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FAQ Herbal Reference Guide


Herbal Reference Guide

Passion Flower/ Powder (Passiflora incarnate)

Passionflower is used to treat hyperactivity, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, nervous tension, and the infusion can be used to treat eye infections and eye strain. Native American tribes used it as a poultice for bruises and injuries, as well as for an overall tonic.

Peony Root (Paeonia officinalis)

Peony root treats menstrual cramps and irregular menstruation by helping to relieve spasms, and inflammation. It is a cooling herb, and nourishes the liver and blood. Can treat gout and asthma. It is also used in combination with other herbs to calm the body and ease emotional nervous conditions. It can reduce blood pressure. It should be used only under the guidance of a professional, as it can be toxic if taken incorrectly. Do not use the flowers or leaves internally.

Peppermint (Mentha piperata)

Peppermint can clean and strengthen the body. This is a good digestive remedy, it acts as a sedative on the stomach and strengthens the bowels. Can be helpful in respiratory problems, by cooling soothing the throat, lungs and mind. Can be used for aches and pains, with headaches. It is also mild enough to give to children as needed for chills and colds. Adding honey or ginger is a great formula for children over two years old.

Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)

Red Raspberry is one of the most popular female herbs. It is gentle in nature and is a good blood- nourishing tonic. It can be stimulating. It strengthens the uterine wall during pregnancy, reduces the pain of childbirth, and helps to reduce false labor pains. After childbirth it is used to decrease uterine swelling and help relieve post-partum bleeding. It is used to ease menstrual cramps and to regulate the flow during menstruation because it is so astringing. It is also good for vomiting in small children, and dysentery and diarrhea in infants. Should be avoided in large doses in the first few months of pregnancy. If using on infants, consult with a pediatrician for the correct dosage.

Rose Hips (Rosa rubiginosa)

Rose Hips can be used for treating ailments, such as colds, flu, gastritis and can control diarrhea. In addition to vitamin C, rose hips also contain A, D, E, and F as well as antioxidant flavonoids that may reduce the effects of aging and help prevent cancer. It has been used for fighting wrinkles and lines on the face because it contains (vitamin F), also known as essential fatty acids (EFA). When they are absorbed through the skin, they convert to prostaglandins (PGE), which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is a stimulant of the circulatory system and can help improve memory and concentration. It is used to treat bites and stings externally. Internally it is used to treat migraines, bad breath, and to stimulate the sexual organs. It is also used to treat nervous disorders, upset stomachs, and is used to regulate the menstrual cycle and to ease cramps. It is also used in lotions to ease arthritis and muscle pain.

Roses Pink (Rosa gallica)

Roses not only have a wonderful aroma, they also can be used for a variety of ailments. They can aid in treating common colds, bronchial infections, urinary dysfunction, depression, lethargy and skin problems. The sugars contained have an important skin hydration action and can help to tone the skin.

Sage (Salvia spp.)

Sage’s actions focus on the mouth, throat and female reproductive system. It can be used to relieve excess mucous buildup. It is beneficial to the mind by easing mental exhaustion and by strengthening the concentrating abilities. Chewing the fresh leaves may soothe mouth sores and sore throats, as will sage tea. It is good for all stomach troubles, it can stimulate bile flow, helping with diarrhea and gas. As a hair rinse, it removes dandruff. It is used to regulate the menstrual cycle, to decrease milk flow in lactating women, aids in treating hot flashes, and is used as a deodorant. Sage should not be taken by epileptics, or in high or frequent doses during pregnancy.

Scullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)

Scullcap is useful for all sorts of nervous tension. It supports and strengthens the nervous system as well as giving immediate relief from all chronic and acute diseases that affect the nerves. The effects, if taken correctly, can usually be felt within 30 minutes. Can work on nervous tension, anxiety, over excitability, restlessness and insomnia. It is used to regulate sexual desires, and is very useful in remedies for feminine cramps and menstrual troubles. It is also used with other herbs to lessen the affects of epilepsy.

