Dictionary – Medicinal Properties of Herbs

Dictionary – Medicinal Properties of Herbs

If you’re like me, you might get lost sometimes when pretty big words get thrown around in talking about the medicinal properties of herbs, like antiemetic or carminative. Just what exactly do these words mean? This glossary page is dedicated to you 🙂

ABORTIFACIENT – Induces the premature expulsion of the fetus.

ALTERATIVE – Herbs that gradually convert an unhealthy condition of an organ to a healthy one. Gradually facilitates a beneficial change in the body.

ANALGESIC – Any substance that relieves pain.

ANAPHRODISIAC – Herbs that decrease or allay sexual feelings or desires.

ANODYNE – Relieves pain and induces the sensitivity of the nerves

ANTACID – Neutralizes the acid produced by the stomach.

ANTHELMINTIC – An agent that destroys and expels worms from the intestines.

ANTIBILIOUS – An herb that combats biliousness. The term biliousness refers to a group of symptoms consisting of nausea, abdominal discomfort, headache, constipation, and gas that is caused by an excessive secretion of bile.

ANTIEMETIC – Prevents or alleviates nausea and vomiting.

ANTIEPILEPTIC – An agent that combats the convulsions or seizures of epilepsy.

ANTILITHIC – Aids in preventing the formation of stones in the kidneys and bladder.

ANTIPERIODIC -Prevents the periodic recurrence of attacks of a disease; as in malaria.

ANTIPHLOGISTIC – An agent that counteracts inflammation.

ANTIPYRETIC – Reduces fever. Same as FEBRIFUGE or REFRIGERANT.

ANTIRHEUMATIC – An agent that relieves or cures rheumatism.

ANTISCORBUTIC – Effective in the prevention or treatment of scurvy.

ANTISEPTIC – Prevents decay or putrefaction. A substance that inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms without necessarily destroying them.

ANTISPASMODIC – An agent that relieves or prevents involuntary muscle spasm or cramps. For example: camomile.

ANTISYPHILITIC – Herbs that improve or cure syphilis. Also called antiluetic.

ANTITUSSIVE – Prevents or improves a cough.

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ANTIZYMOTIC – Herbs that can destroy disease-producing organisms.

APERIENT – A mild or gentle laxative. Also called APERATIVE.

APHRODISIAC – Restores or increases sexual power and desire.

AROMATIC – An herb with a pleasant, fragrant scent and a pungent taste.

ASTRINGENT – Causes a local contraction of the skin, blood vessels, and other tissues, thereby arresting the discharge of blood, mucus, etc. Usually used locally as a topical application. The word topical pertains to a certain area of the skin or to a substance that affects only the area to which it is applied.

BALSAM – The resin of a tree that is healing and soothing. For example: myrrh.

BALSAMIC – A healing or soothing agent.

BITTER – A solution of bitter, often aromatic, plant products used as a mild tonic.

CARMINATIVE – An herb that helps to prevent gas from forming in the intestines, and also assists in expelling it.

CATHARTIC – Causes evacuation of the bowels. A cathartic may be either mild (laxative) or vigorous (purgative).

CEPHALIC – Referring to diseases affecting the head and upper part of the body.

CHOLAGOGUE – An herb that stimulants the flow of bile from the liver into the intestines.

CONDIMENT – Enhances the flavor of food.

CORDIAL – A stimulating medicine or drink.

DEMULCENT – Soothes, protects, and relieves the irritation of inflamed mucous membranes and other surfaces.

DEOBSTRUENT – Removes obstructions by opening the natural passages or pores of the body.

DEPURATIVE – Tends  to purify and cleanse the blood.

DETERGENT – An agent that cleanses boils, ulcers, wounds, etc.

DIAPHORETIC – Promotes perspiration, especially profuse perspiration. Same as SUDORIFIC.

DISCUTIENT – An agent that dissolves or causes something, such as a tumor, to disappear. Also called DISCUSSIVE.

