Herbal Medicine starts with Herbs

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

All About Herbs

To begin your education on Western Herbal Medicine, you need to learn about the herbs.

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Buckwheat

Buckwheat is not only nourishing to people (buckwheat pancakes), but it is also nourishing to the earth.

St. John's wort

St. John's Wort is not only good for "nervous" conditions, such as depression, but also for nerves themselves, and helps treat disorders from migraines to shingles.

Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

Water hyssop is a cerebral stimulant, helping clear the mind and increase brain function.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.

Dogbane

Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.

Horsetail

Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010, RadfordDavis.com

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Herbs

Western Herbal Medicine begins with the herbs.

Herbs

A

Agrimony
(Agrimonia eupatoria)
Agrimonia spp
Agrimonia spp
Alfalfa
(Medicago sativa)
Aloe Vera Gel
(Aloe vera)
American Ginseng
(Panax quinquefolius)
American Ginseng
Angelica atropurpurea
Angelica atropurpurea
Arbor Vitae
Arbor Vitae
Ashwaganda
(Withania somnifera)
Astragalus
(Astragalus membranaceus)
Astragalus
Anise
(Pimpinella anisum)
Anise
Asparagus
(Asparagus officinalis)
Asparagus
Ayahuasca
(Banisteriopsis caapi)
Ayahuasca
 

B

Beautyberry
(Callicarpa americana)
Beauty Berry
Bilberry leaf
(Vaccinium myrtillus)
Borage
(Borago officinalis)
Borage
Buchu
(Agathosma betulina)
Buckwheat
(Fagopyrum esculentum)
Buckwheat
Bupleurum
(Bupleurum falcatum)
Burdock Root
(Arctium lappa)
Blackberry Root (Rubus fruticosus)
Bell Flower
(Campanula spp.)
Bell Flower
Bittersweet Nightshade
(Solanum dolcamara)
Bittersweet Nightshade
Black Cohosh Root
(Actea racemosa)
Black Cohosh Root
Bloodroot
(Sanguinaria Canadensis)
Bloodroot
Boneset
(Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset
Broad Leaf Dock
(Rumex obtusifolius)
Broad Leaf Dock
Bulrush
(Scirpus spp.)
Bullrush
Black Nightshade
(Solanum nigrum)
Black Nightshade

C

Calendula
(Calendula officinalus)
Calendula
Cleavers
(Galium aparine)

 

Comfrey Leaves
(Symphytum officinale)
Comfrey
Corn Silk
(Zea mays)
Cascara Sagrada
(Rhamnus purshiana)
Catnip
(Nepeta cateria)
Coltsfoot
(Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot
Compass Plant
(Silphium laciniatum)
Compass Plant
Cup Plant
(Silphium perfoliatum)
Cup Plant
Cherry Tree
(Prunus serotina)
Cherry Tree
Chacruna
(Psychotria viridis)
Chacruna - Psychotria viridis
 

D

Dandelion Root
(Taraxacum officinale)
Dan Shen or Red Sage Root
(Salvia miltiorrhiza)
Dong Quai
(Angelica sinensis)
Dogbane
(Apocynum cannbinum)
Dogbane

E

Elder Berry and Flower
(Sambucus nigra)
Elecampane
(Inula helenium)
Echinacea
Echinacea Root
(Echinacea purpurea/angustifolia)
Eleutherococcus
(Eleutherococcus senticosus)
 
   
   

F

Fenugreek
(Trigonella foenum-graecum)
False Sarsaparilla
(Aralia nudicaulis)
False Sarsaparilla
False Solomon Seal
(Maianthemum racemosum)
False Solomon Seal
 

G

Garlic
(Allium sativum)
Golden Seal Root
(Hydrastis canadensis)
Goldenseal
Goldenrod
(Solidago virgaurea)
Goldenrod_with_Insect_Galls
Gravel Root
(Eupatorium purpureum)
Gravel Root
Gymnema
(Gymnema sylvestre)
Green Tea
(Camellia sinensis)
Giant Ragweed
(Ambrosia trifida)
Giant_Ragweed
Glossy Buckthorne
(Frangula alnus)
Glossy Buckthorne
Grey-headed Cone Flower
(Ratibida pinnata)
Grey-headed Cone Flower
     

H

Hawthorne Berries
(Crataegus laevigata)
Horsetail
(Equisetum arvense)
Hydrangea Root
(Hydrangea arborescens)
Hepatica
(Hepatica nobilis)
Hepatica
Horny Goat Weed
(aka Yin/Yang Huo) (Epimedium grandiflorum)
Horny Goat Weed - (aka Yin/Yang Huo) epimedium grandiflorum
     

I

       
       

J

Japanese Knotweed
(Polygonum cuspidatum)
Juniper
(Juniperus communis)
Juniper
Jack in the Pulpit
(Arisaema triphyllum)
Jack in the Pulpit
Japanese Barberry
(Berberis thunbergii)
Japanese Barberry
Japanese Larch
(Larix kaempferi)
Japanese Larch
     

