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Herb Information Packet Series

All the information you need to use herbs safely and effectively

Here you can read summaries of our Herb Information Packets on health conditions and related topics.

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Information on natural treatment options for Raynaud's disease. Nutritional therapy and lifestyle suggestions are made. There is also an article on Biofeedback, and information on massage and hydrotherapy. Herbs mentioned include: butcher's broom, gotu kola, ginger, cayenne, gingko, garlic, and evening primrose oil, borage, mustard, Indian snake root, and more.


Useful resources for those seeking more information on the use of herbs. Lists included are: recommended reading list, herb organizations and associations, conservation organizations, licensed alternative health care provider's associations, herbal education programs, internet resources, natural products laboratories, sources for purchasing herbs, herbal products, and seeds, recommended periodicals, library resources, and farming and marketing resources.


Information of extensive information on treating conditions of the respiratory system. Conditions discussed include: coughs, acute and chronic bronchitis, pertussis, the common cold, influenza, emphysema, and whooping cough. The actions of the respiratory system are discussed at length, as well as nutritional and lifestyle suggestions in maintaining optimal health of this system. Herbs discussed include: nettle, thyme, comfrey, fenugreek, mullein, rosemary, horseradish, elecampane, lungwort, soapwort, Iceland moss, ribwort plantain, coltsfoot, marshmallow, cayenne, licorice, lobelia, wild cherry bark, usnea, pleurisy root, grindelia, goldenseal, echinacea, astragalus, peppermint, forskolin, osha, garlic, eucalyptus, and many more.


Comprehensive information on rheumatoid arthritis. Treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs compared to herbal medicine is discussed along with dosage, side effect, and safety information. Symptoms and possible causes are discussed as well as various forms of treatment including nutritional and physical therapies. Herbs discussed include: cayenne, turmeric, devil's claw, feverfew, ginger, yucca, licorice, ginseng, and supplements such as DHEA and EFA's (essential fatty acids).


Information on natural treatment options for schizophrenia. Vitamins, nutrition, and herbs are discussed as well as theories on the causes of this disease. Case studies are also included. Herbs mentioned include: ginkgo, kelp, evening primrose oil, sage, gotu kola, and prickly ash.


Helpful information about the toxicity of certain herbs and their drug interactions. Included is a list of statistics from poison control centers, and comparative toxicity of herbs with other substances. The G.R.A.S. list is included.


Information about common sea vegetables. Includes medicinal use, nutritional profiles, preparation methods, and recipes for adding these foods to your diet. Varieties covered include: kelp, agar-agar, wakame, arame, dulse, hijiki (hiziki), kombu, nori, irish moss (carrageen), bladderwrack, corsican, sea lettuce (green laver), purple laver and more.


Valuable information specifically for the special needs of seniors. Includes information on healthful aging and addresses concerns by body system. Includes herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle considerations. Herbs and supplements mentioned include: DHEA, vitamin E, probiotics, ginkgo, hawthorn, gotu kola, licorice, marshmallow, cayenne, black cohosh, angelica, wild yam, nettles, dandelion, motherwort, Siberian ginseng, garlic, chamomile, lavender, astragalus, echinacea, ginseng, valerian and many more.

SEXUAL VITALITY (formerly Aphrodisiacs)

Information on herbs, foods, and spices noted promoting virility and a healthy libido. Discusses the incidence, causes, and myths of male impotence and female reluctance. Also suggests factors that may stimulate or inhibit sexual energy, related to physiological and emotional factors. Herbs discussed include: ginseng, nettle, onions, garlic, damiana, sarsaparilla, saw palmetto, yohimbe, ginkgo, and cinnamon, Siberian ginseng, ginger, vitex, cordyceps, dong quai, soy, black cohosh, maca, passion flower, and muira pauma (potency wood).


Comprehensive information on eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, vitiligo, impetigo, boils, warts, skin healing, herbal first aid and fungal infections. Both internal and external therapies are discussed. Stress, lifestyle, and detoxification issues are addressed as well. Herbs mentioned include: burdock, calendula, cleavers, nettles, red clover, yellow dock, chamomile, sarsaparilla, licorice, comfrey, echinacea, dandelion, chickweed, evening primrose, St. John's wort, witch hazel, prickly pear, gotu kola, marshmallow, walnut, milk thistle, green tea, aloe, walnut, khella, and many more.


Information on natural therapies to help one quit smoking. Herbs, vitamins, nutrition, and bodywork are discussed, as well as how to curb cravings for cigarettes. Research and a timeline on the body's recovery after quitting is also included. Herbs mentioned include: gentian, chamomile, calamus, ephedra, ginseng, oatstraw, lobelia, sassafras, valerian, and green tea.


Information on the reasonings for standardization of herbal products. Includes information on why and how it is done, how to choose such products, and common standardization percentages for certain herbs. This packet discusses this issue from both sides: proponents and opposition. Herbs mentioned include: bilberry, cascara sagrada, ginkgo, grape seed, green tea, kava, milk thistle, pygeum, saw palmetto, turmeric, artichoke, chamomile, devil's claw, echinacea, ephedra, feverfew, ginseng, goldenseal, gotu kola, licorice, St. John's wort, schisandra, valerian and willow.


