Black Eyed Susan


Black Eyed Susan


Latin Name: rudbeckia hirta
Alternative Name: gloriosa daisy, yellow daisy
Forms Available: root

Black Eyed Susan – rudbeckia hirta – The root has been used in infusions to treat colds, dropsy, worms in children, sores and snakebites. The root liquid has also been used as drops for earaches.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Root has been used in infusions to treat colds, dropsy, worms in children, sores, snakebites.


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Black Walnut


Black Walnut


Latin Name: juglans nigra
Alternative Name: american walnut
Forms Available: powder

Black Walnut – juglans nigra – A thick green hull covers the actual walnut. This hull has to be removed to reveal the hard, wrinkled shell beneath. A dark, oily substance is between the hull and the shell. Walnut hulls are used to make dyes. The hulls can be boiled in water to make a deep brown, almost black dye. Besides making a dye, the boiled hull of the walnut can be used as a medicine by rubbing the affected skin with the pulverized leaves. It has been used extensively for the treatment of ringworm. The dark liquid is boiled down to make a thick poultice-like substance and this is applied to the area affected. Black walnut hull is widely known for its anti-parasitic qualities. Through the ages it has been used to rid the bowel of parasites such as tapeworms. It is also used as an antifungal in cases of Candida yeast, ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush. The powder can be used to brush teeth to remove plaque and restore tooth enamel, although it may also darken teeth. Its astringent properties helps tighten gums, hemorrhoids. This herb is toxic to horses! Check with your vet before using to treat animals. May stop lactation, use caution if nursing.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Through the ages it has been used to rid the bowel of parasites such as tapeworms. It is also used as an antifungal in cases of Candida yeast, ringworm, athlete’s foot and thrush.


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Blackberry


Blackberry


Latin Name: rubus fructicosus. rubus villosus, rubus allegheniensis
Alternative Name: bly, bramble, brombeere, fingerberry, bramble-kite, bumble-kite, cloudberry, dewberry, thimbleberry, brummel, brameberry, scaldhead, brambleberry, r. cuneifolius
Forms Available: root, leaf, bud, berry

Blackberry – rubus villosus – A Blackberry leaf decoction is a blood and skin tonic, and a poultice treats eczema. The juicy purple-black fruit are rich in fiber and Vitamin C. The root is a classic remedy for diarrhea and is reputed to clean the kidneys and urinary tract of stones and gravel. Simmer two teaspoons for the root per cup of water for twenty minutes, and take a quarter cup four times a day. The buds and leaves are used fresh in poultices for wounds, burns, mouth sores, and sore throats. Chew the leaves or make a poultice. The berries are slightly binding and are useful in diarrhea, as are the leaves.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The astringent property of blackberry make it useful for treating diarrhea and sore throats.

Other Uses: Sacred to Brighid, the leaves and berries are used to attract wealth or healing. This is a Goddess herb, belonging to the planetary sphere of Venus. Protection, health, prosperity, pie for Lughnassadh, to commemorate the harvest.


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Blackthorn


Blackthorn


Latin Name: prunus spinosa
Alternative Name: sloe, mother of the wood, wishing thorn
Forms Available: leaf, twig, fruit

Blackthorn – prunus spinosa – Also know as Sloe, Mother of the Wood, or Wishing Thorn. This tree has small, serrated, oval leaves on dark, thorny branches with purple blooms and black fruit. The leaves yield a mouthwash. The astringent fruits make Sloe gin. Traditionally, the wood was used to make clubs.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Has been used for fever reduction. Also has expectorant properties.

Other Uses: Returns evil to sender. The thorns are used for sticking into black figure candles or poppets of enemies that will not leave you alone. Hung over doorways or carried, the sloe wards off evil and calamity, banishes demons and negative vibrations.


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Bloodroot


Bloodroot


Latin Name: sanguinaria canadensis
Alternative Name: indian paint, red root, sanguinaria
Forms Available: root

Bloodroot – sanguinaria canadensis – the products from this plant are very caustic, they destroy tissue. Externally this plant has been used to ‘burn’ away surface cancers and growths. It has also been used as an emetic, expectorant, and laxative. Internally, it is mainly used in the making of expectorants which loosen phlegm in the throat and respiratory tract. American Indians used to use this in red face paint,, hence the alternative name “indian paint”.
Caution: avoid when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Externally this plant has been used to ‘burn’ away surface cancers and growths. It has also been used as an emetic, expectorant, and laxative. Interally, mainly used in the making of expectorants which loosen phlegm in the throat and respiratory tract.


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Blue Cohosh


Blue Cohosh


Latin Name: caulophyllum thalictroides
Alternative Name: papoose root, squaw root, beechdrops
Forms Available: root, seed, extract

Blue Cohosh – caulophyllum thalictroides – this herb has been used, through history, in treating women. It stimulates the uterus into labor for the delivery of a child whilst easing the pain. It also can promote menstruation and ease cramps. It is also a cleanser, it acts as a diuretic, raises respiration, elevates blood pressure and promotes sweating.
The seed, roasted, is a coffee substitute.
Caution: This plant should not be used by pregnant women until delivery time as it can induce miscarraige. It should, also, not be prescribed for people with hypertension or heart problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: stimulates the uterus into labor for the delivery of a child whilst easing the pain. It also can promote menstruation and ease cramps.


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Blue Flag


Blue Flag


Latin Name: iris versicolor
Alternative Name: blue iris, fleur-de-lis, iris, snake lily, water flag, wild iris
Forms Available: rhizome

Blue Flag – iris versicolor – This herb is a detoxifyer, increasing urine and bile while acting as a laxative also. It is also used to relieve acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory systems. This herb also acts as an emetic. Blue flag has also been used, externally, on wounds and rheumatic joints.
Caution: do not take this herb if you are pregnant

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This herb is a detoxifyer, increasing urine and bile while acting as a laxative also.


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Blue Vervain


Blue Vervain


Latin Name: verbena simplex, verben hastata
Alternative Name: indian hyssop, simpler’s joy, traveler’s joy, vervain
Forms Available: tea, seed

Blue Vervain – verbena hastata – An expectorant, loosens phlegm. Cleanses body by promoting sweat and acting as a diuretic. A natural tranquilizer.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An expectorant, loosens phlegm. Cleanses body by promoting sweat and acting as a diuretic. A natural tranquilizer.


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Blueberry


Blueberry


Latin Name: vaccinium angustifolium, vaccinium corymbosum vaccinium sp.
Alternative Name: american blueberry
Forms Available: berry, extract

Blueberry – vaccinium sp. – This fruit seems to absorb free radicals, interferes with carcinagens, cleanses the blood, aids blood sugar levels in diabetes type 2, eases eyestrain, reduces bad cholesterol and, perhaps, reduces occurrence of urinary tract infections. Blueberries also show promise in treating alzheimer’s and other age related mental acuity issues.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This fruit seems to absorb free radicals, interferes with carcinagens, cleanses the blood, aids blood sugar levels in diabetes type 2, eases eyestrain, reduces bad cholesterol and, perhaps, reduces occurrence of urinary tract infections.


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