"Ayla rubbed the saponin-rich flowers between her wet hands until a foam developed; then she worked it into her hair. The foam from ceanothus wasn't as rich as soaproot lather, but this was a final washing and the pale blue petals left a pleasant mild scent." PoP
Also known as Red Root.
|Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
"Chamomile was an aid to digestion and a mild wash for wounds..." VoH
"Coltsfoot leaves, which resembled their name, spread out on woven drying racks, were asthma relief when smoke from the burning dried leaves was breathed, and a cough remedy with other ingredients in tea, and a pleasant seasoning for food." VoH
"As she peeled the dark brown skin off the comfrey roots...a glutinous mucilage oozed out. ... She chopped the white comfrey root and applied the gummy substance directly to the wound - it stopped the bleeding and would help heal the bone..." VoH
"Nearby were cranesbills, wild geraniums with leaves of many teeth and five-petaled reddish-pink flowers, that grew into fruits that resembled the bills of cranes. The dried and powdered leaves helped stop bleeding and heal wounds; made into a tea it healed mouth sores and rashes; and the roots were good for runny stools and other stomach problems." PoP
|Datura or Thorn-Apple (Datura stramonium)
"...she put several stones into the cooking box to start the datura boiling... "This medicine will both dull the pain and make you sleep." Ayla said, "but it is very powerful, and it is dangerous. ... A few people stop breathing. If that happens, you will die, Roshario." PoP
NOTE: Datura stramonium may not be the type of Datura Jean described in her book. There are a few variations. However, they all ARE VERY DANGEROUS!
|Elecampane (Inula helenium)
"It's the root that's used. ... It brings up phlegm and is especially good for the lung disease of spitting blood. It also helps to bring on sweating and to pass water." CCB
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