Information about stimulants and herbs for increasing energy for different systems of the body. The benefits and side effects of many stimulants are described. Extensive information about caffeine is included as well as a list of caffeine containing plants. Safety information about ephedra is also included. There is also a stimulant comparison chart. Herbs discussed include: kola, guarana, ephedra, ginkgo, ginseng, gotu kola, cayenne, cloves, peppermint, prickly ash, Virginia snakeroot, mate, and more.


Herbal and nutritional support before, during, and after surgical procedures. Topics include: relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, detoxification, immune support, rebuilding health, and herbs that should be avoided. Herbs discussed include: Siberian ginseng, astragalus, nettle, dandelion, gotu kola, aloe, echinacea, St. John's wort, alfalfa, garlic, ginkgo, red clover, dong quai, horsetail, goldenseal, reishi, turmeric, cayenne, kava, ginger, and many more.


Useful information on both hypo- and hyper- thyroid conditions. Discusses the function of the thyroid and its relation to metabolism and hormone levels. The use of conventional versus natural therapies is discussed. Includes information on Graves' Disease. Herbs mentioned include: bladderwrack, rehmannia, ginseng, nettle, guggul, bugleweed, lemon balm, self-heal, kelp, verbena and more.



Information on herbs that can be beneficial for all types of travelers. Topics include homeopathic alternatives to immunizations, jet lag, motion sickness, altitude sickness, and natural first aid for injuries, insect bites, sunburn, malaria, parasites, and encounters with poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Herbs discussed include: tea-tree oil, Echinacea, ginger, ginkgo, lavender, milk thistle, valerian, calendula, arnica, St. John's wort, nettle, chamomile, clove, garlic, bee balm, reishi, peppermint, aloe, witch hazel, plantain, citronella, basil, and chickweed.


Herbal, nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle considerations for the treatment of ulcers and canker sores. Topics include types and causes of ulcers, symptoms, Helicobacter pylori, food allergies, gluten intolerance, stress, and gastrointestinal irritants such as NSAIDS. Herbs discussed include: ginger, licorice, yellow root, banana, calendula, chamomile, garlic, gentian, bilberry, meadowsweet, turmeric, slippery elm, marshmallow, goldenseal, yarrow, flax, cabbage, rhubarb, cinnamon, thyme, wormwood, turkey rhubarb, myrrh, green tea, cankerroot, sage, and wild geranium.


Information on treating kidney and bladder problems. Conditions discussed include: nephritis, cystitis, kidney stones, prostititis, nervous/irritable bladder, and bedwetting. Infections are discussed at length, as well as nutritional and lifestyle suggestions in maintaining optimal health of the urinary tract. Herbs discussed include: uva ursi, horse chestnut, dandelion, saw palmetto, kava kava, buchu, burdock, juniper, marshmallow, rose hips, goldenseal, cranberry, cornsilk, gravel root, garlic, hydrangea, Indian kidney tea, goldenrod, licorice, nettle, pygeum, and gotu kola.


Uterine fibroids. Herbal, lifestyle, nutritional and dietary considerations are discussed. Traditional and alternative medicine therapies are compared, including alternatives to surgery and hysterectomy, Chinese therapies, hydrotherapy, and detoxification. Herbs discussed include: raspberry, yarrow, goldenseal, ginger, stone root, motherwort, ladies mantle, partridge berry, white dead nettle, black cohosh, blue cohosh, vitex, lobelia, licorice, and many more.


Information about the issues and concerns about choosing vaccinations for yourself or your children. The individual vaccines and their possible side effects are discussed in depth. Animal vaccines are also discussed. This packet includes an article with Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Moskowitz debating the possible benefits and risks of immunizations.


Information on herbal and nutritional for both internal and topical treatments for vaginal infections and irritations. Topics include yeast infections (candida), fungal and bacterial infections, gardnerella (hemophilus), trichomonas, a symptom table and preventative measures. Herbs discussed include: garlic, tea-tree oil, cardamom, goldenseal, comfrey, lavender, yellow dock, apple cider vinegar, licorice, calendula, plantain, black cohosh, pasque flower, thyme, Echinacea, yarrow, cleavers, myrrh, astragalus, burdock, cranberry, pau d' arco, purslane, goldenrod, ivy, and sage.


Information about natural treatments for varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, and hemorrhoids. Nutritional therapies and lifestyle suggestions are discussed. External remedies are included. Herbs mentioned include: gotu kola, horse chestnut, butcher's broom, bilberry, yarrow, gingko, hawthorn, prickly ash, St. John's wort, Rue, witch hazel and more.



Useful information on herbs that have been used as appetite suppressants and for weight loss purposes. Important safety information is also included regarding the use of herbal stimulants for weight loss. Research studies are also cited. Herbs mentioned include: garcinia, licorice, cayenne, plantain, mate, ephedra, kola nut, cassia, cascara sagrada, kelp, green tea, yohimbe, dandelion, white willow and senna.


Information on herbs helpful for PMS, menstrual disorders, pregnancy, lactation, menopause, fibrocystic breasts, vaginitis, cystitis, viral STD's, and other women's health concerns. There is information on the female reproductive system, the menstrual cycle, plant hormones, and how to use herbs to address different concerns. Herbs mentioned include: vitex, lemon balm, cramp bark, chamomile, St. John's wort, angelica, dandelion, peppermint, raspberry, lavender, cranberry, nettles, evening primrose, passionflower, sage, wild yam, black cohosh, shepherd's purse, garlic, linden, squawvine, motherwort, blue cohosh, dong quai, blessed thistle, and soy.


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