Single Herbs

African Potato – Hypoxis heamerocallidea

African Potato is indigenous to South Africa.

African Potato can be used for

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis
  • HIV
  • Bladder disorders
  • Hemorrhage
  • Benign Prostate Hypertrophy and
  • prostate cancer

Alfalfa – Medicago sativa

Alfalfa is a general all round tonic and is high in energy.

Alfalfa

  • is a blood purifier
  • it detoxifies the body
  • treats stomach ulcers
  • counter acts the effects of chemotherapy and lowers cholesterol

Alfalfa contains vitamins and minerals such as

  • Vitamins A, B, C, E, K, U, B12
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • sodium
  • iron
  • chlorine
  • silicon and
  • manganese

Alfalfa can be used in the treatment of debilitating illnesses, convalescence and fatigue. 

Alfalfa reduces uric acid when you have problems like

  • gout
  • arthritis and
  • rheumatism

Wormwood, Wilde Als – Artemisia Afra

Wilde Als is indigenous to South Africa.

Wilde Als is an antiseptic and tonic herb. It can be used as

  • enemas
  • poultices
  • vapor
  • infusions
  • body washes and
  • lotions.

It can be smoked, snuffed or drunk as a tea. 

Wilde Als is a blood purifier for acne and boils. It can be used to treat

  • colds
  • headaches
  • coughs
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • colic
  • earache
  • malaria
  • diabetes mellitus
  • intestinal parasites and
  • stomach disorders

Place the leaves in socks for sweaty feet.

Wilde Als has

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antidepressant and
  • pain-relieving properties

Use a Wilde Als tea to disinfect cuts and grazes.


Ashwaganda – Withania somnifera

Ashwaganda is also called "Indian Ginseng".

Ashwaganda is a bitter-sweet astringent herb.

Ashwaganda acts on the reproductive system - impotence and fertility.

It helps the

  • nervous system
  • with insomnia and
  • nervous exhoustion. 

Ashwaganda also helps with epilepsy, joint- nerve- and rheumatic pains.


Basil - Occimum basilicum

Basil is a culinary and medicinal herb.

Basil can be used in tomato based dishes, pasta sauses and soups.

Medicinally Basil is a restorative, warming and aromatic herb.

It is affective against bacterial infections and intestinal parasites.


Burdock – Arctium lappa

Burdock is a

  • detoxifying
  • antibiotic
  • antiseptic
  • anti-inflammatory and
  • mild diuretic herb with anti-tumour action

It is a cleansing remedy that eliminates heavy metal as well as a build-up of toxins leading to skin problems and digestive sluggishness, gout or arthritic pains.

It treats conditions caused by chronic toxicity, such as throat- and other infections and chronic skin problems – notably

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • boils
  • acne
  • slow healing wounds
  • dermatitis
  • rashes and
  • sores

Burdock can have a hypoglycemic action by lowering blood sugar levels.


Calendula – Calendula officinalis

Calendula is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory herb and can be used to treat food allergies, yeast growth and inflammation in the bowel.

Calendula can also be used to treat conjunctivitis.

In a cream it can be used for: vaginal itching, hemorrhoids and nappy rash.


Catnip – Nepeta cataria

Catnip contains vitamin C.

It is an astringent and promotes sweating during colds, flu, fever and childhood diseases – it induces sleep or perspiration but does not increase body temperature.

Catnip is used for the

  • nervous system
  • palpitations
  • rheumatism
  • arthritis
  • pain and
  • as a sedative.

Catnip calms the stomach – it aids in reducing flatulence, diarrhea and childhood colic.

Make a tea to use as an enema to heal or cleanse lower bowels.
Catnip can be used to prevent miscarriage, premature birth and morning sickness.


Centella – Centella asiatica

Centella is a rejuvenating diuretic herb.

 Centella clears toxins, reduces inflammation and fever and promotes healing.

It balances the nervous system, improves circulation and help to retain or restore elasticity of the skin.

Centella can also be used for

  • wounds
  • chronic skin conditions
  • leprosy
  • venereal diseases
  • malaria
  • varicose veins
  • ulcers
  • thread veins
  •  night cramps
  • nervous disorders
  • mental retardation and
  • senility

Comfrey – Symphytum officinale

Comfrey

  • is an expectorant
  • has astringent properties
  •  is soothing
  • healing and
  • reduces inflammation

Comfrey may also control bleeding.

