herb·​al | \ ˈ(h)ər-bəl How to pronounce herbal (audio) \

Definition of herbal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book about plants especially with reference to their medicinal properties
2 archaic : herbarium sense 1
3 : herbal medicine sense 2 Some herbals may indeed be gentle remedies. But using them with prescription drugs can be a dangerous mix.— Josh Fischman



Definition of herbal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, utilizing, or made of herbs

Examples of herbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While many people have turned to herbals like gingko, St. John's Wort, and black cohash, Shen says these haven't been proven to be effective. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 If the traditional glass of warm milk is not your cup of tea, head for the herbals. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 There’s no data at all that suggests that any herbals, any supplements, will treat influenza or modify the course of the disease. Andy Marso, kansascity, "What’s a parent to do about this record-setting flu? Here’s what you should know," 28 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Marc Ching, an animal rights advocate seen here in 2015, has agreed to stop pitching an herbal supplement as a remedy for COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "Column: L.A. animal rights advocate peddled pandemic snake oil, FTC says," 30 Apr. 2020 My doctor recommended the herbal supplement valerian. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Should cousin who was devastated by ex’s infidelity be told about wife’s affair?," 27 Mar. 2020 On Outlander, Caitriona Balfe's character Claire has a passion for botany, using herbal remedies in order to heal the sick. Photo: Michael Tran/getty Images., refinery29.com, "What Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe Is Watching (& Growing) In Quarantine," 21 Apr. 2020 There are many alternative and herbal remedies marketed for colic, like gripe water, but parents should be wary. Patricia Waldron, New York Times, "All Babies Cry, but How Much Is Too Much?," 18 Apr. 2020 As of late last month, more than 85% of all coronavirus patients in China -- about 60,000 people -- had received herbal remedies alongside mainstream antiviral drugs, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Nectar Gan And Yong Xiong, CNN, "Beijing is promoting traditional medicine as a 'Chinese solution' to coronavirus. Not everyone is on board," 14 Mar. 2020 Who today has heard of Jan Mikolasek (1887-1973), once revered as a celebrated faith healer who is said to have helped millions (including the Communist president of Czechoslovakia and Nazi bigwig Martin Bormann) with his herbal remedies? Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Charlatan': Film Review | Berlin 2020," 27 Feb. 2020 In the search for new germ killers, researchers in the small but promising field of ethnopharmacology are investigating ancient herbal remedies and healing techniques and folk medicines. Smithsonian, "Soil From a Northern Ireland Graveyard May Lead Scientists to a Powerful New Antibiotic," 19 Dec. 2019 Sakara was co-founded by a certified yoga instructor and a holistic health coach, so of course the service also includes herbal detox teas and beauty water concentrates too. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Prepared Meal Services That Deliver Right To Your Door," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of herbal


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1612, in the meaning defined above

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“Herbal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbal. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of herbal

: made of or relating to herbs


herb·​al | \ ˈ(h)ər-bəl How to pronounce herbal (audio) \

Medical Definition of herbal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book about plants especially with reference to their medical properties



Medical Definition of herbal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made of herbs

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