A Few Wild Medicinals - page 2
Church Steeples is one of the common names for Agrimony, (shown above.) Regarded in times past as a panacea, it was thought this medicinal plant could cure almost any ailment. It is a member of the Rose family, and although the flowers are quite different, the leaves might easliy be mistaken for Rose before the blossoms appear.
Throughout the centuries many healing properties have been attributed to Agrimony, some of which modern science has confirmed.
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Ajuga reptans, shown above, a member of the mint family, is originally a native of Europe where it is known by a number of names like Carpetweed, Common Bugle, and Bugleweed. In the past in Britain it was called Carpenter's Herb for its ability to stop bleeding. Often the leaves have a burgundy tinge to their color. Thriving in full shade, it will grow in partial sun, and can be highly invasive taking over entire lawns and gardens!
Considered by old-time herbalists as one of the better medicinal plants it was used primarily as an infusion, or tea made from the leaves, to stop internal bleeding, reduce the swelling of tonsils, as a mild laxative, and to treat a number of other conditions.
Prunella vulgaris, (right,) usually called Heal-All or Self-Heal is very common throughout the US as a mildly invasive lawn weed, where due to the constant trimming of a mower will grow low to the ground with almost inconspicuous flowers. In the forest and shaded open-shaded areas where it is unmolested it may grow to a foot or more in height.
Heal-All is regarded by modern herbalists as one of the most useful medicinal plants. An infusion of the leaves made from 1 oz to a pint of boiling water and given in doses of a 6 oz glassful every few hours was used as a general strengthener during World War I. It was also used as a styptic for wounds.
Warning, herbs and medicinal plants can be very powerful! Never use them carelessly. Always consult a certified herbalist or naturopathic practitioner before consuming any part of these plants.