Fringecup: A Magical Forest Plant

It’s a common problem these days, being haunted by unwanted sex dreams of dead ancestors. And fortunately, there is an ethnobotanical cure. The Nitinaht people of Vancouver Island discovered that chewing fringecup, Tellima grandiflora, repels lusty ghosts.

What other medicinal uses might there be for this common northwest native plant of the forest? It is said to improve night vision, but only if you’re a woodland elf. Humans could try making a concentrated tea to stimulate the appetite. This would be useful for people who are ill or not on a diet.

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  1. Hello Rebecca, its alway a good day when I open your First Ways! Today I got a bit confused because I thought Tellima was the same a Tiarella (woodwort). I cannot tell the difference in my woods, maybe you know more. I found this for the use of Tiarella use:


    Botanical: Tiarella Cordifolia (LINN.)
    Family: N.O. Saxifragaceae

    Medicinal Action and Uses
    —Synonyms—Foam Flower. Mitrewort
    —Part Used—Whole herb.
    —Habitat—North America from Canada to Virginia.
    —Description—Perennial, forms a neat little edging with tiny white spiraea-like flowers, buds tinged pink, grows in the author’s garden, and, given air and sunlight, in a light rich soil thrives well. It has simple leaves spotted and veined deep red; basal leaves turn a rich red orange. Needs dividing every second year. Seeds are few, sub-globose. Taste slightly stringent, odourless.
    —Medicinal Action and Uses—Tonic, diuretic. Of value in gravel and other diseases of the bladder, and as a tonic in indigestion and dyspepsia, corrects acidity and aids the liver.

    —Dose—For an infusion or decoction, 1 OZ. to the pint of water; take freely 4 oz. of the infusion two or three times daily till conditions improve.
    Have a nice day!

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