Comfrey can be used for

  • gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • irritable bowel 
  • as a poultice for fractures, sprains, torn ligaments, arthritis and
  • chronic bronchial disease

Corn Flower: Blue – Centaurea cyanus

Corn flower has astringent properties and can reduce inflammation. Corn Flower is a bitter tonic stimulant.

An infusion made from the petals can

  • improve digestion
  • regulate gall bladder
  • liver and kidneys
  • menstrual disorders and
  • can be used to increase resistance against infections.

Externally, Corn Flower is used for its eye-brightening properties. A strained infusion is used as an eye wash for problems like corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis and you can make a wash for infected wounds, mouth ulcers and use it as a hair rinse. Corn flower petals can also be applied as a poultice over the eyes to ease eye strain.

Other: Corn Flower can be a natural substitute for confetti at weddings.


Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion can be used as a diuretic, a laxative and it is anti-rheumatic.

Dandelion stimulates liver function and improves digestion.

It reduces swelling, inflammation, edema ass. with high blood pressure.

Can be used for

  • acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • gout
  • gall bladder problems and
  • urinary disorders

Dandelion Root - Taraxacum officinale

Dandelion can be used as a diuretic, a laxative and it is anti-rheumatic.

Dandelion stimulates liver function and improves digestion.

It reduces swelling, inflammation, edema ass. with high blood pressure.

Can be used for

  • acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • gout
  • gall bladder problems and
  • urinary disorders

Echinacea - Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea is a natural antibiotic and help treat diseases affecting the auto-immune system.

It is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

Can be used for

  • boils
  • septicaemia
  • cancer
  • syphilis
  • eczema
  • ear infections
  • infections of the respiratory and urinary tract
  • cold sores
  • blisters caused by the Herpes simplex virus

Can be used externally to treat minor wounds, burns, boils, ulcers, skin inflammations and as a gargle for throat infections.


Elder Flower - Sambucus nigra

Elder has anti-catarrhal properties.

It encourages sweating during feverish colds and influenza.

Elder, when taken early in the year, will help strengthen the upper respiratory tract when suffering from hay fever.


Elder Leaf - Sambucus nigra

Elder boosts the Immune system.

Elder can be used for sinusitis, influenza, hay fever and nasal drip.

Elder stimulates circulation and helps ease arthritis.

Externally the leaves can be used in a poultice for sprains and bruises.


Fennel – Foeniculum vulgaris

Fennel is a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Fennel has

  • diuretic properties
  • relieves digestive problems
  • relaxes spasms and
  • reduces inflammation

Fennel can be used to treat colic, urinary disorders and increases milk flow during breastfeeding.

Fennel can also be used as a mouthwash or a gargle.


Feverfew – Tanacetum parthenium

Feverfew can be used to treat

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • arthritis
  • gout
  • rheumatism
  • colds
  • flu
  • congestion
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • stress
  • tension
  • anxiety
  • worry and sleeplessness

It can be used as a relaxant for strained or sore muscles.

Feverfew aids gynaecological disorders such as period pain that is associated with sluggish flow. 

Feverfew can be used for skin problems such as dry skin, blemishes and blackheads.

Warning : Do not take Feverfew during pregnancy.


Golden Rod – Solidago aureus

Golden Rod is an anti-oxidant.

Golden Rod can be used for urinary tract ailments such as kidney stones, nephritis and bladder infection – it increases urine flow and inhibits bacterium.

Golden Rod can decrease the inflammation and painful cramps that goes hand in hand with bladder infections.

It can relieve back ache caused by kidney conditions and eases arthritis.

Golden Rod contains saponins which acts against the candida fungus that causes oral or vaginal thrush.

Golden Rod is anti-catarrhal and anti-inflammatory.

It can aid in combatting chronic sinusitis, nasal catarrh and diarrhea.

Golden Rod can help during menopause, help to reduces blood pressure and to promote sweating.


Horsetail – Equisetum arvense

Horsetail is said to

  • control internal and external bleeding
  • treat urinary tract infections
  • prostate disorders and
  • chronic swelling of the legs

Horsetail can also treat stomach ulcers and skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

May control bedwetting.

It is an excellent clotting agent.

Horsetail repairs deep-seated long-standing damage lung disease, emphysema, rheumatic and arthritic problems.

DO NOT TAKE IF SUFFERING FROM SEVERE OEDEMA.


