Fragrant herbs used for healing

Herbal Materia Medica

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...

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...

Mustard

Brassica alba and Brassica nigra Cruciferae Names: Black Mustard, White Mustard. Habitat: Cultivated in Europe and the USA. Collection: The ripe seed pods are collected in the late summer. Part Used: The Seeds. Constituents: Glucosinolates; Black...

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...

Commiphora molmol

Myrrh

Commiphora molmol Burseraceae Habitat: North east Africa and Arabia. Collection: The gum resin is collected from the bushes that secrete it in the arid regions. Part Used: Gum resin. Constituents: Volatile oil, containing heerabolene, cadinene...

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...

Urtica dioica

Nettle

Urtica dioica Urticacea Names: Stinging Nettle Habitat: Everywhere! Collection: The herb should be collected when the flowers are inbloom. Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: * Chlorophyll in high yields * Indoles such ashistamine and serotonin *...

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...

Quercus robur

Oak Bark

Quercus robur Part Used: Bark. Constituents: The whole complex of primary plant constituents and acharacteristic array of secondary plant constituents are present. The 15-20%tannins produce the dominant pharmacological effects. Actions: Astringent...

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...

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