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Herbs For Tea – Property Chart
Note: You will find many culinary herbs on this list because they are used both for tea and cooking.


Bear in mind that this is a list of conventional wisdom from the early 1600’s to present day.
It is 
not a source of medical advice or a guide to self-medication.

Herb

Scientific Name

Properties –   May assist with the following:
Alfalfa leaf Medicago Sativa A rich source for minerals and vitamins especially Iron and Vit. K .Allergies, anemia, arthritis, asthma, blood disorders, fatigue, digestion, high cholesterol and diabetes etc.
Anise Seed Pimpinella anisum Digestive problems, bloating, wind, bad breath, colic, nausea, coughing, bronchitis, heartburn, period pains, asthma, as expectorant, as antispasmodic.
Basil Ocimum basilicum Ocimum santum Detoxifying the body, lowering blood pressure, lowering high blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, easing tension and stress, as anti-spasmodic, as anti-inflammatory.
betony, wood betony Stachys Betonica (Folklore as remedy for all head maladies.)  Hysteria, palpitations, pain in the head and face, neuralgia and all nervous affections, astringent.
Bilberry leaf Vaccinium Myrtillus Maintaining the integrity of capillaries,  stabilizing collagen, circulation disorders, varicose veins, venous and arterial insufficiency, diabetes, eyesight, hemorrhoids, bruising, diarrhea, night blindness, urinary disorders, kidney and gallstones.
Black Cohosh Cimicifuga Racemosa Provide mild estrogen activity, promotes effectual labor contractions, relieves false labor pains, facilitates post-partum recovery, useful for menopause, PMS, hormonal imbalances, stress, nervousness, muscle cramping, lung congestion, inflammatory conditions and hypertension.
Blueberry Vaccinium Angustifolium Leaf may be used as a blood purifier, for colic, labor pains and as a tonic after miscarriages.
Burdock Root Arctium Lappa Traditionally used as a blood purifier, diuretic, bile secretion stimulation, sweating, gout, liver and kidney ailments, rheumatism, gonorrhea, abscesses, acne, boils, chicken pox, eczema, psoriasis and poison oak/ poison ivy.
Catmint Nepeta x faassenii Settling the stomach, soothing hyperactive children, bedwetting, reduce fevers, calming, headaches, rheumatism, arthritis
Catnip leaf Nepeta Cataria Gas pains, promoting therapeutic perspiration during fevers, calming the central nervous system, relieving colds and flu, indigestion, dyspepsia, nervousness, restlessness, sleeplessness, nervous headache, persistent crying and menstrual maladies.
Cats Claw Una de Gato, Uncaria Tomentosa Promote and enhance immune system function, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic activities help arthritis, allergies, candida, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, cleansing the intestinal tract, and hormonal imbalances.
Chamomile flower Matricaria Chamomilla Natural relaxant that helps soothe the nerves, insomnia, anxiety, skin irritations, arthritis, menstrual cramps, gastrointestinal upset, false labor pains, PMS, flatulence, colic, intestinal ulcers, nervous diarrhea, bedwetting caused by bladder irritation, fevers, colds and flu.
Caraway Carum carvi Digestion, anxiety, colic, heartburn, flatulence, bloated stomach, assisting breast milk production.
Cinnamon Cinnamomum Digestion, antispasmodic, feeling cold, antibacterial, menopause, kidney tonic, bladder tonic.
Cloves Eugenia catophyllata Pain killer, antiseptic, stimulant, analgesic, antispasmodic, eliminating parasites, toothache, acne, muscle spasms, tension, improving memory.
Damiana leaf

