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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

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= toxic agent, AVOID          = danger/caution, mild to severe apply          = AVOID if pregnant
See corresponding herb pages for more information
SEDATIVE Soothes; reduces nervousness, emotional distress, and apprehension Adrue; Ajuga (weak); Alfalfa; Amber; Ambrette; Anaphalis; Apple; Ash, Prickly; Aspen, Quaking (weak); Aster, Purple-stemmed; Atractylodes macrocephela; Balloon Flower; Balm, Lemon; Bamboo, Black; Basil (weak); Basil, Holy (weak); Betony; Bishopweed (mild); Black Haw; Black Musli; Bog Rush; Bur Reed; Campion, Starry; Canarium; Canary Island Tea Plant; Caroba; Catalpa; Catnip; Cedar, True; Cedron; Centaury, European (mild); Damiana; Dandelion; Dill; Dong Quai (weak); Lady's Bedstraw; Monarda; Motherwort; New Jersey Tea; Passion Flower; Peach; Reishi; Rosewood; Skullcap; Southernwood (weak); Valerian; Valerian, Red
= Alexander, Golden; Angelica; Apricot; Ashwaganda; Asparagus; Asparagus, Fern; Barberry, common (tonic); Bay; Beechdrops; Bergamot; Birch, Silver; Black Cherry; Bogbean; Boneset, Asian; Borage (weak); Bugleweed; Bupleurum; Butternut; Cannabis; Cascara Sagrada; Cattail; Cedar, White; Cereus, Night-blooming; Chamomile; Chicory (CNS); Clover, red; Cohosh, Blue; Crampbark; Elder; Hops; Linden (mild); Stoneroot; Thistle, Blessed (mild)
= Angelica; Barberry (tonic); Bugleweed; Butternut; Cattail; Chamomile; Clover, Red; Cohosh, Blue
= Belladonna; Black Cohosh; Bloodroot; Cabbage, Skunk
Stimulates production of saliva Alfalfa; Angelica Tree; Ash, Prickly; Balmony; Burrweed; Canarium; Centaury, European; Clove; Currant, Red (see Black Currant); Dandelion
= Asparagus, Chinese; Cayenne
= Arum; Bloodroot; Blue Flag
SOPORIFIC Induces drowsiness/sleep Apple; Monarda; Passion Flower; Pearly Life Everlasting; Valerian
= Alexander, Golden; Ashwaganda; Bogbean; Cannabis (analgesic)
SPERMICIDAL Kills/weakens sperm on contact = Bead Tree
STIMULANT Intensifies or increases the functioning of tissues or organs Acacia; Adenophora (cardiac & respiratory); Akebia (circulatory/urinary system/female reproductive organs); Alliaria; Allspice; Aloe; Ambrette; American Ivy; Ammoniac Gum; Amomum (appetite); Amur Cork Tree (liver/gallbladder); Angelica Tree; Angostura (liver/gallbladder); Anise; Anise, Star; Apple (liver); Aquilaria; Artichoke (gallbladder); Asafetida (CNS); Ash, American (appetite); Ash, Prickly (circulatory); Ash, Japanese Prickly; Ash, Prickly Southern (cirulatory/lymphatic systems); Ash, White (circulation); Aster, Red-stalked; Astragalus (immune/circulatory/urinary systems, spleen, lung, liver, T-cell production); Atractylodes chinensis; Bachelor Button (liver/gallbladder); Balm of Copaiba; Balm, Lemon (circulatory); Balmony (appetite); Balsam (circulatory); Balsam of Peru; Balsam of Tolu; Balsam Pear (uterine); Barley (appetite); Basil, East Indian; Basil, Holy (adrenal cortex); Bearsfoot, American; Benzoin (circulatory); Betel; Betel Nut; Betony (cerebral circulation); Currant, Red (appetite); Bowman's Root; Bur Reed (circulatory); Canarium (appetite); Candle Nut; Canella (appetite); Capers (tonic); Cardamom, Bastard (appetite); Carrot, Wild; Catnip (appetite); Cedar, True (circulatory/respiratory); Centaury, American (peripheral circulation); Chives (appetite); Clove (uterine); Damiana (genito-urinary); Dandelion (appetite); Dong Quai (macrophage); Ginger (circulatory); Goldenrod, Sweet; Ground Pine; Horehound; Lemon; Marshmallow (immune system); Pinks, Chinese; Poplar, Ontario (circulatory); Poplar, White; Rose (adrenal); Rosemary (brain); Szechuan Pepper (See Ash, Prickly); Yellow Vetch (immune system - See Astragalus)
