Black Walnut Leaves / Shells
Botanical Juglans regia
Constituents Tannin, anti-bacterial agents, high in vit C.
Properties Acts as an astringent, antibacterial, vermifuge
Uses: Infusions of the leaves can be taken internally as a digestive tonic.
ery useful in the treatment of diarrhea, infections of the mouth throat and eyes. Internal Inner bark can be used to treat constipation.
Outer nut rind is used in the treatment of diarrhea. or cuts, grazes and skin disorders such as eczema. External Use for infections of the mouth, throat, larynx and eyes.
Take a bath with a decoction of the leaves for scrofula, rickets, caries and swelling of the bone. Also for festering toe and finger nails and chill blains Will quickly improve the condition of cradle-cap, scabs and scurf if washed with a decoction of he leaves. Also for acne, festering eczema, ringworm and sunburn. Helps for sweaty feet and hands. For leucorrhoea. Massage into scalp for hair loss and dandruff. The infusion can also be used for eye inflammations such as blepharitis and conjunctivitis. Dosage Leaves Infusion: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Infuse
for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Drink 2-3 times per day. Shells Decoction: Add 2 teaspoons of herb to 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Bath: Add the decoction. Other The walnut shells are used as a colourant in henna.
Please consult with a health practitioner before use if pregnant or breast feeding. Safety or
Wild Chicory Herb
Botanical Cichorium intybus
Constituents Volatile oils, small amounts of tannins.
Properties Appetizer, astringent, carminative, digestive, hepatic mild laxative, tonic.
Uses: Very similar to Dandelion.
Internal Eliminates excessive mucous.
For prevention of rheumatism, gout and liver complaints, because it eliminates uric acid from the body. Stimulates the appetite and purifies blood Helps to expels worms. Recommended for jaundice or spleen problems or painful inflammations apply a poultice to the affected area. External
Dosage Decoction: Use 1 teaspoon of herb to ½ a cup of cold water. Bring to the boil and
strain. Take ½ to 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time. Other For animals: Jaundice, Lack of appetite, liver ailments.
Please consult with a medical practitioner before use. Safety or
Wild Leek Randsons (Ramsons or Wild garlic or Bear’s Garlic)
Constituents Divinyl sulfide, dimethyl thiosulfonate, methyl cyctein sulfoxid and the latter's degradation
products, methyl allyl thiosulfonate and methanethiol. Properties Acts as an astringent, expectorant
Uses: May be used to cleanse the system, particularly to get rid of stomach and gut parasites, but may
o cleanse the liver, gall bladder and blood. Internal Can be of assistance in the treatment of high blood pressure.
Helpful for arteriosclerosis, even in advanced conditions. For pinworms. For diarrhea, colic and lack of appetite. To treat gastrointestinal catarrh with both diarrhea and constipation. Can be used as supportive treatment of emphysema, bronchitis. External
Dosage Infusion: Pour one cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Infuse for 10-15 minutes.
Other The juice of the plant can be used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects
Toxic symptoms can occur when taken in too large quantities. Safety or Do not use during pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.
