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random bits about herbs
Post # 1
  1. clover
  • names: meadow clover, red clover, cocksheads, suckles, honey-suckles
  • extract said to have the power of healing scrofulous sores, and helps with cancer
  • syrup made from flowers of the red clover help with whooping-cough
  • heals skin eruptions in children (no idea what that means)

2. club moss

  • helps in mucous indigestion, mal-nutrition, attend with sallow complexion, slow, difficult digestion, flatulence, waterbrash, heartburn, decay of badily strength, and mental depression in SMALL amounts.
  • 10 grains may be taken twice a day mixed with a dessertspoonful of water

3. colts foot

  • leaves used for cigars
  • powder may be very beneficially smoked for asthma or for spasmodic bronchial cough
  • made into tea to cure scrofulouss sores
  • the dry leafs soaked in warm water will serve as an emollient poultice

4. comfrey

  • provoke itching when handled
  • poultice deemed excellent for soothing pain
  • recommended for broken bones
  • sort of a glue

5. coriander

  • fruit aids in digetion
  • used by veterinarians as drugs for horses and cattle

6. cowslip (no idea what this is)

  • sedative is yellow of flower
  • powdered roots used for wakefulness, hysterical attacks, and muscular rheumatism
  • parts used for plaster

7. Cresses

  • in england, these plants have long been cultivated as a source of profit
  • leaves of wild cresses were eaten as a substitute for giving pungency to the food
  • garden cress contains sulpher and a special ardent volatile medicinal oil
  • prenventive o scurvy
  • water cress contains a sulpho-nitrogenous oil, iodine, iron, phosphates, potash, certain other earthly salts, a bitter extract, and water
  • water cress dissipates the fumes of liquor, dispelling the tremors, and takes the foul taste from excessive tabacco smoking

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Post # 2


  • dried may be added to tooth powder
  • is rhubarb?! (asking this one)


  • bruised leaves worn or rubbed prevent flies from settling on a person
  • attracts moths
  • the flowers are used for eye ointments
  • the tincture of elder's inner bark induces sweating and will cause athmatic symptoms to present themselfs, but in diluted form, it relieve the symptoms
  • elder is also good for sore throats..dunno how but is
  • berries juices with white sugar is used when cold is caught

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Post # 3
thanks for this usefull information, it is very helpfull.
Blessed Be.
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Post # 4

ill post more as i read lol

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Post # 5
^_^ Thank you very much for this information. It's very useful.
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Post # 6


  • useful specific medicine for the marasmus, or wasting atrophy of young children who are scrofulous.
  • bark will serve to restrain bleedings
  • powdered oak bark, when inhaled pretty frequently, has proved very beneficial against consumption of the lungs in its early stages.


  • It belongs to the Rose order of plants
  • the herb is thought to cure cataract of the eye; and the second bears reference to the liver, as indicating the use of this plant for curing diseases of that organ.
  • A strong decoction of the root and leaves, sweetened with honey, has been taken successfully to cure scrofulous sores

anemone (wood)

  • This tincture is remarkably beneficial in disorders of the mucous membranes, alike of the respiratory and of the digestive passages.
  • For catarrhal affections of the eyes and the ears, as well as for catarrhal diarrhoea, the tincture is very serviceable; also for female monthly difficulties the tincture, in doses of two or three drops with a spoonful of water, will allay spasmodic cough, as of whooping cough, or bronchitis.
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Adonis vernalis. N.O. Ranunculaceae.

Synonym: False Hellebore, Pheasant's Eye.

Habitat: Cornfields and meadows.

Features: Stem up to one foot high. Leaves alternate, divided pinnately into linear

segments. Flowers large, yellow, solitary at termination of stem. Oval head of achenes

succeeds flower.

Part used: Herb.

Action: Cardiac, tonic, diuretic.

Highly esteemed in cases where stimulation of heart's action is necessary,

heart strain and cardiac dropsy. Diuretic qualities of value in kidney

affections. Dose, 1-2 drops of the fluid extract.


Agrimonia eupatoria. N.O. Rosaceae.

Synonym: Stickwort.

Habitat: Hedgerows, field borders and dry waste places.

Features: One of our prettiest wild plants, the erect, round, hairy stem reaching a

height of two feet. The numerous pinnate leaves, hairy on both sides, and 5-6 inches

long, grow alternately, having 3-5 pairs of lanceolate, toothed leaflets, with

intermediate smaller ones, and still smaller ones between these. The many small,

star-like, bright yellow flowers are arranged in long, tapering spikes. The root is

woody, and the seeds form little burs, the taste being astringent and slightly bitter.

Part used : The whole herb.

Action: Acts as a mild astringent, tonic and diuretic, these qualities being useful in

loose coughs and relaxed bowels.

Agrimony is an old remedy for debility, as it gives tone to the whole

Herbal Manual by Harold Ward - Page 16

The Southwest School of Botanical Medicine

system. It is administered as a decoction of one ounce to 1 1/2 pints

water, simmered down to 1 pint, in half teacupful or larger doses, and

may be sweetened with honey or black treacle if desired. The herb has

been recommended for dyspepsia, but is probably only useful in this

disorder when carefully combined with other more directly operating



Angelica archangelica. N.O. Umbelliferae.

Synonym : Garden Angelica.

