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Flowers open in morning, c lose in eve nin g; Jun e- Sept. WHERE FOUND: Ponds, lake edges, mars hes, slow waters; widely c ultivated. Native to eas tern N. M. USES: Herbalists recommended a root tea as a gargle, wash, or tea to treat mouth sores, sore throat, dysentery, c hronic diarrhea, and gonorrhea; in cough co mpo unds for bronchitis. ragmnt Water-lily (Nymphaea odora ta) has sweet-scented flowers. \I E HS Ill for va ginal. yeast infections and for uterine fibroids and as an eyewash. Hoot a nd leaf poultices were u sed on sores, boils, tumors, and ras hes.
USES: Root tea once us ed to treat & Fendler's Meadow-rue (Thalictrum fendleri) has white to greenish flo wers nodding in openbranched clusters. II FLOWERS 5-PARTED; Western Meadaw-me (Thalictru m occidentale) . Note the purplish stamens. PETALS SEPARATE colds and gonorrhea. Leaf a nd stem tea used by American Indi ans to re lieve stomac h cra mps an d feve rs. Extern ally, as a wash fo r fevers a nd h ea t prostration . S moke fro m the burning pla nt was inhaled for colds and h eadach es, and a pillow was stu ffe d wi th th e leaves to relieve headaches.
RELATED SPECIES: An infusion of leaves of Yellow Marsh Marigold, C. , was used by Eskim os for re lieving constipation. The C hippewa used root tea to treat colds . Mashed roots were applied to sores. T h e plant was con sidered to have diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, and emeti c properties. The Iroquois favored a tea of the m ashed roots as an e meti c to counteract a love potion. WARNING: The whole plant is irrita tin g to the gastrointestinal tract when fresh. All parts may irritate a nd blister skin or mucous membranes.