Herbal Healing Properties

Read about the healing properties of our tincture ingredients listed alphabetically below.

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Artemisia Artemisia absinthium
Common Names: Wormwood
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has antiseptic, muscle relaxant, and mild antidepressant properties. Artemisia is said to be a tonic for the stomach, stimulate the gallbladder, prevent and release stones and adjust weak digestive problems. It is used to treat anemia, the digestive system, stomach pains, rheumatism, roundworms and threadworms (by increasing bile secretion).

Aspen Bark
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for the urinary system, heartburn, reducing fever, relieving headaches, female disorders, and toning mucous membranes. Aspen may also have astringent and diuretic properties.

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Balsamroot Balsamorhiza sagittata
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used as an expectorant, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial. Also used to soften dried mucus in the lungs, and stimulate saliva, the immune system, and sweating.

Bergamot Monarda didyma
Common Names: Bee Balm, Wild Oregano, Gold Melissa, Indian Nettle, Oswego Tea and Scarlet Monarda.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Bergamot may be helpful for colds, coughs, nausea, sore throats, colic, colds, fever, stomachaches, nosebleeds, headaches, insomnia, heart trouble, measles, inducing sweating, and expelling worms and gas.

Betony Pedicularis ssp.
Common Names: Wood Betony, Lousewort Betony and Elephant Head.
Medicinal Properties and Use: Can be used as a tranquilizer for adults, sedative for children, mild relaxant for skeletal muscles, an astringent, and an antiseptic. Betony has also been used for treating inflammatory diseases, fevers, and calming anxiety and tension.

Bitterroot Lewisia pygmaea
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for heart trouble, inflammation of the membrane around the lungs, increasing milk flow after childbirth, purifying the blood, and relieving skin problems and diseases. Was once used as a cure for insanity.

Blessed Thistle Cnicus benedictus
Medicinal Properties and Use: Has been used to help liver ailments (stimulates production of bile), congestion, inflammation of the lungs, respiratory infections, asthma, appetite loss, digestion, constipation, dropsy, fevers, gallbladder, headaches, jaundice, balance hormones, increase mother’s milk, rid system of tumors, stop bleeding, resolve blood clots (blood purifier), amenorrhea (absence of the menstrual cycle after the onset of menstruation), worms, and strengthen memory, heart and lungs.

Borage Boraginaceae
Common Names: Bugloss, Burrage and Langue de Boeuf.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for fever, cough, sore throat, colds, lung decongestent, expelling poisons of all kinds (due to snake bites, insect stings), itching, ringworms, tetters, scabs, sores, ulcers, jaundice, increasing sweating, treating the entire digestive system (causes gentle bowel movements), stimulating the flow of milk, loosening phlegm, restoring vitality after a convalescence, nervous conditions, pleurisy, peritonitis, heart, and adrenal glands.

Burdock Arctium lappa
Common Names: Beggar’s Buttons and Cocleburr.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Can be used as a blood cleanser, kidney/gallbladder detoxifier, anti-parasitic, liver purifier, immune stimulator, hormone balancer, fungicidal, antibiotic, and lymph cleanser. Also used for skin conditions (eruptions, acne, psoriasis, dandruff), gout, cancer, rheumatism, over-acid conditions (such as herpes, kidney and bowel inflammation), urinary-genital tract, increasing perspiration, coughs, colds, sore throat, lowering blood sugar, stimulating the digestive juices and bile secretion (for anorexia nervosa, digestion and appetite problems), inhibiting staphylococcus, viral warts, venereal disease, arthritic problems, glandular problems, anti-inflammatory and anti-infective for serious female conditions such as endometriosis.

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Calendula Calendula officinallis
Common Names: Marigold
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, and detoxifier. Calendula also heals wounds, treats chronic infections, drains swollen lymph glands (such as tonsillitis) and is a cleansing and detoxifying herb.

