Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Uses and Identification
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10. Malpighia glabra
11. Malva alcea
15. Mammea americana
20. Manilkara kauki
28. Martynia annua
32. Medicago arborea
33. Medicago falcata
35. Medicago marina
37. Medicago radiata
38. Medicago sativa
43. Melia azedarach
44. Melianthus major
45. Melica altissima
46. Melica ciliata
47. Melica nutans
53. Mentha aquatica
54. Mentha arvensis
56. Mentha cervina
59. Mentha pulegium
66. Mesua ferrea
69. Milium effusum
70. Mimosa pudica
71. Mimulus ringens
72. Mimusops elengi
73. Mirabilis jalapa
75. Mitchella repens
76. Mitella diphylla
77. Mitella nuda
78. Molinia caerulea
83. Momordica pedata
84. Monarda didyma
86. Monarda punctata
89. Montia fontana
92. Morus alba
93. Morus nigra
94. Morus rubra
95. Mung bean
100. Myosotis scorpioides
101. Myosurus minimus
102. Myrica cerifera
103. Myrica gale
106. Myrsine africana
107. Myrtus communis
- Also called: camomile, Hungarian chamomile, wild chamomile, or scented mayweed. Is a subset of chamomile.
- Used in: Vaginal steaming
Claimed to: calm frayed nerves,
treat stomach problems, relieve muscle spasms,
treat skin conditions, treat mild infections,
treat chest colds, treat sore throats, treat
abscesses, treat gingivitis, treat anxiety,
treat insomnia, teat psoriasis, treat acne and
eczema, treat first-degree burns, treat
ulcerative colitis, treat stomach ulcers, treat
chickenpox, treat diaper rash, and treat colic.
- Beneficial effects:
studies have shown that German chamomile reduces
inflammation, speeds wound healing, reduces
muscle spasms, and serves as a mild sedative to
help with sleep. Test tube studies have shown
that chamomile can kill bacteria, fungus, and
viruses. Very few studies exist to see if the
same is true in people.
One (out of
one) controlled study suggests that chamomile
may help reduce the effects of anxiety disorder.
suggest German chamomile may reduce eczema.
- Non-reliable effects:
No large and
reliable studies have shown chamomile to help
report mixed results for German chamomile as
prevention against mouth sores resulting from
radiation or chemotherapy.
Used for: inducing abortion,
inducing menstruation and menstrual pain,
nausea, "nervous conditions" and headache.
There is no evidence to support the effectiveness of pennyroyal for anything besides abortions
effects: The essential oil is
toxic to the liver and lung, and can be fatal if
Used for: nervousness, insomnia,
cramps, coughs, migraine, gastrointestinal
problems, headache, and vomiting
effects: may include heartburn,
and, more rarely, nausea, vomiting, headache,
flushing, mouth irritation/sores, severe
stomach/abdominal pain, and anal burning during
bouts of diarrhea.
- Primrose oil: See Evening primrose oil.
Used for: (and is effective for)
fungal infections, acne, and athlete's foot
Tea tree oil is, however, less effective than medications for curing athlete's foot.
effects: Side effects may include
skin irritation and swelling, and "in people
with acne, it can sometimes cause skin dryness,
itching, stinging, burning, and redness."
Applying products containing both tea tree and lavender oil to prepubescent boys may cause gynecomastia (larger breasts). Tea tree oil is highly toxic when ingested, even in small quantities, so it should never be taken by mouth.