Categorizing herbs helps the beginning herbalist to better understand how herbs are grouped by the actions, making it easier to decipher their potential uses, and what you could benefit from taking them. You'll be able to further understand when you should use a certain herb.
Immunity: Herbs for Protection
Immunity is an expression of the body and mind’s homeostasis and represents the interactions between the inner and outer environments. The following immune protecting herbs are known for their ability to protect and strengthen the immune system. They come in handy when you're sick or feeling under the weather. Herbs designated as immuno-modulators modify the immune response. Some herbs are immunostimulants, increasing activity, or suppressants, decreasing activity.
Herbs: Reishi, Ginseng, Eleuthero, Hibiscus, Chaga, Turkey Tail
Herbs for the Liver
Herbs that assist and support overall liver function. Healthy liver function can help with hormonal balance. It assist in keeping the body happy and healthy.
Herbs: Ginseng, Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Nettle
Nervines: Herbs for Relaxation
Nervines are herbs that specifically support the nervous system. Anxiety and stress may prevent you from feeling fully relaxed and at ease. Use these herbs to help aid you in the direction of relaxation.
Herbs: Ashwagandha, Eleuthero, Reishi, Lemon Balm, Skullcap
Nutritives: Herbs for Mineralization
Plants that are rich in vitamins and minerals are important for your body.
Herbs: Eleuthero, Ginseng, Spirulina, Chorella, Nettle
Nootropics: Herbs for the Brain
Herbs that enhance emotional and mental wellbeing and increase brain circulation. You and your brain go through a lot daily. Support your brain circulation and health with these amazing herbs.
Herbs: Lions Mane, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Gingko, Rosemary
Cardio-Protective: Herbs for the Heart
The heart is the primary organ of the cardiovascular system, supplying oxygen to all the cells and tissue of the body. Staying heart-healthy becomes easier when incorporating these herbs in your diet! Without them, you may experience the negative effects of unhealthy heart function on the entire body.
Herbs: Reishi, Motherwort, Hawthorn
Article by Sarah Baxendell
Sarah Baxendell helps women access the power of herbs and take control of their personal wellness. As Chief Creative Officer at Desert Bloom Botanicals, she designs products and programs that are easy to use, accessible, and ignite your wellness journey. Sarah is a permaculture designer, clinical herbalist, and nature educator.