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Plant used
How Given Possible Side Effects Comments
Alfalfa Tonic; contains natural fluoride, helpful in preventing tooth decay. Leaf Tincture; tea; capsule. None known Excellent for increasing the production of breast milk.
Aloe vera Topically: Pain reliever, excellent for burns, sore nipples, itching of chickenpox. Internally: Relieves stomach inflammation and constipation Pulp from inside leaf. Liquid applied topically to affected area or taken internally. None known Topically: Use pulp from inside plant leaf. Internally: Use prepared food-grade liquid
American ginseng Helps strengthen overall constitution; helpful in relieving fatigue or debilitation after an illness. Root Tincture; tea Nervousness, insomnia, diarrhea. Do not use if a fever is present.
Burdock Blood purifier and cleanser; helpful in the treatment of acne. Root Tincture; tea; capsule; fresh cooked root. Dilated pupils, dry mouth. Do not use for more than 2 consecutive weeks. Alternate 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off.
Calendula Antiseptic; speeds tissue healing; useful on cuts, blisters, burns, abrasions. Flower Lotion, cream, or tincture, applied topically to the affected area. None known  
Carob Helps to stop/slow diarrhea. Pod and seed Mix powdered carob with water and drink. None known  
Chamomile Soothes upset stomach; relaxes, induces sleep; helpful for teething. Flower Tincture; tea; capsule; bath. Allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Do not give to a child who is allergic to ragweed.
Dill Helps to relieve colic, stomach gas. Leaf Tea; in soup or vegetables. None known. Increases production of breast milk.
Echinacea Antibiotic; boosts immune system. Useful in treating many infections, insect bites, and stings. Root Tincture; tea; capsule; salve. None known Long-term use not advised. Best used for 5 days to 1 week at a time. Alternate 1 week on, 1 week off.
Fennel Helpful for colic, stomachache. Seed Tea; capsule In large doses, can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting. Do not use during pregnancy.
Fenugreek Expectorant; helpful in treating sore throat and chest congestion. Seed Tea; capsule. None Known May produce unusual body odor. This is only temporary, and not a cause for concern.
Flax Soothing to digestive tract; relieves constipation. Seed Tea; capsule; oil. Agitation, excitement, rapid breathing. Seeds are safe when cooked; leaves can be toxic and are not normally used. May be taken by a breastfeeding mother to relieve infant constipation.
Garlic Antibiotic, antiseptic, antiworm. Clove Fresh whole herb; capsule; liquid. Stomach upset, contact dermatitis, flatulence. Fresh cloves may be used, but odorless capsule form is more palatable for most children.
Ginger Aids digestion; relieves congestion, promotes perspiration and relieves fever, soothes achy muscles. Root Tincture; tea; bath or oil for achy muscles. Diarrhea, nausea.  
Goldenseal Antibiotic; used to treat many infections. Root Tincture; tea; capsule. Irritation of mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Do not use during pregnancy. Do not take for more than 1 week to 10 days at a time.
Licorice Tonic; soothing to respiratory tract; increases energy. Root Tincture; tea; capsule. Can lead to high blood pressure with long-term use. Use cautiously in pregnancy or in the presence of high blood pressure or heart disease.
Ma huang( Ephedra) Decreases nasal and sinus swelling and congestion. Stems, twigs Tea; capsule. Increased blood pressure and heart rate, anxiety, Use cautiously in pregnancy or in the presence of high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease, or diabetes. Not advised for children under 12. Best given before 3:00 P.M. to prevent insomnia.
Marshmallow Demulcent, helpful for sore throat and lung congestion. Root Tea; capsule. None known  
Papaya Aids digestion; relieves indigestion and gas. Fruit, leaf Fruit eaten raw. Leaf in tea form. Heartburn. Seeds are used in Asia to eradicate parasites.
Parsley Increases urination, helpful in treating bladder infection. Leaf Tea; capsule. Dizziness, headache, warmth, nausea, vomiting, itching. Use with caution during pregnancy. Excessive amounts will stop milk production in nursing mothers.
Peppermint Aids digestion; relieves nausea; reduces fever; relieves diarrhea, gas, heartburn. Leaf Tincture; tea; capsule. In large doses, can cause stomach irritation and coldness of the body.  
Red clover Blood purifier; helpful in treating acne, boils, skin infections; mild sedative. Flower Tincture; tea; capsule None known  
Rosemary Antispasmodic, stimulating tonic; helpful in treating colds, sore throats, headaches; increases circulation. Leaf Tea; in soup. Nausea, diarrhea. A strong tea can also be used topically to enhance scalp health and hair growth.
Sage Increases urination; aids digestion, antiseptic, helpful for nasal discharge, sore throat. Leaf Tincture; tea; capsule; topically on cuts or abrasions. Dry mouth, local irritation. Can also be used as a gargle for sore throats. Do not use during pregnancy. May decrease milk production in nursing mothers.
Skullcap Sedative, nerve tonic. Leaf Tincture; tea; capsule. Giddiness, Irregular heartbeat. Best used in combination with other calmatives. Do not give to children under 6 years of age.
Slippery elm Helpful in treating constipation, diarrhea, irritated/inflamed stomach. Bark Mix powdered bark with water and drink. None known.  
Thyme Antiseptic, relieves lung congestion, diarrhea, lack of appetite, colic, flatulence. Leaf Tea, in soup; In large doses can cause diarrhea. May be used as a mouthwash.
Yarrow Useful for colds, flu, fever. Leaf Tea; tincture; capsule. None known. Contains small amounts of bioavailable iron. Extended use may make skin more sensitive to sunlight.
Yellow dock Detoxifier; mild laxative; antiworm; relieves cough and lymphatic congestion. Root Tincture; tea; capsule. In large doses, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Encourages perspiration

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