Turnera Aphrodisiaca Primarily used for treating female disorders, sexual stimulant for men & women, infertility, menopause, PMS, hormonal imbalances, prostate disorders, depression, bronchitis, fatigue, nervous debility, anxiety and as a reproductive system tonic.
Dong Quai Angelica Sinensis Natural uterine tonic, correcting painful menstruation, hormonal imbalance, post-partum conditions, menopausal symptoms, blood tonic, relaxing the uterus, stimulates uterine contraction and works well with Vit. E to strengthen the reproductive system.
Echinacea Echinacea Angustofolia, Purpapera, Pallida Viral & bacterial infections, stimulating the immune system against pathogenic infection, blood cleansing properties, acne, bronchitis, colds & flu, congestion, psoriasis, tonsillitis, wounds, ear infections.
Elder berries Sambucus Nigra Using as a diaphoretic to break fevers, urinary complaints, edema, rheumatic complaints, colds & flu symptoms and muscle pain.
Elder flower Sambucus nigra Coughs, colds, sore throat, arthritis, hay fever, reducing fever, catarrh, inflammation, ear infections, fever blisters (use with peppermint).
Eucalyptus Leaf Eucalyptus Globulis Coughs, colds, flu, croup, pneumonia and asthma.
Fennel Foeniculum Vulgare Colic, gas, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, flatulence, lactation booster, morning sickness, sedative, gout, weight loss, fluid and water retention, stomach cramps, heartburn, colic, kidney stones, gargle for sore throat, good for use when breastfeeding, morning sickness, acidity.
Fenugreek Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Allergies, bronchitis, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, digestive ailments, emphysema, intestinal gas, headaches, lung infections, mucous congestion and skin eruptions
Feverfew Tanacetum Parthenium Anti-inflammatory, arthritis, menstrual pain, migraine headaches, fever reduction, asthma, relaxing the smooth muscles of the uterus, inhibits excessive blood clotting.
Fo-ti root known in China as he shou wu

 

