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African Potato – Hypoxis heamerocallidea

African Potato is indigenous to South Africa.

African Potato can be used for

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  • HIV
  • Bladder disorders
  • Hemorrhage
  • Benign Prostate Hypertrophy and
  • prostate cancer

Alfalfa – Medicago sativa

Alfalfa is a general all round tonic and is high in energy.

Alfalfa

  • is a blood purifier
  • it detoxifies the body
  • treats stomach ulcers
  • counter acts the effects of chemotherapy and lowers cholesterol

Alfalfa contains vitamins and minerals such as

  • Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, U, B12
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • sodium
  • iron
  • chlorine
  • silicon and
  • manganese

Alfalfa can be used in the treatment of debilitating illnesses, convalescence and fatigue. 

Alfalfa reduces uric acid when you have problems like

  • gout
  • arthritis and
  • rheumatism

Wormwood, Wilde Als – Artemisia Afra

Wilde Als is indigenous to South Africa.

Wilde Als is an antiseptic and tonic herb. It can be used as

  • enemas
  • poultices
  • vapor
  • infusions
  • body washes and
  • lotions.

It can be smoked, snuffed or drunk as a tea. 

Wilde Als is a blood purifier for acne and boils. It can be used to treat

  • colds
  • headaches
  • coughs
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • colic
  • earache
  • malaria
  • diabetes mellitus
  • intestinal parasites and
  • stomach disorders

Place the leaves in socks for sweaty feet.

Wilde Als has

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antidepressant and
  • pain-relieving properties

Use a Wilde Als tea to disinfect cuts and grazes.


Ashwaganda – Withania somnifera

Ashwaganda is also called "Indian Ginseng".

Ashwaganda is a bitter-sweet astringent herb.

Ashwaganda acts on the reproductive system - impotence and fertility.

It helps the

  • nervous system
  • with insomnia and
  • nervous exhoustion. 

Ashwaganda also helps with epilepsy, joint- nerve- and rheumatic pains.


Basil - Occimum basilicum

Basil is a culinary and medicinal herb.

Basil can be used in tomato based dishes, pasta sauses and soups.

Medicinally Basil is a restorative, warming and aromatic herb.

It is affective against bacterial infections and intestinal parasites.


Burdock – Arctium lappa

Burdock is a

  • detoxifying
  • antibiotic
  • antiseptic
  • anti-inflammatory and
  • mild diuretic herb with anti-tumour action

It is a cleansing remedy that eliminates heavy metal as well as a build-up of toxins leading to skin problems and digestive sluggishness, gout or arthritic pains.

It treats conditions caused by chronic toxicity, such as throat- and other infections and chronic skin problems – notably

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • boils
  • acne
  • slow healing wounds
  • dermatitis
  • rashes and
  • sores

Burdock can have a hypoglycemic action by lowering blood sugar levels.


Calendula – Calendula officinalis

Calendula is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory herb and can be used to treat food allergies, yeast growth and inflammation in the bowel.

Calendula can also be used to treat conjunctivitis.

In a cream it can be used for: vaginal itching, hemorrhoids and nappy rash.


Catnip – Nepeta cataria

Catnip contains vitamin C.

It is an astringent and promotes sweating during colds, flu, fever and childhood diseases – it induces sleep or perspiration but does not increase body temperature.

Catnip is used for the

  • nervous system
  • palpitations
  • rheumatism
  • arthritis
  • pain and
  • as a sedative.

Catnip calms the stomach – it aids in reducing flatulence, diarrhea and childhood colic.

Make a tea to use as an enema to heal or cleanse lower bowels.
Catnip can be used to prevent miscarriage, premature birth and morning sickness.


Centella – Centella asiatica

Centella is a rejuvenating diuretic herb.

 Centella clears toxins, reduces inflammation and fever and promotes healing.

It balances the nervous system, improves circulation and help to retain or restore elasticity of the skin.

Centella can also be used for

  • wounds
  • chronic skin conditions
  • leprosy
  • venereal diseases
  • malaria
  • varicose veins
  • ulcers
  • thread veins
  •  night cramps
  • nervous disorders
  • mental retardation and
  • senility

Comfrey – Symphytum officinale

Comfrey

  • is an expectorant
  • has astringent properties
  •  is soothing
  • healing and
  • reduces inflammation

Comfrey may also control bleeding.

Comfrey can be used for

  • gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • irritable bowel 
  • as a poultice for fractures, sprains, torn ligaments, arthritis and
  • chronic bronchial disease

Corn Flower: Blue – Centaurea cyanus

Corn flower has astringent properties and can reduce inflammation. Corn Flower is a bitter tonic stimulant.

An infusion made from the petals can

  • improve digestion
  • regulate gall bladder
  • liver and kidneys
  • menstrual disorders and
  • can be used to increase resistance against infections.

Externally, Corn Flower is used for its eye-brightening properties. A strained infusion is used as an eye wash for problems like corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis and you can make a wash for infected wounds, mouth ulcers and use it as a hair rinse. Corn flower petals can also be applied as a poultice over the eyes to ease eye strain.

Other: Corn Flower can be a natural substitute for confetti at weddings.


Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion can be used as a diuretic, a laxative and it is anti-rheumatic.

Dandelion stimulates liver function and improves digestion.

It reduces swelling, inflammation, edema ass. with high blood pressure.

Can be used for

  • acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • gout
  • gall bladder problems and
  • urinary disorders

Dandelion Root - Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion can be used as a diuretic, a laxative and it is anti-rheumatic.

Dandelion stimulates liver function and improves digestion.

It reduces swelling, inflammation, edema ass. with high blood pressure.

Can be used for

  • acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • gout
  • gall bladder problems and
  • urinary disorders

Echinacea - Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea is a natural antibiotic and help treat diseases affecting the auto-immune system.

It is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

Can be used for

  • boils
  • septicaemia
  • cancer
  • syphilis
  • eczema
  • ear infections
  • infections of the respiratory and urinary tract
  • cold sores
  • blisters caused by the Herpes simplex virus

Can be used externally to treat minor wounds, burns, boils, ulcers, skin inflammations and as a gargle for throat infections.


Elder Flower - Sambucus nigra

Elder has anti-catarrhal properties.

It encourages sweating during feverish colds and influenza.

Elder, when taken early in the year, will help strengthen the upper respiratory tract when suffering from hay fever.


Elder Leaf - Sambucus nigra

Elder boosts the Immune system.

Elder can be used for sinusitis, influenza, hay fever and nasal drip.

Elder stimulates circulation and helps ease arthritis.

Externally the leaves can be used in a poultice for sprains and bruises.


Fennel – Foeniculum vulgaris

Fennel is a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Fennel has

  • diuretic properties
  • relieves digestive problems
  • relaxes spasms and
  • reduces inflammation

Fennel can be used to treat colic, urinary disorders and increases milk flow during breastfeeding.

Fennel can also be used as a mouthwash or a gargle.


Feverfew – Tanacetum parthenium

Feverfew can be used to treat

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • arthritis
  • gout
  • rheumatism
  • colds
  • flu
  • congestion
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • stress
  • tension
  • anxiety
  • worry and sleeplessness

It can be used as a relaxant for strained or sore muscles.

Feverfew aids gynaecological disorders such as period pain that is associated with sluggish flow. 

Feverfew can be used for skin problems such as dry skin, blemishes and blackheads.

Warning : Do not take Feverfew during pregnancy.


Golden Rod – Solidago aureus

Golden Rod is an anti-oxidant.

Golden Rod can be used for urinary tract ailments such as kidney stones, nephritis and bladder infection – it increases urine flow and inhibits bacterium.

Golden Rod can decrease the inflammation and painful cramps that goes hand in hand with bladder infections.

It can relieve back ache caused by kidney conditions and eases arthritis.

Golden Rod contains saponins which acts against the candida fungus that causes oral or vaginal thrush.

Golden Rod is anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory.

It can aid in combatting chronic sinusitis, nasal catarrh and diarrhea.

Golden Rod can help during menopause, help to reduces blood pressure and to promote sweating.


Horsetail – Equisetum arvense

Horsetail is said to

  • control internal and external bleeding
  • treat urinary tract infections
  • prostate disorders and
  • chronic swelling of the legs

Horsetail can also treat stomach ulcers and skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

May control bedwetting.

It is an excellent clotting agent.

Horsetail repairs deep-seated long-standing damage lung disease, emphysema, rheumatic and arthritic problems.

DO NOT TAKE IF SUFFERING FROM SEVERE OEDEMA.


Lavender – Lavendula sp. Various

Lavender can

  • treat nervous exhaustion
  • tension headaches
  • colic and
  • indigestion

Lavender Buds - Lavendula sp. Various

Lavender can

  • treat nervous exhaustion
  • tension headaches
  • colic and
  • indigestion

Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm can be used for longevity.

