Soaproot (Saponaria officinalis)
"Finding a round stone she could hold easily in her hand, Iza pounded the soaproot with water in a saucerlike depression of a large flattish rock near the stream. The root sudsed into a rich, saponin-filled lather. ...after a thorough wetting, the woman picked her up, sat her on the rock, and lathered her from head to foot, including her stringy, matted hair." CCB
Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)
"When the flower of the plant dried, it left an elongated egg-shaped spiny brush. She snapped one from it's stem, and with it gently scratched the spot on Whinney's flank. ...before she stopped, she had brushed and curried Whinney's entire shaggy coat." VoH
"...she let the sun dry her while she used a twig to pull tangles out of her hair then brushed it with a teasel." VoH
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) also known as Queen Anne's Lace!
"She noticed the leaves and the dried umbeled flower stalk that pointed to wild carrots a few inches below the ground..." VoH
Note: Queen Anne's lace has many medicinal uses, but has several poisonus lookalikes. Domestic carrots can be used in the same ways.
Wild Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
"...growing at the sunny edge of the woods, she found wild marjoram, which was not only a good insect repellent when made into an infusion for an external wash, but drinking it as a tea gave a person's sweat a spicy odor that gnats, fleas, and most flies found distasteful." PoP
Willow (Salix alba)
"She always thanked the spirits for willow. ... She couldn't remember how many times she had peeled willow bark for a tea to relieve aches and pains. She knew of stronger painkillers, but they also dulled the senses. The analgesic properties of willow just dulled the pain and reduced fever." CCB
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
"...she gathered wormwood flowers to add as a general antidote for poisons and toxic reactions." PoP
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
"...yarrow tea she had made for her morning headache." MH
"She also added pulverized yarrow, for its external painkilling and quick-healing properties." PoP

/ 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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