it the pregnancy cannot maintain itself. Cotton root bark has been used as a folk remedy for numerous female conditions ranging from nonmenstrual bleeding from the uterus to inducing labor contractions. While it was used to make childbirth easier, cotton root bark was also taken as an abortifacient (to induce miscarriages).
Historically, Native Americans have used crampbark for cramps and pains throughout the body and to treat swollen glands and mumps. Crampbark is effective as a muscle relaxant and in relieving pain from arthritis. Additionally, Cramp bark is commonly used in treatments for high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.
Cranberry has a history of use for kidney health and for maintenance of healthy urinary tract.
Damiana Leaves
Damiana Leaves are a traditional aphrodisiac praised by Mexican herbalists.
Dandelion root is a natural diuretic and improves appetite and minor digestive problems. Dandelion leaves are commonly recommended as a food supplement for pregnant and postmenopausal women.
Decongestant Herbs
These herbs have a history of use as decongestants.
Devil's Claw
While Devil's claw has been used for thousands of years in Africa for fever, rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, and conditions involving the gallbladder, pancreas, stomach and kidneys, its most currant usage is for inflammation and pain..
Devil's Club
Devil's club, a member of the ginseng family (Araliaceae), has long been used for many medical conditions by indigenous peoples of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Among a widespread of traditional medical uses of devil's club, the most widespread is for the treatment of external and internal infections.
Digestion Herbs
These individual herbs have traditionally been used to enhance digestion.
Dong Quai Root
Dong Quail, often called Chinese Angelica or Women's Ginseng, is usually recommended to women as a remedy for disorders of the menstrual cycle.
Echinacea is the best known and researched herb for stimulating the immune system. Thousands of Europeans and Americans use echinacea preparations against colds and flu, minor infections, and a host of other major and minor ailments. This native American herb has an impressive record of laboratory and clinical research. Thousands of doctors currently use echinacea for treating infectious diseases.
Elderberry is a fruit that has been traditionally used to support immune system function.
Also known as Siberian ginseng, Eluthero has long tradition of use for general health and as an energy tonic.
Energy Herbs
These single herbs have a history of use for increasing energy levels.
Eyebright is a European herb traditionally used to treat eye irritation and conjunctivitis.
False Unicorn Extract
False Unicorn is a valuable herb to the reproductive system.
One of the oldest cultivated plants, Fenugreek has a tradition of use for controlling blood sugar levels and increasing lactation in women.
Feverfew Leaves
Thought to reduce inflammation, Feverfew has been used in Europe for relieving pain linked to arthritis and reducing painful menstruation. Other uses for Feverfew have been for inflammatory skin problems, asthma and stimulating the appetite.
In Chinese medicine, fo-ti is a longevity tonic that is used for graying hair, premature aging, weakness, vaginal discharge, and erectile dysfunction.
Coleus Forskohlii has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for many years to increase energy, support thyroid function, and to burn fat.
Garlic as an herb has been used for a wide range of health concerns including as an Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial and Antiviral agent.
Ginger Root
Ginger Root has a proven ability to combat all forms of nausea and vomiting. It has also been taken to loosen phlegm, relieve gas, and tighten the tissues, although its effectiveness for these purposes hasn't been verified. Asian medicine also employs it as a treatment for colds and shortness of breath.
Ginkgo Biloba
Gingko Biloba has a history of use to increase brain function and support blood flow.
A traditional adaptogenic herb used to enhance general vitality and energy, Ginseng is offered in liquid and capsule forms.
Goldenrod is traditionally used to treat kidney ailments and is also effective for mucus, stones, colds, and digestion.
Goldenseal is a Native American plant that is commonly used to treat symptoms of the cold and flu and as an astringent, antibacterial remedy for the mucous membranes of the body.
Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is often referred to as food for the brain, and is commonly used to rebuild energy reserves improve memory and treat fatigue.
Green Tea
Green Tea is the least processed of all the teas and has a high level of antioxidant polyphenols.
Grindelia is useful in treating respiratory conditions such as asthma, mucus, bronchitis, and disorders like emphysema.
Guarana is a rainforest herb with stimulating properties similar to that of caffeine.
Guggul, also known as Commiphora Mukul and Indian Bedellium, has a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as an effective herbal medicine for controlling obesity and cholesterol.
