Botanical Name – Plantago major, rugelii, lanceolata

Family: Plantaginaceae

Energetics: cool, moist, tonifying

Taste: slightly bitter, earthy

Parts used: leaves, seeds

Affinities: digestive system; mucosal and integumentary tissues

Actions: vulnerary, demulcent, astringent, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, emollient, expectorant, hepatoprotective

Preparations: tea, honey infusion, tincture, oil infusion, vinegar, topical preparations, food

Cautions: The husked seeds are a bulking laxative, and should not be taken in the two hours before or after swallowing prescription drugs the pharmaceutical constituents can get bound up in the mucilage and render the drug less effective

Therapeutic Uses:

  • As a vulnerary, plantain can help speed up the healing of wounds. This works both externally and internally meaning that it can also help heal wounds in the digestive tract aiding in issues such as leaky gut syndrome. Plantain is also useful for external scrapes, cuts, bites, stings, etc. It is an excellent herb to have in your herbal first aid kit.
  • Plantain is very useful for breaking up biofilms which is what happens when bacteria join together. 
  • As an expectorant, plantain is useful for breaking up the mucous in dry, lung conditions.
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Botanical Name – Angelica archangelica

Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Energetics: warm, dry, tonifying

Taste: bitter, pungent, aromatic

Parts used: root

Affinities: digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems

Actions: Diffusive, circulatory stimulant, carminative, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, expectorant, nervine, anti-microbial

Preparations: tea/ decoction, honey infusion, tincture, oil infusion

Cautions: Best to avoid angelica the week before menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, and during lactation. Can cause photosensitivity. 

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Angelica is a warming bitter which helps with digestion and assimilation especially when digestion is cold and stagnant. It helps get things moving including blood circulation. 
  • Helps clear waste from the liver and the body in general. 
  • Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs which can help with menstrual cramping. 
  • Calming to both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
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Botanical Name – Withania somnifera

Family: Solanaceae

Energetics: warm, dry, relaxant

Taste: bitter, pungent, sweet

Parts used: root

Affinities: endocrine and immune systems

Actions: adaptogen, nervous trophorestorative, digestive, alterative, antispasmodic, immune modulator, cardioprotective

Preparations: tea/ decoction, honey infusion, tincture, capsule

Cautions: Avoid if you have sensitivities to nightshades. Avoid during pregnancy. 

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Ashwagandha helps the adrenals and other endocrine organs better deal with stress. 
  • Mildly bitter, it gently stimulates digestion.
  • When your circadian rhythm is out of whack, ashwagandha will help you reset. It’s extremely useful if you have been staying up late due to work, school, stress, etc. and you just need to get back on a good sleep schedule. 
  • Supportive for the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).
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Family: Rosaceae

Energetics: cool, dry, tonifying

Taste: astringent, sour

Parts used: root, leaves, berries

Affinities: lower digestive and urinary systems

Actions: astringent, diuretic, antispasmodic, antioxidant, alterative, hypoglycemic

Preparations: tea/ decoction, tincture, wine infusion, 

Cautions: Typically a safe herb to use. It is a powerful astringent so large doses, especially of the root, can cause stomach cramping.

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Extremely useful for diarrhea. 
  • Helps to flush out excess fluids in the body such as edema and gout. 
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Botanical name: Calendula officinalis

Family: Asteraceae

Energetics: warm, dry, tonifying

Taste: bitter, pungent, salty, sweet

Parts used: flowers

Affinities: lymphatic system

Actions: draining, lymphatic, alterative, diaphoretic, vulnerary, antimicrobial

Preparations: tea, tincture, topical preparations

Cautions: Safe except for those with allergies to the asteraceae family.

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Useful for moving lymph fluid especially around the intestines. 
  • Useful for healing wounds of any kind including those in the digestive system such as leaky gut syndrome. 
  • Aids in depression when you just don’t feel like you can move forward. 
  • Excellent for use in any skincare preparation due to its vulnerary (wound healing) and antimicrobial nature.  
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Botanical name: Acorus calamus

Family: Araceae

Energetics: warm, dry, relaxant

Taste: bitter, pungent, aromatic

Parts used: rhyzome

Affinities: digestive and nervous systems

Actions: dispersive, diffusive, carminative, cholagogue, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, expectorant, nervine

Preparations: tea/ decoction, tincture

Cautions: Typically a safe herb to use. 

