Category Archives: Herbs

Yellow Dock

Latin name: Rumex crispus Chinese name: chin ch’iao mai Other names: curled dock, garden patience, narrow dock, parell, patience herb, sour dock What is Yellow Dock? Yellow dock is a perennial herb native to Europe and Africa, and is now found across most of the world. Yellow dock grows in great abundance to the point…

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Yarrow

Latin name: Achillea millefolium Other names: common yarrow, gordaldo, nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, sanguinary, milfiol, soldier’s woundwort, thousand-leaf, thousand-seal What is Yarrow? Yarrow is an herbaceous perennial plant native to North America, Europe, and Asia and features a variety of subspecies located throughout these continents. Yarrow is known for its use in herbal medicine…

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Xanthium

Latin name: Fructus xanthii sibirici Chinese name: cang er zi Other name: cocklebur fruit What is Xanthium? Xanthium is another name for the cocklebur, a common bush native to Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The name xanthium comes from the Greek xanthos, meaning yellow, and refers to the bush’s seedpods, which turn from green to…

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Witch Hazel

Latin name: hamamelis virginiana Other names: snapping hazelnut, spotted Alder, winterbloom What is Witch Hazel? Witch hazel is a tree that grows naturally in Canada and in the Eastern United States. Witch hazel is an herbal treatment that is derived from the leaves, which are collected in summer, and the bark, which is collected in…

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Winter Melon Seed

Latin name: semen benincasae hispidae Chinese name: dong gua ren Other names: ash gourd seed, fuzzy melon seed, wax gourd seed, white gourdseed What is Winter Melon Seed? Winter melon seeds come from a large fruit grown throughout Southern Asia. The seeds are known in Chinese medicine primarily as an herb that drains dampness. The…

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Wintergreen

Latin name: gaultheria procumbens Other names:  Canada tea, checkerberry, deerberry, mountain tea, spiceberry, teaberry What is Wintergreen? Wintergreen is an aromatic shrub native to North America, with leaves and fruit that are harvested in the summer. For centuries, traditional and alternative medical practitioners have used the leaves, fruit, and essential oil, in the form of…

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White Willow Bark

Latin name: Salix alba Chinese name: bai liu shu pi Other names: golden willow What is White Willow Bark? The white willow is a species of willow tree native to Europe and Asia. The tree has a variety of non-medicinal uses, including using the tree’s stems to make paper. The inner bark, which is central…

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White Sage

Latin name: Salvia apiana What is White Sage? Native Americans have several uses for white sage. The leaves were used for flavoring in cooking and were also eaten, smoked, or used in a sweathouse as a remedy for colds. Seeds were put into the eye and rolled under the eyelids to cleanse the eyes. The…

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White Peony Root

Latin name: Paeonia lactiflora Chinese name: bai shao Other names: Chinese peony What is White Peony Root? White peony is a plant that originated in Asia and is cultivated in China and Japan. It can live for 50 years or more, and it grows flowers of various colors. White peony is primarily known for its…

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Wheatberries

Chinese name: fu xiao mai What are Wheatberries? Wheatberries are whole-wheat kernels that include the bran, the germ, and the endosperm—but not the hull. As a primary source of dietary fiber, and with all of their nutrients intact, wheatberries have significant nutritional benefits. They are also a great source of protein and iron. The vitamin…

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