Horehound


Horehound


Latin Name: marrubium vulgave
Alternative Name: bull’s blood, eye of the star, haran, hoarhound, huran, llwyd y cwn, marrubium, baruil, seed of horus, soldier’s tea, white horehound
Forms Available: leaf

Horehound – Marrubium vulgar – Horehound is a woolly herb with a faint scent of wormwood, crinkled hairy leaves, and flowering stems with whorls of small white blossoms. Navajo mothers were given a root decoction before and after childbirth. Horehound’s woolly leaves were once used to clean milk pails, and the dried flower remains were floated on oil as candle wicks. The leaves are used in tonics, liqueurs, and ales, and are made into expectorant and antiseptic cough drops. An infusion relaxes muscles, and helps expel mucus, treating bronchitis, croup, and asthma. It destroys intestinal worms, and acts as a digestive and liver tonic and a laxative. The tea is used internally and externally to treat eczema and shingles.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The leaves are used in tonics, liqueurs, and ales, and are made into expectorant and antiseptic cough drops. An infusion relaxes muscles, and helps expel mucus, treating bronchitis, croup, and asthma.

Other Uses: Use in protective sachets and carry to guard against sorcery and fascination. Also scattered as an exorcism herb. Drink an infusion of the herb and it will clear your mind and promote quick thinking as well as strengthen the mental powers.


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Horse Balm


Horse Balm


Latin Name: collinsonia canadensis
Alternative Name: stone root, richweed, ox balm
Forms Available: root, leaf, rhizome

Horse Balm – collinsonia canadensis – This herb has many properties. It is a diuretic and tonic, used to treat kidney stones. It also removes excess fluid and toxins from the body, aiding kidney complaints, diarrhoea and urinary system problems. Horse balm also improves the function of mucous membranes. It has helped relieve irritable bowel syndrome, varicose veins and mucous colitis.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The root tea is diuretic, a vasodilator, antispasmodic and tonic – treats urinary tract issues, diarrhoea, kidney complaints, varicose veins, irritable bowel syndrome.


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Horse Chestnut


Horse Chestnut


Latin Name: aesculus hippocastanum
Alternative Name: buckeye, castagno d’india, eschilo
Forms Available: oil, leaf, seed, bark

Horse Chestnut – aesculus hippocastanum – This herb helps varicose veins and hemorrhoids – it is anti-inflammatory and astringent, toning distended vein walls. Horse chestnut is a vasodilator, increasing the circulation of blood and possibly aiding in the prevetion of heart problems. It’s anti-inflammatory properties also relieve arthritis and rheumatism. Finally, horse chestnut has expectorant properties, loosening phlegm and relieving respiratory problems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: This herb helps varicose veins and hemorrhoids – it is anti-inflammatory and astringent, toning distended vein walls. Also reduces fluid retention, is a vasodilator, and expectorant.


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Horsetail


Horsetail


Latin Name: equisetum arvense, equisetum japonica
Alternative Name: scouring rush, shave grass, corn cob plant, bottle brush, cola de caballo
Forms Available: powder

Horsetail – equisetum arvense, equisetaceae – Over the centuries the herb gained a reputation as a wound healer. As time passed, it shed this reputation and gained one as a diuretic to treat water retention and as a urinary remedy. Contemporary herbalists recommend it externally for wounds and internally for urinary and prostrate problems. Horsetail is considered nutritive and high in calcium and a good source of iron. For an infusion, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to 2 cups a day. Horsetail has little taste. Horsetail should not be given in medicinal quantities to children under age 2. For persons over 65 start with low-strength preparations and increase strength if necessary.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A coagulent, diuretic and astringent. Rich in silicon therefore helps in healing of bones, improving hair, skin, nails, bones and teeth.


