Materia Medica

Dandelion

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Dandelion

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Key Constituents: Vitamins A and B.  Leaf: calcium, potassium, iron, carotenoids, coumarins. Root: potassium, calcium, phenolic acids, taraxocoside, inulin. Actions: diuretic, cholagogue, bitter, tonic, hepatic, alterative, aperient. Energy: Cooling, pungent, drying. The name is derived from the Old French dent-de-lion, meaning “tooth of a lion” or “lion’s teeth”, also known as cankerwort, monk’s head, priest’s crown, swine snout, wild endive and witch gowan.  A perennial in the aster family and found….EVERYWHERE.  Though often considered a “weed” and unwanted, the dandelion was used as food and medicine by at least 22 Native North American tribes for tonic effects,...

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Calendula

calendula materia medica plant magic

Calendula

I was recently asked why so many Cattail products contain rosehip seed oil and it got me thinking, that I don't talk nearly enough about these awesome ingredients. While there's tons of info in the shop listings, it might be more fun to have a more cohesive collection about the plants I use.  Materia medica is a Latin term for the body of collected knowledge about the therapeutic properties of any substance used for healing.  So here we go, the first post in the Cattail Materia Media and today I'm starting with Calendula since this powerhouse is found in SOOO...

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