Medicinal Herbs and ADHD


Scientific Name: Grindelia robusta


  • Flavonoids: (acacetin, kumatakenin, quercetin & hydroxycinnamic acids)
  • Volatile oil (borneol, a-pinene, trans-pinocarveol, bornyl acetate, and limonene)
  • Saponins: Grindelin & triterpenoid sapogenin lactone (grindeliasapogenin D)
  • Diterpene Alkaloids: Grindeline (bitter)
  • Selenium
  • Resin
  • Tannins

Medicinal actions:

  • Antispasmodic
  • Bitter
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant (soothing/relaxing)
  • Nervine Relaxant
  • Vulnerary
  • Rubefacient

Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:

  • Very little known.
  • Volatile oils may have irritant effects upon the kidneys thus promoting diuresis and have a topical rubefacient effect.
  • Flavonoids and anti-inflammatory and possess some antimicrobial activity.
  • Has a bitter taste which increase flow of saliva and other digestive secretions.


  • Tincture
  • Infusion
  • Topical application as needed: best as compress or poultice

Safety & Toxicity Concerns:

  • Little known. Use caution with long-term use.


  • None known

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