Ganetharia Procumbeus. This plant is little known. It sends forth seven or eight leaves, from a small, brown, creeping root, upon a long foot-stalk. The leaves are hard, resembling the leaf of a Pear-tree. From them arises a slender, erect stalk, bearing at the top many small white smelling flowers, spread open like a star, with yellowish threads in the middle surrounding a green head. The seed is as small as dust. It grows in fields and woods, especially in the north. It flowers in July.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Wintergreen:

It is a good wound herb, the green leaves, or the juice of them being applied. A salve made of the green herb bruised, or the juice boiled with lard, or salad oil, and wax, with a little turpentine, is a sovereign salve. The Germans use it for all kinds of wounds and sores. A decoction of the herb relieves ulcers in the kidneys, or neck of the blad­der. As an astringent it arrests dysentery, immoderate courses, and bleeding of wounds. It is good for diseases of the heart.

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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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