Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Common boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) Other common name(s): Thoroughwort, feverwort, crosswort, sweat-plant, agueweed *Not to be confused with Eupatorium purpureum, AKA purple-flowered boneset, or gravel root. The following information may not […]

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Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia)

Gooseberry (Ribes grossularia, syn. Ribes uva-crispa) Other common names: Carberry, groseille, krusbaar, deberries, feabes, feverberry, feaberry, goosegogs, honeyblobs, garden gooseberry. *Note: Not to be confused with Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) The following […]

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Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Other common name: Garden asparagus *Note: May be confused with unrelated plant species that are also referred to as “asparagus,” such as Ornithogalum pyrenaicum (AKA Prussian asparagus). Purple […]

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Chrysanthemum spp.

Chrysanthemum spp.  Other common names: Mums, chrysanths, golden flower, Yao Jiu Ha, Ye Ju Hua, florist’s chrysanthemum, garden mums. The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without […]

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Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)

Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia sacra) Other common names: Olibanum, Ru Xiang, salai guggal, Indian frankincense, Arabic frankincense.  The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis)

Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis) Other common names: Pestilenzkraut, Galega patula, Galega bicolor, Galegae officinalis, geissrautenkraut, Italian fitch, French lilac *Not to be confused with regular rue (Ruta graveolens). The following information may […]

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Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Other common names: Euphrasia herb, augentrostkraut, oculara, euphrasy *Note: There are several medicinal species in the euphrasia genus, many of which have hybridized with each other over time. […]

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Dead nettles (Lamium spp.)

Dead nettles (Lamium spp.) Other common names: Archangel, henbit, blind nettle, bee nettle, deaf nettle *Note: This entry covers the three most widely used dead nettle species – white (Lamium album), […]

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Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) Other common names: Common jasmine *There are several other species of jasmine, some of which used for similar purposes, particularly in aromatherapy. The following information may not be […]

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Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) Other common names: Common fireweed, great willow herb, rose bay willow herb, wicopy, blooming Sally, wild asparagus, purple rocket, perennial fireweed *Note that there are several unrelated species with the common […]

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Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) Other common names: Tall nasturtium, wasserkresse *Not to be confused with Tropaeolum majus, aka Indian cress, or “garden nasturtium.” The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without […]

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Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) Other common names: Evening primrose oil, sundrop, fever plant, common evening primrose, scabish, night candle, night willow, wild beet The following information may not be re-posted, copied […]

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Summer savory (Satureja hortensis)

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) Other common names: Calamintha hortensis (syn.), bean herb The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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True maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris)

True maidenhair fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) Other common names: Venus hair, Southern maidenhair, five- finger fern, black maidenhair fern, rock fern. *Not to be confused with the maidenhair tree, or common maidenhair (Asplenium […]

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Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory (Cichorium intybus) Other common names: Succory, blue daisy, blue weed, hendibeh The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum)

Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum) Other common names: Pyrethrum officinarum (syn.), Pyrethri radix (syn.), Anthemis pyrethrum (syn.), Matricaria pyrethrum (syn.), pellitory of Spain, Spanish chamomile, Akkal-Kara/Akarkara. *Not to be confused with Pellitory-of-the-wall, […]

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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Other common names: Catmint, field balm, cat’s wort, catnep The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact […]

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Apricot (Prunus armeniaca)

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) Other common names: Armenian plum, abricot, Armeniaca vulgaris (syn.), damasco The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me […]

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Peony (Paeonia officinalis)

Peony (Paeonia officinalis) syn. Paeonia Corallina Other common names: Paeony, peony root, common peony, farmers peony, chi shao, moutan, udsalam *In herbal journals, there are references to a “male peony” and “female peony”…these are […]

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Sweet almond (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus)

Sweet almond (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus) Other names: Amygdalus communis, Amygdalus dulcis, Prunus dulcis var. dulcis *Note: This plant is different from its relative, bitter almond (var. amara), mostly in that it has no […]

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Yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea)

Yellow gentian (Gentiana lutea) Other names: Great yellow gentian, gall weed, bitterwort, bitter root, pale gentian, felwort *Note that there are many other species of gentian that are also used medicinally. […]