Lemon Balm

  • is a carminative
  • has antispasmodic and anti-bacterial properties and
  • it is a relaxing tonic

Lemon Balm can be used for febrifuge, eczema and hyperthyroidism.

It can also fight against the Herpes virus.

Lemon Balm can be used as a hair rinse for oily hair and as a facial steam.


Lemon Grass – Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon Grass is a tonic and a stimulating herb.

Lemon Grass can be used as a remedy for liver complaints and digestive problems. It relaxes the muscles of the stomach and gut, relieves cramping pains and flatulence.

Lemon Grass is particularly suitable for children.

A paste of the leaves can be applied to ringworm.

Lemon Grass can be used as an insect repellent.


Lemon Verbena – Lippia citriodora

Lemon Verbena has astringent, calming and digestive properties.

Lemon Verbena can be used for

  • feverish colds
  • bronchial or nasal congestion
  • spasms
  • nausea
  • palpitations and
  • abdominal discomfort

It is a gentle sedative and can be used as a tonic for the nervous system as well as depression.

Lemon Verbena has also cosmetic properties.


Marjoram - Oreganum marjorana

Sweet Marjoram has culinary as well as medicinal uses.

Culinary: Marjoram can be used in meat and poultry dishes, omelettes, piza, tomatoes and potatoes. It blends well with Thyme and Basil.

Medicinal: Marjoram has strong sedative and antiseptic powers. It is also a natural disinfectant.

Morjoram can be used as a tonic and helps settle flatulance and bloating.


Marshmallow Root - Althea officinalis

Marshmallow root counters axcess stomach acid, peptic ulceration and gastritis.

It has demulcent properties - it treats inflammation and irritation of the mucousmembranes.

It is also a diuretic and slightly laxative.


Milk Thistle - Silybum marianum

Milk Thistle is a remarkable Liver protector.

It speeds up recovery after cancer therapy.

It Protects the Liver against

  • liver and gall bladder disease
  • cirrhoses
  • infections
  • Hepatitis
  • jaundice
  • poisoning and
  • alcahol and drug abuse

Mint (mixed mints) – Mentha sp

This combination of mints has

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-spasmodic
  • anti-flatulent and
  • stimulating properties

Mint, Peppermint – Mentha piperita

Peppermint is known to have the most medicinal value of all the mints. Peppermint has a high menthol content.

Peppermint is used to treat

  • gastric and digestive disorder
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • nervous complaints and
  • insomnia

Peppermint relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, stimulates bile flow, helps with nausea and travel sickness.

Peppermint is a decongestant – it treats fevers, influenza, colds and catarrh.

Peppermint can help with concentration during exam time.


Oreganum - Oreganum vulgare

Oreganum has Culinary and Medicinal uses.

Culinary: Oreganum is an important herb in Greek, Italian and Mexican cooking, in strongly flavoured dishes.

Medicinally, Oreganum can be used for

  • colds
  • influenza
  • minor feverish illnesses
  • indigestion
  • flatulance and
  • stomach upset

Warning : Do not take Oreganum during pregnancy.


Olive Leaf - Olea europaea

Olive leaf is used for

  • minor feverish illnesses
  • nervous tention
  • hypertension and
  • diabetes

Externally Olive can be used abrasions, sore eyes, and sore throats.


Parsley – Petroselinum crispum

Parsley is a culinary and a medicinal herb.

Culinary: Parsley can be used to flavour sauses and butter. It can be used in dressing, stuffing and savoury dishes.

Medicinally Parsley 

  • ia a diuretic
  • relaxes spasms
  • reduces inflammation
  • clears toxins from the body and
  • stimulates digestion and the uterus

Parsley can be used to treat

  • edema
  • kidney stones
  • anorexia
  • rheumatism and
  • prostatitis

Parsley contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E and iron.


Plantain – Plantago major

Plantain has

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • diuretic and
  • haemostyptic properties

Plantain is a healing astringent - it can stop external or inner bleeding.

Plantain can be used to treat urinary tract infections. Juice from the leaves can be applied externally to heal sore wounds and inflammations.

Plantain can help in the treatment of

  • inflamed mucous membranes
  • lung infections
  • dry coughs and
  • diarrhea

Use as a gargle to treat sore throats or mouth and gum inflammations.  Apply Plantain ointment on burns and hemorrhoids.


Red Clover - Trifolium pratense

This is a sweet, cooling, alterative herb that relaxes spasms and has diuretic, hormonal and expectorant effects.

Internally Red Clover can be used for

  • skin complants
  • cancers of the breast, overies and the lymphatic systems
  • chronic degenerative diseases
  • gout
  • whooping cough and
  • dry cough

Also helps during menopause.


Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary can be used as a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Rosemary improves memory and stimulates the nervous system. Rosemary is an anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory value.

Rosemary

  • inhibits free-radical damage
  • strengthens capillaries
  • can help in the treatment of depression
  • migraine
  • disorders of the liver
  • sluggish digestion
  • long-term stress and
  • chronic illness

Chew a leaf to cleanse your breath after eating garlic.

Rosemary can be used as an antiseptic gargle or mouthwash. A hair rinse made from Rosemary can be used to stimulate hair growth after chemotherapy.

Warning: People who suffer from High Blood Pressure may not use Rosemary internally.


Rue - Ruta graveolens

Rue is antispasmodic and can help in the treatment of menstrual disorders – promote the onset of menstruation.

Rue can help in the treatment of

  • circulatory disorders
  • heart palpitation
  • high blood pressure and
  • as a nerve tonic

Rue can be used in the treatment of chest, nose and throat problems such as

  • bronchitis
  • colds
  • flu
  • whooping cough and
  • fever

Rue has antiseptic properties.

An eyewash can be used to treat eye strain and sore eyes.

Warning: Rue should not be taken by pregnant women.


Sage – Salvia officinalis

Sage can be used as a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Sage is an astringent and an antiseptic tonic.

Sage can improves liver function and digestion. Sage has anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties.

Sage can be used in the treatment of

  • nervous exhaustion
  • menopause
  • colds and flu

Shepherd's Purse - Capsella bursa

Internally and externally, Shepherd's Purse can be used to

  • stop bleeding, especially in heavy menstruation
  • blood in urine
  • haemorroids
  • nosebleeds and
  • wounds

Internally it can also be used to treat cystitis.


Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica

Stinging Nettle is an astringent and a diuretic tonic.

Stinging Nettle can help in

  • controlling bleeding
  • clears toxins
  • slightly reduces blood pressure and blood sugar levels

Stinging Nettle can reduces prostate enlargement.

It is a tonic for debilitated conditions and anemia.

Stinging Nettle contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and iron. Stinging Nettle cleanses the system and breaks down the crystals that is caused by problems such as arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

Stinging Nettle is used to treat conditions such as hay fever, asthma and skin complaints like eczema and itchy skin.

Stinging Nettle can be applied to burns, insect bites and wounds.


Sutherlandia – Sutherlandia frutescens

Sutherlandia (also called Kankerbos, Cancer Bush or Gansies) is indigenous to South Africa.

Sutherlandia is non-toxic and is an adaptogenic. Sutherlandia provides Immune System support against chronic diseases or immune deficiency diseases.

Sutherlandia aids in reducing wasting due to illnesses such as cancer, TB and Aids.

Sutherlandia can be used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes - it regulates and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Sutherlandia can be used in the treatment of patients suffering from

  • viral hepatitis
  • bronchitis
  • flu
  • asthma
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • peptic ulcers
  • liver conditions
  • urinary tract infections
  • stress and
  • anxiety

Extracts of Sutherlandia can be used topically to treat burns, wounds and inflammatory skin conditions.


Thyme – Thymus vulgaris

Thyme can be used as a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Thyme has

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • antibacterial
  • anti-fungal and
  • diuretic properties

Thyme soothes

  • coughs
  • has antibiotic properties
  • can be used in the treatment of wounds and
  • asthma (inhale the vapor)

Thyme can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, lung infections, cuts and bruises.

Topical it can be used to increase blood flow to an area.

You can make a gargle for sore throats.

Thyme is also useful as a digestive remedy, warming for stomach chills associated with diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.


Valerian – Valeriana officinalis

Valerian has tranquilizing and calmative properties.

Valerian can be used to treat

  • restlessness
  • nervousness
  • insomnia
  • hysteria
  • headaches
  • circulation and
  • can lower blood pressure

Valerian can also be used to treat

  • menopause related problems
  • restless legs syndrome
  • indigestion
  • irritable bowel syndrome and
  • nervous stomach

Violet Leaf – Viola odorata

Violet leaf cleanses toxins from the body and has anti-cancer properties.