Habitat: Marshes and watery places generally.

Features: Stem up to five feet high ; erect, shiny, striated. Leaves lanceolate, serrate,

terminal leaflet lobed. Umbels globular. Root fleshy, aromatic, much branched


Part used: Root, herb, seed.

Action: Carminative, stimulant, expectorant, diaphoretic, diuretic.

Infusion of 1 ounce herb to 1 pint boiling water. Dose, a wineglassful

frequently. Used in coughs, colds, urinary disorders. The sweetmeat

known as candied angelica is made by preserving the dried leaf stalks with



Geum urbanum. N.O. Rosaceae.

Synonym: Colewort, Herb Bennet.

Habitat: Hedges, woods and shady banks,

Features: This slender, sparsely branched plant reaches a height of one to two feet.

The stem leaves have two leaflets, with one margin-toothed terminal lobe. The root

leaves are on long stalks with two small leaflets at the base. The yellow, erect flowers,

with naked styles, appear between May and September. The root is short, hard and

rough, with light brown rootlets.

Part used: Herb and root.

Action: Astringent, tonic, antiseptic and stomachic.

The properties of Avens make for success in the treatment of diarrhoea

and dysentery. The tonic effect upon the glands of the stomach and

alimentary tract point to its helpfulness in dyspepsia. In general debility

continued use has had good results. The astringent qualities may also be

utilized in cases of relaxed throat Although wineglass-ful doses three or

four times daily of the 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion are usually prescribed,

Avens may be taken freely, and is, indeed, used by country people in

certain districts as a beverage in place of tea or coffee.


Melissa officinalis. N.O. Labiateae.

Synonym : Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm.

Habitat: Borders of woods and in hedges, particularly in south of England. Common in


Features : Stem one to two feet high, freely branched, square, smoothish. Leaves

stalked, opposite, broadly ovate, coarsely serrate, wrinkled, hairy. Numerous small,

white or yellowish flowers, in loose bunches from leaf axils. Roots long, slender,

creeping. Taste and odour of lemon.

Part used: Herb. Action : Carminative, diaphoretic, tonic.

In influenza and feverish colds, to induce perspiration. Aids digestion.

Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint boiling water, taken freely.


Chelone glabra. N.O. Scrophulariaceae.

Synonym : Bitter Herb. Snake Head, Turtle Bloom, Turtle Head

Habitat: Common in North America.

Features : Short-stalked leaves, opposite, oblong, lanceolate. Fruits ovate, half-inch

long, bunched on short spike, two-celled, with roundish, winged, dark-centred seeds.

Very bitter taste.

Part used : Leaves.

Action : Anthelmintic, detergent, tonic.

Used in constipation, dyspepsia, debility, and children's worms.

Sometimes added to alteratives. Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint water in

wineglassful doses. Powdered herb, 5-10 grains.


Berberis vulgaris. N.O. Berberidaceae.

Synonym : Berberidis, Berbery, Gouan.

Habitat : Woods and hedges, also gardens.

Features : Shrub or bush, three to eight feet high. Leaves obovate, bristly serratures.

Flowers bright yellow clusters, raceme, pendulous. Berries red, oblong. Stem bark

thin, yellowish-grey externally, inner surface orange yellow, separating in layers.

Root dark brown, short fracture. Very bitter taste.

Part used : Bark, rootbark.

Action : Tonic, antiseptic, purgative.

Jaundice and other liver derangements. General debility. Regulates

digestion, corrects constipation. 1/4 teaspoonful of powdered bark, three

or four times daily.


Myrica cerifera. N.O. Myricaceae.

Synonym : Candleberry, Waxberry, Wax Myrtle.

Habitat: Near the sea in pastures and on stony soils.

Features: The bark has a white, peeling epidermis covering a hard, reddish-brown

layer beneath. It is slightly fibrous on the inner surface, and the fracture is

granular. The taste is pungent, astringent and bitter, the odour faintly aromatic.

Part used : The bark is the only part of the Bayberry shrub now used as a medicine.

Action: A powerful stimulant, astringent and tonic to the alimentary tract.

Bayberry bark is one of the most widely used agents in the herbal

practice. It figures in many of the compound powders and is the base of

the celebrated composition powder, a prescription of which will be found

in the "Herbal Formulae" section of this volume. In cases of coldness of

the extremities, chills and influenza, an infusion of 1 ounce of the

powdered bark to 1 pint of water is taken warm. This assists circulation

and promotes perspiration, especially when combined with Cayenne as in

the formula referred to above.

As an antiseptic the powder is added to poultices for application to ulcers,

sores and wounds. It also makes an excellent snuff for nasal catarrh, and

an ingredient in tooth powders, for which a prescription is given in the

section previously mentioned.

The virtues of Bayberry bark were recognized and used beneficially by the

herbalists of many generations ago. Indeed, their enthusiasm for this, as

for certain other remedies also extremely efficacious within proper limits,

led them to ascribe properties to the bark which it does not possess.

Many affections of the uterine system, fistula, and even cancer were said to yield to its influence. Even in these cases, however, Bayberry bark certainly did less harm than many of the methods employed by the more orthodox practitioners of

that time !

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Post # 8
wow this is so useful, thank you. i love how much information you have.
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thank you i try

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Post # 10
Nice work again Kara!! :D You and your herbs! :P
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