Catnip Nepeta cataria
Common Names: Catmint
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for controlling fever, colic, colds, flu, inflammation, pain, stimulating the appetite, aiding digestion, relieving painful menstruation, promoting menstruation, chronic bronchitis, diarrhea, and is a sedative.

Cedar
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for sore lungs, coughs, promoting menstruation, diarrhea, and kidney trouble.

Cleavers Galium aparine
Common names: Bedstraw, Coachweed, Clives, Goosegrass, Gosslingweed, Hedge-burs and Sweethearts.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Cleavers has been used to help eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, lower blood pressure, purifying the blood, boost the immune system, ulcers and tumors, (breast) cancer, cool the body during fevers, cystitis, urinary conditions, clean gravel and urinary stones, stimulate the lymphatic system, and relieve swollen (lymph) glands.

Comfrey Symphytum officinale
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Comfrey has traditionally been used for treating lung cancer, wounds, bones, and demulcent in colitis.

Corn Silk Zea mays
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used as a mild stimulant, diuretic and demulcent. Corn silk may also be used for acute and chronic cystitis, kidney stones, bladder irritation, phosphatic gravel, and for treating gonorrhea.

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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
Common Names: Priest’s Crown and Swine’s Snout.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used as an immune stimulator, blood cleanser (especially for the liver), mild laxative, digestive, diuretic, bitter, and kidneys strengthener. Dandelion may help breast cancer, loss of appetite, warts, cancer, lung infections, increase bile to intestines, and is active against tumor systems. Dandelion may also be helpful for clearing emotional history and enriching deepening, grounded wholeness. Can be taken when arriving to a new place, moving, and adjusting to jet lag.

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Fir Shoots Piceae turiones recentes
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for fevers, chest colds, asthma, lung troubles, clearing out the respiratory tract, chest pains, gonorrhea, rheumatic joints, and “cleaning out the insides”. Fir shoots also have stimulant, diuretic, and mild antiseptic properties. Emotional properties may help with grief, sadness, depression, loss of inner strength, and anxiety.

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Garlic Allium sativum (Liliaceae)
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Can be used as an antibiotic and an expectorant. Garlic may also help hypotension, expel worms, increase sweating, and prevent or relieve spasms or cramps.

Gumweed Grindelia
Common Names: Gumplant and Curly Cup.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Its anti-spasmodic, expectorant and hypotensive properties find applications in treating heart conditions, bronchitis, coughs, asthma, the respiratory system and the cardio-vascular system. It has been used in the treatment of whooping cough, hay fever, bladder inflammations, and cystitis.

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Hawthorne Crataegus oxyacantha
Common Names: Mayblossom, Whitethorn and Hagthorn.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Hawthorne has been used as a diuretic, astringent, relaxant, and antioxidant. It has also been used to dilate the blood vessels (increased blood flow and restore normal heartbeat) and increase enzyme metabolism in the heart muscle.

Horsetail Equisetum
Common Names: Scouring Rush and Shavegrass.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for urinary tract disorders (especially lower), reducing bleeding, gonorrhea, treating irregular menstruation, eye and skin treatment, strengthening the heart and lungs, and overall system booster. Horsetail is significant support of cartilage and joints, helpful in arthritis and joint pain.

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Inmortal Ascleipias asperula Asclepiadaceae
Common Names: Antelope Horns and Spider Milkweed.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for congestive heart disorders, bronchial dialator, mild cardiac tonic, asthma (stimulates lymph drainage from the lungs), bronchitis, lung infections, pleurisy, menstrual stimulant (tardiness or stimulating scant menstrual flow), nerve stimulation and perspiration at the onset of an infection, laxative effects, and stimulating transition from colestrum to milk.
Warning: Inmortal MAY cause miscarriage!

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Juniper Berries Juniperus communis
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used as a diuretic, anti-microbial, urinary antiseptic, gastro-intestinal antiseptic, and anti-rheumatic. Juniper has also been used for easing colic, supporting the function of the stomach, expelling wind from the bowels, promoting menstruation, stimulating diuretic in cystitis, chronic arthritis, and helps relieve fluid retention (but should be avoided in cases of kidney disease).

