Herbs

Yerba Mate – Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical Name: Ilex paraguariensis. Other Common Names: Yerba maté, maté, erva mate, erveira, Paraguay cayi, Paraguay tea, South American holly, matéteestrauch, St. Bartholomew’s tea, Jesuit’s tea, caminú, kali chaye Habitat: Yerba mate got its humble beginnings with the Guarani Indians in the highlands of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. When the Spanish explorers came upon these…

Yellow Loosestrife – Medicinal Applications and Benefits

Botanical Name: Lysimachia vulgaris. Other Common Names: Loosestrife, garden loosestrife, yellow willowherb, herb willow, willow-wort, wood pimpernel, lisimaquia amarilla (Spanish), lysimaque vulgaire (French), Gewöhnlicher Gilbweiderich (German), strandlysing (Swedish), ranta-alpi (Finnish), almindelig fredløs (Danish), fredløs (Norwegian). Habitat: Yellow loosestrife is native to Europe and North Asia but was introduced to North America in the 1900s for…

Yellow Dock Herb – Health Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical Name: Rumex crispus. Other Common Names: Chin-ch’iao-mai, curled dock, curly dock, garden patience, narrow dock, parell, patience herb, sour dock. Habitat: Yellow dock is indigenous to Europe and parts of Africa, but like many medicinal herbs it has been carried beyond its native borders by travelers. It is now found in most places including…

Yarrow Herb – Health Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical Name: Achillea millefolium. Other Common Names: Common yarrow, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, noble yarrow, old man’s pepper, nosebleed, staunchgrass, soldier’s woundwort, sanguinary, devil’s nettle, devil’s plaything, bad man’s plaything, yarroway, herb militaris, thousand leaf, thousand seal, field hop, millefolium, ladies’mantle, gandana, i-chi-kao, gearwe, yerw. Habitat: Yarrow is a hardy perennial that is native to…

Wormwood Herb – Health Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical Name: Artemisia absinthium. Other Common Names: Absinthe, grand and common wormwood, green ginger, madderwort, old woman, absinthium, ajenjo. Habitat: Wormwood is indigenous to the temperate climate zones of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. Currently, it is cultivated commercially in many parts of the world including central and northwestern United States. Plant Description: Wormwood…

Witch Hazel Uses and Health Benefits as a Medicinal Herb

Botanical Name: Hamamelis virginiana. The English common name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word for flexible, “wytch”, because of the Native Americans’ uses of witch hazel for making bows. Other Common Names: Hazel nut, snapping hazel, tobacco wood, hamamelis water, spotted alder and winterbloom. Habitat: Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) prefers northern-facing slopes, river banks, fences, and…

Wild Yam Root – Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical Name of Wild Yam Root: Dioscorea villosa. The genus name Dioscorea gets its name from the ancient Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides. The common name “yam” comes from West African dialect and means “to eat”. Other Common Names: Colic root, aluka, China root devil’s bones, Mexican wild yam, rheumatism root, yuma, shan yao (Chinese), igname…

Wild Strawberry Benefits and Uses

Botanical Name of Wild Strawberry: Fragaria vesca. Other Common Names: Wood strawberry, alpine strawberry, English strawberry, fresa (Spanish), villijarðarber (Icelandic), Walderdbeere (German), fraises des bois (French), smultron (Swedish), Skovjordbær (Danish), markjordbær (Norwegian), ahomansikka (Finnish). Habitat: The plant grows wild in areas with cool, temperate climate in Europe, North Asia, Australia and North America. Description: Wild…

Wild Indigo Uses and Benefits as a Medicinal Herb

Botanical Name of Wild Indigo: Baptisia tinctoria. Other Common Names: Broom-clover, Baptisia, indigo-weed, horsefly-weed, indigo-broom, shoofly, yellow indigo, American indigo, yellow broom, cloverbroom, rattlebush. Habitat: Wild indigo grows mainly along the Eastern Side of the United States – from Maine to Minnesota and all the way south to Florida, but typically no further than southeast…

White Willow Bark – Benefits and Side Effects

Botanical Name: Salix alba. Other Common Names: Willow bark, white willow, salix. Habitat: White willow bark, as its name implies is a member of the willow family. Predominantly grown in Central and Southern Europe and Northern America. Plant Description: This deciduous tree grows to a significant height of 20-30m. It has long branches that drape…