Violet can be used to treat

  • arthritis
  • digestive disorders and
  • respiratory ailments

Violet has sedative properties and it is seen as a natural aspirin and can be used to treat headaches and body pains.

Violet is also an expectorant, antiseptic and a laxative.

A poultice or wash made from violet leaves can be used to treat

  • skin infections
  • inflammation
  • hemorrhoids
  • skin cancer and growths
  • eczema and
  • rashes

Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium

Internally Wormwood can be used for

  • digestion
  • poor appetite
  • gallbladder complaints and
  • round worms

Chinese Wormwood/Sweet Annie - Artemisia annua

Internally Sweet Annie can be used in the treatment of

  • feverish illnesses
  • malaria and
  • heat stroke

It is an aromatic, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial herb.

Externally it can be used for

  • nosebleeds
  • bleeding rashes and
  • sores

Wilde dagga - Leonotus leanurus

A decoction Wild dagga leaves, stems and flowers can be used in the treatment of

  • colds and flu
  • coughs
  • bronchitis
  • high blood pressure
  • asthma
  • indigestion
  • headaches and
  • jaundice

It has blood cleansing properties.

Externally Wild dagga can be used for itchy skin.


Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is an astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-pyretic herb.

Yarrow can be used to

  • treat indigestion,
  • hypertension and relaxes peripheral blood vessels and spasms

Yarrow can also be used to treat

  • feverish illnesses,
  • rheumatism,
  • arthritis,
  • menstrual and urinary system problems, as well as
  • circulatory problems

Externally Yarrow can be applied to wounds to stop bleeding and nose bleeds.


Devil's Claw - Harpagophytum procumbens

Devil's Claw is indigenous to South Africa.

Devil's Claw is a bitter, astringent, sedative, painkilling herb that reduces inflimation and stimulates the digestive and lymphatic system

Devil's Claw can be used for

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Digestive Problems involving the Gall Bladder and Pancreas

Warning : Do not take if you have a gastric or duodenal ulcer.


Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra

Slippery Elm soothes and lubricates tissues, draws out toxins and promotes healing

Slippery Elm can be used for

  • gastric and duodenal ulcers,
  • gastritis,
  • colitis,
  • irritable bowl syndrome,
  • diverticulitis,
  • gastric infections,
  • acid indigestion

Black Cumin - Nigella sativa

Black Cumin seeds can be used to treat

  • respiratory conditions,
  • allergies,
  • fever,
  • flu,
  • asthma,
  • emphysema,
  • Hypertension,
  • insomnia,
  • Arthritic and Rheumatic pain,
  • excessive perspiration

Black Cumin can also be used to treat

  • stomach upsets,
  • colic,
  • spasm,
  • nausea, as well as
  • intestinal worms

It may also inhibit certain forms of cancer.

Warning : Do not take Slippery Elm during pregnancy.


White Sage - Salvia apiana

White Sage can be used as/for

  • smudge sticks to cleanse body and home,
  • decrease respiratory ailments,
  • stomach ailments,

White sage has anti-bacterial properties


    Hawthorn Berries - Crataegus spesies

    Hawthorn berries can be used as/for

    • circulatory disorders,
    • heart disease,

    Passiflora - Passiflora incarnata

    Passiflora can be used to treat

    • nervous tension,
    • anxiety,
    • insomnia,
    • irritability,
    • tention headache,
    • asthma,
    • irritable bowel syndrome,
    • premenstrual tension,
    • nervous tachycardia,
    • hypertension
    • shingles,

    Passiflora can also be used to assist withdrawal from addictive drugs


    Raspberry - Rubus idaeus

    Raspberry leaf can be used to treat

    • diarrhoea,
    • tonsillitis,
    • mouth inflammation,
    • sores,
    • conjunctivitis,
    • minor wounds,
    • burns,
    • varicose ulcers,

    Chamomile - Matricaria recutita

    Chamomile can be used to treat

    • nervous digestive upsets,
    • irritable bowel syndrome,
    • insomnia,
    • motion sickness,
    • colic,

    Externally, Chamomile can also be used to treat

    • wounds,
    • sunburn,
    • burns,
    • haemorrhoids
    • mastitis
    • and leg ulcers

    Chickweed - Stellaria media

    Chickweed can be used to treat

    • rheumatism,
    • chest infections,

    Externally, Chickweed can also be used to treat

    • itching skin conditions,
    • eczema,
    • psoriasis,
    • ulcers
    • boils
    • abscesses

    Warning : Do not take during pregnancy. Excess can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.


    Tea Tree Leaf- Melaleuca alternifolia

    Tea Tree

    • increases perspiration,
    • stimulates immune system,
    • is effective against bacterial and fungal infections,

    Externally, Tea tree can also be used to treat

    • thrush,
    • vaginal infections,
    • acne,
    • athlete's foot
    • insect bites

    Fuller's Teasel - Dipsacus sativus

    Fuller’s Teasel can be used as an antibiotic, can improve circulation and is helpful in curing Lyme disease also known as Tickbite fever.

    Fuller's Teasel can be used for

    • Warts
    • Ringworm
    • jaundice
    • toremove obstructions of the liver

    Buchu – Agathosma crenulata

    Buchu can be used to disinfect the urinary tract during infections of the

    • bladder (cystitis)
    • uretra (urethritis)
    • prostate (prostatitis)
    • and kidneys (pyelonephritis

    Buchu can also be used for digestive problems, gout, rheumatism, coughs and colds

    Externally it can be used for bruises or sprains

    Warning : Buchu should not be used while pregnant or if suffering from Bleeding disorders since it may slow the clotting of blood.


    Bladderwrack - Fucus vesiculosus

    The most impressive health benefits of bladderwrack include its ability to treat:

    • Obesity - helps control weight
    • underactive Thyroid - it stimulates the thyroid
    • inflammation and pain in joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis
    • strengthen bones
    • boost circulation
    • strengthen heart health

    Bladderwrack may also be able to help lower bad Cholesterol

    Externally Bladderwrack can be used for Rheumatic complaints.

    Warning : Bladderwrackshould not be used during pregnancy and lactation. Bladderwrack should not be used by patients suffering from an over-active Thyroid.


    Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa

    Internally for bronchial complaints like whooping cough and asthma. It is a bitter tonic herb that soothes aches and pains, controls coughing, lowers fevers and stimulates the uterus.

    Black Cohosh is commonly used for :

    • symptoms of menopause
    • premenstrual syndrome
    • painful menstruation
    • acne
    • and osteoporosis

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy and lactation. Excess use may cause nasua and vomiting.


    Cat’s Claw – Uncaria tomentosa

    Cat's Claw is a diuretic depurative herb that has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb.

    Internally Cat's Claw can be used for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract:

    • swelling and pain of the large intestines (diverticulitis)
    • inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis)
    • inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis)
    • stomach ulcers
    • and leaky bowel syndrome

    Cat's Claw has antiviral properties that boosts the immune system and fights infections.

    Has anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties and is helpful in treating:

    • arthritis
    • allergies
    • asthma
    • diabetes
    • chronic fatique syndrome
    • herpes virus (herpes simplex and herpeszoster)
    • and viral infections

    Warning: Do not use when pregnant and not for children three years and younger. Do not use if you suffer from an auto immune disease like MS or Lupus.


    Chaste Berries - Vitex agnus-castus

    Internally for menstrual and menopausel complaints, infertility and insufficient lactation.

    Chaste tree berry has been shown to help balance the progesterone and estrogen levels. This is why it has been referred to as a “female” herb.


    Hoodia - Hoodia gordonii

    Hoodia can be used as an appetite suppressant.

    Can be used alongside Green Tea.


    Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis

    Internally Hyssop can be used for:

    • bronchitis
    • upper respiratory tract infections and congestion
    • feverish illnesses and coughs in children
    • colic

    Lady's Mantle - Alchemilla xanthochlora

    Internally Lad's Mantle can be used for excessive or irregular menstruation, menopausel problems and also diarrhoea.

    Lady's Mantle is a bitter astringent herb that controls bleeding and discharges.


    Liquorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra

    Liquorice is commonly used for :

    • asthma
    • bronchitis
    • coughs
    • peptic ulcers
    • arthritis

    It is a soothing herb that is anti-inflammatory and controls coughing and has hormonal and laxative effects. It detoxifies and protects the liver.

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy or patients with anaemia, high blood pressure and kidney disease.


    Lungwort - Pulmonaria officinalis

    Lungwort is a soothing astringent expectorant herb.

    Lungwort is commonly used for :

    • coughs
    • bronchitis and asthma
    • haemorrhoids
    • and diarrhoea

    Lungwort can also help with kidney and urinary tract problems. Lungwort is also used in cough medicines, to relieve fluid retention, and to treat lung diseases such as tuberculosis.

