Category Archives: Herbs

Valerian Root

Latin name: Radix valeriana, Valeriana officinalis Other names:  all-heal, European valerian, garden heliotrope, garden valerian, valeriana What is Valerian Root? Valerian root is a perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It has a history of being an ancient remedy for insomnia, and it is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Known…

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Typhonium

Latin name: Typhonium giganteum Chinese name: bai fu zi What is Typhonium? When related to herbalism, typhonium refers to the Typhonium giganteum species of plant that is native to and distributed throughout much of China. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat the liver, spleen, and stomach meridians, and is most commonly associated…

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Turmeric

Latin name: Tuber curcumae, Cortex/Ramulus Cinnamoni Herba H, Curcuma longa L. Chinese names: yu jin, jiang huang (meaning “ginger yellow” in English) Other names: curcuma, gauri, haldi, Indian saffron, kunyit What is Turmeric? Turmeric is a popular cooking spice that comes from the curcuma plant. This plant is a perennial, native to India, and it…

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Thyme

Latin name: Thymus vulgarus Other names: common thyme, English thyme, French thyme, garden thyme, summer thyme, winter thyme What is Thyme? Thyme is an aromatic, perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. It was used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming, by the Romans for purification practices, and by Europeans as a symbol of courage….

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Tea Tree Oil

Latin name: Melaleuca alternifolia Other names: Australian tea tree oil, melaleuca oil What is Tea Tree Oil? Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is made by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. It got its name because the leaves were used as a substitute for tea…

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Tarragon

Latin name: Artemisia dracunculus Other names: dragon herb, dragon wormwood, dragon’s wort, French tarragon, little dragon, tagantes, tarhun, true tarragon What is Tarragon? Tarragon is a perennial herb native to Europe, Asia, and North America. It is closely related to wormwood and is known for its culinary uses in a variety of cultures’ cuisines—particularly French….

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Tangerine Peel

Latin name: Citrus reticulata Chinese name: chu sha chu Other name: mandarin peel What is Tangerine Peel? Tangerine peel is the outer peel of a citrus fruit grown on an evergreen tree and smaller than an orange. The tangerine is native to Asia and was introduced to Europe in the nineteenth century. It is most…

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Sweet Wormwood

Latin name: Artemisia annua Chinese name: qing hao Other names: annual wormwood, sweet Annie, sweet sagewort What is Sweet Wormwood? Sweet wormwood is a fern-like shrub that grows throughout the world, but occurs naturally in China. It had a history of being used by Chinese herbalists to treat fever, but it was rediscovered in the…

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Sweet Flag

Latin name: Acorus calamus Chinese name: shihch’ang pu Other names: calamus, common sweet flag, cinnamon sedge, flagroot, gladdon, myrtle flag, myrtle grass, myrtle sedge, sweet cane, sweet myrtle, sweet root, sweet rush, sweet sedge What is Sweet Flag? Sweet flag is a plant thought to be indigenous to India, but now grows in many parts…

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Summer Cypress Fruit

Latin name: kochia scoparia Chinese name: di fu zi Other name: burning bush What is Summer Cypress Fruit? Summer cypress is a self-seeding annual that grows throughout most of the world. Once the fruit ripens in autumn, it is harvested and dried in the sun. The fruit has bitter, sweet, and cold properties, which enable…

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