Lavender – Lavendula sp. Various

Lavender can

  • treat nervous exhaustion
  • tension headaches
  • colic and
  • indigestion

Lavender Buds - Lavendula sp. Various

Lavender can

  • treat nervous exhaustion
  • tension headaches
  • colic and
  • indigestion

Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm can be used for longevity.

Lemon Balm

  • is a carminative
  • has antispasmodic and anti-bacterial properties and
  • it is a relaxing tonic

Lemon Balm can be used for febrifuge, eczema and hyperthyroidism.

It can also fight against the Herpes virus.

Lemon Balm can be used as a hair rinse for oily hair and as a facial steam.


Lemon Grass – Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon Grass is a tonic and a stimulating herb.

Lemon Grass can be used as a remedy for liver complaints and digestive problems. It relaxes the muscles of the stomach and gut, relieves cramping pains and flatulence.

Lemon Grass is particularly suitable for children.

A paste of the leaves can be applied to ringworm.

Lemon Grass can be used as an insect repellent.


Lemon Verbena – Lippia citriodora

Lemon Verbena has astringent, calming and digestive properties.

Lemon Verbena can be used for

  • feverish colds
  • bronchial or nasal congestion
  • spasms
  • nausea
  • palpitations and
  • abdominal discomfort

It is a gentle sedative and can be used as a tonic for the nervous system as well as depression.

Lemon Verbena has also cosmetic properties.


Marjoram - Oreganum marjorana

Sweet Marjoram has culinary as well as medicinal uses.

Culinary: Marjoram can be used in meat and poultry dishes, omelettes, piza, tomatoes and potatoes. It blends well with Thyme and Basil.

Medicinal: Marjoram has strong sedative and antiseptic powers. It is also a natural disinfectant.

Morjoram can be used as a tonic and helps settle flatulance and bloating.


Marshmallow Root - Althea officinalis

Marshmallow root counters axcess stomach acid, peptic ulceration and gastritis.

It has demulcent properties - it treats inflammation and irritation of the mucousmembranes.

It is also a diuretic and slightly laxative.


Milk Thistle - Silybum marianum

Milk Thistle is a remarkable Liver protector.

It speeds up recovery after cancer therapy.

It Protects the Liver against

  • liver and gall bladder disease
  • cirrhoses
  • infections
  • Hepatitis
  • jaundice
  • poisoning and
  • alcahol and drug abuse

Mint (mixed mints) – Mentha sp

This combination of mints has

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-spasmodic
  • anti-flatulent and
  • stimulating properties

Mint, Peppermint – Mentha piperita

Peppermint is known to have the most medicinal value of all the mints. Peppermint has a high menthol content.

Peppermint is used to treat

  • gastric and digestive disorder
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • nervous complaints and
  • insomnia

Peppermint relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, stimulates bile flow, helps with nausea and travel sickness.

Peppermint is a decongestant – it treats fevers, influenza, colds and catarrh.

Peppermint can help with concentration during exam time.


Oreganum - Oreganum vulgare

Oreganum has Culinary and Medicinal uses.

Culinary: Oreganum is an important herb in Greek, Italian and Mexican cooking, in strongly flavoured dishes.

Medicinally, Oreganum can be used for

  • colds
  • influenza
  • minor feverish illnesses
  • indigestion
  • flatulance and
  • stomach upset

Warning : Do not take Oreganum during pregnancy.


Olive Leaf - Olea europaea

Olive leaf is used for

  • minor feverish illnesses
  • nervous tention
  • hypertension and
  • diabetes

Externally Olive can be used abrasions, sore eyes, and sore throats.


Parsley – Petroselinum crispum

Parsley is a culinary and a medicinal herb.

Culinary: Parsley can be used to flavour sauses and butter. It can be used in dressing, stuffing and savoury dishes.

Medicinally Parsley 

  • ia a diuretic
  • relaxes spasms
  • reduces inflammation
  • clears toxins from the body and
  • stimulates digestion and the uterus

Parsley can be used to treat

  • edema
  • kidney stones
  • anorexia
  • rheumatism and
  • prostatitis

Parsley contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E and iron.


Plantain – Plantago major

Plantain has

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • diuretic and
  • haemostyptic properties

Plantain is a healing astringent - it can stop external or inner bleeding.

Plantain can be used to treat urinary tract infections. Juice from the leaves can be applied externally to heal sore wounds and inflammations.

Plantain can help in the treatment of

  • inflamed mucous membranes
  • lung infections
  • dry coughs and
  • diarrhea

Use as a gargle to treat sore throats or mouth and gum inflammations.  Apply Plantain ointment on burns and hemorrhoids.


