Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Christopher Hobbs

By Christopher Hobbs

The so much entire paintings at the medicinal crops of western North the United States, this advisor deals the easiest info on the planet at the approximately 500 species lined, a lot of it to be had for the 1st time. greater than 530 colour images illustrate the vegetation. An index to scientific themes is helping find details on particular diseases. Symbols subsequent to the plant descriptions offer speedy visible warnings for toxic and allergenic crops. prepared via flower colour for speedy id, this consultant is an important relief to appreciating local crops and the wild parts they inhabit.

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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.

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