Spearmint (Mentha viridis)

Spearmint is a valuable herb for stopping vomiting during pregnancy. It is gentle enough to use for colic in babies, while aiding in curing colds, flu, and gas.

St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)

St. Johnswort is useful for bronchitis, internal bleeding, healing wound, It is used to ease depression, headaches, hysteria, neuralgia, shingles, as well as symptoms that occur during menopause. Studies are showing that it may be effective in combating AIDS and immune- deficiencies by increasing the immune functions of the body. The sun should be avoided if using this herb, especially in fair-skinned people, prolonged use can cause photosensitivity. Do not use if pregnant. This herb can strengthen liver detoxification causing quicker drug clearance, use cautiously with all pharmaceutical drugs.

Thyme (Thymus spp.)

Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and can be applied (well diluted) directly to wounds. It is used in cases of bronchial ailments, and intestinal disturbances because of its warming and astringing qualities. It is used as an antiseptic against tooth decay and destroys fungal infections as in athlete’s foot and skin parasites such as lice. Avoid high doses during pregnancy.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian relaxes and is very effective for insomnia and nervous tension. It is often used as a tranquilizer, but it leaves no sluggish effects on the user. It is used for pain relieving, strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, IBS, diverticulosis, menstrual cramps, and for muscle spasms. It should not be taken for more than 2-3 weeks at a time, as it can cause mental depression in some people after long-term use. It is not habit-forming. Avoid if taking sleep-inducing drugs, unless directed by a doctor. It may potentate the effects of benzodiazepine drugs.

Apricot Kernel Meal

Apricot kernels are a source of vitamin B-17. Vitamin B-17 is present in the seeds of all fruits except citrus fruit. The most concentrated source is in apricot kernels with the better apricots seeming to be the best. Apricot kernels contain an average of 21% proteins and 52% vegetable oils. This is an ideal medium that produces a gritty sensation for soaps, facial scrubs and exfoliating body care products.

Astragalus root (Astragalus Membranaceous)

Astragalus has been known to strengthen the metabolism and digestion and can raise metabolism. It aids in strengthening the immune system and is used in the healing of wounds and injuries in many herbal formulas. For a boost to the body’s healing process, astragalus can be added to any herbal formula or broth during times of illness that prevent one from eating normally.

Black Cohosh (Cimifuga Racemosa)

Black cohosh is useful and all conditions of arthritis. It may improve blood circulation, treat delayed and painful menstruation, and is often used in conjunction with other herbs to relieve menopause symptoms. This is a great herb for sore muscles or muscle cramps. It should not be used during pregnancy. Black cohosh can be poisonous in large doses. It contains a chemical much like estrogen, so those advised by their doctors not to take birth control should avoid using this herb and always consult with your physician before using this herb.

Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)

Catnip can be used by itself or in herbal remedies. Good for colds, flu, fevers, upset stomach, and insomnia. This is an ideal remedy for children with non- disease related upset stomachs. It’s gentle and soothing and can act as a mild sedative to encourage sleep. Use with smaller doses for small children and babies. Catnip can also be a fun treat to spice up your animals toys.

Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla (German) Anthemus Nobilis (Roman)

Chamomile is a good remedy for mild nervousness and menstrual cramps. This is also a favorite for babies and small children with colds and stomach troubles. It can also help alleviate teething pains. It can be used to calm and soothe the body and muscles. It may help in inducing sleep in insomniac conditions. It is also used in many washes for sore eyes.

Cinnamon (Cinnamonum Zeylanicum)

Cinnamon can be added to remedies in acute symptoms. This herb is a stimulant and warm in nature. It enables herbal remedies to work faster by stimulating the other herbs involved. It is also a blood purifier, may prevent infection, and aids in digestion. Cinnamon may reduce blood sugar levels. (Do not ingest cinnamon oil.)

Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllata)

Cloves are very warm in nature and stimulating to the body. They may be useful with people who have cold hands and feet. They will promote sweating with fevers, colds, and flu. It is often used in remedies for whooping cough. Cloves are also safe and effective for relieving vomiting during pregnancy. Clove oil will stop a toothache when it is applied directly to the cavity. Many young women have used clove oil on the earlobes before getting their ears pierced to help with the pain. Do not exceed the recommended dosage and always consult with your physician when using clove medicinally.

Dandelion Leaf (Tarxum Officinale)

Dandelion leaf benefits the liver in many ways. It may clear obstructions such as stones and detoxifies poisons that gather in the liver, spleen, and gallbladder. It can also promote circulation of fluid. It can be used to treat warts. It is also used in formulas for premenstrual syndrome, due to its diuretic properties. In studies, it has been shown to reduce cholesterol and uric acid. Dandelion also helps clear skin irruptions when used both internally and externally daily. It is a good source of potassium, iron, calcium, and contains vitamin A and C

Echinacea (Echancea Purpurea)

Echinacea, also known as Purple Coneflower, can be used as a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulator. It is helpful to build a resistance to colds, flu and infections. It is said to increase the production of white blood cells and improve the lymph glands. Tea from this herb can be useful in all infections, viral, fungal or bacterial. **Please note that if you suffer from any autoimmune disorders – you should not use echinacea or any other immune stimulant herbs without the guidance of your treating physician.

Elderberry (Sambucus)

Elderberry can be topically used for infections, inflammation of the skin, and swelling. It prevents the spread of virus. It can soothe a sore throat, speed recovery from cold and flu, and relieve respiratory distress and lung problems. The flowering tops tone the mucous lining of the nose and throat, increasing their resistance to infection. They are often prescribed for chronic congestion, allergies, ear infections, and candida related symptoms. They contain flavonoids, and a considerable amount of vitamins A, B, and C. They are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins stimulate the body’s immune response by promoting the production of lymphocytes that act as a second line against foreign cells, and amino acids, which assist relief from sore throat and common colds.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Gobules)

Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic, and is used to treat pyorrhea (gum disease) and on burns to prevent infections. The oil breathed in will help clear the sinuses, as will the steam from boiling the leaves. When mixed with water or vegetable oils, it makes a good insect repellant. A small drop on the tongue eases nausea. Eucalyptus is best used as an external remedy.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel helps to settle the appetite. It may improve digestion, can relieve indigestion, and is very helpful with nausea. It is also used for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Enriches and increases the flow of milk for lactating women. It is often used as a sedative for small children. May also help with respiratory complaints.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is an excellent herb to use for strengthening and healing the respiratory system, as well as for fighting off colds and flu. It removes congestion, soothes sore throats, and relieves headaches and body aches. When combined with other herbs, it enhances their effectiveness. It is also very effective in combating motion sickness. Recommended during pregnancy for treating morning sickness and digestive problems, ginger is safe to use during pregnancy for colds and sore throats as well. If pregnant, ask your doctor about trying this herb.

Ginkgo Biloba (Gingko Biloba)

Medicinal Properties: Gingko Biloba is used to treat memory loss and difficulties, and also is used to treat head injuries. It relaxes the blood vessels, and stimulates circulation. It is also used to treat tinnitus, circulatory problems, strengthening the cardiac system, impotence, asthma, allergies that affect breathing, and early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Its properties enable the opening of the smaller veins, helping to improve circulation to all organs and especially the heart. Do not use with MAO inhibitors. Use cautiously with any anticoagulant drugs, or before surgery.

Ginseng (Panax quinquefolia (American ginseng), Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng), Panax spp.)

