Plants Belonging To Asteraceae



The family Asteraceae or Compositae, known as the aster, daisy or sunflower family, is the second largest family family of flowering plants, after Orchidaceae, in terms of number of species. Wikipedia


Use the alphabetical list or the herb property list to find information on the healing properties and actions of medicinal plants.

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  • Yarrow Achillea millefolium, Yarrow : Milfoil, Old Man's Pepper, Nosebleed
    Perennial herb : Yarrow is one of the best-known herbal remedies for fevers and bleeding. The chemical makeup of yarrow is complex, containing many active medicinal compounds ...
  • Burdock root Arctium lappa, Burdock root : Niu Bang Zi, Go Bo, Gobo
    Biennial : Burdock helps to cleanse the body from the inside out and is most useful in those conditions that can be traced back to liver disorders or a general overload of toxins in the system....
  • Arnica oil Arnica montana, Arnica oil : leopard's bane,mountain tobacco
    Perennial Herb : One of the best known herbal sports medicines, arnica has dramatic results if used immediately after an injury....
  • Wormwood Artemisia absinthium L., Wormwood :
    Perennial Herb : Wormwood is used today mainly as a bitter tonic, and in natural pest control. As the name implies, wormwood is a powerful worming agent that has been used for hundreds of years to expel tapeworms, threadworms, and especially roundworms from dogs, cats, hu...
  • Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus, Tarragon :
    Perennial Herb : Tarragon is a culinary star in French cuisine and best used fresh....
  • Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris, Mugwort : St. John's Plant
    herbaceous perennial : Mugwort is a favorite herb of wise women, most widely known for its affinity for the female reproductive system. It is used widely both in western and eastern herbal traditions ...
  • Calendula Calendula officinalis, Calendula : Pot marigold
    perennial herbaceous plants : Calendula flower oil is one of the first herbs to consider in minor first aid applications. Particularly good treatment for cuts, scrapes, bruises, and minor wounds....
  • Safflower Oil Carthamus tinctorius, Safflower Oil :
    Flowering annual : Safflowers are the richest source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) . Safflower oil is used for both culinary and body care purposes...
  • Cornflowers Centaurea cyanus, Cornflowers : Bachelor’s-button, , bluebottle, bluebonnets
    Self-seeding annuals : The petals of cornflowers are the part used in herbal folklore. According to M. Grieve “ cornflowers are considered to have tonic, stimulant and emmenagogue properties, with action similar to that of Blessed Thistle.&...
  • Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum morifolium, C. sinense, Chrysanthemum : Mums, Ju Hua, Chu Hua,Florist's Chrysanthemum
    herbaceous perennial : We value the chrysanthemum for their burst of fall color that signals the approach of winter, but like many ornamental plants, chrysanthemums have an ancient reputation in the East as a medicinal plant. ...
  • Chicory root Cichorium intybus, Chicory root : Succory, Blue Sailors
    perennial herb : Know best as a caffeine-free substitute for coffee, chicory also has been used in traditional medicine as a bitter digestive tonic and a specific treatment for gallstones....
  • Blessed Thistle Cnicus benedictus, Blessed Thistle : Holy thistle, St. Benedict's thistle
    Annual Herb : Blessed thistle is a bitter tonic, and as such is an excellent herb to use for both the liver and digestion...
  • Artichoke, Globe Cynara scolymus, Artichoke, Globe :
    Perennial thistle : The artichoke is a common vegetable that also had traditional uses in herbal medicine. A tea made from the leaves of the artichoke plant is a traditional tonic for the liver and gallbladder. The diuretic properties of the artichoke are useful in ki...
  • Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea : Purple coneflower
    Herb : There are dozens of dozens of biochemical compounds that act in therapeutic synergy in this complex plant that support disease resistance in several ways...
  • Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum, Boneset : Common Thorough wort, Agueweed, Indian Sage
    : This Native American remedy for colds and fever was adopted by early settlers to America. Only the advent of aspirin displaced boneset as the popular choice for colds and fever....
  • Joe-pye weed Eupatorium purpureum, Joe-pye weed : Gravel or kidney root, Trumpet weed, purple or tall boneset
    Perennial : Joe Pye weed is named after a legendary Indian healer who used a decoction of the plant to cure typhus fever in colonial America. ...
