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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: Asperula odorata

Alternate Names: Sweet Woodruff, Musk Of The Woods


Parts Used: Above ground portion.

Properties: Anodyne, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Cardiotonic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Digestive Tonic, Liver Tonic, Sedative.

Internal Uses: Bladder Stones, Digestive Weakness, Dysmenorrhea, Hysteria, Insomnia, Jaundice, Menopause, Migraine, Phlebitis, Pulmonary Edema, Restlessness, Varicose Veins

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
It is a mild sedative that helps regulate heartbeat.

Topical Uses: Boils, Insect Repellent, Wounds

Topical Applications: Poultice of bruised leaves is applied to boils and wounds as an anticoagulant. Used as perfume, potpourri and insect repellent. Used in snuffs.

Culinary uses: Leaves are picked a few hours prior to use to allow the flavor to develop, and then added to cakes, soups, sauces, sorbets, fruit salads, May wine (Maibowle), punches and liqueurs.

Chemical Constituents: Coumarinic compounds that release coumarin as the plant breaks down, iridoids (asperuloside, monotropein), anthraquinones, flavonoids, organic acids (citric, rubichloric), tannin.

Contraindications: Large doses may cause dizziness, possible internal bleeding, and vomiting. Avoid if using blood-thinning medications. Avoid during pregnancy.

Comments: Woodruff was called Wudurofe, from wudu, meaning 'woods' and rove, most likely from the French rouvelle, or 'wheel' in reference to the whorl of leaves surrounding the stem. When dried, Woodruff becomes delightfully scented, similar to newly cut grass, vanilla and honey. It was a popular strewing herb during the Middle Ages. When mixed with animal fodder, it gives cow's milk a delicious aroma.
The common name Woodruff includes the species Galium odoratum, which is used interchangeably with Asperula odorata.

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