Monographs Index Page
This page is a link to a list of plant monographs. These monographs describe the physical characteristics of each plant so you get an idea of what to look for if you attempt to identify or collect plants from the wilds, or grow them in your garden. Most monographs include photographs of the herb.
This page is also my attempt to collect as much practical data as possible, about the use of each plant medicinally, and methods of preparing each one (for an appropriate circumstance or condition). Each monograph will explain one or more action(s) the plant has upon on the physiology of the human body, and will specify the safe dosage range, frequency of use, and contraindications for the plant (specific instances or conditions in which the plant should NOT be used).
Unless you are either a botanist, or a trained herbalist, who is familiar with medicinal plants, it is advisable to find such a person, and to attend an herb walk which they sponsor, or join a Native Plant Society in your local area. This sort of interaction with a professional person will allow you to gain the knowledge and experience necessary in order to positively identify of the plant before you, in the field or garden.
In addition, the botanist or herbalist will be able to describe the life cycle of each plant and propagation techniques, in order that you can begin to learn the art of Ethical Wildcrafting.
Let us, by our interactions with the plants, INCREASE their numbers instead of driving them to extinction!
Make it a habit to replant seeds, divide roots, or trim with care, so our plant friends will be around forever; so we can continue to enjoy seeing them, and using them wisely, as our chosen agents of healing. Let the herbs remind us all of our connection to and dependence upon our mother, Earth.... Pachamama.
This page will grow with time, as I have time to reference and
compile information on all of the herbs we collect and utilize. For more detailed information about the chemistry of each plant, two data base links exist on our LINKS Page which
have detailed chemical constituent breakdown of each plant (for
thousands of plants).
Check back often to see new additons to these descriptions.
(Agrimonia striata or eupatoria)
Common names: Steeples
(Arnica cordyfolia or A. montana)
Common names: Arnica
Prodigiosa or Hamula
Peruvian Cat's Claw
(Uncaria tomentosa)... also known as Una de Gato.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)... also known as manzanilla.
Chapparal ..also known as Greasewood, , Gobernadora, Larrea tridentata, or Hediondilla
Chinese Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia )
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamonium cassia)... also known as canella
Couchgrass Agropyron repens Triticum repens
Desert Willow (Chelopsis linearis)
Ginger Root (Zingiber officinales)... also known as anabre
Gravel Root (Eupatorium purpureum)
Manzanita Arctostaphylos manzanita
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)...Also known as Punchon, or Gordolobo.
Ocotillo (Foqueria splendons)
Prickly Ash Xanthoxylum americanum
Saw Palmetto Berries (Serenoa repens)
Spilanthes (Spilanthes acmella)... also called "toothache plant".