Diaphoretic Herbs – Yarrow, Thyme, Spearmint

HERB 201

Carvone

“Carvone is the main constituent in oil of spearmint (Mentha spicata) and (+)-carvone is the major constituent of oils of caraway and dill, from dried fruits of Carum carvi and Anethum graveolens, respectively . . . ”

Quote from pg. 65 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Diaphoretics

“Diaphoretics promote perspiration, helping the body to eliminate wastes through the skin. Some produce observable sweating, while others enhance normal background perspiration. They often promote dilation of surface capillaries, thus helping to improve poor circulation. This action is especially relevant in the treatment of fever.” Quote from pg. 244 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Yarrow – Achillea millefolium L.

“Achillea is an important diaphoretic herb and is a standard remedy for helping the body deal with fever. It stimulates digestion and tones blood vessels. As a urinary tract antiseptic, it is indicated in infections such as cystitis, for which it is most effective if used fresh. Achillea is considered a specific in thrombotic conditions associated with hypertension . . . ”

Quote from pg. 523 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Thyme – Thymus vulgaris L.

“High in volatile oil, thyme makes a good carminative for use in dyspepsia and sluggish digestion. The oil is strongly antiseptic, explaining many of thyme’s other uses. It may be applied externally as a lotion for infected wounds and internally for respiratory and digestive infections . . .”

Quote from pg. 589 of: Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

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