There are hundreds of different vegetable
flavorings and seasonings which were or are reputed to have medicinal and/or
It is not within the scope of this work to detail all of these herbs and spices, particularly as regards their description, habitat, and the many uses claimed for most.
An alphabetical listing with one or two comments on each is presented.
The dedicated herbologist will have to pursue his or her research in scholarly texts.
|Plant And/Or Special Part:||Uses And/Or Powers:|
|abcess root (sweet root)||respiratory disorders|
|acacia (Gum Arabic)||tissue repair|
|aconite (monkshood, wolfsbane, friar's cap, etc.)||sedative/drives off werewolves|
|adder's tongue||emetic, emollient|
|agar-agar (jelly)||anti-inflammation, nutrient|
|agrimony (cockleburr, stickwort)||muscle toner, diuretic|
|alkanet root||emollient, antiseptic, wormer|
|all-heal (wound-wort)||antiseptic, anti-spasmodic|
|aloe (bitter aloe)||bites, burns, laxative, tonic/insect repellant|
|amaranth (red cockscomb, love-lies-bleeding)||astringent, anti-hemorrhaging|
|ammoniacum (Persian Gum)||stimulant, respiratory aid|
|angelica||lungs, liver, spleen, vision, hearing|
|anise||antacid, digestion, coughing|
|arbutus (mayflower)||astringent, bladder infection|
|areca nut (betel nut)||astringent, tape wormer|
|arenaria rubra (sandwort)||diuretic, urinary diseases|
|arrach (goosefoot)||sedative (nervous tension or hysteria in particular)|
|atichoke juice||jaundice curative|
|asafetida (gum asafetida, devil's dung, food of the gods)||aphrodisiac, brain and nervous stimulant, tonic, many more|
|asarabacca (hazelwort, wild nard)||emetic, purgative|
|ash (bark and leaves of)||laxative, anti-inflammation, fever|
|asparagus juice/root||sedative, heart problems/anti-oxalic acid|
|avens (colewort, herb bennet)||astringent, anti-hemorrhaging, anti-weakness, tonic, more|
|balm (sweet balm) leaves||calms nerves, fevers|
|balm of gilead||nutrient, organ stimulant (general)|
|balmony (bitter herb, snake head)||tissue builder and strengthener, liver ailments, wormer|
|belladonna (deadly nightshade, dwale, black cherry root) ()||diuretic, sedative, pain reliever, anti-opiate, circulation, stimulant, poison/lycanthropy cure|
|benne (sesam, sesame)||respiratory disorders, eye infections, more|
|benzoin (gum benzoin)||expectorant, stimulant, antiseptic, wounds and sores|
|beth root (lamb's quarters)||astringent, coughs, tonic, anti-hemorrhaging, more|
|bilberry (huckleberry, hurtleberry, whortleberry)||anti-thirst, dropsy, typhoid, more|
|birch (white birch)||intestines and stomach, venereal diseases, skin conditions|
|bittersweet (felonwort, scarlet berry, woody nightshade)||abcesses, lymph infections, swelling and inflammation|
|blackberry (dewberry)||astringent, tonic, dysentary|
|black currant||diuretic, antiseptic, blood purifier|
|black willow (pussy willow) bark||astringent, antiseptic|
|blueberry -- see bilberry||-|
|blue flag (flag lily, poison flag, water flag, water lily)||diuretic, cathartic, blood purifier (vs. poison), wound healing, venereal disease, much more|
|blue mallow (common mallow)||coughs, colds|
|boneset (thoughtwort)||fevers, tonic, skin diseases|
|borage||coughs, lung infections|
|box leaves||tonic, blood purifier|
|bugle||gastrointestinal disorders, hemmorhaging|
|burdock||laxative, tuberculosis, more|
|butterbur||fevers, urinary complaints|
|cabbage juice||ulcer and stomach treatment|
|calotopis (mudar bark)||skin leprosy, elephantiasis, more|
|camphor (gum camphor)||bruises, sprains, chills, fevers, cardiac stimulant|
|caraway||antacid, aids digestion|
|carrot juice and seeds||tonic for improved health|
|castor oil bush||purgative, cathartic|
|catnip||colds, fevers, anti-spasmodic, hysteria|
|chamomile||nervous conditions, ear and tooth aches|
|chaulmoogra oil||fevers, sedative, skin eruptions|
|cherry gum||respiratory infections/food substitute|
|chives||colds, general diseases/evil eye|
|cinnamon||disinfectant, nausea, preservative|
|cleavers (goosegrass)||fevers, circulation, blood purifier, wounds, liver disease|
|cloves||anaesthetic, circulation, germicide, disinfectant|
|comfrey root (healing herb)||colds, respiratory conditions, wounds, bone fractures, gangrene, much, much more|
|couchgrass||bladder and urinary infections|
|dandelion||diuretic, purgative, tonic|
(dead men's bells, fairy bells, fairy cap, fairy fingers, foxglove, etc.)
|heart stimulant, tonic, kidney treatment (poison)|
|ergot (rye smut)||hemmorhaging, venereal diseases|
|eyebright||astringent, eye infections|
|fennel||digestion, weight control, muscle tone, reflexes, vision, much, more|
|figwort (scrofula plant, throatwort)||abcesses, wounds, pain killer|
|fluellin||astringent, tissue strengthener|
|garlic||coughs, colds, blood purifier, detoxifier, kills parasites/wards off vampires|
|gelsemium (wild woodbine)||sedative, nerve tonic, fevers, more|
|gentian (bitter root, felwort)||tonic, fevers, anti-venom|
|geranium (sweet geranium)||alkalizer|
|ginger||stimulant, colds, cramps|
|ginseng||glandular stimulant, vision, dizziness, headaches, weakness|
|goat's rue||diuretic, wormer (vermifuge)|
|grape juice||blood fortifier|
|hartstongue||cough, liver, spleen, bladder|
|hedge mustard||throat, lungs|
|hellebore||heart tonic (rootlets are poison)|
|honeysuckle||liver, spleen, respiratory disorders|
|horehound, white||coughs, pulmonary diseases, anti-venom|
|horehound, black||stimulant, wormer, hemmorhaging|
|horseradish||tonic, antiseptic, wormer|
|hyssop||respiratory ailments, jaundice, blood purifier, tonic, cuts and wounds, more|
|ipecac||dysentary, mouth infections, more|
|irish moss||coughs, scalds, burns|
|jambul seed||blood purifier, diabetes|
|jewel weed (balsam weed, pale touch-me-not)||diuretic, kidneys, skin growths, fungus, infections, liver|
|juniper berry||aphrodisiac, stimulant, disinfectant, venereal disease, more|
|kelp (seawrack)||thyroid, heart, arteries, much more|
|larkspur (knight's spur)||external parasites|
|leek||same as chives <>|
|lycopodium (common club moss, fox tail, lamb's tail)||wounds, lungs, kidneys, more|
|marigold||fevers, variscosities, eyes, heart|
|marjoram||meloncholia, dizziness, brain disorders, toothaches|
|masterwort||stimulates organs, anti-spasmodic, more|
|mistletoe||convulsions, hysteria, narcotic, tonic, typhoid fever, heart|
|mustard||emetic, counter-irritant, colds, fevers|
|nutmeg||nausea, vomiting, diarrhea|
|nux vomica (poison nut)||stimulant, debility tonic|
|onion||poultice, colds (as chives)|
|oregano||germicide, pain killer|
|peach seed||fevers, blood tonic|
|pepper, black||sprains, neuritis|
|pitcher plant||small pox preventative and cure, stomach, liver, kidneys|
|plantain (ripple grass, waybread)||minor wounds, stings, rashes|
|pomegranate||nerve sedative, wormer|
|poppy||? <cf wikipedia ... what the preferred species(?) used in the temples ... not somniferum?>|
|pumpkin seed||virility, organ tonic|
|quince||eye disease, dysentary, skin disorders|
|radish||blood purifier, liver|
|rose <(@~)~~~~)>||colds, fevers|
|rosemary||germicide, muscle tonic/drives off evil spirits|
|saffron||scarlet fever, measles, respiratory disorders|
|sage||tonic, wounds, *|
|sarsaparilla (china root, spikenard)||system balance, blood purifier, venereal disease, many more|
|scopolis||nerve and muscle sedative, pain killer, coughs|
|scullcap (madweed)||nervous disorders, rabies|
|strawberry||vision, swelling and inflammation|
|summer savory||blood purifier, palsy|
|tansy||tonic, narcotic, wormer|
|thyme||antiseptic, blood purifier|
|watercress||blood tonic (anemia)|
|white bryony (mandragora)||cathartic, respiratory diseases, heart, kidneys|
It is suggested that you use the above
list as a guide to which herbs, spices, or vegetable you will require for
various magical effects desired from potions,
scroll inks, and other magic items.
You may add to or delete from the list as you desire.
Reputed folk uses are not detailed with respect to magic in most cases, as this decision is the purview of the DM.
Question: My recipe
for pork sausage seems to have a
mistake in it—it calls for four cups of sage. This amount
seems a little excessive. Could it be a misprint?
Answer: Yes, the recipe
should call for four tablespoons of sage.
Question: I am interested in acquiring large amounts of sage. Where should I look?
Answer: Try the yellow
pages of your phone book. Look under “Herb dealers—Sage”.
Question: In the folk
song “Scarborough Fair” there is a line that goes,“Parsley, something,
rosemary, and thyme.”
What word am I missing?
Somewhere at the back part of the 1979 DMG for ADandD 1st edit. is
a list of natural herbs as medicine.
When I saw and read that info., I started using oregano for my teeth because it is a germicide and painkiller.
Pepper is good for sprains and I think something else, but I forgot.
Is that list of medicinal herbs true for real life?
If it is, you might want to try some of those natural remedies listed instead of unnatural medicine for your health.
I have noticed that doctors don't give all the info. that is cheapest and the most useful.
Your 1979 DMG for ADandD 1st edit. has helped me in real life and it might help you.
Just choose a herb that you think matches the symptoms that you have and that doesn't have any side effects that you can think of.
As I recall, the list of herbal remedies was taken from actual books listing such natural medicications.
In that vein I do plan to check into chelation therapy soon.