Aloe Vera

Plant Part Used Leaf gel; latex Introduction Aloe is a succulent plant, mostly found in East and South Africa that has been used medicinally for centuries. Traditional applications abound, including topical use in wounds, burns, rashes, and internal use as a laxative. While the gel from the aloe leaf may provide the wound healing properties, […]

Tea Tree Oil

Plant Part Used Volatile oil Introduction The tea tree is native to only one area of the world, the northeast coastal region of New South Wales, Australia. The leaves of tea tree were used by the early settlers of Australia to make tea, hence the name “tea tree.” During World War II, tea tree oil […]


Plant Part Used Root/Rhizome Introduction Ginger has been used throughout history as both a culinary herb and a medicinal agent. Ginger has gained attention in the United States because of its effect on motion sickness, (1) nausea, and as an aid in digestion. Derivation of a standardized extract of ginger is from the rhizome. Interactions […]

Stinging Nettle

Plant Part Used Root, leaf Introduction Although it is often a painful annoyance on hikes through the forests of many regions, stinging nettle has gained a great deal of attention in the area of prostate health and support of allergies. Interactions and Depletions Interactions Uric acid lowering medications Dosage Info Dosage Range Root: 250mg (standardized […]


Plant Part Used Leaf Introduction The leaf of bacopa, or water hyssop, has been used in the Indian medical system of Ayurveda since the 6th century A.D. to help improve mental performance. It is also considered the foremost tonic for the nervous system in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used traditionally for epilepsy, mental illness, […]


Plant Part Used Shoots Introduction Horsetail is a plant found throughout the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. Horsetail’s therapeutic uses date back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, where it was used as a remedy to stop bleeding, and to treat ulcers, wounds, and inflammation of the skin. Horsetail contains silicon, silica […]


Plant Part Used Leaf Introduction Ginkgo is among the oldest living plant species on earth and has been used extensively as a medicinal agent worldwide for centuries. Today, it is the most frequently prescribed medicinal herb in Europe. Ginkgo has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies that have reported positive effects in a […]


Plant Part Used Leaf oil/ leaf extract Introduction Oregano has been used as a cooking spice and also as a medicinal agent for centuries. The volatile oil of oregano has been used traditionally for respiratory disorders, indigestion, rheumatoid arthritis, and urinary tract disorders. Today, oregano oil is chiefly used as an antifungal and antibacterial agent. […]


Plant Part Used Thallus Introduction Bladderwrack is a type of marine algae that is dried and then made into a dietary supplement. Bladderwrack and other marine algae have been used for centuries in the medical traditions of Europe and Asia. The low incidence of goiter in maritime populations has been attributed to the iodine content […]

English Ivy

Plant Part Used Leaf Introduction Ivy has made a home for itself in many corners of the earth. In addition to flourishing in the United States, it grows across Europe and into northern and central Asia. Ivy is cultivated for use in gardens around the world to climb along trellises and as a ground cover. […]