Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Good for kidney ailments, diuretic and promotes sweating--well worth the trouble
Eyebright (Euphrasia americana)
Used in eyewash solutions
I urge that persons using these pictures not rely solely on one source of information in the identification of plants. I usually use three different reference sources, for safety's sake. Even then, mistakes are made (primarily clerical) which could be dissastrous if you were to use only this source for identification.
If you find any errors or can fill in the missing identifyers, please contribute. I will be happy to give you credit.
I primarily use the Petterson Field Guides on Medicinal Plants by Foster and Duke on medicinal applications on plants given here. Please consult with this valuable resource for more complete information.
picture taken after a Midsummer harvest
Balm of Gilead (Populus gileadensis)
Analgesic and aneasthetic--good one to know about
Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)
Lowers blood sugar. Dried leaves used to make moxa or burning sticks used to stimulate acupuncture points and treat rhumatism.
Wild Cucumber, Balsam-Apple (Echinocystis lobata)
Extremely bitter root tea or pulverized root is used for stomach , kidney, and a host of other ailments. Also used as love potion!
Contains cucurbitacins which are extremely active as anti-tumor and cytotoxic agents at levels of one part per million.
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
Extracts shown to have inti-inflamatory properties. An alkaloid in the root, methylcytisine, has similar effects to nicotene, increasing blood pressure, stimulating the small intestine, and causes hyperglycemia. Glycosides are responsible for stimulating uterine activity. Do not use in pregnancy!
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Dried root tea used as "blood purifyer". Has Anthraquinones which can arrest growth of ringworm and other fungi.
Seeds have good protein content. Makes a good flour.
Northern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Leaves, buds, inner bark and sap are delicious and nutritious. A large tree of 150 feet could provide much food and medicine for the Winter for many, as it did the Native Americans. Rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C), it combatted scurvy during Winter when Vitamin C in fresh, green plants was lacking. Excellent for colds!
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