Basic Information Common name: Oats Other Names: Oatstraw, Wild Oat, Groats Latin Binomial: Avena sativa Parts Used: Seed, Spikelets, Oat Bran         Medicinal Uses Oats are high in protein and thus serve as a good nutritive herb. It has nervine properties that promote recovery from illness and depressive states (Hoffmann, 2003). It […]

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  Basic Information Common name: Elderberry Other Names: Black Elder Latin Binomial: Sambucus nigra Parts Used: Berry, leaf, and flower   Medicinal Uses This herb has an affinity for the respiratory system, being useful for all conditions related to inflammation and congestion of the upper respiratory tract. The flower is used for cold and flu […]

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Basic Information Common name: Bladderwrack Other Names: Kelp, Seaweed, Black Tany, Hai-ts’ao, Cutweed, Seawrack, Bladder Fucus, Dryer’s Fucus, Red Fucus, Rockwrack Latin Binomial: Fucus vesiculosus Parts Used: Whole Plant (Thallus)   Medicinal Uses Part of the brown algae group of seaweeds, Bladderwrack is useful for the treatment of goiter and underactive thyroid conditions, including Hashimoto’s […]

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Basic Information Common name: Arnica Other Names: Leopard’s Bane, Wolf’s Bane, Mountain Tobacco Latin Binomial: Arnica montana Parts Used: Flower head     Medicinal Uses Well-indicated for the relief of inflammation from bruises, strains, muscles, veins, and joints (Hoffmann, 2003). Chemical constituents contained in Arnica have been found to stimulate the phagocyte cells of the […]

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