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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



SWEET WOODRUFF
(Galium odoratum)
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PROPAGATION: By fresh seed in fall (difficult) and by division. Perennial.
NEEDS: Shade and moist, but well-draining, humusy soil.
HARVEST: As needed. Hang to dry.

USES

CULINARY:
Used in the making of alcoholic beverages (i.e. May wine).

CRAFT:
Used in potpourri and herbal wreaths. The oil is used commercially in perfumery.

DYE:
The stems and leaves produce tan with an alum mordant. The roots produce red.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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