Healing Plants from B through to L

Once upon a time, long long ago, healing plants were an integral part of our forefathers lives, but they never really knew for sure why these plants produced the required results for their ailments, all they knew was that they worked.

So with this in mind, we have compiled a comprehensive list of Healing Plants which highlights a specific medical action and links all the applicable common herbs to that action.

Healing Plants – A

ALTERATIVE:  “A substance that produces a gradual, beneficial change in the body”.

ANALEPTIC: “An analeptic in medicine is a central nervous system stimulant medication“.

ANALGESIC:  “A medication that eliminates or reduces pain“.

  • aloe
  • arnica
  • Balm of Gilead
  • camphor
  • eucalyptus
  • holy basil
  • lavender
  • marjoram
  • meadowsweet
  • nutmeg
  • passion flower
  • rue
  • St John’s wort
  • tea tree oil
  • tumeric
  • wild lettuce

 

ANODYNE: “A medicine or agent that relieves or soothes pain”.

  • Balm of Gilead
  • wild lettuce

ANTACID:“An antacid is a substance which neutralizes stomach acidity”.

  • golden seal
  • licorice
  • marjoram
  • peppermint

ANTI-ALLERGENIC: “Medicinal properties of herbs classifies some of the best-known herbs according to their actions”.

  • dong quai
  • echinacea
  • licorice

ANTI-BACTERIAL:  An antibacterial is a compound or substance that kills or slows down the growth of bacteria”.

  • arnica
  • astralagus
  • Balm of Gilead
  • aloe
  • basil
  • betony
  • calendula
  • cardamon
  • chamomile
  • echinacea
  • ginger
  • ginkgo
  • ginseng
  • golden seal
  • jasmine
  • hops
  • lemon balm
  • nasturtium
  • origanum
  • Oregon grape
  • peppermint
  • red sage
  • rosemary
  • sarsaparilla
  • St John’s Wort
  • tumeric
  • yellow dock

ANTIBIOTIC: “The word antibiotic comes from the Greek meaning “against” and “life”.

  • alfalfa
  • calendula
  • cat’s claw
  • chammomile
  • echinacea
  • ginger
  • holy basil
  • nasturtium
  • origanum
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • turmeric

ANTI-CANCER/ANTI-TUMOR

  • astralagus
  • burdock
  • cats’claw
  • cranberry
  • dandelion
  • fennel
  • garlic
  • green tea
  • feverfew
  • licorice
  • milk thistle
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • rooibos
  • turmeric

ANTI-CATARRHAL: “Counteracting or supressing catarrh (inflammation of the mucous membranes)”.

ANTI-COAGULANT:  “A substance that prevents clotting of the blood”.

ANTI-DANDRUFF

ANTI-DEPRESSANT: “An anti-depressant is a psychiatric medication used to alleviate mood disorders”.

  • ginseng
  • lavender
  • lemon balm
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • St John’s Wort

ANTI-EMETIC: “Is a substance that is effective against vomiting and nausea”.

ANTI-HISTAMINE: “A substance that counteracts the effects of histamine, used in treating allergies”.

  • nettles
  • evening primrose
  • parsley
  • ginger
  • chamomile
  • saffron
  • anise
  • fennel
  • caraway
  • basil
  • Echinacea
  • thyme

WARNING;  People who are allergic to ragweed can also cross-react to Echinacea.

ANTI-HYSTERIA

ANTI-FUNGAL: “A medication used to treat fungal infections”.

  • aloe
  • golden seal
  • origanum
  • red clover
  • thyme

ANTI-HELMINTIC: A substance that expels or destroys intestinal worms (also called vermifuge)”.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: “Refers to the property of a substance or treatment that reduces inflammation”.

  • aloe
  • arnica
  • astralagus
  • Balmof Gilead
  • basil
  • borage
  • calendula
  • devil’s claw
  • chamomile
  • echinacea
  • elderberry
  • fennel
  • feverfew
  • gingko
  • golden seal
  • horse chestnut
  • lavender
  • licorice
  • marshmellow
  • myrrh
  • meadowsweet
  • Oregon grape
  • rosemary
  • sarsaparilla
  • St John’s Eort
  • tea tree oil
  • tumeric

ANTI-IRRITANT:

ANTI-MICROBIAL: “A substance that kills or inhibits the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria or fungi”.

