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Sweet Woodruff / Wild harvested Herb

Common Names: Master of the woods, Woodruff, Woodward. When dried, the leaves smell pleasantly of new-mown hay, honey, and vanilla.

Medicinal Properties: Anodyne, antispasmodic, calmative, cardiac, diaphoretic, diuretic.

Uses: Beneficial for jaundice and recommended where a tendency toward gravel and bladder stones exists.

It acts as an anodyne for migraine and neuralgia, and as a calmative for nervous conditions such as restlessness, depression, insomnia, and hysteria.

The tea relieves stomach pain, improves appetite, regulates heart activity, and is a diuretic. Old timers state it was used against the plague.

It is sometimes used to improve the taste of mixed herb teas. Externally, helps heal wounds.

Formulas or Dosages: Infusion: use 2 tsp. dried herb or 2 tea bags to 1 cup boiling water; take 1/2 to 1 cup per day.

*Warning: Consumption of large quantities can produce symptoms of poisoning, including dizziness and vomiting. Do not use this remedy if you are taking conventional medicine for circulatory problems or if you are pregnant.

References: Duke, James A, Ph.D.; Alchemy Works, Rodale's encyclopedia of herbs.

* Please Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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