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 13 Herbs in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Calendula
Calendula officinalis

  • Speeds healing and soothes wounds

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Soothes skin conditions and injuries, burns, cuts, rashes, dermatitis and varicose veins

  • Soothes central nervous system

  • Cleansing and detoxifying, antimicrobial, liver support


Camu Camu
Myrciaria dubia

  • Nutritionally dense superfruit with the highest levels of Vitamin C of any plant in the world (so far documented in today's available library)!  - as much as sixty times than that of an orange

  • A rich source of potent antioxidants, phytochemicals, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, including iron and beta-carotene

  • Supports overall optimal body health, cleansing, protection, cell renewal, and relief from inflammation and stagnation






Resources:

Cardamon
Elettaria cardamomum

  • Perfume-like spice

  • Relieves gas, cramps, indigestion

  • Aphrodisiac

  • Eases tension, anxiety, insomnia

  • Used since ancient times for overall healing

  • Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal


Resources:

Chaga
Inonotus obliquus

  • This mushroom of immortality reduces fatigue and inflammation, and increases mental sharpness

  • Selectively inhibits growth and kills cancer cells, while nourishing healthy cells

  • Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

  • Depending on what is currently needed, it will suppress or stimulate immune system (immunomodulator)

  • Rich in melanin which nourishes pineal gland, nervous system and protects body from radiation






Resources:

Chasteberry
Vitex agnus-castus

  • Balances reproductive hormones

  • Nourishes uterus, oaries, cervix, breasts, vaginal canal, pituitary gland to increase fertility, regulate cycle, ease PMS symptoms and calm menopause symptoms

  • Been found to relieve PCOS, fibroid growth, endometriosis when taken for at least 1 month


 




Resources:

 

Chia Seeds
Salvia hispanica

  • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke

  • Also high in antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium

  • Supports intestinal detox, prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract


Chickweed
Stellaria media

  •  high in minerals and vitamins

  • Creates protective barrier on mucous membranes of body (nasal passages, digestive tract, lungs, urinary tract, etc.) and soothes them

  • Cools and moistens inner body, relieving inflammation, arthritis, stagnant heat, fevers and dry, red, itchy, scaly skin conditions - such as eczema or psoriasis

  • Relieves chronic fatigue, anemia and helps recovery from long-term illness or surgery

  • Supports reduction and elimination of breast cysts, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids or lymphadema


 




Resources:

 

Chlorella
Chlorella vulgaris

  • Rich in protein nourish muscles, nerves, brain and connective tissue

  • Balance cholesterol

  • Help balance blood sugar

  • Natural multivitamin and mineral

  • Protects against cancer

  • Strengthens lungs






Resources:

Cinnamon
Cinnamomum verum

Cleavers
Galium aparine

  • Encourages lymphatic drainage and detoxification

  • Helps dissolve calcifications and mineral buildups such as kidney stone, gall stones, gout, bone spurs

  • Thomas Bartram writes that the actions of Cleavers include 'lymphatic alterative and detoxifier, diuretic, astringent tonic, non-steroidal anti-inflamatory, anti-obesity, adaptogen, anti-neoplastic. He suggests use for enlarged lymph nodes, especially cervical neck nodes, cystic and nodular changes in the glands, nodular goitre, dry skin disorders, psoriasis etc.






Resources:

Cornsilk
Stigma maydis

  • Rich in potassium, awesome for all urinary imbalances such as cystitis

  • Calms inflammation and soothes lining of urinary tract

  • Reduces kidney stone formation

  • Traditional uses include treatment for prostate disorder, and urinary infections, bedwetting and obesity
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6268265/


Cramp Bark
Viburnum opulus
  • Meskwaki Native Americans used for pain and cramps throughout the body

  • Has a specific action on uterus as a muscle relaxant

  • Stimulates full circulation to extremities

  • Relaxes nervous tension and anxiety

  • Contains methyl salicylate, a weak acting precursor to the salicylic acid that is used in aspirin, but much less irritating to the stomach lining





  • Resources:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6684545/

    Cranesbill
    Geranium maculatum

    • High in tannins, is a strong internal and external astringent and antiseptic used by indigenous Americans for many uses from treating wounds, stopping internal bleeding and drying up ulcers

    • Curbs excessive blood loss during menstruation and helps to clear out stagnant tissues and mucus

    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 13 Herbs in this directory beginning with the letter C.
    Calendula
    Calendula officinalis