DIURETIC – Promotes the production and secretion of urine. For example: parsley.

DRASTIC – A violent purgative.

ECBOLIC – See ABORTIFICIENT.

EMETIC – Causes  vomiting. For example: ipecac, lobelia.

EMMENAGOGUE – An herb that brings on menstruation. For example: camomile.

EMOLLIENT – A substance that is usually used externally to soften and soothe the skin.

ESCULENT – Edible or fit for eating.

EXANTHEMATOUS – Refers to any eruptive disease or fever. An herbal remedy for skin eruptions such as measles, scarlet fever etc.

EXPECTORANT – Promotes the thinning and ejection of mucus or exudate from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea; sometimes the meaning is extended to all remedies that quiet a cough.

FARINACEOUS – Having a mealy texture or surface.

FEBRIFUGE – Reduces body temperature and fever. Same as ANTIPYRETIC and REFRIGERANT.

HEPATIC – An herb that promotes the well-being of the liver and increases the secretion of bile. For example: golden seal.

HERPATIC – A remedy for skin eruptions, ringworm, etc.

HYPNOTIC – Tends to produce sleep.

LAXATIVE – An herb that acts to promote evacuation of the bowels; a gentle cathartic.

LITHOTRIPTIC – Causing the dissolution or destruction of stones in the bladder or kidneys.

MATURATING – An agent that promotes the maturing or bringing to a head of boils, carbuncles etc.

MUCILAGINOUS – Herbs that have a soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes.

NARCOTIC – An addicting substance that reduces pain and produces sleep.

NAUSEANT – An herb that causes nausea and vomiting. Somewhat similar to an emetic.

NERVINE – A substance that calms and soothes the nerves and reduces tension and anxiety.

OPTHALMICUM – A remedy for diseases of the eye.

PARTURIENT – A substance that induces and promotes labor.

PECTORAL – Relieves disorders of the chest and lungs, such as an expectorant.

POULTICE – Plant material that is prepared in a special way and applied to the surface of the body as a remedy for certain disorders.

PUNGENT – Irritating or sharply painful. Producing a sharp sensation of taste or smell.

PURGATIVE – A substance that promotes the vigorous evacuation of the bowels. Usually used to relieve severe constipation.

REFRIGERANT – Relieves fever and thirst. A cooling remedy. Lowers body temperature.

RELAXANT – Tends to relax and relieve tension, especially muscular tension.

RESOLVENT – Promotes the resolving and removing of abnormal growths, such as a tumor.

RUBEFACIENT – An agent that reddens the skin by increasing the circulation when rubbed on the surface.

SEDATIVE – Allays excitement, induces relaxation and is conducive to sleep.

SIALAGOGUE – Promotes the flow of saliva.

SOPORIFIC – Herbs that help to produce sleep.

STIMULANT – An herb that increases the activity or efficiency of a system or organ; acts more rapidly than a tonic.

STOMACHIC – Herbs that give strength and tone to the stomach, stimulate digestion, and improve the appetite.

STYPTIC – Astringent: arrests hemorrhage and bleeding.

SUDORIFIC – Herbs that cause heavy perspiration.

TINCTURE – A solution of the active principal of an herb in alcohol.

TONIC – Herbs that restore and strengthen the entire system. produces and restores normal tone. A general tonic would be the one that braces up the whole system, such as a cold bath.

VERMIFUGE – An agent that expels intestinal worms or parasites. Same as ANTHELMINTIC.

VESICANT – An agent that causes blistering, such as poison ivy.

VULNERARY – An herb used in treating fresh cuts and wounds, usually used as a poultice. A healing substance.

 

 

 

 

Kidney Formula

Kidney Formula

The average adult is approximately 50-65% water. Lean muscle contains more water than fatty tissue, thus as body fat percentage increases, water percentage decreases. Roughly 2/3 of the body’s water is in the intracellular fluid while the remaining 1/3 is in the extracellular fluid. Crazy to think that more than half of your body weight is simply water!