  • Grindelia Grindelia spp, Grindelia : Gumplant, tarweed, rosinweed
    scrub bush : Gridelia which grows wild in the Western states is better known as a external skin treatment for rashes, burns and insect bites. Gridelia was traditionally used for coughs and asthmatic conditions....
  • Sunflower Helianthus annuus, Sunflower :
    Annual Plant : Sunflower seeds, and the oil that is pressed from them are the part of the plant used most often for food and medicine. ...
  • Immortelle Oil Helichrysum angustifolium, Immortelle Oil : Everlasting, Strawflower
    flowering plant : Helichrysum is known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and regenerative properties....
  • Elecampane Inula helenium , Elecampane : Wild sunflower, Horseheal, Yellow Starwort
    Perennial composite plant : Elecampane has been used since the days of ancient Greece and Rome. Elecampane is known primarily as a respiratory tonic and is used to ease breathing....
  • Wild lettuce Lactuca virosa, Wild lettuce : Bitter lettuce, Opium Lettuce
    Biennial herb : Wild lettuce contains a sedative milky latex that can induce opium like sensations. Wild lettuce is a valuable remedy for insomnia and muscular arthritis....
  • Deer's Tongue Liatris odoratissima, Deer's Tongue : Vanilla Leaf. Wild Vanilla
    Herbaceous perennial : Native American plant used in smoking blends to flavor tobacco...
  • Chamomile Matricaria recutita , Chamomile : Camomile, Chamomilla, German chamomile
    Annual herb : Chamomile is an excellent remedy for any emotional disorders that involve stress, anxiety, and tension. The apple-like aroma relaxes and calms and the tea is used home remedies....
  • Butterbur Petasites vulgaris, Butterbur : Langwort, Umbrella Plan
    : Butterbur is thought to work by reducing spasms in muscle tissues, including blood vessels. However, there are concerns about possible liver damage....
  • Milk Thistle Seed Silybum marianum L., Milk Thistle Seed :
    Perennial Herb : Whole seeds of milk thistle or a tincture made from them are now used in the United States as well as Europe, for both protection and regeneration of the liver. ...
  • Yacon Root Smallanthus sonchifolius, Yacon Root :
    : Yacon root and yacon root syrup are used as a sweetener by who need to control their blood sugar. Yacon is a prebiotic, feeding the 'good' bacteria of the gut helping digestion and stimulating the immune system....
  • Goldenrod Solidago virgaurea, Goldenrod : Woundwort, Aaron's rod, golden rod
    Perennial flowering plant : This common wildflower is a traditional kidney tonic. Goldenrod's primary aspects are as an anti-inflammatory urinary tract antiseptic, and a treatment for upper respiratory catarrh....
  • Spilanthes Spilanthes acmella, Spilanthes :
    Tropical perennial : In Brazilian Spilanthes is commonly referred to as the toothache plant for its ability to numb the gums and mouth and calm tooth pain when the flower buds and new leaves are chewed. Spilanthes works in a similar fashion to echinacea in treating pain...
  • Stevia Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni), Stevia : Sweet leaf
    Perennial Herbaceous Shrub : Stevia is a herbal sweetener that is good for you, stevia leaf adds no calories, and has no harmful side effects. The sweet leaves of this plant are a pleasant and guilt free alternative to sugar. The active photochemical in stevia leaves, ste...
  • Costmary Tanacetum balsamita L., Costmary : Balsam Herb. Costmarie, Alecost
    Perennial herb : Costmary has a pleasant balsam-like fragrance and was once a poplar herb for scenting bath water and rinses for the hair....
  • Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium, Feverfew :
    Perennial herb : Feverfew has been used in the treatment of headaches since the first century. It has also been used for inflammation, arthritis, menstrual discomforts, fever, and other aches and pains....
  • Tansy Tanacetum vulgare, Tansy : Bitter Buttons
    Perennial Herb : Tansy is a widely grown herb with a number of traditional medicinal uses, but needs to be used with an abundance of caution. Tansy was a popular strewing herb in times past because it's clean, camphorous scent repelled flies and other pests. It is still ...
  • Dandelion Root Taraxacum officinale, Dandelion Root : Priest's crown, Swine's Snout
    Perennial Herb : Dandelion root is high in many micro-nutrients including potassium. Dandelion supports the liver and improves digestion and helps to flush toxins from the body. ...
  • Colt's Foot Tussilago farfara , Colt's Foot : Coughwort
    Perennial herb : Since the days of ancient Greece and Rome, coltsfoot has been used to relieve asthma, coughs and bronchial congestion. It remains one of the most effective herbal cough medicines today...