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Materia Medica: Dandelion

    Common Names: Dandelion Priest’s Crown Swine’s Snout Botanical Names: Taraxacum Officinale   Family name: Asteraceae Actions: Choleretic Appetite stimulant Digestive bitter Cholagogue Mild purgative Hepatic Tonic Lymphatic Alterative Demulcent Diuretic Anti-Rheumatic Laxative Anti-Inflammatory Anti-Oxidant Nutritive Alkalinizer Lithotriptic Galactagogue      Parts used: Whole plant Leaves Flowers roots   Taste/smell: Bitter, drying, and cooling […]

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Materia Medica: Peppermint

Common Names: Mint Peppermint Botanical Names: Mentha Piperita Family name: Lamiaceae (Mint Family) Actions: Digestive Carminative Antispasmodic Diaphoretic Anti-emetic Mild sedative Emmenagogue Peripheral vasodilator Mildly anaesthetic and antiseptic Analgesic Uterine Relaxant Anti-microbial Relaxant Hypertensive Choleretic Cholagogue Hepatic Parts used: Leaves Taste/smell: Sweet, spicy, aromatic, cooling Dosage: Internal – Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; […]

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Materia Medica: Lavender

    Common Names: Common Lavender French Lavender True Lavender Lavender Botanical Names: Lavandula Angustifolia Family name: Lamiaceae (Mint Family) Actions: Aromatic Relaxing Nervine Carminative Sedative/Anxiolytic Antimicrobial Antioplastic Effects Antispasmodic Antidepressant Rubefacient Emmenagogue Hypotensive Nootropic (enhances cognitive ability) Antiseptic Vulnerary   Parts used: Flowers – Harvest towards the end of flowering when petals have barely […]

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Materia Medica: Jasmine

Jasmine   Common Names: Jasmine Common Jasmine White Jasmine Botanical Names: Jasminum Officinale Actions: Anti-Depressant Antiseptic Aphrodisiac Antispasmodic Anti-inflammatory Cicatrisant Expectorant Galactagogue Parturient Uterine Sedative Aromatic Parts used: Flowers – picked early in the day when the small petals are tightly closed. Leaves and roots are rarely used, but may have some external uses. Taste/smell: […]

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Materia Medica: Chamomile

  Common Names: German Chamomile Roman Chamomile Chamomile Camomile   Botanical Names: Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile)   Parts Affected: Gastrointestinal Tract Nervous System   Actions: Analgesic Anodyne Antibacterial Anti-fungal Anti-inflammatory Antihistamine Antioxidant Antispasmodic Aromatic Carminative Diaphoretic Emetic (in large doses) Febrifuge Nervine Sedative Vulnerary   Parts used: Fresh flowers prior to […]

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