It is important to keep all of this water clean; and the kidney’s do just that. The body has two kidneys and are extremely sophisticated filters, each roughly the size of your fist and bean shaped. Kidneys do much more than just remove excess fluid, waste products and toxins from the body as urine. They play critical roles in balancing the body’s fluids, releasing blood pressure regulating hormones and controlling the production of red blood cells. In a 24 hour period your kidneys receive, filter and return to the body approximately 200L of fluid and in that same time period the entire blood in your body will get filtered around 400 times!

The herbal kidney formula was created by Dr. Christopher to help clean, detoxify, support and strengthen these precious life sustaining organs. It is our favorite herbal kidney formula to date. Considering that 1/10 adults suffer from some kind of kidney impairment, this kidney formula is a much needed herbal support.

What’s In It???

Juniper Berries

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Juniper Berries are not actually berries at all, but rather a cone with a berry-like appearance. Juniper Berries are a natural diuretic, increasing the rate of kidney filtration and thus urinary flow. They are also a natural antiseptic, helping remove waste and acidic toxins from the body while supporting the fight against bacterial and yeast infections, especially in the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, and prostate. Juniper Berries also have antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, stimulant and stomachic benefits.

Parsley Root

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Parsley Root’s nutritional value alone is enough to warrant the eating of this herb. Just one cup of parsley contains 1200% of the recommended amount of vitamin K, 100% of vitamin A and 130% of vitamin C. It is also a significant source of folate and iron. Medicinally, Parsley is no slouch either, with the root proving to be more beneficial than the leafy greens. Especially known for it’s diuretic properties – thus explaining the inclusion of the herb in the kidney formula – Parsley also displays carminative, tonic and aperient qualities. So while the herb’s main effect is supporting kidney function, filtration and detoxification, parsley also plays a secondary role in aiding the bowels as well, reducing gas and toning and strengthening the entire colon itself.

Marshmallow Root

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Marshmallow Root, or more accurately written as “marsh mallow”, is an herb belonging to the mallow family and the commonly used herb is found growing in marshes. A primary constituent of marshmallow root is mucilage, thus like Slippery Elm, it is a gentle demulcent and emollient. Marshmallow Root treats inflammation and irritation of not only the entire digestive system, but also urinary and respiratory organs. Marshmallow Root has been linked to help repair the gut lining and prevent leaky gut syndrome.

Golden Seal Root

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Golden Seal is quite possibly the “golden” herb for health. Golden Seal is a known stomachic, tonic, detergent, alterative, antiseptic and even antineoplastic! Golden Seal is a key component in the Kidney Formula not only for its cleaning, toning and strengthening abilities of the bowels, blood and urinary tract, but also because it is a natural antibiotic and immune system booster (maybe only outdone by the well-known echinacea). This herb is especially great for getting over those irritating UTI’s (urinary tract infections). The fact that Golden Seal has been shown to literally help your body fight cancer is just an added bonus 🙂 (1,2)

Uva Ursi Leaf

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Uva Ursi leaves, also know as Bearberry, are in fact the only part of the plant used in medicine and are very astringent by nature. Bearberry is great at strengthening and toning the bladder and kidneys. Uva Ursi leaves also act as a great diuretic, due to the glucoside Arbutin, which is excreted by the kidneys. During excretion, arbutin displays antiseptic qualities on the urinary tract, killing bacteria (like the much dreaded E.coli) and washing them out. Coupled with Golden Seal, this makes a powerful UTI-fighting kidney strengthening combination.

Ginger Root

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I don’t know about you guys, but when I was little and had a tummy ache, my grandma would always get me some ginger ale to drink. It has been well known that ginger is a fantastic digestive aid, helping relieve feelings of nausea, motion sickness, upset stomach and bloating. Ginger is also a diaphoretic, stimulating the body to sweat. Try drinking ginger tea on a cold day to help warm you up. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory, especially for the digestive tract.

