Wild Herb Plants Uses and Descriptions,
History, Folklore, Growing Information, Habitats and Plant Descriptions and known cautions for use.
The following information is based on historical uses found in herbal lore and anecdotal writings.
Most herbs have insufficient research to scientifically prove their benefits in humans.
Click on linked plant names to read more about the herbs.
Astringent Herb. Agrimony leaves and flowers are used in herbal teas.
Rare herbal wildflower used for "women's complaints". Difficult to grow.
Aromatic herb. Fresh root is said to be toxic. Use wild Angelicas with caution.
The leaves and flowers make a fragrant herbal tea for colds. Great Potpourri ingredient,
Delicious wild berries. Roots and leaves have uses in herbalism. Herbal tea ingredient.
"The Menopause herb". Black Cohosh herb root is most often used for hot flashes.
Black Walnut hulls are made into a herbal tincture for use as a parasite cleanse.
One of springs first woodland wildflowers. Used as a highly disputed herbal remedy for cancer.
Root used in herbal teas and tinctures for difficult menstruation and to induce labor.
Vervain is a bitter herb used herbally as a nervine, for insomnia and women's complaints.
Burdock herbal extracts have recently been found to be effective against acne and even wrinkles.
Butterfly weed root herbal infusion or tincture is used to clear the lungs, and as an antispasmodic.
Used as an herbal tincture for pain and mood. Does not contain opium.
Makes a tasty, relaxing herbal tea. Chamomile herb tincture is used for pain.
Old wives herbal remedy for weight loss. Useful for itchy skin conditions.
Useful astringent herbal remedy for sore throat, coughs, and more.
Common plant used best known as an herbal lymph gland cleanser.
Echinacea herb is used to boost immunity against colds and flu.
This common yard weed has many herbal and edible uses.
Ephedra has been used for weight loss and asthma, but is now illegal in most places.
The source of Evening Primrose Oil. an infusion of the leaves is said to be helpful for senility.
A concentrated extract of Ginkgo leaves is used as a herbal remedy to enhance cognitive abilities.
The best known of all herbs, Ginseng is an endangered plant that grows in the forests of Eastern North America.
Rarely used today, this uncommon wildflower has many historical uses in herbal medicine. It is said to increase breast milk.
Goldenseal is endangered due to over harvesting in some places. Historical use as an antibiotic.
The root is used as a herbal tincture for coughs and colds. An infusion has been used as a hair rinse.
Ground Ivy is used for spa baths to help back pain, and has many other uses in herbal medicine.
Sweet smelling invasive plant. Decoction of stems can be used in place of Goldenseal.
Pinkroot herb is not used much today but has a history and a herbal remedy for internal parasites
The root is edible only after drying for several months.
Jewelweed is best known for external herbal use as an anti-inflammatory for Poison Ivy, oak and other rashes.
The root and flowers can be uses as a diuretic herbal tea to relieve kidney and urinary problems.
Makes a tasty herbal tea and tincture. It has many uses as a calming herb and for its anti-viral properties.
The ripe fruit is used to make an herbal jelly. The whole plant, apart from the ripe fruit, is highly poisonous in large doses.
Motherwort is known as a woman's herb which is said to be helpful at many stages of life.
The fresh or dried leaves of Mountain Mint are brewed into a refreshing mint-like herbal tea.
An infusion of Mugwort is used in the treatment of all matters connected to the digestive system, and to enhance dreaming.
The leaves are often used as an herbal remedy for lung complaints. An infusion of the flowers in oil is used for ear infections.
Used extensively in Europe as an herbal sedative. Common plant of Southern U.S. fence rows and fields.
An infusion is useful in the treatment of lung afflictions. The seeds are high in Omega 3s and are used as a table spice in the Orient.
An old time herbal remedy for deworming, Pinkroot is little used today except for in homeopathic preparations.
Appears in all but the best kept yards, Plantain is said to be as useful as it is common.
The toxicity of Pokeweed is controversial, as are the medicinal claims. The early growing shoots are eaten as a pot herbs after 2 changes of water.
Prunella Vulgaris herb is known as Heal All, a name that suits it for its many reputed health benefits, both externally and internally.
This herb is know to be at it's best in dying, and is said to have an affinity in balancing life and death.
Red Clover herb is edible. The young leaves and new flowers are harvested, and are used in salads, soups, or as a pot herb.
Sassafras is the original source of herbal root beer, and is often made into a fragrant tasty tea. The FDA has declared it unsafe.
Skullcap is considered a calming herb for the nerves. Historically, it was used as an herbal remedy for rabies.
Soapwort herb can be made into a soap by boiling the whole plant (but especially the root) in water.
A poultice of the fresh roots is an herbal remedy for fading bruises, also applied to cuts and sores. Some people make a salve to ease sore muscles and joints.
Speedwell was once a highly regarded in England as a healthy, relaxing, herbal tea and tonic. It is most often used as an expectorant.
Spearmint essential oil is used as a flavoring in candy, gum, ice cream, drinks and commercially prepared oral hygiene products.
Herb most commonly used for mild depression, but it may counteract or negate the effects of some prescription medications.
A cold herbal infusion of the ripe berries makes a drink that is somewhat like Pink Lemonade. Sumac is commonly used for urinary disorders.
Herbal tea made from the root is claimed to be a digestive aid and is a gentle stimulant for week stomachs. A weak infusion was used to bathe sore eyes.
An aromatic herb. Leaves can be safely used as a bitter garnish to salads. Once dried, the leaves may not be safe for internal use.
The whole Trout Lily plant is edible used as fresh salad additives, flowers are tasty, or cooked as a pot herb. Use with caution!
Often called Old Man’s Beard. Greatly used by Native Americans. Major treatment of mucous membrane systems.
Violets are made into a syrup used as an herbal remedy mainly for respiratory ailments associated with congestion, coughing, and sore throat.
Watercress has a mildly hot mustard flavor, very good fresh in salad or on a sandwich or cooked as a pot herb.
Queen Anne’s Lace herb is the wild progenitor of our cultivated carrot. It still has many of the properties lost in cultivation.
A woodland herb that could be used sparingly as a Ginger substitute in an emergency situation. Large amounts may be harmful.
The concentrated latex is used as a herbal pain remedy often compared to opium, although it's effects are highly exaggerated.
Wild Quinine herb has been commonly sold as (or mixed with) Echinacea purpurea for more than 50 years and seems to have the same benefits.
A decoction of the root, or cream made from herbal infused oil and applied externally is used to alleviate many of the symptoms of menopause and PMS.
An Indian Love Medicine, the root was carried by a person who was contemplating making love advances. Herbal tea has been used for headaches.
Herbal decoctions of Wood Sorrel herb are used to relieve hemorrhages and urinary disorders, and as a blood cleanser.
Yarrow herb tea is used to regulate menses, stimulate the flow of bile, and purify the blood, and for many other herbal uses.