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By Jim Meuninck

An information-packed software for the amateur or convenient reference for the veteran. Distills years of information into a cheap and transportable e-book. With this consultant, you'll become aware of tips to establish medicinal vegetation within the contiguous usa.

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Flower and berry extractions used to treat acute infections like colds and flu. Herbalist Michael Moore claims a tincture of the flowers is alterative and diaphoretic, stimulating the body’s defense systems. indd 36 8/29/14 12:56 PM more effective and more tasteful when combined with mints. The berries can act like a mild laxative, yet at the same time are antidiarrheal and astringent. Current research suggests American elder leaf extract might work as a laxative, diuretic, and germ killer. American elder also contains lots of vitamin C (GR).

Modern uses: Birch leaf extract is Commission E–approved for urinary tract infections, rheumatism, and bladder and kidney stones. Do not take if you have edema, heart disease, or kidney dysfunction. Betulic acid made from the bark White birch extraction; betulin is being tested as an anticancer drug. Notes: Shredded from the tree, the bark makes an excellent survival fire starter (right after cattail fluff and bone-dry grass). In winter, the tough bark peeled and stretched over a canoe frame made of white cedar and pine to make birch-bark canoes; balsam resin is used to seal seams.

Food: White birch and yellow birch (B. alleghaniensis) are tapped for their sap in late winter and early spring. Traditional uses: White birch considered by Native Americans and herbalists as a tonic and blood purifier. indd 40 8/29/14 12:57 PM rashes. The Cree used the bark powder to treat chapping and venereal disease. The Ojibwas used it for stomach cramps. The outer bark used as a poultice to cover wounds and as a cast for broken limbs. Wood shavings prepared in decoction stimulate lactation.

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