Gymnema Sylvestre
Gymnema sylvestre is a plant used in India and parts of Asia as a natural ayurvedic treatment for diabetes or "sweet urine." The herb's active ingredient, gymnemic acid, is extracted from leaves and roots, and helps to lower and balance blood sugar levels. The unique shape of gymnemic acid molecules are similar to that of glucose, allowing it to fill cell receptors in the lining the intestines, thereby preventing uptake of sugar molecules.
Ho Shou Wu
Ho Shou Wu is a primary essence tonic used to build the body and provide a good base of nourishment.
Holy Basil
Holy Basil is an Ayurvedic herb native to India that has been traditionally used for centuries to treat a range of health conditions. More recently, Holy Basil had been investigated for its ability to combat stress and promote relaxation.
The use of Hoodia has long been known by the indigenous populations of Southern Africa, who infrequently use these plants for treating indigestion and small infections. More recently, Hoodia has been praised for its appetite suppressing effects.
Hops Flower
Hops Flowers, Nature's Way 310mg - 100 Caps 033674141557padRetail: $5.49 Our Low price: $3.29pad - Hops are used for nervousness & irritability - Hops known to be beneficial treating insomnia - Hops used to treat sleep disorders because of calming effect Hops Flowers (Humulus lupulus) are a perennial native British plant with a stout root. It has heart-shaped leaves and cone-like flowers. Hops has been used traditionally for nervous disorders and irritability.
White Horehound has long been noted for its efficacy in lung troubles and coughs and has been approved by the German Commission E Monographs for use in treating bronchitis.
Horny Goat Weed
Horny goat weed (Epimedium) is a pungent ornamental herb found in Asia and the Mediterranean. The Chinese call it Yin Yang Huo, which loosely means "licentious goat plant." although horny goat weed has a history of traditional use for disorders of the kidneys, joints, and liver, its principle use is as an aphrodisiac and to combat fatigue.
Horse Chestnut Extract
Horse chestnut seed extract has been used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, associated with varicose veins, pain, ankle swelling, feelings of heaviness, itching, and nighttime leg cramping. The seed extract has also been used for hemorrhoids.
Horsetail is known for its soothing, regenerating properties as well as its toning and astringent qualities. It is commonly believed to stop bleeding and heal wounds.
Horsetail Grass
Horsetail has large amounts of silica, and is traditionally used for its diuretic and astringent properties.
Immune Support Herbs
These herbs are individually known for their use in boosting immune system function.
Jamaican Dogwood
Jamaican Dogwood is best known as a traditional remedy for treating neuralgia (severe, stabbing nerve pain), migraine, insomnia, anxiety, fear, and nervous tension. Jamaican Dogwood has been shown to have pain-relieving and sweat-promoting properties.
Jambul has been included among a number of herbal medicines which all have the unique ability to lower elevated blood sugar levels in the body especially in diabetics and hyperglycemic individuals.
Kava Kava
An herb from the Pacific Islands, Kava Kava is used as a relaxant and stress/anxiety reliever.
Khella Extract
Khella has been used for the treatment of urologic, dermatologic, and respiratory symptoms. It is used in the management of bronchial asthma and angina pectoris. Current research focuses on the use of khellin in the treatment of vitiligo.
Kidney Support Herbs
These herbs in liquid, capsule, and tablet form are used to nourish and support kidney function.
Kola Nut
Chewing this nut is a favorite pastime of natives who claim it diminishes fatigue and thirst and (for some) has aphrodisiac properties.
Larix has is most often used for its immune stimulating effects.
Laxative Herbs
These individual herbs in capsule, liquid and tablet form have traditionally been used to give relief from constipation.
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm, native to Southern Europe has a soothing effect on the stomach and a positive effect on the digestive system. Lemon balm is used to relieve pain and discomfort associated with indigestion and offers relief for such symptoms as gas and bloating. Lemon balm is also beneficial to those suffering from nervousness, anxiety and slight insomnia.
Licorice Root
Licorice is included in most Chinese herb combinations to balance the other herbs and to promote vitality, and is often used in Chinese medicine as an expectorant.
