1. An adjective, referring to herbs, as in an herbal tea.
2. A noun, usually reflecting the botanical or medicinal aspects of herbs; also a book which catalogs and illustrates herbs.
The word “herbal” was pronounced with a silent “h” on both sides of the Atlantic until the 19th century but this usage persists only on the American side.
- Herbal remedy
A medication prepared from plants, including most of the world’s traditional remedies for disease. Most people think of herbal remedies as products sold over the counter as “supplements”, such as saw palmetto extract or goldenseal ointment. However, many over- the-counter and prescription drugs are based on ingredients originally derived from plants, including aspirin and digoxin. […]
Also referred to as phytotherapy or botanical medicine, is one of the earliest systems of medicine known. It is the practice of making or prescribing plant based herbal remedies for medical conditions. Practitioners of herbalism may be licensed MDs, naturopaths, or osteopaths. They may also be unlicensed. Interested consumers should seek out knowledgeable, and preferably […]
One who studies herbal medicine and the healing properties of plants in regard to therapy; an herb doctor.
Capable of controlling or destroying plants, weeds, or grasses.
A chemical pesticide designed to control or destroy plants, weeds, or grasses. Herbicides tend to have wide-ranging effects on non-target species (other than those the pesticide is meant to control or kill).