Herb

glossary

by Luna Rain Botanicals

Details for each ingredient used in our formulas, and tips on preparing and using herbs as part of a Radiant Womb Lifestyle.

Storing

Dried Herbs

  • Properly stored dried herbs are best used within 2 years, after which potency may begin to diminish
  • Use airtight, non-plastic containers
  • Store in cool, dry places
  • Keep out of direct sunlight by using dark colored glass jars, keep them in a closed, cool cabinet, or make a curtain to cover them if need be
  • Whole herbs last longer than powders and cut/sifted herbs
  • Store in the freezer for at least 3 days to kill weevils, eggs and larvae (weevils are harmless and they love organic herbs)
  • Label container with name and purchase/discard date

Preparing

Herbal Teas

  • Use only purified water
  • Do not use aluminum cookware, it can react with chemicals in herbs and accumulate in body causing chronic conditions, use stainless steel, earthenware, cast iron, or enamel free of cracks
  • Brew in nonmetal teapot or mug
  • Try to drink at least 3 cups of herbal tea daily
  • Enjoy teas at least 10 minutes before or after eating in order to avoid diluting digestive juices
  • Do not use white sugar to sweeten, instead try honey, coconut sugar, date sugar, stevia, etc.
  • FOR BASIC TEAS:  Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 tsp of herbs.  Steep covered 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
  • INFUSIONS:  Infusions are stronger than teas and extract much more active constituents of the herbs than teas do.  Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of dried herb.  Steep covered 10-20 minutes.  Strain and enjoy.  May be stored in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Glossary of Herbs

Latest | A B C D E F G H I L M N O P R S T W Y
There are currently 6 Herbs in this directory beginning with the letter B.
Baking Soda
Sodium Bicarbonate

  • Gentle, nontoxic way to support natural blood alkalinity, which support a stronger immune system, less aches, less odor, clear skin, balance digestive secretions, and overall better health

  • Popular with athletes since it helps to neutralize the lactic acid that is created when working out and that causes soreness, allowing for longer workouts with less fatigue

  • Protects bone health by buffering excess acid in the body system, especially kidneys, instead of allowing the body to leech buffering minerals from the bones


Baobab
Adansonia digitata

  • A South African super-fruit, rich in vitamin C (7-10 times higher than oranges) and many other protective nutrients such as flavonoids, phytosterols, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and mineral

  • Antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, used to treat diarrhea, malaria and microbial infections






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Bitter Orange
Citrus aurantium

  • Rich in antioxidants and bitter components, protects body from environmental and stress induced toxins

  • Help achieve healthy metabolism and weight management

  • Mood enhancer

  • Help balance blood sugar levels

  • Antimicrobial

  • Detox gastrointestinal tract, liver, spleen, pancreas and gall bladder






Resources:

Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa

  • 1995 study showed that, in combination with St. John's Wort, is 76% effective in treating hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms

  • Calms nervous system

  • Used by Native Americans for menstrual pain and hormonal balance

  • Anti-inflammatory, helps relieve rheumatic problems


Black Seed Oil
Nigella sativa

  • Historically-famed, highly nutritional medicine from the seed of the Cumin plant

  • Heals down to the DNA level - rich in Thymoquinone it destroys cancer cells and protects healthy cells, promoting new healthy cell growth and generation

  • Protects, strengthens and nourishes entire body and all body systems

  • Improves fertility, protects brain and liver, stimulates immune system, speeds healing

  • Anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, effective even against drug resistant strains of bacteria


Bladderwrack
Fucus vesiculosus

  • A superfood rich in vitamins, minerals and a naturally occurring source of iodine, helping to maintain body weight within a normal range and supporting the endocrine system (the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things)

  • Lowers risk of estrogen-dependent diseases such as endometriosis and ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancers

  • Lessens menstrual bleeding

  • Anti-fungal, antibacterial

  • Helps balance healthy lipid levels

  • Can be used to support skin health and function in anti-aging, for skin burns, radiation skin exposure, and fungal skin infection