Liver Support Herbs
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Lobelia (Lobelia inflata), also called Indian tobacco, has a long history of use as an herbal remedy for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and cough.
Native Americans of many tribes reportedly used lomatium root to treat a wide variety of infections, particularly those affecting the lungs. Lomatium was used, particularly in the southwestern United States, during the influenza pandemic of 1917 with reportedly good results.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca is a Peruvian tuber grown high in the Andes. With centuries of traditional medicinal use, Maca is most often used for energy, to increase fertility, and as a sexual stimulant.
Maitake is an edible and medicinal mushroom that is noted for its immune boosting effects, cardiovascular support, and is often recommended for the stomach and intestines.
Male Support
These herbs and formulas enhance, nourish, and balance male energies.
Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow Root is recognized for its ability to soothe and soften irritated tissue, particularly mucous membranes, and to loosen a cough.
Meadowsweet is useful for minor pains as an anti-inflammatory; fevers, colds and flu; acid dyspepsia (heartburn), gastritis; diahrrhea (especially with children).
Milk Thistle
Available in capsule and liquid form, Milk Thistle is widely respected for its use to detoxify as well as tonify the liver.
Historically used by the Druids as a cure for sterility, epilepsy and as an antidote for poison, mistletoe is used today for headaches, nerves, and arthritic pains.
Motherwort is a mild vasodilator, having a relaxing effect on smooth muscles.
Muira Puama Root
Often referred to as Potency Wood or Raiz del Macho (Root of the Male), Muira Puama Root is a Brazilian natural sexual stimulate praised for its invigorating action.
Mullein is an herb generally used as an expectorant specific for bronchitis with hard cough and soreness. Mullein is also commonly used for cold and congestion.
Mushrooms have a long history of medicinal use. Browse our wide selection of medicinal mushrooms and medicinal mushroom formulas.
Myrrh Gum
Traditionally, Myrth has been used as a topical skin soother. It's also used as a dietary supplement for improved throat and bronchial health, and supports the natural defense system. Applied topically or as a mouthwash, Myrrh is popular for gum irritations.
Neem has a long history of traditional Ayurvedic medicinal use internally and topically to treat a wide range of conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Olive Leaf
Olive Leaf is a powerful herbal that is thought to possess strong anti-viral properties.
Oil of Oregano has been tradionally valued as an anti-viral agent and an herbal remedy for respiratory problems such as coughs and bronchitis
Oregon Grape Root
Oregon Grape Root is used as a treatment for skin diseases and as a treatment for prostate infection. It is also used as a blood cleanser, to stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and as a mild laxative. Externally, a decoction of the root bark is used as a liniment for arthritis.
Osha root has been used for generations for many ailments, but is most known as an expectorant and as cold and flu treatment.
Papaya is rich in the enzyme Papain, which is a digestive enzyme that aids in the breakdown of meats and other proteins.
Partridgeberry (Squaw Vine)
Partridgeberry has been used historically by Native American women to treat menstrual pains and cramps, to regulate menstruation and relieve heavy bleeding, and to induce childbirth and ease delivery. Partridgeberry is now recommended by herbalists for similar reasons.
Passion Flower
Passion Flower is an herb traditionally prized for its relaxing and antianxiety effects
Pau D'Arco
Pau d'Arco also known as Taheebo or Ipe Roxo, is a Brazilian herb that is generally used to strengthen the immune system.
Peppermint, referred to as the world's oldest medicine, has a long history of use for help soothe upset stomachs, inhibit the growth of certain bacterias, and soothe and calm skin and muscles when applied topically.
Periwinkle is said to ease toothache and the tea to ease bleeding and swollen tonsils. It is currently being studied as a cure for cancer. South African natives have used Periwinkle as a substitute for insulin for diabetes.
Pipsissewa is mainly used in an infusion for urinary tract problems such as cystitis and urethritis. Pipsissewa has also been prescribed for more serious conditions such as gonorrhea and kidney stones.
Externally, Plantain is effective on any kind of skin disorder. It is also effective as an agent in drawing out poison (ie: bee stings, snake bites, spider bites) and it effectively draws out splinters or thorns and reduces the risk of scarring with more severe cuts and scrapes. Internally, Plantain is effective as a general detoxifier in the body.
