Herbs

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Herbs are gathered across the land of Enarion, and used for a multitude of things; mainly potion ingredients, however. Herbs and their uses was made public by an alchemist by the name of Jonandar for the public use.

It is the sad state of medicinal practice these days that has made the publication of my notes a necessity. The average village apothecary has no knowledge of basic herbology, and I cannot rest easy until this error is corrected. To that end I have below compiled my notes on the most common and useful herbs of all the land. Let no one say that Jonandar the Alchemist cares not for the common folk.

Agropyrum​

​ Agropyrum, or quickgrass, is a common weed, identifiable by its flat, drooping grass blades and its creeping rootstalks. Tea made from the rootstalks is used to treat poison, to quicken the body, to treat stomach aches, or to act as a diuretic. The rootstalks are also burned as incense. Grows wherever grass is found.​

Celandine​

​ Celandine is a common perennial herb, identifiable by its red flower with four petals and its wavy edged leaves. The herb can be chewed to assuage toothache, made into a tea to soothe the stomach, or made into a cream to soothe the skin and feet. Celandine sap has caustic properties, and the seeds give off a stinging smoke when heated. Celandine is native to temperate woodlands.​

Maidenhair Leaf

​ Maidenhair Leaf, also known as ginkgo leaf, is an uncommon herb collected from the maidenhair tree. The tree is identifiable by its large size and bright green fan shaped leaves. Tea made from the herb quickens the mind, soothes the lung, and stimulates blood flow to the muscles. Maidenhair trees are infrequently found in temperate plains. ​

Fly Agaric​

​ Fly Agaric is a common mushroom, identifiable by its red coloration, white gills, and white spots. The mushroom is poisonous, and induces hallucinations when consumed. Consumption frequently leads to feelings of weightlessness and steeled resolve, alongside exhaustion and nausea. Fly Agaric is commonly found in moist, earthen places in all climates. ​

Psilocybin​

​ Psilocybin is a rare mushroom, identifiable by its thin stalk and bulbous brown cap. When consumed, psilocybin produces hallucinations, increases strength, and suppresses fear. Nausea and exhaustion follow when the effects wear off. The mushroom is occasionally found in hot and humid rainforest. ​

Comfrey​

​ Comfrey is a common flowering herb, identifiable by its blackened roots and its pink bell shaped flowers. The roots and leaves of the plant can be crushed into a powder, which is useful for treating broken bones and bruises, alleviating pain, or soothing burns. Tea made from comfrey is said to harden and protect the body. Comfrey is commonly found in temperate meadows. ​

Mugwort​

​ Mugwort is an uncommon herb, identifiable by its downy stem and pointed leaves. Mugwort can be added to poultices to help seal wounds, ingested to dull pain, or worn to protect against danger. Mugwort is sometimes found in dry grasslands.​

Monkshood

​ Monkshood, also known as wolf's bane, is a rare flowering herb, identifiable by its hooded blue flowers. Monkshood is very poisonous, and is sometimes used by hunters to poison bait. In low doses it can dull the senses against pain, but also induces sluggishness and drowsiness. Monkshood is occasionally found in mountainous regions.​

Henbane​

​ Henbane is an uncommon biennial herb, identifiable by its off white colored flowers with purple veins and its fetid odor. Henbane is used to induce sleep and to dull pain. It is poisonous in large doses, and can induce the sensation of flying. Those under the influence of henbane and the full moon have been known to commune with the dead. Henbane can sometimes be found in arid grasslands and in places where the dead lie.​

Yarrow​

​ Yarrow is a common flowering herb, identifiable by its tall white flowering stalk and its aromatic scent. Yarrow is used in poultices to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and reduce swelling in bruises. When added to tea, yarrow can be used to alleviate coughs, headaches, fevers, and stomach aches. Yarrow grows frequently in temperate climates. ​

Rue​

​ Rue is a common flowering herb, identifiable by its yellow green flowers, its pungent smell, and its bitter taste. Rue is used in poultices to stop bleeding, soothe bee stings, and assist the healing of wounds and scars. Tea made from rue is an antidote, enhances eyesight, and cures worms. When burned, rue secretes an oil that blisters the skin. ​

Asphodel​

​ Asphodel is an uncommon herb identifiable by its tall stalk and spiky white flowers. Asphodel incense is known to quiet the restless dead, and the bulbs of the herb can be crushed to make a potent glue. Asphodel is sometimes found in dry climates.​

Camphor​

​ Camphor is a resin collected from the rare camphor tree, which is identifiable by its squat appearance, thick trunk, and waxy leaves. Camphor is used as an incense or to make candles, as it ignites easily when exposed to heat. The camphor tree is occasionally found in wetlands.​

Myrrh​

​ Myrrh is a resin collected from the rare myrrh tree, which is identifiable by its exfoliating bark and spiny branches. Myrrh can be used as a disinfectant or burned as incense. Myrrh incense is notable for the quantity of smoke produced. Myrrh trees are occasionally found in arid climates.​

Sulphur​

​ Sulphur is a rare substance collected from volcanic fissures in the depths of the earth. It is notable for its highly flammable nature.​