Resources:

Glossary of Herbs

Latest | A B C D E F G H I L M N O P R S T W Y
There are currently 6 Herbs in this directory beginning with the letter B.
Baking Soda
Sodium Bicarbonate

  • Gentle, nontoxic way to support natural blood alkalinity, which support a stronger immune system, less aches, less odor, clear skin, balance digestive secretions, and overall better health

  • Popular with athletes since it helps to neutralize the lactic acid that is created when working out and that causes soreness, allowing for longer workouts with less fatigue

  • Protects bone health by buffering excess acid in the body system, especially kidneys, instead of allowing the body to leech buffering minerals from the bones


Baobab
Adansonia digitata

  • A South African super-fruit, rich in vitamin C (7-10 times higher than oranges) and many other protective nutrients such as flavonoids, phytosterols, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and mineral

  • Antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, used to treat diarrhea, malaria and microbial infections






Resources:

Bitter Orange
Citrus aurantium

  • Rich in antioxidants and bitter components, protects body from environmental and stress induced toxins

  • Help achieve healthy metabolism and weight management

  • Mood enhancer

  • Help balance blood sugar levels

  • Antimicrobial

  • Detox gastrointestinal tract, liver, spleen, pancreas and gall bladder






Resources:

Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa

  • 1995 study showed that, in combination with St. John's Wort, is 76% effective in treating hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms

  • Calms nervous system

  • Used by Native Americans for menstrual pain and hormonal balance

  • Anti-inflammatory, helps relieve rheumatic problems


Black Seed Oil
Nigella sativa

  • Historically-famed, highly nutritional medicine from the seed of the Cumin plant

  • Heals down to the DNA level - rich in Thymoquinone it destroys cancer cells and protects healthy cells, promoting new healthy cell growth and generation

  • Protects, strengthens and nourishes entire body and all body systems

  • Improves fertility, protects brain and liver, stimulates immune system, speeds healing

  • Anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, effective even against drug resistant strains of bacteria


Bladderwrack
Fucus vesiculosus

  • A superfood rich in vitamins, minerals and a naturally occurring source of iodine, helping to maintain body weight within a normal range and supporting the endocrine system (the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things)

  • Lowers risk of estrogen-dependent diseases such as endometriosis and ovarian, endometrial, and breast cancers

  • Lessens menstrual bleeding

  • Anti-fungal, antibacterial

  • Helps balance healthy lipid levels

  • Can be used to support skin health and function in anti-aging, for skin burns, radiation skin exposure, and fungal skin infection






Resources:

Storing

Dried Herbs

  • Properly stored dried herbs are best used within 2 years, after which potency may begin to diminish
  • Use airtight, non-plastic containers
  • Store in cool, dry places
  • Keep out of direct sunlight by using dark colored glass jars, keep them in a closed, cool cabinet, or make a curtain to cover them if need be
  • Whole herbs last longer than powders and cut/sifted herbs
  • Store in the freezer for at least 3 days to kill weevils, eggs and larvae (weevils are harmless and they love organic herbs)
  • Label container with name and purchase/discard date

Preparing

Herbal Teas

  • Use only purified water
  • Do not use aluminum cookware, it can react with chemicals in herbs and accumulate in body causing chronic conditions, use stainless steel, earthenware, cast iron, or enamel free of cracks
  • Brew in nonmetal teapot or mug
  • Try to drink at least 3 cups of herbal tea daily
  • Enjoy teas at least 10 minutes before or after eating in order to avoid diluting digestive juices
  • Do not use white sugar to sweeten, instead try honey, coconut sugar, date sugar, stevia, etc.
  • FOR BASIC TEAS:  Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 tsp of herbs.  Steep covered 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
  • INFUSIONS:  Infusions are stronger than teas and extract much more active constituents of the herbs than teas do.  Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of dried herb.  Steep covered 10-20 minutes.  Strain and enjoy.  May be stored in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.

Vannoy Gentles