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Herbs Safety Guide

General Precautions

The following guidelines are based on the American Herbal Products Association Botanical Safety Index.

The purpose of the Index is to create meaningful safety classifications and labeling recommendations for botanicals.

The following safety data assumes the botanical will be used in a rational and informed manner.

Illness or negative reactions can occur from excessive consumption, individual sensitivities and allergic reactions.

Seek qualified expert advice before using a botanical with which you are unfamiliar.

Agar Agar
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.

Alfalfa
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Aloes (Cape)
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Angelica
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Arnica (excludes homeopathics)
For external use only. Can cause allergic dermatitis with extended use or in sensitive persons.

Ashwagandha
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Barberry
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Bergamot, Wild
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Black Cohosh
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

Black Walnut
Not recommended for long term use.

Bladderwrack
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing, or by persons with hyperthyroidism.

Blessed Thistle
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Bloodroot
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Blue Cohosh
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Boldo
Not to be used by persons with gallstones, serious liver conditions or obstruction of the bile duct.

Borage
Not recommended for long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

Broom Tops
Not for use by persons taking MAO inhibitors or with high blood pressure.

Buchu
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Buckthorn
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Calamus, European
Not recommended for internal use.

Cascara Sagrada
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Catnip
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Cayenne (capsules & extract only)
Avoid contact with eyes or open wounds.

Chamomile, Roman
Not to be used during pregnancy. *is also in the ragweed family, people who have allergies to ragweed may not want to use products containing Chamomile.

Chaste Tree Berries
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Coltsfoot
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

Comfrey
For external use only. This herb should not be used on abraded skin and should not be used on unbroken skin for prolonged periods. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Coptis
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Cornflowers
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Cramp Bark
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Deer’s Tongue
Use as an aromatic in potpourris or other crafts. Not for internal use.

Devil’s Claw
Not recommended for use by persons with ulcers.

Dong Quai
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Dyers Broom Flowers
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Elecampane
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

Ephedra (Ma Huang)
Warning: Seek advice from a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have high blood pressure, heart or thyroid disease, diabetes, difficulty in urination due to prostate enlargement or if taking an MAO inhibitor or any other prescription drug. Reduce or discontinue use if nervousness, tremor, sleeplessness, loss of appetite or nausea occur. Not intended for persons under 18 years of age. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.

Eucalyptus
Not to be used by persons with inflammatory diseases of the gastro-intestinal and bile ducts and severe diseases of the liver.

False Unicorn
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Flax Seed
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.

Garlic (capsules & extract only)
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

Gentian
Not to be used by persons with ulcers or when stomach irritation or inflammation is present.

Ginger (capsules only)
Not to be used during pregnancy. Persons with gallstones should consult a health care practitioner before use.

Goldenrod
Persons with chronic kidney disorder should consult a health care practitioner before use.

Goldenseal Root
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Guar
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.

Henna
For external use only.

Hop Flowers
Not recommended for use by persons suffering from depression.

Horehound
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Hydrangea
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use.

Juniper Berries
Not to be used for more than six weeks in succession. Persons with inflammatory kidney disease should not use this herb. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Lemongrass
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Licorice
Not for prolonged use except under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. Prolonged use may cause hypertension, edema, headache, vertigo and potassium depletion. Not for use by persons with hypertension, hypo-kalemia, edema, cirrhosis of the liver and cholestatic liver disorders, and diabetes. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Lobelia
May cause nausea and vomiting if ingested. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Lomatium (bulk herb)
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Lomatium (extract)
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents. This product may cause a skin rash. Discontinue use if rash occurs.

Lovage
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents or persons with impaired or inflamed kidneys.

Lycii Berries
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Mace
Caution: Large amounts of nutmeg or mace may cause dizziness, stomach pains, rapid pulse, nausea, anxiety, liver pain, double vision and coma.

Maidenhair Fern
Not to be used during pregnancy. Large doses may act as an emetic.

Mistletoe
Not for use by persons with protein hypersensitivity and chronic-progressive infections such as tuberculosis and AIDS.

Motherwort
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Mugwort
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Mulberry Bark
For decorative use only.

