Index to Pages on Herbs

Artemisia Annua

Artemisia AnnuaSweet Annie is the preferred herb for treating malaria as well as a number of other parasitic conditions. It has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine and is presently cultivated in Africa and Asia for medicinal use. It has also been found effective in treating certain types of cancer.

Black Cumin Seeds

Black cumin is regarded by many as a panacea and may therefore not be taken seriously by some, but for those inclined to dismiss folklore, it should be noted that these humble seeds have been found superior to almost every other natural remedy when used for autoimmune disorders, conditions in which patients suffer greatly because their own systems attack their bodies.

Black Walnut

The doctrine of signatures refers to the similarity between the walnut and the head: the outer husk of green covering represents the pericranium . . . ergo "salt made of those husks or barks are good for wounds of the head." The inner woody shell resembles the skull and the little yellow peel (inside the walnut) corresponds to the meninga and pia-mater. The kernel has the same appearance as the brain and is therefore "profitable to the brain and resists poisons."


A researcher named Dr. Yoshiaki Omura discovered that some patients excreted more toxic metals after consuming a Chinese soup containing cilantro, the leafy part of coriander, an herb whose seed is a familiar culinary spice in African, Middle Eastern, and Indian cooking. 


Codonopsis is a bit sweet, especially if soaked in water before use. It is rich in saponins and has a capacity to penetrate and cleanse tissues. It is considered particularly beneficial to the lungs, spleen, and stomach. Research shows that it reduces blood pressure and increases immunity and hemoglobin. It is an adaptogen and supports the adrenals.


Galangal, the favorite herb of Hildegard of Bingen, is a member of the ginger family. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties that have been found effective in treatment of candida albicans. Hildegard of Bingen recommended it for deafness as well as heart problems.

Goji Berries

The now quite famous berries from Mongolia are a very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges, actually more almost than any fruit you could name. They are also a superb source of vitamin A, not surprising because they are a really pretty red color. Goji berries also have vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E; they are becoming a famous antioxidant.


Lavender can be applied to open wounds as a protection against infection and as a treatment once infection is evident as with gangrene. It is useful for dog bites and other lacerations and can also be used for acne, psoriasis, fungal conditions, herpes, burns, scalds, and sunburn.

St. John's Wort

St. John's wort is prized as a nervine and antidepressant, so much so that in Germany, where St. John's wort is approved for treatment of depression and anxiety, it is prescribed 20 times more often than Prozac.


 Annona muricata

In an 1976 plant screening program by the National Cancer Institute, graviola leaves and stem showed active cytotoxicity against cancer cells and researchers have been following up on these findings since. Much of the cancer research on graviola focuses on a novel set of phyto-chemicals called Annonaceous acetogenins. Graviola produces these natural compounds in its leaf and stem, bark, and fruit seeds.

 Artemisia annua

Two bioengineering research professors at the University of Washington have rediscovered wormwood as a promising potential treatment for cancer among the ancient arts of Chinese folk medicine.

 Hydrastis canadensis

The use of goldenseal was taught to early American colonists by Cherokee medicine men and women. It was used in many cancer treatments by such successful physicians as John Pattison whose work is discussed in Ingrid Naiman's book, Cancer Salves: A Botanical Approach to Treatment.

 Sanguinaria Canadensis, part I

The medicinal uses of bloodroot were learned from Native Americans living in the region of Lake Superior as well as the Cherokee further to the south. Bloodroot was prized for its root sap, an interesting exudate that remarkably resembles blood. The roots, usually used fresh, are made into washes, poultices, snuffs, dental powders, and escharotic salves.

 Sanguinaria Canadensis, part II

Tis Mal Crow says the plant comes in two colors, salmon (male) and crimson (female.) To determine the sex of the plant, you tear the leaf. It will bleed salmon or crimson and one is to match the plant to the gender of the patient.

 Viscum album

Mistletoe preparations show cytotoxic properties in vitro and to some degree in vivo. It has also shown to stimulate the immune system response through an increased number of white blood cells. Both of these properties have made mistletoe a candidate for cancer and AIDS remedy research.




Edible Flowers




Baikal Skullcap
Scutellaria baicalensis

Eclipta alba

Symphytum officinalis

Trigonella foenum-graecum

Rosmarinus officinalis

St. John's Wort
Hypericum perforatum - L.

Siberian Catmint
Nepeta sibirica

Vitex agnus-castus

Artemisia absinthium




Sacred Medicine Sanctuary
Poulsbo, Washington 98370

Copyright by Sacred Medicine Sanctuary 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017

Contact Us || Sacred Medicine Sanctuary & FAQ || Subscription Management

*The material provided on this site is for informational purposes only. The author is not a medical doctor. The statements made represent the author's personal opinions and are not intended to replace the services of health care professionals. The content and products discussed have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this page and the products available on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.