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Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Traditionally lavender has been used to relieve gas, muscle spasms, stimulate blood flow, cure headaches (especially when related to stress), and to clear depression. Lavender may also have antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Common Names: Melissa
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Can be used for relieving spasms or cramps, increasing sweating, relieving gas, cold sores, calming nervous spasms, insomnia, colic, eczema, headaches, hearth spasms, herpes, nerve tonic, mild depression, and the treatment of psychiatric problems, including dystonia. Has relaxant, sedative, anti-viral, tranquilizing, and anti-histamine properties.

Lemon Verbena Verbena officinalis (Verbenaceae)
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for calming nerves, relieving stress and anxiety, stimulating bile secretion, infected gums, hemorrhoids, improving digestive function, and treating insomnia. It has tonic, mild sedative and restorative properties.

Liquorice Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis (Labiatae)
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been said to have anti-spasmodic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, and hepatic properties. It is used for coughs, bronchitis, tight-chestedness, respiratory catarrh, sore throat, common cold, and to increase sweating. As a sedative, hyssop is a useful remedy against asthma in both children and adults, especially where the condition is exacerbated by mucus congestion.

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Marsh Marigold Caltha leptosepala
Common Names: American Cowslip and Elkslip.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for stimulating mucus in lungs, digestive tract, uterus, loosing dry mucus in bronchials and sinuses, treating colonic spasms, and lower back pain. Marsh Marigold is a diuretic, a laxative and an expectorant.

Milk Thistle Silybum marianum
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for liver disease, protecting liver cells, cancer, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and to clean the body of toxic chemicals. Milk thistle also is an antioxidant and decreases insulin resistance.

Mullein Verbasci flos
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used to treat the throat and lungs and is a mild sedative. Mullein can be useful for soothing mucous membranes, chest colds (initial stages of infection), asthma, bronchitis, coughs, kidney infections, diarrhea, migraines, cramps, and fevers.

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Nodding Onion Allium
Common Names: Nodding onion
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Onion is an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, expectorant, and a stimulant. Onion has been used for colds, flu, warding off bacteria or fungi, stopping fermentation in the intestines, stopping vomiting, and lowering “bad” LCL cholesterol.

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Oak Quercus spp.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: It is a basic astringent that has been used for gum inflammations and sore throats.

Old-Man’s Beard Usnea spp.
Common Names: Hair Lichen
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Can be used for lung diseases, scalp disorders, skin problems, bacteria that causes tuberculosis, inflamed mucus membranes, stimulating the immune system, whooping cough and treating a variety of bacteria and fungi, and water retention.

Oregano Origanum
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used in the past for indigestion, bloating, flatulence, coughs, urinary problems, bronchial problems, headaches, swollen glands, promoting menstruation, relieving fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice.

Oregon Grape Mahonia beberis repens
Common Names: Barberry Root, Creeping Barberry, Jaundice Berry, Sowberry, Holly Grape and Yerba Sangre.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for stimulating the auto immune, liver malfunction, liver tumors, reducing enlarged spleen, dilating the blood vessels which lowers blood pressure, decreasing heart rate, depressing breathing, the digestive system (stimulates intestinal movement), hepatitis, colic, jaundice, diabetes, malaria, killing parasites, treating protozoal infection due to Leishmania, killing bacteria on the skin, increasing bile flow to intestines, reducing bronchial constriction, cancer, cleansing the body (especially the stomach and the bowels), and alleviating nausea and vomiting.
Warning: Avoid during pregnancy. Large doses harmful.

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Peppermint Mentha piperita
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Peppermint helps with indigestion and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, eases nervous headaches, relieving wind, flatulence, bloating, colic, increasing sweating, stimulating secretion of bile, relieving colon spasms and ulcers.