Mulberry Twig
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Myrrh
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Nutmeg
Caution: Large amounts of nutmeg or mace may cause dizziness, stomach pains, rapid pulse, nausea, anxiety, liver pain, double vision and coma.

Oregon Grape
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Osha
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Parsley Root
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons with inflammatory kidney disease.

Pennyroyal, European
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Periwinkle
Not for use by persons with low blood pressure or hypotension.

Pleurisy
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Prickly Ash Bark
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Psyllium Seed
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.

Quassia
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Queen of the Meadow
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.

Red Clover
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Rehmannia, Raw
Not for use by persons with diarrhea and lack of appetite.

Rehmannia, Steamed
Not for use by persons with diarrhea and indigestion.

Rhubarb
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Rue
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Safflower
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons with hemorrhagic diseases or peptic ulcers. Ingestion of this herb may prolong blood coagulation time.

Sage (extract only)
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Sandalwood, Yellow
Not for use by persons with diseases of the parenchyma of the kidney.

Sarsaparilla, Indian
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Sassafras Root
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use.

Senna
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.

Sheep Sorrel
Not recommended for use by persons with a history of kidney stones.

Shepherd’s Purse
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons with a history of kidney stones.

Tansy
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Tonka
Use as an aromatic fixative in potpourris or other crafts. Not for internal use.

Turmeric (extract only)
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Uva Ursi
Not to be used during pregnancy.

Vetiver
Not to be used during pregnancy.

White Oak
Avoid application to extensively damaged skin.

WILLOW (White Willow Bark)
Works like aspirin (aspirin was derived from willow bark) and some say is more effective than aspirin. Mild to stomach and causes no side effects. DO NOT USE IF TAKING ASPRIN, COUMADIN, OR OTHER BLOODTHINNING AGENTS, BEFORE CONSULTING PHYSICIAN!

Wild Cherry
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use.

Woodruff
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.

Wormwood
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy.

Yarrow
Not to be used during pregnancy.

