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 7 Herbs in this directory beginning with the letter M.
Maca
Lepidium meyenii

  • Indigenous South American medicine and food

  • Super nutritious, high in many important vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, energizing

  • Fertility-enhancer, balances sexual dysfunctions

  • As an adaptogen, Maca balances sex hormones whether they be in excess or in deficiency

  • Protects against and helps osteoporosis and other bone deficiencies

  • Nourishes sex organs

  • Aids in memory and learning

  • Protects skin against ultraviolet radiation






Resources:

Mangosteen
Garcinia mangostana

  • Antioxidant rich superfood that protects against free radicals and heals damaged cells

  • Tropical fruit used to treat skin infections and diarrhea also has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, and anti-malarial properties






Resources:

Maqui Berry
Aristotelia chilensis

  • Rich in anthocyanin, a strong antioxidant shown to impact overall health

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

  • Protect heart and blood vessels






Resources:

Marshmallow
Althaea officinalis 

  • Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-yeast

  • Anti-inflammatory, eases aches and cramps

  • Soothes and coats membranes of body especially respiratory, digestive and urinary tract

  • Stimulates and nourishes immune system


Motherwort
Leonurus cardiaca

  • Supports heart health

  • Analgesic, eases cramps

  • Regulates menstrual cycle

  • Relieves anxiety

  • Restores over-extended, stretched, swollen ligaments and tendons

  • Restores a tired over-worked spirit






Resources:

Mugwort
Artemisia vulgaris

  • Native American medicine used for many women's issues such as premenstrual syndrome, heavy bleeding, irregular period; also to ease hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms

  • Anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral

  • Promotes intestinal cleansing and digestive discomfort


Mullein
Verbascum thapsus

  • Nourishes and clears lymphatic system

  • Popular for easing respiratory ailments

  • Anti-inflammatory, soothes aches

  • Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal

  • Breaks up and inhibits formation of tumors

  • Stimulates immune system

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 7 Herbs in this directory beginning with the letter M.
Maca
Lepidium meyenii

  • Indigenous South American medicine and food

  • Super nutritious, high in many important vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, energizing

  • Fertility-enhancer, balances sexual dysfunctions

  • As an adaptogen, Maca balances sex hormones whether they be in excess or in deficiency

  • Protects against and helps osteoporosis and other bone deficiencies

  • Nourishes sex organs

  • Aids in memory and learning

  • Protects skin against ultraviolet radiation






Resources:

Mangosteen
Garcinia mangostana

  • Antioxidant rich superfood that protects against free radicals and heals damaged cells

  • Tropical fruit used to treat skin infections and diarrhea also has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, and anti-malarial properties






Resources:

Maqui Berry
Aristotelia chilensis

  • Rich in anthocyanin, a strong antioxidant shown to impact overall health

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

  • Protect heart and blood vessels






Resources:

Marshmallow
Althaea officinalis 

  • Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-yeast

  • Anti-inflammatory, eases aches and cramps

  • Soothes and coats membranes of body especially respiratory, digestive and urinary tract

  • Stimulates and nourishes immune system


Motherwort
Leonurus cardiaca

  • Supports heart health

  • Analgesic, eases cramps

  • Regulates menstrual cycle

  • Relieves anxiety

  • Restores over-extended, stretched, swollen ligaments and tendons

  • Restores a tired over-worked spirit






Resources:

Mugwort
Artemisia vulgaris

  • Native American medicine used for many women's issues such as premenstrual syndrome, heavy bleeding, irregular period; also to ease hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms

  • Anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral

  • Promotes intestinal cleansing and digestive discomfort


Mullein
Verbascum thapsus

  • Nourishes and clears lymphatic system

  • Popular for easing respiratory ailments

  • Anti-inflammatory, soothes aches

  • Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal

  • Breaks up and inhibits formation of tumors

  • Stimulates immune system

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