    • Speeds healing and soothes wounds

    • Anti-inflammatory

    • Soothes skin conditions and injuries, burns, cuts, rashes, dermatitis and varicose veins

    • Soothes central nervous system

    • Cleansing and detoxifying, antimicrobial, liver support


    Camu Camu
    Myrciaria dubia

    • Nutritionally dense superfruit with the highest levels of Vitamin C of any plant in the world (so far documented in today's available library)!  - as much as sixty times than that of an orange

    • A rich source of potent antioxidants, phytochemicals, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, including iron and beta-carotene

    • Supports overall optimal body health, cleansing, protection, cell renewal, and relief from inflammation and stagnation






    Resources:

    Cardamon
    Elettaria cardamomum

    • Perfume-like spice

    • Relieves gas, cramps, indigestion

    • Aphrodisiac

    • Eases tension, anxiety, insomnia

    • Used since ancient times for overall healing

    • Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal


    Resources:

    Chaga
    Inonotus obliquus

    • This mushroom of immortality reduces fatigue and inflammation, and increases mental sharpness

    • Selectively inhibits growth and kills cancer cells, while nourishing healthy cells

    • Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

    • Depending on what is currently needed, it will suppress or stimulate immune system (immunomodulator)

    • Rich in melanin which nourishes pineal gland, nervous system and protects body from radiation






    Resources:

    Chasteberry
    Vitex agnus-castus

    • Balances reproductive hormones

    • Nourishes uterus, oaries, cervix, breasts, vaginal canal, pituitary gland to increase fertility, regulate cycle, ease PMS symptoms and calm menopause symptoms

    • Been found to relieve PCOS, fibroid growth, endometriosis when taken for at least 1 month


     




    Resources:

     

    Chia Seeds
    Salvia hispanica

    • Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke

    • Also high in antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium

    • Supports intestinal detox, prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract


    Chickweed
    Stellaria media

    •  high in minerals and vitamins

    • Creates protective barrier on mucous membranes of body (nasal passages, digestive tract, lungs, urinary tract, etc.) and soothes them

    • Cools and moistens inner body, relieving inflammation, arthritis, stagnant heat, fevers and dry, red, itchy, scaly skin conditions - such as eczema or psoriasis

    • Relieves chronic fatigue, anemia and helps recovery from long-term illness or surgery

    • Supports reduction and elimination of breast cysts, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids or lymphadema


     




    Resources:

     

    Chlorella
    Chlorella vulgaris

    • Rich in protein nourish muscles, nerves, brain and connective tissue

    • Balance cholesterol

    • Help balance blood sugar

    • Natural multivitamin and mineral

    • Protects against cancer

    • Strengthens lungs






    Resources:

    Cinnamon
    Cinnamomum verum

    Cleavers
    Galium aparine

    • Encourages lymphatic drainage and detoxification

    • Helps dissolve calcifications and mineral buildups such as kidney stone, gall stones, gout, bone spurs

    • Thomas Bartram writes that the actions of Cleavers include 'lymphatic alterative and detoxifier, diuretic, astringent tonic, non-steroidal anti-inflamatory, anti-obesity, adaptogen, anti-neoplastic. He suggests use for enlarged lymph nodes, especially cervical neck nodes, cystic and nodular changes in the glands, nodular goitre, dry skin disorders, psoriasis etc.






    Resources:

    Cornsilk
    Stigma maydis

    • Rich in potassium, awesome for all urinary imbalances such as cystitis

    • Calms inflammation and soothes lining of urinary tract

    • Reduces kidney stone formation

    • Traditional uses include treatment for prostate disorder, and urinary infections, bedwetting and obesity
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6268265/


    Cramp Bark
    Viburnum opulus
  • Meskwaki Native Americans used for pain and cramps throughout the body

  • Has a specific action on uterus as a muscle relaxant

  • Stimulates full circulation to extremities

  • Relaxes nervous tension and anxiety

  • Contains methyl salicylate, a weak acting precursor to the salicylic acid that is used in aspirin, but much less irritating to the stomach lining





  • Resources:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6684545/

    Cranesbill
    Geranium maculatum

    • High in tannins, is a strong internal and external astringent and antiseptic used by indigenous Americans for many uses from treating wounds, stopping internal bleeding and drying up ulcers

    • Curbs excessive blood loss during menstruation and helps to clear out stagnant tissues and mucus

    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