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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.

a.k.a. Allheal, Gill-Over-the-Ground, Heal-All
(Nepeta hederacea)

CAUTION! Reportedly toxic to horses.

PROPAGATION: By division. Perennial.
NEEDS: Part to full shade. Moisture retentive soil.
HARVEST: Above ground portion of plant in May-June while in flower.

Blood purifier. Traditionally used for a wide range of ailments.
Leaf tea traditionally used for lung ailments, asthma, jaundice, and kidney ailments.
Has been used externally for skin cancers, backaches, bruises, piles.
Inhibitor of tumor promoters.

For a discussion of cancer research, see 'Business of Herbs' May-June of 1991.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH