Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)
"The bunches of agrimony hanging head downward inside the warm dark cave were an infusion of the dried flowers and leaves useful for bruises and injuries to internal organs, as much as they were tall slender perennials with toothed leaves and tiny yellow flowers growing on tapering spikes." VoH
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
"Alfalfa leaves came to mind. Fresh alfalfa leaves steeped in hot water to help the blood clot..." VoH
Arnica (Arnica montana)
"The lump on his head bothered her, but the skin was not broken - it was just swollen. In fresh water, she made an infusion of arnica flowers, then made a wet compress for the swelling and tied it on with a leather strip." VoH
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
"Though sour and rather astringent, they tasted fine when they were cooked with other food, but more than food, Ayla knew the juice of the berry was good for relieving the burning sensation that could occur when passing water, especially if it was pinkish with blood." PoP
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
"Ayla used it to reduce fever, but it had to be boiled down to a thick syrup, which took time. It brought on a profuse sweat..." VoH
Burdock (Arcticum lappa)
"She stripped the leaves from the heavy middle vein, tore them in shreds into a bowl, added cool water, and pounded them to a mash with a rock. He had been feeling the discomfort and heat of the sunburn more, and when he felt the soothing cool mash on his back, he was again grateful she was a woman of healing." VoH
Cattail (Typha angustifolia)
"The cattails provided more than an old-growth woody stalk for a fire drill. The long leaves woven around an alder-wood frame made a lean-to which helped contain the heat from the fire. The green tops and young roots, baked in the coals...supplied the beginning of a meal." VoH

/ A-C / C-E / F-H / I-P / S-Y / Terminology /

/ / Ayla's Herbs /

CCB The Clan of the Cave Bear
VoH The Valley of Horses
MH The Mammoth Hunters
PoP The Plains of Passage

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