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Herb Safety List

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.

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 inflam-mation 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.

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.

 

Essential Oils and Absolutes

Essential Oils are very potent. They should always be used sparingly and in conjunction with a reliable reference. Most oils should not be applied directly to the skin. Ingesting some oils can cause health problems or be fatal.

Allspice Berry

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Almond, Bitter

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Amyris

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Angelica Root

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Anise Seed

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Balancing Blend

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Basil, Sweet

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Bay

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Benzoin Absolute Resin

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Bergamot, Orange

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center. External use will cause a skin reaction in the presence of sunlight.

Bergamot, Orange BF

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Birch, Sweet

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Cajeput

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Calamus Root

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Camphor, White

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Cardamom Seed

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Carrot Seed

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before culinary use. Not for external use.

Cedar Leaf

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Cedar, Atlas

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Cedarwood, Red

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Celery Seed

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Chamomile, German

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Chamomile, Roman

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Chamomile, Wild

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Cinnamon Bark

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before culinary use. Not for external use.

Cinnamon Leaf

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Citronella

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Clarifying Blend

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Clove Bud

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Coriander Seed

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Cumin Seed

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Cypress

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Elemi

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Eucalyptus

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Eucalyptus, Lemon

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Fennel, Bitter

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Fennel, Sweet

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Fir Needle, Siberian

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Frankincense

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Galbanum

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Garlic

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Geranium

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Ginger

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Grapefruit

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Helichrysum

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Hyssop

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Jasmine Absolute

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Juniper Berry

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Laurel Leaf

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Lavandin

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Lavender Flower

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Lavender, Spike

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Lemon

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Lemongrass

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Lime

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Marjoram, Sweet

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Marjoram, Wild

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Myrrh Gum

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Myrtle

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Neroli

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Nutmeg

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Orange, Mandarin

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Orange, Sweet

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Palmarosa

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Patchouli

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Pepper, Black

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Peppermint

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Peru Balsam

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Petitgrain

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Pine

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Relaxing Blend

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Rose Absolute

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Rose, Otto

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Rosemary

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Rosewood

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Sage, Clary

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Sage, Dalmatian

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Sandalwood, Aged

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Savory, Summer

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Spearmint

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Spruce

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Tagetes

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Tangerine

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Tea Tree

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Thyme, Red

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Thyme, White

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use. Avoid during pregnancy.

Tolu Balsam

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Vanilla, Oleoresin

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

Vetiver

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted.

Wintergreen

Keep out of reach of children. In case of ingestion contact a poison control center immediately. For external use only if properly diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Ylang Ylang

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose contact a poison control center immediately. Dilute before external or culinary use.

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