Just because something is ‘all natural’ does not mean it is harmless. Using herbs incorrectly can lead to harmful side effects.  Please use caution and consult a physician with any questions about how to use your herbs. Restoring the Garden is all about learning. We supply you with the finest of herbs and everything you need to create your very own preparations, but it is up to you to learn about and educate yourself on the usage.  That is our goal, to provide the means for learning. To provide the most basic parts of preparation so you can readily and easily begin your learning journey.

Precautions to consider using the herbs and oils in our products:

Botanical Name: Arnica montana L.

Plant Family: Asteraceae

Common Names: Leopard’s bane

Common Preparations: Oil infusions, liniments, salves

Parts used: Fresh or dried flowers, the root in some countries

Precautions: For topical use only. Never to be ingested.  Do not use on open or broken skin. People with allergies to the Asteraceae family should use caution.

Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis L.

Plant Family:  Asteraceae

Common Names: marigold, pot marigold

Common Preparations: Tinctures, teas (infusions), infused oils, Fresh flowers are edible.  

Parts used: Flowers

Precautions: People with allergies to the Asteraceae family should use caution.

Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita L.

Plant Family: Asteraceae

Common Names:  German chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, mayweed, true chamomile

Common Preparations: teas (infusions), tinctures, capsules, salves, oil infusions

Parts used: flowers

Precautions: Not to be used near eyes. People with allergies to the Asteraceae family should use caution.

Botanical Name:  Cinnamomum burmanni

Plant Family: Lauraceae

Common Names: Cinnamon, cassia, cassia bark

Common Preparations: teas (infusions), potpourri

Parts used: inner bark, fresh bark, twigs and leaves

Precautions: Not for use during pregnancy. Consult with a physician.

Botanical Name:  Cinnamomum burmanni

Plant Family: Lauraceae

Common Names: Cinnamon, cassia, cassia bark

Common Preparations: teas (infusions), potpourri

Parts used: inner bark, fresh bark, twigs and leaves

Precautions: Not for use during pregnancy. Consult with a physician

Botanical Name:  Syzygium aromaticum L.

Plant Family: Myrtaceae

Common Names: cloves, lavanga

Common Preparations: teas (infusions), culinary spice

Parts used: Dried flower buds, occasionally leaves as well

Precautions: Spice consumption should be in small quantities.  

Botanical Name: Symphytum uplandicum

Plant Family: Boraginaceae

Common Names: healing herb, knitbone

Common Preparations: Oil infusions, salves

Parts used: Leaves

Precautions: Topical only. Not be used internally. Do not apply to broken skin. Refrain from use while nursing.

Botanical Name: Balsam Poplar

Plant Family: Salicaceae

Common Names: Balm of Gilead

Common Preparations: Salves, Oil infusions, Tinctures

Parts Used: Buds

Precautions: Use caution if you have any reaction to or are allergic to aspirin.

Botanical Name: Echinacea Angustifolia

Plant Family: Asteraceae

Common Names: Narrow leaf purple cone flower, Kansas snakeroot

Common Preparations: Tinctures, Teas (infusions), Capsules,

Parts used: Root, all above ground parts together

Precautions: People with allergies to the Asteraceae family should use caution

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra L.

Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae

Common Names: Black Elder

Common Preparations: Tinctures, Syrups, Tea (infusions),

Parts used: Berries and flowers.  

Precautions: The leaves and branches are poisonous. The raw fruit of the elderberry plant may cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Always make sure that only the berries and flowers are prepared, and prepared with care.

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra L.

Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae

Common Names: Black Elder

Common Preparations: Tinctures, Syrups, Tea (infusions), wines, capsules

Parts used: Berries and flowers.  

Precautions: The leaves and branches are poisonous. The raw fruit of the elderberry plant may cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Always make sure that only the berries and flowers are prepared, and prepared with care.

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus

Plant Family: Myrtaceae

Common Names: Shining gum, Ribbon gum

Common Preparations: Hydro steams, Teas (infusions)

Parts used: Leaves

Precautions: Use caution with children.

Botanical Name: Boswellia sacra

Plant Family: Burseraceae

Common Names: Bible frankincense, olibanum

Common Preparations:

Parts used: Dried resin made into oil

Precautions: Topical only. Not to be used internally. Not for use during pregnancy.

Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

Plant Family: Zingiberaceae

Common Names: Ginger

Common Preparations: Teas (infusions), Culinary spice, Tinctures, Capsules

Parts used: Fresh and dried rhizome

Precautions: no known

Botanical Name:  Lavandula x intermedia

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Common Names: Lavandin, Dutch lavender

Common Preparations: Teas, Tinctures, Culinary additive, Salves, Oil Infusions

Parts used: Flowers

Precautions: no known

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis L.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Common Names: Bee balm, balm, Melissa, Melissa balm

Common Preparations: Teas, Tinctures, Salves,

Parts used: Leaves

Precautions: no known

Botanical Name: Commiphora myrrha

Plant Family: Burseraceae

Common Names: Myrrh

Common Preparations: Tinctures, Potpourri,

Parts used: Dried resin from bark

Precautions: Not for use during pregnancy. Myrrh is bitter- the strong taste may cause vomiting in sensitive people.

Botanical Name: Urtica dioica L.

Plant Family: Urticaceae

Common Names: Stinging nettle

Common Preparations: Teas, Tinctures, Capsules

Parts used: Leaves

Precautions:

Botanical Name: Passiflora incarnata L.

Plant Family: Passifloraceae

Common Names: Maypop, Apricot vine

Common Preparations: Teas, Tinctures, Capsules, Salves, Oil infusions

Parts used: Above ground parts all together, dried flowers

Precautions: no known

Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita L.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Common Names: Peppermint

Common Preparations: Teas

Parts used: Leaves

Precautions: Keep away from eyes

Botanical Name: Crocus sativus L.

Plant Family: Iridaceae

Common Names: Spanish saffron

Common Preparations: Teas, Culinary spice, Dye

Parts used: Whole Stigmas

Precautions: no known

Botanical Name: Nardostachy Jatamanshi

Plant Family: Valerianaceae

Common Names: Nardin, Nard, Muskroot

Common Preparations: Essential oil

Parts used:

Precautions: Consult a physician for use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding