Definition of herbal in English:



  • Relating to or made from herbs, especially those used in cooking and medicine.

    ‘herbal remedies’
    • ‘The tribal people depend totally on herbal medicines as there is no clinic in the village.’
    • ‘Trials of many Chinese herbal medicines for the treatment of HIV infection and cancer are currently under way.’
    • ‘Atkinson started out as a practitioner and her main motivation is still to promote herbal medicine and make it accessible to all.’
    • ‘He believes more and more people are turning to homeopathy, herbal medicine, and other therapies.’
    • ‘He had not taken any over the counter preparations or herbal medicines, and he had been taking his drugs correctly.’
    • ‘No good evidence shows that homoeopathic or herbal remedies have any beneficial effect.’
    • ‘The main focus is on preventive health care and the use of traditional herbal remedies.’
    • ‘Even though herbal medicines are not devoid of risk, they could still be safer than synthetic drugs.’
    • ‘There is no scientific data to support the effects or actions of herbal therapy.’
    • ‘Do no take this herb or other herbal remedies without first speaking to your health provider.’
    • ‘The proportion of patients using traditional herbal remedies for malaria varies widely.’
    • ‘Most of modern medicine's prescription drugs grew out of traditional herbal remedies.’
    • ‘It was believed that each head of the household knew enough about herbal cures and medicine to treat illnesses in his household.’
    • ‘People who take herbal remedies may be at risk of drug interactions if they're also taking warfarin.’
    • ‘A hospital from Beijing bought three tons of herbal medicines mentioned by the experts.’
    • ‘A few of them were practitioners of herbal medicine but most were ordinary, conventional citizens.’
    • ‘Saw palmetto extract is one of several herbal remedies that some men find helpful.’
    • ‘Some traditional medical practitioners use herbal medicines and set broken bones.’
    • ‘In China acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine coexist equally with allopathy.’
    • ‘Like ginger, peppermint is on my list of herbs vital to every home herbal medicine chest.’


  • A book that describes herbs and their culinary and medicinal properties.

    • ‘Ancient herbals note its use to treat ‘all melancholy diseases,’ which might help ease contemplations of your New Year's resolutions.’
    • ‘Hitherto, evidence of the crops grown in medieval times has come from the analysis of charred and waterlogged remains from excavations, occasional herbarium specimens, descriptions in herbals and botanical inference.’
    • ‘Fennel was often listed in early Anglo-Saxon herbals as being of assistance with digestive complaints.’
    • ‘Until then flower painting had been embedded in the context of religious works and in the specialist context of herbals.’
    • ‘The illustrations you find in herbals and field guides simplify and explain in this way.’
    • ‘A widespread belief that basil bred scorpions is reiterated in the old herbals.’
    • ‘Written herbals had been copied avidly through the Middle Ages and beyond, with Dioscorides's ‘De Materia Medica’ as a basic text.’
    • ‘Bulbs of this species, which were mentioned as early as the 16th century in books such as Fuchs' and Bock's early herbals, are no longer for sale.’
    • ‘Many products are unlicensed, often formulated by inappropriately qualified people using information gleaned from human herbals.’
    • ‘I often diverge, however, from what my favorite herbals call for, making substitutions when my heart tells me to do so.’
    • ‘Modern herbals give it no medicinal value, but traditionally it was valued for healing wounds.’
    • ‘Varro E. Tyler became dismayed by the proliferation of ‘inaccurate and deceptive information’ and wrote the first edition of The Honest Herbal in 1982 for the general public.’


Early 16th century (as a noun): from medieval Latin herbalis (adjective), from Latin herba grass, herb.