(Native to China). Combat aging, treat infections and chest pain, and correct erectile dysfunction, rejuvenative tonic, preventing gray hair and other signs of aging, lowering cholesterol and decrease the symptoms of arteriosclerosis, enhancing the immune system and promoting the formation of red blood cells. It is used on an alternating basis with Ginseng.
Ginger Zingber Officinalis Gastrointestinal upsets, nausea, motion sickness, colds & flu, indigestion, gas, muscle pains, menstrual pain, colon disorders, hepatic complaints, rheumatic and circulatory complaints.
Ginkgo leaf Ginkgo Biloba Nutritional support for mental alertness, enhanced vitality level, circulatory health and blood vessel health. Its high antioxidant activity is valuable for fighting age related conditions
Goldenseal Hydrastitis Canadenisis Is known for its antibiotic like actions. Use for inflammation of the mucous membranes and respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genito-urinary system, poor digestion, fevers, inflammation, hemorrhoids, colds & flu, impetigo, viral & bacterial infections, peptic ulcers, diarrhea and improving all catarrhal conditions.
Gotu Kola Centella Asiatica Enhance integrity and vascularization of connective tissue and skin, hastens wound healing, stimulates hair and nail growth, improves elasticity and strengthen blood vessels, nerve tonic, circulatory disorders, arteriosclerosis, depression, schizophrenia, senility, psoriasis, aged related disorders, and fibrocystic disorders, general tonic, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, sedative, vasodilator, energy, virility, thins the blood, boosting brain power, lowering blood sugar levels, skin disorders, rejuvenation, anti-ageing, leprosy, skin cancers, circulation, concentration, strengthening veins, fighting varicose veins, rheumatoid arthritis.
Green tea Camellia sinensis Caffeine free Green Tea provides antioxidant activity and may be useful for the treatment or prevention of cancer, for collagen formation, arteriosclerosis, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, gingivitis (periodontal disease), immune response, and infection.
Hibiscus Flower Hibiscus sabdariffa Vit. C source, may help your heart in the same way that red wine and tea do, contains antioxidants that help control cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease.
Hops Humulus Lupulus) Nervine herb which traditionally used to calm and induce sleep, nervous agitation, restlessness, anxiety, hysteria, alcoholic delirium tremens, nervous stomach and irritable bladder.
Hyssop Hyssopus Officinalis) Relieve intestinal gas, stomach aches, loosen phlegm, colds, coughs, asthma, congestion in the lungs, sluggish circulation and weak digestion.
Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Relaxation, de-stressing, detoxifying, muscle cramps, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulate blood flow and circulation, wind and bloating.
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis Mild sedative, antibacterial, and antiviral. Use for insomnia, digestive disorders, gas, herpes simplex virus, flu, cold sores, stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, and nervous agitation,indigestion and nausea.
Lemon, lemon peel Citrus Limonum Juice – used in diaphoretic and diuretic draughts, for acute rheumatism, counteraction to narcotic poisons, especially opium. Local astringent as gargle for sore throat.
Rind  - used as an aromatic addition to tonics.
Lemon Verbena Lippia citriodora Lemon-flavored culinary herb. The tea has been known to have a mild sedative effect.
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citrus Digestion, muscle relaxant for stomach and intestines, cramping, colic, flatulence, arthritis pain, fighting fevers.
Licorice root Glycyrrhiza Glabra Sweet herb.  Anti-inflammatory, adrenal insufficiencies or exhaustion, allergies, headaches, Addison disease, colds, soothes coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis, liver protectant, female complaints, stomach inflammation and ulcers, colitis, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, immune weakness and lung problems.
Linden Tilia europaea Stress on organs.
Marjoram Origanum majorana Antibacterial, antifungal, natural disinfectant, help bruising, flatulence and stomach bloating, bedwetting, coughs, colds, tonsillitis, pleurisy.
Nettle Urtica Dioca Strengthen and supports the whole body, chronic inflammations, excessive mucous drainage, ulcerations of the mucous membranes, burning and difficult urination, allergies, hemorrhoids, swollen prostate gland, arthritis, gout, gas, colic, lactation booster, psoriasis and passive bleeding in all parts of the body, profuse menstruation. 
Nutmeg Myristica fragrans Skin ailments, rheumatism,  digestion, heartburn, nausea, muscle spasms, increase appetite, diarrhea.
Olive leaf Olea Europaea Both leaves and bark have valuable febrifugal qualities. The leaves are astringent and antiseptic.
Orange flowers Citrus vulgaris. Citrus Bigaradia.  Mild nervous stimulant
Orange peel Citrus vulgaris. Citrus Bigaradia. A syrup and an elixir are used for flavouring, and a wine as a vehicle for medicines.
Parsley Petroselinum Crispum Supplies chlorophyll.  Bedwetting, bladder infections, blood disorders, diabetes, edema, gallstones, halitosis, jaundice, kidney disease, kidney stones, prostate disorders and water retention.
Passion flower Passiflora Incarnata) Eye inflammations, hyperactivity, alcoholism, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, asthma, stress, nerve pain, neuralgia, shingles, and Parkinson’s disease.
