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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Iris florentina

Alternate Names: Florentine Orris, Fleur-de-lis


Parts Used: Peeled rhizome.

Properties: Aromatic, Cathartic, Demulcent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Stomach Tonic.

Internal Uses: Bronchitis, Cough, Diarrhea, Headache, Laryngitis, Liver Stagnation, Pulmonary Edema, Sore Throat

Internal Applications: Mostly used topically. However, It is a mild expectorant.

Topical Uses: Freckles, Halitosis, Headache, Teething

Topical Applications: Juice is used to lighten freckles. Powdered root used to make dry shampoos. Added to potpourris to help them retain their scent longer. Used to scent linens. Perfume. Essential oil, which smells like violets, is used to scent soaps, powders, toothpaste. Large roots are given to supervised infants to teethe upon. Pieces of Orris root have also been used to make scented rosary beads. It was once used as a snuff for headaches. It has also been chewed as a breath freshener.

Culinary uses: Essential oil is added to candies and liqueurs.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (myristic acid), isoflavones, ketone, tannin, sugars.

Contraindications: Primarily used externally. Only use dried root, as the fresh root can be cathartic and cause nausea when large amounts are ingested. Some people have reported allergic reactions to Orris, which has resulted in the decline of its use.

Comments: In Greek, Iris means 'rainbow', which describes the wide variety of the plant's colors.
The common name Orris also includes the species Iris germanica, Iris pallida, and Iris violacea, which are used interchangeably with Iris florentina.

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