Herbal & Essential Oil Profiles

brief, evidence-based overviews of the most commonly used herbs and essential oils

Butterbur

Butterbur Other Names: Petasites vulgaris, bog rhubarb, blatterdock, butterdock Composition: The rhizome (or root) is used, though due to toxic alkaloids present in the … Read More

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Cascara

Rhamnus purshiana Other Names: cascara, rhamnus, bearberry, sacred bark Composition: Cascara sagrada consists of the dried and aged (minimum 1 year according to the … Read More

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Chamomile

Matricaria recutita Other Names: ground apples, garden chamomile, pin heads Composition: Chamomile consists of fresh or dried flower heads. It is rich in essential … Read More

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Cinnamon Essential Oil

Composition: Cinnamon oil can be produced from both the bark and the leaf. The two oils cannot be used interchangeably as they have varying … Read More

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Dandelion

Dandelion Other Names: Taraxacom officinale, blow ball, wild endive, lion’s tooth  Composition: Dandelion root includes the above ground parts and the root of the … Read More

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Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw Root Composition: Devil’s Claw consists of dried tubers that contain bitter substances. Description and History: This African herb is named for the … Read More

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Feverfew

Composition: The key constituents are sesquiterpene lactones. Extracts are derived from dried leaves and stems of the plant.  Description and History: Feverfew is a … Read More

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo Composition: Extracts from ginkgo leaves have flavonols, terpenes, and glycosides. Description and History: The ginkgo tree is native to China and has been … Read More

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Ginseng

American Ginseng Other Names: Panax quinquefolius, five finger root, sang, ninsin, pannag red berry Composition: Ginseng refers to the dried main root. Description and … Read More

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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle Other Names: Silybum marianum, snake milk, milk ipecac, emetic root  Composition: Milk Thistle refers to the crushed seeds and extract.  Description / … Read More

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Mentha x piperita Composition: The therapeutic effects of peppermint are primarily derived from the composition of its essential oil-menthol and menthone, though its flavonoids … Read More

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Psyllium

Psyllium Composition: Psyllium seed refers to the dried ripe seeds of the plant, which are rich in mucilage. The husks are also used as … Read More

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil Composition: Rosemary oil is obtained through the distillation of the aerial parts of the herb. Rosemary has three primary chemotypes. The … Read More

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Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm Bark Other Names: Ulmus fulva, red elm, Indian elm, moose elm Composition: Slippery elm bark includes the fresh or dried inner lining … Read More

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Thyme

Thymus vulgaris Other Names: tomillo, serpyllum Composition: Thyme refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the plant. Description and History: Thyme is a … Read More

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