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(Mitchella repens)

PROPAGATION: By division. Perennial.
NEEDS: A woodland plant which requires partial shade to full shade and moisture-retentive soil.
HARVEST: Leaves.

Used traditionally as a drink during childbirth and the last few weeks of pregnancy as an infusion.
Was also used as a diuretic and for urinary problems.
One Native American tribe used the tea for insomnia.
Was also used as a wash externally for sore eyes and skin problems.

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