Sanicle

Common Names: Black snakeroot, pool root, American Sanicle, wood Sanicle.

Features: Sanicle, of the parsley family, is an indigenous perennial common to the U.S. and Canada. The fibrous root is aromatic in taste and odor, with a smooth reddish furrowed stem, 1-3 feet high. The leaves are digitate, mostly radical, and on petioles, 6-12 inches long, nearly three inches across, glossy green above, less color underneath. The flowers bloom in June and July. They are mostly barren white, sometimes yellowish, the fertile ones sessile.

Medicinal Parts: Roots, leaves.

Solvent: Water

Bodily Influence: Vulverary, astringent, alternative, expectorant, discutient, depurative.

Uses: Used by Native Americans in intermittent fevers and for treating a variety of skin conditions. The action upon the system very much resembles that of valerian, possessing nervine and anodyne properties. This is one of the herbs that could well be called a "Cure All" because it possesses powerful cleansing and healing virtues, both internally and externally. It heals, stops bleeding, diminishes tumors, whether of a recent or long-standing nature. The properties, when administered, seem to seek the area most in distress, be it the throat, lungs, intestines, renal tract, reproductive organs, etc. You name it, sanicle will find it. It's qualifications are many as a cleansing and healing herb of both man and animal.

Homeopathic: Amenorrhea, asthma, bee stings, boils, borborygmus coccyx, conyloma conjunctivitis, constipation, ulceration of the cornea, cough, dandruff, debility, diabetes, diarrhea, digestion, dropsy (during pregnancy), eczema, emaciation, enuresis, excoriations, foot sweat, gastritis, suppressed gums, itching, leucorrhoea, liver soreness, lumbago, melancholy, thin milk, mouth sores, neuralgia, neurasthenia, night terrors, nose crusting, ophthalmia (tarsi), dilated uteri, rheumatism, rickets, scurvy, seasickness, sore throat, ringworm or burning of the tongue, toothache, vomiting, boils on wrist.

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