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PostSubject: Herbs   Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:28 pm

These are a list of herbs and posions that medicine cats know of. (Yes yourwelcome! This took a long time to make and I even added extra, I also believe they are in alphabetical order..)

Herbs:
Alder Bark

Description: Bark of the alder tree.
Usage: Crushed into powder.
Effect: Eases toothaches.

Blackberry Leaves

Description: Leaves from the prickly blackberry bush.
Usage: These leaves are chewed into a pulp.
Effect: Eases the swelling of bee-stings.

Borage Leaves

Description: It is easily distinguished by its small blue or pink star-shaped flowers and hairy leaves.
Usage: It is chewed and eaten by queens.
Effect: It produces more and better milk. It also brings down fevers.

Burdock Root

Description: Tall-stemmed thistle with a sharp smell and dark leaves.
Usage: The root is dug up, the soil is washed off, and then it is chewed into a pulp.
Effect: Lessens and heals the pain of infected rat bites.

Burnet

Description: Has oval-shaped leaves with serrated edges. Stems grow 50-200cm tall, with large clusters of small flower buds on top.
Usage: Chewed on, do not eat!
Effect: It helps stop minor bleeding on cats. Keeps your strength up.

Catchweed

Description: A plant with fuzzy green balls on long clinging stems.
Usage: The burrs are put on the pelt where poltices are.
Effect: Stops poltices from being rubbed off without hurting the skin.

Catmint

Description: A leafy and delicious-smelling plant.
Usage: Eaten.
Effect: Helps to get rid of deadly sickness.

Celandine

Description: Yellow flower with four petals.
Usage: Juice is trickled into the eye.
Effect: Soothes damaged eyes.

Chamomile

Description: A small, white flower with a large, yellow center.
Usage: Eaten.
Effect: Strengthens the heart and soothes the mind. Also given to traveling cats for strength.

Chervil

Description: A sweet-smelling plant with large, leafy, fern-like leaves and small white flowers.
Usage: Chewed to extract the juice of the leaves or the root.
Effect: For infected wounds and bellyache, respectively.

Chickweed

Description: Tall-stemmed plant with fat, almond-shaped leaves.
Usage: Dried then eaten.
Effect: Treats coughs, although catmint is often preferred.

Coltsfoot

Description: A flowering plant with yellow or white flowers resembling dandelions. Grows best in spring.
Usage: Leaves chewed into a pulp.
Effect: Eases breathing or coughing, as well as cracked or sore pads.

Comfrey

Description: It has large leaves, small bell-shaped flowers, which are pink, white, or purple, and fat, black roots. Tangy smell.
Usage: Roots are chewed into a poultice.
Effect: Repairs broken bones or soothes wounds. Also used for wrenched claws. Can be used for itching, used for inflammation on stiff joints.

Daisy

Description: Thick, dark green, oval shaped leaves.
Usage: Chewed into a paste.
Effect: Eases the pain of aching joints. It is also a travelling herb.

Dandelion

Description: Common yellow-flowered plant with long, hollow stems.
Usage: The white liquid is thought to be applied to bee stings, leaves can be chewed.
Effect: Thought to soothe and heal bee stings. Its leaves can also be chewed to act like a painkiller.

Dock

Description: Common, large-leafed plant with a tangy smell and taste.
Usage: Chewed up and applied to scratches. Similar to sorrel.
Effect: Soothes scratches, though can sting when being applied. Soothes sore pads

Fennel

Description: Thin, spiky leaves.
Usage: Stalks are broken and eaten, and juice is squeezed into the receiver's mouth.
Effect: Helps sooth pain, freshens breath and helps calm the nerves.

Feverfew

Description: Small bush with flowers resembling daisies, sharp tangy smell, small soft leaves.
Usage: Eaten plainly.
Effect: Reduces body temperature for cats with fever or chills. Also heals aches and pains, especially good for headaches. Helps pain in the hips.

Goldenrod

Description: A tall plant with bright, yellow flowers.
Usage: Chewed into a poultice.
Effect: Good for healing wounds.

Heather

Description: Nectar found in bell-shaped flowers.
Usage: Included in herbal mixtures.
Effect: Makes swallowing easier and sweetens mixtures.

Honey

Description: A sweet, golden-colored liquid made by bees.
Usage: Eaten, or given by moss soaked in it.
Effect: Soothes infections, smoke-damaged or sore throats, and helps cats swallow other concoctions. Also is a treat for being a good patient.

Horsetail

Description: A tall, bristly-stemmed plant, referred to with fleshy stalks.
Usage: Chewed to a poultice, and applied to wounds.
Effect: Treats infections.

Juniper Berries

Description: Purple-blue berries from the dark green, spiky-leaved juniper bush.
Usage: Chewed and eaten.
Effect: Soothes bellyaches, gives strength, and helps troubled breathing. It is also used to help calm cats.

Lamb's Ear

Description: Soft, fuzzy green plant.
Usage: Either eaten or used to bind up wounds.
Effect: Gives a cat strength.

Lavender

Description: A small, purple, flowering plant.
Usage: Inhaled.
Effect: Cures fever and chills and helps with breathing. Also a herb used to hide scents.

Mallow Leaves

Description: Three-nubbed leaves from a flowering shrub, sweet rose scent
Usage: Dried and eaten.
Effect: Soothes bellyache.

Marigold

Description: A low-growing flower, yellow to bright orange
Usage: Soaked in water. Petals or leaves chewed in a poultice. Juice can be used as well
Effect: Stops infection. Stops bleeding. Used for inflammation of stiff joints

Mint

Description: Small green leaves, slightly oval shaped.
Usage: Eaten, rubbed or used to freshen water.
Effect: Hides the scents, and used to cure tooth aches and bad breath.

Dried Oak Leaves

Description: Round, cartoony ruffled leaves.
Usage: Dried in the sun, wrapped over wound.
Effect: Stops infection from setting in.

Parsley

Description: A long-stemmed plant with ragged-edged crinkly leaves, sharp scent, tastes cold and fresh, tastes the same fresh or dried.
Usage: Eaten.
Effect: Stops a queen from producing milk if her kits die, or are producing too much milk. Also used to cure bellyache.

Poppy Seeds
 
Description: Small black seeds or small white seeds that are shaken out of a dried poppy flowerhead.
Usage: Chewed on.
Effect: They can put a cat to sleep, soothe shock or distress, or ease pain. Not recommended for nursing queens.

Ragwort Leaves

Description: Tall shrub with yellow flowers, tastes foul.
Usage: Crushed and chewed; mixed with juniper berries, it can help aching joints.
Effect: Treats aching joints and keeps a cat's strength up.

Ragweed

Description: Ragged-leaved plant resembling a fern.
Usage: Thought to give cats extra strength.
Effect: Ragweed gives a cat extra strength and energy.

Raspberry Leaves

Description: Soft to the touch, but with jagged edges.
Usage: Eaten
Effect: Could possibly ease pain, or stop bleeding.

Rosemary

Description: Tall with needle-like leaves and purple flowers.
Usage: Soaked, crushed, then eaten.
Effect: Rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems.

Rush

Description: It has long narrow leaves and lavender-colored head stalks
Usage: Used to bind broken bones.
Effect: Helps hold a broken limb in place.

Snakeroot

Description: The best remedy for poison, especially snake bites.
Usage: Eaten.
Effect: Thought to heal poison.

Stinging Nettle

Description: It has green, spiny seeds.
Usage: The seeds are eaten by a cat who's swallowed poison, or the leaves are chewed into a poultice for a wound.
Effect: Induces vomiting, or brings down swelling, respectively. Can be mixed with comfrey to help heal broken bones. Helps with wounds.

Tansy

Description: The tansy plant has round, yellow leaves, and has a very sweet and strong scent, making it good for disguising a cat's scent.
Usage: To be consumed, but only in small doses.
Effect: Cures coughs, Can be used to cure wounds and poisons, and can Soothe throats.

Tormentil

Description: It has a strong, romantic scent to it and a sharp taste.
Usage: Chewed and put on the wound.
Effect: Its root is good for treating all wounds and extracting poison.

Thyme

Description: Small, delicate, thick, sticky leaves with a fresh tang.
Usage: Leaves can be chewed on.
Effect: Calms nervousness, anxiety, and cats who are in shock.

Watermint

Description: A green, leafy plant.
Usage: It is usually chewed into a pulp, and then eaten.
Effect: Eases the suffering that originates from a bellyache.

Wild Garlic

Description: Due to its strong smell, it is good for hiding the scent of a certain cat, and disguising cats.
Usage: One must roll in it or have it rubbed on them.
Effect: Prevents infection, especially rat bites.

Willow Bark

Description: Bark of the long viney tree.
Usage: Chewed on.
Effect: Eases pain.

Wintergreen

Description: Easily identifiable by its red berries.
Usage: Dried and powdered.
Effect: Treats wounds and some poisons.

Yarrow

Description: A flowering plant.
Usage: Its leaves are chewed into a poultice that can be given to cats or applied to a wound depending on the situation.
Effect: Extracts poison from wounds. Will make a cat vomit up toxins. The ointment will soften and help heal cracked pads.

Poisons:
Deathberries (Or Yew Berries)

Description: Red berries from the dark-leaved, poisonous yew bush.
Usage: Sometimes used to kill other cats by making them eat the berry.
Effect: Kills a cat within minutes when consumed.

Foxglove Seeds

Description: Tiny, black seeds from the bell-shaped flower of the foxglove plant.
Usage: Eaten straight from the bush.
Effect: They can easily cause paralysis and heart failure.

Holly Berries

Description: Plant with spiny leaves that produces red berries with no medicinal value.
Usage: Fallen berries eaten.
Effect: Not a bother to adult cats, however can be poisonous for kits.

Nightshade

Description: Tubular flower with radiating petals.
Usage: Chewed on or swallowed.
Effect: Can kill a adult cat in two days (apprentice in one day) and a kit in a few hours.

Water Hemlock

Description: Green or white flowers with petals in umbrella-shaped clusters.
Usage: Eaten fresh.
Effect: Causes foaming at the mouth, can cause cats to think you've gone rabid.
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