Knowing these terms will be helpful if you are working with the healing properties of plants in herbal medicne or herbal magic. Wiccans and witches often use herbs in their healing remedies, tinctures, and ointments.
Increases the body's ability to adapt to internal or external stress.
Gradually alters or changes a condition.
Relieves pain and discomfort.
A medicine that relieves pain.
Expels worms. Also called vermifuge.
Kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.
Counteracts the action af another substance; usually refers to poisons.
Reduces or prevents a fever.
Destroys bacteria; usually applied externally.
Relieves or prevents muscle spasms or cramps.
Causes dehydration and the tightening and shrinking of tissues. Used to stop bleeding and close pores.
Has a bitter taste that stimulates the flow of gastric juices.
Has a calming effect; usually not as strong as a sedative.
Dispels or prevents gas.
Inflammation of the mucous membranes; especially those of the respiratory system. May be accompanied by gastric upsets or diarrhea.
Causes evacuation of the bowels.
Promotes the flow of bile.
Oily or mucilaginous substance that soothes and moistens irritated tissues.
Also called "water pills;" promotes the flow of urine.
Softens and soothes the skin.
Expels phlegm by inducing coughing, sneezing, or spitting.
Gas in the stomach or bowels.
Stops internal bleeding.
Affecting the liver.
A gentle cathartic. A laxative may act by stimulating the motion of the bowel, moistening the colon, increasing bile secretion, or relieving cramps.
calms nervousness, tension, and excitement.
Relieves ailments of the chest and lungs.
A medicinal preparation.
A strong cathartic.
Stiffness of joints and muscles.
Increases blood circulation to the area to which it is applied.
Reduces nervous tension; stronger than a calmative.
Increases the flow of saliva.
A herb used solo in treatment of a medical condition.
Increases or quickens actions of the body.
Stops external bleeding; usually an astringent.
Strengthens or invigorates the systems.
Destroys or expels worms.
Used to treat wounds.