  • cinnamon
  • nasturtium
  • red sage
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ANTI-NAUSEA:

ANTI-OXIDANT: “Antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules”.

  • basil
  • clove
  • ginger
  • hawthorone
  • holy basil
  • limeflower
  • oregon grape
  • rooibos

ANTI-PLATELET: “A substance that decreases platelet aggregation and inhibits thrombus formation”.

ANTI-PYRETIC:  ‘Are drugs or herbs that reduce fever”.

ANTI-RHEUMATIC: “Anti-rheumatics are substances used to treat rheumatoid arthritis”.

  • anise
  • chickweed
  • eucalyptus
  • nutmeg

ANTISEPTIC: ” Are antimicrobial substances that are applied to iving tissue to reduce the possibility of infection”.

  • aloe
  • bearberry
  • betony
  • camphor
  • calendula
  • cinamon
  • clove
  • chammomile
  • echinacea
  • eucalyptus
  • ginkgo
  • golden seal
  • lavender
  • myrrh
  • nutmeg
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • tumeric

ANTI-SCLEROTIC: “Reduces hardening of tissues, especially arteries”.

ANTI-SPASMODIC: “Is a drug or substance that suppresses muscle spasms”.

  • anise
  • angelica
  • betony
  • blackhaw
  • calendula
  • cardamon
  • catnip
  • motherwort
  • nutmeg
  • passion flower
  • parsley
  • peppermint
  • red clover
  • rooibos
  • rue
  • wild lettuce
  • yarrow

ANTI-THROMBOTIC: An antithrombotic is a drug or substance which reduces thrombus formation”.

ANTI-VIRALS: “Are a class of medication used specifically for treating viral infections.

  • astralagus
  • cardamon
  • echinacea
  • eucalyptus
  • ginger
  • jasmine
  • lemon balm
  • St John’s Wort
  • sarsaprilla

APERIENT: “A laxative in the form of a medicine or a food”.

APHRODISIAC: “An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire”.

  • cardamon
  • cinnamon
  • sawpalmetto

APPETITE SUPPRESSOR:

ASTRINGENT: “Causing skin or body tissue to contract”.

  • alfalfa
  • bearberry
  • betony
  • cranberry
  • ginkgo
  • golden seal
  • jasmine
  • motherwort
  • myrrh
  • raspberry leaf
  • red sage
  • St John’s Wort
  • thyme
  • watercress
  • yarrow

 

Healing Plants – B to D

BALSAMIC:  “Means balsam-like in the sense of “restorative” or “curative.

  • borage
  • eucalyptus
  • myrrh
  • tea tree oil

BLOOD PURIFYER

BONES AND JOINTS

Peppermint
  • devil’s claw
  • feverfew
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • peppermint
  • primrose
  • red raspberry
  • St John’s Wort
  • sarsaparilla
  • wintergreen

“The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the earth’s population depends on healing plants to treat common ailments”.

CARMINATIVE: “Is a herb or preparation that either prevents formation of gas in the gastro-intestinal tract or facilitates the expulsion of gas, combating flatulence”.

Lemon Balm
  • camphor
  • catnip
  • chamomile
  • clove
  • echinacea
  • ginger
  • lavender
  • lemon balm
  • motherwort
  • peppermint
  • rosemary

CHOLAGOGUE:“Cholagogue is a medicinal agent that promotes the discharge of bile from the system”.

  • oregon grape
  • soapwort
  • wild lettuce

 

CHOLERETIC:   “An agent that stimulates the liver to increase output of bile”‘

CHOLESTEROL INHIBITOR

CIRCULATORY STIMULANT

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DECONGESTANT:” A decongestant is a type of pharmaceutical drug or substance that is used to relieve nasal congestion”.

DEMULCENT: “An agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane relieving pain and inflammation.

DEPURATIVE: “Used for, or capable of depurating, purifying, a purgative”.

  • Balm of Gilead
  • red clover
  • sarsaparilla
  • soapwort

DETOXIFIER:  “To get rid of poison or its effects”.