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Aids in digestion and digestive issues including gas, stomach upset, digestive spasm, heartburn, and leaky gut.
  • As an expectorant, it helps break up and expel mucus from the lungs. 
  • Useful for uterine cramping.
  • Calamus is helpful when you are feeling cold and stuck emotionally including addictive behaviors. 
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Botanical Name – Nepeta cataria

Family: Lamiaceae

Energetics: cool, dry, relaxant

Taste: pungent, aromatic, acrid

Parts used: leaves

Affinities: digestive and nervous systems

Actions: Digestive, carminative, hepatic, nervine, diaphoretic, sedative, antispasmodic

Preparations: tincture, tea, bath, poultice

Cautions: Generally regarded as safe. Consult with a qualified herbalist before use during pregnancy. The sedative effects are more noticeable with children. Best not to use in high doses or for prolonged periods. 

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Helps in digestion as the aromatic constituents promote the production of gastric secretions.
  • This warming mint can help move gas out of the gut.
  • Catnip is a diaphoretic which aids the body in releasing the heat of fever.
  • This herb is very helpful when nervousness and anxiety are tied up with gut upset. It works in both directions, both helping with gut upset due to anxiety or high anxiety due to gut upset. These issues are often linked, and catnip is a powerful ally.
  • Catnip is a mild sedative and is helpful at bedtime when you are having trouble falling asleep.
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Botanical Name – Matricaria recutita

Family: Compositae (Asteraceae)

Energetics: warm, neutral, relaxant

Taste: bitter, aromatic, sweet

Parts used: flowers

Affinities: digestive, nervous, and reproductive systems

Actions: stomachic, carminative, nervine, sedative, antispasmodic, vulnerary

Preparations: tea, honey infusion, tincture

Cautions: Very safe for all ages. 

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Helpful for upset stomachs due to tension or nervousness. Chamomile stimulates digestive fluid secretions which helps with assimilation.
  • Relaxes smooth muscles of the digestive tract for better digestion.
  • Helps calm individuals with nervous exhaustion to get better sleep. 
  • Soothes tense, tight muscles. 
  • Topically, chamomile helps with inflammatory skin conditions and can help with eye irritation such as conjunctivitis.
  • Chamomile is excellent for both physical and emotional tension.
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Botanical Name – Taraxacum offiniale

Family: Asteraceae

Energetics: cool, dry, tonifying

Taste: bitter, earthy, salty, sweet

Parts used: root, leaves, flowers

Affinities: liver and kidneys, urinary system

Actions: diuretic, digestive, cholagogue, choleretic, mild laxative (roots), nutritive, exhilarant (flowers)

Preparations: tea/ decoction, honey infusion, tincture, oil infusion, food

Cautions: Can be drying.

Therapeutic Uses:

Dandelion is a bitter herb that aids in digestion especially where the digestion is incomplete. Because of its drying and draining qualities, it can be useful in clearing out stuck junk in your liver and kidneys and helps clear out stones. This is also useful in cleaning and thinning the blood because it helps clean things out. 

Although it is a diuretic and will make you pee more, its high levels of vitamins and minerals will help you not get depleted. So basically, it clears out the bad stuff and brings in the good stuff.

Dandelion is a nutritive which means it is extremely nutritious. Dandelion greens are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, and they also contain vitamin E, folate, and small amounts of other B vitamins. The greens provide minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. 

Tea or tincture made with the flowers is a gentle exhilarant and will help improve the mood especially in cases of SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

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Botanical Name – Sambucus nigra, Sambucus canadensis

Family: Adoxaceae

Energetics: cool, dry, relaxant

Taste: sweet, slightly oily, astringent

Parts used: flowers and berries

Affinities: immune system

Actions: diuretic, astringent, diaphoretic, circulatory stimulant, digestive, nutritive, alterative, respiratory antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antitussive, purgative, vermifuge, exhilarant

Preparations: tea, honey infusion, tincture, syrup, infusion

Cautions: Typically, very safe, but elder bark and large doses of fresh black elderberries act as purgatives (laxative)

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Elderberries help to prevent and lessen flu and cold infections by preventing the virus from reproducing in the body. 
  • Strengthens the immune system and stimulates the lymph system. 
  • The diuretic actions of elder flowers get fluid moving throughout the body.
  • Emotionally, elder is uplifting and helps to pull you out of a heavy, depressive state. 
  • Elder syrup helps lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. 
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.