Plant Identification: Curly Doc


Identification:

  • This plant may grow as high as four feet or higher. It has pointy, basil-like leaves that are commonly curled at margins.

  • The leaves that alternate up the stem are smaller but there are more of them.

  • They have a red inner vein in the winter

  • June to September 

  • The roots of this plant are usually yellowish when you cut in half

  •  Plants usually have a bright red seed stalk that bear long terminate clusters of small greenish-white flowers above the rest of the plant. When flowers grow to maturation they turn a rusted red color as well.

Nutritionally:

  • This plant is high in iron

  • the leaves are usually gathered in  early spring and can be prepared and eaten just like spinach.

Medicinally:

  • This plant can be a laxative or a anti-diarrheal depending on the amount taken.

  • 1tsp. ground root to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 2-3 min. (the longer it steeps the more anti-diarrheal it becomes; for laxative steep only one minute) 

  • take 2-3 cups a day

  • It is an astringent (medicine that closes pores); this also will inhibit and arrest the spread of ringworm.

  • use crushed fresh leaves and apply as a poultice

  • It is an antiscorbutic (fights scurvy)

  • syrup: boil 1/2 lb of crushed root in one pint of natural syrup

  • use 2-3 tsp. per day

Attention Use At Your Own Risk

I am not medically trained in anyway. I am simply a student. I read and experiment with ancient herbal techniques. I am simply passing on the knowledge I have gained from studding many texts on the subject and I am in no way responsible for anything you do with this information. For a listing on the books that I have compiled knowledge from visit: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

Picture for my graphic and more information on Curly Doc can be found at: www.primalkb.com/939/plantago-major www.eol.org/pages/38064/details

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