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Herbs: Phytolacca decandra


Just ran across a nice southern article about eating the leaves as salad, and painting the skin with the toxic berry juice. I have been taught to use an alcohol extract of the root as a "lymphogogue" meaning it is supposed to stimulate lymph movement, or at least a strong immune response. Far as I know there is no science to support this use. The juices of the root are very strong and caustic, and it should not be handled with bare hands.

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grail76
May. 7th, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
The leaves are also poisonous unless you boil them several times.
liveonearth
May. 7th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
Have you eaten them?
grail76
May. 7th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
No, the threat of death has been enough to keep me away from them.
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