Healing Herb Directory

Alphabetical List of Healing Herbs
Welcome to our growing list of Eastern and Western healing herbs! The herbs are listed in alphabetical order by their common Western names with the common Eastern (Traditional Chinese Medicine/TCM) names, pin yin names, included in parenthesis. (Alphabetical list of Eastern names.) Some herbs list multiple pin yin names as in TCM, various plant parts are often differentiated as unique due to their differing functions. Oak is an example of an herb with multiple listings for each of its various parts having distinct functions.
Alisma (Ze Xie)

Alisma (Ze Xie)

Ancient Chinese texts indicate that alisma promotes an easy labor, fertility and stimulates the female sexual and generative organs. It is considered a pure Kidney tonic. Extracts are showing anticancer properties. Read more…
Aloe Vera (Lu Hui)

Aloe Vera (Lu Hui)

Aloe is a genus containing over 500 species of flowering succulent plants. The most commonly known is Aloe vera. It is a cactus-like plant with a long history of being used internally and externally as a medicine to treat wounds and upset stomachs. Studies confirm the plants ability to effectively treat genital herpes, psoriasis, burns, and reduce the incidence of tumors in the liver, bone and spleen by 90%. Read more…
Amaranth (Xian Shi)

Amaranth (Xian Shi)

Amaranth was already being cultivated by the Aztecs 8,000 years ago. Its ancient history is traced back to Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. It is the only grain with a documented vitamin C content and is gluten-free. In Mexico, a sweet is made from popped amaranth that is mixed with sugar or honey called “dulce de alegria” or “sweet delight.” They are shaped into small skulls and given on the “Day of the Dead” celebration on October 31 and November 1 of each year. Read more…
Angelica (Dang Gui)

Angelica (Dang Gui)

Since very early times, Angelica or Dang Gui has been viewed as a cure-all, blood purifier, digestive and protector against enchantment and plagues. The Chinese revere it as one of the fundamental herbs aiding female disorders. Due to their aromatic qualities the dried leaves are used in preparing hop bitters. Read more…
Apple (Ping Guo)

Apple (Ping Guo)

The apple tree is perhaps the first tree to ever be cultivated. It is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C. The nutrients of apples, are significantly higher in their skins, so be sure when you are eating an apple to eat their skin too! Read more…
Apricot/Apricot Kernel (Xing, Xing Ren)

Apricot/Apricot Kernel (Xing, Xing Ren)

Originally from China, apricots are now found worldwide. Considered one of the healthiest fruits in the world, it is loaded with nutritional, health and medicinal value. “An apricot a day, can also help keep the doctor away.” Apricots are packed with Vitamins A and C, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that support eye, skin, heart and digestive health. Apricots are low in calories and help regulate blood sugar levels. The Chinese have used the kernels for thousands of years to treat lung disorders and constipation. Read more…
Astragalus (Huang Qi)

Astragalus (Huang Qi)

With thousands of species in this genus of herbs and small shrubs, Astragalus has been used by both Eastern and Western cultures as a food, medicine and healer of the spirit. Used by martial artists and monks alike To strengthen muscles, life force and increase stamina. Read more…
Atractylodes (Bai Zhu, Cang Zhu)

Atractylodes (Bai Zhu, Cang Zhu)

Of the two versions of Atractylodis, Bai Zhu (Rhizoma A. Macrocephalae or Ovata) is considered one of the finest Qi tonics available. Used by martial artists to strengthen their legs and muscles this herb is often used in combination with other herbs to help build Qi and balance herbal formulas. In contrast, Cang Zhu (Rhizoma A. chinensis) is very drying and more aromatic. Read more…
Barley (Da Mai)

Barley (Da Mai)

Barley is well known for its anti-cancer and healthy heart attributes. It is a nutritious grain that is a staple in Tibetan cuisine. It is packed with fibers that help improve digestion, it is known as a high-fiber grain. Read more…
Basil (Luo Le)

Basil (Luo Le)

Well known as a culinary seasoning, basil also has a deep history as a medicine for the body, mind and spirit. It is considered an emblem of hatred by some and a beneficent spirit by others. Read more…
Bay Leaf (Yue Gui Shu Ye)

Bay Leaf (Yue Gui Shu Ye)

There are several species of bay trees whose leaves are used as medicines and as culinary herbs. They all have similar aromatic properties, but the Indian Bay tastes more like cinnamon though milder, and the California Bay is considered to have the strongest flavor. Read more…
Bayberry (Yang Mei)

Bayberry (Yang Mei)

There are several species of bay trees whose leaves are used as medicines and as culinary herbs. They all have similar aromatic properties, but the Indian Bay tastes more like cinnamon though milder, and the California Bay is considered to have the strongest flavor. Read more…
Bearberry / Uva Ursi (Xiong Guo)

Bearberry / Uva Ursi (Xiong Guo)

Bearberry, also known as uva ursi, is most frequently used by Chinese, European and Native American’s to treat urinary tract disorders. Until the discovery of sulfa and antibiotics, bearberry was the treatment of choice for treating bladder, kidney and related infections. The name bearberry comes from the fact that bears love to eat the berries. This herb also helps keep the pH balance of urine from being too acidic. It has a sedating effect on bladder walls and is considered the best at treating chronic inflammation of the bladder or kidneys. Bearberry is also considered a visionary herb that helps those seeking increased psychic ability. Read more…
Bergamot / Bee Balm (Mi Feng Chun Gao)

Bergamot / Bee Balm (Mi Feng Chun Gao)

Edible and medicinal bergamot, also known as bee balm, is often used to treat skin eruptions, mouth infections, sore throats and gastric disorders. Bergamot, or bee balm (Monarda didyma), is not the source of what is commonly called Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential oil, and is the scent associated with Earl Grey tea. Bergamot (Monarda didyma) AKA Bee Balm, has been used by Native Americans for centuries to treat a wide variety of health disorders. Read more…

Birch (Hua Mu Pi, Hong Hua Pi)

Birch (Hua Mu Pi, Hong Hua Pi)

The birch tree is rich in medicinal, magical and practical history. It has been used since very ancient times by many cultures and peoples for everything from writing and building to magic and disinfecting. Birch is used to clean and irrigate the urinary tract and purify the blood. Read more…
Blackberry (Hei Mei)

Blackberry (Hei Mei)

Edible and medicinal, the blackberry has been used by Native American’s and Western Europeans for centuries. It has a long history of healing female disorders and being used in spells for protection from ghosts and vampires. Used in syrups, liqueurs, teas and pies, blackberry leaves are cooling and the roots are astringent. Often used to treat sore throats, diarrhea and wounds. The leaves were often used to wash wounds and help stop them from excess bleeding. Read more…
Blue-Green Algae (Lan Zao)

Blue-Green Algae (Lan Zao)

Blue-green algae / Spirulina changed our Earth forever by their photosynthetic activity that brought the needed oxygen into the environment so new and more-complex organisms, plants and mammals could evolve. It is a highly nutritious food that is loaded with proteins, minerals and vitamins. Read more…
Biota Leaf (Ce Bai Ye)

Biota Leaf (Ce Bai Ye)

Biota Leaf (Ce Bai Ye) is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help stop bleeding disorders including vomiting blood, to coughing up blood, to blood in the stools and urine. Biota wood has been used to build Buddhist temples and the leaves have been dried to use as incense for sacred ceremonies. Don’t confuse Biota Leaf (Ce Bai Ye) with Biota Seed (Bai Tou Weng) which is better used to treat nervous anxiety and not bleeding disorders. Used topically it is useful for treating scalds and burns. Read more…
Biota Seed (Bai Zi Ren)

Biota Seed (Bai Zi Ren)

Biota seed is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to help calm the mind and open the heart. It is often combined with Wild Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong) and Reishi (Ling Zhi). It is calming, mildly sedating and helps support digestion. In China, it is associated with long life and vitality. The wood is used in Buddhist temples both for construction work and as incense for burning during ceremonies. Biota seed should not be confused with Biota Leaf (Ce Bai Ye) which is used instead to treat bleeding disorders. Read more…
Boneset (Guan Ye Zelan)

Boneset (Guan Ye Zelan)

Native to North America, boneset was a popular healing plant used by Native Americans. Do not confuse boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) with the purple flowered plant also commonly called “boneset” or “gravel root” (Eupatorium purpureum) or with the herb comfrey (Symphytum officinale), also commonly called “boneset” for its ability to heal broken bones, these are all different plants. This boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum, is famous for treating all kinds of fevers and easing muscle aches. Until aspirin was discovered, this boneset was the herb of choice for fighting fevers and its symptoms. Read more…
Borage (Liu Li Ju)

Borage (Liu Li Ju)

Borage is wonderful plant that has been grown for both its medicinal value and as a wonderful honey. In Europe, it is widely enjoyed as a food and medicine. In the U.S., it is popularly cultivated as an herbal supplement for its high content of GLA (Gamma-linoleic acid), a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation and dilate blood vessels. The flowers and leaves are edible. Borage helps restore the adrenal glands and we know that Roman soldiers would mix borage tea with wine before a battle to fortify themselves. Read more…
Burdock (Niu Bang Zi)

Burdock (Niu Bang Zi)

Burdock is primarily respected for its blood cleansing and skin healing abilities. In the West the root is very popular medicinally and in the East (TCM) the fruit/seed is mostly used. In Asia it is a popular food and in the West it has been parboiled and added to artichoke dishes which also tastes like when cooked this way. Read more…
Cacao (Qiaokeli)

Cacao (Qiaokeli)

Daily consumption of dark chocolate will lower blood pressure by two to three points. Sprinkling cacao powder on your oatmeal helps your gut produce important microbes that aid the overall medicinal values of cacao. The darker the chocolate the more flavonoids and flavanols it contains. Read more…
Pot Marigold (Jin Zhan Ju)

Calendula or Pot Marigold (Jin Zhan Ju)

Pot Marigolds, also known by their Latin name, calendula, can be used to treat wounds. It is like arnica, only milder and gentler and therefore can even be used on open wounds. This beautiful flower has a long history in India and the West as being sacred and is used in religious ceremonies and rituals. It is a food, a medicine and a wonderful addition to your garden. Read more…
Cannabis

Cannabis (Hou Ma Ren)

The use of Cannabis (AKA Marijuana) by many of the world’s cultures to heal the mind and body dates back to ancient times. Here we explore that Eastern and Western history as well as the current usages of this important medicinal herb. Read more…
Cardamon

Cardamon (Bai Dou Kou)

Known for both it’s culinary and medicinal properties,  Cardamon has long been used by many cultures to prevent illness and promote strong digestion. Read more…
Carnation

Carnation (Qu Mai)

Famous as a symbol of Mother’s Day, carnations are also commonly used in teas to help alleviate stress, depression and nervousness. The flowers have been being cultivated for over 2,000 years. Carnations are the national flower of Spain, Monaco and Slovenia. They are edible and wonderful in teas and infusions. Carnations have long been popular for treating stress and urinary tract infections. Read more…
Catnip

Catnip (Mao Bo He)

A gentle edible herb that is ideal for treating children’s fevers, but strong enough to be used by adults. Often used by women to help move a stuck menses. Read more…
Cattail (Pu Huang)

Cattail (Pu Huang)

Cattails are a medicine and a food. The pollen is most frequently used as a wonderful herb to stop internal and external bleeding. Used for centuries by the Chinese and Native Americans cattails have been used as stuffing for pillows, to stop postpartum bleeding and as a vegetable in stews and salads. The pollen is high in protein. The plants help regulate the cardiovascular system, by preventing clotting and lowering blood lipids. Read more…
Cayenne (La Jiao)

Cayenne (La Jiao)

Besides flavoring foods, cayenne is considered wonderful for treating heart and digestive issues. It is an herb that is loved or hated depending on who you talk to because of its strong flavor profile and hot spiciness. Read more…
Cedar (Xue Song)

Cedar (Xue Song)

Cedar has been a revered plant by many cultures throughout history. It is burnt for sacred ceremonies, cleansing energies, healing the lungs as well as used to make teas and infusions to treat a wide variety of ailments. The Cedars of God remain one of the last vestiges of the extensive forests of the Cedars of Lebanon that thrived in ancient times. Read more…
Celery (Qin Cai)

Celery (Qin Cai)

Celery stimulates the nervous system and mineralizes the body. Because celery is both a diuretic and depurative it makes it a perfect ingredient for weight-loss programs. 3 glasses of celery juice a day is excellent for treating rheumatism, allergies, stomach disorders, detoxifing, and as an all-round aphrodisiac. Celery has an alkalizing effect on the body, which can help counteract the degenerative effects of the too acid diet many eat today. Read more…
Centipede (Wu Gong)

Centipede (Wu Gong)

Centipedes are considered a pest in the West, but in China, they are also a food and a powerful medicine. They are considered to be an important anticancer and anti-tuberculosis medicine and blood moving herb. They are successfully used to treat tremors, seizures, hemiplegia due to stroke, tetanus and snake bites. Read more…
Chamomile (Huang Chu Ju)

Chamomile (Huang Chu Ju)

Chamomile is documented as being one of the most popular teas sold in the U.S. and Europe. It is a gentle but highly effective herb famous as a cure-all but best known for soothing digestion, aiding sleep and helping to sooth skin rashes and bruises. This herb is often used in magical formulas to help protect the body, mind and spirit from negative energies and forces. The flowers can be both warming and cooling. Read more…
Champagne (Xiang Bin Jiu)

Champagne (Xiang Bin Jiu)

Champagne is for celebrating but it is also a medicine! It is full of antioxidants and polyphenols that help prevent heart attacks, strokes and lower pressure. New studies are also showing that in small amounts, a small glass per night, it can aid short term memory loss and certain other cognitive functions! So enjoy a few bubbles, relax and have some fun! Happy New Year! Read more…
Chicory (Juju Gen)

Chicory (Juju Gen)

Want to cut down your daily caffeine consumption? Ground chicory root may be for you. Not only is the root a coffee substitute but the root, leaves and flowers have a long history for their medicinal properties as well. Chicory is used as a liver tonic, to moderate your heart rate, increase bile production, ease constipation and kill parasites. Read more…
Chinese Yams (Shan Yao)

Chinese Yams (Shan Yao)

Called “fairy food” in China for its congenital and tonic abilities, it is often cut into thick slices and cooked in stews. Used safely by all ages, it is especially noted for improving male and female fertility, aiding digestion and stopping coughs. Read more…
Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua)

Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua)

A beautiful flower, well known as a garden varietal, and in China, it is also full of symbolic meaning and legendary healing capabilities. Read more…
Cicada (Chan Tui)

Cicada (Chan Tui)

Cicada has a long history in China as a symbol of immortality. Its image can be seen on bronze vessels dating back to 1500 B.C. The molt, or outer dried and discarded exoskeleton of the cicada is a common a herb included in many Chinese medical formulas for clearing Wind Heat. The insect itself had no importance, just the discarded shell left behind when it flies away as an adult. It is often used effectively to treat allergy symptoms, childhood convulsions, fevers and the early stages of non-erupted measles. Read more…
Cinnamon (Rou Gui)

Cinnamon (Rou Gui)

Cinnamon has a history as a spice, a preserver of food, a medicine, an incense and a gift considered worthy of the gods. In China, it is used successfully to treat many ailments due to Cold or Wind Cold invasion or Stagnation. If you are suffering from Hot above and Cold below conditions, Cinnamon is the best herb for you. Read more…
Clove (Ding Xiang)

Clove (Ding Xiang)

Cloves are aromatic flower buds commonly used as a spice in cooking, but can also be used medicinally. They have been used in Indian Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbalism. It is popular as a seasoning with apples, pumpkin pie, rhubarb, meats, curries and marinades. Cloves are often used in warm fall and winter seasonal drinks for their flavor and warming qualities. In Mexican cuisine, they are known as “clavos de olor,” and are often combined with cumin and cinnamon. Only a small amount of cloves are needed as its flavor is strong and pungent. It is associated with love and protection. Read more…
Clover (Mu)

Clover (Mu)

Red Clover’s sweet flavor and medicinal properties make it a wonderful ingredient for teas. A member of the bean family, Red Clover is used as a tonic in Chinese Medicine to treat colds and flu. Clover is very good at treating chronic and degenerative ailments. Read more…
Coconut (Ye Zi)

Coconut (Ye Zi)

Coconut, coconut milk, water, cream, oil and butter are all highly nutritious, rich in fiber and delicious. The fruit is made up of its shell, kernel (meat) and water. A medium-sized coconut can provide almost all the daily-required essential minerals, vitamins and energy a person needs. Coconuts are full of lauric acid, the important saturated fatty acid that increases good-HDL that helps regulate cholesterol levels in blood. Coconuts are also a good source of potassium and electrolytes. Lactose free, it is an excellent substitute for anyone allergic to dairy or nut or grain-based milks. Read more…
Codonopsis Root (Dang Shen)

Codonopsis Root (Dang Shen)

Often used as a gentler alternative to the stronger ginseng, codonopsis has a long history as being an excellent lung, blood, muscle and overall body tonic. Used in China by nursing mothers to increase healthy milk production and for staying strong and healthy. Read more…
Comfrey (Comfrey)

Comfrey (Comfrey)

Comfrey has a long history due to its ability to heal internal and external wounds. Traditionally, it has been used to heal wounds, sprains, and broken bones. Today, it is mostly used externally due to the presence of a toxic alkaloid. This alkaloid can seriously harm the liver if used in large does or incorrectly. Used externally, it is a wonderful herb for healing bones, hence the common name “Knitbone” or “Boneset.” Comfrey has been used by peasants and gypsies as a healing herb and a spring tonic to feed horses. It is an important plant in organic gardening for its ability to condition soils. Read more…
Corn Silk (Yu Mi Xu)

Corn Silk (Yu Mi Xu)

Corn Silk has a long history of gently and thoroughly treating urinary complaints. The word “maize” derived from Mexican native languages meaning “mother” or “mother of life.” Corn Silk is also used to treat coronary heart problems as it lowers blood pressure and eases hypertension. It is native to Mexico and was spread throughout the Americas around 2500 years ago. It is considered by many native tribes to be a gift from the gods. Read more…
Cowslip (Huang Hua Jiu Lun Cao)

Cowslip (Huang Hua Jiu Lun Cao)

Cowslip flowers have been added to vinegars and used to make wine and syrups. The plant is best known for its sedating properties and as an expectorant that is useful for treating phelgmy coughs and asthma. Safe for children, the herb is used to calm hyperactivity and help young people sleep. The plant is famous for its restorative and soothing properties. The roots are excellent at loosening old stuck pheglm associated with chronic bronchial conditions, and arthritic conditions with inflammation and pain. Read more…
Cranberry (Man Yue Mei)

Cranberry (Man Yue Mei)

Unsweetened cranberry juice has been used for centuries to help protect the urinary system because it can help fight against bacterial infections in the bladder and urethral mucosa. Cranberry juice turns the urine acidic helping to prevent the formation of alkane stones in the urinary tract. Cranberries have one of the highest oxygen radical absorbent capacities among edible berries, making them an excellent protector from cancer causing free radicals in the body. Cranberries were considered a symbol of peace by the Native American Delaware Tribes. Read more…
Cucumber (Huang Gua)

Cucumber (Huang Gua)

One large peeled cucumber contains only 34 calories. They are an excellent source for vitamin C and K and are known to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. They are also detoxing and anti-aging. Pickled, raw or baked, cucumbers are an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Botanically speaking, like tomatoes and squash, cucumbers are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, even though we tend to refer to them as a vegetable. Read more…
Daisy

Daisy (Chu Ju)

Considered a weed by some this member of the Asteraceae family can be used as a food, medicine or oracle (he loves me he loves me not). Read more…
Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying)

Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying)

Dandelion is probably one of the richest herbal sources of Vitamin K which aids bone mass and helps treat Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. Dandelion is an excellent general tonic for blood, skin and digestion. Read more…
Deer Horn Velvet (Lu Rong)

Deer Horn Velvet (Lu Rong)

Deer Horn Velvet has a long history in China as a longevity herb, a strengthening herb and a male aphrodisiac. It is considered a key herb for tonifying Yang and Kidney deficiencies. Deer remain one of the oldest shamanic references in virtually every culture, as all cultures hunted and used every part of the deer as either food, clothing, medicine, glue, shoes, weapons, and more. Read more…
Earthworm (Di Long)

Earthworm (Di Long)

Earthworms have been used for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world to treat seizures caused by high fevers, prevent anemia post pregnancy and to ease the pain of arthritic joints. Western science has confirmed the worms ability to lower blood pressure and relieve blood stasis caused by fevers. In many cultures, worms are a gourmet delicacy saved for elders and special occasions. Read more…
Echinacea

Echinacea (Zi Zhu Hua)

While not native to China this plant has a long history in Western herbalism. History reveals a wide variety of usuages and applications. A special plant native to North America and used by the American Indians for a wide range of ailments, injuries, bites and infections. Read more…
Elderberry

Elderberry (Jie Gu Mu)

Elderberry has a long and distinguished history in Europe and the West as a medicine, beverage and for protecting against evil spirits. Read more…
Eucalyptus (An Shu and An Ye)

Eucalyptus (An Shu and An Ye)

Eucalyptus can be used as an insect repellant, an expectorant, and a mouthwash. Used by the Aborigines to heal wounds it is also a tree that has been used to transform swampy environments infested with malaria into habitable neighborhoods. Read more…
Eucommia (Du Zhong)

Eucommia (Du Zhong)

Eucommia is a beloved tonic herb in China, used daily to build strength or as a medicine if one is weak. It is most noted for its ability to ease low back pain, knee and ankle pain. This includes difficulty with moving the legs due to deficient conditions. The Chinese note that using the herb for long periods of time will make your body grow light and contribute to the likelihood of longevity. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is a primary herb for tonifying Kidney Yang functions. It is known as both a powerful Yang and Jing tonic herb. Known for profoundly supporting the skeletal and endocrine systems, it can bed used to balance Yin and Yang making it useful for either men or woman, young or old. Read more…
Eyebright (Xiao Mi Cao)

Eyebright (Xiao Mi Cao)

Eyebright has a long history for being used to treat eye disorders. It is famous for treating even severe inflammation of the eyes. It reduces inflammation, conjunctivitis, and can be used as an eye wash, drops or as an infusion for internal use to treat eye problems. Eyebright is also used to treat sinusitis and help heal wounds. It can also help treat skin problems such as acne and stretch marks. Eyebright is primarily used as a poultice and wash, but it can be taken internally in teas and tincture. Read more…
Fennel (Xiao Hui Xiang)

Fennel (Xiao Hui Xiang)

With edible leaves, bulbs, seeds and fruit, fennel has a long culinary and medicinal history. Wildly cultivated this herb is also now found naturalized and growing wild in many place of the world. Read more…
Fern (Jue Lei)

Fern (Jue Lei)

Some ferns are grown for food, and research is being done to learn more about their phenomenal ability to remediate contaminated soils and remove chemical pollutants from the air. Maidenhair ferns, particularly, have a long history of being used as a medicine to expel worms and heal wounds. Read more…
Frankincense (Ru Xiang)

Frankincense (Ru Xiang)

Frankincense has long been used by many cultures to open the mind and soul to the eternal and to god. It has been used in cosmetics, perfumes, and to treat leprosy. The Chinese use it to help heal injuries and pain due to Blood or Qi stasis, including postpartum abdominal pain due to Blood stagnation. Read more…
Garden Sorrel (Cu Jiang Cao)

Garden Sorrel (Cu Jiang Cao)

The name “sorrel” is used to describe several related plants, including “wild sorrel” and “French sorrel.” The plant has a long history of treating scurvy and kidney stones. Though large doses (500 grams or more) may cause kidney stones. It is popularly used in salads, sauces, stews and soups for its lemony flavor and high Vitamin C and Vitamin A content. It is also good for treating cold sores and febrile diseases. In China, they make use Oxalis corniculata which is also called sorrel, or Indian sorrel, but it is in fact a different plant from the Rumex family and is not a member of the Oxalis family of sorrels. Read more…
Gardenia (Zhi Zi)

Gardenia (Zhi Zi)

Gardenias are used to treat all forms of febrile diseases, hot reckless blood conditions, damp-heat jaundice, and conditions of damp-heat urinary obstruction. Gardenias are beautiful flowers grown the world over for their beauty and wonderful sweet scent. They can be used to calm nerves and ease stress. Read more…
Garlic

Garlic (Da Suan)

A Food, a medicine, a ward against evil spirits, kills parasites and relieves toxicity. This plant is one of the most used, most loved and easily available. Read more…
Gentian (Long Dan Cao, Qin Jiao)

Gentian (Long Dan Cao, Qin Jiao)

There are many varieties of gentian. In the west, the most commonly used species is yellow gentian (yellow Gentiana). The other varieties have similar properties so they can, and are, also used depending on what is available. There is no better stomach tonic than gentian and it is considered extremely useful in treating jaundice. The Chinese make use of two different species of gentian: Gentiana scabra (Long Dan Cao) and G. macrophylla (Qin Jiao) attributing them with slightly different characteristics. In the west Yellow, Japanese, Autumn, Field, Marsh, Spring, Cross-Leaved and Five-Leaved Gentian are all commonly used interchangeably as they all have similar characteristics. Read more…
Geranium (Tian Shu Kui)

Geranium (Tian Shu Kui)

There are many varietals of geranium. Beyond being a lovely garden flower the many varieties exhibit similar healing properties and the leaves and flowers of rose geraniums can also be used in the kitchen as a culinary herb. (NOT all geraniums are edible, but the rose geranium is one that is!) Read more…
Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Ginger (Sheng Jiang)

Ginger produces a hot, fragrant spice that has been used in candy, foods, medicines, teas, beverages and wines. It is used in cooking the world over for its flavor, and ability to detox food. It is a well known cure for motion sickness of all kinds and has a long worldwide history of medicinal use. Read more…
Ginkgo (Bai Gou, Bai Gou Ye)

Ginkgo (Bai Gou, Bai Gou Ye)

Ginkgo is one of the best examples of a living fossil. The plant originated over 270 million years ago and has been cultivated in China since at least 2600 BC. Ginkgo is famous for helping with conditions that result in poor memory or conditions of dementia due to poor blood circulation. Read more…
Ginseng

Ginseng (Ginseng)

Korean, Chinese, American and Siberian Ginseng. Each similar yet unique. Considered the “King Herb” in Traiditional Chinese Medicine the herb has an ancient history as a Taoist healing herb for the mind, body and spirit. Read more…
Goldenrod (Huang Hua)

Goldenrod (Huang Hua)

Goldenrod is used to reduce pain and swelling. It is often used in Europe to treat bladder and kidney problems. It is also famous for its ability to treat allergies, skin problems and cardiovascular issues. Using goldenrod in the winter can help build a person’s immunity to prevent flu and in preparation for the spring and summer season of allergies. Read more…
Goldenseal

Goldenseal (Goldenseal)

Goldenseal is often used in herbal formulas to boost the medicinal effects of other herbs. It is famous for its antimicrobial properties that make it an excellent choice for fighting colds, allergies, and lung congestion. It has been used extensively by the Native American Indians, who taught the early American settlers how to use it. Read more…
Green Onion (Cong Bai)

Green Onion (Cong Bai)

Scallions, also called green onions, are used the world over to treat colds and help heal abscesses. Highly nutritious they contain a high level of Vitamin K which is known to decrease the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more…
Hawthorn

Hawthorn (Shan Zha)

The leaves and berries of the Hawthorn are edible, the leaves when young are used in salads and the berries are made into jams and jellies. This popular garden ornamental plant has long been known for it’s ability to treat many ailments of the heart and circulatory system. Read more…
Hemlock (Tieshan)

Hemlock (Tieshan)

EXTREME caution advised. Hemlock is a seriously poisonous plant. Ingestion can be lethal. Often mistaken for other plants, it is critical for Western Hemlock to be correctly identified. In China, it is not the poisonous flower that is available but the conifer tree that is grown for it’s foliage and is considered safe and non-poisonous. Read more…
Holly (Mao Dong Qing)

Holly (Mao Dong Qing)

European legend says that holly sprang up under the footsteps of Christ, when He trod the earth. European holly is used to treat fevers and digestive problems. In China, the root of the species Illicis pubescentis is used to help treat heart problems, asthma and skin infections. There are several different species of holly, but each exhibit similar properties even while sometimes they are each used a bit differently based on tradition and customs. Read more…
Honey/Royal Jelly (Feng Wang)

Honey/Royal Jelly (Feng Wang)

Considered a food of the saints and a food to nourish the soul and uplift the spirits, honey is also used medicinally to help bind other herbs together into pills and tablets as well as sweeten the taste of very bitter herbs. Royal Jelly, the bitter substance made to feed the queen bee, is so nutritious it is considered to be almost a complete food in itself. Read more…
Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)

Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)

Honeysuckle treats asthma and will keep witches from entering your house if you grow it at the entrance to your home. The Chinese also used it to treat snake bites. It is excellent for treating headaches, skin sores, and acute infectious diseases. Read more…
Hops (Pi Jiu Hua)

Hops (Pi Jiu Hua)

Besides beer, hops are best known for aiding sleep and being mildly sedating. Read more…
Horseradish

Horseradish (La Gen)

Cultivated since antiquity by cultures the world over the history of this herb ranges from use as a condiment to treating kidney problems, among other things. A culinary herb with medicinal capabilities. Read more…
Iris (Hu Die Hua)

Iris (Hu Die Hua)

Iris cultivation has produced many varieties of species. It is the Flag Irises that are known for their medicinal properties. They are also known as a blood and liver cleansing herb that has been used as a cure-all by Native Americans for centuries. Read more…
Jasmine (Luo Shi Teng)

Jasmine (Luo Shi Teng)

Jasmine is a sacred flower with a wonderful scent famed for calming and raising the spirit and healing painful abscesses and hot swellings. Read more…
Java Tea (Mao Xu Cao)

Java Tea (Mao Xu Cao)

Java tea has been found to protect the renal and gastrointestinal organs and passage ways. It is also said to help reduce the effects of allergies and asthma. It is most famous for its anti-inflammatory and urinary health benefits, helping to prevent kidney stones. Java tea is also good at relieving stress and fatigue and has strong antioxidant properties that help protect against free-radical damage and the signs of aging. A daily cup of java tea is said to lower cholesterol, increase brain activity and memory as well as increasing overall brain functionality. Read more…
Juniper (Du Song Zi)

Juniper (Du Song Zi)

A strong aromatic herb, juniper is considered to ward off witches and has been used for centuries as a Kidney stimulant to help flush out impurities and cystitis. They herb is used to make gin, improve the flavor of meats and as a fragrance in soaps and lotions. Read more…
Kelp (Kun Bu)

Kelp (Kun Bu)

Kelp has been celebrated as a food in Asian cultures for centuries. It is recognized in the West for it’s rich supply of iodine, iron, calcium and potassium. All of which make it a wonderful food and medicine. Iodine is critical to the thyroids functions of making sex hormones and metabolizing fats. Read more…
Lavender (Xun Yi Cao)

Lavender (Xun Yi Cao)

Cupcakes, teas, soaps, and scents all benefit from lavender. Lavender has been used for centuries to cure headaches, calm the spirit, sooth throats and help acne. The Pilgrims brought lavender with them to America as one of their main healing medicines. Read more…
Lemon (Ning Meng)

Lemon (Ning Meng)

Lemons have been used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. They have been used medicinally, cosmetically, to detox and even to charge simple batteries. Read more…
Licorice

Licorice (Gan Cao)

You say Licorice and I say Liquorice, either way this herb has a history of being used the world over as a medicine, flavoring, confection and liquer. The Chinese consider it one of the major life force tonifying herbs as well as uniquely able to treat and enter all twelve meridians. Read more…
Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong)

Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong)

Long used by the Chinese as a medicinal herb it is also used in cooking and as fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Not to be confused with Ligusticum sinense or Ligusticum porteri, plants in the same genus with different attributes. Read more…
Lilac (Yuan Hua)

Lilac (Yuan Hua)

Lilacs are edible. They symbolize first love and are said to drive away ghosts. They have long been used in both the Eastern and Western healing traditions to fight fevers, treat coughs and calm the stomach. Lilacs are also used by the cosmetic industry for their aromatic and calming effects. Read more…
Lily of the Valley (Ling Lan)

Lily of the Valley (Ling Lan)

Lily of the Valley was used medicinally as early as the fourth century. Like the herb foxglove, lily of the valley contains constituents that have a tonic effect on the heart, helping to slow or normalize a weak heartbeat, without putting any extra demand on pulmonary blood supply. Read more…
Lime (Qing Ning)

Lime (Qing Ning)

Only 11 calories per the juice of one lime and you will get 22% of your daily minimum requirement of vitamin C. Limes reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. They are antimicrobial. In West Africa, the addition of lime juice to the main meal of the day has proven to help prevent cholera outbreaks. Limes also contain constituents that are anticarcinogenic. Read more…
Linden (Duan Hua)

Linden (Duan Hua)

The linden tree is said to be the national symbol of Slovenia. In Salvic mythology the tree is sacred and many villages are named for it. German towns often have a linden tree growing in their centers as protection and to provide shade. The plants are famous for their wood, sweet scents, and ability to treat colds and nervous disorders. Read more…
Lobelia (Ban Bian Lian)

Lobelia (Ban Bian Lian)

Lobelia can help ease a difficult or painful birthing process. It is also well known for treating acute heart conditions, croup, whooping cough and tonsillitis. Too much can be toxic, but in the right amounts it is a wonderful herb with centuries of use by the Chinese and Native Americans. It is said to be the best for treating snake bites and scorpion or wasp stings. The Native American Crow Tribe used it in religious ceremonies. Read more…
Lycium/Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi)

Lycium/Goji Berry (Gou Qi Zi)

Chinese legends claim that a Taoist monk lived to be 252 years old by including lycium berries in his daily tonic. Famous for aiding a long, healthy life and longevity, lycium is also known as an excellent blood tonic. Read more…
Magnolia Flower (Po Hua, Xin Yi)

Magnolia Flower (Po Hua, Xin Yi)

Magnolia flowers and buds have a long tradition in Chinese Medicine for treating nasal congestion, whitening skin and calming toothaches. Read more…
Magnolia Tree (Huo Po)

Magnolia Tree (Huo Po)

The bark and roots of the magnolia tree have a long tradition in Chinese Medicine for healing and calming upset stomachs, asthma, and vomiting. See magnolia flower for the functions of the flowers and buds. Read more…
Manzanita

Manzanita (Manzanita)

With over a hundred species all native to the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and New Mexico this plant has a long history of providing food, medicine and has been smoked by early American Indians. Read more…
Marjoram (Mo Jiao Lan)

Marjoram (Mo Jiao Lan)

Be careful to not confuse marjoram (Origanum majorana) with oregano (Origanum vulgare), which is often commonly called wild marjoram. Botanically they are cousins and closely related, but they are not the same plant. Marjoram is well known as a general cure-all, but is especially useful for treating digestive and cardiovascular disorders. Read more…
Marshmallow (Yao Shu Kui)

Marshmallow (Yao Shu Kui)

Marshmallow is a wonderful plant for treating both hot dry and hot damp acute conditions. The plant is famous for its moistening properties. Marshmallow is also used to coat sore throats, treat irritated hot bladder infections and lubricate hot achy joint pain. Don’t confuse it with blue mallow, a similar plant but different species that is mostly used externally. Marshmallow is not the candied marshmallows used in desserts, but it can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable. Read more…
Meadowsweet (Xiu Xian Ju)

Meadowsweet (Xiu Xian Ju)

Meadowsweet is a common and beloved wild flower. It is popular as a cure for diarrhea, especially in children, general aches, fever, stomach disorders and headaches. Bayer Pharmaceuticals used the dried leaves of the plant as its original source for salicylic acid used to treat pain and headaches. Meadowsweet is gentle on the stomach. Read more…
Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (Da Ji)

Milk Thistle has a long history in heraldry and as a symbol in art and poetry. It is revered as an outstanding liver medicine, tonic and food. Read more…
Mint (Bo He)

Mint (Bo He)

Mint has long been enjoyed as a tea and food flavoring. It has a long history as an excellent cooling herb that can promote sweating, easing colds and flus as well as aiding headaches, menstrual cramps and other aches and pains. Read more…
Mistletoe (Hu Ji Sheng)

Mistletoe (Hu Ji Sheng)

Known for aiding epilepsy and other convulsive nervous disorders, mistletoe effectively numbs nerve action to distal parts of the body away from the main organ that may be causing the problem, and it is in this way that it aids with convulsions and epilepsy. Ancient traditions suggest the mistletoe be kissed when touched or stepped under. Read more…
Moss (Tai)

Moss (Tai)

Being highly absorbent and soft, with some antibacterial properties, mosses have long been used to help treat wounds. These same qualities have also led to their being used as insulation in clothing and shoes. In Finland, peat moss has been used to make bread during times of famine. Read more…
Motherwort (Yi Mu Cao)

Motherwort (Yi Mu Cao)

Motherwort is the plant best known for treating female disorders, hence it’s name “Motherwort.” It treats conditions from pregnancy, to menses, to menopause. It is also famous for calming nerves and giving strength to the heart. Read more…
Mugwort

Mugwort (Ai Ye, Liu Ji Nu, Qing Hao)

Mugwort has long been used as a healing herb that is used both internally and externally. As “moxa” the herb is burned and passed over the portion or area of the body needing to be healed or tonified. Read more…
Mulberry (Sang Shen, Sang Ye, Sang Bai Pi)

Mulberry (Sang Shen, Sang Ye, Sang Bai Pi)

White Mulberry has been a source of food for silkworms, a medicine, and a sweetener. Associated with the Tao and other sacred traditions this tree is often planted in sacred gardens or as a symbol of cosmic order and replenishment. The berries are a wonderful herb for nourishing blood. Read more…
Mullein (Jia Yan Ye)

Mullein (Jia Yan Ye)

A wonderful hearty herb. Considered an all around remedy for the lungs. Also excellent for treating boils and urinary dysfunction, hemorrhoids and soothing pain. It’s soft velvety leaves are why it is often called the Velvet Plant. Read more…
Myrrh (Mo Yao)

Myrrh (Mo Yao)

Myrrh has a long history as a perfume and incense with strong medicinal healing powers. It is known to invigorate blood, prevent gum disease and alleviate pain. As a sacred incense it is known to cleanse and uplift the spirit, opening the mind and heart to all things transcendental and divine. Read more…
Nettle (Xun Ma)

Nettle (Xun Ma)

Nettles have been used for food, medicine and even to make fabric from. They are famous for being able to relieve almost all symptoms caused by allergies: itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, and nasal inflammation. The herb’s tonic properties are considered to be anti-aging and help purify the blood. Nettle’s fibers have been used by many cultures, ancient and modern, to make cloth. Nettles also help break curses and spells. Read more…
Nutmeg (Rou Dou Kou)

Nutmeg (Rou Dou Kou)

Famous for soothing the stomach and aiding digestion, nutmeg is a wonderful spice and medicine. It can stop bad breath, ease the pain of arthritis and increase appetite. It is a wonderful addition to herbal remedies for its flavor enhancing properties, soothing effects on digestion and calming action. Read more…
Oak

Oak (Mo Shi Zi, Wu Bei Zi, Xiang Shi)

The Oak Tree has a long and powerful history. Used for its wood, acorns, leaves, bark and the spirit of the tree itself. These majestic trees can grow to be hundreds of hundreds of years old. The tree is held to be sacred by many cultures with its nuts, leaves, galls and bark providing medicinal healing and nutritive properties. Read more…
Oat

Oat (Yan Mai)

While Oats were most probably brought north by the Romans, it is in the North that we can recognize the plants gifts. Oats build extremely robust constitutions: consider the North’s extreme climatic and historical conditions (cold, damp, wind, plague, famine). Oatmeal porridge (from the meal not the flakes) was the mainstay food in the Middle Ages for most peasants. Oats feed your soul, your body, and your mind. Read more…
Orange Peel (Chen Pi, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi)

Orange Peel (Chen Pi, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi)

Oranges bring good luck, are loaded with Vitamin C and the peels are super high in nutrients. There are many different varietals of orange peel, but all of them help build and move Qi (Energy) in the body. They are a powerful and tasty herb often used in combination with other herbs to improve the overall taste of herbal remedies and lend strength to the formula. Read more…
Oregon Grape Root/Mountain Grape (Eleigang Putao)

Oregon Grape Root/Mountain Grape (Eleigang Putao)

Oregon grape root is best known for treating infections and supporting the liver. These two particular strengths give this herb specific abilities with broad applications. The plant is well-known for its strong antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. For example, it can treat infections that have become resistant to antibiotics (including urinary tract infections and mouth infections) and a wide range of conditions arising from a sluggish liver or liver congestion. It is a classically bitter, bitter herb. While the plant Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) has similar properties, it is in fact an entirely different plant. Oregon grape (Berberis nervosa) is considered the stronger of the two species. Read more…
Peach (Tao Zi)

Peach (Tao Zi)

Peach fruit is enjoyed in the West, but in China, the pits are also used as an important medicine for treating conditions caused by blood stagnation. In China, peaches are associated with longevity and vitality. In the West the fruit is known for its heart healthy and antioxidant properties. Read more…
Peony

Peony (Bai Shao)

One of the oldest documented remedies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb’s history includes supporting and healing female complaints while nourishing and/or cooling blood depending on the varietal. Read more…
Peppermint

Peppermint (See Bo He)

Cool, warm and refreshing this herbs history dates back as far as 10,000 years ago. Used as food, a drink, an essential oil and a medicine. Read more…
Periwinkle (Zhang Chun Hua)

Periwinkle (Zhang Chun Hua)

Both species of periwinkle (Vinca major, V. minor) and Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) are used for their astringent and tonic properties. Often associated with supporting “brain-health,” the plant is used to support memory and brain function in the elderly. It is also used to stop bleeding, and clear mucous from the throat and lungs. A beautiful flower, periwinkle has been associated with death, used as a medicine and as a magical ingredient in love potions and other spells. Read more…
Phellodendron (Huang Bai)

Phellodendron (Huang Bai)

Don’t confuse the herb phellodendron (Phellodendron amurense) with philodendron (Philodendron), an ornamental indoor and common house plant! While the names are similar the plants are entirely different. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, phellodendron, or Huang Bai, is considered one of the top 50 herbs used for healing. It is especially noted for its ability to clear heat and toxins from the body, including eliminating damp-heat from the bladder and kidneys. Read more…
Pine (Song)

Pine (Song)

Pine bark, needles and the essential oil derived from the plants resins are used to clean houses, clear unwanted spirits, prevent cancer, help digestion and even as an herbal viagra. More research is being done to confirm the plant’s benefits and functions. Pines are cultivated for Christmas trees and their scent is calming and cleansing. Read more…
Pinellia (Ban Xia)

Pinellia (Ban Xia)

The processed root of pinellia is one of the most important and frequently used herbs in Chinese Medicine to help transform phlegm and stop coughing. As the roots are toxic when raw, they are first soaked and often blended with ginger to further relieve any toxic side-effects. In China, pinellia is the primary herb for treating phlegm-damp syndromes including nausea, vomiting, insomnia and bloating. For all its abilities, it is a wonderfully gentle herb, able to treat the young and old alike. Read more…
Poinsettia (Da Ji)

Poinsettia (Da Ji)

Did you know that almost all of the poinsettia can be used medicinally? It is most especially used to treat asthma. In Mexico and Guatemala, it is called Flor de Noche Buena, meaning Christmas Eve Flower. In Chile and Peru, it is known as Crown of the Andes. In Hungarian, it is called Santa Claus’ Flower. Be aware the Chinese use Da Ji (E. pekinensis) and in the west, the poinsettia Euphorbia lathyris or E. pulcherrima are used. They are different species of the same family of plants. The Chinese typically use the root and in the west, the leaves and crushed flowers are typically used. Read more…
Poke (Shang Lu)

Poke (Shang Lu)

American Poke has a long history as a food and herbal remedy considered excellent at relieving toxicities. In China, its use dates back to over 2,000 years where it has been used to treat edemas and especially breast tumors, lumps and mastitis. It is a potent herb that if used correctly can treat lumps and tumors but if used improperly can cause nausea, vomiting and death. Read more…
Poria (Fu Ling)

Poria (Fu Ling)

Poria (Fu Ling) is an herb with a long and respected history in China. It is considered one of the premier Yin tonic herbs. Next to Licorice it is the most frequently used herb in Chinese herbalism. It is used to cook with and it is also used as a medicinal herb. Read more…
Pot Marigold (Jin Zhan Ju)

Pot Marigold or Calendula (Jin Zhan Ju)

Pot Marigolds, also known by their Latin name, calendula, can be used to treat wounds. It is like arnica, only milder and gentler and therefore can even be used on open wounds. This beautiful flower has a long history in India and the West as being sacred and is used in religious ceremonies and rituals. It is a food, a medicine and a wonderful addition to your garden. Read more…
Praying Mantis (Sang Piao Xiao)

Praying Mantis (Sang Piao Xiao)

Praying mantis egg cases have been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat frequent urination and are especially favored for being the best herb to treat bed-wetting in young children. The egg cases are not typically used as a medicine in the West. The insects are a popular organic and non-pesticide tool for preventing pests in your garden. Read more…
Pumpkin (Nan Gua, Nan Gua Pi)

Pumpkin (Nan Gua, Nan Gua Pi)

Pumpkins and pumpkin seeds are both high in zinc and vitamin A making them a wonderful food and herb to help support menses, strengthen the prostrate, and aid fertility. They can also help treat urinary tract infections and support the kidneys. Read more…
Raspberry (Fu Pen Zi)

Raspberry (Fu Pen Zi)

Raspberry leaf is well known for its benefits during pregnancy, but it is also beneficial for women of all ages and stages of life. Raspberries are known for their antioxidant and high vitamin C levels. Native Americans used raspberry’s as a medicine and for its protective properties. Raspberry leaves make a wonderful gargle and help heal wounds and varicose veins. Read more…
Red Cedar (Hong Shan Shu)

Red Cedar (Hong Shan Shu)

While similar to Cedar, Red Cedar is a different plant indigenous to the Pacific Northwest with a long history of medicinal, spiritual, and practical uses by the Native American tribes living in these areas. Red Cedar is in fact a variety of cypress tree. The healing properties are essentially the same as cedar’s. Read more…
Red Jujubes (Da Zao)

Red Jujubes (Da Zao)

Red jujubes are delicious! They can be eaten raw, added to soups, teas and decotions. They are an excellent herb for counterbalancing herbal remedies that contain strong Yang herbs such as ginseng. In China they have long been revered as an excellent longevity tonic herb. Read more…
Redwood (Shui Shan)

Redwood (Shui Shan)

The American writer John Steinbeck said, “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe.” Read more…
Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Long considered a longevity herb in Chinese Medicine, rehmannia is recommended for treating anemia, palpations, irregular menses, osteoporosis and lowering blood pressure. It is also a beautiful ornamental garden flower that attracts hummingbirds. Read more…
Reishi (Ling Zhi)

Reishi (Ling Zhi)

Famous for its miraculous health benefits, Reishi contains compounds said to prevent and reduce various cancer tumors. Reishi mushrooms significantly reduce the effects of allergic reactions, including asthma, congestion, contact dermatitis, stiff necks, and conjunctivitis. Read more…
Rhubarb (Da Huang)

Rhubarb (Da Huang)

Rhubarb is very low in calories, and super high in nutritional value. The stalks are used in the west as a popular food for pies and jams. In China, the roots have long been used to drain heat and treat pain caused by blood stagnation, including injuries. Rhubarb is wonderful for treating constipation, diarrhea, and high fevers. Read more…
Rose (Mei Gui Hua)

Rose (Mei Gui Hua)

The Rose was one of the most valued medicinal plants in the monastery gardens of Medieval Europe. Rose petals are very astringent making them excellent for washing skin and bruises. Roses are also classically considered a strong aphrodisiac and anti-depressant. The Persians are credited with the development of rose oil. Read more…
Rue (Hou Hui)

Rue (Hou Hui)

Rue is one of the oldest English gardening plants used for medicine. At one time holy water was sprinkled from brushes made of rue, giving it the name of the Herb of Repentance and the Herb of Grace. From earliest times rue has been used to protect against contagious diseases and infestations of fleas and other insects. The herbs disagreeable odor and bitter taste are only noticed in large doses. In small doses it is eaten as a food, used as a flavoring and has traditionally been a very popular medicine. Read more…
Saffron (Fan Hong Hua)

Saffron (Fan Hong Hua)

The dried stigmas of the plant produce saffron, the deep auburn colored spice with a sweet flavor. A single thread can flavor a whole meal. Saffron has been used as a dye, perfume, medicine and offering to the gods. It is said to help lift depression and ease the emotions after a shock. It also helps asthma, coughs, clears acne and eases PMS. Read more…
Sage

Sage (Dan Shen, Shenreg)

Sage has been considered one of the top medicinal and culinary herbs for centuries. It is easy to cultivate and has spirit cleansing properties. This herb is a mainstay in many herbal gardens. Read more…
Sandalwood (Tan Xiang)

Sandalwood (Tan Xiang)

The tree’s heartwood is considered scared in the Vedic tradition. Sandalwood promotes deep relaxed states that increase the flow of spiritual energy. It relaxes the throat and heart chakras. It is used to treat depression, urinary infections, poor appetite and bronchitis. The herbs strong bitter taste and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent cold remedy. Arabic texts from the 10th century say sandalwood “clears headaches due to heat.” In Ancient China, it was recommended to treat cholera because of its cooling and drying properties. Sandalwood is a unique herb able to treat and balance the body, mind and spirit. Read more…
Silver

Schisandra (Wu Wei Zi)

Schisandra is considered one of the great longevity tonic herbs. It is famous as an adaptogen, building stamina and as an anti-aging herb. It is also known to impart beauty and sexual endurance to those who use it regularly. Read more…
Scorpion (Quan Xie)

Scorpion (Quan Xie)

There are over 100 scorpion-based herbal formulas in Chinese Medicine. Modern studies have proved that Scorpions contain 17 amino acids and 14 trace elements that are essential to the human body, making it not only a medicinal substance but a nutritious food as well. Scorpion stings are painful, but usually harmless. Only 25 species are deadly. An image of evil, and a protector against evil, the scorpion is viewed by many cultures as an ancient healer and a cause of death. Read more…
Silver

Silver (Yin)

The history of silver being used as an ingredient for healing goes back to before the days of alchemy. Long recognized for its unique properties as a metal, it was unlikely history would overlook its possibilities to aid in Healing. What’s true and what is still questioned. Read more…
Shepherd’s Purse (Shepherd’s Purse)

Shepherd’s Purse (Shepherd’s Purse)

Shepherd’s Purse is famous for its ability to stop bleeding, especially in the uterus. It is used to heal wounds, bleeding from any internal organ for any reason, heavy menstrual bleeding for any reason from fibroids to endometriosis, to post trauma from surgery to the uterus.  In China the leaves are a popular ingredient in dumplings and the herb is used to “brighten eyes.” Read more…
Skullcap (Huang Qin, Ban Zhi Lian)

Skullcap (Huang Qin, Ban Zhi Lian)

There are over 300 genus of scutellaria. Here we explore the three most commonly used for medicine by the Chinese, Native Americans and now herbalists the world over. Huang Qin (Scutellaria baicalensis), is a major herb for treating damp-heat in the small intestines with signs of diarrhea, dysentery or urinary dysfunction. Each of the genus discussed here are excellent at treating hot oozing sores. The American plant (S. lateriflora) is considered the mildest and best for treating anxiety. Read more…
Slippery Elm (Chi Yu)

Slippery Elm (Chi Yu)

Native to North America, slippery elm bark is considered one of the most effective and valuable remedies in Western herbology. The bark’s abundant mucilage is both strengthening and healing, giving the plant a useful broad range of application. It is especially useful for treating lung infections from consumption to bronchitis as it soothes the throat and moistens dry lungs. It has been used in times of famine as a porridge or gruel for small children and the elderly. Read more…
Snakeskin (She Tui)

Snakeskin (She Tui)

Snakeskin is documented as being used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as far back as 100 A.D. It was likely used long before that as it was considered good for treating skin eruptions, eye infections, sore throats and hemorrhoids. Read more…
Spirulina

Spirulina

Blue-green algae / Spirulina changed our Earth forever by their photosynthetic activity that brought the needed oxygen into the environment so new and more-complex organisms, plants and mammals could evolve. It is a highly nutritious food that is loaded with proteins, minerals and vitamins. Read more…
St. John’s Wort (Guan Ye Lian Qiao)

St. John’s Wort (Guan Ye Lian Qiao)

St. John’s Wort is a yellow flower that can lift your spirits and help stop bleeding. It can be used with other herbs to help detox the liver but it is best known for relieving stress, depression and anxiety. Read more…
Strawberry (Cao Mei)

Strawberry (Cao Mei)

Shaped like a heart, strawberries are not only a delicious fruit, but both varieties (wild and garden) are well known for their antioxidant properties that can help support heart health and regulate blood sugar levels. One whole cup of strawberries contains less than 50 calories. Strawberry leaves are used medicinally to treat fevers, gout, and aid bowel regularity. Read more…
Sugar (Tang)

Sugar (Tang)

Sugar was originally imported to Europe to be used as a medicine. Today the average person is said to consume about 53 lbs. of sugar a year, or the equivalent of 260 food calories per person per day. Sugar is used as a preservative and sweetener in many processed foods and beverages. Numerous studies continue to be undertaken to help clarify the role sugar, and too much sugar, can play in the body. To date, it is known that too much sugar leads to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, inflammation, tooth decay, dementia, hyperactivity and a host of other related ailments and conditions. Read more…
Sunflower (Xiang Ri Kui)

Sunflower (Xiang Ri Kui)

While the Chinese cultivate sunflowers for food, they do not typically use it medicinally, but it is used as a medicine and food in the West. The seeds are highly nutritious and sunflower oil is said to be the closest alternative to olive oil and can be used as an olive oil substitute. Read more…
Talcum Powder (Hua Shi)

Talcum Powder (Hua Shi)

Talcum powder is most famous as a lubricant that can help sooth and prevent hot oozing skin conditions such as diaper rash and oozing eczema. In China, talc also has a long history of being used to treat difficult stuck and painful urination and watery diarrhea. Talc is known for being a soft creamy mineral that is the softest mineral on earth. Read more…
Thyme

