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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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…