Angelica

Angelica Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica. Other Common Names: European angelica, Wild parsnip, Garden angelica, Holy ghost, Masterwort, Wild celery, Fjällkvanne (Swedish), Chien-tu (Chinese), Angélique (French), Engelwurz (German), Fjellkvann (Norwegian), Ætihvönn (Icelandic), Väinönputki (Finnish) Family: APIACEAE or UMBELLIFERAE~ Carrot family TCM Name:: Dang Gui Also Known As: Dong Qui, Dang Quai, Tang Guai (literal translation means “State of Return”) Meridians: Heart, Liver, Spleen, Kidney TCM Key Actions: Tonifies the Blood, Invigorates…

Daisy

(picture eatweeds.co.uk) Daisy Botanical Name: Bellis perennis Family Name: Asteraceae Other Common Names: Common daisy, garden daisy, English daisy, meadow daisy, bruisewort, tusindfryd (Danish), chiribita (Spanish), paquerette vivace (French), Gänseblümchen (German). Bellum in Latin means war and may be from Daisy’s use in wound healing. Other species: Similar to Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). It also has similar…

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle Botanical Name: Lonicera caprifolium Family: Caprifoliaceae Also Known As: Woodbine, Hall’s Honeysuckle, Lonicera, Goat’s Leaf, Fairy Trumpets TCM Name: Jin Yin Hua Meridians: Lung, Heart, Stomach Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Wind Heat /Relieves Toxicity: often used in pus forming infections, skin sores, bloody dysentery, colds and flu, acute infectious diseases of…

Willow Bark

Willow Bark Botanical Name: Salix alba. Other Common Names: Willow bark, white willow, salix. TCM Name: Liu Shu Pi Meridians: Bladder, Kidney, Heart Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Clears Heat/Reduces Inflammation: damp heat in the bladder, painful urination, dark burning urine, joint, throat, mouth and eye inflammations, wounds, ulcerations, eczema, burns, gangrene, headaches.  Promotes…

Cramp Bark

Cramp Bark Botanical Name: Viburnum opulus  Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)   Common Names: Guelder Rose, Cramp Bark, Snowball Tree, High Cranberry, Red Elder, May Rose, Silver Bells, Whitsun Bosses, Black Haw Identification:  A large, deciduous shrub or small tree which is very commonly found at roadsides or in hedgerows in the UK. It has smooth and…

Chaste Berry

Chaste Berry Botanical Name: Vitex agnus-castus. Other Common Names: Chaste Tree, Abraham’s balm, monk’s pepper, chaste lamb-tree, safe tree, Indian-spice, wild pepper, chasteberry, vitex, agnus-castus, sauzgatillo (Spanish), gattilier agneau-chaste (French), kyskhetsträd (Swedish), Keuschbaum (German), munkapipar (Icelandic). Family: VERBENACEAE ~ Verbena Family Habitat: The chaste tree is native to the Mediterranean region but is regularly cultivated…

Damiana

Damiana Botanical Name: Turnera diffusa. Other Common Names: Damiane, oreganillo, the bourrique, Mexican damiana, Mexican holly, damiana de Guerrero, damina. Family Name: TURNERACEAE TCM Name: Da Mi A Also Known As: Yang Jin Hua (Damiana Flower) Meridians: Kidney, Liver Key Actions: Lifts the Spirit, Calms Shen, Tonifies Kidney Yang, Strengthens Jing (Essence), Harmonizes Menses Medicinal…

Black Cohosh

  Black Cohosh Botanical Name: Cimicifuga racemosa L, Actaea racemosa L Black cohosh was once classified with the Genus name Cimicifuga but today the Genus name Actaea is considered the correct scientific name. The old Latin genus name Cimicifuga derives from Cimex, the genus name of the bedbug and the Latin verb “fugare” meaning to…

Periwinkle

Periwinkle Botanical Name: Vinca minor. The closely related species greater periwinkle (Vinca major), a much larger plant, is used in a similar manner in herbal medicine and has the same medicinal properties as lesser periwinkle. Other Common Names: Common and dwarf periwinkle, vinca, running-myrtle, blue buttons, devil’s eye, joy on the ground, sorcerer’s violet, pervinca…

Shatavari

Shatavari Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus (satavar, shatavari, or shatamull) Habitat: common throughout Nepal, Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas Family: Liliaceae Plant Information: It grows 1–2 m (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in) tall and prefers to take root in gravelly, rocky soils high up in piedmont plains, at 1,300–1,400 m (4,300–4,600 ft). Plant Parts Used: Roots, Stem Folklore and History: Grown throughout India, this member of the Asparagus family is considered to…