    Lungwort is also much efficient to remove tar (due to Smoking) from the lungs.


    Maca - Lepidium meyenii

    Maca is:

    • rich in anti-oxidants
    • enhances energy, mood and memory
    • improves female sexual health
    • balances estrogen levels
    • ans boosts male fertility

    Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris

    Mugwort is commonly used for :

    • threadworm and roundworm infestation
    • menstrual complaints
    • digestive stimulant
    • diuretic

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy and lactating mothers.


    Motherwort - Leonurus cardiaca

    Motherwort is a bitter diuretic herb that acts as a circulatory and uterine stimulant. Also have antibacterial and anti-fungal effects

    Motherwort is commonly used for :

    • lowering of blood pressure
    • heart palpitations
    • problems with menstruation
    • menopause

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy.


    Neem - Azadirachta indica

    Neem clears toxins.

    Neem is commonly used for :

    • reduce inflammation
    • lowering fevers
    • arthritis and rheumatism
    • intestinal worms

    Strawberry - Fragaria vesca

    Strawberry leaf treats diarrhoeaand mucosal inflammation of the mouth.

    Stawberry can be used as a duiretic for urinary tract disorders, arthritis, rheumatism amd gout.


    Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana

    Internally Witch Hazel is commonly used for :

    • diarrhoea
    • colitis
    • excessive menstruation and vaginal discharge

    Externally for:

    • varicose veins
    • sprains
    • bruises
    • burns
    • skin inflammation

    Rooi Wortel - Bulbine natalensis

    Bulbine Natalensis, an aphrodisiac herb of South Africa, improves testosterone level, boosts libido and reduce estrogen. Bulbine Natalensis Powder and extract is used for aphrodisiac purposes, diabetes, heart diseases, diarrhea and rheumatoid arthritis. The main function of this herb is on testosterone level. It increases testosterone level and decreases estrogen level significantly. It is a good natural testosterone booster, which greatly influence testosterone level and thus, increase drive and performance. Low testosterone level is one of the main causes of physical weakness and erectile dysfunction. First, decreased testosterone level affects your libido and may decrease interest in physical relations. Then it also results in weakness and erectile dysfunction. Bulbine Natalensis is a good natural testosterone booster, which greatly influence testosterone level and thus, increase drive and performance. Bulbine Natalensis may have anti-inflammatory properties. In traditional medicine in South Africa, it is used for reduction of rheumatic pain. It may decrease blood sugar level. Its effects might be due to decrease in insulin resistance, but it is yet under scientific review. No studies are available on this subject.


    Elderberry Berries

    Elder boosts the Immune system.

    Elder can be used for sinusitis, influenza, hay fever and nasal drip.

    Elder stimulates circulation and helps ease arthritis.

    Externally the leaves can be used in a poultice for sprains and bruises.


    Siberian Ginseng - Eleutherococcus senticosus

    Siberian Ginseng is a pungent, bitter -sweet warming herb that

    • stimulates the immuneand circulatory system
    • regulates blood pressure
    • lowers blood sugar
    • reduces inflammation

    Also used or Menopausel complaints.

    Physical and mental stress

    Warning: Not given to children or to be taken for longer than six weeks at a time. Contraindicated with caffeine.


    Mullein - Verbascum thapsus

    Mullein is a bitter cooling herb that:

    • soothes and lubricates tissues
    • promotes healing

    Internally it is used for coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, TB, urinary tract infections and nervous tensions


    Senna - Cassia angustifolia

    Senna is used as a laxative:

    • it is used for constipation

    Stinging Nettle root - Urtica dioica

    Stinging Nettle root reduces prostate enlargement.

    Stinging Nettle can help in

    • controlling bleeding
    • clears toxins
    • slightly reduces blood pressure and blood sugar levels

    It is a tonic for debilitated conditions and anemia.

    Stinging Nettle contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and iron. Stinging Nettle cleanses the system and breaks down the crystals that is caused by problems such as arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

    Stinging Nettle is used to treat conditions such as hay fever, asthma and Allergies.


    Roselle - Hibiscus sabdariffa

    Hibiscus makes a refreshing, caffeine-free drink that is rich in organic acids. It is used as a general health tonic to treat appetite loss, colds, coughs and circulatory ailments. Hibiscus is a gentle laxative, diuretic and expectorant..


    Horehound - Marraubium vulgare

    A bitter aromatic herb that is antiseptic and expectorant and reduces inflammation.

    It increases perspiration rate, stimulates bile flow and has a sedative effect on the heart..

    Also for:

    • bronchitis
    • asthma
    • chest coughs and colds
    • whooping cough
    • liver and gall bladder disorders
    • typhoid fever
    • and palpitations

    Warning: Prolonged use may cause high blood pressure.


    Small Flower Willow Herb - Epilobium parviflorum

    Small Flower Willow Herb can be used as a a prostate tonic as well as disorders of the prostate, including prostatitis (infection of the prostate), BPH (enlargement of the prostate) and prostate cancer. It is also used for women suffering from urinary tract infections because it has a cleansing and antimicrobial action on the genitourinary system.


    Klip Dagga - Leonotis nepetifolia

    Klip Dagga has long been used in African traditional medicine as a treatment for fevers, headaches, malaria, dysentery and snakebite. It has an effect on the uterus - depending on the dose it will stimulate- or suppress menstruation. In Trinidad it is a common cold, fever and asthma remedy. Studies suggest that teas or tinctures made with the leaf possesses anti-nociceptive properties (it inhibits the sensation of pain), is anti-inflammatory and hypoglycemic and therefore lend pharmacological credence to the folkloric uses of this herb in the management and/or control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as for adult-onset type-2 diabetes mellitus.


    Agrimony - Agrimonia eupatoria

    A bitter ,mildly astringent tonic herb.

    It is a diuretic and can be helpful to control bleeding.

    It improves liver and gall bladder function and has anti-inflammatory effect.

    Also for:

    • colitis
    • dyspepsia
    • food allergies
    • diarrhoea
    • gallstones
    • urinary incontinence
    • cystitis
    • and rheumatism

    Warning: Not to be used when suffering from stress related constipation.


    Couch Grass - Agropyron repens

    A soothing herb that improves excretion from the kidneys and bowels.

    Can be used to lower cholesterol levels.

    Also for:

    • kidney and bladder complaints especially for enlarge prostate and cystitis
    • rheumatism and gout

    Ginkgo Biloba

    A bitter sweet astringent herb that dilates bronchial tubes and blood vessels.

    Stimulates circulation.

    Also for:

    • allergic inflammatory responses
    • asthma
    • cerebral insufficiency in the elderly
    • senile dementia
    • circulatory complaints such as Raynaud's disease
    • varicose veins
    • and irregular heartbeat

    Warning: Excess use may cause dermatitis, headaches, diarroea and vomiting.


    Green Tea - Camellia sinensis

    A bitter aromatic herb that has astringent properties.

    It stimulates the nervous system and has diuretic and bacterial effects.

    Also for:

    • diarrhoea
    • hepatitis
    • gastroenteritis

    Regular consumption may protect against arteriosclerosis and dental cavities ans may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

    Warning: Excess may cause constipation, indigention, dizziness, palpitations, irritability and insomnia


    Sarsaparilla - Smilax species

    A cooling, slightly bitter alterative herb that has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic properties.

    It increases perspiration rate, stimulates bile flow and has a sedative effect on the heart..

    Also for:

    • Rheumatiod arthritis
    • gout
    • syphilis
    • urinary tract infections
    • hormonal affect on both men and woman
    • imotence in males

    Sarsaparilla may increase fertility in woman with ovarian dysfunction


    White Willow bark - Salix alba

    A bitter astringent cooling herb that relieves pain, lowes fever and reduces inflammation

    Also for:

    • Rheumatism
    • Arthritis and gout
    • diarrhoea
    • feverish illness
    • lneuralgia
    • headaches

    Will also be helpful in the inflammatory stages of auti-immune diseases


    Astragalus root - Astragalus membranaceus

    Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb that stimulates the immune system, spleen, lungs, liver, circulatory and urinary system and lowers blood pressure as well as blood sugar levels

    Also for:

    • Low energy/stamina
    • diabetes
    • kidney problems
    • anaemia

    Will also be helpful with recovery during cancer treatment


    Moringa - Moringa oleifera

    Moringa is an expectrorant. It is nurtitious and has diuretic and laxative properties

    It helps control bacterial infections and is a potent antibiotic.

    Also for:

    • tuberculosis
    • enlarged spleen and liver
    • kidney and bladder stones
    • inflammatory conditions

    Aloe Vera - Aloe barbadensis

    Aloe can be used for chronic constipation

    It is an intensely bitter puragative herb that may control fungal infections, promotes healing and destroys intestinal parasites.

