Fragrant herbs used for healing

Herbal Materia Medica

Achillea millefolium

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium Compositae Names: Milfoil Habitat: Native to Eurasia and naturalized in North America, found intemperate zones. Collection: The whole of the plant above ground should be gathered when in flower between June and September. Part...

Yellow Dock

Rumex crispus Polygonaceae Names: Curled or Curly Dock. Habitat: A common European weed. Collection: The roots should be unearthed in late summer and autumn, between August and October. Clean well and split length ways before drying. Part Used: Root...

Euonymus atropurpureus

Wahoo

Euonymus atropurpureus Part Used: Root bark. Constituents: Cardenolides based on digitoxigenin Alkaloids such as asparagine & atropurpurine Sterols; euonysterol, atropurpurol, homoeuonysterol Actions: Cholagogue, hepatic, laxative, diuretic...

Populus tremuloides

White Poplar

Populus tremuloides Salicaceae Names: Quaking Aspen, American Poplar. Habitat: N. American. Collection: The bark should be collected in the spring, taking care notto ring-bark the tree and thus kill it. Part Used: The bark. Constituents: * Phenolic...

Thuja occidentalis

Western Hemlock

Thuja occidentalis Cupressaceae Names: Thuja Collection: The twigs of this evergreen conifer can be gathered all year round, but are best during the summer. Part Used: Young twigs Constituents: l% Volatile oil including thujone; flavonoid glycoside;...

Daucus carrota

Wild Carrot

Daucus carrota Umbelliferae Names: Queen Anne’s Lace, Bird’s Nest Weed, Devil’s Plague (!) Habitat: Europe, Asia, North America and N. Africa. Collection: The aerial parts of the herb should be collected betweenJune and August when...

Wild Cherry Bark

Prunus serotina Rosaceae Names: Virginia Prune Bark. Habitat: Widely distributed throughout Canada and the USA. Collection: The bark is gathered from young plants in the autumn, when it is most active. The outer bark is stripped off and the inner...

Wild Indigo

Baptisia tinctoria Leguminosae Names: Indigoweed Habitat: Indigenous to Canada and the USA Collection: The root is unearthed in the autumn after flowering has stopped. Clean the root and cut, dry well. Part Used: Root. Constituents: Isoflavones;...

Wild Lettuce

Lactuca virosa Compositae Names: Lettuce Opium Habitat: Indigenous to Central and Southern Europe and Northern Asia, cultivated elsewhere. Collection: The leaves should be gathered in June and July. Part Used: Dried leaves. Constituents: Lactucin, a...

Hamamelis virginiana

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis virginiana Hamameliadaceae Habitat: Indigenous to N. America and Canada. Collection: The leaves can be gathered throughout the summer and driedquickly to ensure that they do not become discoloured. The bark is gathered inthe spring after...

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