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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.


Allergies to a specific plant or a whole family of them is not only possible, but for sensitive people, highly likely. So before you begin taking any one of them, you first need to determine your reaction.

The first step is to proceed with utmost caution by introducing the herb to your system by way of a tincture - either homemade or purchased.

Place one drop in a bit of water and drink. If nothing notable happens, then on the following day, place 2 drops in water. Proceed over the next few days, adding one drop more until the full dose is achieved.

If you notice ANY untoward reaction, discontinue use.

An 'untoward reaction' can be defined as difficulty breathing, rash, hives, headache, or anything else outside the norm of well-being.

They are the mother of all pharmaceuticals and as such are medicines in their own right.

©2005 by Ernestina Parziale, CH