    Also for:

    • digestive problems
    • colitis
    • irritable bowel syndrome
    • inflammatory conditions

    Echinacea root

    Echinacea is a natural antibiotic and help treat diseases affecting the auto-immune system.

    It is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

    Can be used for

    • boils
    • septicaemia
    • cancer
    • syphilis
    • eczema
    • ear infections
    • infections of the respiratory and urinary tract
    • cold sores
    • blisters caused by the Herpes simplex virus

    Can be used externally to treat minor wounds, burns, boils, ulcers, skin inflammations and as a gargle for throat infections.


    Eyebright- Euphrasia stricta

    Eyebright can be taken for swollen/inflamed nasal passages, allergies, hay fever, common cold, bronchial conditions, sinusitis


    Ginger - Zingiber officinale

    Ginger is a warming herb that is an expectorant, increases perspiration, improves digstion and liver function.

    Also for:

    • indigstion
    • nausea
    • coughs and colds
    • peripheral circulatery problems
    • menstrual cramps

    Clubmoss - Lycopodium clavatum

    Clubmoss is an anti-bacterial herb that is diuretic, and lowers fever

    It is said to also help digestion and to stimulate the uterus.

    Also for:

    • urinary and kidney disorders
    • gastritis
    • catarrhal cystitis

    Greater Celandine - Chelidonium majus

    Greater Celandine is a cleansing, anti-inflammatory herb that improves bile flow, stimulates the uterus and circulatory system.

    May also acts as an antispasmodic, diuretic and laxative herb.

    Also for:

    • inflammation of the gall bladder and bile duct
    • hepatitis
    • Athritis and gout

    Mistletoe - Viscum album

    Mistletoe may lowe blood pressure, stimulate the immune system and relaxes spasms

    May also acts as an antispasmodic, diuretic and laxative herb.

    Also for:

    • arteriosclerosis
    • mild hypertension

    Orris root - Iris germanica

    Orris root is a soothing aromatic herb with diuretic properties

    May be used for coughs, catarrh and diarrhoea


    Skullcap - Scutellaria lateriflora

    Skullcap is a bittersedative herb that relaxes spasms, lowers fever and stimulates the kidneys

    Also for:

    • nervous complaints
    • insomnia
    • tension headaches
    • nervous exhaustion
    • irritability

    Sheep Sorrel - Rumex acetosa

    An acidic herb with astringent cooling and diuretic properties.

    Sheep Sorrel is best known as an ingredient of "essiac" an anti-cancer remedy.


    St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum

    St John's wort is a bitter-sweet cooling herb that calms the nerves, reduces inflammation and promotes healings

    Also for:

    • anxiety
    • mild depression
    • nervous tension
    • PMS
    • sciatica and fibrositis

    Warning: St. John's wort should not be used with Warfarin, oral contraceptives, and with various anti-virals prescribed for HIV patients. Should not be given to patients with severe depression.


    Vervain - Verbena officinalis

    Vervain is a bitter aromatic, cooling herb that has diuretic properties.

    It calms nerves, increases perspiration and lactation, reduces inflammation, relieves pain, improves liver and gallbladder function and stimulates the uterus

    Also for:

    • nervous exhaustion
    • depression
    • asthma
    • migraines
    • gall bladder problems

    Angelica - Angelica archangelica

    A bittersweet aromatic herb that has anti-inflammatory properties. It relaxes spasms, increase perspiration, lowers fever. It’s an expectorant. It acts on the bronchial, digestive, urinary and female reproductive system.

    Also for:

    • Digestive problems,
    • gastric ulcers,
    • bronchitis,
    • poor circulation,
    • chronic fatigue.

    Not to use during pregnancy or by people with diabetes.Warning: .


    Arrow Root - Maranta arundinacea

    Arrowroot is used as a nutritional food for infants and for people recovering from illness. It is also used for stomach and intestinal disorders like diarrhea.


    African Ginger / Wild Ginger - Siphonochilus aethiopicus.

    Wild Ginger has a variety of medicinal and traditional uses to the native South African people.

    Wild ginger is traditionally used to treat:

    • colds,
    • to clear the nasal passages,
    • coughs
    • and ‘flu.

    May also be taken for pain. A preparation of this plant is administered to horses as prevention against horse sickness.


    Frankinsense – Boswelia serrate

    Boswellia is used as a stimulant, to increase urine flow and to stimulate menstrual flow.

    Also for

    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Rheumatism
    • Tendonitis
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Abdominal pain
    • Asthma
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Hay fever
    • Sore throat

    Warning:Not to be taken when pregnant.


    Butchers Broom – Ruscus aculeatis

    An aromatic, diuretic, mildly laxative herb that reduces inflammation and constricts the veins, may help with Atherosclerosis/hardening of arteries, poor blood circulation - pain, heaviness in legs, leg cramps, leg swelling and varicose veins.

    Also for:

    • Jaundice
    • Gout
    • Kidney and bladder stones
    • Gallstones
    • Venous insufficiency
    • Haemorrhoids

    Warning:Not for people who suffers from Hypertension.


    Calamus Root / Sweet Flag – Acorus calamus

    An aromatic, bitter, stimulant herb that relaxes spasms and relieves indigestion.

    Important in Ayurvedic medicine, regarded as a restorative for brain and nervous system.

    Internally it can be used for:

    • Digestive complaints like
    • ulcers,
    • gastritis,
    • diarrhea,
    • flatulence
    • Bronchitis
    • Sinusitis.

    If used in combination with cardamom, it can help with the digestion of dairy produce.


    Cornsilk - Zea mays (maidis stigma)

    Cornsilk is a sweet cooling herb that has diuretic properties, it lowers blood sugar levels, stimulates bile flow and prevents the formation of urinary stones,

    high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

    Also for:

    • Bladder infection
    • Cystitis
    • Urinary stones
    • Gallstones
    • Hepatitis
    • Urethritis
    • Prostatitis
    • Enuresis/urinary incontinence in children

    Don Quai – Angelica sinensis

    Commonly used for menopausel symptoms.

    It may also help to

    • purify the blood,
    • to managhe hypertension,
    • joint pain,
    • anemia and
    • to boost energy levels.

    Also as a tonic for the female reproductive system and liver.

    Warning: Not to be taken by woman during pregnancy. May slow blood clotting. Avoid if suffering from conditions that can get worse due to estrogen.


    Bedstraw / Cleavers - Galium aparine

    A bitter cooling herb that acts on the lymphatic system. It has a mild laxative, diuretic and astringent effect.

    Internally may be used for

    • Lowering Blood Pressure,
    • Glandular fever,
    • Chronic Fatigue,
    • Hepatitis
    • Benign Breast Tumours
    • Cysts,
    • eczema,
    • Psoriasis,
    • Hepatitis
    • Benign Breast Tumours

    Externally may be used for:

    • Swollen Lymph Glands,
    • Breast Lumps,
    • Skin Ulcers,
    • Inflammation

    Buckwheat – Fagopyrum esculentum

    Bitter, pleasant tasting herb that may improve blood flow, control bleeding and dilates blood vessels.

    May be used for

    • varicose veins
    • hypertention
    • poor circulation in legs
    • hardening of arteries
    • < li> high cholesterol

    Warning: May cause light-sensitive dermatitis. People suffering from diabetes on medication should monitor their blood sugar levels.


    Boldo leaf – Peumus boldus

    Bitter aromatic herb that improves liver and gall bladder function, increase bile flow, to kill bacteria and expels worms. Has diuretic properties.

    Also for:

    • liver disease,
    • gallstones,
    • urinary tract infection,
    • intestinal parasites,
    • gonorrhoea and
    • rheumatism.

    Dill – Anethum graveolens

    This herb calms and tones the digestive system, controls infections and has a diuretic effect.

    Internally it can be used for:

    • digestive disorders,
    • indigestion,
    • colic,
    • gas and
    • hiatus hernia

    Culinary: Seeds and leaves can be used in cooking: eggs, fish, seafood, potatoes.


    Fumitory Herb – Fumaria officinalis

    A bitter tonic with mild diuretic and laxative effects. Improves liver and gall bladder function and reduces inflammation.

    Internally for:

    • irritable bowel syndrome,
    • disorders affecting bile flow in the liver,
    • skin disorders,
    • increase urine flow,
    • reduce spasms of the gut.

    Red Grape leaf – Vitis vinifera

    Astringent, cooling diuretic herb.

    May reduce inflammation, controls bleeding, improves circulation and clears toxins.

    May also have anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties.

    Internally for

    • varicose veins,
    • heavy menstruation,
    • menopause,
    • urinary complaints,
    • Hypertension,
    • High Cholesterol.