Red Clover - Trifolium pratense

This is a sweet, cooling, alterative herb that relaxes spasms and has diuretic, hormonal and expectorant effects.

Internally Red Clover can be used for

  • skin complants
  • cancers of the breast, overies and the lymphatic systems
  • chronic degenerative diseases
  • gout
  • whooping cough and
  • dry cough

Also helps during menopause.


Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary can be used as a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Rosemary improves memory and stimulates the nervous system. Rosemary is an anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory value.

Rosemary

  • inhibits free-radical damage
  • strengthens capillaries
  • can help in the treatment of depression
  • migraine
  • disorders of the liver
  • sluggish digestion
  • long-term stress and
  • chronic illness

Chew a leaf to cleanse your breath after eating garlic.

Rosemary can be used as an antiseptic gargle or mouthwash. A hair rinse made from Rosemary can be used to stimulate hair growth after chemotherapy.

Warning: People who suffer from High Blood Pressure may not use Rosemary internally.


Rue - Ruta graveolens

Rue is antispasmodic and can help in the treatment of menstrual disorders – promote the onset of menstruation.

Rue can help in the treatment of

  • circulatory disorders
  • heart palpitation
  • high blood pressure and
  • as a nerve tonic

Rue can be used in the treatment of chest, nose and throat problems such as

  • bronchitis
  • colds
  • flu
  • whooping cough and
  • fever

Rue has antiseptic properties.

An eyewash can be used to treat eye strain and sore eyes.

Warning: Rue should not be taken by pregnant women.


Sage – Salvia officinalis

Sage can be used as a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Sage is an astringent and an antiseptic tonic.

Sage can improves liver function and digestion. Sage has anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties.

Sage can be used in the treatment of

  • nervous exhaustion
  • menopause
  • colds and flu

Shepherd's Purse - Capsella bursa

Internally and externally, Shepherd's Purse can be used to

  • stop bleeding, especially in heavy menstruation
  • blood in urine
  • haemorroids
  • nosebleeds and
  • wounds

Internally it can also be used to treat cystitis.


Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioica

Stinging Nettle is an astringent and a diuretic tonic.

Stinging Nettle can help in

  • controlling bleeding
  • clears toxins
  • slightly reduces blood pressure and blood sugar levels

Stinging Nettle can reduces prostate enlargement.

It is a tonic for debilitated conditions and anemia.

Stinging Nettle contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and iron. Stinging Nettle cleanses the system and breaks down the crystals that is caused by problems such as arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

Stinging Nettle is used to treat conditions such as hay fever, asthma and skin complaints like eczema and itchy skin.

Stinging Nettle can be applied to burns, insect bites and wounds.


Sutherlandia – Sutherlandia frutescens

Sutherlandia (also called Kankerbos, Cancer Bush or Gansies) is indigenous to South Africa.

Sutherlandia is non-toxic and is an adaptogenic. Sutherlandia provides Immune System support against chronic diseases or immune deficiency diseases.

Sutherlandia aids in reducing wasting due to illnesses such as cancer, TB and Aids.

Sutherlandia can be used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes - it regulates and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Sutherlandia can be used in the treatment of patients suffering from

  • viral hepatitis
  • bronchitis
  • flu
  • asthma
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • peptic ulcers
  • liver conditions
  • urinary tract infections
  • stress and
  • anxiety

Extracts of Sutherlandia can be used topically to treat burns, wounds and inflammatory skin conditions.


Thyme – Thymus vulgaris

Thyme can be used as a culinary as well as a medicinal herb.

Thyme has

  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • antibacterial
  • anti-fungal and
  • diuretic properties

Thyme soothes

  • coughs
  • has antibiotic properties
  • can be used in the treatment of wounds and
  • asthma (inhale the vapor)

Thyme can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, lung infections, cuts and bruises.

Topical it can be used to increase blood flow to an area.

You can make a gargle for sore throats.

Thyme is also useful as a digestive remedy, warming for stomach chills associated with diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.


Valerian – Valeriana officinalis

Valerian has tranquilizing and calmative properties.

Valerian can be used to treat

  • restlessness
  • nervousness
  • insomnia
  • hysteria
  • headaches
  • circulation and
  • can lower blood pressure

Valerian can also be used to treat

  • menopause related problems
  • restless legs syndrome
  • indigestion
  • irritable bowel syndrome and
  • nervous stomach

Violet Leaf – Viola odorata

Violet leaf cleanses toxins from the body and has anti-cancer properties.