Thyme (Bai Li Xiang)

As a food, incense, and medicine for the mind, body and spirit, thyme has a long ancient and magical history. Fresh thyme has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs and is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens. Read more…
Tomato (Xi Hong Shi)

Tomato (Xi Hong Shi)

Tomatoes are the best dietary source for lycopenes. This constituent is famous for helping to prevent heart disease and prostate cancer in men. Tomatoes also provide 33% of your minimum daily requirement of Vitamin C. They are a symbol for the sun and good health. Read more…
Tree Peony (Mu Dan Pi)

Tree Peony (Mu Dan Pi)

Tree Peony is grown throughout the world as an ornamental tree and flower and for its medicinal properties. A symbol of honor and wealth the bark is famous for cooling blood, stopping nose bleeds due to high fevers, easing headaches and healing bruises due to injuries. Due to over-harvesting the wild plant is threatened with extinction. Read more…
Turkey (Huo Ji)

Turkey (Huo Ji)

Turkey is low fat, high protein and highly nutritious. It will enhance your immunity, help you sleep, and build strength. Turkey is safe to eat for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. It is scared to the Mayans, Aztecs and Toltecs. Read more…
Turmeric (Yu Jin, Jiang Huang, E Zhu)

Turmeric (Yu Jin, Jiang Huang, E Zhu)

Turmeric stands alone for its exceptionally high margin of safety during its over 6,000 years use as a culinary spice in curry and medicinal herb. Turmeric is used most especially to treat heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, depression and chronic age-related diseases caused by inflammation. The Chinese use both White Javanese (C. zedoaria) and Yellow Indian turmeric (C. longa) medicinally. They also differentiate between Yellow Turmeric Root and the Rhizomes. Both have similar but distinct properties. Read more…
Valerian (Xie Cao)

Valerian (Xie Cao)

Valerian has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient Greek and Roman times. The herb has been used for over 2000 years. It is most frequently used as a sleep aid. Some people use it to withdraw from using pharmaceutical sleeping pills. The herb is also used to calm anxiety and hysteria. Adding valerian to your bath water can help with restlessness and anxiety. The Chinese have also used the herb to heal injuries and treat menses as they define the herb as being able to also ease pain and stop bleeding. Read more…
Viola (Pansy)

Violet/Pansy (Zi Hua di Ding)

While being a lovely gentle flower ,it is equally able to relieve heat, release toxins and resolve masses. As a food, a liquer and an herbal remedy this delicate plant is not to be overlooked. Read more…
Walnut

Walnut (Hu Tao Ren)

The Walnut Tree’s history and use as a medicine, food and protector of the spirit dates back through antiquity with almost all cultures using it’s wood to build with, and her nuts, shell husk, leaves, bark and even the spirit of the tree itself to ward off evil, illness, and hunger. Read more…
Watercress (Dou Ban)

Watercress (Dou Ban)

Widely used as a leafy green in salads and sandwiches, the high nutritional value of watercress makes it a true “food as medicine” plant. It has superior cleansing and nourishing functions and is a prime anabolic blood builder, restoring every aspect of the blood structurally and functionally. Read more…
Wild Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong)

Wild Asparagus Root (Tian Men Dong)

Wild Asparagus Root, Tian Men Dong, is called Shatavri (“She who has a thousand husbands”) in India. It is a tonic for the lungs, heart and spirit, promoting compassion and love. It is used by both men and woman but is especially used by woman to aid female disorders from PMS to menopause to sexual dysfunction. It is often eaten raw. The best qualify is considered to be soft, chewy and sweet like a jelly bean. Read more…
Wild Cherry (Yu Li Ren)

Wild Cherry (Yu Li Ren)

The Chinese use the cherry pits of Prunus japonica, which is in the same Rosaceae family as the Western Prunus serotina and P. avuim. Both the East and the West use the cherry tree’s pit but in different ways. The wild cherries and the bark are typically used in the West. Information on both herbs is included here. Read more…
Willow Tree (Liu Shu Pi)

Willow Tree (Liu Shu Pi)

All willow tree species behaves like aspirin and are mainly used to cool and relieve pain. The bark is excellent for treating chronic inflammation, infection and pain. In 1763, Reverend Edward Snow (1702-68) discovered salicin in willow bark. It is the active ingredient now used in asprin. Salix alba,‘Caerulea’ is a specially grown species of willow found in Britain that is used to make bats for playing the game of cricket. Remember, willow tree (Salix alba) is not willowherb (Epilobium augustifolium). Willow bark has been used for thousands of years as an effective treatment for aches, inflammation, fevers and pain. Read more…
Willowherb (Za Cao)

Willowherb (Za Cao)

Willowherb (also called Willow Herb) is not to be confused with the Willow Tree (also called Willow White). Willowherb is a lovely plant known mostly for being nutritious and edible, but it is also a good medicine for treating whooping cough and asthma. It is often used with the herb saw palmetto to treat prostrate problems. It is known for its ability to treat urinary tract infections, chronic diarrhea, intestinal irritations, and skin problems ranging from eczema, acne and burns to wounds and boils. The juice of the flowers is highly antiseptic and can be simply squeezed from the fresh petals. Read more…
Wood Sorrel (Cu Jiang Cao)

Wood Sorrel (Cu Jiang Cao)

Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosela) is a different plant from either garden or French sorrel (Rumex acetosa). Wood sorrel is in the family Oxalidaceae, which includes over 900 species of plants. An edible plant, wood sorrel has also been popularly used as a seasoning, in salads, soups and sauces. Wood sorrel is known for quenching thirst. In fact, it is commonly used to to treat high fevers because it both cools and quenches thirst. As a gargle it can be used to treat mouth sores, ulcers and sore throats. In China, they make use of Oxalis corniculata, which is commonly also called sorrel, or Indian sorrel, and is a member of the same genus as Western wood sorrel. Read more…
Wormwood (Qing Hao)

Wormwood (Qing Hao)

There are several well known varieties of wormwood. While they are each similar in medicinal properties and appearance they each also have particular attributes. Vermouth and absinthe are both made from wormwood plants. Only the herb rue, said to be the most bitter of all the herbs, is considered more bitter than the wormwoods. It is famous in China for effectively treating malaria and malarial types of diseases. Read more…
Yarrow (Ya Luo)

Yarrow (Ya Luo)

Yarrow has often been used in divination and spells. It is a powerfully protective herb and famous for helping to heal wounds and treat influenza. It has a long tradition in European, Native American and Chinese medicine. Yarrow helps treat toothaches, fevers, digestive issues, ulcers, lowers blood pressure and much, much more. Read more…
Yerba Mansa (Yerba Mansa)

Yerba Mansa (Yerba Mansa)

Growing yerba mansa near your house protects you from evil spirits. The herb has a very low level of toxicity making it a useful herb for treating many conditions. It has been compared to the herb goldenseal as it has similar uses, though yerba mansa is considered safer to use and it has a different chemical makeup. Traditionally the herb is uses to treat colds and flus. To this day many local curanderas (Mexican traditional healers) include yerba mansa in their healing formulas. The plant is often said to have magical qualities that provide protection and give strength to the body, mind and spirit. Read more…
Yew (Hong Dou Shan)

Yew (Hong Dou Shan)

Yew leaves, berries and seeds are all highly poisonous and deadly. If any are ingested, they should be promptly removed by emesis after which milk and bland drinks may be administered. The chemical paclitaxel, found in the bark of the Pacific yew (T. brevifolia) and the Chinese yew (T. chinensis), is extracted to effectively fight breast and late stage ovarian cancers. As an incense, yew has long been used in ceremonies to protect and contact ancestors and the dead and to assist astral travel between the spirit worlds. As a homeopathic remedy, yew is used to treat neuralgia, rheumatism, and heart and kidney ailments. Read more…

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