Medicinal Plants -- continued


Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Tea of flowers and roots used in valvular heart disease (digitalis substitute), fevers, heart tonic, sedative, emetic. Root ointment for burns, scar preventative. Russians use for epilepsy.

Flowers are pure white with a mild but good fragrance outdoors but fetid if  brought indoors. Fruit is red but seed is blue. Flower stalk somewhat flatened and leaf veins are parallel but connected. Plant needs shade but flowers need sun. Interesting plant of contradictions.


Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Root chewed or weak tea for diarrhea, stomach troubles, diuretic. Seeds rubbed into hair to control lice. Crushed seeds in minute amounts used for headaches

Potentially toxic


Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)

Roots contain phototoxic compounds and psoralen, currently being studied for psoriasis, leukemia and AIDS.

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