Violet can be used to treat

  • arthritis
  • digestive disorders and
  • respiratory ailments

Violet has sedative properties and it is seen as a natural aspirin and can be used to treat headaches and body pains.

Violet is also an expectorant, antiseptic and a laxative.

A poultice or wash made from violet leaves can be used to treat

  • skin infections
  • inflammation
  • hemorrhoids
  • skin cancer and growths
  • eczema and
  • rashes

Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium

Internally Wormwood can be used for

  • digestion
  • poor appetite
  • gallbladder complaints and
  • round worms

Sweet Annie - Artemisia annua

Internally Sweet Annie can be used in the treatment of

  • feverish illnesses
  • malaria and
  • heat stroke

It is an aromatic, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial herb.

Externally it can be used for

  • nosebleeds
  • bleeding rashes and
  • sores

Wilde dagga - Leonotus leanurus

A decoction Wild dagga leaves, stems and flowers can be used in the treatment of

  • colds and flu
  • coughs
  • bronchitis
  • high blood pressure
  • asthma
  • indigestion
  • headaches and
  • jaundice

It has blood cleansing properties.

Externally Wild dagga can be used for itchy skin.


Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is an astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-pyretic herb.

Yarrow can be used to

  • treat indigestion,
  • hypertension and relaxes peripheral blood vessels and spasms

Yarrow can also be used to treat

  • feverish illnesses,
  • rheumatism,
  • arthritis,
  • menstrual and urinary system problems, as well as
  • circulatory problems

Externally Yarrow can be applied to wounds to stop bleeding and nose bleeds.


Devil's Claw - Harpagophytum procumbens

Devil's Claw is indigenous to South Africa.

Devil's Claw is a bitter, astringent, sedative, painkilling herb that reduces inflimation and stimulates the digestive and lymphatic system

Devil's Claw can be used for

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Digestive Problems involving the Gall Bladder and Pancreas

Warning : Do not take if you have a gastric or duodenal ulcer.


Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra

Slippery Elm soothes and lubricates tissues, draws out toxins and promotes healing

Slippery Elm can be used for

  • gastric and duodenal ulcers,
  • gastritis,
  • colitis,
  • irritable bowl syndrome,
  • diverticulitis,
  • gastric infections,
  • acid indigestion

Black Cumin - Nigella sativa

Black Cumin seeds can be used to treat

  • respiratory conditions,
  • allergies,
  • fever,
  • flu,
  • asthma,
  • emphysema,
  • Hypertension,
  • insomnia,
  • Arthritic and Rheumatic pain,
  • excessive perspiration

Black Cumin can also be used to treat

  • stomach upsets,
  • colic,
  • spasm,
  • nausea, as well as
  • intestinal worms

It may also inhibit certain forms of cancer.

Warning : Do not take Slippery Elm during pregnancy.


White Sage - Salvia apiana

White Sage can be used as/for

  • smudge sticks to cleanse body and home,
  • decrease respiratory ailments,
  • stomach ailments,

White sage has anti-bacterial properties


    Hawthorn Berries - Crataegus spesies

    Hawthorn berries can be used as/for

    • circulatory disorders,
    • heart disease,

    Passiflora - Passiflora incarnata

    Passiflora can be used to treat

    • nervous tension,
    • anxiety,
    • insomnia,
    • irritability,
    • tention headache,
    • asthma,
    • irritable bowel syndrome,
    • premenstrual tension,
    • nervous tachycardia,
    • hypertension
    • shingles,

    Passiflora can also be used to assist withdrawal from addictive drugs


    Raspberry - Rubus idaeus

    Raspberry leaf can be used to treat

    • diarrhoea,
    • tonsillitis,
    • mouth inflammation,
    • sores,
    • conjunctivitis,
    • minor wounds,
    • burns,
    • varicose ulcers,

    Chamomile - Matricaria recutita

    Chamomile can be used to treat

    • nervous digestive upsets,
    • irritable bowel syndrome,
    • insomnia,
    • motion sickness,
    • colic,

    Externally, Chamomile can also be used to treat

    • wounds,
    • sunburn,
    • burns,
    • haemorrhoids
    • mastitis
    • and leg ulcers

    Chickweed - Stellaria media

    Chickweed can be used to treat

    • rheumatism,
    • chest infections,

    Externally, Chickweed can also be used to treat

    • itching skin conditions,
    • eczema,
    • psoriasis,
    • ulcers
    • boils
    • abscesses

    Warning : Do not take during pregnancy. Excess can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.


