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Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries - used as a gentle astringent for...

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Wild Strawberries Fragaria Vesca- Rosaceae Other Names: Mountain Strawberry, Alpine Strawberry Appearance: The Wild Strawberry, a delicate, thin-leaved plant containing three lobed leaves. Inflorescence consists of white and yellow that will become small, scarlet berries, cone-shaped and studded with tiny, brown 'seeds,' and has a fragrance and flavor more delicate even than the cultivated Strawberry. It chooses a slightly sheltered position, and, being very small, considerable labor goes to the collection of its fruit. The roots are called runners; being seen above ground linking one plant to another. Habitat: 5,000 to 7,000 feet in elevation, may be found above 7,000 in moist mountain ranges. Found in shady moist areas. Preparations: leaves can be used as an infusion. The fruit can be eaten fresh or used as a poultice or tonic wine. Medicinal Use: astringent heals wounds, diuretic, laxative, liver tonic, cleansing. Leaves;
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Unformatted text preview: used as a gentle astringent for diarrhea and digestive upsets, and cleansing diuretic for rheumatism, gout, and arthritis. Fruit; used to whiten the complexion and remove freckles. Crushed berries make an emergency treatment for mild sunburn. Also a liver tonic, strawberry juice shows antibacterial properties and was used in thyroid epidemics. Good for the passions of the heart caused by perturbation of the spirits Contraindications: eating them in winter was thought to increase phlegmatic humor and digestive upsets. Cultivation: Likes acid rich soil, with plenty of moisture and shade. Easily transplanted with runners, and don’t like heat. Resources: 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/strawb95.html . Mikhail Gadomski...
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