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Index

List of known herbs and their many names, doses and uses (this page)

How to use them (poultices, infusions, compresses, ointments, aromatherapy, oils, steaming, other methods used)

Preparing herbs

Medicinal Lore

Other healing techniques (setting bones, aiding in healing of fractures, sprained ligaments, mild internal injuries (such as bone bruises, trace bleeding in the stomach), countering problems in labor, and heavily bleeding wounds)

 

 

Index of Healing Herbs (Selaib Nestadren)

 

Chamomile

Sindarin name: asphodel

Also known as: Mayweed, Maythen

Appearance: narrow stems, tiny dark green leaves, white flowers of fourteen petals with round yellow centers

Part used: flowers in bloom.

Usage: as a tea, soothes mind and breathing, or can be chewed fresh to soothe very mild nausea in the stomach

Quantity: far too much used, or chamomile in an oil state, during pregnancy has been known to stimulate some contractions

 

Balm

Sindarin name: sţdhlas

Also known as: "peace-leaf"

Appearance: oval leaves, haired stems, small white flowers near the stem

Part used: leaf

Usage: as a tea, eases mild stomach pains; when chewed and swallowed eases sharp stomach pains

Quantity: no more than one basic dosage (one or two leaves) is needed at a given time

 

Blackroot

Sindarin name: morthond

Appearance: plant is thin bush, tough of stem, sparse grayish leaves; roots are found by digging just underneath the soil

Part used: root

Usage: as a poultice, draws infection

Quantity: use as much crushed root as needed for a poultice.  *Do not take internally.

 

Blackthorn

Sindarin name: morneg

Appearance: bush with black twigs, long thorns, small white flowers, dark blue berries

Part used: flowers and fruit

Usage: as a poultice, eases swelling

Quantity: when used topically, no problems have been recorded at any amount of its use.  *Do not take internally.

 

Bloodroot

Sindarin name: seregrţf

Also known as: "bloodbark"

Appearance: short bush, wide leaves; roots are thin and have deep red underneath outer bark, seen when cut

Part used: root

Usage: as a tea, promotes a helpful cough to bring up mucous in the lungs and throat from sickness

Quantity: only use one thin root piece of four inches long per dose.  No more than two doses should be taken one after the other.  Overdose can lead to upset stomach

 

Hops

Sindarin name: lupelin

Appearance: climbing vine with jagged-edged, triangular three-lobed leaves, and round seed pouches resembling seed cones

Part used: seed pouch with seeds

Usage: when dried, ground, and made a drink, settles stomach and causes drowsiness.  Often used as a sedative

Quantity: no more than two pounches at one time.  *Do not exceed this amount - this herb can cause depression

 

Juniper

Sindarin name: tand

Appearance: evergreen bush, small blue berries

Part used: berries, when ripe and a dark blue.

Usage: when dried, ground, and made a drink, aids in the elimination of poison from within

Quantity: the drink should be very weak.  Use no more than four fresh berries per pot (about five one-cup doses).  Avoid use of tand in pregnancy for it highly stimulates contractions

 

Kingsfoil

Sindarin name: athelas

Also known as: "beneficial leaf" and "asea aranion"

Appearance: small plant with a bushy shape, many small dark green leaves, scattered tiny white flowers, found lower to the ground

Part used: leaves and flowers

Usage: as a poultice or paste, fights all manners of poison and infection; when crushed and boiled, aids breathing and calms the mind

Quantity: no recorded problems were ever found with athelas - use five leaves as amount given in a paste, and as much as needed to draw poison or infection in narrow, deep wounds and cuts.

 

Lavender

Sindarin name:

Appearance: bushes of small, thin leaves near the ground, long clusters of small purple flowers, greyish stems

Part Used: flowers

Usage: use dried in an infusion for colic or tension headaches or boiled rinse to cleanse in skin disorders.  For rashes and scalds, it can also be used in a cold compress

Quantity: can be taken every so often.  A cup of lavender tea is often as much as is needed for one use.  High doses should be avoided during pregancy

 

Mint

Sindarin name:

Also known as: "garden mint" and "biting leaf:"

Appearance: jagged-edged leaves spring up on parallel branches up the stem, haired stem, small white flowers, when leaves are crushed they give off scent sharp and sweet

Part Used: leaves

Usage: as an infusion use to bring down high fever and promote sweating and cleansing in a fever, and aromatherapy aids to help breathing and ease swelling of the sinuses in the common cold or flu

Quantity: as much as three cups of infusion can be taken at a given time

 

Nightshade

Sindarin name: d˙wath

Appearance: tall slender plant, pointed oval leaves, golden bell-shaped flowers, small black berries

Part used: leaf

Usage: in very small amounts, for stopping convulsions

Quantity: use only one crushed small leaf or half-leaf

*WARNING: in anything but very small amounts, this is a poison and will stop breathing

 

Poppy

Sindarin name: f˙mel

Appearance: broad jagged leaves, wide four-petalled flowers in pinks and oranges

Part used: flower

Usage: as a fresh mixture spread once across the tongue, causes deep sleep

Quantity: use only in small amounts: one brush of a finger through the paste across the tongue.  Overdose can cause nausea and vomiting

*WARNING: do not use continuously - causes depression and can damage the nervous system if used for too long. 