Ginseng stimulates the body to overcome all forms of illness, physical and mental. It is used to lower blood pressure, increase endurance, aid in relieving depression, and is a sexual stimulant. The dried root is used for healing purposes. It has been used throughout ancient times to the present day for use in conjunction with most herbs in treating all sorts of illnesses, including cancers, digestive troubles, and memory. It is used to help the body during stress and overcoming fatigue. During menopause it aids in rejuvenating the system and balances hormones. Can aid in regulating hot flashes. This should be avoided late at night, it may cause sleeplessness. Do not use during acute fevers. Consult with your doctor if you are taking cardiac glycosides.

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis, Various spp.)

Green tea has recently come into prominence as an effective anti-oxidant. It has been shown to reduce the risk of many forms of cancer, and it has the ability to stabilize blood lipids. It aids in treating high cholesterol, hypertension, and stimulates immune functions. This herb can ease mental fatigue. It can also help to prevent plaque buildup on the teeth. People who are sensitive to, or cautioned to reduce or avoid, caffeine can still use the decaffeinated form of Green Tea, which is still shown to have the same medicinal properties and qualities.


Hibiscus may help in treating damaged and irritated tissue for rejuvenating the skin. The high mucilage content enhances the retention of the skin’s hydric content, making the herb useful against the effects of aging. To gather with the moisturizing ability of the mucilages in combination with the astringent, anti-inflammatory and free radicals scavenger properties of the anthocyanocides- this is a great herb for the skin. Regular consumption of hibiscus tea can often lower blood pressure typically 8 to 12 Mm/Hg. Hibiscus is also the source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA, or hydroxycut) used in many diet formulas. This compound has been long used to fight obesity. It states appetite and encourages weight loss not by increasing energy expenditure, but by encouraging that “wasting” of carbohydrates. It contains pectins, mucilage, organic acids, vitamin C, citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid.


Honeybush is a fermented tea lacking the typical bite found in most green and black tees. This is because it contains virtually no tannin. It is naturally caffeine free, high in vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is an invaluable resource for antioxidants, rare trace minerals, and contains isoflavones.

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine tea is drunk for its calming effect, especially after dinner, as well as for its aphrodisiacal qualities. Jasmine oil used in massage is soothing to the skin, and reported to be an aphrodisiac. It is used in aromatherapy to treat depression and nerve conditions, and as a massage oil for menstrual cramps.

Kava Root (Piper methysticum)

Used to treat insomnia and nervousness, by calming the mind. It can relieve stress after injury and reduce skeletal and muscle spasms and pain. Used as a tea for pains associated with nerve and skin diseases. Large doses can cause a buildup of toxic substances in the liver. Should be avoided by patients with Parkinson’s disease. Avoid if pregnant or nursing.

Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)

Lavender tea made from the flower blossoms can be used as an antidepressant. It is used in combination with other herbs for a remedy for depression and nervous tension and stress. It can calm digestion. Can also be used as a headache and migraine remedy. Can be used in baths for a relaxing and uplifting experience.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Balm is used to treat children with fever, flu, and colds. In adults, it can treat colds, headaches, depression, menstrual cramps, insomnia, and nervous stomachs. It has also been used to help treat hyperthyroidism (Grave’s disease), herpes simplex, and indigestion. The crushed leaves are applied to wounds and insect bites to aid in healing.

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon Citrates)

