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Self-Heal Prunella vulgaris – Mint Family labiatae Other Names: Heal All, All Heal, Woundwort Appearance: Typical member of the mint family, consisting of a square stem, mint aroma and two- lipped tubular petals. Opposite leaves one to two inches long, similar to basal. It ranges in size from four inches to a foot. The inflorescence’s’ are violet or bright lavender pink, and are contained in whole clusters similar to a pinecone shape. Habitat: Grows in meadows, stream banks, and simishaddy places. Often hidden in tall meadow grasses. Generally growing from 3,000 to 10,000 feet. Preparations: young shoots and leaves used as poultice. Can use as a tincture, infusion, poultice, ointment, eyewash, mouthwash/gargle, and decoction (mixed with other types of herbs). Medicinal Use: Astringent, styptic and tonic. It is good for a sore and un-relaxed throat or ulcerated mouth, for both of which purposes it also makes a good gargle (anti
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Unformatted text preview: inflammatory). For internal bleeding and for piles, the tea also has a soothing effect on the nervous system similar but no as effective as lemon balm; because of this action it may lower stress induced blood pressure. Topically, the fresh leaves and flowers can be applied to scrapes, cuts, insect bites, and sun burn. Also useful as an eyewash. Some have said recently that an extract from the plant can inhibit the HIV virus. Contraindications: NONE KNOWN Cultivation: Seeds are difficult to root, so use root cuttings. References: 1. Medicine from the Mountains: Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada. Kimball Chatfield. 1997. 2. The Complete Medicinal Herbal. Penelope Ody. 1993. 3. Botanical.com. http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/selfhe40.html . Mikhail Gadomski...
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Turnbull during the Spring '07 term at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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