    Tea tree- Melaleuca alternifolia

    Tea Tree

    • increases perspiration,
    • stimulates immune system,
    • is effective against bacterial and fungal infections,

    Externally, Tea tree can also be used to treat

    • thrush,
    • vaginal infections,
    • acne,
    • athlete's foot
    • insect bites

    Fuller's Teasel - Dipsacus sativus

    Fuller’s Teasel can be used as an antibiotic, can improve circulation and is helpful in curing Lyme disease also known as Tickbite fever.

    Fuller's Teasel can be used for

    • Warts
    • Ringworm
    • jaundice
    • toremove obstructions of the liver

    Buchu – Agathosma crenulata

    Buchu can be used to disinfect the urinary tract during infections of the

    • bladder (cystitis)
    • uretra (urethritis)
    • prostate (prostatitis)
    • and kidneys (pyelonephritis

    Buchu can also be used for digestive problems, gout, rheumatism, coughs and colds

    Externally it can be used for bruises or sprains

    Warning : Buchu should not be used while pregnant or if suffering from Bleeding disorders since it may slow the clotting of blood.


    Bladderwrack - Fucus vesiculosus

    The most impressive health benefits of bladderwrack include its ability to treat:

    • Obesity - helps control weight
    • underactive Thyroid - it stimulates the thyroid
    • inflammation and pain in joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis
    • strengthen bones
    • boost circulation
    • strengthen heart health

    Bladderwrack may also be able to help lower bad Cholesterol

    Externally Bladderwrack can be used for Rheumatic complaints.

    Warning : Bladderwrackshould not be used during pregnancy and lactation. Bladderwrack should not be used by patients suffering from an over-active Thyroid.


    Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa

    Internally for bronchial complaints like whooping cough and asthma. It is a bitter tonic herb that soothes aches and pains, controls coughing, lowers fevers and stimulates the uterus.

    Black Cohosh is commonly used for :

    • symptoms of menopause
    • premenstrual syndrome
    • painful menstruation
    • acne
    • and osteoporosis

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy and lactation. Excess use may cause nasua and vomiting.


    Cat’s Claw – Uncaria tomentosa

    Cat's Claw is a diuretic depurative herb that has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb.

    Internally Cat's Claw can be used for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract:

    • swelling and pain of the large intestines (diverticulitis)
    • inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis)
    • inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis)
    • stomach ulcers
    • and leaky bowel syndrome

    Cat's Claw has antiviral properties that boosts the immune system and fights infections.

    Has anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties and is helpful in treating:

    • arthritis
    • allergies
    • asthma
    • diabetes
    • chronic fatique syndrome
    • herpes virus (herpes simplex and herpeszoster)
    • and viral infections

    Warning: Do not use when pregnant and not for children three years and younger. Do not use if you suffer from an auto immune disease like MS or Lupus.


    Chaste Berries - Vitex agnus-castus

    Internally for menstrual and menopausel complaints, infertility and insufficient lactation.

    Chaste tree berry has been shown to help balance the progesterone and estrogen levels. This is why it has been referred to as a “female” herb.


    Hoodia - Hoodia gordonii

    Hoodia can be used as an appetite suppressant.

    Can be used alongside Green Tea.


    Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis

    Internally Hyssop can be used for:

    • bronchitis
    • upper respiratory tract infections and congestion
    • feverish illnesses and coughs in children
    • colic

    Lady's Mantle - Alchemilla xanthochlora

    Internally Lad's Mantle can be used for excessive or irregular menstruation, menopausel problems and also diarrhoea.

    Lady's Mantle is a bitter astringent herb that controls bleeding and discharges.


    Liquorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra

    Liquorice is commonly used for :

    • asthma
    • bronchitis
    • coughs
    • peptic ulcers
    • arthritis

    It is a soothing herb that is anti-inflammatory and controls coughing and has hormonal and laxative effects. It detoxifies and protects the liver.

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy or patients with anaemia, high blood pressure and kidney disease.


    Lungwort - Pulmonaria officinalis

    Lungwort is a soothing astringent expectorant herb.

    Lungwort is commonly used for :

    • coughs
    • bronchitis and asthma
    • haemorrhoids
    • and diarrhoea

    Lungwort can also help with kidney and urinary tract problems. Lungwort is also used in cough medicines, to relieve fluid retention, and to treat lung diseases such as tuberculosis.