General Precautions
The following guidelines are based on the American Herbal Products Association Botanical Safety Index.
The purpose of the Index is to create meaningful safety classifications and labeling recommendations for botanicals.
The following safety data assumes the botanical will be used in a rational and informed manner.
Illness or negative reactions can occur from excessive consumption, individual sensitivities and allergic reactions.
Seek qualified expert advice before using a botanical with which you are unfamiliar.
Agar Agar
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.
Alfalfa
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Aloes (Cape)
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
Angelica
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.
Arnica (excludes homeopathics)
For external use only. Can cause allergic dermatitis with extended use or in sensitive persons.
Ashwagandha
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Barberry
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Bergamot, Wild
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Black Cohosh
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Black Walnut
Not recommended for long term use.
Bladderwrack
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing, or by persons with hyperthyroidism.
Blessed Thistle
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Bloodroot
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Blue Cohosh
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Boldo
Not to be used by persons with gallstones, serious liver conditions or obstruction of the bile duct.
Borage
Not recommended for long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Broom Tops
Not for use by persons taking MAO inhibitors or with high blood pressure.
Buchu
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Buckthorn
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
Calamus, European
Not recommended for internal use.
Cascara Sagrada
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
Catnip
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Cayenne (capsules & extract only)
Avoid contact with eyes or open wounds.
Chamomile, Roman
Not to be used during pregnancy. *is also in the ragweed family, people who have allergies to ragweed may not want to use products containing Chamomile.
Chaste Tree Berries
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Coltsfoot
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Comfrey
For external use only. This herb should not be used on abraded skin and should not be used on unbroken skin for prolonged periods. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Coptis
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Cornflowers
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Cramp Bark
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Deer’s Tongue
Use as an aromatic in potpourris or other crafts. Not for internal use.
Devil’s Claw
Not recommended for use by persons with ulcers.
Dong Quai
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Dyers Broom Flowers
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Elecampane
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Ephedra (Ma Huang)
Warning: Seek advice from a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you have high blood pressure, heart or thyroid disease, diabetes, difficulty in urination due to prostate enlargement or if taking an MAO inhibitor or any other prescription drug. Reduce or discontinue use if nervousness, tremor, sleeplessness, loss of appetite or nausea occur. Not intended for persons under 18 years of age. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
Eucalyptus
Not to be used by persons with inflammatory diseases of the gastro-intestinal and bile ducts and severe diseases of the liver.
False Unicorn
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Flax Seed
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.
Garlic (capsules & extract only)
Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Gentian
Not to be used by persons with ulcers or when stomach irritation or inflammation is present.
Ginger (capsules only)
Not to be used during pregnancy. Persons with gallstones should consult a health care practitioner before use.
Goldenrod
Persons with chronic kidney disorder should consult a health care practitioner before use.
Goldenseal Root
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Guar
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.
Henna
For external use only.
Hop Flowers
Not recommended for use by persons suffering from depression.
Horehound
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Hydrangea
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use.
Juniper Berries
Not to be used for more than six weeks in succession. Persons with inflammatory kidney disease should not use this herb. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Lemongrass
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Licorice
Not for prolonged use except under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. Prolonged use may cause hypertension, edema, headache, vertigo and potassium depletion. Not for use by persons with hypertension, hypo-kalemia, edema, cirrhosis of the liver and cholestatic liver disorders, and diabetes. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Lobelia
May cause nausea and vomiting if ingested. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Lomatium (bulk herb)
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Lomatium (extract)
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents. This product may cause a skin rash. Discontinue use if rash occurs.
Lovage
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents or persons with impaired or inflamed kidneys.
Lycii Berries
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Mace
Caution: Large amounts of nutmeg or mace may cause dizziness, stomach pains, rapid pulse, nausea, anxiety, liver pain, double vision and coma.
Maidenhair Fern
Not to be used during pregnancy. Large doses may act as an emetic.
Mistletoe
Not for use by persons with protein hypersensitivity and chronic-progressive infections such as tuberculosis and AIDS.
Motherwort
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Mugwort
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Mulberry Bark
For decorative use only.
Mulberry Twig
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Myrrh
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Nutmeg
Caution: Large amounts of nutmeg or mace may cause dizziness, stomach pains, rapid pulse, nausea, anxiety, liver pain, double vision and coma.
Oregon Grape
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Osha
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Parsley Root
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons with inflammatory kidney disease.
Pennyroyal, European
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Periwinkle
Not for use by persons with low blood pressure or hypotension.
Pleurisy
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Prickly Ash Bark
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Psyllium Seed
This herb should be ingested only with adequate liquid. Not for use by persons with bowel obstruction.
Quassia
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Queen of the Meadow
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing.
Red Clover
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Rehmannia, Raw
Not for use by persons with diarrhea and lack of appetite.
Rehmannia, Steamed
Not for use by persons with diarrhea and indigestion.
Rhubarb
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
Rue
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Safflower
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons with hemorrhagic diseases or peptic ulcers. Ingestion of this herb may prolong blood coagulation time.
Sage (extract only)
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Sandalwood, Yellow
Not for use by persons with diseases of the parenchyma of the kidney.
Sarsaparilla, Indian
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Sassafras Root
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use.
Senna
Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
Sheep Sorrel
Not recommended for use by persons with a history of kidney stones.
Shepherd’s Purse
Not to be used during pregnancy or by persons with a history of kidney stones.
Tansy
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Tonka
Use as an aromatic fixative in potpourris or other crafts. Not for internal use.
Turmeric (extract only)
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Uva Ursi
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Vetiver
Not to be used during pregnancy.
White Oak
Avoid application to extensively damaged skin.
WILLOW (White Willow Bark)
Works like aspirin (aspirin was derived from willow bark) and some say is more effective than aspirin. Mild to stomach and causes no side effects. DO NOT USE IF TAKING ASPRIN, COUMADIN, OR OTHER BLOODTHINNING AGENTS, BEFORE CONSULTING PHYSICIAN!
Wild Cherry
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use.
Woodruff
Not recommended for use by persons taking blood thinning agents.
Wormwood
Use with caution. Avoid excessive or long term use. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Yarrow
Not to be used during pregnancy.
Yellowdock
Not recommended for use by persons with a history of kidney stones.Yellowdock
Not recommended for use by persons with a history of kidney stones.

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