Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!
* confetti *
This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet.
I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means,
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting next! Cheers!!
(true unicorn root: aletris farinosa aka: stargrass, starwort, star root, crow corn
falso unicorn root: chamaelirium luteum aka: starwort [hmmm...])
photo found http://botanicseye.com/true-unicorn-root/
True Unicorn Root is found along the entire Eastern seacoast of the United States and is used mostly for stomach aches and for colic. The fresh root can be slightly narcotic when used in large doses. That narcotic property, however, is lost when the root is dried. When dried it is a valuable bitter tonic used to tone up the stomach. Because of this toning effect, it can be helpful to women who have a tendency to miscarriage.
photo found http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com/product/herbs-and-spices-herbs-false-unicorn-root/FA1183HAH.php
This herbaceous, low growing perennial can be found in areas east of the Mississippi River. False Unicorn Root is primarily used for female issues especially infertility. If taken in large doses it can be a cardiac poison, however, when taken in moderation, this root may also be helpful for urinary weakness and liver and kidney disease.
False Unicorn Root grows in rich, moist woodlands and has lovely white flower fronds that resemble what one may think a unicorn horn to look like. False Unicorn has tiny flowers arranged in a tight spike where as True Unicorn has much larger flowers that are shaped individually like bluebells. They are bright white and look as if they've been dipped in flour.
All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany.
These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything.
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value,
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.