AN OLD N. AMERICAN HERBAL LIST

This is an old herbal list from 19th century herbal books
It is typical of many N. American Herbal Lists,
which were often adapted from European Lists
and updated with available N. American plants.
I do not recommend the use of this list,
but some of these plants have some limited usefulness.
If you mix up this brew you will probably hurl.
Just because it tastes medicinal doesn't mean "it's good for what ails ya".
This list is for historical reference only,
I personally use only certain culinary herbs and edible wild herbs.
I believe that the key to good health is in fresh vegetables, herbs, wildherbs and flowers.
and very limited use of medicinal plants, which are often somewhat toxic.

Typical Old Herbal Remedy List From 19th Cent. N. America

  1. Borrage, Borago officinalis, A bristly classic medicinal herb
  2. Sweet Brier, Rosa rubiginosa, A thorny rose species, Vit. C hips ?
  3. Sweet Broom, Cistensis spp., A toxic genus, avoid
  4. Cabbage Rose, aka Rose Of Provins, Rosa x Centifolia, I don't know this one
  5. Celandine, Chelidonium majus, A bitter toxic herbal juice
  6. Chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, A popular slightly toxic tea
  7. Corn Flower, Centaurea cyanus, Probably toxic, Echinacea is probably better
  8. Corn Poppy, Papaver rhoeas, Probably toxic, Avoid, Genus has great flowers
  9. Couch Grass, aka Bermuda Grass, Cynodon dactylon, Other grasses are better
  10. Meadowsweet, Spirea alba, Probably toxic, Genus has nice flowers
  11. Spring Heath, aka Heather, Erica sp., Probably toxic, great ground cover
This list makes a beautiful garden, but not very good tasting or healthy eating. Please advise if you have further info on this list, Thanks.
One of the best old Herbal References is: Garden Of Eden, widely available.
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