Medicinal Properties: Lemon grass can be used to induce sleep. The infusion is also used to loosen and lessen mucous, to treat fevers, stomach cramps, flatulence as well as general digestive aid and can soothe stress. It has been considered a carminative and insect repellent.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice Root is a great source of the female hormone estrogen. Helps to normalize and regulate hormone production. It is used for coughs and chest ailments. It is an important herb to use when recovering from an illness, as it supplies needed energy to the system. Can be used as a remedy for stomach and heart problems, indigestion, inflammation and pain. Should not be used by pregnant women. Licorice can prolong the half-life of cortisone. Use with caution under direction of your doctor if taking thiazide diuretics, cortisone, or cardiac glycosides.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle contains minerals such as iron, silica, potassium, manganese, sulfur, and vitamins A and C. It is anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and astringent. Nettle contains a histamine and is used in the treatment of allergies and hayfever. It is beneficial in the treatment of skin conditions as it helps cleanse the body of toxins. Rich in iron and vitamin C, Nettle is also a useful remedy in anemia. The vitamin C ensures that the iron is properly absorbed. This can help in concentration and focusing clearly. As an astringent, it is used for blood in the urine, and helps relieve excessive menstrual flow. Clinical trials on Nettles have shown improvements in urinary flow, and reduced urinary frequency. A decoction of the plant is good for diarrhea. Nettle should not be taken during pregnancy.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Oregano is warming in nature. It is used to promote perspiration as a treatment for colds, flu, and fevers. It has been known to penetrate the system and kill microbes. It is also used in baths and inhalations, as well drinking the infusion, to clear lungs and bronchial passages. Internally and externally it can help alleviate dry itching skin. The essential oil is used to treat viral infections, respiratory ailments, and muscle aches. Pregnant women should not ingest large amounts of oregano. A tea of oregano is often used to bring on menses and relieve associated menstrual discomfort. Direct contact of the oil to sensitive areas of the skin, eyes or mouth can cause severe burns.

Papaya Leaf (Carica Papaya)

Medicinal Properties: Papaya Leaf has been used as an aid for stomach ailments, due to its enzyme content. Papaya Leaf especially aids in the digestion of proteins, but can also help to digest carbohydrates and fats. It contains a substance called “papain”, (which is chemically similar to “pepsin”), an enzyme that helps digest protein in the body. It is a safe and natural digestive aid.


Why organic?

Did you know that tea is one of the most processed beverages offered in the United States? Even before the tea leaves are processed, they may have been exposed to growth agents in the soil, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and or O-Zone treatments.

We at Holgistic have chosen to provide ALL ORGANIC specialty teas and products. We have taken great care in choosing our line of nutraceutical products that we use and recommend. All of the companies we choose are carefully vetted to ensure the highest quality to our patients.

We at Holgistic believe in purity and a higher standard of quality. Over 90% of the herbs, flowers, spices, clays and powders we offer have been certified organic through USDA national organic standards and are kosher certified through OQK. All of the tea products we offer are free from harsh chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, O-Zone treatments and growth agents. We hope to ensure the purest, most natural environment to share with every part of your family’s day. We continue to dedicate ourselves to helping maintain healthy, prosperous families, while also benefiting our ecosystem. We take great pride in supporting organic agriculture and our ability to bring natures best right to your front door.


Organic tastes better!

It’s common sense – well balanced soils produce strong, healthy plants that become nourishing food and herbs. Hundreds of gourmet chefs across the nation are choosing organic food to prepare because they believe it has superior taste and quality. We agree, and want only the best for our customers.

Organic production reduces health risks

Many EPA approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. There are no chemicals or pesticides used in organic farming.

Organic farming helps to build stronger ecosystems

Today’s agriculture relies heavily on chemicals and often causes erosion and depletion of soil nutrients through loss of biomass. Organic farming is a growing industry that reduces erosion, pollution, and water shortages by using natural methods to fertilize crops and to fight pests and diseases. A well-established organic farm can often produce higher yields than a conventional farm. Organic farming is typically more labor-intensive and provides more agricultural jobs per acre conventional farming. Workers on organic farms are also safe from the health hazards of working with pesticides and herbicide.

*In most cases of illness, medicinal and herbal products can greatly benefit the relief of symptoms when taken correctly. Although Holgistic offers a variety of medicinal and herbal products, in no way are our products intended to treat or cure any disease. As with any supplement, vitamin or natural product, it is always important to check with your doctor before using a product for a first time. Holgistic strongly recommends always consulting trained, certified, medical personnel before using any herbal or medicinal product for the first time.



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