Other Names: Colic-root, Devil's-bones, Rheumatism Root, Wilde Yamwurzel
Steroidal saponins, mainly Dioscin. Other constituents Phytosterols (beta-sitosterol), alkaloids and Tannins make this plant useful as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue, diaphoretic and vasodilator.  Wild yam’s antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory actions make it useful in treating symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. These same qualities make it useful in treating cramps and muscular pain.  It has also been used to treat digestive disorders including gallbladder  The combination of its diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects makes it a good  Wild yam contains a compound called Diosgenin, which is used in birth control pills and other steroid hormones. This supports the idea that wild yam may help regulate female sex hormones and it is considered a good herb for many of the symptoms associated wi  This herb has also been shown to(temporarily)  Wild yam has also been shown to benefit the spleen, kidneys, lungs, and Dried herb to make tea: 1 - 2 tsp dried root to 1 cup water. bring to boil, reduce heat simmer for 20 to 30 min. Strain and store in refrigerator. Take in ½ cup doses twice a day. Note: Wild yam is often combined with other herbs said to have estrogen-like effects, such as black cohosh. Creams containing wild yam, as well as tablets and powders, may contain synthetic hormones. Check the ingredients carefully. Hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian
cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Wild yam might act like estrogen. If you
have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use wild
Wild yam is generally safe but some people have experienced nausea when taking large doses. Its safety has not been tested in pregnant or lactating females or in young children. Wild yam contains dioscorin, which can be toxic in large amounts, it is important to stay within the recommended doses. Wild yam has been shown to interact with estradiol, a hormone used in some birth control medications and other hormone therapies. Wilde Als or African Wormwood
Umhlonyane in Zulu, and Lengana in Sotho and Tswana
Wilde Als is one of the most widely used traditional medicines in
 It is a tonic herb that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and  Can be used as a tea, body wash, poultice or vapour to treat respiratory ailments like colds, headaches, earache, bronchial complaints, croup, whooping cough, measles, fevers, malaria and sore throat. It is a common practice by those who know, to insert a rolled piece of fresh Wilde Als leaf into the nostrils to clear blocked nasal passages.  relieves gastro and intestinal ailments like indigestion, dyspepsia, colic, loss of appetite and is supportive for diabetes.  It is anthelmintic - it expels intestinal worms.  It has pain relieving actions - a Wormwood dressing of warmed leaves can be wrapped around sprains, arthritic and rheumatic swellings, or layered and wrapped around the stomach to relieve a stomach ache. Place the leaves in a plastic bag and cover with boiling water. Once they have warmed up, remove and place between two pieces of lint / gauze and tie in place with a bandage. Remove after a few hours.  Wilde Als is a blood purifier - and it will clear acne and boils.
Wilde Als tea can be used as a wash to disinfect cuts and grazes.
Used mainly as an aqueous decoction or infusion applied externally or taken orally, the extremely bitter taste being masked by the addition of sugar or honey. Fresh leaf may be added to boiling water and the vapours inhaled. Dosage An infusion may be made with two tablespoonsful (±7.0g) of dried ground herb to which is added one litre of boiling water. The mixture is strained when cold. If fresh herb is used, four tablespoonsful of chopped leaf are infused with
one litre of boiling water.
Most herbalists recommend 3 - 12 grams of Als per day for therapeutic

Use Wilde Als in insect-repelling sprays and teas to repel fleas. Add the tea to
your dog's bath. Dried powdered Wilde Als can be scattered around in cracks
and crevices to deter ants and fleas.
The toxicity of thujone, a common component of the essential oils of Artemisia. The effects of excessive or prolonged ingestion include restlessness, vomiting, vertigo, tremor, convulsions and fatty degeneration of the liver, a syndrome formerly known as “absinthism” Nevertheless, it would be prudent to limit the use of this herb to short courses (no more than two weeks Contraindications Thujone isomers are reported to be abortifacient and emmenagogic and the use of this herb during pregnancy is not recommended. Willow Bark (White Willow)
Botanical Salix nigra/alba
Contains: salicylates, flavonoids, tannins, catechin. Contains aspirin like Acts as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, astringent, reduces fever and painkiller. Uses: Mainly used to relieve pain and inflammation.
Internal Known as natures aspirin.
For rheumatism, osteoarthritis and arthritis. Use to reduce period pains and backache. Acts as a replacement of aspirin but does not have the side effects of stomach irritation. Reduces high temperature. Can be used as a general pain killer for headaches and toothache. Used for migraines together with feverfew, with improvement in the frequency, intensity and duration of attacks. Preparation Decoction: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoon of dried bark, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 – 15 min. Leave for a while. Strain and drink three times per day. Long term use may interfere with mineral absorption. Willow bark has a Safety or theoretical potential to cause interactions of the type seen with salicylates Name Willow Herb Small
Botanical Epilobium parviflorum
Constituents: Flavor glycosides, especially derivatives of kaempferol, quercetin, Properties and myricetin. Epilobium parviflorum also containsvarious esters of
sitosterol, and sitosterol glucosides. Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, aromatase inhibitor, astringent, demulcent. Uses: May be used as supportive therapy for bladder cancer, cystitis as well as kidney
Internal and bladder problems.
