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Properties of Plants and Herbs - Select to See List of Herbs

Adaptogen  Adaptogens raise the body's resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue and also enhance the immune system. They also have rejuvenating properties.

Alterative
Plants with alterative properties help purify the blood. They assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste products.

Analgesic Analgesics reduce pain. Some are used internally and some externally.

Anesthetic Anesthetics have the ability to cause physical insensitivity. 

Anodyne Anodynes sooth and reduce the intensity of pain.

Anorectic Anorectics help to reduce the appetite.

Antacid Antacids are used to neutralize acids in the stomach
and intestinal tract.

Anthelmintic
Anthelmintic properties expel or destroy worms in the body.

Antiemetic Antiemetic properties ease nausea and prevent vomiting. 

Anti-abortive These plants prevent premature expulsion of the fetus.

Anti-asthmatic Plants that are anti-asthmatic relieve allergies, asthma and bronchitis.

Antibacterial This property prevents bacterial growth.

Antibiotic Antibiotics kill or stop the growth of harmful micro-organisms. These can be bacterial, fungal or parasitic.

Anti-catarrhal A plant with this property helps to prevent the formation of mucus.

Anticoagulant Anticoagulant plants prevent the coagulating of the blood.

Antifungal  Antifungal properties kill fungi.

Antigalactogogue Plants with antigalactogogue properties help decrease the production of breast milk.

Antihydrotic Plants with  antihydrotic properties reduce levels of perspiration.

Antihistamine
  Plants with antihistamine properties are used for treating allergic reactions. An allergic reaction indicates an excessive release by the body of histamines.

Anti-inflammatory
These plants reduce inflammation.

Antilithic
Plants with antilithic properties prevent the formation of stones in the gall blader and kidney, as well as aiding the expulsion of those already formed.

Antimicrobial
Plants with antimicrobial properties help the body destroy microbes by affecting their growth and multiplication.

Antineoplastic Plants with antineoplastic properties inhibit, prevent and destroy tumors. 

Antioxidant Plants with antioxidant properties protect the body from the formation of free radicals.


Antiperiodic
Plants with this property counter the effects of periodic diseases such as chills or fever in malaria.

Anti-pyretic Anti-pyretics will reduce or prevent fever.

Antiseptic Antiseptics are applied externally to prevent bacterial growth.

Anti-spasmodic Plants with this property help to prevent or relax muscle spasms.

Antitussive
Plants with antitussive properties are cough suppressants.

Antivenomus
Plants with antivenomous properties counteract venom, as from a snake bite.

Antiviral
  Plants with antiviral properties act to destroy viruses in the body.

Aphrodisiac Aphrodisiacs improve sexual potency, desire and performance.

Aromatic Plants that are aromatics help to stimulate the digestion.

Astringent Astringents dry secretions and discharges.

Carminative Plants with carminative properties help to sooth the digestive tract, relieve gas and  cramping.

Cholagogue These plants promote production of bile and have a laxative effect.

Decongestant Plants with decongestant properties relieve congestion in the upper respiratory tract.

Demulcent Plants with demulcent properties protect internal tissue. 

Diaphoretic Diaphorecic properties will promote perspiration.

Diuretic Plants with diuretic properties increase the flow of urine.

Emetic Emetic properties induce vomiting when taken in specific (usually high) doses. 

Emmenagogue Emmenagogue plants promote suppressed menstrual flow.

Emollient Plants that have emollient properties sooth and protect the skin externally. Taken internally they help heal inflamed or irritated mucous membranes.

Estrogenic
Plants with estrogenic properties promote or produce estrogen. 

Expectorant Expectorants expel mucus from the respiratory system.

Febrifuge Plants with febrifuge properties are fever reducers. 

Galactogogue Plants with galactogogue properties help increase the production of breast milk.

Germicide Plants with germicide properties are known for their ability to destroy germs and other microrganisms. 

Hemostatic Hemostatic properties help to stop hemorrhaging.

Hepatic  Plants with hepatic properties help to strengthen, tone, and increase bile flow to promote normal liver function.

Hypoglycemic Plants with hypoglycemic properties reduce blood sugar levels.

Hypotensive Hypotensives are used to reduce blood pressure.

Immunostimulant
Plants with immunostimulant properties enhance or boost the body's natural defense against illness and disease. 

Laxative Laxative properties will promote bowel movements.

Lithotriptic Plants with lithotriptic properties help dissolve stones and gravel from the gallbladder or kidneys.

Nephritic
Plants with nephritic properties are used in healing kidney problems.

Nervine Nervines calm the nervous system.

Nutritive
Plants with Nutritive properties nourish the body.  

Oxytocic Plants with oxytocic properties are used to induce labor.

Parasiticide Plants with parasiticide properties destroy parasites either internally or externally.

Pectoral
Plants with pectoral properties tonify and strengthen the pulmonary system.

Purgative Purgative properties have a laxative effect.

Rubefacient Plants with rubefacient properties are used to increase blood flow to skin. They are used to draw out inflammation from the body.

Sedative Sedatives calm the nerves.

Sialagogue Plants with sialagogue properties stimulate saliva production.

Stimulant Stimulants increase energy, warm the body or increase blood circulation.

Stomachic Plants with stomachic properties are used to strengthen or stimulate digestion.

Tonic Tonics are used to help specfic organs or the entire body. 

Vascoconstrictor Plants that have vasoconstrictor properties constrict blood vessels and raise blood pressure.  

Vulnerary Plants with vulnerary properties help to  heal wounds.





 


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