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Reprinted with permission from the book From Magic to Medicine                  Alphabetical Herb List

PARSLEY (Petroselinum Satirum)

An excellent diuretic. The leaves, roots, and seeds are used to treat gall bladder problems. Has been used to treat menstrual problems, asthma, coughs, and indigestion.

High iron content. Parsley is also an excellent breath freshener.

PASSION FLOWER (Passiflora incarnata)

Native to the southern areas of the U.S. where the Cherokee Indians used it in a wide range of preparations. Passion flower is also called … "Mayop". It is said to depress the central nervous system and reduce spasms. Has been used for sleeping difficulties, menopause, childbirth, anxiety, restlessness and nervous disorders.

PAU D'ARCO (Tabebuia avellanedae T. Impetiginosa)

The inner bark is a popular herb in South America where it is used to fight infection and strengthen the immune system.

Scientists were interested in the possibility of it´s active ingredient, lapachol, for its potential anti-cancer properties. But study was abandoned when it was discovered that lapachol was potentially toxic. Many people believe that the toxicity levels of the “whole extract as compared to a refined or individual constituent” is lower.

Pau D'Arco has been used effectively for AIDS, infections of many types, allergies, cancer, candidiasis, diabetes, leukemia, liver disease, rheumatism, tumors, ulcers, warts and smoker's cough.

PEPPERMINT (Menrha piperita)

Used often in aromatherapy ... oil from peppermint is a natural stimulant.

The leaf extracts are used to treat indigestion, intestinal gas and to prohibit diarrhea.

Strong peppermint tea is purported to relieve menstrual cramps and quell indigestion. It helps to combat irritable bowel syndrome when used in capsule form.

According to Jude´s Herbal Home Remedies (Jude C. Williams) you can make an effective headache remedy by adding fresh chopped peppermint to 2 cups of boiling water and allowing it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and add lemon.


Also called … "vinca rosea" . A species of myrtle. An astringent used internally or externally. Typically it is used to relieve excessive menstrual flow.

PINE BARK (Pinus Maritima)

Used for it´s anti-oxidant effects due to proanthocyanidin (bioflavonoid) content. Sometimes used as a treatment for bruises, gum disease, arthritis, phlebitis, ulcers, varicose veins, allergies that respond to antihistamines and other vascular ailments. Proanthocyanidins are also helpful in maintaining the elasticity of skin.

Available as Capsule, tincture, tea, tablets.

Pycnogenol is a trademarked name for Pine Bark.

DOSAGE: 20 milligrams per 20 pounds or 75-300 milligrams daily for three weeks decreasing to 40-80 milligrams for maintenance.


Make a rich source of potassium by making “potato juice” with the following formula ...

Juice 1 lb of potatoes with 1 carrot. Add approx. 7 ounces of steam-distilled water. Drink immediately (do not store).


Stimulates blood flow, which keeps tissues healthy by increasing the amount of oxygen they receive, and eliminating waste from them.

PSYLLIUM SEEDS (Plantago ovato)

Used as a laxative and has been found to be beneficial for diarrhea due to a large amount of fiber.

A teaspoon of the husk is taken 1-2 times a day with water, it is important to take plenty of water throughout the day.


Purported to eliminate roundworms, tapeworms and other parasites.


Made from the bark of a tree which grows in sandy soil on the coast of France (south of Bordeaux). Decades of research and studies show it to be a powerful anti-oxidant. See “pine bark” for more information. Up to 50 times stronger than other antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene.

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