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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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