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Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs by Christopher Hobbs

By Christopher Hobbs

The such a lot whole paintings at the medicinal crops of western North the United States, this advisor bargains the simplest info on the earth at the approximately 500 species coated, a lot of it to be had for the 1st time. greater than 530 colour pictures illustrate the crops. An index to clinical issues is helping find info on particular diseases. Symbols subsequent to the plant descriptions supply quickly visible warnings for toxic and allergenic crops. geared up via flower colour for quick identity, this consultant is an important reduction to appreciating local crops and the wild components they inhabit.

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WHERE FOUND: Moist meadows to dry, rocky slopes. S. C. ; all western states except Ariz. USES: Externa lly only, the root was used fresh or dried, poulticed for aches, pains, bruises, sprains , boils, burns, rattlesnake bites, rabid coyote bites, a nd broken bones. Th ere is mention of its us e as a strong emetic, and smaJl pieces were placed in the mouth for mouth sores, sore throats, and to ease toothache (bear in mind that th e number one cause for suicide in pre-indu strial societies was toothache) .

0 in . H airs star- shaped or multib ranch ed. Leaves alternate, pinn ately lobed, densely hairy. Flowers along redu ced branc hes on upper ste m; base of pe tals sometimes purplish. Flat pods much broader than long with 2. roun ded lobes, each single-seeded; re maining un opened. WHERE FOUND : Sanel y soils, deserts. Colo. M. , to M exico, wes t to Utah , Nev. , a nd Ariz. USES : America n Indi a ns used cru shed seeds and leaves as an inhalant for catarrh or sore nose. Plant tea used externa lly as a compress for throat problem s and swellings.

Root po ulticed for sprains, boils, earach es, eye inflammation, swellings, and arthritis. Leaf tea used to prevent contracep tion and as an eyewash. ) DC. Lily Family Well-branched perennial from long rhizomes, to 4 ft. Leaves alte rna te, ova te, clasping stem, with heart-shaped bases; whitish film False So lomon 's Seal (Mai a nthemum racemos um ) has fl owers in terminal clusters. m FLOW E RS Star-Solomon's Seal (Smil acin a ste ll ata) has a zigzag stem. 3 - TO 6-PA RT ED ( LIL Y FA MILY ) The bell-shaped flowers of Clasping Twisted-sta ll~ (Streptopus amplexifolius) are on a twisted stalh.

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