 

Rosemary

Sindarin name:

Also known as: "memory flower" for remembrance among Men

Appearance: long stem covered in many slender, upward-facing leaves, flowers pale pink and also slender

Part used: leaves

Usage: as a compress or massage eases pain of rheumatism or muscle pain, as a tea, used to calm and cheer nervous exhaustion

Quantity: No problems have been encountered with rosemary in any amount

 

Shepherd's Purse

Sindarin name:

Also known as: "wild heartweed" and "mothers' hearts"

Appearance: distinctive appearance, wildflower with long stalks and tender leaves; many small heart-shaped seed pods known as "purses" among Men.  Tiny clusters of white flowers as the top of stalks.

Part used: flowers, seed pods, leaves

Usage: as a fresh poultice to stop external bleeding, flowers can be chewed for excessive internal bleeding such as menstruation; promotes blood clotting.

Quantity: use only as much as is needed to stop blood flow.  Take no more than one cluster of flowers at a given time to be chewed.  Not to be taken during pregnancy.

 

Silver Birch

Sindarin name: brethil

Appearance: thin strips of silvery-white bark cover the dark wood of the tree; leaves are round, and should be used green.

Part used: young leaf

Usage: as a poultice, soothes skin irritations and cools swellings

Quantity: use only as much as needed to cover a given area as a poultice.  *It is recommended not to take this internally, though children have been known to nibble

 

Thyme

Sindarin name:

Appearance: sparse tiny oval leaves in clusters up the stem, flowers pink and four-petaled, also in clusters up the stem near the top of the plant. 

Part Used: leaves and flowers

Usage: as an infusion for deep coughs to clear breathing in chest problems, can be used as a paste for scratches and minor cuts

Quantity: always use well diluted in a tea.  Not to be taken continuously in pregnancy, though any other time, there should be no problems

 

Violet

Sindarin name: helin

Also known as: "heartsease", "wild pansy"

Appearance: slender plant, oblong leaves, purple and yellow five-petalled flowers

Part used: flowers and leaves

Usage: as a poultice, aids in stopping minor bleeding; as a tea, eases pain in the chest

Quantity: as a tea, boil weak, or drink medium to small amounts.  Overdose can cause nausea and vomiting

 

Wild rose

Sindarin name: meluieg

Also known as: "sweet-thorn", "sweet-briar"

Appearance: thorny bush, jagged-edged oval leaves, pink five-petalled flowers

Part used: seed pouch (rose hips)

Usage: as a tea, comforts sore nose and throat symptoms of common sickness

Quantity: several rose hips can be used, as many as three small hips per dose.  Two is recommended by itself, but more often one will be used along with another herb.

 

Willow bark

Sindarin name: tatharrţf

Appearance: the underbark of a willow tree, thinly peeled

Part used: underbark

Usage: as a tea or chewed, brings down fever and feverish swelling, aids in the easing of general aches and pains

Quantity: only a strip is to be used at a time for chewing.  When used in a drink, a half small cup of a thick decoction qualifies as one dose

 

Wintercalm

Sindarin name: laugralas

Also known as: "warming leaf"

Appearance: tall stem, broad flat leaves at base, wide golden flowers at top

Part used: root

Usage: as a warm poultice, lessens frostbite; as a tea brings warmth to body and lessens stiffness and soreness

Quantity: two small pieces (half-inch long) of root per dose

 

Yarrow

Sindarin name:

Appearance: large fans of tiny cream flowers, long feathery leaves

Part Used: flowers and young leaves

Usage: use as a fresh poultice to stop blood flow from wounds, promotes blood clotting (the flowers are also used by Men for allergies)

Quantity: as much as needed to stop blood flow in a wound.  Do not use continuously, to avoid skin rash.  *Can be taken internally, but this is inadvisable

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To be added:

Eyebright
Wort
Silverweed
Meadowsweet
Basil
Cloves
Self-heal(?)
Elder
Betony