Author - David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

David L. Hoffmann a leading authority on Phytotherapy, is a clinical herbalist from Britain where he was a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and faculty member of the School of Herbal Medicine. He was the inaugural president of the American Herbalist Guild and has taught Phytotherapy throughout the English speaking world. David brings hands-on experience to his wealth of detailed knowledge and practice of Herbal Medicine. As a teacher, author and herbal consultant in North America, he blends the experience of generations of herbalists with the insights of modern medicine making accessible the powerful healing tool for today's healthy living
Thymus vulgaris

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris Labiatae Names: Common Thyme, Garden Thyme Habitat: Thyme is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, and cultivated widely.. Collection: The flowering branches should be collected between June and August on a dry sunny day. The...

Rue

Ruta graveolens Rutaceae Names: Garden Rue, Herb of Grace, Herbygrass. Habitat: Native to Southern Europe, cultivated in Britain and elsewhere as an ornamental. Collection: The herb should be collected before the flowers open in the summer and dried...

Salvia officinalis

Red Sage

Salvia officinalis var. rubia Labiateae Names: Garden Sage Habitat: Native to Mediterranean region, cultivated worldwide. Collection: The leaves should be gathered shortly before or just atthe beginning of flowering in dry sunny weather in May or...

Valeriana officinalis

Valerian

Valeriana officinalis Part used: Rhizome, stolons & roots. Constituents: A range of unique chemical constituents have been found, but as with all herbal remedies it is a mistake to try to understand the plant from these chemicals alone. The...

Verbena officinalis

Vervain

Verbena officinalis Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: Iridoids, verbenin, verbenalin and bastatoside Miscellaneous; essential oil, mucilage and others. Actions: Nervine tonic, sedative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, hypotensive, galactagogue...

Scutellaria laterifolia

Skullcap

Scutellaria laterifolia Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: Scutellarin, a flavonoid glycoside and many other flavones. Iridoids; catalpol is present Volatile oil and waxes, mainly C3l, C33 and C35 hydrocarbons Tannins Actions: Nervine tonic...

Ulmus fulva

Slippery Elm

Ulmus fulva Part Used: Inner bark. Constituents: Mucilage, composed of galactose, 3-methyl galactose, rhamnose and galacturonic acid residues. Actions: Demulcent, emollient, nutrient, astringent, anti-inflammatory. Indications: Slippery Elm Bark is...

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shephard’s Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris Cruciferae Habitat: A common plant growing in many parts of the world. Collection: The herb can be collected from February until October. Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: Flavonoids; luteolin-7-rutinoside andquercitin-3...

Collinsonia canadensis

Stone Root

Collinsonia canadensis Labiatae Habitat: Canada. Collection: Roots and rhizome are unearthed in the autumn. Part Used: Root and rhizome. Constituents: * Essential oil * Tannins * Saponins * Alkaloid *Resins * Organic acid Actions: Anti-lithic...

Rheum palmatum

Rhubarb Root

Rheum palmatum Part Used: Rhizome of Rheum palmatum and other species, not the garden rhubarb. Constituents: Anthraquinone derivatives such as chrysophanic acid (=chrysophanol),emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein & physcion, with their O-glycosides such...

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