Herbal Guide

A herbal guide for you to refer to! 

 ALFALFA (Medicago Sativa)

Part Used: Mainly the leaf but the seeds can also be used
Summary:
Stimulates the appetite and relieves ulcers, as well as treats other digestive disorders and kidney problems. 
Safety & Precautions: Generally regarded as safe.

CALENDULA (Calendula Officinalis)
Part Used: Flower
Summary:
A powerful healer of wounds through promoting cell repair and growth.
Used for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory purposes such as ulcers, cramps and indigestion. 
Safety & Precautions: N/A

CHAMOMILE (Chamaemelum Nobile)
Part Used: Flower
Summary: 
Rich in azulene (a volatile oil which serves as an anti-inflammatory and anti-fever agents).
Helps to relieve arthritis, aches and pains.
Safety & Precautions: Some may be allergic to chamomile. Discontinue use if you experience itchy eyes/ears, runny nose, scratchy throat or any allergy symptoms.
CINNAMON (Cinnamomum Verum)
Part Used: Inner bark of tree
Summary:
Due to its warming and stimulating properties, it is often used to improve circulation, boost vitality and clear congestion.
It is known to be a powerful antiseptic with anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
Safety & Precautions: Considered safe and non-toxic. Slight emmenagogic properties (stimulates the uterus) so large amounts are not recommended in early stages of pregnancy (but there have not been any cases of miscarriage due to use of cinnamon). 
DANDELION (Taraxacum Officinale)
Part Used: Root, leaf and flower
Summary: 
The whole plant can be used  in tea and food.
The root is considered a "liver tonic" as it stimulates ad decongests the liver.
The root encourages the production of bile to help break down cholesterol and fat for optimal digestion.
Great source of potassium, iron, calcium and rich in trace minerals.
Safety & Precautions: Some may be allergic to milky latex of the flower and stem. If a rash develops, discontinue use. 
FENNEL (Foeniculum vulgare)
Part Used: Fruit
Summary: 
An anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial herb that also acts as a diuretic.
Fennel is a safe and effective herb for children’s colic or flatulence.
Safety & Precautions: Do not use during pregnancy or lactation.

GINGER (Zingiber officinale)

Part Used: Rhizome
Summary: Ginger is a warming and decongesting herb known to be effective for cramps, nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness.
Safety & Precautions: A popular culinary herb, ginger has not been known to have negative side effects.

HAWTHORN (Crataegus Laevigata)
Part Used: Fruit, flower, leaf and young twigs
Summary: 
This herb is rich in bioflavonoids, antioxidants and procyanidins which nourish the heart. 
Safety & Precautions: If you are taking heart medication, check with your GP before taking hawthorn.  
HIBISCUS (Rosa sinensis)
Part Used: Flower
Summary: 
Helps to to regulate blood pressure, heart health and urinary health. 
High in Vitamin C for immunity.
High in electrolytes to keep you hydrated.
Safety & Precautions: Avoid if you have low blood pressure, pregnant or have diabetes.

HOPS (Humulus lupulus)

Part Used: Flower
Summary: 
A bitter tonic to aid in indigestion.
Used to help relieve anxiety, insomnia, restlessness and nervousness.
Safety & Precautions: Avoid if pregnant, experiencing depression, while using sedative medication or have hormone sensitive cancers.
LEMON BALM (Melissa Officinalis)
Part Used: Leaf 
Summary:
Rich concentration of volatile oils (citral and citronellal) to help calm the nervous and digestive system.
A mild sedative which helps with insomnia and depression.
Can calm a restless child and is a known aid for ADD and ADHD.
Safety & Precautions: Considered a thyroid inhibitor  (if you have low thyroid activity or hypothyroidism, please use under the guidance of a general practitioner).
LEMONGRASS (Cymbopogon citratus)
Part Used: Aerial parts
Summary:
Contains anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Helps with digestive tract spasms, stomach aches, high blood pressure, achy joints and the common cold.
Can be applied as an essential oil directly to skin for headaches, abdominal and muscle pains.
Safety & Precautions:
NETTLE (Urtica Dioica)
Part Used: Mainly the leaf however the root can be used (tonic for prostate) and seed (as a general tonic for increase in stamina and energy)
Summary:
A great anti-inflammatory tonic for "growing" pains in young children and mature folks with aching joints by bringing circulation to the area.
It is a natural antihistamine which is a great great remedy for allergies and hay fever.
Safety & Precautions: Despite being known as the "stinging nettle", it is a safe edible plant however please seek your general practitioner's advice if you are pregnant, are taking blood pressure pills or have diabetes. 

 SPEARMINT (Mentha Spicata)

Part Used: Mainly the leaf but the flower can also be used
Summary:
Acts as a mild digestive aid while providing relaxing properties. 
Promotes both warming and cooling properties ie. cooling sensation to the skin and digestive system while stimulating blood flow causing a warm sensation.
Safety & Precautions: Generally regarded as safe.
ROSE (Rosa Canina)
Part Used: Flower
Summary:
Rich in polyphenols (a group of antioxidant compounds derived from plants) to protect our cells and and reduce inflammation.
Helps to relieve symptoms of menstrual cramps.
High in Vitamin C which is a natural source of antioxidants, supports your immune system and aids in production of collagen for the skin. 
Safety & Precautions: Generally regarded as safe.