Moringa

Moringa Botanical Name: Moringa oleifera Common Name: Ben oil, Benzoil tree, Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Moringa, Mulaka, Sajna, Saragva, Shajmah, Shevga, Sujana, Sundan Family: Moringaceae Ayurvedic/ TCM: Shigru Habitat: The moringa tree, also known as “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” “horseradish tree,” “mother’s best friend,” “miracle tree,” “the never die,” and “ben oil tree,” is a…

Green Tea

Green Tea Botanical name Camellia sinensis (L.), Family Theaceae. Also Known As: Tea Plant, Tea Shrub TCM Name: Lu Cha Meridians: Spleen, Kidney, Heart, Liver Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Promotes Bodily Fluids/Quenches Thirst. Clears Heat/Dissolves Phlegm/Promotes Urination: headaches, dizziness, heat stroke. Enhances alertness/Boosts Mental Clarity: meditation, focus, sleepiness, refreshes the mind. Origins: Camellia…

Flaxseed

Flaxseed Botanical Name: Linum usitatissimum. Family Linaceae Other Common Names: Linseed, chih-ma, common flax, flax, flax weed, lint bells, toad flax, uma, winterlien. Habitat: Flax is thought to have originated in Egypt and was found from the Mediterranean to India. However, it is one of the oldest cultivated plants known and has been found during…

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola Botanical Name: Centella asiatica. Family: Umbelliferae Centella asiatica syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica Other Common Names: Indian pennywort, pennywort, Asiatic pennywort, antanan, pegaga, brahmi, chi-hsueh ts’ao, man t’ien hsing. TCM Name: Ji Xue Cao Beng Da Wan, Meridians:  Bladder, Spleen, Stomach Habitat: Gotu kola is native to Australia, Pacific Islands, Asia, South Africa, South America…

FeverFew

Feverfew Botanical Name: Tanacetum parthenium. Family Name: Compositae Other Common Names: Featherfew, featherfoil, flirtwort, bachelor’s buttons, bride’s buttons, febrifuge plant, pyrethrum, wild chamomile, midsummer daisy, camomille grande (French), altamisa (Spanish), reunuspäivänkakkara (Finnish), Mutterkraut (German), matrem (Danish). TCM Name: Xiao Bai Ju Meridians: Lung, Liver, Stomach Key Actions: Tonifies Yin, Clears Heat, Clears Wind Heat, Clears…

Eucalyptus

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus smithii Family Myrtaceae Common Names: Tasmanian blue gum, blue gum, eucalyptus tree, ironbark, bloodwood and gum tree. TCM Name: An Shu (whole tree) and An Ye (leaf only) Meridians: Lung, Bladder Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Promotes Sweating/Releases to the Exterior/ Relieves Wind Heat: sore throat, cold, aches, pains,…

Gentian

Gentian Botanical Name: Gentiana lutea, Gentiana scabraGentiana acaulis L. Gentiana purpurea, Gentiana pannoica, Gentiana punctata and Gentiana acaulis are smaller European gentians with similar medicinal properties and are used arbitrarily with each other and with Gentiana lutea. Family Name: Gentianaceae Other Common Names: Yellow and pale gentian, bitter root, feltwort, bitterwort, gall weed, stemless gentian…

Hibiscus

Hibiscus Botanical Name:  Hibiscus sabdariffa Also Known As Ambashthaki, Bissap, Gongura, Groseille de Guinée, Guinea Sorrel, Hibisco, Hibiscus Calyx, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Jamaica Sorrel, Karkade, Karkadé, Oseille de Guinée, Oseille Rouge, Pulicha Keerai, Red Sorrel, Red Tea, Rosa de Jamaica, Roselle, Sour Tea, Sudanese Tea, Thé Rose d’Abyssinie, Thé Rouge, Zobo, Zobo Tea. Family: Malvaceae Habitat Some sources say…

Rowan

Rowan/Mountain Ash Botanical Name: Sorbus aucuparia, Pyrus aucuparia Also Known As: Rowan Berries, Rowanberries, Whitty Pear, Mountain-ash (not to be confused with true ash, Fraxinus ornus), Quickbeam, European Ash, Bilberry, Witchwood, Thor’s Helper, Wiggy, Delight of the Eye  Family Name: Rosaceae. TCM Name Hua Qiu Also Known As: Shan Hui Meridians: Lung, Kidney, Stomach TCM Key…

Avocado

Avocado Other Common Names: Avocado pear, alligator pear, midshipman’s butter, vegetable marrow, avocatier (French), aguacate (Spanish), avokado (Swedish). Botanical Name: Persea americana Family Name: Lauraceae Habitat: It is originally native to Mexico and South and Central America, where it grows in the wild. Because of its tasteful and nutritious fruit (botanically a large berry), it…