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Tulsi basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Tulsi basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Other names: Ocimum sanctum, holy basil, tulasī The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) Other common names: Licorice mint, blue giant hyssop, Agastache anisata, Stachys foeniculum (not closely related to regular hyssop, although they are in the same family) The following […]

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Star anise (Illicium verum)

Star anise (Illicium verum) Other common names: Chinese anise, Chinese star anise, eight-horned anise, eight horns, badiana. *Not to be confused with “anise” or “Japanese anise” (Illicium anisatum), the latter of which […]

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Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Other common names: Aniseed, Anisum vulgare, Anisum officinalis *NOT to be confused with the similar but unrelated herb called star anise. The following information may not be […]

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Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Flax (Linum usitatissimum) Other common names: Linseed, common flaxseed, flax meal, brown flaxseed The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) Other common names: Chasteberry, chaste tree, monk’s pepper, Abraham’s balm, hemp tree, agnocasto The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Other common names: Common nettle The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Apple (Malus communis)

Apple (Malus communis) Other names: Malus domestica, Malus pumila, Pyrus malus The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via email […]

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Birch, Common (Betula alba)

Birch, Common (Betula alba) Other common names: Monoecia triandria, white birch, Betula pendula alba, B. pubescens, B. verrucosa The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Other common names: Common yarrow, soldier’s woundwort, staunch weed, yarroway, devil’s plaything, herbe militaris, old man’s pepper, nose bleed plant, sanguinary, thousand-leaf, garawa The following information may […]

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Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Other common names: Licorice root, liquorice, sweet root, Liquiritia officinalis, lycorys, lacrisse The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Other common names: Corona solis, marigold of Peru, Chrysanthemum perunianum The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Juniper (Juniperus communis) Other common names: Old field juniper, mountain juniper, prostrate juniper, dwarf juniper, gemeiner wachholder (German), hackmatack The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without […]

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Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)

Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) Other common names: American skunk cabbage, swamp lantern, yellow skunk cabbage The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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Borage (Borago officinalis)

Borage (Borago officinalis) Other common names: Starflower, burrage, common borage, common bugloss, cool tankard The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please […]

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Corn silk (Zea mays)

Corn silk (Zea mays) Other common names: Corn!, maize The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via […]

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Castor bean (Ricinus communis)

Castor bean (Ricinus communis) Other common names: Castor oil plant, castor oil bush, palma christi The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera (NOT to be confused with Cape aloe, the potent laxative) Family: Xanthorrhoeaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Chickweed (Stellaria media)

Chickweed (Stellaria media) Other names: Starweed, star chickweed, Alsine media, augentrosgräs (German) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please […]

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Other common name: Rosemarine, garden rosemary The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via […]

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Arnica (Arnica montana)

Arnica (Arnica montana) Other common names: Mountain tobacco, leopard’s bane The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me […]

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Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, or Chrysanthemum leucanthemum))

Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare, or Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) Other common names: Marguerite daisy, white daisy, moon daisy, horse gowan, greater ox-eye, butter daisy, dun daisy, maudlin daisy, etc. The following information may […]

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Plantain (Plantago major – broad-leafed, or plantago lanceolata – narrow-leafed)

Plantain (Plantago major – broad-leafed, or plantago lanceolata – narrow-leafed) Other common names: Ripple grass, slan-lus, waybread, cuckoo’s beard, Englishman’s foot, white man’s foot, Weybroed, snake weed (careful there are […]

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Guggul (Commiphora wightii)

Guggul (Commiphora wightii) Other common names: Guggal, Mukul myrrh tree, guggulipid (product name), balsamodendrum mukul, devadhupa, bdellium tree, koushika, palankasha, balsamodendrum wightii, Commiphora mukul. Family: Burseraceae The following information may not […]

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Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) Other common names: Cumino aigro, sometimes spelled “Cummin”, Kreuzkümmel Family: Apiaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please […]

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Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) Other common names: Cebada, barley grass, barley bran, pearl barley, pot barley, Scotch barley. Family:  Poaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Other common names: Cocoanut, coconut palm. Family:  Arecaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. Please contact me via […]

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Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Other common names: Mackerel mint, Mentha viridis, sage of Bethlehem, frauen munze, lamb mint. Family:  Lamiaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis)

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis). Note: This information also applies to the commonly grown L. stoechas, L. dentata, and L. multifida, although L. augustifolia tends to be the most […]

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