Pine Pinus
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for treating skin problems and bringing greater blood supply to the area, rheumatic affections, dandruff, diseases of the mucous membrane, and respiratory conditions. Pine also promotes urination and is an expectorant. Emotional treatments have been used to develop joy, heal disharmony, bring tranquility, and treat mental exhaustion.

Poppy
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for bronchitis, colds, coughs, loosening congestion, and as a mild sedative. Helpful in cases of insomnia.

Potentilla Potentillae anserinae herba
Common Names: Silverweed Cinquefoil
Medicinal Properties and Uses: May be helpful for treating acute diarrhea, inflammation or herpes sores in the mouth, and bring on menstruation.

Primrose Oenothera
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for treating PMS, asthma, allergies, arteriosclerosis, chronic headaches, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, scleroderma, complications arising from diabetes and poor circulation, cirrhosis of the liver, prostate health, and cholesterol regulation.

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Red Clover Tops Trifolium Pratense
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for removing toxins, cleansing the blood and liver, lungs, digestion-constipation, cancer (because of its beneficial effect on protein assimilation), stomach cancer, acne, appetite loss, arthritis, athlete’s foot, boils, bronchitis, burns, childhood disease, coughs, wheezing, douche, eczema, eyewash, flu, hay fever, leprosy, Leukemia, nervous energy, psoriasis, rheumatism, rickets, scarlet fever, scrofula, skin cancer, skin diseases, sores, spasmodic affections, syphilis, ulcers, urinary problems, vitality and weak chest, whooping cough, and wounds.

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Traditionally has been used for preventing or relieving spasms or cramps, relieving gas, improving and strengthening the memory, calming the nerves, increasing circulation, rheumatism, sore throats, gum problems, canker sores and headaches. Has been known to stimulate digestion, the appetite, the liver, the intestinal tract, and the gallbladder. Has stimulant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and fungal properties.

Roseroot Sedum spp.
Common Names: Sedum and Stonecrop.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for soothing minor burns, insect bites, skin irritations, sore throats, eye irritations, cold sores, wounds, ulcers, and lung disorders.

Rue Ruta graveolens
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used to help stimulate menstrual bleeding, induce abortion, strengthen the eyesight, relieve eye problems (tired, tension), strengthen fragile blood vessels, alleviate varicose veins, prevent or relieve spasms or cramps (especially in the digestive system where it eases griping and bowel tension), ease spasmodic coughs, hysteria, epilepsy, vertigo, colic, intestinal worms, poisoning, increase peripheral blood circulation, stop breast milk, night sweats, sore throats, nasal mucus, insect bites, cleanse liver and blood, remove intestinal parasites, calm the mind, invigorate blood circulation, and inflammation of mucous membrane of nose and throat.
Warning: Do not use during pregnancy.

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Sage Salvia officinalis
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Astringent and antiseptic properties. May be helpful for clearing throat inflammation, reducing sweating, relieving gas, irregular periods, poor digestion, sore throats, and cold, germ, and flu fighter.

Scarlet Globe Mallow Sphaeralcea coccinea
Common Names: Copper mallow, red falsemallow
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used to treat stomach and intestinal discomfort, internal hemorrhoids, urinary tract problems, and skin inflammations.

Shepard’s Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Shepard’s purse has been used as a blood coagulant, stimulant, diuretic, and an astringent. May also be helpful for equalizing blood pressure, relieving excessive menstrual flow, or kidney and bladder problems.

Spearmint Mentha virides
Common Names: Garden Mint, Lamb Mint and Yerba Buena.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for stomach problems, vomiting, and for relaxing and dilating blood vessles. Spearmint is milder than peppermint with diuretic and diaphoretic (induces sweating) properties.

Spruce Picea
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used to treat coughs, sore throats, rheumatism, bronchitis, kidney stones, stomach problems, diarrhea, dysentery, and colitis. Spruce also stimulates sweating and has pain-relieving properties.

