Definitions of Herb Classifications Beginning With Letter P

Herb classifications, also referred to as medicinal properties are found in medicinal plants to aid in preventative and curative actions of various diseases. Beginning with letter P are the following definitions of the actions of these medicinal herbs.


Parturient herbs are used to encourage labor or to ease childbirth. These herbs are motherwort, aniseed, skullcap, raspberry, false unicorn, blue cohosh and water plantain.


Pectoral herbs are used to strengthen and treat ailments of the lungs and chest areas. These herbs are good for respiratory conditions. They are leaf of life, mullein, angelica, licorice, lobelia, garlic, hyssop, marshmallow, couch grass, coltsfoot, anise, wild cherry bark, golden seal, and chickweed.

Poultice herbs are often times crushed and prepared in a specific manner to be placed on the surface of the skin as remedy for sores, bruises, pains, sprains, burns, insect bites, pimples and other skin disorders. These herbs are aloe Vera, custard apple leaves, lobelia, charcoal, chamomile, basil, slippery elm, comfrey, basil, hops, chickweed, mustard, and plantain.


Pungent herbs are used to treat pains and irritations of the body. They are also used as culinary herbs for their strong taste, odor, and savor. These herbs are garlic, sage, sweet basil, mint, dill, rosemary, peppermint, thyme, winter savory, marjoram, lemon balm, chive, parsley, celery, summer savory, cumin, chervil, caraway, and anise.


Purgative herbs are used to alleviate acute constipation. They are cascara sagrada, senna pods, dill seeds, peppermint, castor oil, chamomile, buckthorn, aloe Vera, licorice, and sweet basil.

Herb Classifications Or Actions By Letters


Posted April 1, 2015

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