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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Wildcrafting: Black-Eyed Susan
Latin: Rudbeckia hirta
Brown-eyed Susan, Brown Betty, Brown Daisy (Rudbeckia triloba), Gloriosa Daisy, Golden Jerusalem, Poorland Daisy, Yellow Daisy, and Yellow Ox-Eye Daisy
Justice, Legal matters, Strengthen spells
Medicinal & Other Uses:
Antibiotic, Blood purifier, Fever, Immune system, Venereal disease
Mid to Late Summer
Edging & clumps for ornamental garden decoration
Important Butterfly plant
Bouquets, Dried arrangements
Parts & Their Uses
Astringent for wounds
Poultice for snakebite
More effective than Echinacea at immune system stimulation.
Ground up to make a tea or soup, this can be used as a tonic or diuretic.
Yellow dye can be made from the flower petals.
Bundle upright until dry, to keep their natural downward turning petals. Then if you’re wanting the seeds, turn the bundle upside down and shake gently over a bag or cloth to catch the seeds that fall off.
Macerated juice from the leaves & roots can be used for snakebites and swellings.
Boil to make a tea for colds and intestinal worms. Strain before consumption to remove its irritating hairs.
Use on cotton pad to dab on skin swellings.
A hot tea will speed the recovery from colds, flus, & fevers.
Infusion Recipe:Use approximately a 10:1 ratio of fresh or dry plant material to boiling water to make a tea.