Pleurisy Root
Pleurisy root was used by Native American tribes internally as a remedy for pulmonary infections. Today the plant is primarily used for lung problems such as pleurisy, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Prickly Ash
Prickly Ash is useful to the nervous and circulatory systems. It also enhances secretions, general metabolism and immune system function.
Psyllium Husks
Psyllium Husks provide high levels of fiber that is unequalled in removing accumulated wastes effectively, and has been used for thousands of years in Asia, Europe, and North Africa as a laxative.
Pugeum bark extracts contain several compounds that are thought to be beneficial for prostate health and for the treatment of Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Red Clover Blossoms
In Europe, red clover herb (Trifolium pratense) is widely cultivated and used as a salad herb and as a tonic.
Red Raspberry Leaves
Red Raspberry Leaves have been used for centuries by women to support their reproductive systems during pregnancy.
Red Root
Red Root improves the transport of blood fluid and is thus effective in treating headaches and inflammation.
Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice was found to contain naturally-occurring substances called monacolins. Monocolins inhibit an enzyme in the body known to trigger cholesterol production, functioning similarly to popular statin drugs.
Rehmannia is used as a medicinal herb for a variety of ailments such as anemia, dizziness and constipation. Rehmannia contains the vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as other useful compounds.
Red Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom praised for its benefits in stimulating immune function, improving blood circulation, and improving general health.
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Rhodiola Rosea
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen that is traditionally used to increase mental and physical performance and reduce fatigue.
It is recognized that Rhubarb not only exercises a digestive action but it operates directly as a conveyer of bile salts. Today Rhubarb is used in the treatment of constipation, diarrhea, jaundice, gastro-intestinal hemorrhage, menstrual disorders, conjunctivitis, traumatic injuries, superficial suppurative sores and ulcers
Rue Extract
Rue is believed to relieve congestion of the uterus, leading a very stimulating and tonic effect. Excellent for suppressed menstruation.
Sage has been used specifically to each aching muscles and for all manner of nervous ailments.
Sarsaparilla has been used historically in Latin America to combat deadly poisons. Native Americans used sarsaparilla roots for skin diseases, rheumatism, gout, as a syrup for coughs and colds, and as a blood purifier for abscesses and ulcers. Acts as a synergist when mixed with Sassafras.
Can be used for skin eruptions, rheumatism, gout, and arthritis. Has been said to make a good blood purifier and make you more resistant to colds and throat infections. Acts as a synergist when mixed with Sarsaparilla.
Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto is one of the most popular herbal choices for men suffering from benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH.
Schisandra is used for the treatment of different diseases, including insomnia, irritation, palpitation, dyspnea, and in the treatment of skin disorders and as sedative. Also used to treat coronary heart disease.
Schizandra Fruit
Schizandra (Schizandra chinensis) is found in Northern China, Japan and Korea. Historically listed among China's most important herbs, Schizandra is currently popular worldwide as a tonic and in Asia as a food
Scotch Broom
Scotch Broom may be used as a cardiac stimulant and narcotic but can be poisonous in large doses.
Scullcap, also spelled Skullcap, is traditionally uses as a tonic for the nervous system.
Senna Leaves
Senna is a shrub that grows in India, Pakistan, and China. Senna has a long tradition of use topically for treatment of skin conditions and internally as an herbal laxative.
Shatavari is useful in treating numerous conditions of the sexual organs in both women and men. Also useful for hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, dysentery, and bronchial infections.
Sheep Sorrel
Sheep Sorrel is high in oxalic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta carotene, and vitamin C. It is one of the ingredients in the Essiac remedy. It is a mild diuretic, mild antiseptic, and a mild laxative.
Shepherd's Purse
Useful in blood clotting. Soothes irritation and is useful for diarrhea and children's bedwetting problems.
Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage is said to be good for ringworm as well as sores and swellings when used externally. Internally, Skunk Cabbage has been used in treating arthritis, chorea, hysteria, edema, whooping cough, worms, epilepsy, and convulsions in pregnancy and labor.
Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery Elm is often recommended for use in connection with sore throats, respiratory irritations, gastrointestinal conditions, and ulcers.
Soy Isoflavone
Soy isoflavones are phytoestrogens found in soybeans that have estrogenic activity.