    Henna / Alkaner – Cassia obovata

    An Ayurvedic herb that can be used as a natural haircare treatment for strong, healthy, beautiful hair.

    Also has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties – helps with sculp conditions like dandruff.

    Adds a golden tint to blond / light brown hair – brings out the golden tones in your hair.

    Benefits:

    • Adds shine to hair
    • Adds volume to hair
    • Conditions and strengthens hair
    • Natural remedy for lice

    Please Note: Every final color you shall obtain is subject to:

    • everyone's hair genetics,
    • to the natural hair color,
    • to how much color the hair is able to absorb &
    • whether the hair has been chemically dyed or not.

    Henna, Black – Indogofera tinctoria

    Has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It cleanses and restores the pH of the sculp and promotes hair growth.

    A natural beauty treatment for all hair types particularly for damaged, thin, flat hair. Can be used to darken dark brown or black hair.

    Please Note: Every final color you shall obtain is subject to:

    • everyone's hair genetics,
    • to the natural hair color,
    • to how much color the hair is able to absorb &
    • whether the hair has been chemically dyed or not.

    Henna, Red – Lawsonia inermis

    Can be used to color hair, body and nails as well as to stain wool, silk and leather naturally.

    When applied to hair, it leaves a copper mahogany color. Duration of the dye lasts about a month and disappears gradually.

    It thickens and strengthen the root and hair and provides volume. Protects the hair. Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

    Please Note: Every final color you shall obtain is subject to:

    • everyone's hair genetics,
    • to the natural hair color,
    • to how much color the hair is able to absorb &
    • whether the hair has been chemically dyed or not.

    Holy/Blessed Thistle – Cnicus benedictus

    A very bitter, antiseptic antibiotic herb that acts mainly as a digestive tonic. Mild expectorant and diuretic.

    May also be used for:

    • poor/loss of appetite,
    • indigestion,
    • dyspepsia,
    • flatulent colic,
    • diarrhoea,
    • bacterial infections

    Warning: Not to be taken by woman during pregnancy. May slow blood clotting. Avoid if suffering from conditions that can get worse due to estrogen.


    Hops – Humulus lupulus

    A bitter tonic. Diuretic, relieves pain and relaxes spasms. Sedative, has hormonal and antibacterial effects.

    Also for

    • insomnia,
    • “shift work disorder”,
    • nervous tension,
    • anxiety,
    • restlessness,
    • attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
    • irritability,
    • nervous intestinal complaints like IBS,
    • premature ejaculation.

    Jasmine – Jasminum officinale

    Aromatic herb that relieves spasms, increase milk flow, stimulate the uterus.

    Also for:

    • depression,
    • nervous tension,
    • impotence,
    • menstrual disorders,
    • respiratory disorders of nervous origin and
    • weak digestion.

    Knotgrass – Polygonum aviculare

    Knotweed is used for bronchitis, cough, gum disease and sore mouth and throat.

    Also for:

    • lung disease,
    • skin disorders,
    • fluid retention,
    • respiratory ailments

    Madder Root - Rubia tinctorum

    Madder root contains the anthraquinone pigment alizarin and has been since ancient times a popular fine red dye plant.

    The long fleshy root, when dried and milled, yields a variety of brilliant colors:

    red, pink, brown, orange, black, lilac, and purple, depending upon the mordant used.

    As a dye, Madder root colors milk, urine and bones, so that experiments in the growth of bones can be conducted with its help.

    Please Note: Every final color you shall obtain is subject to:

    • to how much color the medium you are using is able to absorb &
    • to how much madder root powder you are using &
    • whether the medium that are used has been previously chemically dyed or not.

    Lobelia / Asthma weed

    Stimulates respiration, increases perspiration, reduce inflammation and is an expectorant.

    Also for:

    • Asthma
    • Bronchitis
    • Whooping cough
    • Pleurisy

    Warning: Not for use during pregnancy or by patients with heart complaints..


    Fenugreek seed – Trigonella foenum-graecum

    Can be taken for digestive problems like loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation and gastritis.

    Also for:

    • diabetes,
    • painful menstriation,
    • menopause,
    • polycystic ovary syndrome,
    • arthritis,
    • poor thyroid function,
    • hardening of the arteries,
    • cholesterol,
    • kidney ailments,
    • beriberi (vitamin deficiency disease),
    • chronic coughs and bronchitis,
    • parkinsom’s didease,
    • to boost tostesterone and
    • to increase libido

    Hibiscus flower – Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

    This is a sweet, astringent, cooling herb that checks bleeding, soothes irritated tissues and relaxes spasms.

    May also help with

    • Excessive and painful menstruation
    • Cystitis
    • Venereal diseases
    • Coughs
    • Hair growth

    Mate tea / Yerba Mate – Ilex paraguariensis

    A pleasant-tasting but slightly bitter stimulant herb that is mildly analgesic.

    It has diuretic properties, it relaxes spasms, and clears toxins.

    Can also be used for:

    • nervous tension
    • headaches,
    • migraine,
    • neuralgia,
    • mild depression and
    • rheumatic pain.

    Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria

    Meadowsweet is an astringent, aromatic antacid herb. It may heal, soothe and relieve pain especially in the joints and digestive tract, increase urine output and kill germs in the urine (bladder infections)

    Internally it may be helpful with:

    • upset stomach,
    • heartburn,
    • gastritis,
    • peptic ulcers,
    • diarrhoea in children,
    • dysentery,
    • rheumatic and joint disorders like gout,
    • influenza

    Warning: Not to be used by people sensitive to salicylates/aspirin.


    Mullein flowers - Verbascum thapsus

    Mullein is a bitter cooling herb that:

    • soothes and lubricates tissues
    • promotes healing

    Internally it is used for coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, TB, urinary tract infections and nervous tensions


    Oak Bark – Quercus alba

    White oak bark is used for

    • Arthritis,
    • diarrhea,
    • colds,
    • fever,
    • cough and bronchitis,
    • improve digestion,
    • stimulates the appetite.

    Externally for pain and swelling, inflammation of the skin, mouth, throat, genitals and anal region as well as chilblains.

    Warning:Don’t use if you have a heart condition or liver problems.


    Betony – Stachys betonica

    Betony is a bitter astringent herb that improves digestion and cerebral circulation.

    May also be used for:

    • Headaches caused by nervous tension
    • Anxiety
    • Neuralgia
    • Sinusitis
    • Upper respiratory tract catarrh
    • Gastritis
    • Hypertension
    • Poor digestion
    • Menopausal problems

    Externally for:

    • Wounds
    • Bruises
    • Ulcers
    • Sore throat
    • Gum inflammation

    Warning: Should not be used during pregnancy. Excess use may cause diarrhoea and vomiting.


    Billberry – Vaccinium myrtillus

    An astringent, cooling herb. Has diuretic properties, may lower blood sugar levels and is an antioxidant – improve blood supply to veins and capillaries.

    Dry fruit are anti-diarrhoeal and fresh fruit are laxative.

    May be used for:

    • Diabetes
    • Oedema
    • Anaemia
    • dysentery
    • urinary complaints
    • varicose veins
    • haemorrhoids
    • poor circulation

    Dried fruits can be used in baking and in cereals.


    Billberry – Vaccinium myrtillus

    An astringent, cooling herb. Has diuretic properties, may lower blood sugar levels and is an antioxidant – improve blood supply to veins and capillaries.

    May be used for:

    • Diabetes
    • Oedema
    • Anaemia
    • dysentery
    • urinary complaints
    • varicose veins
    • haemorrhoids
    • poor circulation

    Blackberry – Rubus fruticosa

    Blackberry is an astringent, tonic and mildly diuretic herb.

    Internally may be used for:

    • Diarrhoea
    • Dysentery
    • Haemorrhoids
    • Cystitis

    Externally may be used as a gargle for:

    • Sore throat
    • Mouth ulcers
    • And gum inflammations.

    Butterbur Root – Petasites hybridus

    Butterbur may be used for:

    • migraine,
    • hay fever
    • allergic rhinitis,
    • lung and gastrointestinal conditions

    Butterfly Pea Flowers – Clitoria ternatea

    A traditional Ayurvedic medicine, used as a memory enhancer, anti-stress, anxiolytic (inhibits anxiety) anticonvulsant, antidepressant, nootropic herb. It may be helpful to improve cognitive function, momory and creativity.

    The flower is a natural food colorant that will add colour to various foods such as rice. The most distinctive characteristic of the flower is that, when added to any herbal tea or drink (cocktails), it will change the colour when the pH balances changes. A deep blue tea will turn purple with the addition of lemon juice, and turning a deeper shade of purple the more lemon juice is added. Butterfly Pea tea can be frozen in ice cubes and included in cocktails or punch bowls where it will causes the drink to change colour as the ice cube dissolves leading to what has been labelled as a ‘mood ring cocktail’. When mixed with Roselle hibiscus leaves the tea will turn into a bright red. Butterfly pea flower can be made into tea with honey, mint, cinnamon, passion fruit, and ginger.


