Herb Fact Sheets

Click on one of the herbs below to read its fact sheet:

Herbs are listed with their common name first, followed by the scientific / latin name in brackets)

Angelica (Angelica sinensis)

Astragalus (Astragalus membraneaceous)

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium)

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Buchu (Barosma betulina)

Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Caraway (Carum carvi)

Cayenne (Capsicum minima)

Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani)

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus)

Chocolate (Theobroma cacao)

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)

Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum)

Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca)

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia)

Elecampane (Inula helenium)

Ephedra (Ephedra sinica)

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Frankincense (Boswellia sacra)

Feverfew (Crysanthemum parthenium)

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Ginseng (American) (Panax ginseng)

Ginseng (Siberian) (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Goji Berry (Lycium chinese)

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Gotu Kola (Hydrocotyl asiatica)


Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacanthoides)

Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba)

Juniper (Juniperus communis)

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum)

Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon ssp.)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa)

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

Mustard (Brassica nigra)

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Olive (Olea europea)

Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium)

Pasque Flower (Anemone Pulsatilla)

Passion Vine (Passiflora incarnata)

Peppermint (mentha piperita)

Plantain (Plantago major)

Prickly Ash (Xanthoxylem americanum)

Psyllium (Plantago psyllium)

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Rose (Rosa damascena)

Salap (Orchis maculata)

Sandalwood (Santalum album)

Sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata)

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Schizandra (Schisandra chinensis)

Self Heal

Slippery Elm

St. John’s Wort

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)


Uva Ursi


Wild Hydrangea

Wild Lettuce


Witch Hazel (Hammamelis virginiana)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yellow Dock

Planet Botanic would like to extend thanks to Douglas Schar*, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, for the use of the herbal fact sheets available on this website. Some of the information is taken from books by Douglas Schar, whereas other material has been gleaned from trusted, historical writings on herbs. Schar’s books are becoming harder and harder to find, but Amazon does carry a few. They are packed with very accessible information and highly recommended, especially if you liked what you’ve read here on the site.

*Douglas Schar, DipPhyt, MCPP, MNIMH, is a clinically trained herbalist. After earning his Diploma in Phytotherapy, Douglas opened ‘The Herbalists’ shop and clinic in Columbia Road, London, UK in 1996 and was Editor for the British Journal of Phytotherapy. He currently lives in Washington, DC, where he’s putting the finishing touches on his PhD dissertation on disease-preventing plants.  Planet Botanic Recommends: Books by Douglas Schar –  30 Plants That Can Save Your Life, The Backyard Medicine Chest: An Herbal Primer, Echinacea: The Plant That Boosts Your Immune System… Available atwww.amazon.com.