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Hydrangea, Wild


Hydrangea, Wild


Latin Name: hydrangea arborescens
Alternative Name: seven barks, hydrangea, common hydrangea
Forms Available: root, rhizome

Wild Hydrangea – hydrangea arborescens – This herb is a well used diuretic, used to aid the passing of kidney stones and dissolving of residual stones. Overall, this herb is a genital/urinal tract herb used to treat cystitis, nephritis, enlarged prostate, kidney stones and irritation of the bladder.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Used in treatment of kidney stones and redidue, aiding passing of stones and dissolving residual. A genital/urinal herb, aiding both systems.


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Hyssop

Hyssop

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Latin Name: hyssopus officinalis
Alternative Name: hyssop herb, isopo, ysopo, Yysop
Forms Available: herb

Hyssop – Hysopus officinalis – Hyssop is a semievergreen shrub or subshrub with aromatic leaves and spikes of blue, two-lipped, late-summer flowers. The leaf is added to liqueurs, adds bit to sweet and savory dished, and aids in the digestion of fatty meat. Once used for purifying temples and cleansing lepers, the leaves contain an antiseptic, antiviral oil. A mold that produces penicillin grows on the leaves. An infusion id taken as a sedative expectorant for flu, bronchitis, and phlegm. A leaf poultice treats bruises and wounds. The antiseptic, antiviral, but hazardous essential oil is used in perfumes and to treat cold sores, disperse bruises, and heal scars. Hyssop is added to potpourri and laundry rinses. Hyssop is used in companion to distract cabbage butterflies and planted near vines to increase yield. It should be avoided when pregnant and by those with hypertension and epilepsy.
The herb is used, often in combination with sage, which has similar properties, or horehound- for respiratory tract infections. Flu, sore throats, lung complaints, asthma, chronic bronchitis, gas, adn bloating are treated by it. Externally, it is used as a wound herb for bruises, injuries, and rheumatism. The green tops of the herb can be added to soups to benefit asthmatics. Hyssop baths are useful for rheumatic complaints. Make a standard infusion of the herb using two teaspoons per cup of water and steeping for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Bruises; Cuts; Dermatitis; Eczema; Inflammation; Wounds; Low or High Blood Pressure; Rheumatism; Asthma; Bronchitis; Catarrh; Cough; Flu; Sore Throat; Tonsillitis; Whooping Cough; Colic; Indigestion; Amenorrhea; Stress related Conditions.

Other Uses: Hyssop was a holy herb of the ancient Greeks to cleanse sacred spaces. It is the most widely used purification herb in magic. Hyssop can be burned in incense, worn, used in decorations, and added to the chalice. Use a bunch to ritually “sweep” the altar.


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Indian Hemp


Indian Hemp


Latin Name: apocynum cannabinum

Forms Available: root

Indian Hemp – apocynum cannibinum – A herb that has been used by Native Americans to relieve many conditions from coughs and rheumatism to promoting lactation. This herb is a stimulant to heart, respiration and urinary systems.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The root is expectorant, emetic, diuretic and a cardiotonic.


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Indian Pinks


Indian Pinks


Latin Name: spigelia marilandica
Alternative Name: worm grass, wormweed, pinkroot, starbloom
Forms Available: root

Indian Pinks – spigelia marilandica – this herb has the alternate names of worm grass and wormweed. It’s primary use is in the treatment of intestinal worms such as tapeworm and roundworm. The herb is not used alone as it is potentially toxic, it is combined with other herbs to ensure that it too is expelled.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: used in preparations to eliminate tapeworm and roundworm.


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Indian Turnip


Indian Turnip


Latin Name: arisaema triphyllum
Alternative Name: jack in the pulpit. arum, dragonroot, wake-robin
Forms Available: root

Indian Turnip – arisaema triphyllum – Has been used to treat flatulence, and respiratory diseases. A poultice has been used for headaches, rheumatism, ringworm, boils and abcesses.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: A toxic plant,, use under supervision of qualified person. Antiseptic, diaphoretic, expectorant.


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