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...

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...

Phytolacca americana

Poke

Phytolacca americana Phytolaccaceae Names: Pokeweed. Habitat: N. America Collection: The root should be unearthed in the late autumn or spring.Clean it and split lengthwise before drying. Part Used: Root. Constituents: Triterpenoid saponins; the...

Mentha pulegium

Peppermint

Mentha piperita Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: The whole complex of primary plant constituents and acharacteristic array of secondary plant constituents are present.Pharmacologically important constituents include an essential oil...

Pasque Flower

Anemone pulsatilla Ranunculaceae Names: Pulsatilla, Wind Flower, Meadow Anemone. Habitat: Europe and parts of Russia, cultivated elsewhere. Collection: The stalks should be gathered at the time of floweringwhich is in March or April.. Part Used:...

Vinca major

Periwinkle

Vinca major Apocynaceae Names: Greater Periwinkle Habitat: Indigenous to Southern Europe Collection: This herb is collected in the spring. Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: Indole alkaloids, tannins Actions: Astringent Indications: Periwinkle...

Trifolium pratense

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense Papilionaceae Habitat: Widely distributed throughout Europe including Britain, naturalized in N. America and many other parts of the world. Collection: The flowerheads are gathered between May and September. Part Used: Flowerheads...

Plantain

Plantago major Plantaginaceae Names: Greater Plantain Habitat: A common “weed” in Britain and many other parts of theworld. Collection: Gather during flowering throughout the summer. Dry as fastas possible as the leaves will discolour if...

Zanthoxylum americanum

Prickly Ash

Zanthoxylum americanum Rutaceae Names: Tootheache Tree Habitat: Canada and the USA. Collection: The berries are collected in late summer and the bark isstripped from the stems of this shrub in the spring. Part Used: The bark and berries...

Asclepias tuberosa

Pleurisy Root

Asclepias tuberosa Asclepiadaceae Names: Butterfly Weed. Habitat: USA Collection: The rhizome should be unearthed in March or April. Clean,split and dry. Part Used: Rhizome. Constituents: * Cardenolides, including asclepiadin * Flavonoids; rutin...

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