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Erowid Center receives about 65% of its funding from members,
and 35% from individual and institutional grants.
Medicinal & Culinary Herbs
Herbs listed in this section have been used by humans for their medicinal or culinary properties. They may also have psychoactive properties, but these are generally much milder than for those plants listed in the Psychoactive Plants section.
COMMON NAME GENUS / SPECIES USES
ALBIZIA Albizia julibrissin Depression; Anxiety
ALOES Aloe vera Burns
ANISE Pimpinella anisum Expectorant
ARROWROOT Maranta arundinaceae .
BLACK COHOSH Cimicifuga racemosa Menopause
BLACK CURRANT Ribes nigrum .
BORAGE Borago officinalis Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant
BRYONIA Bryonia spp. Purgative
CALAMUS Acorus calamus Stomach Problems
CALENDULA Calendula officinalis Cramps, Gas, Toothaches
CARAWAY Carum carvi .
CATNIP Nepeta cataria Cold, Flu, Stomach Upset
CHAMOMILE Chamaemelom nobile Anxiety, Indigestion, Sore Throats
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COMFREY Symphytum officinale Skin, Wounds, Ulcers
DAMIANA Turnera aphrodisiaca Depression, Anxiety
ECHINACEA Echinacea augustifolia Infections, Respiration
EUCALYPTUS Eucalyptus globulus Respiration, Expectorant
EYEBRIGHT Euphrasia officinalis Eyes, Astringent
FEVERFEW Chrysanthemum parthenium Fever, Headaches
FOXGLOVE Digitalis purpurea Heart Medications
GALANGAL Alpinia officinarum Aphrodisiac, Stomachs
GARLIC Allium sativum Anti-bacterial
GINGER Zingiber officinale Cramps, Fevers, Bad Circulation
GINSENG Panax quinquefolius Blood Pressure, Depression
GOLDEN SEAL Hydrastis canadensis Gastritis, Skin
HEMLOCK Conium maculatum Poison
HOPS Humulus lupulus Beer Ingredient
HYDRANGEA Hydrangea paniculata .
JOJOBA Simmondsia chinensis Shampoo
LAVENDER Melissa officinalis Anxiolytic, Sedative, Nootropic
LEMON BALM Lavandula angustifolia Depression, Fatigue, Headaches
LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra Coughs, Ulcers, Cramps
MILK THISTLE Silybum marianum Liver Problems
MIRACLE BERRY Synsepalum dulcificum Sweetener
MINT Mentha spp. Nausea, Ulcers, Fevers, Colds
MUGWORT Artemisia vulgaris Dreaming
MULBERRY Morus spp. Laxative, Hallucinogen
MULUNGU Erythrina mulungu Depression, Tension, Anxiety
NIGHTSHADE Solanacea family .
NOOTKA LUPINE Fabaceae family .
PENNYROYAL Mentha pulegium Fever, Gas, Coughs
PERIWINKLE Vinca spp Vascular tonic, Purgative
SAGE Salvia officinalis Sore Throat, Indigestion
ST JOHN'S WORT Hypericum perforatum Anxiolytic
UVA URSI Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Urinary Tract Infections, Ulcers
VALERIAN Valeriana officinalis Tension, Anxiety, Cramps
VERVAIN Verbena officinalis Tension, Depression, Seizures
YARROW Achillea millefolium Fevers, Blood Pressure
OTHER HERBS Synsephalum dulcificum Taste Altering