    Lungwort is also much efficient to remove tar (due to Smoking) from the lungs.


    Maca - Lepidium meyenii

    Maca is:

    • rich in anti-oxidants
    • enhances energy, mood and memory
    • improves female sexual health
    • balances estrogen levels
    • ans boosts male fertility

    Mugwort - Artemisia vulgaris

    Mugwort is commonly used for :

    • threadworm and roundworm infestation
    • menstrual complaints
    • digestive stimulant
    • diuretic

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy and lactating mothers.


    Motherwort - Leonurus cardiaca

    Motherwort is a bitter diuretic herb that acts as a circulatory and uterine stimulant. Also have antibacterial and anti-fungal effects

    Motherwort is commonly used for :

    • lowering of blood pressure
    • heart palpitations
    • problems with menstruation
    • menopause

    Warning: Do not be use during pregnancy.


    Neem - Azadirachta indica

    Neem clears toxins.

    Neem is commonly used for :

    • reduce inflammation
    • lowering fevers
    • arthritis and rheumatism
    • intestinal worms

    Strawberry - Fragaria vesca

    Strawberry leaf treats diarrhoeaand mucosal inflammation of the mouth.

    Stawberry can be used as a duiretic for urinary tract disorders, arthritis, rheumatism amd gout.


    Witch Hazel - Hamamelis virginiana

    Internally Witch Hazel is commonly used for :

    • diarrhoea
    • colitis
    • excessive menstruation and vaginal discharge

    Externally for:

    • varicose veins
    • sprains
    • bruises
    • burns
    • skin inflammation

    Rooi Wortel - Bulbine natalensis

    Bulbine Natalensis, an aphrodisiac herb of South Africa, improves testosterone level, boosts libido and reduce estrogen. Bulbine Natalensis Powder and extract is used for aphrodisiac purposes, diabetes, heart diseases, diarrhea and rheumatoid arthritis. The main function of this herb is on testosterone level. It increases testosterone level and decreases estrogen level significantly. It is a good natural testosterone booster, which greatly influence testosterone level and thus, increase drive and performance. Low testosterone level is one of the main causes of physical weakness and erectile dysfunction. First, decreased testosterone level affects your libido and may decrease interest in physical relations. Then it also results in weakness and erectile dysfunction. Bulbine Natalensis is a good natural testosterone booster, which greatly influence testosterone level and thus, increase drive and performance. Bulbine Natalensis may have anti-inflammatory properties. In traditional medicine in South Africa, it is used for reduction of rheumatic pain. It may decrease blood sugar level. Its effects might be due to decrease in insulin resistance, but it is yet under scientific review. No studies are available on this subject.


    Elderberry Berries

    Elder boosts the Immune system.

    Elder can be used for sinusitis, influenza, hay fever and nasal drip.

    Elder stimulates circulation and helps ease arthritis.

    Externally the leaves can be used in a poultice for sprains and bruises.


    Siberian Ginseng - Eleutherococcus senticosus

    Siberian Ginseng is a pungent, bitter -sweet warming herb that

    • stimulates the immuneand circulatory system
    • regulates blood pressure
    • lowers blood sugar
    • reduces inflammation

    Also used or Menopausel complaints.

    Physical and mental stress

    Warning: Not given to children or to be taken for longer than six weeks at a time. Contraindicated with caffeine.


    Mullein - Verbascum thapsus

    Mullein is a bitter cooling herb that:

    • soothes and lubricates tissues
    • promotes healing

    Internally it is used for coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, TB, urinary tract infections and nervous tensions


    Senna

    Senna is used as a laxative:

    • it is used for constipation

    Stinging Nettle root - Urtica dioica

    Stinging Nettle root reduces prostate enlargement.

    Stinging Nettle can help in

    • controlling bleeding
    • clears toxins
    • slightly reduces blood pressure and blood sugar levels

    It is a tonic for debilitated conditions and anemia.

    Stinging Nettle contains vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and iron. Stinging Nettle cleanses the system and breaks down the crystals that is caused by problems such as arthritis, rheumatism and gout.

    Stinging Nettle is used to treat conditions such as hay fever, asthma and Allergies.


    Hibiscus/Roselle - Hibiscus sabdariffa

    Hibiscus makes a refreshing, caffeine-free drink that is rich in organic acids. It is used as a general health tonic to treat appetite loss, colds, coughs and circulatory ailments. Hibiscus is a gentle laxative, diuretic and expectorant..