Sticky Geranium
Common Names: Sticky Purple Geranium, Cranesbill Geranium
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for treating diarrhea, gout, hemorrhages, gastritis, bladder pains, bruised, skin problems, and inflammation in the mouth.

Sunflower Helianthus spp.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Sunflower has been used to treat bruises, headaches, coughs, bronchitis, kidney weakness, and rheumatism. Has diuretic and expectorant properties.

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Tarragon
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has been used for cancer prevention, intestinal worms (children), menstrual cramps, stomach cramps, digestive problems, fatigue, nerves, and to promote the appetite. Good for herpes simplex.

Thyme Thymus Vulgaris
Common Names: Common Thyme and Garden Thyme.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Thyme has been used for sinus inflammation, asthma, fevers, headaches, colds, flu, bronchitis, sore throat, indigestion, loss of appetite, lowering cholesterol, sprains, infections, and as a liver tonic and digestive.

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Wax Current Ribes Cereum
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used to treat diarrhea.

White Willow Salix alba (Salicaceae)
Medicinal Properties and Uses: White willow is an excellent remedy for arthritic and rheumatic pain, affecting the joints like knees and hips and reduces fever. White willow also has anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and astringent properties.

White Tansy Tanacetum Niveum
Medicinal Properties and Uses:White tansy is a popular remedy for worms and settling the stomach. Should never be taken by pregnant women..

Wild Rose Rosa gallica
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has antidepressant, sedative, and anti-inflammatory properties. Has traditionally been used for relieving diarrhea, stomach upset, sore throat, heartburn, headaches, and lowering cholesterol.

Wild Raspberry Rubus ideaus
Common Names: Red Raspberry and Garden Raspberry.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used by expectant mother to help easy pregnancy, delivery and recovery. May also cleanse excess mucus from the body, act as a blood builder, and treat diarrhea, dysentery, dry eyes, and mild eye infections.

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Yarrow Millefolii herba
Common Names: Milfoil, Milifoil, Millefeuille, Noble Yarrow, Nosebleed, Millefolium and Lady’s Mantle.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Can be used for abrasions, preventing or relieving spasms or cramps, malaria, stimulating the appetite, urinary antiseptic, cleansing blood, bowels (hemorrhage), Bright’s Disease, bronchitis, bruises, burns, cancer, chicken pox, smallpox, colds, cramps, cuts, diarrhea (infant), increasing sweating, epilepsy, reducing fever, flu, hair loss, circulatory disorders, headaches, hay fever, regulating the function of the liver, hysteria, jaundice, lungs, measles, menstrual bleeding, sore nipples, nose bleeds, piles, pleurisy, pneumonia, rheumatism, stomach problems, promoting sweating, throat (inflamed), lowering blood pressure, typhoid fever, ulcers, urine retention, toning the mucus membrane of the stomach, and healing the glandular system. Yarrow has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties.

Yellow Dock Rumex crispus
Common Names: Curled Dock, Narrow Dock, Sour Stock, Rumex and Garden Patience.
Medicinal Properties and Uses: Has traditionally been used for blood and glandular system, cancer, leprosy, bleeding of the lungs and bowels, rheumatic conditions, relieves iron deficiency, liver problems, dyspepsia, chronic bronchitis, ulcers and conditions affected by the spleen, dysentery, kidney and bladder, stomach sickness, for pain after heavy lifting, mild laxative, bleeding diarrhea, tubercular lungs, lymphatic glands, eruptive diseases (especially when discharges are experienced, as in running of the ears, ulcerated eyelids and skin conditions), hemorrhoids, eradicate ringworm, and other parasites. Also used for relieving accumulation of waste matters that has caused swelling or tumors.

*Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Keep away from children. Use only as directed on label. These statements have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Persons with medical concerns should seek professional medical advise as herbal tinctures are based on traditional herbal uses and are not intended as medicine.