    Centuary / Feverwort – Centaurium erythraea

    A bitter herb that acts as a tonic for the digestive system. Lowers fever.

    May be used for:

    • Liver and gallbladder complaints
    • Hepatitis
    • Jaundice (used in combination with Yellow dock)
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome

    Warning: Not to be taken by woman during pregnancy.


    Cinnamon – Cinnamomum aromaticum

    A sweet, hot herb that stimulates the circulatory system, improves the digestion, relieves spasms and controls infections.

    Can be used for:

    • Diarrhoea
    • Colic
    • Colds
    • Arthritic and rheumatic complaints

    Cinnamon – Cinnamomum aromaticum

    A sweet, hot herb that stimulates the circulatory system, improves the digestion, relieves spasms and controls infections.

    Can be used for:

    • Diarrhoea
    • Colic
    • Colds
    • Arthritic and rheumatic complaints

    Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara

    Coltsfoot is a bitter sweet astringent and expectorant herb that may relax spasms, controls couging reduce inflammation and stimulates the immune system.

    Internally it can be used for:

    • Cough
    • Asthma
    • Whooping cough
    • Catarrah
    • Bronchitis
    • Larynchitis

    Externally it can be used:

    • Ulcers
    • Sores
    • Eczema
    • Skin inflammation

    Warning: Should not be used during pregnancy and lactation. Should not be taken longer than 3 weeks.


    Crampbark – Viburnum opulus

    Crampbark is a bitter, astringent, sedative herb that may relax spasms and may regulate uterine function.

    Internally it may be used for:

    • Painful menstruation
    • Ovarian pain
    • Hypertention,
    • Nervous constipation
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Muscular tention
    • Cramps

    Externally it may be used for muscular cramps and aching muscles.


    Chicory Leaf – Chichorium intybus

    Chicory is a bitter, diuretic laxative herb. It may reduce inflammation and has a tonic effect on the liver and gall bladder.

    May also be used for:

    • Liver complaints
    • Rheumatism and Gout
    • Haemorrhoids

    Elecampane – Inula helenium

    A bitter pungent herb that has expectorant and diuretic properties. Relaxes spasms, reduces inflammation and acts as a alterative, cleansing toxins and stimulating the immune as well as the digestive system.

    It may be affective against bacterial and fungal infections.

    May also be used for:

    • Bronchitis
    • Hay fever
    • Asthma
    • Tuberculosis
    • Pleurisy

    Warning: Should not be used during pregnancy.


    Fennel Seed – Foeniculum vulgare

    Fennel can be used for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, cholera, back ache, anemia and bedwetting. Helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

    May also increase the flow of breast milk for some women, for Painful menstruation.

    Fennel contains potassium which helps to relax the tension of the bloodvessels which will reduce blood pressure.

    Also used for various digestive problems like:

    • Heartburn
    • Colitis
    • Constipation (if used in combination with anise, elderberry and senna)
    • Intestinal gas – flatulence
    • Bloating
    • Loss of apetite
    • Colic in infants.

    Other: Seeds: used to flavour bread, biscuits, sausages and stuffing.


    Garlic – Allium sativa

    Garlic is a pungent warming expectorant herb. May ward off or clear bacterial infections or prevent infection, lower fever, reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels (glucose metabolism in diabetes) and slow the development of arteriosclerosios.

    May also be used for:

    • Colds and flu’
    • Bronchitis
    • Whooping cough
    • Gastroenteritis
    • dysentery

    Externally, garlic may help with skin infections like acne and fungal infections.

    Other: Garlic enhances the flavour of most meats, seafood and many vegetables and can be added as a condiment in butter, oil, vinegar and salt.


    Wild Garlic – Allium ursinum

    Wild Garlic is similar in flavour and effects to Garlic.


    Gentian Root – Gentiana lutea

    A bitter tonic herb that may stimulate the liver, gallbladder and digestive system and may reduce inflammation and lower fever.

    May also be used for:

    • Indigestion
    • Gastric infections
    • Liver complaints

    Warning: People who suffer from gastric and duodenal ulcers should not use gentian root.


    Goji berry – Lycium barbarum

    Goji berries are rich in nutrients. Also called a super food. It may be used to boost the immune system. Contains a high level of anti-oxidants. May increase testosterone and it may help with erectile dysfunction.


    Hydrangea Root – Hydrangea arborescence

    Hydrangea is a sweet pungent herb that has antiseptic and diuretic properties. It may sooth irritated tissue and reduces the formation of urinary stones.

    Also for:

    • Kidney and bladder stones
    • Cystitis
    • Prostatitis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Gout
    • Warning: Excess use may cause dizziness and bronchial congestion.


    Juniper berries – Juniperus communis

    Juniper is a bitter aromatic herb that has antiseptic and diuretic properties. It may improve digestion, stimulate the uterus and reduce inflammation.

    Also for:

    • Cystitis
    • Kidney inflammation
    • Rheumatism
    • Gout
    • Arthritis
    • Poor digestion, colic and wind

    Warning: May cause irritation - Should be combined with a demulcent herb like Marshmallow root or Zea mays. Should not be used during pregnancy or if you suffer from kidney disease or kidney infection.


    Lemon (Peel) - Citrus limon

    Lemon has diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects and may improve circulation.

    Lemon juice combined with honey, garlic and cinnamon in hot water, can be taken for colds and flu.

    May also help with:

    • varicose veins
    • kidney stones
    • bronchial congestion

    Externally for:

    • eczema
    • chilblains
    • stings
    • and as a gargle for sore throat>

    Lily of the Valley – Convallaria majalis

    This is a bitter, diuretic herb that acts as a tonic for the heart and cardiovascular system.

    Also for:

    • congestive heart failure,
    • arteriosclerosis with angina,
    • arterial hypotention,
    • kidney stones,
    • urinary tract infection,
    • edema,

    Warning: If you have a heart disease: Must be used under proper medical supervision – can affect the heart and other systems so the dose must be carefully chosen and side effects checked by a healthcare professional. Don’t’ use if you are potassium deficient.


    Lime Blossom - Tiliia cordata

    An aromatic mucilaginous herb that has diuretic and expectorant properties. May calm the nerves, lower blood pressure, relax spasms and improve digestion.

    May also be used for:

    • Hypertention
    • Arteriosclerosis
    • Cardiovascular and digestive complaints due to anxiety
    • Urinary infections
    • Colds and flu
    • Migraine and headaches

    Marshmallow leaf – Althaea officinalis

    Marshmallow is a mucilaginous herb that soothes and softens tissue, has expectorant effects and controls bacterial infections.

    Leaves may be used for:

    • urinary tract infections
    • Catarrh
    • Bronchitis
    • Irritating cough
    • Cystitis.

    Spearmint – Mentha spicata

    Spearmint may improve digestion and relieves spasms.

    Also for:

    • Colic
    • Wind
    • Indigestion.

    Myrrh – Commpihora myrrha

    Myrrh is a strong stimulant, antiseptic and expectorant herb. It relieves spasms, inflammation and digestive discomfort.

    Also internally for:

    • Bronchial and ear infections
    • Tonsillitis
    • Pharyngitis
    • Menstrual and circulatory problems.

    Externally for:

    • Mouth ulcers
    • Wounds
    • Boils
    • Pressure sores.

    Oats Straw – Avena sativa

    Act as a tonic for the heart, nerves, and thymus gland.

    Also for:

    • depression,
    • nervous exhaustion
    • shingles,
    • herpes,
    • menopausal symptoms.

    Pau D Arco / Lapacho – Tabebuiae impetiginosa

    A bitter cooling herb that lowers fever and reduce inflammation.

    Also used for:

    • infections,
    • cancer,
    • diabetes,
    • stomach ulcers,
    • inflammatory diseases,
    • chronic degenerative diseases,
    • ulcers,
    • skin diseases,
    • and fungal infections like Candida.

    Warning: May slow blood clotting and could increase chances of bleeding during surgery. Stop using it at least 2 weeks before scheduled surgery.


    Patchouli – Pogostemon patchouli

    An astringent, antiseptic warming herb.

    Patchouli acts as a diuretic, lowers fever, improves digestion and controls vomiting. It has both a tonic and sedative effect on the nervous system.

    Also for:

    • colds,
    • headaches,
    • fever,
    • nausea,
    • vomiting,
    • abdominal pain

    Pelargonium sidoides – Pelargonium sidoides

    Pelargonium sidoides may be used for upper respiratory infections.