    White Horehound - Marraubium vulgare

    A bitter aromatic herb that is antiseptic and expectorant and reduces inflammation.

    It increases perspiration rate, stimulates bile flow and has a sedative effect on the heart..

    Also for:

    • bronchitis
    • asthma
    • chest coughs and colds
    • whooping cough
    • liver and gall bladder disorders
    • typhoid fever
    • and palpitations

    Warning: Prolonged use may cause high blood pressure.


    Small Flower Willow Herb - Epilobium parviflorum

    Small Flower Willow Herb can be used as a a prostate tonic as well as disorders of the prostate, including prostatitis (infection of the prostate), BPH (enlargement of the prostate) and prostate cancer. It is also used for women suffering from urinary tract infections because it has a cleansing and antimicrobial action on the genitourinary system.


    Klip Dagga - Leonotis nepetifolia

    Klip Dagga has long been used in African traditional medicine as a treatment for fevers, headaches, malaria, dysentery and snakebite. It has an effect on the uterus - depending on the dose it will stimulate- or suppress menstruation. In Trinidad it is a common cold, fever and asthma remedy. Studies suggest that teas or tinctures made with the leaf possesses anti-nociceptive properties (it inhibits the sensation of pain), is anti-inflammatory and hypoglycemic and therefore lend pharmacological credence to the folkloric uses of this herb in the management and/or control of painful, arthritic, and other inflammatory conditions, as well as for adult-onset type-2 diabetes mellitus.


    Agrimony - Agrimonia eupatoria

    A bitter ,mildly astringent tonic herb.

    It is a diuretic and can be helpful to control bleeding.

    It improves liver and gall bladder function and has anti-inflammatory effect.

    Also for:

    • colitis
    • dyspepsia
    • food allergies
    • diarrhoea
    • gallstones
    • urinary incontinence
    • cystitis
    • and rheumatism

    Warning: Not to be used when suffering from stress related constipation.


    Couch Grass - Agropyron repens

    A soothing herb that improves excretion from the kidneys and bowels.

    Can be used to lower cholesterol levels.

    Also for:

    • kidney and bladder complaints especially for enlarge prostate and cystitis
    • rheumatism and gout

    Ginkgo Biloba

    A bitter sweet astringent herb that dilates bronchial tubes and blood vessels.

    Stimulates circulation.

    Also for:

    • allergic inflammatory responses
    • asthma
    • cerebral insufficiency in the elderly
    • senile dementia
    • circulatory complaints such as Raynaud's disease
    • varicose veins
    • and irregular heartbeat

    Warning: Excess use may cause dermatitis, headaches, diarroea and vomiting.


    Green Tea - Camellia sinensis

    A bitter aromatic herb that has astringent properties.

    It stimulates the nervous system and has diuretic and bacterial effects.

    Also for:

    • diarrhoea
    • hepatitis
    • gastroenteritis

    Regular consumption may protect against arteriosclerosis and dental cavities ans may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

    Warning: Excess may cause constipation, indigention, dizziness, palpitations, irritability and insomnia


    Sarsaparilla - Smilax species

    A cooling, slightly bitter alterative herb that has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic and anti-rheumatic properties.

    It increases perspiration rate, stimulates bile flow and has a sedative effect on the heart..

    Also for:

    • Rheumatiod arthritis
    • gout
    • syphilis
    • urinary tract infections
    • hormonal affect on both men and woman
    • imotence in males

    Sarsaparilla may increase fertility in woman with ovarian dysfunction


    White Willow bark - Salix alba

    A bitter astringent cooling herb that relieves pain, lowes fever and reduces inflammation

    Also for:

    • Rheumatism
    • Arthritis and gout
    • diarrhoea
    • feverish illness
    • lneuralgia
    • headaches

    Will also be helpful in the inflammatory stages of auti-immune diseases


    Astragalus root

    Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb that stimulates the immune system, spleen, lungs, liver, circulatory and urinary system and lowers blood pressure as well as blood sugar levels

    Also for:

    • Low energy/stamina
    • diabetes
    • kidney problems
    • anaemia

    Will also be helpful with recovery during cancer treatment


    Moringa - Moringa oleifera

    Moringa is an expectrorant. It is nurtitious and has diuretic and laxative properties

    It helps control bacterial infections and is a potent antibiotic.

    Also for:

    • tuberculosis
    • enlarged spleen and liver
    • kidney and bladder stones
    • inflammatory conditions


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