For more information on the Extended Herbal Cleanse, click here!

Raw Coconut  Fruit Pizza

Raw Coconut Fruit Pizza

CRUST:

1 heaping cup walnuts ( or almonds)

1 heaping cup pitted dates ( stoked for 10 mins. in warm water and drained)

Crust directions:

Blend up just the walnuts ( or almonds)

Blend up pitted dates by themselves

Add in the nuts and blend together, If the blender ant blend them, take the mixture out and mix it with your hands.

Grease the pizza with coconut oil

Spread your nut dough out as thick as you’d like.

 

Coconut whip cream: 

1 can of Thai Kitchen Coconut milk

1.5 teaspoon ( or to taste) of sweetener of choice- maple syrup, stevia or agave.

 

Coconut whip cream directions:

*When buying the coconut milk be sure to keep it upright and refrigerate coconut milk over night

Be careful taking out the can of coconut milk ( keep it up right) the water and cream will have separated.

Scoop out the thick cream from the top and make sure not to get the water beneath it.

Place the cream and sweetener in a bowl and whip it with egg beaters! Do not use a blender, it must be with a egg beaters.

Put cream in the fridge after it has been whipped to keep it cold.

Spread the Coconut cream over your nut dough and add your choice of fruit to the top. I love to use, kiwi, strawberry, blueberries, mandarin oranges and raspberries.

Keep the fruit pizza in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. MMMMMM YUMMY!!

 

 

Roasted veggies

Roasted veggies

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I have been obsessed with roasted veggies for 8 months now and I eat them once or twice a day! SOOO DANG GOOD!

RECIPE: Serving size 2-4 veggie loving people.

Any vegetable your heart desires , I use..

5 Carrots chopped

3 crowns of broccoli

1 big head of cauliflower

2-3 big beets

1 block of organic extra firm tofu (optional)

1 pepper ( color of your choice )

1 butternut squash ( peeled)

3 tbsp organic cold pressed olive oil

3 tsp cumin powder (optional)

1-2 tsp cayenne pepper ( optional)

Other veggies that are scrumptious roasted- zucchini, bell pepper, asparagus, brussel sprouts and acorn squash.

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 425 convention or 400 non convection oven.

Cut up all veggies, roughly the same size in a large mixing bowl

Add in olive oil and spices

Mix with hands or a big spoon. Make sure all veggies are lightly coated in olive oil

Put veggies on a cookie sheet, You can line the cookie sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.

CONVECTION COOKING-  Cook veggies for 25 minutes. When time is up, turn off the oven and  leave veggies in the oven for another 10 minutes.

NON-CONVECTION COOKING-Cook veggies for 30-40 minutes, check on the periodically. When time is up, turn off the oven and leave veggies in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.

 

*My favorite way to eat roasted veggies is dipping them in homemade black bean hummus, or home made vegan ranch dressing.

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Being Vegan has a million pluses , but I started to miss creamy salad dressings and dips. Everything at the store had eggs or milk products in it. Boooo! 🙁  Vigorously searching the internet I found a homemade ranch dressing that I made some modifications to.

Ingredients:

1 cup Vegenaise soy free mayo

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tsp apple cider vinegar with the “mother” bacteria included

2 cloves fresh pressed garlic

2 tbsp parsley

2 tbsp green onion

a pinch of cayenne pepper for some kick ( optional)

2 tsp dill( optional)

 

Directions:

Add the apple cider vinegar to the coconut milk and let sit for 3-5 minutes

While the cider and milk is sitting start chopping your parsley, green onions and garlic into tiny pieces

Add the vegan mayo, chopped herbs, cayenne pepper to the milk and cider mixture.

stir or shake concoction and oh happy day you have healthy ranch dressing!

Use as a dip or as a salad dressing.