K

Kava Kava Root
(Piper methysticum)
Knotweed
(Polygonum aviculare)
Knotweed
   

L

Ladyslippers
(Cypripedium parviflorum)
Lady Slippers
Lavender
(Lavendula spp.)
Lavender
Licorice Root
(Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice
Linden Bract
(Tilia cordata)
Linden Bract
Live Oak
(Quercus virginiana)
Live Oak
     

M

Milk Thistle Seed
(Silybum marianum)
Mullein
(Verbascum thapsus)
Mullein
Marshmallow Root
(Althaea officinalus)
Marshmallow
Muscadine Grape
(Muscadinia rotundifolia)
Muscadine grape leaves
Monarda or Horsemint
(Monarda punctata)
Menarda
Magnolia
(Magnolia officinalis)
Magnolia Fruit
   

N

Nasturtium
(Tropaeolum majus)
Nasturtium
Nettles
(Urtica dioica)
Nettles
   

O

Oregon Grape Root
(Mahonia aquifolium)
Oats
(Avena sativa)
   

P

Panax Ginseng
(Panax ginseng)
Plantain
(Plantago major)
Prickly Ash
(Zanthoxylum americanum)
Prickly Ash
Persimmon Tree
(Diospyros virginiana)
Persimmon Tree
Purple Prairie Clover
(Dalea purpurea)
Purple Prairie Clover
     

Q

       

R

Raw Honey Reishi Mushroom
(Ganoderma lucidum)
Reishi
Rehmannia
(Rehmannia glutinosa)
Reed Canary Grass
(Phalaris arundinacea)
Reed Canary Grass

S

Slippery Elm Bark
(Ulmus rubra)
Slippery Elm
Solomon Seal
(Polygonatum multiflorum)
Sweet Annie
(Artemisia annua)
Sweet Pea
(Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet Pea
Saffron
(Crocus sativus)
Saffron
Shatavari
(Asparagus racemosa)
Shatavari
Stevia
(Stevia rebaudiana)
Stevia
Sweet (or Black) Birch
(Betula lenta)
Sweet (or Black) Birch - Betula lenta
Sweet Vine
(Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
Sweet Vine - Gynostemma pentaphyllum
     

T

Turmeric
(Cucuma longa)
Teasel
(Dipsacus sylvestrus)
   

U

Uva Ursi
(Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
     

V

Violets
(Viola tricolor)
Violets
Valerian
(Valeriana officinalis)
Root of Valerian
   

W

Watercress
(Nasturtium officinale)
Watercress
White Snakeroot
(Ageratina altissima)
White Snake Root
White Sweet Clover
(Melilotus albus)
White Sweet Clover
Wild Ginger
(Asarum canadense)
Wild Ginger
Wild Lettuce
(Lactuca virosa)
wild lettuce
Wild Yam Root
(Dioscorea villosa)
Wild Yam
Water Hemlock
(Cicuta maculata)
Water Hemlock
 

Y

Yarrow
(Achillea milleofolium
Yarrow
Yucca
(Yucca spp.)
Yucca
   

Sinesio_Pennywort

Sinesio [TOXIC] .................... Pennywort [edible/medicinal ]Sinesio_Pennywort

The point of the sinesio/pennywort pics is that pennywort is edible/medicinal and sinesio is toxic.  They are very similar so it's important not to make yourself sick or worse!  As an aside, have you ever heard about the guy who walked into Alaska and died?  The movie/book is "Into the Wild".  He ate the wrong plant.  One was nutritional, but the one he ate caused his body to not absorb any nutrition, so even when he ate, his body starved!  This is a true story, although the cause of starvation is officially a hypothesis, but herbalists and naturalists know it to be true.


Simples

Blackberry Root (Rubus fruticosus) Bupleurum
(Bupleurum chinense)
Calendula Flowers
(Calendula officinalus)
Calendula
Cascara Sagrada
(Rhamnus purshiana)
Catnip
(Nepeta cateria)
Green Tea
(Camellia sinensis)
Japanese Knotweed
(Polygonum cuspidatum)
Marshmallow Root
(Althaea officinalus)
Marshmallow
Nettles
(Urtica dioica)
Nettles
Oats
(Avena sativa)
Rehmannia
(Rehmannia glutinosa)
Solomon Seal
(Polygonatum multiflorum)
Sweet Annie
(Artemisia annua)
Teasel
(Dipsacus sylvestrus)
Valerian
(Valeriana officinalis)
Root of Valerian
Violet Oil
(Viola tricolor)
Violets
Wild Yam Root
(Dioscorea villosa)
Wild Yam
Yarrow
(Achillea milleofolium
Yarrow
   



Tinctures

Allergy and Immunity Tincture

Bladder Stone Tincture

Blood Building Tincture

Cystitis Tincture

Diabetes Tincture

Fracture Tincture

FUS Tincture

Heart Murmur Tincture

Liver Tincture

Upper Respiratory Tincture


Other Herbal Preps

Herbal Ear Cleaner

GIT Soothing Tea

Wound Poultice


spp. means that the exact species is unknown because there are many that look similar

 

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...it is very important to keep in mind that these herbs are drugs: herbal MEDICINE... 

All in all, herbal medicine is wonderful when it is used correctly and safely. 

We need to keep in mind it is medicine...