Spilanthes is primarily useful in treatment of dysentery but has also been used to treat toothaches, skin conditions, and others.
St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort, also known as hypericum is an herb with a range of benefit, but is commonly prescribed in Germany as treatment for depression.
Approximately 300 times sweeter than sugar, stevia is available as liquid, powder, and tablets.
Increases bodily secretions and acts as an antivenereal for syphilis. Also useful for chrnoic skin and liver problems.
Stoneroot has been an effective treatment of all muscles and tissues where congestion, irritation, and constriction prevail. It is useful as a heart tonic and in treating problems of the urinary tract and reproductive organs, treating hemorrhoids and sinusitis, as well as stimulating the nervous system and mucous membranes.
Claims have been made that Suma is an immune enhancer, an adaptogen (helps combat stress), and that it possesses anticancer activities. In light of the lack of known traditional use, and of modern research confirming health benefits, use of Suma is not recommended for any condition at this time.
Sundew is a beneficial herb for lung ailments and helps to cure coughs. Has been specifically recommended for dry coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma, and "bronchial cramps."
Sweet Annie/ Sweet Wormwood Extract
Sweet Annie was used by Chinese herbalists in ancient times to treat fever. Today, this herb is used most commonly to treat parasites, malaria, and cancer.
Useful for chronic coughs, for fevers, and for gout. May be used for skin afflictions as well as rheumatism.
Thyme is a plant with a history of use for respiratory infections.
Triphala is any Ayurvedic herbal blend taken as a general health tonic.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is often used in Ayurvedic medicine as an antiseptic and as an antibacterial agent. In Asia Turmeric is generally used to support digestion. Turmeric is currently being studied for a wide range of other health related applications.
Usnea is an immune enhancer and can be used along with or instead of Echinacea. Usnea is more specific for strep and staph infections than Echinacea, and its antibiotic properties are most specific to the respiratory and urinary systems.
Uva Ursi Leaves
Uva ursi is an ancient astringent that is often recommended to support urinary tract function.
Valerian Root
Valerian is a plant noted for its sedative effects.
Venus Flytrap
Proponents claim that Venus flytrap extract has immune stimulant and anticancer properties. Supporters also claim that it is effective for treating colitis, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, neurodermatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, and certain types of herpes.
The flowers are used for coughs and colds, while the leaves and flowers are used as an antiseptic and expectorant. May contain anti-cancer properties.
Vitex Agnus-Castus (Chasteberry)
Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry) is a well-known herb that has been used for centuries in Europe for hormonal imbalances in women.
White Oak
White oak bark is a marvelous herb to help nourish and strengthen injured areas of the body. It has been used successfully for many applications, including fortifying blood vessels and tissues. White Oak has astringent properties, and it also soothes the throat.
White Willow Bark
White Willow Bark contains salicin, a chemical cousin to acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin).
Wild Cherry
Wild Cherry Bark is considered to be a very useful expectorant, helping to bring up mucus and others from the lungs.
Wild Yam Root
Wild Yam root contains diosgenin, a substance that is believed to convert into the female hormone progesterone.
Witch Hazel
Mohegan Native American tribe made balms out of the bark of Witch Hazel and applied them to cuts and wounds. Tea made from Witch Hazel was ingested to help treat menstrual problems, colds, and other ailments. The plant's essential oils have been extracted to produce astringents and vasoconstrictors.
Women's Support Herbs
Individual herbs and synergistic formulas designed to support womens needs.
Wood Betony
Wood Betony works well for both children and adults. It is said to help migraine headaches.
Wormwood is used to allay swellings of the joints.
Yarrow is useful as a diaphoretic for women's menstrual and vaginal troubles, bronchitis, and flatulence.
Yellow Dock
Yellow dock root is a bitter herb noted for its high iron content. It nourishes the skin, stimulates bile production, tones the liver and gallbladder and purifies the blood.
Yerba Mansa
Yerba Mansa is an herb native to the Southern US and Mexico that has similar antibiotic actions to that of Goldenseal and is also traditionally as an anti-inflammatory.
Yerba Santa
Yerba Santa, native to California and Mexico is typically used as a treatment for respiratory conditions.
Yohimbe bark contains Yohimbine, a compound that stimulates increase blood flow.