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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Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans, syn. Myristica off.) Other common names: Mace (outer husk of the seed, has similar medicinal properties to the kernel, or nutmeg), myristica, muskatbaum, nux moschata, Myristica aromata. The following […]

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Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina, syn. Piscidia piscipula)

Jamaica dogwood (Piscidia erythrina, syn. Piscidia piscipula) Other common names: Jamaican dogwood, fishfudle, fish poison bark, chijol, jabin, West Indian Dogwood. *NOT to be confused with other species of dogwood, some of which […]

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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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Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum)

Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) Other common names: Red reishi, lingzhi mushroom, shenzhi, mulingzhi, ruicao, xiancao, God’s herb, holy mushroom, lacquered bracket, lucky fungus. The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published […]

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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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St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Other common names: Demon chaser, klamath weed, amber, chase-devil, goatweed, rosin rose, tipton’s weed The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission […]

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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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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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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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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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Kava (Piper methysticum)

Kava (Piper methysticum) Other common names: Kava-kava, yongona, wurzelstock, kawa, long pepper, ava pepper, ava root, gi, gea, rauschpfeffer, sakau, tonga, waka, yaqona, yaquon, awa, maluk, malohu, intoxicating pepper. The following information may not […]

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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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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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Rose (Rosa spp.)

Rose (Rosa spp.) Other common names: Apothecary rose, tea rose, cabbage rose, wild rose, dog rose, damask rose, and other species. The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published […]

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Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)

Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce) Other common names: Smallage, celery seed, selleriefruchte, garden celery The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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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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Papaya (Carica papaya)

Papaya (Carica papaya) Other common names: Papaw, pawpaw, Papaya vulgaris, mamaeire, melon tree The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Other names: M. balsamea, brandy mint 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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Violet, Sweet (Viola odorata)

Violet, Sweet (Viola odorata) Other common names: Garden violet, common violet, wood violet, English violet The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata)

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) Other common names: Cultivars include white cabbage (capitata var. alba), red cabbage (capitata f. rubra) and Savoy cabbage (capitata var.sabauda) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)

Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) Other common names: Garden beet, table beet, mangel wurzel, spinach beet The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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Pine (Pinus spp.)

Pine (Pinus spp.) Other common names: Balsam fir, white pine, Pinus sylvestrus, and others (various species). The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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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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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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Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Other common names: Snake grass, bottle-brush, shave grass, field horsetail, puzzle grass, pewter wort The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my […]

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Blueberry/Bilberry (Vaccinium spp.)

Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) Other common names: Vaccinium corymbosum (North America’s most common blueberry variety), Vaccinium myrtillus (known in Europe as bilberry) and other species under the same common names, whortleberry, high bush […]

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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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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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Wood betony (Stachys betonica, aka Betonica officinalis)

Wood betony (Stachys betonica, aka Betonica officinalis) Other common name: Bishopswort 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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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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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, or Chrysanthemum parthenium)

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium , or Chrysanthemum parthenium) Other common names: bachelor’s buttons, Pyrethrum parthenium, featherfew, flirtwort, wild chamomile, Santa Maria The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published […]

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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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Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa)

Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa) Other common names: Lettuce opium, bitter lettuce, Laitue vireuse, opium lettuce, poisonous lettuce, or Rakutu-Karyumu-So. *Use extreme caution when wild crafting this herb, as it looks nearly identical to several […]

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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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Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica, or Archangelica officinalis)

Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica, or Archangelica officinalis) Other common names: Wild celery, Norwegian angelica, holy ghost, archangel, angelique. *Be aware that there are multiple species of angelica, some used medicinally […]

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