    Also for:

    • bronchitis,
    • sinusitis,
    • sore throat,
    • tonsillitis and the common cold,
    • tuberculosis

    Warning: Avoid use in patients with serious kidney or liver diseases. People with an auto-immune disease should avoid using sidoides since it might cause the immune system to become more active.


    Psyllium Seed – Plantago ovate

    Psyllium is said to be a cooling herb that moistens membranes, soothes irritation and absorbs digestive toxins. May be useful for irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Also for:

    • Constipation
    • Diarrhoea
    • Acid indigestion
    • Gastric and duodenal ulcers
    • Bowel problems
    • Haemorrhoids

    Externally for:

    • Boils
    • Abscesses
    • Skin irritation.

    Chinese Rhubarb – Rheum palmatum

    A bitter, astringent, cooling herb that may improve digestion, stimulates the uterus, promotes healing and has a laxative effect.

    Also for:

    • chronic constipation,
    • diarrhoea,
    • liver and gall bladder complaints,
    • menstrual problems.

    Warning: May not be used during pregnancy and lactation and if you have intestinal obstruction.


    Rose Petals

    Used in tea and potpori and bath salts


    Rosehip – Rosa canina

    Rosehip is an acidic, astringent, tonic herb that is rich in vitamins (A,B1,B2,B3,C and K).

    It may be used for:

    • colds,
    • flu,
    • minor infectious diseases,
    • scurvy,
    • gastritis and
    • to control diarrhoea.

    Other: can be used in making jams, jellies, vinegar, syrup, tea, soup, wine.


    Irish Sea Moss – Chondrus crispus

    Irish Sea Moss may boost the body when recovering from serious illness.

    Has a long history of medicinal use for respiratory and digestive ailments.It also has been used to treat Goiter and thyroid problems – help to balance thyroid hormones.

    Also for:

    • Bronchitis,
    • pneumonia,
    • soothes the mucous membranes of the digestive tract,
    • mild laxative,
    • dissolves catarrh,
    • phlegm and soothes the mucus membranes,
    • reduce appetite,
    • helps to ease gastritis, heartburn and indigestion
    Pelargonium sidoides – Pelargonium sidoides

    Pelargonium sidoides may be used for upper respiratory infections.

    Also for:

    • bronchitis,
    • sinusitis
    • ,sore throat,
    • tonsillitis and the common cold,
    • tuberculosis

    Tansy – Tanecetum vulgare

    A bitter, acrid, warming herb that may be used as an enema to expel intestinal parasites like round and threadworms.


    Turmeric – Curcuma longa

    A bitter astringent herb that stimulates the uterus, the digestive, circulatory and respiratory system, lowers cholesterol levels and has an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant effect.

    Commonly used for conditions involving pain and inflammation such as osteoarthritis.

    It may be used for:

    • digestive complaints,
    • circulation,
    • uterine tumours,
    • jaundice,
    • liver disease,
    • menstrual problems,
    • inflammatory bowel disease

    Can be used in cooking: curries and curry powder. A natural food colouring.


    Uva Ursi / Bearberry – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

    An astringent, anti-bacterial herb that is a urinary antiseptic.

    It may be used for urinary infections like cystitis, and vaginitis. Can be combined with Zea mays.

    Acidic fruits and juices must be avoided during treatment. Warning: May not be given to pregnant woman, children or to patients with kidney disease.


    Walnut – Juglans regia

    A bitter astringent herb with expectorant and laxative properties, that soothes irritated tissue and dissolves kidney stones.

    Also for:

    • Constipation
    • Chronic cough
    • Asthma
    • Urinary stones (leaves)
    • Diarrhoea and anaemia (rind)

    Yellow Dock root – Rumex Crispus

    Yellow dock may stimulate the liver and gall bladder. It cleanses toxins. Has a laxative effect.

    Also for:

    • Liver disorders
    • Anaemia
    • Inflammation (pain and swelling) of nasal passages
    • Bacterial infections
    • Sexually transmitted diseases.

    Excess may cause nausea and dermatitis. May also speed up blood clotting. Should not be used if you have any blockage in your digestive tract. Or if you have stomach ulcers. Should not be used by people prone to kidney stones.


    Wild Yam/Colic Root/Rheumatism Root – Dioscorea Villosa

    Wild Yam is an acrid, anti-inflammatory herb. It may relax spasms , stimulate bile flow and dilate blood vessels.

    Also for:

    • Arthritis,
    • Colitis
    • IBS (irritable Bowel syndrome)
    • Diverticulitis
    • Gastritis
    • Gall bladder complaints
    • Crohn’s disease
    • painfull menstruation
    • Bronchitis
    • Asthma
    • Whooping coughs

    Caraway -Carum carvi

    Caraway can be used for:

    • reduce gastrointestinal and uterine spasms
    • indigestion
    • colic
    • hiatus hernia
    • stomach ulcers diarrhoea
    • menstrual cramps
    • bronchitis

    in cooking: used to flavour cakes and bread, goulash, cabbage...


    Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum

    Cloves is a spicy, warming herb that relieves pain, controls nausea and vomiting, improves digestion.

    Also for

    • gastroenteritis
    • intestinal parasites

    Externaly for toothache


    Coriander - Coriandrum sativum

    Coriander contains volitile oils that acts mainly on the digestive system

    In cooking, the seeds are used in curries, curry powder, pickles, sauces..


    Cubebs Berries - Piper cubeba

    A bitter, antiseptic, stimulant herb that has expectorant and diuretic effects.

    Also for

    • poor digestion
    • cough
    • bronchitis
    • sinusitis
    • throat infections

    can be used for seasoning and as ingrediant in Morocan spice blend


    Cumin - Cuminum cyminum

    An aromatic astringent herb that benefits the digestive system. Anti-bacterial

    seeds can be used to flavour soups, sauces, bread, chutney


    Gravel Root - Eupatorium purpureum

    Gravel root iis a slightly bitter, restorative herb with cleansing properties.

    It acts espcially on the geniito-urinary organs and uterus.

    It is said to help internally for kidney and urinary disorders like

    • stones
    • cystitis
    • urethritis

    Ground Ivy - Glechoma hederacea

    Ground Ivy is a bitter, aromatic herb with astringent properties. It is a diuretic and expectorant.

    It has a tonic effect on

    • the bronchial,
    • digestive
    • and urinary system
    • Iit can be used for:

      • sinusitis
      • ear infections
      • bronchitis
      • gastritis
      • cystitis

    Lippia / Fever tea -- Lipia juvanica

    Lippia are traditionally made into infusions to treat:

    • coughs,
    • colds,
    • lifever,
    • asthma,
    • bronchitis,
    • pneumonia,
    • influenza,
    • measles,
    • rashes,
    • malaria
    • and headaches.

    Can also be used for stomach disorders, intestinal worms (tapeworms), back pain, eye ailments, nosebleeds, stuffy noses and convulsions.

    Weak infusions are taken as a general health tonic and strong infusions are used topically for scabies and lice.


    Wild Mint - Mentha Longifolia

    Wild Mint is an diaphoretic and antispasmodic.

    It may be used for:

    • coughs,
    • colds,
    • asthma and other respiratory ailments,

    Also for:

    • head aches,
    • fever,
    • indigestion,
    • flatulence,
    • painful menstruation,
    • and urinary tract infection.

    Nutmeg - Myristica fragrans

    Nutmeg is a biitter astringent herb that acts as a warming digestive tonic.

    It may help with:

    • control vomiting
    • relax spasms
    • diiarrhoea
    • dysentery
    • gastroenteritis
    • indigestion
    • colic

    Culinary: used in baking, pudding, meat dishes, vegetables like spinach and mushrooms

    Excess use may cause severe headaches, nausea, dizziness and delirium.

    May not be used during pregnancy.


    Speedwell - Veronica officinalis

    A bitter astringent that has a weak diuretic and expectorant effect

    It may be used for:

    • problems with the lungs (respiratory tract),
    • stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal tract),
    • and bladder and kidneys (urinary tract).
    • gout,
    • arthritis, muscle and joint pain (rheumatism),
    • loss of appetite,
    • liver problems,
    • and diseases of the spleen.

    Veronica is also used as a tonic, to cause sweating, to “purify” blood, and to increase metabolism.


    Quassia - quassia amara

    A bitter tonic herb that lowers fewer, stimulates the digestive system and expels intestinal parasites like roundworms.

    externally it can be used as an enema for threadworms and as a lotion/rinse for skin parasites, dandruff and head lice.

    Excess use may cause gastric irriitation and vomating.


    Star Anise - Illicium verum

    A warm stimulant herb that may benefit digestion, relieve pain and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects.

    For:

    • digestive disturbances
    • abdominal pain

    Walnut leaf - Juglans regia

    Walnut leaf can be used for:

    • constipation
    • chronic coughs
    • asthma
    • urinary stones


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