Pau D’Arco Tabebuia Impetiginosa Strong anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties. Use for AIDS, blood disorders, candida, infections, liver disease, prostate disorders, ringworm, cancer, diabetes, herpes, arthritis, and hypoglycemia.
Peppermint leaf Mentha Piperita Flavoring and menthol content. Use for colds, bronchitis, diarrhea, gastritis, enteritis, indigestion, nausea, intestinal gas, bloating, griping, colic, colitis, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, stomach spasms, vomiting and ulcers.
Raspberry leaf Rubus Idaeus Soothing properties for after birth pains, bowel disorders, child birth, colds, diarrhea, digestive problems, female complaints, fever, flu, heart disease, lactation, menstrual irregularities, miscarriage, morning sickness, and nausea during pregnancy.
Red Clover Trifolium Pratense Sweet herb. Acne, bladder infections, blood cleanser, boils, bronchitis, cancer, leukemia, liver disorders, nervous conditions, psoriasis, skin ailments and tumors.
Rooibos Aspalathus linearis “Red Bush Tea.” Rich in flavonoid antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory. anti-allergic, hay fever, asthmas, insomnia and nervous tension, disgestive functions, skin conditions.
Rose Hips Rosa Rugosa Diarrhea, enuresis, frequent urination, promotes blood circulation, for stomachs, liver pains, mastitis, dysentery, rheumatic pains, and soothe a restless fetus.
Rosemary Leaf Rosmarinus Officinalis Stimulant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, stimulates the flow of bile, antidepressant, circulation, digestive remedy, nervous system balancer, regulates blood pressure, boosts energy levels, boosts feeling of vitality and well-being, flatulence, dyspepsia, headache, muscular pain, sciatica, and neuralgia, astringent for kidney, bladder and colon, general tonic.
Sage Salvia Officinalis Inflammations of the mouth and throat, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
St John’s Wort Hypericum Perforatum Mild to moderate depression, viral infections, bacterial infections, menstrual cramps, AIDS/ HIV, and wound healing. Increases sun sensitivity.
Sarsaparilla Smilax Officinalis) Skin disorders, liver problems, rheumatism, hormone excesses, syphilis, gout, venereal diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Saw Palmetto Serona Repens Prevent the development of prostate disease, genitourinary problems, endocrine disorders, infertility, impotence, menstrual disorders, ovarian dysfunction, lactation, thyroid deficiencies, and painful menstrual periods.
Schisandra berry Schisandra chinensis Chinese herb.  Overcoming coughs, colds and infection, for immune support, stress and fatigue, liver support, control inflammation.
Scullcap (Skullcap) Scutellaria Laterifolia) Relaxes nervous tension, induces calm and counteracts sleeplessness, ease premenstrual tension, strengthen the brain, and treat epilepsy, hysteria and seizure.
Senna Cassia Angustifolia Cathartic in the treatment of constipation.
Siberian Ginseng root Eleutherococcus senticosus General for stress, fatigue, immune system strength, lowering cholesterol, depression, stamina, protecting cells from radiation, regulating adrenal glands, nervous exhaustion, gastrointestinal motility and improving physical performance.
Spearmint leaf Mentha Spicata Stomachaches, diarrhea, nausea, colds, headaches, cramps, fevers, and as a folk cancer remedy.
Stevia Stevia rebaudiana From Brazil and Paraguay. A potent sweetener for teas and foods. Medicinally for obesity, hypertension, heartburn, lowering uric acid levels, considered to be hypoglycemic, diuretic and tonic. Leaf is used for diabetes, obesity, cavities, hypertension, fatigue, depression, sweet cravings, and infections.
Tumeric Curcuma longa and curcuma domestica Lowering blood cholesterol levels, anti-coagulant, soothes psoriasis and eczema, arthritic pain and swelling, improves liver functioning, nausea, anti-cancer antioxidant.
Uva Ursi Artostaphylos Uva Ursi Kidneys, bladder infections, cystitis, diabetes, nephritis, water retention, liver ailments and chronic diarrhea.
Valerian Valeriana Officinalis Insomnia, headaches, hyper excitability, hypertension, heart disease, after birth pains, anxiety, tension, stress, nervous stomach, palpitations, menstrual cramps and muscle spasms.
Yarrow Achillea millefolium Premenstrual tension (PMS), reducing fevers, helps with wound healing, stops bleeding, regulates menstrual cycle, fights colds and flu, improves venous circulation, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, urinary tract antiseptic, helps general recovery after illness, varicose veins.
Yellow Dock Rumex Crispus Blood cleansing lymph glands, liver ailments, psoriasis, anemia, rheumatism, coughs, Iron deficiency.
Yerba Mate Ilex paraguayensis Mental clarity, digestion, appetite, increased endurance and energy, immune system, allergies, tonic, diuretic.
Yerba Santa Eriodictyon californicum Bronchial and laryngeal troubles,  chronic pulmonary affections, asthma and hay-fever, as a bitter tonic and a stimulating balsamic expectorant, disguise the unpleasant taste of quinine.

herbal teas2Note: Purified “water is the key ingredient in making the tea properties as pure as possible.

Bibliography and Resource Materials 
A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931, by Mrs. M. Grieve
Nicholas Culpeper’s Complete Herbal of 1653
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, 1987
The Complete Book of Herbs by Lesley Brenness, 1988
The Herbal or General History of Plants by John Gerard, 1633

Updated information from internet research – including
university educational, medical educational, and supplement and bulk herb retail sites.

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