BUTTERBUR

                                                                                     Petasites hybridus
Anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, cardio tonic, diaphoretic, diuretic & leaves function as an analgesic.

The butterbur relaxes smooth muscle & balances & soothes the nerves.
Butterbur is a useful natural medication for neck pain, heart complaints caused by coronary spasms, nerve-induced biliary disorders, functional gastric disorders, intestinal cramps, irritable bladder, kidney stones & menstrual pain

Mild infusions or decoctions of the flowers & leaf can be given as a remedy for colicstomach upsetindigestionulcers & migraine.
A general tonic, stimulating the heart & kidneys
Can reduce tumors, even cancers
Can be used to treat depression, dropsy, obesity, Hodgkin’s disease, plague, fevers, kills flat & broad worms, increases urine output, sores that are hard to cure, spasms & cures addiction to pain-killing drugs.

It can also be used as a herbal remedy for headache &  wound healing & back pain.
It has long been used as an herbal treatment for ulcers, wounds & skin infections,itchy eyes, itchy & runny nose & nasal congestion.
It was believed to help drive out infection by acting as a diaphoretic & as a stimulant. 

Leaves or bulbs of the plant can be ground up or crushed & mixed with other herbs to alleviate the discomforts brought about by arthritis, rheumatism, gout & even to hasten the healing of fractures

The leaves of the plant can be crushed & applied directly to the forehead to alleviate headaches, migraines & nasal congestion.
The dried bulbs may be allowed to macerate in oil, or are otherwise steeped in heated oil & the subsequent concoction then being used as a salve for general pain relief, or as a topical antihistaminic.

Butterbur prevents migraines in both adults & children & relieves the symptoms of allergies

It can also be used as a remedy for inflammation of the urinary tract & including the treatment of kidney gravel.
Butterbur facilitates in improving digestions & well as augmenting the blocked flow of bile

Butterbur is antitussive that controls or prevents coughs,loosens the phlegm & expels it from the lungs to ease asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, dry coughs, colds, excess mucus, pleurisy, pneumonia & other lung problems.
It is used for the herbal treatment of laryngitispharyngitishay fever.
Moderately strong decoctions can be employed as a cure for everything from whooping coughsanxietyinsomnia, asthma, paranoiatremors.

It can also be used to relieve the pain of neuralgia, particularly pain along the nerves of the lower back.

Used externally in poultices, Butterbur has been used to relieve the pain of insect bites & stings, burns, eczema & other skin problems.

PRECAUTIONS:

Possible side effects of butterbur are indigestion, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation.
It is not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women & people with kidney & liver disease.
Butterbur should not be used more than 6 weeks.
Butterbur is in the ragweed plant family, so people who are allergic to ragweed, marigold, daisy, or chrysanthemum should avoid it.
Large amounts of Butterbur or extended usage should be avoided, as it may cause hypertension.

Butterbur use can also affect the production of testosterone in the body.

May cause poisoning of the liver if taken in excess or for prolonged periods.

RECIPES:

The root, bulbs or leaves can be steeped or boiled in mulled wine & drunk in wine glassfuls some 4-5 times in day. 
Moderately strong to mild infusions in wine can be given as an antipyretic, while weak infusions can be taken regularly for its perceived tonifying properties, which helps to improve heart health & overall circulation.

As a herbal tea:
Put 1 tsp of the root in a cup of water & bring to the boil.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Drink the tea 3x a day.

As a tincture:
Take 1- 2 ml of the tincture 3x a day.

The decoction of the Butterbur's root:

Add 1 tsp of the root in a cup of water & boil the mixture.
Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 -15 min.
Strain.

MAGIC:

The folkloric practice often employed the leaves & roots of the plant in a draught of wine, which was drunk ritualistically prior to sleep in order to elicit prophetic dreams.

The seeds have been historically used for love divination.
The seeds of butterdock must be sowed by a young unmarried woman half an hour before sunrise on a Friday morning, in a lonesome place.
She must strew the seeds gradually on the grass, saying these words:
I sow, I sow!
Then, my own dear,
Come here, come here,
& mow & mow!
The seed being scattered, she will see her future husband mowing with a scythe at a short distance from her.
She must not be frightened, for if she says, "Have mercy on me," he will immediately vanish..




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