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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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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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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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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Echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) Other common names: Purple coneflower, black sampson, elk root, Indian head, hedgehog, pale purple coneflower (E. pallida), Narrow-leaf purple coneflower (E. augustofolia), black susan, red sunflower *This entry pertains to […]

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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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Irish moss (Chondrus crispus)

Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) *Note: There have been concerns expressed by some that carrageenan -a constituent extracted from Irish moss – may cause inflammation and other potential health risks. The validity […]

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Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) Other common names: Poor man’s treacle, camphor of the poor, stinking rose, ajo, lasuna, rason The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and […]

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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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Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) Other common names: Lustwort, red rot, youthwort, dew plant, round-leafed sundew, kandulessa The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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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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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Other common names: Anethum piperitum (syn.), carosella, sweet fennel, shatapuspha, fenkel * There are several other varieties of fennel, including ones called Florence fennel (Foeniculum  vulgare var. azoricum) and common garden fennel (F. Capillaceum or officinale) – these […]

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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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Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Elecampane (Inula helenium) Other common names: Horse heal, yellow starwort, wild sunflower, elf dock, velvet dock, scabwort, marchalan (Welsh), aster helenium, echter alant or alantwurzel (German), horse elder The following information […]

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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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Bergamot (Monarda didyma)

Bergamot (Monarda didyma) Other common names: Oswego tea, bee balm (a few plants are known by this common name), crimson bee balm, scarlet bee balm, scarlet monarda *Not to be confused with wild bergamot (Monarda […]

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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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Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) Other names: Basil,  common basil, garden basil, Saint Joseph’s Wort, brenhinllys (Welsh) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit […]

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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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Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Dill (Anethum graveolens) Other common names: Fructus anethi, Lao coriander, dill weed, kapor (Hungary), marar (Romania) The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate […]

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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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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Other common names: English marigold, Scottish marigold, ruddes, pot marigold, oculus christi, solis sponsa, bride of the sun, ringelblume, butterwort, kings cup *Not to be confused with […]

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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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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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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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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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Lemon (Citrus limonum)

Lemon (Citrus limonum) Other common names: Citrus medica, limone, Citrus limon Family: Rutaceae The following information may not be re-posted, copied or published without my permission and appropriate credit given. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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