Herbs Medicinal a guide for healing properties H to K

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This is part of an A to Z guide to the normally available herbs that are used in alternate healing.

All information provided on this Guide is for educational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

See our other guides for the rest of this herb guide.

Although these herbs are safe for most people, we advise that you
consult with your holistic health practitioner. Some can
interact with other medications; others are ill-advised with
certain allergic conditions. Before putting anything in your body,
understand what is right for you based on your health history.

Listen to your body's wisdom.


Hawthorn Berries Wildcraft

Cratageus monogyna  family: Rosaceae (rose) 

Cardiac tonic

Hawthorn is one of the best remedy for the heart and circulatory system. Hawthorn may regulate the heart in a very gentle way.
Hawthorn may strengthen the capillaries in the brain, It may be useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been studied that the substances found in Hawthorn interact with key enzymes in the heart to increase the pumping force of the heart muscle and to eliminate arrhythmia.
Hawthorn also works by dilating blood vessels, especially the coronary blood vessels leaving more oxygen rich blood.
Its primary uses will be high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and angina pectoris.

Dosage and preparation:

Infusion: 2 tsp of the berries for 1 cup of boiling water, leave it to infuse 20 mn. Drink it 3 times daily.


Hibiscus or Karkade


Hibiscus sabdariffa  Family: Malvaceae (Mallow) 

Parts used: Flowers (callyces and bracts) 

Hibiscus is the Egyptian national drink known as Karkade. Hibiscus alleviates muscular cramps, is a tonic for the central nervous system.
Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, B3, and contains glucosaminoglycans known to help dry skin, and wound healing process.

Karkade is a fantastic refreshing drink,  cold in summer and warm in winter.

Hops cone

Humulus lupulus Family: Cannabaceae (cannabis)
Parts used:  Flowers


·        Antispasmodic

·        Cardiac tonic

·        Sedative

·        Vasodilator

·        Sedative

·        Hypnotic

·        Antiseptic

·        Astringent

·        Anodyne

·        Diuretic

·        Febrifuge


Hops has been used traditionally as a sedative to treat insomnia and anxiety conditions.

Hops may help relieve flatulence, dyspepsia, and intestinal cramps. A cold tea prior to meal may stimulate appetite.

Dosage and preparations:

infusion: 1 teaspoon of hops for 1 cup of water.


Horny goat weed Wildcraft 

Epimedium sagittatum Family: Berberidaceae
Parts used: Leaves
Other names: Barrenwort, Bishop's cap, Yin Yang Huo.


Aphrodisiac... may increase sexual desire and sexual performance.Can be used with Maca.



Equisetum arvense Family: Equicetaceae 
Parts used: dried aerial stems
other names: Queue de cheval, scouring rush, Bottle bush.


    * Astringent
    * Diuretic
    * Vulnerary


one of the best source of silicic acid (silica).It is useful for the treatment of bed wetting in children.
It has been used since ancient time for treating Kidney and Bladder problem: urethritis, cystitis with haematuria (blood) and also arthritis, bleeding ulcers and tuberculosis. The richness of silica is used for strengthening the connective tissue and fight arthritis, silicon is part of bone and cartilage formation. It strengths teeth, nails and hair.

Qualities: Cold, pungent.

Preparation and dosage:
Infusion: add 2 teaspoonful of the dried herb for a cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for 15-20 minutes. Drink 3 times daily.



Hyssop scutellaria

Hyssopus officinalis Family: Labiaceae
Parts used: Dried aerial parts



    * Anti-spasmodic
    * expectorant
    * diaphoretic
    * sedative
    * carminative.


Hyssop qualities are used to treat cough, bronchitis and chronic catarhh.

Preparation and dosage:
Infusion: for a cup of boiling water add 1-2 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Should be drunk 3 times daily.

Bath: Useful bath for rheumatic pain, fracture recovery and chilblains. Allow 100 grams of the herb to steep in warm water for an hour in a saucepan, add this to the bath.


Juniper berries

Juniperus communis Family: Cupressaceae
Parts used: Dried riped berries


·        Diuretic

·        antiseptic

·        Anti-rheumatic

·        carminative

Tonic, diuretic and strongly antiseptic for the urinary tract. Juniper is used to help in the treatment of cystitis, help water retention but should not be taken in case of kidney disease. Juniper is helpful in the treatment of chronic arthritis, gout and rheumatic conditions. It stimulates menstruation and tend to increase menstrual bleeding.

In chinese tradition Juniper is used to treat water retention, oedema and retained urine, it has a strong diuretic effect on the kidneys.

Dosage and preparations:
Infusion: 1 tsp of lightly crushed berries for a cup of boiling water, leave to infuse 20mn, drink a cup on morning and a cup at night.

Caution: Do not take during pregnancy , breastfeeding of if suffering of kidney disease.


Kava root powder

Piper methysticum Family: Piperaceae (pepper)
Parts used: roots
Other names: Kava-kave, kava pepper, Kawa Kawa

For Practitioner only.


·        Analgesic

·        Sedative

·        mildy euphoriant


Several medical studies has shown the relaxing effect of Kava on moderate to severe anxiety without altering the mental alertness.
Kava has strong analgesic properties used to relieve toothache.

Caution: Kava has to be taken only under supervision of a qualified practitioner.


Kelp Powder

Fucus vesiculus Family: Fucaceae  Parts used:  whole algae Origin: France Other name: Bladderwrack.


·        Anti-hypothyroid

·        Anti-rheumatic

Proven to be efficient in the treatment of under active  thyroid gland and Goitre. When obesity is associated with under active thyroid function, this help may be helpful to reduce weight.(with proper diet and exercise) .
 Kelp may be helpful in reducing the pain of rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis both used internally and topically. Kelp is an algae, rich in iodine. It is an important part of the diet in japan, scotland and Norway. Kelp is a staple food for vegans(do not eat animal product) it supplies them with B12.

Dosage and preparations:
Infusion: 2-3 tsp for a cup of boiling water, steep 10 mn, drink 3 times per day.

Caution: Do not take of pregant, beastfeeding or suffering from hyperthyroid due to iodine content.


Kola Nut powder

Cola nitida  Family: Sterculiaceae 
Parts used: seed kernel


·        Stimulant to central nervous system

·        Antidepressive

·        Astringent

·        Diuretic


Kola may be used in short term for debility condition, in states of atony, and weakness. It may help to get a euphoric boost, may relieve migraines due to nervous causes, Combines well with oats.

Dosage and preparations:

Decoction: 1-2 teaspoon of powdered nuts in a cup of water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10-15 mn. Drink when needed.

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