Healing Herbs (book)

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A General Guide to Foragable Healing Herbs

This is a book written from the knowledge of wonderful Guildleaders, many skilled Rangers and others who know the wilds, in addition to my personal experiences and research. I do not claim to know all there is to know about herbs or even healing herbs. I have, however, taken what I have learned firsthand and from others and put it within the pages of this tome.

Jadice flower is a pale golden-yellow; its thin, star- shaped petals taper to five points. It is used to heal external limb wounds including tails. The taste is slightly sweet and the flowers crispy. The scent is very light, slightly powdery.

Jadice flower can be found year round, growing in sunny fields and other bright open locations. The pollen is used for scars on external limbs, including tails. The pollen is very fine and produces sneezing and watery eyes in some sensitive individuals on occasion.

Yelith root is a dark grey-green with a main root that terminates in symmetrical tendrils that fork evenly. The secondary tendrils are most pronounced at the bottom, while being sparse along the rather straight root. It is used for internal limb injuries. The flavor is a bit sour to most races, and it has a rather crunchy texture. It is found in swampy marsh- lands and other shallow standing bodies of fresh water. The leaves are broad, long and flecked with golden orange, making it easy to spot.

Nuloe stem is a dark green woody plant with sparse thin, spiny leaves. It is used for internal limb scars. It grows in poor soil in sunny locations, and often atop cliffs and hills. It has a somewhat bitter, chewy taste, with a dusty pine scent. Available year-round in the right locations, it grows low to the ground, sometimes half buried in rocks, and is a very tiny plant, making it very hard to find.

Nemoih root is a pale white-purple root; it is shaped like a large radish but with a convoluted, maze-like structure. It is crunchy outside and tender inside; the flavor is somewhat turnip-like but spicy, between a radish and a sort of onion. It is found in sunny, open fields and similar locations year round. The leaves of the plant are long and slender, making it easy to pull up, while the spicy onion smell makes it easy to find.

Nilos grass is a stubby short grass with rounded leaves; it is light green, growing in poor soil and partial shade. Found year-round, it is a tender, almost tasteless, grass with almost no smell. It is used for external abdomen abrasions. Often dried or made into salves to increase potency and preserve use.

Plovik leaf is a forked leaf with many asymmetrical terminations, it has dark red veins. The leaf is such a dark green as to be almost black. It is found in rich, semi-aquatic locations with a high mineral con- tent, sometimes near brackish water. It has a very bit- ter, sometimes salty, taste, with a slimy consistency. It is used to heal outer chest wounds.

Hulnik grass is a dry, very thin grass that is a light yellow green with tan stripes. It has a faint clove- cinnamon flavor, but leaves one feeling thirsty due to the low moisture content. Found in hilly regions and fields with full sun. This plant is used for outer back wounds. It is often used in weaving due to its dry, slightly flexible nature.

A twisted, stubby grass found nearly everywhere, georin grass is a medium green with faint ridges. It is slightly crisp, while being tender near the base. It is slightly sour and has a citrusy scent. It is used to heal external neck wounds.

Rilour leaf is a dark green and split in three forks. It is tasteless with a rose-like scent. It grows in sunny fields with decent moisture content. It is often found with georin grass and sometimes with nilos, muljin or sufil sap. Used to heal internal neck ailments. Not foragable in winter.

Muljin sap is found on the fine hair-like filaments of a low growing plant; it is thick, oily, and milky in color, with a faintly sweet taste. It is used for healing internal abdomen problems. It is said to have some use in poison-making; however that is not some- thing I would care to discuss and clearly not my area of expertise. It grows in sunny fields in moderate to rich soil, and the flowers are dark pink in the center. The broad leaves lie almost flat to the ground. Found in spring and summer only, daylight required as well.

Sufil sap is found on protruding round seeds on low- growing stalks of tiny plants. It is sticky and clear, with a slightly sour flavor. The plants are covered with tiny blue-green, four-petaled flowers. It is used for external eye wounds. Found in fields and sunny areas, quality soil, summer, spring and fall.

Eghmok moss is a dark green and reddish-brown moss. It is very bitter. As a healing remedy it is not very useful by itself unless it is made into a potion by adding water and a catalyst. It is used in potion form for internal head ailments. It is found in shady areas and rich woodlands.

Blocil berries are tiny purple-black berries found on low growing shrubs, usually in fields with decent sun. They are filled with seeds, giving them a grainy texture, and have a nightshade-like taste. They are most effective for inner back wounds when made into potion form with alchemy. Otherwise their healing properties are decidedly weak.

Cebi root is a dark brown root; it is long and thin, with several irregularly terminating forks. The taste is extremely sour and bitter, the smell basically like dirt. It grows in sunny locations with partial shade and rich soil. The leaves of the plant are a very dark grey-green and irregular with many splits. It is extremely helpful for external scars of all types. It is rather difficult to obtain because its branching roots tend to break when the plant is pulled. Adding to the difficulty are its low-growing tendency and the fact that so many other plants are found in the same area with the same coloration.

In my search to discover the source of ithor potion, I have learned only that it comes from a moss found inside certain old trees. It is used for internal chest wounds, and is also combined with other rare herbs to make remedies such as lujeakave elixir for nerve damage and aevaes solution for internal eye injuries. The taste is mildly oily.

Similarly, with hisan salve; I was told that it comes from a grass found under rocks on atop high mountains. It is used for internal scars of all types. It is also used to make lujeakave elixir. It is heavily used in cosmetics as well. The taste is horrid and bitter, and its consistency is thick, heavy, paste-like, slimy and sticky, I could believe it is made with insect parts. If it were not so useful I would never use it. It can be rubbed on body parts; however some of us are lazy, and wish to obtain maximum benefit from an item so rare and not grown by or foragable to any but a few shop- keepers who keep their sources a well-protected secret.

Celitha Wirenfala, Elven Ranger