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Plants used to make medicine

Updated March 23, 2017

While plants and flowers can be used for decoration, a hobby or used to grow food for crops, they also have many medical uses. With the proper knowledge of a plant's make-up and use, they can also be used to treat diseases and certain conditions. If you are looking for an alternative to medicine, then perhaps you can try using the following plants for treatment.

Mayflower (Epigaea repens)

The Mayflower, which is pink and delicate, has leaves that are used for making tea to help treat kidney disorders and stomach aches. Those who use the leaves must have knowledge of the plant, as though the leaves can be toxic if not used properly.

Yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis)

The Yellow birch has an inner bark that has the scent and taste of wintergreen. The bark can be used to make tea, or chewed. It can be used for extra energy, nourishment or to treat stomach cramps.

Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina)

The leaves and twigs of the sweet fern are used to make tea, and also poultices to use to treat poison ivy and other kinds of external sores.

Pink Lady's slipper or Moccasin Flower (Cypripedium acaule)

The roots of a Moccasin flower are used to create a tea for the calming of nerves.

Indian Pipe (Monotropa un.flora)

Indian Pipes are also known as "ghost flowers." The whole plant can be used for treating body aches and pains.

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Ariana Cherry-Shearer began writing for the Web in 2006. Cherry-Shearer's work has appeared at websites such as GardenGuides, GolfLink and Trails. She also writes a weekly blog and has published collections of poetry. Cherry-Shearer earned a certificate in computer applications from Lakeland Community College.