= Angelica; Angelica, American; Angelica, European wild; Arsesmart; Asparagus; Asparagus, Chinese (nervous system); Asparagus, Fern; Barberry, common (liver/spleen/uterus/white blood cells); Barrenwort (hormones); Bay; Bayberry (circulatory/glandular/mucosal); Bee Pollen (endocrine/digestive/immune systems); Birch, Common; Birch, Sweet; Black-Eyed-Susan (immune system); Blazing Star; Boldo (appetite); Boneset (immune system); Boneset, Asian; Broomweed; Burnut (appetite); Cajuput; Cannabis (appetite); Caraway (appetite); Cardamom; Cat's Claw (immune system); Cattail (uterine); Cayenne; Cedar, White (uterine/circulatory); Celandine (uterine/circulatory); Centaury, European (liver/gallbladder/appetite); Cereus, Night-blooming (cardio); Chervil; Chicory (appetite/liver); Cinnamon (periphral circulation/uterine); Cohosh, blue; Coltsfoot; Goldenseal (CNS/immune system); Horseradish (circulatory/digestive); Mugwort (appetite); Poplar, Balsam; Sassafras; Shatavari (circulatory, digestive, respiratory, female reproductive systems: See Asparagus); Thistle, Blessed (appetite); Yarrow (circulatory/CNS)
= Agnus-Castus (pituitary); Angelica (appetite/uterine); Angelica, American; Angelica, European Wild; Barberry (liver/spleen/uterus/white blood cells); Cajuput; Calamint, Lesser (uterine); Burnut (appetite); Cattail (uterine); Celandine (uterine/circulatory); Centaury, European (liver/gallbladder/appetite); Cinnamon (peripheral circulation/uterine); Cohosh, Blue; Coltsfoot; Cumin (circulatory/sexual); Echinacea (immune system); Ephedra, American; Geranium, Scented (adrenal cortex); Ginger, Wild (uterine); Goldenseal (CNS/immune system); Oregano, Greek (uterine); Yarrow (circulatory/CNS)
= Aconite; Aconite, Carmichael's (heart); Adonis (cardiac); Alder Buckthorn (bile); Ambrosia (C. anthelminticum); Arnica (immune/cirulatory systems); Arrowwood (circulatory); Asarabacca; Birthwort (uterine); Birthwort, Frail; Black Cohosh (uterine/cardiac); Calabar Bean (peristalsis); Camphor (circulatory/nervous systems); Camphor, Borneo; Blue Flag (gallbladder/liver); Broom Scotch (cardio/uterine/colon/kidney/); Pasque Flower (see Anemone); Wormwood
STOMACHIC Strengthens, stimulates, tones the stomach Angostura; Ash, Northern; Aspen, Quaking; Bala; Balloon Vine; Balmony, Indian; Barley; Basil, Holy; Bearswort; Beech; Beet; Cedron; Clove; Currant, Red (see Black Currant); Dandelion; Lemon
= Asparagus, Chinese; Avens; Avens, Rough; Avens, Water; Bayberry; Bayberry, English
STYPTIC Stops surface bleeding of minor injuries by contracting tissue and/or blood vessels on contact Agrimony, Water; Bamboo, Black; Bamboo, Palm; Beggartick, Hairy; Black Chebula; Bletilla; Burnet; Burnet, Salad; Cranesbill; Nettle, Stingless
= Avens, Rough; Bayberry; Burnut; Butternut; Thistle, Blessed; Yarrow
= Burnut; Butternut; Yarrow
= Anemone, Canadian

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