  • alfalfa
  • cat’s claw
  • dandelion
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • goldenseal
  • elderberry
  • holy basil
  • oregon grape
  • rosemary
  • yellow dock

DIAPHORETIC:  “Is the state of sweating profusely, commonly associated with shock and other medical emergencies”.

  • angelica
  • burdock
  • catnip
  • elderberry
  • soapwort
  • tea tree oil
  • aloe
  • anise
  • chamomile
  • elderberry
  • ginger
  • gingko
  • golden seal
  • parsley

DISINFECTANT“Disinfectants are subtances that are applied to non-living objects to destroy micro-organisms that are living on the objects”.

  • holy basil
  • oraganum
  • red sage
  • tea tree oil

DIURETIC:  “A substance that causes more urine to be secreted”.

  • astralagus
  • bearberry
  • betony
  • burdock
  • dandelion
  • dong quai
  • fennel
  • hawthorne
  • holy basil
  • horse chestnut
  • lime flowers
  • marjoram
  • meadowsweet
  • milk thistle
  • nettles
  • raspberry leaf
  • red clover
  • saw palmetto
  • soapwort
  • watercress

Healing Plants – E to L

EMMENAGOGUE: “Are herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area, some stimulate menstruation”.

  • angelica
  • lavender
  • motherwort
  • rue

EMETIC:  “A substance or agent that induces vomiting”.

EMOLIENT:  “A substance that softens and soothes the skin”.

ESTROGENIC:  “Having the properties of, or similar to, estrogen”.

EDEMA REDUCER:  “Edema means swelling caused by fluid in your body’s tissues”.

EXPECTORANT: “Is an agent which dissolves thick mucus and is usually used to help respiratory difficulties”.

  • cinnamon
  • elderberry
  • eucalyptus
  • ginger
  • holy basil
  • marshmellow
  • nasturtium
  • peppermint
  • red clover
  • saw palmetto
  • soapwort
  • tea tree oil
  • watercress

FEVER REDUCER

  • chamomile
  • feverfew
  • horse chestnut
  • lavender

HEPATIC

  • angelica
  • fenner
  • motherwort
  • oregon grape

IMMUNE SYSTEM STIMULANT

  • astragulus
  • echinacea
  • elderberry
  • ginger
  • ginseng
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LACTATION STIMULANT

LIVER TONIC

  • aloe
  • dong quai
  • motherwort
  • oregon grape
  • parsley
  • wild lettuce

 

LAXATIVE

  • aloe
  • dong quai
  • motherwort
  • oregon grape
  • parsley
  • wild lettuce

LYMPHATIC TONIC

  • burdock
  • calendula
  • echinacea

Healing Plants – M to Z

MUSCLE RELAXANT

  • devils claw
  • ginger
  • hops
  • parsley

NERVINE:

  • motherwort
  • rue
  • wild lettuce

PURGATIVE: “Are foods, compounds, or drugs taken to loosen the stool, most often to treat constipation”.

  • elderberry
  • soapwort
  • wild lettuce

RUBEFACIENT: “Is a substance for topical application causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation“.

  • arnica
  • eucalyptus
  • lavender
  • rue

SEDATIVE: “Having a soothing, calming or tranquilizing effect:  reducing or relieving anxiety, stress irritability or excitement“.

  • chamomile
  • devil’s claw
  • holy basil
  • hops
  • lemon balm
  • lineflowers
  • passion flower
  • saw palmetto
  • wild lettuce

SPASMOLYTIC: “May refer to a type of muscle relaxant”.

STIMULATES THE MIND

STOMACHIC: “while many herbs claim stomachic effect, modern pharmacology does not have an equivalent term for this type of effect“.

STIMULANT: “are substances which induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical function or both”.

UTERINE TONIC

VASODILATOR: refers to the widening of blood vessels resulting from relaxing of smooth muscles cells within the vessel walls particularly in the large arteries and large veins”.

VENOUS HEALTH BOOSTER

VERMIFUGE: “A substance that expels or destroys intestinal worms”.

VULNERARY:”A remedy used in healing or treatment of wounds”.

  • eucalyptus
  • lavender
  • myrrh
  • nasturtium

And there you have it….. quite an informative list of healing plants and they conditions that they can be used for.

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