May be useful in the treatment of urinary tract infections. May be beneficial in the treatment of inflammation of the prostate gland as well as hyper-trophy of the prostate gland. Can be of benefit for the treatment of any prostate disorders as well as any kidney or bladder complaints. External None noted
Dosage Infusion: Pour one cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Infuse for 10-
15 minutes. Drink 2 cups of tea per day. One cup in the morning on an empty stomach. One in the evening half an hour before meals. Other May be used as skin cleanser.
Do not use when pregnant or breast feeding. Safety or Consult with a health practitioner before use.
precautions Should not replace medical treatment of cancer.
Witch Hazel Leaves
Botanical Hamamelis virginiana
Constituents Tannins, flavonoids, volatile oils, saponins, resin.
Properties Astringent, anti-inflammatory.
Uses: This herb is found as a valuable first aid remedy in most households. (In the form of
Internal As a strong astringent it may be useful whenever the stopping of bleeding is concerned,
It may be especially useful in the easing of hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It may assist in the control diarrhea and ease dysentery. Can be of assistance in the treatment of bruises and inflamed swelling. External Can ease the pain and stop the bleeding of minor injuries.
Helps for minor burns and is excellent in the treatment of insect bites and stings. Also for varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Use as a mouthwash or gargle for inflammation of the gums. Dosage Infusion: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoon of herb. Leave for 10 – 15 min.
Strain and drink 3 times a day. Tincture: Take 1-2ml 3 times a day. Other Use in skin lotion or soap for those who perspire profusely.
Distilled witch Hazel should not be taken internally but the tea is safe for consumption. Safety or When taken internally it may reduce the absorption of drugs.
precautions If pregnant or breast feeding consult with a medical practitioner before use.
Woodruff, Sweet
Botanical ( Also Galium odoratum)
Constituents Coumarin glycosides, antraquinones, iridoids, citric, malic and rubichloric acids, flavonoids and
Properties Acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic property.
Uses: This herb is an exceptional lymphatic system cleanser, helping to remove toxins from the body.
ery helpful in chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriases. Internal Helps for fluid retention
Also for tonsillitis and swollen lymph nodes. Stomach pain and gall stones. Can be given to children for insomnia. Anti-oxidant. For varicose veins. External Counteracts blood clotting
Use as a compress for varicose veins and phlebitis. Dosage Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons of herb in 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Drink ½
Other Mix into pot pouries for its own fragrance and also to fix other odors.
Keep in sachets among linen and in wardrobes to keep insects away. In large doses it can cause internal bleeding. Safety or Do not use when pregnant or taking conventional medicine for circulatory problems.
precautions Stay within recommended dosages – Large doses may produce symptoms of poisoning.
Consult with a medical practitioner before use. Name Wormwood
Volatile oil: sesquiterpene lactones, acetylenes, flavonoids, phenolic Actions Bitter, carminative, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, antidepressant It is primarily used as a bitter and therefore has the effect of stimulating Uses: and invigorating the whole of the digestive process. Internal Use where there is indigestion, especially when due to a deficient quantity or quality of gastric juices.
Use in the treatment of worm infestations, especially roundworm
and pinworm
It may also be used to help the body deal with fever and infections. Due
to the general tonic action it will be of benefit in many diverse conditions
because it benefits the body in general.
For loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints and liver and gallbladder
Infusion: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoon of herb. Leave for Preparation 10-15 min. Strain and drink 3 times a day. Other For animals: For worms, digestive problems, arthritis, rheumatism, toxic buildup, jaundice, constipation, tumors, water retention, obesity, paralysis. For parasites, mange, lice, fleas, flies, loss of hair, ear inflammation, conjunctivitis. It is pungently aromatic and potentially dangerous if taken in high doses. Safety or precautions In high doses it may cause intoxication with vomiting, severe diarrhea, retention of urine, stupor and convulsions. Habitual use of wormwood could cause convulsions, fits, stomach cramps, intoxication, vomiting, delirium and vertigo. Do not use over prolonged period and do not use during pregnancy. Avoid if suffering from any seizure disorder Continuous use is not advisable. It has an addictive nature.


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