What's Medicinal Mean? - Duke's Materia Tonica

Medicinal Means Healing Medicine

Medicinal means 'medicine that heals' and refers to the 'healing properties' of foods and dietary supplements, including medicinal remedies used in herbalism, which is a method of understanding herbs within herbology.

Specifically, medicinal refers to the non-nutrient properties of the various unique constituents found in foods, dietary supplements, and herbs, which are used for the purposes of supporting and promoting health, wellness, and well-being in the body, emotions, mind, and spirit.

Medicinal Properties are Not Drug Treatments

Medicinal herbs are studied within herbal medicine for their healing properties of how they support, maintain, and promote health, wellness, and well-being; whereas only drugs are medically used to treat, prevent, manage, and cure diseases and conditions.


Common Medicinal Herbs

Herbs are Common Healing Medicinals

Examples of common medicinal herbs used in herbalism:

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Aloe
  • Calendula
  • Burdock
  • Lemon Balm
  • Elderberry
  • Dandelion
  • Lavender
  • St. John's Wort
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Hawthorn
  • Hops
  • Skullcap
  • Oregon Grape
  • Cascara Sagrada