Tag - Herbal Materia Medica

Sarsaparilla

Smilax officinalis Liliaceae Habitat: The plants are climbing vines native to tropical America andthe West Indies. Collection: The roots and rhizome can be unearthed throughout theyear. Part Used: Root and rhizome. Constituents: * Saponins, based on...

Saw Palmetto

Serenoa serrulata Palmae Names: Sabal. Habitat: Eastern N. America. Collection: The berries of this impressive palm are gathered from September through until January. Part Used: Berries. Constituents: * Essential oil * Fixed oil, consisting of 25%...

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:...

Passiflora incarnata

Passion Flower

Passiflora incarnata Part Used: Leaves and whole plant. Constituents: Alkaloids; harmine, harman, harmol, harmaline, harmalol, and passaflorine. Flavonoids; apigenin and various glycosides, homoorientin, isovitexin,kaempferol, luteolin, orientin...

Parietaria diffusa

Pellitory of the Wall

Parietaria diffusa Urticaceae Habitat: Native to Europe, including Britain. Collection: The parts above ground are collected between June andSeptember. Part Used: Aerial parts. Constituents: * Flavonoids; 3-glucosides & 3-rhamnosides...

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...

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...

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