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    Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) herb
    Sheep Sorrel, also known simply as sorrel or dock, is a perennial plant that has been used in multiple roles from centuries. In present times, the plant’s leaves are the parts used for both medicinal and culinary purposes, though the plant’s roots have been historically used as an astringent and coagulant. The entire plant, including roots, is used as the main ingredient in essiac tea. And though sorrel is considered by many to be a nuisance weed, its presence and usage have provided numerous health benefits for people across the years.


    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) flower
    It is a hairy biennial plant that can grow to 2 meters tall or more. Its small yellow flowers are densely grouped on a tall stem, which grows from a large rosette of leaves. It grows in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers well-lit disturbed soils, where it can appear soon after the ground receives light, from long-lived seeds that persist in the soil seed bank. A given flower is open only for a single day, opening before dawn and closing in the afternoon. Flowers are self-fecundating and protogynous (with female parts maturing first.) Mullein will self-pollinate if not pollinated by insects during the day. While many insects visit the flowers, only some bees actually accomplish pollination..


    Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) root
    A handsome perennial, Goldenseal is native to cool, shaded woodlands in the eastern US, particularly the rich, well-drained highlands of Appalachia. It grows from 6 to 12 inches tall, with a single main leaf and two secondary leaves of five to seven lobes each. As the leaf stems die back, they mark the fleshy, yellow rhizome (rootstock) with scars that resemble seals and give the plant its name. Goldenseal has an acrid, bitter taste and a disagreeable odor, but there are so many goldenseal benefits that it has been called "the universal herb" for over 300 years. The powdered rootstock — considered a general tonic for the mucous membranes — is used in washes and infusions, or in capsule form.


    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaf
    Though not occurring in the Southern Hemisphere, is at home in all parts of the north temperate zone; in pastures, meadows and on waste ground, and is so plentiful that farmers everywhere find it a troublesome weed. Though its flowers are more conspicuous in the earlier months of the summer, it may be found in bloom, and consequently also prolifically dispersing its seeds, almost throughout the year. All parts of the plant (root, fresh and dried, and young tops) contain a somewhat bitter, milky juice (latex), but the juice of the root being still more powerful is the part of the plant most used for medicinal purposes.


    Pau d'arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa) inner bark
    Native to South America, it has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, fever, and dysentery. As early as 1873, there are reports of medicinal uses of Pau d'arco. The use of this inner bark is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body. The bark has active principles, mainly lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. The dried inner bark can be used as a tea that has a taste that is just a little bit harsh, and a color that may remind you of sepia-toned photographs. Pau d'arco is a broad-leafed evergreen that grows to a height of 125 feet and has pink-to-violet colored flowers. The tree's extremely hard wood makes it resistant to disease and decay. The inner bark of the tree is used medicinally.

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