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Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1

By Slherrmann
Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1Merry Friday All!
A few days ago I posted about fruits and herbs for Spring, today I am going to start herbs and fruits for Summer...Enjoy!
Summer Herbs And Fruits

Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1Rasberry (rubus idaeus)
Description: Prickly deciduous shrub with white flowers and hairy red fruits.
Habitat: Native to Europe and Asia
Part Used: Leaves and fruit
Preparations: Infusion and decoction of leaves. Syrup and lotion of fruit
Medicinal Action: Infusion of leaves harmonizes uterine function, and syrup of fruit is antiviral
Active Ingredients: Polypeptides, flavonoids, tannins
***Safety Note: Do not take during early pregnancy****
Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1Feverfew (tanacetum parthenium)
Description: Herbaceous perennial member of the daisy family with pale green flat leaves and yellow and white flowers
Habitat: Native to southern Europe and dry grasslands in temperate regions
Part Used: Aerial parts when in flower
Preparations: Fresh leaves eaten, tincture or infusion
Medicinal Action: Analgesic and fever-reducing for shivery colds and flu. Soothing for headaches, migrain and period pains. Remedy for arthritis
Active Ingredients: Sequisterpenes, lactones and volatile oils
****Safety Note: Do not take in conjunction with blood-thinning drugs****
Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1Wild Strawberry (fragaria vesca)
Description: Low-growing creeping perennial, member of the rose family. Small four-petalled white flowers with red berries
Habitat: Grass banks in Alpine meadows
Part Used: Leaves, fruit and roots
Preparation: Poultice of berries and infusion of leaves
Medicinal Action: Aids digestion and soothes sunburn
Active Ingredients: Tannins, mucilagem sugars, fruit acids, salicylates
****Safety Note: Can cause skin rashes****
Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1Rose Flowers (rosa gallica)
Description: Thorny shrub with pink flowers, followed by scarlet berries (hips)
Habitat: Cultivated for thousands of years in the Middle East area
Part Used: Flower petals, harvested in full bloom in dry weather
Preparations: Lotions and creams, distilled in alcohol, flower water and infusions
Medicinal Action: Taken internally, an infusion of rose flowers will cool fevers and relieve cold and flu infection. Decongestant to the female reproductive system, easing heavy, painful periods. Used externally to repair tissue and reduce inflammation and skin blemishes
Active Ingredients: Volatile oils
****Safety Note: Avoid when pregnant****
Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1European Honeysuckle (lonicera periclymenum)
Description: Climbing plant with oval leaves and tubular flowers with red berries
Habitat: Native to European forests. Grows wild in hedgerows and on walls
Part Used: Flowers
Preparations: Infusions and syrups
Medicinal Action: Diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant. Soothing for chesty coughs and asthma
Active Ingredients: Iridoids, tannins, flavonoids and mucilage
****Safety Note: Berries contain poison****
Your Guide To Herbs And Fruits Of Summer Pt. 1

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